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 (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.

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

  1. 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.I think people who have build up are people who have perms. I don’t have a perm in my hair so, It is really working wonders for me. I Hope this helps someone wanting to know the results of castor oil in hair I am going to keep using it for the rest of this year, which gives me a total of 3 more months. I should really see a great big difference. I am going for thicker hair really, my current hair is very fine and thin. I want thickness more than length. So I hope this helps me in two ways. I will report back to this website around the first of the year Jan 2012, and let this web site know 100 percent if this truly does what a lot of people are raving about. Also, I had to go to two differenct stores to find the castor oil. I thought this was interesting, because I did not think it would be as popular as it is, so word must be getting out quickly about this in the hair as well as eyelashes and eyebrows. Have not tried on the eyebrow or lashes yet, I want to concentrate on my hair first. Thanks for reading my review, I will get back….. Retta!!!!

    1. Hi Retta,

      How are you using the castor oil? Are you applying it to the hair everynight and leaving it in or do you rinse it out? Can you let me know what’s the best way to use it.



  3. I have dark spots on my face left by pimples and my skin is oily too. Can I use caster oil over night to remove dark spots even though my skin is oily.


    1. Hi Mandy, castor oil should work to slowly lighten dark spots left by acne (it works on age spots which are more difficult to remove), but you might have to use it for at least 4-6 months before you see fading. It’s not a quick fix. And iIf you can, try to use only cold pressed, hexane-free castor oil to minimize any adverse reactions.

      I’ve been using castor oil nightly on my face and my skin has been quite clear of spots. The few that I get heal very quickly.

      Good luck!

  4. I am surprised when i found how magically it works on skin n hairs. I would like to suggest this remedy to all who have hair thinning problem. It costs very low than any other cosmetic products.

    1. Hi carmen, you can try it on your KP as castor oil shouldn’t do any harm. It’s good for inflammation and redness which should help with any red bumps. (And if your KP is fungal-related, it should help with that too – as long as it’s used consistently.)

      Just be sure to get the cold-pressed, hexane-free type of castor oil if you can. That should avoid clogging your pores.

  5. I’m using the black castor oil on my face. last year i developed all kinds of craziness on my face. first there was some sort of dermatitis , then some sort of FUNGUS appeared on my cheek OMG I WAS SUICIDAL -vain I know! and now some new crazy mess pops up!

    I remembered a few years back i was using basis soap for sensitive skin and castor oil on my face with vaseline and my skin was FLAWLESS.

    I stopped using the castor because it was so hard to find. so i am PRAYING that my once crazy free skin returns now that i am using the castor oil again. I WILL NEVER STOP USING THIS GIFT FROM GOD!

  6. Today i just bought a bottle castor oil from nearest shop because i have been suffering from hair falling since last year, But i did not get any instruction how can i use this? Please help me by providing right technique.
    Take care

    1. Hi Jubair,

      You can simply rub castor oil into your scalp and leave it in for a few hours each day or overnight. If you’re leaving it in overnight, you should wrap your hair in a shower cap or towel so that it doesn’t stain your pillow. (Castor oil stains are almost impossible to remove with soap. You will have to soak castor oil stains in a baking soda solution to get them out).

      If the castor oil feels too thick on your hair, you can mix it with some “lighter” oils like coconut oil.

  7. Hello,

    I’ve been reading about castor oil and it seems that it is what I need as my hair is thin. I have blond hair (coloured) and from the readings of posts on different sites I understood that it may darken my hair. I was advised to use Amla Plus Oil – which will apparently do the same – darken my hair – and thicken it. Would you know if castor or amla oil will darken my hair a lot? I really would not like that as I have a very fair and pale skin and dark hair does not suit me at all?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Aferdita,

      This is the first time I’ve heard of castor oil causing dyed hair to darken. It’s interesting. I suppose it could be because castor oil is a very good “pigment dispersant” so it could dissolve the dye pigments in your hair shaft and cause them to be washed out over time.

      I don’t know if castor oil or amla oil will darken your hair a lot. I guess what you need to ask yourself is which more important to you—having thicker hair or having lighter colored hair?

