5 Benefits of Castor Oil for your Hair
Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Victoria is Head of Operations at Queen of the Thrones®. Victoria obtained a Pre-Health Science Certificate with Honours from Georgian College, which ignited her passion for natural wellness and nutrition.
Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A.
Est. reading time: 7 minutes.
Your natural secret for dull, thinning hair and split ends
Remember hearing the story of Samson in the Bible? When he lost his hair, he lost all of his power. In Native American culture, hair is thought to be an extension of the spirit. Historically, locks of hair were given to lovers as a token of affection or passed down as a family heirloom.
Hair is a significant part of our humanity, which is why problems with our hair can deeply disrupt our well-being. Would you agree?
No wonder there are so many products available in the market to help your hair grow, shine and thrive. Did you know that Castor Oil is known as a tried & true restorative tool for your hair, too?
So, you might be wondering, “how does Castor Oil help to grow hair?”
Well, to truly know if Castor Oil can help your locks, it’s essential to first understand the common reasons for your hair problems.
Common causes for hair loss include:
- Hormonal imbalance, thyroid problems, or menopause
- Malnourishment or poor nutrient absorption
- Stress, immune imbalances, or autoimmune disorders
Can you relate to any of these? You’re in the right place.
Would you love to make the most of Castor Oil for your hair with a tried & true 7 essential oil blend so you can support your hair and scalp?
So, how can Castor Oil help?
Castor Oil has been supporting hair throughout the centuries, from Greek Goddesses to Roman Empresses to Egyptian Queens.
Legend has it, Castor Oil was the beauty secret of the beautiful Queen Cleopatra herself! Amazing, right?
There’s also mention of Castor Oil in the Bible as a divine healing and anointing oil.
Plus, it’s full of hair-loving nutrients like polyphenols, omega fatty acids, and vitamin E1. No wonder this oil has such a rich history.
Now, let’s see what science has to say about Castor Oil, ready?
So, how can Castor Oil help?
You see, Castor Oil is full of hormone-balancing, hair-loving nutrients. It stimulates circulation, balances inflammation, moisturizes the scalp, and SO much more!
1. Supporting a healthy scalp microbiome
Micro….what? No, it’s not gross- stay with me here.
The scalp microbiome is a community of simple organisms that grow on your scalp. Microbiome is a diverse mix of bacteria that work together to manage your scalp health (just like healthy bacteria in your gut). Makes sense, right?
If the delicate balance is thrown off, you can develop unfortunate scalp problems like flaking, itching, and irritation2. Sound familiar?
2. Soothing scalp inflammation
Castor Oil comes from the castor bean, which is rich in ricinoleic acid—a type of fatty acid shown to soothe inflammation.3
Scalp inflammation can result in dryness and flaking. So, by preventing and soothing inflammation, Castor Oil may also reduce flaking.
Plus, Castor Oil is rich in various fatty acids that provide essential proteins and nutrients to hair follicles and prevent hair follicle inflammation.4 Amazing, agreed?
These nutrients and proteins bring us to the next benefit of Castor Oil all about how it can…
3. Nourish your hair
Castor Oil is also rich in antioxidants, which help neutralize the harmful effects of the oxidation caused by free radicals on your hair.5
They also protect hair from ultraviolet rays and sun damage, promote hair growth, and manage frizz.
You see, lack of nutrients can slow down your hair growth and even cause hair loss. However, Castor Oil supports hair nutrition by…
4. Improving circulation to hair follicles
Applying Castor Oil on your scalp promotes nitric oxide, an antioxidant that supports blood circulation.6,7 Better blood flow combined with the penetrability of the fatty acids in Castor Oil may help deliver nourishment to the hair follicles.8 This means stronger strands and less breakage. Sounds wonderful, right?
Better circulation also means that the follicles don’t weaken over time, promoting healthy hair growth.
Loving the benefits so far? Well, adding a Hair Wrap can help enhance the benefits of Castor Oil for your hair. Here’s how it helps…
5. Supporting lymph drainage
Your lymphatic stem cells are grouped in clusters, surrounded by lymphatic vessels.9
Your hair follicles play a role in fluid drainage, and poor drainage may mean less tissue regeneration, and more issues with hair loss or thinning.
The gentle compression of the Castor Oil Hair Wrap helps support lymphatic drainage on the scalp, promoting healthy growth for your hair.
This means less worrying about hair loss, hair thinning, or managing split ends. Would you love that?
As an added bonus, Castor Oil promotes growth and thickness of eyebrows and eyelashes!
Ready to see the magic of Castor Oil on your hair? Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil is 100% pure, organic, extra virgin cold-pressed, hexane-free, and comes in a glass bottle.
And how do you use Castor Oil for your hair? Well, the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Hair Growth Kit comes with all the tools needed for less mess hair-care.
The best part? Because you’re here now, if you choose to buy the Castor Oil Hair Growth Kit today, you’ll get a second Hair Growth Kit for 50% OFF. Amazing, right?!
There’s more, especially for essential oil lovers. Is this you?
Castor Oil is amazing on its own, but it’s also a wonderful carrier oil for essential oils as its unique molecular structure allows it to carry nutrients deeper into the skin & hair follicles, bringing you even more hair-loving benefits.10
Did you know that essential oils like rosemary and lavender work synergistically to strengthen circulation and enhance your hair growth, while soothing an itchy scalp?
Studies have shown seven essential oils work the best with Castor Oil so you can give yourself a truly restorative hair care experience.11 Would you love to know which 7 essential oils you can use and how to do it?
Hair is a crown that you never take off and needs the royal treatment it deserves so now’s your chance to show your crown some self-care!
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