A vegetable oil obtained from the seed of the castor plant(Ricinus communis), pure castor oil is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste. Among many uses, it can serve as a naturally healthy treatment for several common foot problems.
Dryness: When circulation to one’s feet is compromised, the skin may become dried out. According to the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, castor oil has long been used to soothe and seal foot skin that has become cracked and fissured, qualified health counselors seek to improve the root cause of the impediment to normal circulation.
Achy: Castor oil has also proved to have analgesic, or pain-reducing effects according to a study of surface pain published in the Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery.
Fungal: Undecylenic acid, an active ingredient in castor oil, is widely acknowledged for its relief of fungal infections in the body (Antiviral Research). For foot or toenail fungus, soak feet in a basin of water with Epsom salts for about five minutes, and then apply castor oil liberally.
So, ladies and gentlemen, the next time you think about castor oil, don’t say yuck, say ahhhhh!
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