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  • Castor Oil Plant-A popular Jamaican herb used mostly for the hair

    Warm castor oil is used as a rub for arthritis and as a bath oil it relieves many skin problems.The plant is also used to cure constipation and bodily pain. Hot castor oil massaged into the hair will strengthen it and eliminate dandruff,lice,fleas and other scalp problems.

    Medicinal Uses (other than oil)

    Alcoholic extract of the leaf was hepatoprotective in rats.,[5][6][7]

    Methanolic extracts of the leaves of Ricinus communis were used Antimicrobial testing against eight pathogenic bacteria in rats and showed antimicrobial properties. The extract was not toxic.[8]

    Pericarp of Castor bean showed CNS stimulant effects in mice at low doses. At lower doses, the extract improved memory consolidation. At high doses mice quickly died.[9]

    A water extract of the root bark showed analgesic activity in rats.[10]

    Antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties found in ethanolic extract of Ricinus communis root bark.[11]

     

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