Castor oil is arguably the most health promoting natural oils in the world. It is extracted from castor seed and is most popular for treating skin infections, lowering constipation and boosting the appearance of hair health due to its unique contained compound, ricinoleic acid. Scientific research has shown that castor oil has even more important applications for supporting the immune system. Studies have shown that castor oil is capable of increasing white blood cells and the count of T-11 cells (a type of special white blood cells that act like antibodies) produced within the body’s lymphocytes that help kill viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer cells.
Castor oil is known to consist of up to 90% ricinoleic, 4% linoleic, 3% oleic, 1% stearic, and less than 1% linolenic fatty acids.