Castor Scientific Name

Ricinus communis

Castor Other Names

English: Castor, African Coffee tree, Arandi
Chinese: Pee-Ma
Persian: Ved Anjir
Hindi: Erand, Redi
Sanskrit: Eraṇḍaka

What is Castor?

Castor plant also known as Ricinus is a quick growing evergreen tree. It grows up to a height of 5 meter and width of 4.5 meter. Its leaves are shinny green to purplish in color. In Ayurveda, it mostly used in form of oil, obtained from the Castor seed.
Castor oil has anti aging and rejuvenating properties. Seeds of Castor can be toxic and oil is obtained from the seeds only after fermentation in coconut water, followed by washing and drying to get get them ready for medicinal use. It is known to be the best remedy to cure tooth ailments and constipation. Also, Castor seed oil is very effective in treatment of rheumatism.

Common forms of Castor

Root, Leave, Fruit, Seed, Oil

Castor is commonly used for:

Castor Dosage

Seed OIl: 3-5 Drops
Powder: 1-3 gram

Castor Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Castor oil can cause diarrhea, dysentery, stomach cramps and vomiting due to its purgative nature.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant and nursing mothers: Not Known but avoid using without medical supervision.
Children: Not known.

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