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.

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

  1. Hi Samantha,
    I was wondering if there are different types of castor oils and which ones to use for removing moles and thickening hair. Thanks!

    1. Hi Marcia, I’m only familiar with one type of castor oil – the clear, yellowish kind. This can (with time and patience) thicken hair and reduce moles. Out of this, there is regular castor oil and castor oil that is hexane-free. The latter is suitable for applications on sensitive skin/areas (such as around the eye area) or for internal use.

      There is one other kind called ‘black/jamaican castor oil’, which I don’t know much about, but could be useful for hair health as well, if the reviews are anything to go on.

      Hope that helps.

  2. Hello,
    I am a woman in my 30’s and just had a baby. I started losing my hair because of hormones. I rub castor oil on my scalp and sleep with it overnight and wake up to thicker hair. I am thrilled.
    Stay beautiful,

  3. I am 25 yrs.old.I have a curly ,dry hair and oily dull skin.I am suffering from hair fall since a long time.I want to improve my complexion and make my hair soft and thick.I want to use Castor oil but I am really confuse .Which should I use for skin and which for hair? pls help me.

  4. Hi!!

    I am 34 years of age. I used to have fair flawless complexion, but since past 2 years, I am having pigmentation on my forehead and cheeks, due to which my complexion looks dark and tanned. Please help, since it is very depressing.

    Also, please suggest which creams should i use and whether I should go in for facials or that will harm my skin further.

    Thanks for your support. Looking forward for your reply at the earliest.

  5. I am trying to grow thicker eyebrows and in sparse areas. Do I get the liquid kind of the thick stuff? And same for hair and face??


    1. Hi Kate, not sure what you meant by liquid or thick? Castor oil is a thick liquid. If it helps you, the one I use is made by Heritage Products, although I find the brand probably doesn’t matter. Just check for castor oil that is cold-pressed and hexane free so it’ll be suitable for both skin and hair.

      If the castor oil is too thick to apply comfortably on your hair, you can mix it in with a lighter oil.

      Hope that helps.

  6. 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.

  7. castor oil is vvery gud to hair..frm my child wood ive applying..i have long hair..thick hair below my knee..mix cocunut oil too..with castor works very well.

  8. 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.!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hey All – I’ve used castor oil on moles with great results. I mean GREAT, they are gone and there is no skin discoloration AT ALL!! I’ve shared this with 3 other people (giving them my castor oil that I bought), and they too reported back that their moles are gone! I’m convinced. Each of us reported that it took a week for them to disolve and disappear. If you try it for a mole, please don’t be discouraged if yours does not do the same in a week. Maybe it’ll take 2 weeks…or even longer – I have no idea. I just wanted to try it before I got anything cut or lazered.

    Also, I just started using it for a little foot problem (I’ll report back on that one).

    I’ve seen many posting here asking where they can buy Castor oil. I have been buying many different kinds of herbals and oils from a company in Oregon that has literally been a pioneer in launching the organic farming trade.

    Mountain Rose Herbs

    They are great people and their quality of products are fantanstic. they have a wonderful web site and lends tons of information about the origin of each product.

    Their Castor Oil is indeed organic and cold pressed.

    Good luck to everyone who wants to try castor oil. I think I’m going to try it on my hair after reading all the positive results here.

    Whoa Hoo!

  10. i mix emu oil castor oil and vatika oil which is coconut oil infused with indian herbs and vitamin e oil and tea tree essential oil and rosemary essential oil and pepepermint essential oil and put it on my scalp every morning and night i have dreadlocks smile and my hair growimg

  11. I was just told I have arthritis in my back and was told about using a castor oil pack. Love it! I am now going to try using for hair and face but have a question. Is it safe to put around eys area,like eye lids starting to get crows feet and my eye lids are dry.

    1. Hi Judy, I’m glad to hear castor oil is working on your arthritis.

      I’ve been using castor oil around my eyes every night before I go to bed for many months now — it’s quite safe even if some of it gets in the eye. Just be sure to use castor oil that is labeled “hexane-free”.

      Hope this helps.

  12. Castor Oil is miraculous! My husband had skin cancer on his nose, we were preparing for surgery and a friend suggested that he apply Castor oil every night; we postponed the surgery and when he had a check-up with the dermatologist after three weeks the cancer was gone!

    Thanks for sharing your tips, excellent information.

