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Castor Oil

Castor Oil
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Description: An almost colorless or slight yellow clear viscous liquid.

An IntroductionCastor oil is an edible oil derived from the castor bean. Its scientific name is 'ricinus communis' and this plant is not a member of the bean family. Castor seeds contain between 40% and 60% oil that is rich in triglycerides, mainly ricinolein, and helps immensely in moisturizing and lubricating the skin. Since centuries, castor oil has been used as remedies for many disorders. Besides being used as an edible oil, it is also used for producing cosmetics and other personal care products such as night creams, lipsticks, masks, etc. However, its seeds also contain ricin, a poison, which is also present in lower concentrations throughout the plant. Ricin does not partition into the oil because it is water-soluble, therefore, castor oil does not contain ricin, provided that no cross-contamination occurs during its production.

Earlier castor oil was used for lighting by means of torches and candles. Nowadays, it is widely used in many industries as a lubricant.

Uses:

In Food Industry: Food Grade Castor Oil is widely used in the food processing industry. It is used as food additives, lavorings, candy (i.e., chocolate), as a mold inhibitor, and also in packaging. The food stuff industries also use polyoxyethylated castor oil (eg. Cremophor EL) as a vehicle for oral and intravenous administration of water-insoluble compounds Uses in Medicinal Science: From centuries, castor oil has been widely used as home remedy for many disorders. This unsaturated fatty acid contains ricinoleic acid, a unique subtance with great healing capabilities. Ricinoleic acid inhibits the growth of many viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. The most common and most frequent of the medical uses for castor oil are the way it is used for treating constipation. Application of the castor oil is also beneficial in cases of ringworm, keratoses, skin inflammation, abrasions, fungal infections, and acne. One study has found that castor oil decreased pain more than ultrasound gel or vaseline during extracorporeal shock wave application.

Other Meicinal Properties of Castor Oil

It is also used for skin ointments (healing of wounds, pustules, pimples, or haemorrhoids) It is helpful in case of arthritis and back pain Application of castor oil to the abdominal area relieves pain during the menstruation cycle Nursing mothers used to apply castor oil to the breasts to increase milk secretion and relieve milk stagnation in the mammary glands.

Other Applications

Due to its good lubricity and biodegradability, castor oil is an attractive alternative to petroleum-derived lubricant, but its oxidative stability and low temperature performance limits its widespread use Its better low temperature viscosity properties and high temperature lubrication than most vegetable oils, makes it useful as a lubricant in jet, diesel, and race-car engines Highly refined and dried castor oil is sometimes used as a dielectric fluid within high performance high voltage capacitors It is the preferred lubricant for bicycle pumps, most likely because it doesn't dissolve natural-rubber seals.

Castor Oil



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