Castor Oil (Part 2 – beautiful skin and hair)

castoroil_glassCastor Oil has many medicinal and curative uses, and the same properties that make it so effective in healing the body also make it an excellent choice for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin and hair.

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1. Castor Oil cures acne

The ricinoleic acid in castor oil works to inhibit many viruses and bacteria, and as castor oil is able to penetrate skin tissue deeply, this makes it an effective treatment for acne.

To treat acne, dab a hot damp washcloth all over your face in the evening before you go to bed. The heat will gently open the pores on your face. After this, massage a little castor oil gently into the skin. Leave on overnight. Repeat this daily for 1 to 2 weeks to see results. You can also repeat this twice in the day, once at night and once in the morning.

2. Castor Oil keeps the skin looking smooth, youthful and unlined

Castor oil’s ability to penetrate more deeply than any other essential plant oil make it an excellent way to keep skin looking youthful and fresh. Castor oil works better than any store-bought anti-ageing creams.

One of the best and easiest ways to use castor oil is to rub in a small amount around your eyes before bed, washing it off the next morning.

You can also rub in castor oil all over your face, but as it’s extremely thick and sticky, use sparingly. A little goes a long way! You can rinse this off after 2-3 hours, but you can always keep it on for longer if you feel comfortable. This type of all-over application might feel more uncomfortable in hotter and more humid climates. Thus, cooler days/nights or fall/winter may be better for castor oil mask applications.

Done daily, this will keep wrinkles at bay and the skin looking fresh, youthful and supple. With consistent use over a few months, this can also help to fade old dark marks left over from pimples/spots.

Note: If you intend to use castor oil intensively (24 hours/day over many consecutive days without significant breaks), you may encounter some temporary “looseness” in the area of application. This looseness/wrinkling effect is temporary, and the skin will tighten back up again in 1-2 weeks if you take a break from castor oil. However, you can avoid this risk by taking regular breaks. This “looseness” should not happen when castor oil is used normally. To clarify,  24 hours/day over many consecutive days = NOT normal use.

Be sure to use only cold-pressed (or cold-drawn) castor oil that is hexane-free. Any other kind could clog your pores.Another good reason to use cold-pressed castor oil instead of refined castor oil is that cold-pressed oils retain much more of their valuable nutrients.  A study by a Turkish university showed that more than 95% of the free fatty acids and carotenoids, and up to 61% of the tocopherols were removed when an edible oil goes through the conventional refining process. Read this comment for more information.

Castor oil is found in several anti-ageing creams, wrinkle creams and undereye creams.

Reviva Labs Eye Complex Firming Cream - castor oilReviva Labs Eye Complex Firming Cream burt's bees radiance day cream - castor oilBurt’s Bees Radiance Day Creme (UPDATE: they’ve since removed castor oil) Borba Advanced Aging Recovery Crème -castor oilBorba Advanced Aging Recovery Crème
Commercial anti-ageing creams that contain castor oil

Castor oil and facial hair growth – fact versus fiction

A few commenters have questioned the wisdom of using castor oil on the face given its ability to promote hair growth when used consistently over months. i.e. won’t this cause hair to sprout all over the face?

This is a fair question and deserves a straight answer.

ANSWER: No, castor oil will NOT turn you into a bearded lady or a wolfman!

Yes, it’s true that long-term and consistent castor oil applications will promote hair growth. However, it cannot make hair appear on areas where hair does not naturally occur for you. I have used castor oil around my eyes every day for years now and I assure you, gentle reader, that I have NOT turned into a bearded lady.

Castor oil use is ancient, and if it was able to create bearded ladies or wolfmen, the world would have heard about it by now through folk tales and old stories. Not to mention, the modern medical, pharmaceutical and scientific community would also have been all over this “miraculous” effect by now if it were true.

(But as it is in politics and in life, fear mongers will do what fear mongers do. As I always say — when in doubt, use your head!)

What hair growth REALLY means

For most people, when castor oil is used on the face, this means thicker and longer eyebrows/eyelashes and more rapid growth of them.

If you are a man with facial hair (a beard or a mustache), castor oil use over those areas will promote faster growth and thicker hair. This is also the same for some hirsute women.

However, castor oil use does not affect ‘vellus hair’. Vellus hair is the fine, downy and near-invisible hair that we all have on our faces (mostly over the cheeks).

What if you have had laser hair removal?

Applied consistently over months, castor oil can cause hair to regrow after temporary and “permanent” hair removal — including laser hair removal, waxing or tweezing.

For instance, after years of over-tweezing in my teen years, some parts of my naturally thick brows have become sparse. Regular castor oil use has filled in and thickened these sparse areas for me over time. However, if you were born with naturally sparse facial hair, castor oil use is unlikely to do much.

Similarly, if you have “permanently” lost hair from a wound or an injury (like I did from a deep burn on my leg), castor oil will also eventually return hair growth to normal.

If you do not want hair re-growth after laser hair removal, then avoid use over those areas.




3. Castor Oil breaks up external and internal scar tissue, and prevents new scars from forming

Castor oil’s unrivaled deep tissue penetration help to soften and remove both external and internal scars, like those that form following surgery. I have personally removed a deep burn scar using castor oil (I also shared my before-and-after photos in that article).

Castor oil will penetrate deep into the tissues to slowly break up scar tissue. Amazingly, castor oil is able to distinguish between healthy cells and abnormal ones. In healthy cells, castor oil will detoxify and stimulate them, while increasing circulation. In abnormal cells like scar tissue and growths, castor oil will instead work to aggressively dissolve cells thanks to its solvent property.

To break down internal scarring, soak a piece of clean cloth with castor oil and place it over the scar area for an hour or two each day. You can also simply rub castor oil over the scar each day. More serious internal scarring will take longer to break down.

On another note, castor oil can also prevent scars from forming in the first place. Applying castor oil over cuts or scrapes will promote excellent skin healing.