  13. where can i get this type of castor oil ya’ll are taking about and the brand if any i would really love to try some of these tips……:)

    1. Hi Donna, you can buy castor oil at walgreens. I don’t think the brand matters much as long as it’s cold-pressed and hexane free. But FWIW, I’ve used the Heritage and Home Health brands, which were fine.

      Hope that helps.

  14. hey , i’m really intrigued by the advantages of castor oil. can anybody here tell me how i can remove 2 moles on my face with just castor oil? i really want to remove them and it does’nt really matter to me how long it takes as long as there are no scars involved. coz 1 of them is just on top of my nose and i dont want a scar in exchange of it. i would really appreciate ur help, thanks.

    1. Hi noone, just rub castor oil on your moles each day (a few times a day if possible). It should slowly shrink over a few months with repeated applications.

  15. hey samantha thanks. i’ll definitely try it. could u tell me whether its a problem if some of it gets to the surrounding skin?

  16. sorry for the 2nd post, but i was just wondering for how long should i keep the castor oil on? and do i rub it with cotton or bare fingers? really sorry for disturbing u so much.

    1. Hi noone,

      – Castor oil is gentle and won’t harm normal skin. People rub it all over their skin, hair and scalp to keep them healthy. Just get the cold-pressed, hexane free type – this shouldn’t clog your pores. If you’re worried, do a test patch first.
      – You can keep it on for as long as it is comfortable. I leave it on overnight pretty much everyday, and it’s fine (actually, it’s great, which is why I do it).
      – Rubbing it on with your fingers is fine. Cotton will just absorb the oil (a bit wasteful), and the point is to get it on the skin.

      1. Hey Samantha,
        I was just wondering if you can put castor oil in the scalp without washing it out for a few days. Is that okay or should it only be used overnight?

        1. Hi Jenni, it should be okay as long as you monitor the oil while it’s on your scalp. Castor oil has a long shelf life but it can go rancid. I’m also wondering how effective castor oil will be after a couple of days, when it’s been mixed with/absorbed the other stuff our scalps secrete (sweat, sebum, dead skin cells etc). If you do try this out, let me know how it goes. Good luck!

      2. So I have a question… since it helps with acne and it helps regrow hair, wouldnt applying it your face increase your facial hair? and for those who think my question is gross, everyone has facial hair that you may or maynot be able to see.


        1. Hi, that’s a good question. I’m a woman and I use castor oil around my eyes every night before bed. It has made my eyelashes and eyebrows thicken and grow faster. So it’s possible that men with facial hair/beards and even some hirstute women will find castor oil increasing the hair growth on their cheeks/chins if they apply it in those areas.

          But castor oil doesn’t seem to affect the downy, fine and near-invisible hair we all have on our faces (called vellus hair).

          What I’m basically saying is — if you aren’t inherently able to grow a beard, castor oil won’t suddenly make a beard appear for you. Castor oil use is ancient, and if it was capable of doing that, the world would have known about it by now through old stories and folk tales. 🙂 I hope that eases your mind a bit?

          1. You definitely have thicker eyebrows than you did before as a result of the castor oil?

            I’m thinking of trying this out for myself, and it’d be great to hear what someone who tried it has to say about their experience 🙂

          2. Hi, yes I did. I have naturally thick eyebrows to begin with, but some parts had gotten sparse because of my years of over-tweezing (bad habit!). Castor oil has thickened up these sparse bits, making my eyebrows look fuller.

            However, if someone has naturally sparse eyebrows to begin with, I’m not sure if castor oil will change anything. From my experience anyway, castor oil use will only bring an area back to its original healthy condition. Hope that helps.

  17. hey samantha, i like the sound of removal of mole with castor oil, but in one website i read a person complaining that his mole grew back even after removing it with castor oil. is this possible? if so, then how can i avoid it?

    1. That’s a good question. I agree that moles can grow back. They grew in the first place, so it’s possible for them to re-grow.

      I think the idea behind this is that moles at its core is actually a type of fungus, which is protected by melanin (the dark pigment). So if castor oil or any other kind of treatment shrinks it but didn’t completely remove it, it can grow back in the right environment. To be safe and prevent re-growth, you can continue applying castor oil for a few weeks after the mole has “disappeared” from the naked eye.

      Hope that helps!

