Castor oil (Heat pressed)
Ricin is a naturally occurring protein that is found in the seeds of the castor bean plant, and it is highly toxic to humans if ingested.
The heat used during the pressing process causes some breakdown of the ricin protein, which helps to reduce its concentration in the resulting oil. However, it is important to note that ricin is extremely potent and can still be present in trace amounts even after processing..
Toxicity is one of the reasons why heat-pressed castor oil is often preferred over cold-pressed castor oil.
Here are some of the key properties and uses of castor oil:
Castor oil has been traditionally used in certain regional cuisines for its medicinal properties. In some parts of India, castor oil is believed to aid digestion and is used as a laxative, so it may be added to dal or meat dishes for this purpose. Also, it tenderizes the meat when cooked with, a very small quantity is enough to serve the purpose, around 1 tsp.
Moisturizing: Castor oil is a highly emollient oil that is rich in fatty acids. It can help to moisturize and nourish dry or damaged skin, hair, and nails.
Anti-fungal: Castor oil contains a compound called undecylenic acid, which has anti-fungal properties. It can be used topically to treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.
It’s always a good idea to choose high-quality, consciously and minimally processed oils.
The castor seeds are cultivated in Andhiyur, Tamilnadu, without any pesticides. Tested Organic.
Sending you good health!