Remarkably, applying castor oil after surgery, cuts or wounds will also minimize scar formation. This could be because of castor oil’s ability to increase our body’s lymphocytes (because of this, castor oil packs are especially useful for people with HIV or AIDS). Lymphocytes, or white blood cells, appear to regulate wound healing. And studies have shown that T lymphocytes may play an important role in wound healing and scar formation. Babies and young children have naturally higher levels of lymphocytes than teenagers and adults, which could be one of the reasons why our skin healed with much less scarring when we were younger.

Several commercial scar reduction creams also contain castor oil (eg Scar Zone, Scar Repairex). However, they also contain more chemicals than they do castor oil!

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Both Scar Zone and Scar Repairex list castor oil as an ingredient

4. Castor Oil soothes shingles

Denise talked about how castor oil seem to be the only thing helping soothe the pain from her shingles.

She wrote, “I have been applying castor oil on my shingles. So far it has soothed them and softened the whole horrible thing. I am going to keep using it as Ive tried everything and its the only thing that seems to be working better than all. What do you feel about shingles and castor oil. I feel its my only hope as I know in the past its relieves pain and redness..”

Shingles are a type of viral infection and as castor oil has been proven to boost the body’s lymphocytes, it could be why castor oil applications appear to be helpful for anyone with weakened immune systems. For more on this, read how topical castor oil applications boost the immune system.

5. Castor Oil thickens eyelashes and eyebrows

Rub a little castor oil over the base of your eyelashes before bed. This prevents thinning and promotes rapid growth, leading to thicker and fuller lashes. In fact, many commercial products for eyelashes contain castor oil.

To thicken sparse eyebrows, rub a little castor oil over the brow line before bed.

6. Castor Oil prevents hair loss and regenerates hair

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties of ricinoleic acid in castor oil protects the scalp and hair from infections that can cause hair loss. The omega-9 fatty acids in castor oil also nourish the hair and prevent the scalp from drying.

Rubbing castor oil on your scalp and the roots of your hair will regenerate new hair growth within months. This will also thicken thinning hair.

To treat baldness, it is also a good idea to look at improving your overall diet and seek to maintain healthier mental/emotional states at the same time. Otherwise, baldness may simply recur after castor oil treatments. Many things can lead to baldness, but one of the most common causes is magnesium deficiency, which is rampant in modern society.

Even if we have a healthy diet, sustained fear/stress/anxiety will deplete our bodies’ magnesium stores. Drinking coffee, alcohol, smoking or excessive exercise will also do this. Thus, eating foods that are high in magnesium (such as dark green vegetables or certain nuts/seeds), supplementation with magnesium chloride/magnesium citrate, or transdermal magnesium therapy can help greatly. Magnesium also has a wonderful calming and relaxing effect, which will be especially useful if stress is your issue (read my original comment about this).

For a deep healing treatment, rub castor oil into your scalp and leave it on overnight. You can wrap your hair up in a towel or a shower cap to keep the oil on your scalp and away from your bed linen (castor oil stains are almost impossible to remove).

For a lighter treatment during the day, rub a very small amount of castor oil into your scalp or hair (whichever you feel needs help). Castor oil is very thick and viscous, so a little goes a long way. You can either wash this off at the end of every day, or leave it in if you feel comfortable (to maintain your regular schedule of hair washing, whatever that may be).

However, if you have fine or weak/brittle hair, it’s a good idea to mix castor oil with a lighter oil so that it’ll be easier to wash out later (baking soda will also help remove castor oil, but it can be temporarily drying).

Some have reported good results from mixing castor oil with coconut oil or olive oil. Coconut oil is especially good for restoring damaged and weak hair because of it’s high nutrient content.

nautress wrote, “I mix virgin coconut oil and castor oil together and they do wonders to my hair. I mix 1 ounce castor oil and 2 ounces of virgin coconut oil. I oil little all over my scalp and massage it in, which later comes down the shaft of the hair, and oh my goodness, softness.”

Anonymous wrote, “I find that castor works!!!! I am going through menopause and my hair was falling out something awful. I recall reading in a beauty book long time ago when i was a teenager about castor oil making your hair grow. Well it is true.i can’t stress enough how it rescued me, i once had a woman to ask me did i have on a lace wig and i received many compliments about my hair and lots of women ask me “if it is my hair”, even my own sister did a double take. My hair grew longer and thicker. Be careful not to apply too much, the oil is thick, but i swear by it. They also say olive oil does the same never used it but thinking about trying a lil mixture of both castor oil and olive oil. But i tell many of my african sisters about this especially when i see the damage extensive weaves have done,and around the edges where too-tight braids have thinned the hair. I swear by this product and will use nothing else.!!!!!!!!!”

bb wrote, “I can verify that castor oil works for lengthening and thickening hair… it does not need to be rinsed out. If you wash hair regularly (for me that is 3x/week) and apply small amounts of castor oil to the ends, leaving it in, it does wonders for keeping the hair protected and moist so that it can grow and not break… ”

Retta wrote, “…I have started using the castor oil in my hair, (via internet reviews :youtube etc.). I don’t use the Jamaican black castor oil. But I use a grocery store brand, I paid $3.00 for a relatively small bottle. Any way, it was very thick and seemed somewhat sticky; I mixed mine with some tea tree oil, rosemary oil. I have been using it now for two weeks, 3 times per week. Some complain of build up, I don’t have that problem at all, my problem is my hair soaks it up!!! I mean, it has helped my hair a great deal. In two weeks I have noticed a remarkable difference in my hair, and its texture, it is so soft, it also feels thicker. My only regret is I wish I would have known about castor oil when I was a teenager, I would have better hair this very day…”




rbooh wrote, “Thank goodness I found castor oil!

I moved to a new city and my hair was not adjusting so I tried a few different things ( I do NOT recommend the “no-poo” method if your hair is color treated BTW ) and wound up breaking TONS of my waist length hair off. I was desperate to find something and I stumbled onto castor oil. After researching it I tried it as an overnight leave in and my hair just LOVED it; my hair was 75% better after just one use. I mixed a generous dollop into my hair conditioner and use that as well as a light leave-in application of straight castor oil on my damp hair.

