Castor Seeds
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The castor oilplant (Ricinus communis) is a plant species of the Euphorbiaceae and the solemember of the genus Ricinus and of the subtribe Ricininae. It is the origin ofthe castor bean which, despite its name, is not a true bean. The name Ricinusis a Latin word for tick; the seed is so named because it has markings and abump at the end which resembles certain ticks. Castor seeds have been found inEgyptian tombs dating back to 4000 BC. Although castor is probably indigenousto Eastern Africa, today castor is distributedworldwide. Herodotus and other Greek travellers have noted the use of castorseed oil for lighting and body anointments.

It is the source of castor oil, which has a wide variety of uses. The use of castor seed oil in India has beendocumented since 2000 BC for use in lamps and in local medicine as a laxative.Castor seed and its oil have also been used in China for centuries, mainlyprescribed in local medicine for internal use or use in dressings. Castor seed containsbetween 40% and 60% oil that is rich in triglycerides, mainly ricinolein.