The Oil Nut Tree (Rininus communis euphorbiacceae) or Castor Oil plant is not only hard to pronounce, is a soft wood evergreen found in most tropical and subtopic regions.
It belongs to the same phylum Angiospermae and order Magnoliopsida of another tropical tree commonly called the ‘trumpet tree’. However, unlike it cousin which usually towers at anywhere from five (5) to ten (10) meters, the Oil Nut Trees rarely pass four (4) meters tall.
Being a soft wooded tree, it’s rather flexible, which helps the plant to “track the sun across the sky”.
This means that if the plant has adequate space around it, the plant will slowly adjust the orientation of the leaves to maximise the amount of sunlight collected by the plant, a feature often seen in the younger trees. The leaves are palm shaped and have net-like veins with the leaves growing as wide as 30 cm across.
So what are the features of the Oil Nut Tree?
The Oil Nut Tree – Seeds produce Castor Oil
The Oil Nut Tree produces greenish flowers with prickly round pods that contain the oil nut seed. The pods themselves usually grow in clusters of anywhere from ten (10) to one hundred (100) in prickly pods usually located at the top of the tree or at the end of tree limbs.
When the pods are rip, the tree cuts off the supply of water to the cluster. At this point, the seeds start to dry, causing them to “explode”, scattering the seeds up to five (5) meters from the tree.
When being dried the pods of the Oil Nut Tree produce a sound similar to popcorn being popped. The seed are light usually mostly grey with dark brown spots. It is from the sees that the Castor Oil is extracted.
Medicinal uses of Castor oil – good for diarrhoea, hair, skin and teeth
Anecdotally, it is said that the seeds are powerful laxative, as it is said that one seed when chewed can cause severe diarrhoea-like state, for up to three (3) days.
These can be good or bad, depending on what you are using it for. The leaves of the castor-oil-plant can be applied externally to treat head and tooth aches.
The oil is use to treat some minor skin conditions, such as chafed and dry skin, once applied regularly, preferably once a day. Castor oil is very good for hair, making even dry hard hair shiny and wholesome when it is applied regularly.
Castor Oil – Fuel of the Future
Castor oil is slightly more viscous than cooking oil. It’s made by vigorously masticating the dried oil nut seed into a pulp and boiling it down until the oil is extracted from the nut.
Castor oil is light or dark brown oil, with its colour seems depends on how long it is boiled with the colour getting darker the longer it is boiled.
It is the viscous nature of Castor Oil from the Oil Nut Tree that makes it a potential replacement for Diesel in large vehicles such as trucks and buses.
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