Castor oil is a vegetable oil. It has a very mild taste and has a very pale yellow color. This post will list some of the more common uses of castor oil in the world today!
Uses of Castor Oil
- One of the main uses of castor oil is as a flavoring in foods such as chocolates (and other candy).
- Castor oil is often added to other foods as it inhibits the growth of mold.
- The oil can be taken as a treatment for constipation as it is a laxative. However, other medicines are preferred over castor oil.
- A derivative of castor oil is used for skin problems. It has anti-inflammatory effects. It is also added to shampoo, lipstick and lip balm as a skin conditioner.
- Castor oil and its derivatives are used in a variety of modern drugs. These include an anti-fungal drug, an inhibitor used in chemotherapy, a drug that suppresses the immune system allowing organ transplants and a drug that treats skin ulcers.
- Castor oil is included in many ‘home remedies’ for various problems. It is said to help treat burns, sunburn, skin disorders, skin cuts and abrasions. While bottles of castor oil state that oil must be kept away from the eyes, many claim it can be used to draw out styes.
- Lubrication is another great use of castor oil. Jets and race car engines use castor oil as a lubricant.
- Castor oil is used in the manufacture of adhesives, brake fluids, inks, paints, washing powder and dyes.