      1. Hi Samantha,

        Thank you for your fast response; and yes I agree I should worry a lot more about my hair rather than its colour! Anyway ever since I wrote to you I have been using nothing else apart from Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( yes the one that we use for cooking ) and it seems that it has done the job: 1. My hair is not fizzy; 2. My hair is or at least looks more and more healthy and I can feel that I have a bit more hair now !!! Miracle!
        I think that after a while I will be using Castor Oil! It is a good remedy for everything, I think – and I never knew ( I come from a different country that is Kosova if you have ever heard of it – and we call Castor Oil – Ricinus – but I were so ignorant of its use- a shame really – I’m so loving UK).
        I apologize for not being able to write to you earlier! Thanks a lot.

  8. Castor oil definately works for eyelashes. Use an old mascara brush and apply like mascara every night before bed. after 2 weeks you will see results. Also this girl i know has beautiful thick hair and she uses castor oil once a week and leaves it on her hair an scalp ovrnight

    1. Hi Divya, castor oil is gentle and safe to use on children’s skin. It will have the same calming effect as it does adults.

      May I ask what you’re using it for?

    1. Hi Natty, do you intend to take it internally as a laxative or will you be applying it to your skin?

      Taking it internally while breastfeeding is not recommended as it could also have a laxative effect on your baby through the breastmilk.

      However, applying castor oil on your skin or hair while breastfeeding is safe. Castor oil is especially good at preventing stretchmarks during and after pregnancy. In the old days, new mothers would apply castor oil over their breasts to gently stimulate milk production. If you do this, just be careful to thoroughly clean your nipples before breastfeeding your baby, as he/she could ingest some of the oil that way.

  9. It works great but ooh…the taste! The only time I used it was last year when I had a toothache (my first ever). No cloves in the house so the castor oil did the trick until I got to the dentist.

  10. Hi, could the use of castor oil help skin to look radiant and youthful.
    Can I regain my youthful complexion as it deteriorates each time one gives birth.

  11. hello,
    I have been applying castor oil mixing it with olive oil for the past 3 weeks….Now I have discovered that my hair are turning white…. I want to know if the olive=castor oil combination has some negative effects??
    Can you tell me the brand for castor oil??

    1. Hi purva, hair should not turn white from any oils (or a combination of oils like castor and olive oils).

      However, did you already have white hair that was dyed? Because castor oil can sometimes remove synthetic hair dye.

  12. Hello, I just read through the site, and I just happened to think…I understand that the castor oil makes your eyebrows and hair thicker/longer. But, when we put them on our face to treat acne overnight, would that cause the face to have facial hair? I’m sorry. I’m curious about that.

    1. Hi Sheena, I’ve been using castor oil on my face for several months and I can tell you that it does not cause hair to grow in places where they never have. However, it has appeared to make my eyebrows and eyelashes fuller and thicker.

      p.s: Also if you apply castor oil on a scar where hair has stopped growing because of the skin damage (in an area where you normally have hair growth), hair growth will eventually return as the scar heals itself.

  13. Hello, please tell me where I can buy this castor oil. When I was a little girl my mother gave this to us every two weeks as a laxative. She would always say it’s time to clean your system out. It taste nasty, but it worked. Now I am reading that it is a remedy for almost everything.

    1. Hi Michele, you can look for castor oil at health food stores or specialty stores like Whole Foods. Most pharmacies/pharmacy sections will also carry it, although these might be in small bottles in the laxatives section. I buy mine online from because I need a large bottle for castor oil packs. 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  14. hi samantha,
    I used castrol oil for diminishing my age spots and ended up with pimples on both the cheeks. But when I applied it on my keloid on my chest ,it is working. I’ve been using it for past 4 days, the itching has reduced.My keloid is 8 yrs old and it is just below my neck,still growing,I’m terribly scared and depressed about this.I tried ACV long back,it didnt work.I’ve tried everything one can imagine about keloid treatment, but nothing worked.I keep browsing the internet hoping to get a useful tip. hope this castrol oil works.I would try to give tea tree oil a try.Plese let me know ur thoughts Samantha.U r doing a great job.Keep it up! Thanks for bringing some relief to the keloid sufferers!!

