As a child, I remember my granny recommending castor oil for almost any problem. For her, it was the best home remedy for a host of ailments. Even today, the very mention of castor oil summons the numerous natural health benefits it provides. But before we delve into details, here is a quick brief about its origin.

Castor oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of castor plant, also known as Ricinus communis (1). It is a vegetable oil and the plant is largely native to Africa and India. The oil has been famous in the world over for centuries for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The medicinal and therapeutic benefits of the oil make it a favourite across various industries. The uses of castor oil are many for skin, hair and health. It also happens to be one of the most widely-used ingredients in various cosmetics, soaps, textiles, massage oils and even medicines.

Benefits of Castor Oil in Our Daily Life:

Castor oil is one of the few natural products that fight several ailments. Here are the 18 amazing uses and benefits of castor oil in our daily lives.

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Castor Oil Benefits for Skin:

1. Skin Problems:

Castor oil is a boon when it comes to skin problems like sunburn, acne, dry skin and stretch marks. It also helps evade infections like warts, boils, athlete’s foot (2) and chronic itching. To treat problems like sun burn, warts (3), yeast infections, fungal infections or acne, follow these simple steps:

  • Take a cotton wool ball
  • Dip it in castor oil
  • Apply directly to the affected skin area.
  • Leave it on for an hour
  • Wash off clearly after an hour.
  • Repeat this in the morning and night for faster results.
  • If the affected area is small – soak a band-aid in castor oil and apply it on the affected area. Finally cover it with a clean one.

If the affected area is large – soak a cloth in castor oil and place on the affected area for an hour before washing off.

2. Ringworm:

Castor oil effectively treats ringworm (4), a common and stubborn skin problem across all age groups. The active compound called undecylenic acid, found in castor oil, helps treat ringworm successfully. Here is a step-by-step guide to its use.

  • Dilute 2 teaspoons of castor oil in 4 teaspoons of coconut oil.
  • Alternatively, you can wash castor leaves in water and soak them in coconut oil for few hours, and then heat gently.
  • Apply over the affected area and cover with a cotton cloth.
  • Keep it overnight for best results.

Repeat this procedure until cured completely.

3. Wrinkles and Fine Lines:

Castor oil, when applied to the skin, penetrates deep and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. This in turn helps soften and hydrate our skin. It delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, making the skin smoother, softer and younger. The fine lines around the eye area can be treated with its application. For best results, apply it everyday, after washing your face, over wrinkles and fine lines (5). You may also apply castor oil for skin before bed daily.

4. Acne:

Castor oil is rich in Ricinoleic acid (6), which fights off the acne-causing bacteria. It effectively penetrates the skin layers, making it an excellent remedy for acne. To use castor oil for skin:

  • Wash your face with warm water, as this will help open your pores.
  • Simply massage your face in a circular motion with the oil.
  • Keep it overnight.
  • Wash off your face the next morning with cold water.

5. Moisturiser:

Castor oil is a wonderful moisturiser (7). The high concentrated fatty acids penetrate the skin easily. This helps remove dry patches and restores hydration of the skin. Only a little amount of castor oil is required for this purpose. The fatty acids in castor oil make it stand out amongst other vegetable oils. Castor oil finds uses in various industries but it is prized in skincare segment for its ability to quickly moisturise. So if you are looking for an inexpensive and natural skin moisturiser, you know what to reach out for! Here’s a quick tip:

  • Apply a few drops on face.
  • Massage it well on your skin every night.

Just follow the above steps to wake up to smooth, supple and revitalized skin every morning.

6. Fade Scars:

Castor oil is often used for fading scars. Though it works slowly in this regard (needs to be used regularly to see prominent results), it can produce permanent solution naturally. Once again, the fatty acids come to rescue. They penetrate deep within the scar tissue and plump it out while encouraging the growth of healthy tissues around it. It helps the scar diminish slowly (8).

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  • Jayshree Bhagat

    amazing uses!

    • Ankita Biswas

      Thank you jayshree!!!!! :) :)

  • Atul

    Awesome Product; thanks for such valuable information!!

  • Rashmi

    Very informative and well-researched article. Thanks for sharing such an in-depth and detailed information about castor oil. Never knew there are so many benefits of castor oil. I would definitely use castor oil for thickening my eyebrows and resolving my skin issues. Good job, Ankita :) Keep sharing more interesting write-ups!!!

  • Tanya

    Never knew castor oil is this useful! Thank you for sharing informative article. Would love to try it for acne and hair growth. Thanks a ton!

  • sabz

    how can i thinner my fat lower lip …help plz

    • Zimile

      you can’t.

    • cwrenn

      A facial plastic surgeon can do a procedure called lip reduction,find a good surgeon in your area there is a website for researching qualified and board certified surgeons then you can look at their photo gallery. you will love it,do it for your self esteem.I know my Dr does many African people.

  • Anne Williams

    Wow didn’t know all this about castor oil! Really good info. I’ll start using it for my scars :) For my hair I think I’ll stick to the argan oil I bought from pro naturals, I really recommend that stuff for frizzy, dry or damaged hair!

