Castor oil has been known for centuries for its many virtues. Used in places all over the globe since the 16th century, it now finds its place in the closets of beauty experts and among those who are interested in natural products. For your hair, nails or skin, it can be used as a general or more targeted treatment. In this article, we invite you to discover the benefits of castor oil for feet.
Taking care of your skin? Nothing easier than castor oil!
Thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory or antioxidant action, castor oil has powerful effects, both aesthetic and therapeutic. Its benefits come from its very special composition: it is loaded with fatty acids, such as ricinoleic acid. Rich in Omega-9, this active component regenerates and / or reinforces the hydrolipidic film.
This allows a deep hydration for your skin! Applied as a weekly treatment, it protects your skin from dryness and provides it with a better elasticity.
In addition, castor oil is antifungal and antibacterial, which is also convenient to clean up the areas where it is applied. A concrete example of this wonderful property is better understood when studying people suffering from acne. Castor oil gives excellent results to improve this condition! In other situations such as abrasion of the skin, redness or scarring, its anti-inflammatory action allows to soothe, while sanitizing and moisturizing.
Our skin is visibly more beautiful: cleansed, neat, soft and with a better elasticity!
Castor oil for feet, the perfect ally
Our feet are very important parts of our body. Yet, we mistreat them and we often let them suffer. Blisters, crevasses, plantar warts, dry feet, abrasions or corns … our feet are prone to many diseases. On the long run they can become extremely painful!
They carry us for hours, often locked up in shoes that do not really let them breathe. Few people really take the time to pay attention to them, to treat them as early as possible, from the onset of a little unpleasant sensation.
In Asia, Russia or in some countries of America, the foot is subject to much more attention for aesthetic but also therapeutic purposes. With the aid of acupuncture, Ayurveda, plantar reflexology and especially massages, these cultures seek to alleviate the pain or to treat certain affections.
Rich in minerals, vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids (including undecylenic and ricinoleic acids), castor oil works wonders to pamper our feet. Indeed, it helps in the regeneration of damaged skin and cells.
5 reasons to use castor oil for your feet
I have listed for you 5 possible therapeutic and aesthetic uses for your feet:
- Pain: castor oil has, in addition to an anti-inflammatory action, an analgesic effect. In the event of a sprain or bruise for example, a castor oil pack will do you the greatest good. Moreover, in foot reflexology or Ayurveda, the foot is often tied to the head. Also, archaic massages with a mixture of castor oil and coconut oil at bedtime can help you relax and act on a migraine or headache.
- Circulation Problems: Castor oil stimulates blood circulation. It will therefore help you prevent and combat the “heavy leg” sensation. Problems related to blood or lymphatic circulation can cause other health concerns and it is important to treat them as soon as possible.
- Dry Skin: this is the perfect example of the consequences of a blood circulation problem. If you suffer from poor circulation, your feet can indeed become very dry. This dryness leads to cracks and fissures, often painful. Castor oil will allow you in a few weeks to get those little feet soft and hydrated.
- Redness and itching: anti-inflammatory thanks to the ricinoleic acid that it contains, castor oil will purify the area you wish to treat, it will purify it before hydrating it in depth. You will notice a quick result as long as you apply it on a regular basis.
- Fungus, warts and mycoses: this type of infections is unfortunately frequent on feet. They can cause redness, bad odors, scaling and can be contagious. Since castor oil is antifungal, it will help you get rid of these problems. Indeed, among the saturated fatty acids that compose it, one finds undecylclenic acid, recognized as a natural antifungal.
Castor oil scrub for feet DIY
This scrub will allow you to remove the dead skin from your feet while moisturizing them deeply.
Ingredients for my castor oil scrub
- 200 grams / 1 cup Epsom Salt or Sea Salt
- 4 tablespoons of castor oil
- 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- 4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil for a soothing effect or peppermint (or mint of the fields) for a refreshing and toning care
Mix all the ingredients in a container (that you can close) and keep this pot in a dry and cool place. You can make your scrub with sea salt or Epsom salt. Sea salt will help you eliminate calluses and dead skin. Epsom salt has a less thick grain. It therefore exfoliates more gently. Choose the essential oil you prefer according to its properties and your needs. You can also replace the jojoba and sweet almond oils by other oils, such as coconut for example.
Do not hesitate to combine this scrub with a moisturizing massage with castor oil to be certain to have hydrated and healthier feet.
Castor oil for feet: final thoughts
Before going to bed, massage your feet with castor oil mixed with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Insist on the heels area and gently reach your ankles. Put on a pair of thick socks and relax! Your feet will be hydrated and feel amazing in the morning. Try to do it at least once a week.
From head to toe, the spectrum of use of castor oil is therefore very broad. You probably knew its benefits for hair, nails or skin; now you also know that castor oil can help your feet! Enjoy and stay tuned for new castor oil applications!