    1. Hi sitha, I’ve replied to your comment on the keloids page. About the pimples, the castor oil might have clogged your pores. It’s better to use cold-pressed, hexane-free castor oil on the face.

  15. I use castor oil for faster growth in my lashes – use an old brush mascara washed very well and deal with it slightly castor oil on lashes, being careful not to come into my eyes, the result is great.(Read and write using Google transleyt therefore please excuse me if there are errors.)

    1. Hi naheed, castor oil is quite thick and much heavier than other oils, so it’s better to use it only on the scalp rather than all over. If you want to use it on your hair shaft, it might be easier to do after mixing it with another oil (eg coconut oil).

  16. Hi,

    I would like to use castor oil for my hair near the temples and for the many moles that were brought out over years throughout my pregnancies. Just wondering which type to use for each application-the black castor oil or the refined? Any suggestions?


    1. Hi neicy, regular castor oil should be good for hair and treating moles. I couldn’t find much info on black castor oil (apart from the anecdotal or from the sellers), but most users seem to report good results with it. I guess it’s a matter of personal choice?

      Hope this helps.

      1. Hi. I have developed age spots like few blackhead like marks on my face with time. Also, lines have already started appearing with face going dull. Whereas i used o have a very glowly and pink but sensetive skin.Please advise if castor oil can help.

  17. Hi Samantha,

    U r really doing a wonderful job.I’ve read the comments / advantages passed by many readers.Infact I’ve a severe hair loss problem.And by hair is getting thinned day by day.I would like to use caster oil for my hair.I was suggested to use black sesame oil for hair.Can I use both simultaneously?Or should I use only caster oil and is it daily?

    I’m sorry for troubling you with my question bank, but I’m really worried about hair.And on the forehead, it seems to be going bald.will this caster oil help it out get the hair growth there also?If I’m buying it, what do I need to ask the shop keeper as?

    Waiting for your reply very eagerly.

    1. Hi Shruti

      It should be fine to use both black sesame oil and castor oil at the same time. Daily use should be okay too.

      It’s possible that castor oil can help you, but if you really want to promote hair growth, I would also advise that you go the internal route as the same time. I believe hair loss is just a symptom of something else and that there’s usually an underlying cause.

      Hair loss and excessive hair fall could be due to a poor diet (an overly acidic diet, eg too much sugar and processed foods) and even our dominant emotions/mental states (a continued pattern of anxiety, stress or worry).

      A common fungus called Candida (also linked to acidic diets) can also cause hair loss. This is especially interesting because castor oil is an anti-fungal, which could be one reason why it helps some with hair loss.

      I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best.

      1. Hi Samantha,

        Thanks a lot for the reply.As you suggest both can be used.can i use black sesame oil every day and castor oil once a week? will it work out if used once a week?And you have advised to go internal route.what does it mean?

        And one more thing, please tel me what do I ask the shop keeper if i’m buying castor oil.Because they won’t understand the terminology “cold pressed or hexane free” castor oil.

        I seriously want to start using ASAP.Becuase day by day my hair is becoming so thin that some day i would go bald.

        1. Hi Shruti

          Yes, both oils can be used daily or weekly. I would recommend doing what’s comfortable for yourself first. Keep in mind that something like this will take time to work, so patience is key. Therefore, the easier the frequency or method of applications are on you (whether you put in on while you sleep or during the day, etc), the more likely that you’ll be able to stick to it.

          By “internal” route, I meant diet and lifestyle (i.e healing from within to address the cause of the hair loss in the first place). As opposed to applying castor oil on the scalp, which can be seen as a purely “external” method.

          It might be easier to check the label on the castor oil bottle at the shop rather than asking the shopkeeper. However, if there’s no label on the bottle or if it doesn’t say cold-pressed or hexane-free, I don’t think you should be too worried. It should still be okay for use on the scalp. Just try to avoid using it on your face (as it can sometimes clog the skin) or near your eyes. (And also, avoid ingesting it.)

