What Are the Benefits of Mineral Oil?

Mineral oil is a clear liquid that can be bought at any pharmacy or retail store. It has many internal and external uses and is a natural way to treat a variety of medical ailments. Mineral oil can be used alone or it can be mixed with other essential oils to get the desired effect that you are looking for.

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One of the main benefits of mineral oil is in treating constipation. Mineral oil is commonly used as a laxative by either an oral or rectal route. It is considered to be a lubricant type of laxative. According to the Mayo Clinic, when mineral oil is taken orally, it coats the bowel and stool with a waterproof film. This helps to keep moisture in the stool and helps the person to pass it easier without having to strain. When the mineral oil is taken by enema or rectally it acts in a similar way than it does when taken orally. Some people prefer a rectal delivery because of being unable to swallow the liquid on their own.

Scalp Condition

One important benefit of mineral oil is for the problem of dandruff, cradle cap or scalp psoriasis. Many conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, cradle cap or simple dry skin can be treated by using mineral oil. According to the Mayo Clinic, applying mineral oil to your scalp at night and covering with a plastic shower cap can sometimes be enough to help treat this condition. This treatment helps to loosen dry scales on the scalp and reduce overall inflammation.

Dry Skin

Many people suffer from dry skin. Some people even suffer from medical conditions such as psoriasis that cause large patches of dry, scaly skin to develop. Mineral oil can be very valuable in treating these conditions. According to The Mayo Clinic, mineral oil has the ability to help moisturize and prevent evaporation of water from the surface of the skin. This treatment is best done just after a shower so that this moisture can be contained. Doing this treatment on a daily basis, as well as using good quality moisturizers, can help you treat severe cases of dry skin.

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