Psoriasis, an autoimmune skin disease which causes lesions and skin irritation can be treated with the help of castor oil. Psoriasis is known to be one of the most chronic and inflammatory skin diseases. Castor oil can be an effective home remedy for dealing with psoriasis.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes a rash with itchy, scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp. Psoriasis is a common, long-term (chronic) disease with no cure.
The skin condition is known to first develop between ages 15 to 25. In the long-term, psoriasis can increase risk of psoriatic arthritis. Genetics and the body’s immune function are majorly considered as the causative factors of psoriasis. Skin cells of patients with psoriasis grow faster than others. This results in build-up of lesions or tissues on skin. Psoriasis can cause multiple kinds of rashes on the skin which can be itchy and painful.
Ozonated Castor Oil for Psoriasis
Ozonated castor oil is considered a vegetable oil that is pale yellow in color and is produced by crushing the seeds of the castor oil plant. Many of the benefits gained by using castor oil are a result of its chemical composition. Castor oil is a particular type of triglyceride fatty acid, with nearly 90 percent of its fatty acid substance is ricinoleic acid, which is an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid.
The benefits of ozonated castor oil are such that it can stimulate immune system and help in easing down flare-ups and symptoms in psoriasis.
People with psoriasis may be more prone to other types of skin infection, or their lesions may become infected. Anti-bacterial properties of ozonated castor oil can help in healing wounds effectively. It helps in fighting bacteria and quickens the healing process of skin.
Additionally, ozonated castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial for the skin. It is because of the content of ricinoleic acid which has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Ozonated Castor Oil for Psoriasis on the Scalp
Psoriasis of the scalp appears in about half of all people with psoriasis. According to "The Science of Hair Care," ozonated castor oil is gentle and moisturizing, and can ease the discomfort of psoriasis of the scalp. You can safely use this treatment as often as you desire, though weekly treatment is enough for many people to notice favorable results.
Apply a generous amount of ozonated castor oil to your scalp before going to bed. Ozonated castor oil is hydrating to both the hair and the scalp. Gently massage the oil into your scalp. Massaging the scalp promotes circulation, which allows the scalp to better absorb the castor oil.
Don a shower cap, place your pillow in a garbage bag and wrap it in a thick towel to ensure that your linens remain free of the castor oil while you sleep.
Wash and shampoo your hair as you normally do to rinse out all of the excess castor oil. Gently massage your scalp to promote healthy circulation as you wash and rinse your hair and scalp.