  18. I just started using Castor Oil a few days ago to see if it will help with thinning eyebrows. I either overplucked my eyebrows or they got thinner due to Hypothyroid, so I’m dying to find out if Castor Oil works. They have been sparse for about 3 years now. I have my doubts, but I can’t wait to see what happens.

  19. Hey Samantha,

    How r u?Can you suggest me with a good shampoo as which one to use?Now a days all the shampoos are chemical based due to which only hair loss happens but can’t expect the hair growth.

    Can you please tell me if I can go with a herbal shampoo.Please let me know the brand as well because i am very confused about the brands and have no idea at all.I know only one brand thats Ayur but never used it.Not sure if this will work out.

    Please suggest a brand.Keep up the awesome work dear.Take care…

    1. Hi Shraddha, I faced the same problem when I was looking for a chemical-free shampoo a while back so I can’t actually advise on any commercial brands. But maybe someone else will have a suggestion?

      I can however point you to consider natural shampoo bars (which are usually hand-made and contain natural oils and other good stuff like herbs), or if you prefer something liquid-based, some liquid castile soap.

      p.s: If you’re interested, this is what I use as my shampoo now – baking soda + a bit of water as a shampoo paste (which I massage into my scalp) and very diluted apple cider vinegar as a rinse. It took some adjusting to because I had to get used to the idea that there are no suds or foam, and also a bit of experimenting to find the best amount to use. But it’s worth it, I don’t even have to use conditioner anymore (see My cheap and non-toxic alternative to shampoo).

      Hope this helps!

      1. Hi Samantha,

        How r u?You have suggested baking soda + a bit of water as a shampoo paste (massage into scalp) and very diluted apple cider vinegar as a rinse.And also liquid castile soap.Are there no side effects?

        And can you please tell me where do I find apple cider vinegar and liquid castile soap? If you can tell me,I would like to buy these ASAP,because i’ve seen in so many sites that these two products are used in making home made shampoos.

        1. Hi Shraddha, apple cider vinegar can be found in most supermarkets. It should be with the other vinegars like white vinegar and in glass bottles. Liquid castile soap might be harder to get in shops, so online is probably your best bet.

  20. Hey there, thanks for the very useful article 🙂 However I’ve got a question to ask. Do we need to use the cold pressed castor oil for skin purposes? I’ve came across several articles recommending the use of cold pressed castor oil. How does the composition differ between cold pressed and the others?

    1. Hi moony, there might still be some benefits from using refined castor oil as opposed to the cold-pressed kind, but one would need to be watchful of any adverse reaction the skin might have as it could contain some chemicals. It’s better not to apply it near the eyes and also probably not a good idea to ingest it.

      Cold-pressed castor oil (or any kind of cold-pressed oil) tend to be more nutrient-rich as it’s able to retain more of its beneficial compounds. This is because the cold-pressing method is gentler—it involves no heat (which destroys much of the natural goodness) and no solvents, which results in oil that’s free from chemical contaminants.

      I found a study done by a Turkish university (scroll down below, click to enlarge) that shows more than 95% of the free fatty acids and carotenoids + 32-61% of the tocopherols were removed when an edible oil goes through the conventional refining process. And while the study (which had analyzed 7 edible seeds and their cold-pressed oils) did not include castor oil, its still interesting to see the impact refining can have on natural oils. Hope this helps.

      Click the image above to enlarge

      1. Thank you so much for clarifying 🙂 I’ve got one more question though. What if the label says that it is expeller pressed instead of cold pressed? I’m assuming that heat may have been involved in expeller pressed? So the nutrients are still affected?

        1. Hi moony

          Found this on google – “All cold pressed oils are expeller pressed. But not all expeller pressed oils are cold pressed. ”

          So if a label says it was expeller pressed, it’s probably better than the refined kind, but whether or not it’s cold pressed and wasn’t subjected to too much heat, you won’t know unless you contact the manufacturer.