I also did my own experiment using castor oil on my face. I used castor oil on one half and my regular lotion ($50.00 for a few oz) on the other half and in just one week I noticed a visible difference. The castor oil side was plump, smooth and blemish free, not to mention my luscious lashes.

Most amazing of all!! Castor oil totally, as in completely!! removed a WART from my chest. I can’t believe its gone since I’ve had the darn thing for 6 months and even 1% Retin A didn’t do a thing for it. I rubbed pure castor oil into the wart for 2 nights before bed and voila, GONE.

Perhaps not everyone needs the heavy oil and I read quite a few negative opinions about using it straight in your hair, but if you have really dry hair and skin, it truly is amazing. The odor is kind of odd and can take some getting used to. But I love that I can touch my face after touching my hair and not worry that my hair products will make my face break out.

I highly recommend castor oil to anyone, I even use it on my 9 year old sons eczema!”

7. Castor Oil keeps hair looking soft and shiny

Castor oil is a humectant as it draws moisture into the hair and skin. Applying castor oil on hair will keep it looking soft, shiny and strong.

8. Castor Oil softens thick calluses and removes corns

Castor oil application will soften any rough or thickened skin, including calluses and corns. To treat corns, apply castor oil over your feet and put cotton socks on before going to bed. (Incidentally, sleeping with castor oil socks on will also soothe painful heels and foot pain.)

9. Castor Oil cures skin infections like athlete’s foot and ringworm

Apply a castor oil soaked cloth on the affected area. If it is small enough, a bandaid with a few drops of castor oil can be used instead.

10. Castor Oil prevents stretch marks

Rub a small amount of castor oil over your stomach and thighs daily to prevent stretchmarks during pregnancy or periods of weight gain.

11. Castor Oil will remove moles and warts (apply heat for faster results)

Rub castor oil into moles or warts every night. The moles (or warts) will start to shrink over a few weeks, and continued use will eventually remove the mole without any scarring. Complete removal may take 2-3 months, but this slow healing will also ensure there is no “hole” in your skin. (The surgical removal of moles will often leave a hole where the mole was. This indentation can often be permanent.)

Diana kindly shared a useful tip she discovered. She wrote, “I used castor oil on moles, but I think the secret is to use heat with it. For instance, keep a hot, wet towel on the mole for a minute, and then apply castor oil, and then reapply the hot towel, for another minute. Do that for about 10 minutes, 2 or 3 times every day. I did this and I started to see results in 4 days.”

12. Castor Oil will remove age spots (liver spots)

Rub castor oil into your age spots every night. The age spot will lighten over time, and continued use will eventually remove the age spot completely.

Tip: Remove castor oil residue with baking soda

Castor oil is thick and viscous, but it can be washed out with regular soap and a good lather. However, if you find it more difficult than usual to wash castor oil out of your hair or skin, try mixing in some baking soda and water. Baking soda can cause some temporary dryness, but is very effective in removing all traces of castor oil.

Where to buy castor oil

Castor oil can be found in most good health food stores. Check the label to make sure it’s cold-pressed (or cold-drawn) and hexane-free. This is especially important if you plan to put castor oil on your face, around or in your eyes, or if you plan to ingest it for internal cleansing.

Some supermarkets or pharmacies may also sell castor oil in small bottles in the laxatives section/shelf. Again, check the labels.

You can also find castor oil in shops that cater to Indian communities. If you have a ‘Little India’ in your town or city, you can probably find it there as castor oil is a popular hair tonic among Indians. However, the downside is that these mom-and-pop stores are unlikely to sell castor oil that’s labeled cold-pressed or hexane-free.

If you prefer to buy castor oil online, several websites sell bottles in a variety of sizes. I buy mine from iherb.com (I found the shipping to be reasonable even for the largest, heaviest bottles. There’s a discount code at the top-right of this page if you’re interested). Other websites that sell castor oil include Vitacost and Amazon.

929 Replies to “Castor Oil (Part 2 – beautiful skin and hair)”

  1. hi there, am farah n i live in kenya.
    Thank you for the advice u gave on castor oil and its uses and benefits as well. I have a chemically treated hair for a couple of years now, i hav long hair wen i say long i mean almost reaching my waist! I got them cut 2months ago, to my supprise my hair hasnt grown even an inch since i cut them short(bob). I will try the castor oil now. Wish me luck.

    1. Hair is funny that way. I’ve also noticed that my hair grows super fast when it’s long, but slows down when it’s short. Maybe it’s the added weight of long hair that “pulls” on the root?? Anyway, good luck farah!

    2. i wish u luck dear, i ve castor oil the finest cold drawn i pray it is d same as the other castor oil so i can grow my hair and eyelashes…am from nigeria pls i would love to have friends to keep in touch with in terms of updates on growing hair…..i ve a chemically relaxed hair i want to transit to natural but i do not want to cut it…pls how do i succeed in this journey…..

  2. I LOVE this article! In fact, I love this whole website… I’m bookmarking it and sharing this on facebook 🙂 thank you!

  3. I enjoyed reading the article very much. Thanks for sharing. However, I saw someone’s comment on Castor Oil. See below:

    Castor oil is a stimulant for growing hair, so unless you want to encourage hair growth on your face (moustache, chin hairs or sideburns), don’t use it there! Castor oil is best used only on the head and/or sparingly on thin eyebrows.

    If you want to use an oil on your face and neck for wrinkle control, try any of these other oils instead: olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil or even vitamin E oil.

    Is it true? If so, should I not apply this product to my face? Also, my boyfriend has lots of ance scars on his face, would this product help?

    Thanks 🙂

  4. How does fresh neem paste works for hair fall n new hair growth, how effective it is for hair n scalp problems.

  5. Hi, i have these little scars on my arms and leg from picking scabs..i know its gross..but it happenend and the really bother me and have made me self-concious. Anyways how long would it take castor oil to take them away??

    1. Hi, I think it would depend on how deep they are and how long you’ve had them. My scar was deep and old and it took me 9 months.

