Benefits and Uses of Castor Oil

Castor oil is a multi-purpose vegetable oil that used for thousands of years. Castor oil is made by extracting oil from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant.

Laxative Properties

Castor oil is used to stimulate digestion, relieving temporary constipation. This effect is due to the oil’s high levels of ricinoleic acid.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects

castor oil’s ricinoleic acid reduces swelling and pain caused by inflammation.

When castor oil is applied to the skin may reduce arthritis symptoms more effectively than prescription topical treatments.

Promote wound healing

Applying castor oil to wounds creates a moist environment that promotes healing and prevents sores from drying out.

Hair growth

Castor oil has moisturizing properties, which could help lubricate the hair shaft, increasing flexibility and decreasing the chance of breakage.

Scalp health

Castor oil is also commonly used for the treatment of dandruff, a common scalp condition characterized by dry, flaky skin on the head.

People also use castor oil for eyelash growth, but no scientific research has shown this is effective. Cleopatra reportedly believed the oil would brighten the whites of her eyes.

Practice of using castor oil to induce labor dates back to the Egyptians. Even today, it remains an old wives’ tale for jump-starting labor.

People should avoid using castor oil to try to induce labor, as there is no scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness for this purpose.

Castor oil can help lock moisture in the skin. Though this natural alternative to store-bought products is considered safe for most.

Castor oil may help reduce harmful bacteria and fungi in dentures and may help improve symptoms related to a condition called denture stomatitis, which can cause inflammation in the mouth.