Castor Oil Plant

Botanical Name: Ricinus communis L.

Botanical Name:
Ricinus communis L.

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Family:

Euphorbiaceae

Appearance:

Annual culture, 1-3 m high, with lush development. The stem is richly branched and hollow on the inside, with alternately folded leaves, lobate palm, large, 30-50 cm, glossy, with prominent ribs. The female flowers are red and the masculine, yellow. Fruits are spicy capsules with 3 seeds. It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant.

Origins:

Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Africa

Active constituents:

  • Fats, proteins, carbohydrates, mineral salts
  • Oleic, stearic, linoleic acid

Healing properties:

Due to ricinoleic acid, castor oil has laxative and purgative properties.

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