Latin name: Ricinus communis
Sanskrit/Indian name: Eranda, Gandharva hasta
Castor oil, extracted from castor seeds, has a strong, unpleasant taste. It has been traditionally used as a remedy for a variety of children’s ailments, ranging from constipation to toothache. Because of its anti-inflammatory property, Castor oil is known to alleviate joint aches and heal fungal infections. It is also a strong laxative that relieves constipation.
Therapeutic constituents:Castor oil consists principally of ricinoleic acid. The oil is used externally to relieve various inflammatory conditions of the skin and mucus membrane.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The oil is effective in treating rheumatism due to its anti-inflammatory property.
- Often referred to as a purgative, the oil is a powerful laxative that relieves constipation.