Castor Oil has been on my radar for a while now. It seems to be gaining a lot of attention for its natural health and beauty benefits. I decided to put some of those theories to the test and see what I thought for myself. I’m not going to lie, this one I was a little uneasy about.
Now when I initially thought about Castor Oil, two things immediately came to mind. First, it used to be a remedy to induce labor, which is now strongly discouraged. It does in fact have a “cleansing” effect on the colon. The second thing that came to mind was motor oil. Yep, Castrol motor oil and lubricants are made from Castor Oil.
So based on these two bits of knowledge I had on Castor Oil, the idea of using it as a beauty product was kind of a turn off. I went ahead and tested it out in a few different areas and I broke them down. This is the Castor Oil I prefer. For health and beauty uses, you want to be sure you have cold pressed oil that is Hexane free and free of additives. It’s 100% USDA organic, and since its only ingredient is Castor Oil, it gives you the freedom to add carrier oils and essential oils as you see fit.
As you can see, this stuff is thick. Unlike Jojoba oil or olive oil that are often used as carriers, Castor Oil is sticky. It has the consistency and feel of white corn syrup.
Castor Oil for eyelashes
I was a little nervous here, putting a foreign oil near my eyes gives me an uneasy feeling. As it turns out, Castor Oil has antibacterial properties. It also contains proteins, minerals, Vitamin E, and fatty acids, all which boost eyelash strength. It helps to make eyelashes look fuller, prevent breakage, and even create new growth if you have any spots without lashes.
I simply washed my face in the evening, apply the Castor Oil with a mascara wand (designated only for my Castor Oil), and went to bed. I found some awesome empty mascara tubes designed just for this use.
If you try to just rub it on your lashes, you won’t get good coverage, and you risk getting the oil directly in your eyes. In the morning I simply washed my face to remove the oil. I noticed a significant change in the fullness of my lashes within about 2 weeks!
Castor Oil for your hair and scalp
Much the same as the effect it has on your eyelashes, Castor Oil can make your hair thicker, shinier, and give it a richer color. It can also help prevent breakage. At the same time, it can clear up dandruff by moisturizing the scalp. This is especially useful if you have damaged hair, dry skin, or maybe your environment keeps your hair dry. I loved the results with this. I normally pick up V05 Hot Oil in the summer; it seems with all of the chlorine in the pool, my hair felt rough to the touch. Have you ever read the label on V05 Hot Oil?
Check it out:
HOT OIL THERAPY MOISTURIZING TREATMENT INGREDIENTS
Water, Cocotrimonium Chloride, PEI-1750, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acetamide MEA, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Oleth-20, Hydrochloric Acid, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-10, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein/Vegetable Amino Acids/Lysine Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Phytantriol, Triethyl Citrate, Polysorbate 20, Biotin (Vitamin H), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Yellow 6.
The list of ingredients overwhelmed me, and I couldn’t pronounce most of them. I love the idea of replacing that product with a safe, natural, single ingredient oil!
Castor Oil for sore muscles and joint pain
If you’re looking for a natural replacement for Icy Hot, arthritis medicines, or anti-inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen, consider Castor Oil. It always feels like a huge win when I can skip taking a pill to alleviate pain. It can be used for arthritis, joint pain and inflammation. Castor Oil has anti-inflammatory properties, so making it into massage oil is incredibly effective. Castor Oil doesn’t have the most pleasant smell, so using an essential oil or carrier oil is always a good idea.
Peppermint is always effective on joint pain, so by combining these it really speeds up the healing process. After a long workout and a sore calf muscle, I tried this out. It really helped to dull the pain away and allowed me to sleep.
Castor Oil for deep moisturization
Dry, chapped hands in the winter are a problem many of us face, especially if you wash your hands often or spend time outside in frigid temperatures. I decided to use Castor Oil on my hands at night. I used about 2 teaspoons and rubbed it together to kind of thin it out, then covered my hands with it. I was sure to get my knuckles as they often crack in the winter. I then put on my 100% cotton gloves (I prefer these). And no, these gloves are by no means cute. I like to get 100% cotton, because so many moisturization gloves are made of synthetic materials. These cotton gloves lock in any lotions or oils you apply.
This was incredibly effective overnight oil. All of those fatty acids make the skin soft and supple. I also used it on the heels of my feet and put socks on. I noticed a huge improvement in my chapped skin in just one night. Because of its thick nature, I recommend this as a night treatment. This use of Castor Oil was probably my favorite. It was quick and easy with amazing results.
Overall, for health and beauty purposes, Castor Oil is worth having in your home. The benefits to your skin, hair, eyelashes and brows are reason enough for me. I love the idea of one bottle to replace several in my cabinet!