  6. Hi. Please also advise if i start aplying castor oil to face i hope it will not lead to unwanted hair on face. I want to use casto oil to remove lines of ageing as well as blackheads on cheeks. Also, i am developing wrinkles near eyes. can we apply castor oil neer eyes too? Also, complextion has become dull.Please advise.

    1. I have an increase in facial hair but an upside to this is thicker eyebrows and stronger, longer lashes. I love what the oil is doing with my wrinkles so I’m willing to wax my face more for the advantages of the oil. It also has helped with adult acne. I’ve only had one zit and that was due to stress, not the oil. It was gone in a day. I can’t say enough about castor oil and the results I’m seeing. It’s great!

      1. I almost forgot about the age spots. They are gone and so is a gross wart type growth that appeared on my lower eye lid. Castor oil is great stuff!!

  7. Hi,

    I recently acquired a scar from playing baseball near by elbow and I really don’t want to get a scar! I’ve heard that Olive oil is also good for scar removal. Would you recommend half/half olive and castor? Or stick to one? If sticking to one, which do you think will produce faster/better results?

    Thanks for this webpage! I’m a fan of both castor and olive!

    1. Hi Destiny, from what i’ve read, olive oil can be helpful for scars too. I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t say if it would work faster than castor oil though. Maybe someone else who’ve tried both will chime in… but in any case, I don’t see any harm in experimenting with half-and-half if that appeals to you.

      Also, like I told another commenter, it’s possible that scar reduction has less to do with the type of oil we use, and more to do with consistency of applications and time/patience. This would explain why other oils like shea butter/Vitamin E oil etc etc also work on scars.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Hi, so you say that hexane free cold-pressed castor oil is best for skin, what about the best castor oil for your hair ?
    Have you got any suggestions?
    I hear that the black jamaican castor oil is apparently the best … but what ‘s the difference btw pure castor oil and that one ?

    Thanks

    1. I don’t know much about black jamaican castor oil, but it could be useful for hair health as well, if the reviews are anything to go on.

  9. Hi,
    I really liked your article . Can i apply it on my face for wrinkles.. will it promote growth of facial hair? I’m a little sceptical . pl. guide.

    1. Yes… I have a aunt that’s in her 70’s and has used castor oil forever…she has wonderful skin.. And is not wrinkle

  10. hi, i just want to know the price of castor oil and how can i buy it easily. please. i really wnat to buy it.

    1. Hi, you can check online to see the exact prices, but in general, they’re usually less than $10 each depending on the size of the bottle. I find online prices for castor oil to be much lower than the ones sold in brick-and-mortar shops. If it helps you, I buy mine from iherb.com (shipping is very reasonable). There’s a discount code on the top-right that you can use.

      But if you prefer to buy castor oil from a physical shop, try specialty health food stores. You can also find castor oil in the pharmacy section of a large dept store, but they’d usually be in smaller bottles and on the shelf meant for laxatives.

      Traditional Indian stores/shops might also sell castor oil, so if there’s one near where you live or a ‘Little India’, you should be able to find it there.

    1. Hi quinie, no I’ve not. But I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on them as well…

      Probably the biggest challenge is that castor oil is thick and heavy, so putting on the face might feel more uncomfortable compared to putting it on the body, where most people would be less aware of that “sticky feeling”.

      1. I dont mind the stickiness, I am just worried that it will break me out because olive oil broke me out horribly :/

      2. I actually have been using castor oil for 8 days already. My facial skin looks dry now. Is this when I should take a break?

        1. Hi quinie, I’m concerned that you say your facial skin looks dry. In my experience, castor oil use makes my facial skin healthy and moist. So yes, I think you should take a break.

          1. but I’ve heard that castor oil is drying.. so when people with dry skin use it in OCM, they use less castor oil

          2. Sorry quinie, I can’t offer anything about that since it’s not been my experience. Maybe someone else will chime in and help you?

    1. Yes, castor oil is a good moisturiser and can be helpful for dry or chapped lips. It should be fine in a lip gloss. I’m using a store-bought lip balm and one of the ingredients is ricinus communis (castor oil).

  11. Something that I find troubling abou this article is that the author claims that you can use it over the face to prevent wrinkles, cure acne, and so on. But Castor Oil is used to grow hair. I’ve read over and over again online that you should not use it ANYWHERE on the face or body where you don’t want hair to grow or make hair that already grows thinker and darker. Bottom line is that you may like the fact that your skin has less wrinkles, but may hate your new or thicker facial hair.

    Now, I don’t believe that it will grow new hair where there was never any hair. I’m not 100% sure about that. But I would imagine that it will make any hair thicker and noticeable. Giving the appearance that you are growing new hair where there never was any.

    I don’t talk because of personal experience but from that of others. So be careful how you use it.

    1. Well, I am the author and I talk from actual personal experience. I have used castor oil on my face and around my eyes for over a year with no adverse effects.

      It has not turned me into a bearded lady… I have thicker eyebrows and eyelashes – that’s it.

      Yes, you should avoid it if you have waxed or lasered the hair off from your face and do not want regrowth. And castor oil is probably not good for some naturally hirsute women.

      But castor oil does NOT make hair grow where there wasn’t any in the first place.

      I’m not sure what your aim is in spreading fear about castor oil use when you have no actual experience in using it (???).

      No offense, but it’s quite a curious thing for me to see someone be so against something only to reveal that they have never actually tried it. Very curious indeed.

      Anyway, thanks for your input. I will assume you have the best of intentions, and eventhough I disagree with your comment, I wish you well.

      UPDATE: Your comment tickled me so much that I just updated the article! 😀

    1. Yes, it can. Regular use of castor oil has been known to lighten age spots (which tend to be very hard to get rid of).

      You can rub a bit of castor oil in thoroughly a few times a day and/or put it on before going to bed each night.

      It’s not a fast fix though, patience is key. Best of luck!

  12. Hi I was hoping to use this to help my thinning hair. Is this good for all hair types? My hair is naturally curly so I wash it every day…. otherwise my curls are flat and lifeless.

  13. Hi, thanks for the article, it is an eye opener. I had very long, beautiful hair, which a hair but because of relocating to a new place and change in the water,my hair has thinned out. I hope using castor oil will help me. Thanks again.

