Croton oil is extracted from the Croton tiglium Linn. Croton tiglium is a small tree that is native to the Malay Archipelago and India. This oil acts as a strong purgative and so, causes irritation that is capable of causing skin lesions and severe diarrhea. Croton oil is poisonous in nature and so, its usage is not that extensive today. Its basic usage is found as a component in many facial peels.
The use of croton oil in the form of drug was discovered in China. But, for the duration of the 16th century, it was introduced to the Dutch by the western parts of the world. Even at that time, it was also used as a purgative and a counter irritant. Because of its strong toxic effects, this oil eventually fell out of favor for usage. This oil has been found in India. It has been used to treat constipation in the conventional Chinese medicine. It is extracted from the seeds by the process of cold pressing.
|Croton tiglium Linn
|Though, the Chinese used croton as a drug initially but the origin of this croton oil is India only.
|Method of Extraction & Part of Plant Used
|This oil is extracted from the seeds with the help of cold pressed method.
|This oil has yellow to light brown shade.
|The fragrance of croton oil is unpleasant and pungent.
|It comprises of a combination of esters like myristic, palmitic, the glycerides of stearic, oleic acids & lauric and croton resins.
|Exfoliant, Cytocidal, Anti-Helminthic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antibacterial and Antifungal
|Blends Well With
|Croton oil Blends great with rosemary, lavender, patchouli, and tea tree oils
|Use this oil in a very small dose as it is very toxic in nature. Avoid the overdose of this oil. It is advisable for children and women to avoid croton oil to all the extents. It is recommended for its administered usage of not more than two to three drops. If even a small amount of this oil falls on your skin then it can cause lesions.
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