      1. hi how u doing i dont know where u from but m facing hair loss if u have some suggestions regarding castor oil den pz let me know as i juz started using it for hair and i know itz due to water change

        1. Hi aliya, you can try rubbing castor oil into your scalp. Some also reported good results when mixing castor oil with coconut oil.

          If hard water residue is causing your hair loss, you can try rinsing with a little Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in water.

    1. Hi Nancy, castor oil might help, but if your pimples are caused by a hormone imbalance, it’s probably better to treat that at the same time. Otherwise, the problem might recur (since you’d just be treating the symptoms).

      Do you know the cause of your hormone imbalance?

  18. Hi Samantha,

    I recently started rubbing castor oil on my breast as I have developed some streach marks over time, I find stretch marks are very ugly. I am applying the castor oil at nights leaving it on until daylight. By this method, how long do u suspect it will take before disappearing, or would it really disappear of just reduce in size?

    1. Hi CCk, it might take several months to see any results, and more if you’ve had them for many years. I’d suggest taking a photo of them now so you can see for certain if there is any difference after a few months. If you can tell that there have been results, it would be easier to continue with the nightly applications.

      And it could lead to a fading or a complete removal, it really depends on each person.

      Hope that helps.

    1. Hi Cck, drinking castor oil should be done once a month at the most. In general, it’s not a good idea to use laxatives (castor oil or others) too often as it tends to weaken the intestinal walls, which would lead to constipation and more problems. So making sure there’s enough time between cleanses will prevent a dependency on laxatives and a weakening of the walls.

      Here is a good place to start:

      You can also google “castor oil cleanse” to find out more. I find it helpful to read the forums, so you’ll have some idea what to expect your first time. Castor oil can lead to multiple purgings over the course of several hours and for some, this itself can be hard on the body.

    1. Hi Lorraine, taking castor oil doesn’t appear to affect periods in general, but I would advise against taking castor oil while you are on your period. This is because in large enough amounts, castor oil can have a powerful laxative effect (can lead to diarrhoea, which is quite hard on the body). Since the lower intestines and uterus are so close together, this might be unduly stressful on your body.

  19. hi samantha. I’ve been applying castor oil on a raised mole on my face from the 12th of this month. But there is simply no change of the mole at all till now. My mole is quite small and i’ve been applying castor oil twice a day(though not for long). Can you tell me how long will it take to notice any difference at all on the mole? Or should i think that castor oil is’nt working on my mole?

    1. Hi sam, 2 weeks is quite short. I’d suggest you keep it up for a few months before you decide there is no progress. Some moles take longer to show a difference, if any.

      Also keep in mind that moles are usually larger beneath the surface. What you see is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ so to speak. That’s why when moles are removed surgically, they often leave a hole in the skin. That happens because the doctor removes the mole in its entirety.

  20. hi Samantha,

    Few days back i went to Parlour for hair rebonding. when the lady was applying schworckoff relaxer on my hair, i felt that my scalp was burning like fire and i was having severe headache. Immediately i asked her to wash my head. she removed it .

    i am now using Dove intenese care conditioner for damaged hair. I am now facing a hair fall problem and my hair are falling strainghtway from the root.

    I am afraid if i will soon go bald .Please advise if hot oil treatment using castor and almond oil will help in preventing hail fall


    1. Hi AA, it sounds like the relaxer was left on for too long. I would advise against using any “hot” or “heated” oil on your scalp for now as the skin there needs to be treated gently.

      Try leaving in castor oil or almond oil or coconut oil (room temperature) on your scalp to reduce the pain. You can wrap up your hair in a towel or a shower cap if you want to leave it on overnight. Do this for a few weeks and see what happens. Your scalp should heal with time.

      I have to say though, that doing this might not stop the hair fall/breakage as it sounds like the damage might have already been done. But take heart, if you can baby your scalp back to health, your hair has a good chance of regrowing again from the root. Castor oil has been known to help thicken hair as well. It may take some time, however, so your best tool now is patience.

  21. Hi,
    my skin is naturally oily and has a lot of pimples and marks. however after i recently applied an anti freckle cream for acne and marks on my face, it turned out to be red and itchy and flaky…its very dry….i stopped using it immediately. i also applied yogurt to induce moisture, is there any way that i can use castor oil to immediately get my skin back to normal…??

    o.s- i have a wedding to attend tomorrow and im freaking out!


    1. Hi Shai, castor oil should help, but it would probably take longer than a day. You can rub it in gently and leave it overnight to see if the redness subsides a little by morning.