  14. Hi Samantha, Hey, I have had very bad cracked heels, I mean very bad!! I just started using it 3 days ago, its unbelievable my feet / heels are much much better, lots on improvements the feeling is good.

    Am starting to like castor oil and it has just turned into another valuable possession in my house. Am applying it on my facial pigmentation. I have also started using it on my hair (african hair) am waiting to see the results since I have plaited. Normally i have thin / weak hair.

  15. Hello, recently started using Castor Oil as I heard it is very good for hair breakage. I had a Brazilian Blow Dry on top of a relax a few weeks ago and soon after (a week) my hair started to break all over. My hair is/was one length but now I feel like my hair has been layered.

    After a deep conditioning treatment and applying Castor Oil it has definitely thickened my hair but the problem I have is that it leaves my hair feeling a little sticky and greasy.

    My question: if I add a little CO to my conditioner and rinse would I still have the same benefits with wet hair or is it best to apply only on dry hair?

    Also, do you have any tips on make the CO more fragrant?

    1. Hi Sharron, you can try mixing castor oil with a lighter oil like coconut oil so it won’t be so sticky. Coconut oil is also quite sweet-smelling so it might help make it more fragrant for you.

      I’m not sure what mixing castor oil with conditioner will do. But I doubt it will do any harm, at worst, it’s probably just not as effective. It’s worth a try if you’re keen on experimenting.

  16. Thank you so much for your article
    I was looking for a way to get rid of a wart on my face, my doctor wanted to burn it off but I was just not comfortable with that.

    I started using castor oil on it about a week or two ago and I have already noticed a significant difference!

    Thank you again!

    1. I tried castor oil on my face to remove a wart back in early august.
      At first it seemed to be getting smaller, but after using it a couple of months, there is no improvement 🙁
      I am very disappointed that it didn’t work for me because I really did not want to use harsh means to have it removed.
      It is not a flat wart which most seem to have on their face, it has a large rough top and although I do not believe it is growing much, it is large enough to be very noticeable and very embarrassing.
      I just wanted to share that in case anyone else has had a similar experience and found a way to make it work.
      Thanks, Judy

      1. Hi, Judy —

        I have an aunt who knows a lot about herbs, and she always recommends using the sap of Chelidonium majus against wart and moles. It’s an ancient remedy.

        In continental Europe, you’ll find the plant growing everywhere, especially near stone walls, fences and such.
        It is best that you harvest it in April or early May when the plant is young, because then it’s full of sap. You simply break the stem and smear the bright orange sap on the mole or wart. Be careful not to rub your eyes with it because it will sting!

        If you do this every day, it should help.
        Maybe castor oil could help drive it deeper into the skin, as it usually does?

  17. Hey Thanks so much for the article. Really great summary.

    may I share some testimony and observations?

    For most of my teenage years, I thought I had acne. I might have, I’m really not sure as I have gotten differing diagnoses from different doctors, skin care professionals etc. I was put on almost every salicylic acid/benzyl peroxide treatment on the market, primarily proactiv. All the “experts” agreed that it works the best. I got Rx treatments even. Initially, these products worked, but nothing consistently helped and I would change products but the primary treatment ingredient was always the same. In fact, they all made it worse. The breakouts went from a couple here and there increasing around my cycle, to constant. The zits themselves got to bigger, redder and even painful while on all these popular, dermatologist recommended, and sometimes expensive treatments. It got so bad that I got dime-sized zits that were hard, red and lasted for weeks. The rest of my skin was chalky. When a zit did go away, it would leave a red mark, but never a pit.

    This went on from about about age 14 to 17. I was fed up frequently to the point of tears. I spent a teenage-sized fortune on treatments and makeup. My mom and i decided to try another method and go natural. After some trial and error, I began noticing that my face improved with more moisture.

    When you go to buy acne treatments, they generally say ‘for oily/combination skin’ or have some kind of oil control. Because excess oil=zits. The reverse is not true though. Having zits doesn’t necessarily mean you have oily skin (which I assumed I did because of the outbreaks). I now know that I have dry skin. I believe my outbreaks were exacerbated by drying treatments and then the harsh effects of the salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide.

    I am currently 22. I have used Basis bar soap and castor oil on my face for about 4 years. I have never had clearer skin. My scars are gone as well. I can get away with no foundation. i credit the castor oil with restoring my skin’s moisture balance. This was the big key to preventing/treating my skin problems. My breakout problems are not “under control” they are almost non-existent because the skin is healed, not maintained. I continue to use it as an excellent moisturizer. I put it on after I cleanse, once a day.

    Since my teenage years, I have heard that many more breakout sufferers are rejecting SA/BP combo treatments. Based on personal experience, I think they are the worst things you could do to your already irritated skin. I am not a Dr, expert or anything like that, I’m just making observations based on my experience, and testimony of others.

    Long I know, but thought I’d share!

    1. Kim,
      Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences, I have no doubt that many will benefit from it.
      My daughter has very much the same problems that you had.
      Castor Oil is definitely removing my wart and I swear my face looks so much better where I have been putting it.
      I wish I would have done before and after pictures 🙂
      Thanks again for telling your story, I am going to pass it on to my daughter.
      Judy

  18. Hey thr…. m really glad to see this site, infact i was damn worried about moles on face… i hope it works for me also!!!! i’ll start applying castor oil rite from today…. thanx a lot for writing such a wonderful article… 🙂

  19. Your article really opened my eyes. I plan on
    using castor oil for many of these things.
    Can you please tell me exactly how to use
    it on thinning hair. Do you put it on for
    certain amount of time and then wash it out??

  20. Hello and God bless you for posting this remedy. I am 37 yrs old woman. I used to have extremely thick hair curly and frizzy. After all the growing up abuse that I have done my hair is now wavy frizzy brittle and dry. It has thinned so much that my scalp is visible. I am depressed and want so much to have my hair back again. Will it help to start castor oil treatment at my age?

