Since I transitioned and have tried several natural oils, I discovered that my 4 a/b hair type truly loves the feel of only one oil, and that oil is, castor oil. As a little girl my grandmother (father’s mother) used to chase me around the house with a spoon full of castor oil when I told her my stomach hurt. My mother said her Native American grandmother used to do the same thing. I did not like swallowing the oil and quickly learned to sit and suffer with a belly ache than tell my grandmother anything about a pain. So because of that experience I shied away from using castor oil for anything and never even thought about applying it to my hair. But recently (a few years back) I realized that my hair loves castor oil. I tried olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, you name it oil, on my hair but castor oil is the only oil that conditions, moisturizes and softens. It is thick, and gooey, and once applied, my scalp sighs with relief. I use a quarter size every day.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil derived from the castor bean seed in its purest form. Cultivators of castor beans remove the hull of the seed, before pressing it to obtain the oil. This oil has been used internally and externally before Christ due to its wonderful health benefits. Since it can strengthen the immune system, castor oil is considered a great remedy to treat the following major illnesses and ailments:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hair loss
- Pain from Arthritis and Rheumatism
It has also been found to help with many everyday problems such as:
- Yeast Infections
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Menstrual Disorders
- Athlete’s Foot
- Skin Abrasions
And, the most interesting to me is that, castor oil has been known to induce labor. So pregnant women should always consult a doctor before using it. WOW!