18 Castor Oil Uses & Benefits Worth Knowing About

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When liquid is extracted from castor seeds (Ricinus Communis) a pale yellow liquid is collected called castor oil.

You might have heard of it. Castor oil has many uses and is seen in a variety of industries. Castor oil is am anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil, which has been around for centuries.

The Egyptians were among the first to dive in the many uses and benefits of castor oil. Cleopatra used it to brighten the whites of her eyes, as well as use it for ointments and wounds. Castor oil was also used to light torches and lamps.

The majority of castor oils benefits are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids.

Although used in cosmetics, soaps, textiles, medicines, massage oils, castor oil has powerful medicinal benefits.

Castor oil adds to the list of benefits by also being a laxative, cathartic, and purgative medicine.

Castor oil can be taken orally and topically, and is known to strengthen the immune system. Without further ado, lets dive right in and see what castor oil has to offer.

What is Castor Oil used for?

The therapeutic uses of castor oil can be broken down into six sections:

  1. Antimicrobial agent
  2. Remedies for gastrointestinal problems
  3. Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic
  4. Immune system stimulant
  5. Lymphatic stimulant
  6. Hair stimulant

Castor oil is considered a great remedy for major illnesses and can treat the following:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hair loss
  • Arthritis and Rheumatism pain
  • Inflammation
  • Skin Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Athletes foot
  • Acne
  • Migraines
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Yeast Infection
  • Constipation
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Stye
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22 thoughts on “18 Castor Oil Uses & Benefits Worth Knowing About

  1. Johanna says:

    I’ve been using caster oil for a while now and I’ve been in love with it for years! Not only does caster oil work great on my skin, but it’s smooth moisturizing effects will have you addicted.

    Great article!

    • Fatoumata says:

      Hi I was having a lump and ready for surgery when I try three things castor oil black seed oil and honey with vinaiger to treat myself. The oil soften the tissues then a pus come out of it now I just got a small one that I will continue to treat myself with

      • Misty says:

        Hi Fatoumata, did you drink the mixture or applied it externally? If you don’t mind, where did you had the lump? Thanks

      • MyRiam says:

        Hi Fatuomata, I would like to know if is internally and topically I do have a lump in one of my breast and would like to give it a try.
        thanks for your help
        MyRiam.

  2. Carol says:

    I read about it’s uses to regrow hair some months ago and have used it.II must say that it works well. My hair is thicker longer and has helped to rid me of an imbarrising bald spot.
    All I did was use the Swan castor oil that I had in my medacine cabnet.
    This remidy was so inexpensive and worked better than all the other expensive things Ive tried. You dont have to vo all out to get the most expensive brand either. I dont even remember what made me buy castor oil to begin with but Im so happy I had it and tryed it cause it realy works!!!
    I cant wait to share this in my womens ministry at church to help other women who are suffering from some of the eilments that can be cured or treated by castor oil. Thank You and God bless you for the wealth of information.

  3. dave says:

    I rubb it on my jpoints after a workout or at end of day of work Ive totally noticed improved range of movement&stable secure knee use on both . of them

  4. Aisha says:

    I was diagnosed of ovarian cyst of 7cm on my Left ovary I always feel pain I have be placed with a lot of antibiotics and pain killer later I started having swallow on my Left abdomen as a result of the cysts. I did a lot of research on the internet that castor oil can be a great remedy just once I apply the castor oil the swallow disappear I thanks be to God for this miracle oil

    • Lisa says:

      My mum told me to rub the oil on my abdomen, lay a sheet of plastic wrap over it, and then use a heating pad on low for a few hours. Do not lay on the pad. It worked right away for ovarian cyst.

