Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of Ricinus communis, a plant native to India but now known worldwide. The plant is commonly called Palma Christi because of its large “hand shaped” leaves. Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Approximately 90% of its fatty acid content is made up of ricinoleic acid, and it is this aspect that is thought to give the oil its remarkable healing abilities. Ricinoleic acid can be effective in preventing the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds.
Added to a massage oil blend it gives a great glide.