    2. Don’t worry about blemishes. You will be accepted for the person you are. I am hoping a castor oil remedy works over time, but don’t let blemishes spoil your fun!

  22. 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.

    1. Hi Denise, I’m glad to hear that castor oil is helping your shingles. It might be helping because castor oil have been proven to increase the lymphocytes in the skin/body, which boosts your immune system’s response to the shingles (a viral infection).

      You might want to consider doing castor oil packs on your abdomen for a few hours each day or even leaving it on overnight (in addition to applying the castor oil on your shingles alone). This might help even more.

      I’ll update the article soon to include shingles. Thanks a lot for sharing.

      1. thanks for your help and update Samantha. thats a great idea to try the castor oil pack on my abdomen. I used to do that for uterine fibroid tumors, but thank God thats over with. This viral infection has really taken me for a loop. I am so glad I knew about castor oil or else i would have spent so much time and money wracking my brain out to find some one to help me. thank God for the internet and thanks for being here.

        1. Hi Denise, you’re very welcome. Castor oil worked great for my ovarian cysts too. It’s amazing, really!

          I really hope you get better soon.

          By the way, I’m not sure if you’ve tried turmeric already or not to help with your shingles, but if you haven’t, it might be worth taking a look. Turmeric (both ingested and applied as a paste) has been shown to help one of the most stubborn infections out there (MRSA/methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and I wonder if it might help you too.

          You might find this interesting (one of the commenters there mentioned shingles):

          Ingesting garlic might also be helpful. IMO, garlic is superior to antibiotics because it actually spares the good bacteria in our guts (which is great, since a large part of our immune system resides in the gut).

    2. Hi Denise, I battle shingles every time I get too stressed out! I take Grapefruit Seed extract, L-Lysine and Vitamin B-12. Most of the time they are gone within two days.

  23. hi samantha, i’ve been facing a hair fall for many years, i would say for 12 years and im 23! at first i didn’t pay attention, but now it drives me crazy, it falls a lot everytime i wash my hair, and when my hair its dry and i pass my fingers or brush trough it still falls! in addition i think my hair its the kind of mix (oily in the root and dry in the ends) and i have a lot of crumbly ends!
    Do you think if i use the castor oil it wont make my hair more oily? i would like to use it on my face too cause i have some acne, but it is oily too and i dont know! what do you recommend me? thanks

    1. Hi Janet,

      Yeah am 25 years now. Till my age of 15, I used to apply castor oil along with lemon, two hours before taking shower. After shower the hair used to be shiny and no chance of dandruff. The hair used to be strong and smooth. After have left the home for studies, I never used castor oil till now, consequently I lost my hair due to dandruff. Now I have started using it again. It works well.

      My hair is also oily at roots and dry at the ends, which is similar to what you have. So, applying castor oil would not make your skin more oily. Try it and you would observe positive results. Even it cured my foot pain. You can apply it on your hair and keep overnight and wash your hair, as suggested by Samantha.

      Thanks and regards

  24. does cold drawn castor oil and cold pressed castor oil mean the same? i have been using cold drawn castor oil to remove a mole for about 4 weeks now, but it is’nt working. can anyone give me any suggestions?

    1. Hi,

      Both mean the same. It would take time for it to act on the mole, but it works. It takes time, but it gives a permanent solution. patience and diligence is the best way to get the results.

      thanks and regards

    2. Hi Sarah,

      I’ve just read a book about mole removal, it suggests mixing castor oil with bi carb soda and covering with a band aid. This keeps it moist and suggests it should fall off within three days to three weeks. This apparently works for warts and skin tags as well. Good luck

  25. My name is Vuyi. I just read about Castor oil product that can cure acne.
    I have pimples and spots on my face and back. As a result I can’t wear tops that show off my back because I’m so embarassed to show it.

    Can the Castor oil help this problem or do I have to see a Dermatologist?

    King Regards

  26. hey murli,thanks a lot for your reply. i was almost going to stop applying castor oil, but now i’m not. okay when you say ‘it takes time’ how long do you actually mean? my mole is small but its raised, how long do you think it’ll take to show any difference? and thanks for your suggestion sean tracey but i already tried castor oil and baking soda on a mole on my arm, but it left a mark there( which has reduced a lot due to castor oil though), so i don’t want to try on my face. and your link was useful, thanks.