    • steven lim says:

      Castor Oil Helped Prevent Knee Surgery
      Castor Oil is a life-saver for joints, especially knees.
      (See below a true story narrated by a few users)
      A few years ago, my husband hurt/twisted his knee while getting in and out of a huge truck. The pain only increased as time went by, so we went to urgent care. After x-rays, etc., my husband was told that it really required surgery to repair and fix his knee, which was NOT in our budget at the time. What to do?
      We had already heard about using castor oil on joints from a couple of doctors (M.D.) with knowledge in natural remedies, also.
      According to instructions, I massaged castor oil into his whole knee area; then I wrapped the whole area with an old cloth (that I would continue to keep stored/sealed in a zippy-bag, for re-use) and with saran-type-wrap, because castor oil is both oily and staining–it will not wash out. After that, we put a heating pad on the area (SET ON LOW heat) for an hour. We kept the wrappings on his knee over night.
      I had to beg my husband to let me apply the castor oil and wrappings on the first night. The second night, he reminded me to fix up his knee again. Night number three, he did it himself, on his own. He woke up the next morning, with his knee feeling great.
      If/when he or I ever hurt any joint, both of us know to rub with the castor oil, wrap with a cloth, cover for a while, and get relief. Heat does not have to be applied, but it helps.
      There is nothing like castor oil for knees and joints. It’s messy, but who cares, if it helps prevent or STOP the need for surgery and if it stops pain?
      Here are some other castor oil stories:
      “Whenever my children hurt themselves, the first thing I reached for was the castor oil. My mother-in-law’s uncle was a boxer and castor oil was what they used after a boxing match to prevent hematomas and bruising. It works like a charm. It has been passed down as a remedy in my family for many years.”
      LCF
      “I rub castor oil on my aches and pains, and it helps a lot. Some people make castor oil packs. I used them when the doctors said I had liver cancer. We don’t know what happened to the liver cancer! It is gone. I use castor oil every chance I get. I hope it works for others! Take care!!”
      DG
      “Used castor oil in Lacrosse for years. Put on castor oil and wrapped it with plastic wrap, bruise would at times be gone the next day. Frustrated a lot of players because they would swear that they hit you… smile emoticon ”
      Tom D.
      “Castor Oil DEFINITELY WORKS!!! I am a huge bruiser, esp. since I am borderline anemic and whenever I bruise and I apply castor oil right away directly to bruise and rub it in a bit, it significantly minimizes the bruise right away and/or decreases the severity or # of days it shows! I love it!”
      MM
      “I had warts on my hands when I was younger. Tried the burning/freezing remedies and nothing worked as well as my mother’s remedy of applying castor oil to the wart and covering with a band aid. This got rid of the warts completely. I forget how long it took or how often I had to reapply, but they never came back.”

      Forwarded as received

  5. Harvey Lee says:

    Great article! Castor oil is the traditional cure for all kinds of skin problems. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin. It works wonderfully for many skin and hair problems.

  6. sue says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for all the valuable information regarding the outstanding uses of these wonderful oils.
    However, I really must object to your comments and suggestion that castor oil can be a cure for cerebral palsy.
    This is simply not true and it is irresponsible to make such claims, and does a disservice to the very good information for its uses on your website.
    Please retract this statement.

  7. Juanita says:

    I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in my mid to late 40’s. I had hand tremors for several years. Gradually became worse. I then noticed when I was tired the tremors were worse. I started falling for no apparent reason. I now have stiffness in my legs and need to walk with 2 canes or a walker. I am very slow getting around. I am now 52 years old. I am forgetful at times and have difficulty expressing myself. I have difficulty swallowing at times. I become tired easily, I also become quite dizzy when performing any athletic function (jogging). I was on Levodopa/Carbidopa, 100/25. nothing was really working to help my condition. Finally i started on parkinson’s natural herbal formula i ordered from Health HERBAL CLINIC, i read alot of great reviews from other patients who used the parkinson’s herbal treatment. My symptoms totally declined over a 4-5 weeks use of the Health herbal clinic Parkinsons disease natural herbal formula. , its effects on parkinson’s is amazing, all My symptoms gradually faded away, I have been active and hope to continue!

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