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Castor Oil: Benefits, Uses for Hair, Skin, and Lashes

Overview of Castor Oil

Castor oil, once an age-old folk remedy with an infamous taste is now a trendy, budget-friendly beauty hack. Thanks to fans such as actress Charlize Theron, castor oil has gained massive street cred among skin and hair care aficionados.

What Is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is a thick, odorless oil made from the beans of the castor plant, Ricinus communis, naturally found in Africa, India, and South America. Its usage dates back to ancient Egypt, where Egyptians used it as lamp fuel and then later during medicinal and beauty treatments. It's said that even Cleopatra believed that castor oil would brighten the whites of her eyes.

Cleopatra was close! Today, castor oil is sometimes used to give lads and ladies full lashes for a captivating gaze, but its benefits don’t stop there. Its nourishing qualities have also made it a must-have for natural skincare enthusiasts.

To make this nourishing carrier oil, castor beans undergo an extraction process known as cold-pressing whereby the beans are pressed until it becomes a pale-yellow vegetable oil. This method captures the "essence" of the plant's beauty benefits for skin and hair.

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Castor Oil Benefits

Read on to find out why castor oil is now the upcoming, budget-friendly beauty must-have that’s great for beautiful skin and hair.


It Nourishes Dry Hair

Dry or damaged hair can especially benefit from an intense moisturizer like castor oil. Adding fats like castor oil to the hair on a regular basis helps lubricate the hair shaft, thereby increasing flexibility and decreasing the chance of breakage.


It’s Moisturizing For The Face & Body

Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. It’s a humectant that retains moisture by preventing water loss through the outer layer of the skin, keeping all the moisture you need locked in for softer, smoother skin.


It Has Impressive Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Research has shown that when castor oil is applied topically, it can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The anti-inflammatory qualities of castor oil may be particularly helpful to those with sensitive skin that’s easily irritated. It could also help with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.

How To Use Castor Oil

Historically, castor oil was used as a natural laxative and to induce labor. Today, it’s widely used as an ingredient in cosmetics, which makes sense because this rich oil is packed with beauty benefits from head to toe.

Castor Oil For The Face

Moisturizing castor oil is really thick so you should mix it with coconut oil or almond oil before putting it on your face. You can also add it to shea butter to make an extra-moisturizing concoction! Apply it to your face after cleansing and before bed. Leave it on overnight or wipe it off with a warm wet cloth after 10 minutes for soft, supple skin.

Castor Oil To Thicken Brows & Lashes

​​​​​Applying a little castor oil daily can help nourish your eyelashes and eyebrows. Due to its moisturizing properties, castor oil can help condition and thicken the hairs of brows and lashes. Our tip is to buy empty mascara bottles on Amazon and fill them with castor oil to brush on your lashes and eyebrows before bedtime.

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Castor Oil As A Moisturizer For Rough Skin

A bit of moisture goes a long way when you’ve got dry, rough and bumpy skin. After applying your usual body cream, rubbing in a little castor oil on the knees, elbows, heels and other dry patches will help seal in the moisture for better results. Use it once or twice per day as needed and enjoy softer skin in no time.

Castor Oil As A Carrier Oil With Essential Oils

​​​​​Carrier oils such as castor oil are often used to dilute essential oils to ensure they’re skin-safe. We’d recommend pairing castor oil with essential oils that share similar benefits, such as cedarwood oil for hair growth, turmeric oil for scalp cleansing or myrrh oil for flawless skin. As a good rule of thumb, one drop of essential oil with one tablespoon of carrier oil is enough dilution for topical application.

Using castor carrier oil for skincare & haircare

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