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Hydrogenated Castor Oil (HCO), also known as castor wax is a hard, brittle, insoluble wax. It is produced by adding hydrogen in the presence of a nickel catalyst. Its white flakes are extremely insoluble and are water resistant. It is insoluble in water and solubility in many organic solvents is also very limited.
It is a non-toxic, non-hazardous material. HCO is available as flakes which melt to a clear transparent liquid.
Its main applications are as follows
- In coatings and greases where resistance to moisture, oils and other petrochemical products is required.
- In pharmaceutical applications and manufacture of greases and lubricants.
- In a range of cosmetics & toiletries.
- Metal drawing lubricants.
- Packing & Sealant.
- Processing aid for rubber & plastics.
- Wax polish.
Other Benefits Of Castor Oil:
Apart from the above-mentioned uses, castor oil can also be used to cure problems like
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Pain from Rheumatism
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Menstrual Disorders
- Age Spots
- Skin Abrasions
Castor oil has no side effects as such. However, if you want to use it internally, like to treat constipation, make sure you take the right dosage. It always better to consult your physician to avoid complications later. Make sure you read the instructions on the label before using it internally.
A Word of Caution:
As much as the castor oil helps in skin problems, it is highly recommended not to use too much castor oil on your face. This is because it is highly concentrated and too much of it can clog the pores, leading to skin irritation or breakouts. So don’t be too generous with its usage.
Pregnant and lactating women, those with intestinal blockage or appendicitis should not consume castor oil. Kindly consult your doctor if you want to use this oil.
Nutritional Value of Castor Oil:
The high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins and minerals found in castor oil, together make it highly beneficial. Here is a table with a detailed breakup to help you understand castor oil’s nutritional value.