  21. ‘m glad to know I’m not alone here… Throughout my life (even my teenage years) I have always had a good complexion. I mean, here and there I’d get a little breakout, but nothing to write home about. For the most part, my adolescence was smooth sailing as far as my skin went…

    I have talked about this with a few other women around my age (35-55) and we all came up with the idea that it may be a biological/hormonal change that occurs for women at this particular age. There also may be a stress factor as we have a lot more to worry about and be responsible for than we did back then.

    For my 40th birthday, my mom bought me a bottle of Made from Earth’s Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum, and after a few weeks, people were commenting that I looked less tired. They even asked if I lost weight, been exercising or on vacation!

    Since it works gradually over a few weeks, you notice a bit of difference yourself, but the people who don’t see you that often really notice a dramatic change. Smaller wrinkles are smoothed out and disappear completely, while large ones get smaller.

  22. I really hope this castor oil works. I had a bottle in the cabinet I haven’t used since I was pregnant. I have really dark stretch marks on my waist line after I had my daughter three months ago and I am ambarrassed to wear things that I used to wear without any problem so I hope this natural remedy works. I’ll check back in w
    ithin six months to give my testimonial, hopefully.

  23. I tried using castor oil a few months ago but couldn’t stand the smell ..I just realised there’s a patch on my scalp that doesn’t appear to want to grow any hair so I’ve cut off all my hair and re-growing it using castor oil and coconut oil! I’m excited to see how this’ll work out, hoping it works as well for me as it seems to have done for everyone else!
    thanks for posting this btw it’s really informative!

  24. Someone told me to us baking soda and castor oil to remove moles that I had on my face and neck. The instructions were to make a paste and sleep with it on overnight covered with band aids, for three days. Well needless to say I had over fifty small moles, some flat and some raised so I went to bed looking like I had been in an accident for just two days. Problem was my skin is so sensitive that after two days my entire face had dried up, became rough and sore, and my skin was begining to peel, so I had to abort that plan.

    But because of the dryness I started to use just castor oil on my face daily as a moisturizer and to make my skin supple again. whitin a couple weeks some of my raised moles began to come off while washing my face, the flat moles are diminishing more and more each day, and my 54 year old skin look so radiant people tell me I am glowing. When I was a kid castor oil got a bad rap, mostly because my mother used to hold my nose and make me swallow a spoon full then make me eat bread to keep it down. I never tought I would be attesting to its usefullness. I wish I could buy a gallon of it and use it for every useful purpose there is as I have seen at least five other things on your site that it could be used for and i have everyone of those issues right down to the corn and callouses. Thank you for the very insightful article.

  25. Hi Samantha;

    thank you for your reply.

    i have been dealing with a darkened upper lip area for a few years now, but also have had dark under arms as well.

    i will be heading to my natural food store later today to pick up milk thistle, vitamin c and cod liver oil….i will also apply the castor oil to the affected areas…i did battle acne (which most ppl told me wasnt that bad but i had yucky scarring and deep pimples), i was able to get rid of that situation after lessening my stress and not eating the catered food at work….

    so now i hope that this vitamin regime helps me and i hope to see some results soon!!!

  26. i found reading about castor oil very interesting and very beneficial.i already bought myself one bottle,even though i am not sure whether its hexane free.i am going to try it on my wrinkling face and my falling hair.thank u so much

  27. Can i use hercules castor oil on my skin and hair?they did not write whether it is cold pressed or not and again they didnt write whether its hexane free or not.and where can i get the cold pressed one?m in Botswana

    1. Yes, castor oil is helpful for joint pain. Regular use of a castor oil pack over the joints will not only ease pain, but eventually heal the joints.

      1. hi samantha, my some hair is white….nd if i use castor oil so the white hair grown or the black hair….i ‘m so tensed about some white hair…pls. reply nd give suggestion abt it…

        1. It might help, but you should find out the cause of your premature (I assume) white hair and try to deal with that as well. Otherwise, even if castor oil works, white hair might just return.

          Read up on magnesium and blackstrap molasses. They might help.

  28. today is my first day of using castor oil. my friend recommended it for my acne. I have already applied it on my face. Though after reading this i am now worried. I laser my face because i have facial hair. I did apply the oil on my mo area and on the side of my face and my chin. That is where i have the facial hair. I am now concerned that my hair will get worse. Please help me. Thanks

  29. Hi Samantha,

    Castor Oil is good. I used to have very thin eyebrows to the fact that when I tweez them i would be the only one to notice. Since I started applying castor oil on my eyebrows they are now dark and very visible. I had them tweezed and people are commenting on how good they are, and the feeling is very good. I also boast of having shaped eye brows wow!!

    I am also applying on my hair (scalp) but still plaited, I will tell you the result when I remove my braids as I have thin hair. Am expecting good results.
    Thank you for such a good discovery Samantha, be blessed!!!

  30. Hi, my husband has started to lose his hair, do u think caster oil will help it re-grow or will it just make his remaining hair thicker? Any help will b much appriciated 🙂

    1. Hi Emma, I think consistent and long-term use of castor oil can help your husband regrow his hair over time. But as baldness usually appears from underlying reasons such as sustained stress or poor health/diet, I’d also strongly advise on addressing these issues at the same time (otherwise, hair loss might recur).

      My first suggestion is to read up on magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is very common and can cause hair loss (among other many modern ailments). Read up on “magnesium chloride” and “transdermal magnesium therapy” (eg epsom salt bath/foot soaks, magnesium oil sprays). If he has fear/stress/anxiety issues, supplementation with magnesium chloride or magnesium citrate as well as trandermal therapy will also be very helpful in keeping a healthy and calm emotional balance.

      Hope that helps.

      1. Oh thank you so much, i will b looking it all up today and having a good read. You r right, he does have a poor diet and is very stressed but i did not know that those type of factors would make someone lose their hair! I will keep u updated, thanks again,

        Emma x

  31. Hi samantha…….!!!
    i m 20 years old,and i have lost my hair from both sides from fore head ,it is become …M..shape from front..and my hair are too thin ,anyone can see my sclap easily…!!!
    can castor oil helps to regain my fore head hairs and get me thick and shinning hair……..!!
    plzzz rply and help me …….. ,m just screwed and worrying about ma hair …!!!