  21. I have old acne scars on my chest which I’m always self-conscious about when it’s summer time. I have white scar spots all over my chest and was curious if castor oil would help them disappear. I have used vitamin E to smooth it out which worked great, but the scars are still there. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  22. Hi Samantha,

    I would like to know if castor oil can prevent white hair coz weekly i used to color my hair. And now i noticed that my hair shows more white & damage because of too much using of hair color. And aside from that i also have an operation scar on my tummy. Can this castor oil help my scar to be un-notice.

    Thanks & more power.

    1. Hi nomerz, castor oil can slowly return pigment to white hair and be helpful in diminishing scars, but as with all natural treatments, it’ll take some time and patience.

  23. Hi Samantha!

    I’m trying to clear my complexion to make my skin lighter and healthier. I’ve been applying cold-pressed Castor oil on my face twice a day. Am I doing the right thing or should I be using something else to give my skin a lighter complexion??



    1. Hi Bob, I’ve not heard of castor oil being used to lighten skin before. However, it might work if you have sun-damaged skin. In any case, it’ll improve the health of your skin over time so you’re not doing any harm. (If you have turmeric and can stay indoors, mixing some turmeric in with castor oil might work as a good mask to remove a tan or brighten skin. )

  24. Hi, my problem is that my husband is sufferning from excessive hair loss especially crown region and top of his head in just last one year and too must hair loss. How can he use castor oil to helps him.

  25. I have a question about removing moles by using canstor oil. I have a mole on my chin and if I apply castor oil, will it sting or be painful? Thanks

    1. Hi Candice, castor oil on the skin (or even broken skin) won’t sting or burn at all. It’s very mild and gentle.

  26. Hi,

    Please let me know whether we can use pure castor oil that just had taken from seeds for the hair(scalp) to grow or strenghtening of hair.
    If not please suggest the oil and the place where it will be found.
    Please Please reply me…My hair is becoming thinner day by day

    Thanks & Regards
    Kranthi Gudla

  27. Will castor oil massaged into atrophic (sunken/pitted) scars eventually remove these scars? The article says that castor oil is wonderful at dissolving and removing scar tissue because of its solvent properties, yet I have never heard of anyone who has had their scars removed with this oil. In fact, all of the questions about scarring that have been posted on here are either ignored are replied to in a very vague way.

    So, the question is- will castor oil eventually completely removed sunken (pulled-down) scars from the face and allow for normal tissue to replace the scars?

    Can you do mini castor oil packs on your face just where the scars are?

    I am really looking forward to some answers on this one.


  28. I have heard of women using castor oil after breast enlargement surgery to make scars heal quicker. I didn’t believe it myself, but it looks like this is quite a widespread practise so maybe there is some truth to it.

  29. i have stared on castor oil for my hair and i am going to put it on my face at night, under my eyes is dark and i am going to use it under my eyes also my hair is thin in the top i am going natural so i hope it will work for me…

  30. I recently ready this beautiful wedsite and im really blessed that I came acrosse this. I have started to use castor oil on my hair due to my hair thinning and loss.

    Since castor oil helps to heal aging spot, and skin problems i was sondering does it help lightening dark skin on underarms as I have dark underarms!

    Just want to know if any1 tried this. Pls let me know. Thx….

  31. Enjoy the site, and have read through all the postings. I am confused on its use for hair regeneration. I dye my hair blonde, and am concerned that it might darken my hair, or possibly “whiten” my hair (based on previous posts). Has using Castor Oil on dyed hair done this?

    Also, I have pregnancy mask, that never went away, and am wondering if Castor Oil will help with that? Should I mix Tumeric?

    1. Hi Holly, it’s possible that castor oil applications to dyed/colored hair might strip the dyes (castor oil is a good pigment dispersant). One commenter did allude to this possibly happening. So it’s probably best to do a test on a strip of your hair before applying castor oil to your scalp.

