How Castor Oil Breaks Down Scar Tissue

How Castor Oil Breaks Down Scar Tissue

Scar tissue forms as part of the body's natural healing response to injury or trauma. While it's intended to repair the damage, excessive inflammation can actually cause your scar tissue to become thick, rigid, and restrictive which can affect you in many ways. This can range from restricted mobility, long term discomfort and poor circulation- all of which all have secondary health consequences. For many women, scar tissue post C section birth is an endless battle and source of discomfort.

Mother Nature however, has gifted us a powerful and completely natural remedy for scar tissue and yes you guessed it, it's Castor Oil! Keep reading for our deep dive into how Castor Oil can help you break down scar tissue!


How Does Scar Tissue Form?

Scar tissue forms as part of the body's natural healing response to injury or trauma. When the skin or underlying tissues are damaged, the body initiates a complex cascade of events to repair the injury.

First, inflammatory cells rush to the site to clear away damaged tissue and debris.

Next, the body lays down collagen fibers to form new connective tissue.

While this helps to close the wound, the resulting scar tissue is often thicker, stiffer, and less flexible than the original healthy tissue. Over time, the scar can continue to mature and contract, leading to issues like restricted mobility and chronic pain.


Who Gets Scar Tissue?

Scar tissue can affect anyone, from elite athletes to elderly individuals, and everyone in between. One study estimated that up to 91% of the general population has some form of scar tissue, whether it originates from surgical procedures, physical injuries, or other underlying health conditions.[1]


Using Castor Oil On Your Scar Tissue Post C Section

After a C-section delivery, the body undergoes a natural healing process that leads to the formation of scar tissue. As the incision made in the abdomen and uterus during the surgical procedure begins to heal, the body responds by laying down new collagen fibers to close and strengthen the wound.

This scar tissue formation is an essential part of the body's natural healing mechanisms, but it can sometimes result in visible scarring on the abdomen. The appearance and characteristics of the scar can vary from person to person, depending on factors like the individual's skin type, the size and location of the incision, and any complications during the healing process.

In the initial weeks and months after a C-section, the scar may be red, raised, and feel slightly lumpy or uneven. Over time, as the scar matures, it typically becomes flatter, softer, and more integrated with the surrounding skin. However, some individuals may develop more pronounced or hypertrophic scarring, where the scar tissue continues to grow and thicken. Proper scar management, including the use of castor oil and self massage techniques can help minimize the appearance and discomfort associated with C-section scar tissue.


How Does Castor Oil Break Down Scar Tissue?

Castor oil's primary active compound, ricinoleic acid, is responsible for its scar tissue-reducing effects. Ricinoleic acid has potent anti-inflammatory properties that helps to calm the excessive inflammation that contributes to scar tissue formation.

Additionally, ricinoleic acid has been shown to stimulate collagen production and cell proliferation - two crucial processes for healthy tissue regeneration.

Castor oil also has the unique ability to increase lymphatic circulation, which helps flush out the stagnant fluids and cellular debris that can lead to the hardening and contraction of scar tissue over time.

How Long does it take for Castor Oil to break down Scar Tissue?

Generally speaking, most people begin to notice some positive changes within the first 4-6 weeks of regular (daily) use.

This could manifest as reduced inflammation, increased mobility, or a softening of the scar tissue.

It typically takes several months of continuous use to see more significant scar tissue reduction. As we say here at iAMA, using Castor Oil is a lifestyle not a quick fix!

The exact timeline depends on your age, other health issues you might have, your lifestyle and the severity of your scar tissue. Newer, more acute scars tend to respond faster than long-standing, chronic adhesions. 

Using Castor Oil For Scar Tissue Is a Lifestyle Choice

sIn addition to applying castor oil topically or taking it internally, complementing this with targeted exercise, stretching, and a nutritious diet can amplify the benefits.

Gentle movements and stretching such as yin yoga, that target the areas affected by scar tissue can help break up adhesions and improve range of motion.

Exercise that promotes circulation, such as walking or yoga, can also support the lymphatic drainage effects of castor oil.

And fueling your body with anti-inflammatory, collagen-boosting foods like leafy greens, fatty fish, and bone broth can provide the raw materials needed for tissue repair and regeneration.

By layering these modalities together - castor oil, movement, and nutrition - you create a synergistic approach that tackles scar tissue from multiple angles for optimal healing and restoration of healthy, supple tissues.

[1] Willard, F. H. et al. (2012). The Thoracolumbar Fascia: Anatomy, Function and Clinical Considerations.
[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Births - Method of Delivery.
[3] Endometriosis Foundation of America. What is Endometriosis? [4] Viswanathan, M. et al. (2016). Management of Uterine Fibroids: An Update of the Evidence.

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