Other Medicinal 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.
Industrial Uses of Castor Oil
Castor oil is widely used in many industrial applications. This bio-degradable and eco-friendly product is used in plastics, textiles, paints, cosmetics, and a number of inks and industrial adhesives. Below is a brief description of its industrial application areas:
Textile finishing materials
Consumer Products: Cleaning products, detergents, personal care products, paint strippers, styling gel, adhesive remover, etc.
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