Few days ago I bought the Vitamin E series moisture serum from The Body Shop. Upon application it makes the skin feel hot… Not a burning sensation, more like blood rushing to the skin. “Wait a minute! I know this feeling” was my first thought. Upon inspecting the ingredients, the reason was obvious. The serum contains a very popular in Europe herb oil, that I have noticed is not popular here in Asia almost at all!
I’m taking about castor seed oil. I’ve first learned about it’s properties from my grandma In Poland, my home country, a bottle of castor seed oil can be bought for something about $1 in every drugstore. It has a strong sour taste, and strong smell, which explains, why most people rather use pharmaceuticals, that refer to it…
So what it does? Aside from having antiseptic properties, it slight irritates the skin, expanding the blood vessels. If ingested, it will create a blood flow to the intestines . So what does my granny recommend the oil for?
- Building strong brows and lashes – every night, before bed rub a bit of oil into the brows and base of lashes. After 3 weeks they will become thicker and stronger. I tried this trick, but since I sleep on my face (not very good for the skin… I know), it would rub off on the pillow.
- Fighting hair loss – rub a bit of oil into the skin where hair is loosing it’s strength, and either leave for the night, or wrap with warm towel for an hour or two, and then wash thoroughly. Some people mix it in with their favorite hair conditioner, so it will work more efficiently. I can confirm it works!
- Revive skin by adding a few drops of it to the your bath. Although it’s an oil, it dissolves completely.
I’m not even sure if you can buy castor oil in Singapore (I stock up whenever I have chance from Europe), but if you have problems with weak hair, or dry skin it’s worth a hunt. Or you can buy the moisture serum from The Body Shop – unfortunately only the serum has castor oil in it Shame shame… cuz the effect is so nice!
Ok, I shared my granny’s secret knowledge about beauty, how about you share with me now? ;D Any secret recipes you know? Or herbs worth incorporating into home supplies?