    1. Hi Dilshad, I think my reply above to Emma can help you too. And I know it seems impossible to do when you’re feeling upset, but try to focus on things that make you happy if you can.

      Stress and worry are more than just emotions – when prolonged and sustained, they deplete our bodies of health (which can show up in symptoms such as hair loss). On the other hand, positive emotions do the opposite—they support and heal.

  32. Thank goodness I found castor oil!

    I moved to a new city and my hair was not adjusting so I tried a few different things ( I do NOT recommend the “no-poo” method if your hair is color treated BTW ) and wound up breaking TONS of my waist length hair off. I was desperate to find something and I stumbled onto castor oil. After researching it I tried it as an overnight leave in and my hair just LOVED it; my hair was 75% better after just one use. I mixed a generous dollop into my hair conditioner and use that as well as a light leave-in application of straight castor oil on my damp hair.

    I also did my own experiment using castor oil on my face. I used castor oil on one half and my regular lotion ($50.00 for a few oz) on the other half and in just one week I noticed a visible difference. The castor oil side was plump, smooth and blemish free, not to mention my luscious lashes.

    Most amazing of all!! Castor oil totally, as in completely!! removed a WART from my chest. I can’t believe its gone since I’ve had the darn thing for 6 months and even 1% Retin A didn’t do a thing for it. I rubbed pure castor oil into the wart for 2 nights before bed and voila, GONE.

    Perhaps not everyone needs the heavy oil and I read quite a few negative opinions about using it straight in your hair, but if you have really dry hair and skin, it truly is amazing. The odor is kind of odd and can take some getting used to. But I love that I can touch my face after touching my hair and not worry that my hair products will make my face break out.

    I highly recommend castor oil to anyone, I even use it on my 9 year old sons eczema!

  33. Hi Samantha,

    Thanks for the wonderful bit of sharing! 🙂 … i can’t wait to start using castor oil!… could you please help me with some good castor oil? i am not sure which one should i use? thanks… 🙂

    1. You’re very welcome. And just look for hexane-free and cold-pressed castor oil and it should be fine. I’ve used the Home Health and Heritage brands and can’t tell a difference in quality between them. I’m sure other brands are just as good too.

      1. Thanks Samatha! 🙂 … i was jus checkin out the Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil online… do you think i should go for it?

  34. one more q Samantha.. 🙂 i was going through your earlier comments… came across one where you mentioned about using castor oil for ovarian cysts… could you please help me with the details for the same? waiting for your reply…. thanks a ton! 🙂

      1. Big thanks Samantha dear! 🙂 …. i read the whole post.. it is a real help!.. actually i am helping out a friend with the problem, i will forward her the post right away!.. thank you Samantha!… take care…much love…. <3

        1. Now that I’ve read the post again, I realise that I need to update it with two supplements that really helped me later on as well — iodine and magnesium chloride. The first is because iodine deficiency causes all sorts of uterine problems, and the second is because most cysts are deposits of calcium and magnesium chloride actually helps dissolve calcified tissue. Until I can update the post, perhaps you can pass this along to your friend as well?

          Much love back 🙂

  35. hiiiii, am having many doubts regarding hair… which oil is most preferrable olive or castor?? can we apply shampoo directly to the scalp or must mix with water???? please suggest me:(

    1. Quite a few natural oils are beneficial for hair. Both olive oil and castor oil are good. About which is more preferable, you’re going to get different answers from everyone so the best thing is to try a few things and see what works best for you. Even coconut oil is good for hair.

      Sorry, I don’t really understand your question about shampoo. Are you referring to dry shampoos?

      1. thank u samantha….

        actually iam using head and shoulders rgt nw, my doubt is that can we apply shampoo directly to the wet hair or else we have to apply after mixing the shampoo in water

        1. Hi divya,

          I don’t think it makes a difference. Before I switched to a DIY shampoo, I used to just put the shampoo directly on my wet hair. When you lather up, you’ll get the same results – suds in your hair, so it doesn’t matter how you do it.

  36. Hy Samantha,i want to use castor oil for hair growth.there are no much instructions on the bottle.If i apply it on my hair,do i have to wash it the day after or its okay to keep it for a while.

    1. Hi MimZ, it’s really a personal preference. It’s ok to keep castor oil on overnight. There’s suggestions on how you can use it in the article above, but you can always find another method that works/feels best for you.

    2. Hi, I use a mixture of Castor Oil on me and my daughters hair about 3x’s a week in which we both have cornrows in our hair, so i just put it on our scalp, and we havnt had any problems so far. I only wash every Saturday, but since i have cornrows in my hair I havent washed at all this week, I guess it depends on your hair. If it feels dirty then wash it, but to answer the question No you dont really have to wash it out the next day..Hope this helps!!!

    1. Hi ridwaan, yes, cold drawn is the same as cold pressed. I don’t know if castor oil can minimise large pores, but it shouldn’t hurt to try if you’ve already tried everything else.

  37. Hi Samantha,

    I”ve been using Home Health Castor Oil for a month now, but I’m not sure if it’s helping or worsening my fine lines around my cheekbones/ nose area. The fine lines are not really that noticeable to begin with, but I just don’t like that it’s still there. Sometimes when I apply Castor Oil to my face, the corners of my nose where the fines are with my cheekbones sometimes have a slight reddish irritation. It does go away eventually, but I’m not sure if the Castor oil is helping my skin. I also think my fines lines are slightly more visible than a month ago, but I might wrong though( I wish I took a before and after picture).

    What’s the actual proper way of applying Castor Oil on my face? I’m thinking I’m putting too much.

    How does Castor oil compares to Cocunut, Olive, and other products for fine lines?

    Lastly, what is your e-mail address, so I can provide even more info to you?