    1. Hi sarah,

      thanks for your reply. Actually, i am using castor oil for hair fall control and my acute heel pain.
      1. For hair fall, am applying the oil bought from medical stores directly on the scalp, its been showing positive results since the last two weeks. Now my hair has nice lustre and strength. I apply it and leave it for about 6 to 7 hours to seep into the skin and repair my hair tissues.
      2. For heel pain, i just soaked a piece of cotton in the castor oil, heat treated using a candle and just touched over my heel for about fifteen minutes, and left it for half an hour. I have been doing this for about two weeks, now i see a gradual decrease in pain.
      It acts, slowly but it is a permanent natural solution.

      In your case, what i think is, you should apply it on your mole and let it be for about two hours, because it has to seep thorugh the skin or mole. Better, try to use the soaked cotton method which i used for my heel treatment. it will seep quickly when u apply little bit of heat. And, when you are done, please dont cover it with bad aid or something, let it be open coz some natural air has to act upon your skin. I think this helps you problem. if anything then please do drop a message.


  27. gostaria de saber si o oleo de mamona e bom pra micose de cabelo?e tmbm pra chamada pelada que da no couro cabeludo,e qto tempo leva pra cura?

  28. is the castor oil from CVS hexane free? is the only one i could get and it only says is 100% castor oil in the components, it also says is for laxative use, so i dont know if is ok for my hair, what do you think?

    1. Hi janet, that should be fine to use on your hair.

      I wanted to say that since it’s fine to ingest (for laxative use), it should also be hexane-free, but then again you never know (govt oversight isn’t exactly 100%)…

  29. Hey…i want to use castor oil for my hair growth and fort my wringkels…i am 21.plz tell me is it ok for me??which type of castor oil i will use for my skin and hair?plz plz plz give me some advise…thank u…

  30. Hi Samantha: i think im not using the right product and i cant find castor oil for the hair at wallgreens or cvs! do you know another store where i can get it? i can see many types of oils but nothing about castor oil and i keep lossing more and more hair!!

    1. Hi janet, you can try health food stores. I’m not sure which ones would carry them though. I buy mine online at iherb (the shipping’s pretty reasonable).

    2. Whole Foods carries castor oil in there essential oil & body section. Also Castor Oil was & still is used for a laxative. So if you are at your local Walgreens / Rite Aid (CVS doesn’t carry) walk over to the laxative section 2 find your bottle of castor oil. Not sure if its cold pressed oil but it should say it on the bottle. My grandmother has been a hair stylist for over 60 years & she uses the Rite Aid brand as a hot oil treatment for her clients.

    3. Hello Janet,

      I also found about the benefits of castor oil but could not find it anywhere in the high street shops. I went to the asian food and healthstore and I purchased a bottle of 200ml for £1.39. Try to go to asian healthstores,they normaly sell a small bottles of all sorts of oils, and natural remedies.
      Hope that helps.


    4. reading over your comments you can use regular castor oil, for it has very many uses. From my understanding thats the one everyone seems to be using. The product can be purchased any where that laxatives are found.

    5. You should be able to purchase castor oil:cold presssed and cold processed at a health foods store like Whole Foods. I purchase mine either at Whole Foods or at a local Asian Health/Vitamin store.

  31. what is castor oil? what is the name of this oil in hindi?
    as I know the benefits of this oil but disable to find it. Pls help.

  32. Hi im trying to find out which castor oil is used to remove moles but i dont know how the bottle looks like but i want to find it i wal mart so if anyone knows which one is used for that it will help me a lot thx(:

    1. Try mixing in some baking soda. It’s quite good in washing out castor oil. Baking soda might cause some dryness temporarily after, but should get it out.

  33. I’ve started using castor oil for eyelash growth and it has worked better or just as well as the 3 commercial brands I’ve tried including, Extremelash and Revitalash. I’ve also started using it as a moisturizer and have found it so good that I wanted to read more and found this site in my search. To me, it’s been definitely an underrated natural beauty product. Thanks for the posting!

    1. Hi Kathleen, thanks for your comment. I’m glad castor oil has worked well for u. I love that it’s natural and so cheap and effective 🙂

  34. Seems like it works for everything)) I used to apply it for the eyelashes in order to make them grow faster and they really did! The only unpleasant thing is these sticky sleepy sensation in the eyes in the morning((

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