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Jamaica Black Castor Oil

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Castor oil has been used by humans for over 4000 years for a variety of uses including as an insecticide, lubricant and as an anti-fungal ointment.

Its microbial action has made it a valuable oil for medicinal purposes. The combination of these properties make castor oil a prime candidate for help with a variety of hair loss and bad skin conditions. It is also used as an emulsino stabilizer in cosmetics and as a carrier oil for many different essential oils and perfumes.

Castor oil has been used by humans for over 4000 years and has been used for a variety of uses including as an insecticide, lubricant, and anti fungal ointment. It also has microbial action. The combination of it being an anti-microbial agent and anti fungal agent, make castor oil a prime candidate for help with a variety of hair loss and bad skin conditions. It is also used as an emulsion stabilizer in cosmetics and as a carrier oil for many different essential oils and perfumes.

Castor oil is a colourless and odourless oil derived from the  castor bean shrub which is thought to be native to the eastern areas of Africa, from where its use spread throughout the world, most notably via the slave trade to Jamaica. The seeds are cold pressed, then heated for clarification. The seeds of the castor bean shrub contain a poisionous chemical called ricin but this does not come through in the resulting oil.

The skin loves castor oil and it has been used to sooth headaches and muscle soreness and even to draw out sties in the eye.  It is a humectant, which means it draws moisture towards it, so it has a similar effect as glycerine does on the hair. As with any humectants, care must be taken not to over use, especially in dry climates as the product will draw moisture from wherever it is, to itself – and that means it could draw moisture out of your hair to itself if there is little in the air around it. Also you should not apply castor oil over itself repeatedly, and instead lightly wash the oil out of your hair often, before reapplying.

Jamaica Black Castor Oil refers to a method of processing the beans. They are roasted and ground, sometimes by hand using a grinder, then the ground beans are boiled to extract the oil. This method produces the pure, dark brown oil they refer to as Jamaica Black.

{googleads}If you suffer from a skin condition that inhibits hair growth, Jamaica Black Castor Oil would be a beneficial addition to your haircare regime as it can treat the conditions causing your hair loss. You should not be careful not to confuse this process as one which promotes hair growth, but one that prevents the conditions that may inhibit your hair’s healthy growth.

It will also give you a great shine with your twistouts and braidouts, while giving sheen to your puffs and locs.

You will find a wide range of Jamaican Black Castor Oil blends on Nappturality.com which can be of assistance with a range of hair needs – from treatments to conditioners, to daily spritzes and shine sprays – to acne relief products and massage oils, blended with pimento.

Having personally tried Jamaica Black Castor Oil products, I can attest to their benefits when used with natural, napptural hair.

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Patricia "Deecoily" Gaines

Patricia Gaines aka Deecoily is the founder and creator of Nappturality in 2002, the beginning of the natural hair movement. Since 2000 she has been blogging on all things natural hair, Black culture and politics.

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