      Castor oil might help with melasma (pregnancy mask) over time and with consistent applications. Keep in mind though that it is no quick fix so patience is key. I recommend daily applications for at least several months before deciding if there is any improvement. Having said that, melasma often comes about from internal causes like hormonal imbalances, so if you think those issues might still be with you, it would be a good idea to deal with them at the same time. This would go a long way towards preventing a reoccurence of the melasma.

      p.s: Yes, you can mix castor oil with some turmeric (eventhough castor oil is effective on it’s own also). Turmeric is very beneficial to the skin so the two together would be excellent.

  32. hi, samantha

    can you please tell or do u have any idea about Dabur castor oil, is it cold-pressed, hexane-free???


    1. Hi ila, I’m not familiar with this brand. If the information is not on the product label, maybe you can contact the manufacturer and ask them?

      1. Hi Samantha,

        Do you know if NOW Foods castor oil is cold-pressed or not? i know that it is expeller-pressed and hexane free but I’m not sure if it is cold-pressed.



        1. Hi Hailey

          Someone asked me this before and I’ve pasted in my old reply below. Hope this clears it up 🙂

          Found this on google – “All cold pressed oils are expeller pressed. But not all expeller pressed oils are cold pressed. ”

          So if a label says it was expeller pressed, it’s probably better than the refined kind, but whether or not it’s cold pressed and wasn’t subjected to too much heat, you won’t know unless you contact the manufacturer.

  33. hi
    i have very thick hair that ends on my shoulders. I want more lenght so will it help growth and not thicking

  34. I have just started using castor oil on my face, under and over eyes every night and keep it on overnight. I use it to remove my uneven skin tone and to have younger, fresher skin. I am 28 years old. But I am worried if this will cause facial hair to grow or if it has any other side effects. Please let me know before any damage is done to my face. Thank you!

  35. So theres different kinds of this castor oil stuff? Eh if so what are there? Id really like to use it on my face but im not sure if id just have to use the regular kind i guess. But does it lighten skin at all? Sorry for all the questions >_<

  36. Hi
    I have problem of thinning of hair and dark circles. please suggest me the kind of castor oil for hair and skin as I am confused. and my hair are oily and i normally get dandruff on using oil other than almon oil. please suggest me!!!!

  37. 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. It definitely works for acne, too. On mine, somehow it seems to dry the spots up. And what’s more, it does not dry your skin *out,* instead, works to soften and smooth the skin. Buy it genuine, buy it organic if you can. The stuff rocks!

  38. Hi Samantha,

    I have 2 auto-immune issues and I am 49 years old. I have had a hypoactive thyroid since 15 years old and diagnosed with MS 4 years ago. My skin and hair have drastically changed but I was wondering if castor oil would have any healing properties for MS pain and/or fatigue. Also, I was wondering if I can use castor oil on my wonderful canine friend. She has been plagued with mast cell tumors and is getting too old for surgeries. I have been using black salve for the past few years with great results but would like to know if castor oil would be a good internal or external cleansing for her as well.

    1. Hi GiGi

      Castor oil and castor oil packs can be quite helpful for multiple sclerosis sufferers. It’ll raise immunity levels and can also help with inflammation and pain with regular use. With the packs on, you might feel sleepy and extremely relaxed but don’t mistake this reaction as “castor oil makes me lose energy”. I’m not quite sure why castor oil packs has this relaxing effect on some people, but the rest that it inspires is a healing and regenerative one.

      Castor oil should also be safe to apply externally on your dog’s tumours. I am not too sure about its efficacy in removing them, but it should not do any harm. There seems to be a few positive testimonials on using castor oil on pet tumours. If your dog is feeling pain or discomfort, castor oil might at the very least help soothe that pain. However, it might be a good idea to observe her for a while after applying the castor oil to see if she licks it off. Ingesting small amounts shouldn’t be a problem, but since castor oil can have a laxative effect on dogs, it’s still a good idea to see how she reacts.

      For internal use (relieving constipation), you might want to start with a very low dose initially to see how she tolerates it, or better still, ask your vet. Also, keep in mind the size of your dog when it comes to the dosage as castor oil can cause diarhhoea and can be quite hard on the system. Given that your dog’s health might be delicate, this might not be the best route.

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