Despite having anti- bacterial, medicinal and therapeutical values, castor oil can enhance the production of white blood cells and fights infection. It increases T-11 lymphocyte count within hours of application. This initiates body to produce antibodies that fight against viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer cells.
Oral consumption of castor oil is advised for pregnant woman, facilitating uterus contraction, in order to induce labour. The Ricinoleic acid activates EP3 prostanoid receptor in uterus, thus helping in delivery.
Castor oil is also effective in dissolving the cysts and corns, when applied with baking soda on the infected area. The fatty acid in the castor oil, being easily absorbed by the body, makes it efficient in dissolving ovarian cysts.
Castor oil is a laxative and allows proper bowel movement, thus helping digestion and cleansing of digestive system. Ricinoleic acid in castor oil plays a vital role in the cleansing process.
Massaging with castor oil followed by placing a hot water bag on the area is an excellent treatment for arthritis. Repeating twice a week produces progressive results. The anti- inflammatory property makes it effective in relieving joint pains, nerve inflammation and sore muscles.