  • Hughes

    If castor oil really promotes hair growt, is really a good idea to put it on your face?

  • Madeline

    to treat menstrual disorder, should I apply castor oil during or after the menstrual cycle? thanks.

  • Frank Araullo

    Castor oil is very thick which is bit difficult to massage on hair. Is there any way or to mix on it so that it will be easily rub into hair please?

    • Wendy

      You can mix it with olive oil to thin it or mix it with hair conditioner.

  • Fred

    Claims that castor oil cures MS or Parkinson’s is ludicrous.

  • Anonymous

    Yes mix it with coconut oil or almond oil. :)

  • donna

    Thankyou for the article very interesting and informative

  • muskanrajoria

    Hey where to buy good quality non adulterated castor oil in India. Can you please suggest a reliable brand ?

  • dueepjs

    Look at my snap. How old do you think I am? That is because I have never used chemicals on my face. L’Oreal is one of them. I wrote about Amla to help in antiaging by darkening hair in the message to Mr. Araullo above.
    In India we get rid of wrinkles by NEVER EVER subjecting our skin to chemical based cosmetics. Here is my antiaging regime for you. Take 3 parts of carrot juice, I part of Beetroot juice and 2 parts of tomato Juice. Mix them all together. Drink every day In the afternoon, about 1 hour after your lunchtime.Do not eat or drink anything for about one hour afterwards so that the juice can do its own magic work.
    This is going to have a rejuvenating effect on your skin within 15 to 20 days. Even though we naturopaths recommend it for 40 days. This brings back a healthy growth of fresh cells.
    Stop using antiaging creams– instead use This natural lotion, every day. 10 g lemon juice – filter it twice, first, 10 g of Glycerin, 10 g of Almond/ wheat germ oil, 10 g of honey. Mix them all together and apply it on your face at night, after you have washed it and removed all the makeup. It may feel sticky initially, but you will soon find the honey and the oil getting absorbed in your skin.
    This not only prevents wrinkles, but clears your skin and gives it a glow. Also, honey is going to keep your skin looking youthful for a long long time.
    Long exposure to the sun can also cause wrinkles. That means your skin is dehydrated. So remember to drink a glass full of Fresh juice/Lemon juice before you go outside. This is going to keep you well hydrated.
    God bless.

  • dueepjs

    Are you sure you are using Castor oil and not that greasy car fuel Castrol? BION I found some people on the internet doing exactly that. I am not joking. Seriously, castor oil should be oily, not thick. It has a strong smell. That is why it is applied at night. It is extracted from castor seeds.
    Stop using this oil immediately, if it isn’t castor OIL.Ankita Needed to add that this real oil is called Erand ka tel or arandi ka tel in the local vernacular. [BTW, amazing job, Ankita. Superb information!]
    So if you are not using the real thing,instead here is a natural healthy hair blackener called Emblica officianalis. It is also called Amla in Hindi. Eat a tablespoon full of this powdered Gooseberry with a glass of milk instead of applying oil on your head. Stops the greying process immediately and the roots turn black. Don’t do this if you are auburn or blond, haha.
    Stop using chemical shampoos. Use amla powder 20 gms soaked overnight in 1/2 a liter of water and then used as a shampoo after filtering the next day for two months or so. This is the traditional shampoo for both men and women in India for milleniums.
    Report back for more help, whenever needed.
    God Bless.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Ashwini, crown baldness usually follows a pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown, and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition. Each strand of hair you have sits in a tiny hole (cavity) in the skin called a follicle. Baldness in general occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. Eventually, the follicle does not grow new hair. The follicles remain alive, which suggests that it is still possible to grow new hair. It is advisable to consult a dermatologist to understand the cause of hair loss. Procedures like skin biopsy and hair analysis might give you a clear picture for your treatment.

  • OhKeai

    Just started using castor oil on my eyelashes. Haven’t seen any effects yet. Never thought it has other beneficial uses. Thank you for this article.

    • StyleCraze

      Glad to know that you liked our article :-) Do share the benefits of Castor oil with your family and friends !

      • OhKeai

        yes, thank you. very informative article :)

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Ridhi, you can use castor oil alone or in combination with olive oil. You can combine these oils in the ratio of 1:1. One of the most common and simple way to use these oils for skin is, first of all, wash your face with warm water, as this will help open your pores. Simply massage your face in a circular motion with the oil. Keep it overnight and wash off your face the next morning with cold water.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Ridhi, yes, oil cleaning method helps to rejuvenate the skin and brightens the skin.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Ridhi, castor oil when combined with olive oil does not darken the skin. It is advisable to not to overdo with the steaming. It should be done for at most once or twice a month that too for seven to ten minutes. Excessive steaming may dry the skin and make it wrinkly.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Ridhi, during the day time or before you step out in the sun, apply sunscreen cream. And when you are staying at your home then just keep your skin clean and may be a light moisturizer if you like.