    Thanks 🙂

      1. Hi King C, if you’re getting irritation, you might want to stop using castor oil. Castor oil boosts skin circulation so redness can sometimes happen, but it shouldn’t irritate the skin, so something might be wrong in your case. I can’t explain why you would have this reaction as it’s always been gentle for me. Maybe it’s a detox reaction. Have you used any creams that contain steroids/mercury or some other toxic chemical on those reddened areas before? If yes, castor oil might be causing a “purge”. If not, it could be an allergic reaction.

        Likewise, if you think your lines have gotten worse, then use your own good judgement and stop – or at least take a break and see what happens.

        Having said all that, a month is a very short time to expect results, especially in the case of facial lines. It likely took years for your face to form those lines, so you can’t expect them to disappear in 1 month.

        I don’t know if there’s a “proper” way to put it on. I use my fingers to rub in castor oil into my skin in a slow, circular motion. I spend a bit of time doing this to increase its absorption. I use only a little bit since it’s such a heavy oil. A little goes a looooong way.

        I haven’t tried coconut oil or EVOO on my skin for a long enough period of time to tell you much. They’re both nutrient-rich and are beneficial for the skin. Coconut oil is especially good to apply on reddened, irritated skin. I’ve found it makes redness go down very quickly.

        p.s: Feel free to send me an e-mail at sam [at] skinverse [dot] com. Sorry to write it that way, I need to thwart the spambots! 🙂

          1. Is it okay to have to keep the oil on your face 24/7 or do I have to keep the oil on my face ir set amount of time, perhaps 2-4 hours?

          2. Thanks for the reply, Samantha,

            I’m going to try the oil for 2-3 hours now, but is it safe to use the oil 24/7 on my face? I usually just wash the oil off my face in the morning and reapply more castor oil the next morning. I’m hoping I’m not overusing the oil, and sometimes I would apply the oil in the morning, at noon, and at night.

            I really like this site. I just ordered some Turmeric Powder to lighten up some acne marks, and some hyperpigmentation and I’ve would have never learned that if it wasn’t for this site 🙂

          3. Thank you for your kind words, I’m always happy to hear that this site is helpful for people. 🙂

            And yes, it’s safe to reapply throughout the day, I do this also sometimes when I’m feeling industrious during the weekends. The only caution I have for you is to avoid doing this for several consecutive days without a break.

            This is because when I was applying/re-applying castor oil on my scar for almost 24 hours/day over many consecutive days, it caused some temporary looseness/wrinkling in the area. My loose skin tightened up beautifully after I took a break from castor oil, but if you encounter this same “looseness” on your face as I did on my leg, it might cause you some distress or unnecessary worry (even if it is temporary, the wrinkling can be quite obvious and may take 1-2 weeks to tighten up).

            Having said that — this might not happen to you because facial skin is a bit different from the skin on our bodies, but still, it’s good to know just in case. Best of luck, King C!

          4. It’s funny that you mention that because I did noticed that the left side of my face was a little more wrinkly then before, but I was not sure if I was being too paranoid. I only keep reapplying the castor Oil because I thought it would be more beneficial to keep using to oil as a daily moisturizer to prevent new wrinkles, but I now may be wrong. Should I take a break with the Castor Oil? I may now just use the Castor Oil overnight for my face and wash it off in the morning instead of keeping it on 24/7.

            Thanks 🙂

          5. Oh, then I’m really glad I thought to mention it! 🙂 I’ve also updated the article in case anyone else encounters the same thing.

            Yes, I think a break would be beneficial for you now. When I took my breaks, they were complete ones (no castor oil at all), so I’m interested to hear if your “partial” break works just as well too. It’d be great if you can give an update later on.

          6. I would be glad to update you on my progress. I’m not going to use any Castor Oil for at least 2-4 weeks, since my face feels a little loose, particularity the right cheek of my face, and my fine line on my left side of my check is a little more noticeable after using the Castor oil. I’m praying my skin goes back to the way before applying the Castor oil 24/7.

            In the main time, what can I use as a moisturizer for my face?

            I’m ordering some organic Coconut Oil and maybe some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but I’m not sure if it going to cause in a irritation like the Castor Oil.

            Lastly, should I put nothing on my face until my face goes back to normal? I have some Turmeric powder , and the other two oil that I mentioned above on the way from Amazon.com, but I don’t want to hamper the progress of my face.

            Thanks 🙂

          7. Thanks King C. I’d advise you to stay away from any topicals, moisturizers and oils while you take a break from castor oil. I don’t know why the looseness happens exactly, but my theory is that it’s the result of extreme skin hydration. If that’s true, introducing more moisture at this point might hinder your skin’s tightening.

  38. Hye. . Am from kerala, india. And am suffering from thinening of hair. I have short straight hair. I just wanted to know if i can use ordinary castor oil which i get in ordinary medical shops? I searched for cold processed castor oil in every outlet but it is not available anywhere. So if i use ordinary castor oil will it do any good in thinnening hair? I also suffer from severe hair fall.

      1. Thanks samantha. Can you tell me any remedies to increase the thickness of my hair? I have tried many oils like neelabringadi (ayurvedic hair oil) and castor oil too but all in vain. I dont see any increase in thickness. After using castor oil i felt like my hair fall increased so i stopped using it. But neelabringadi reduced my hair fall but did not see any result in thickening.

  39. today i bought a small bottle of castor oil. i read this article above and wanna going to experiment it.. i have thick balck hairs. but now a days m facing hair falling problem a lot from last few years. so should i use it twice a week or thrice a week. one of my colleages hair is very thin and rough. so how many times she should use it in week.

  40. To day i came to know about castor oil.I have melasma problem since 7yrs ago.Now i am going to use castor oil on my face. I had lots of medicines but there is no benefit it.Now i got my answer.thankyou may god bls u all who are writing here.

    From

    miit

    1. Hi Kyle, when I apply castor oil all over my face, I’d rinse it off after 2-3 hours. But you can always keep it on for longer if you feel comfortable. It depends on your skin and climate possibly. I know when it’s humid out, it becomes especially uncomfortable for me. Cooler days/nights are better for this IMO.

      When I only apply it around my eyes like I do before bed, it stays on all night until I wash it off the next morning. Hope that helps!.

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