Castor Oil For Eyes – 9 Surprising Benefits & How To Use It

Reviewed by Vd. Naveen Sharma, BAMS
Written by Ravi Teja Tadimalla, Professional Certificate In Food, Nutrition & Health

The benefits of castor oil for eyes are fast gaining popularity. It is one of the most used ingredients in Ayurvedic remedies to promote eye health. It is used to treat many eye ailments, including cataracts, itchy eyes, and red eyes (1), (2). Learn here about castor oil and the benefits it offers for the eyes. Continue reading.

Is It Safe To Use Castor Oil For Eyes?

Yes. Castor oil contains powerful fatty acids and other antioxidants that can benefit your eyes (3), (4). But it is always best to use safer castor oil products available particularly for your ailment, which are sterile and chemical-free. You can procure them following an appointment with an ophthalmologist.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology doesn’t recommend the use of just about any castor oil (or any other non-sterile material) for the eyes (5). It recommends the use of safer products for your eyes.

Simply put – please discuss the remedies we mention here with your ophthalmologist and use the castor oil that he/she recommends.

 The only issues are sterility and safety, which may not be matters of major concern with your nearest supermarket store. Because they may not care about your vision health. But your ophthalmologist does.

 Which takes us to our next section.

What Type Of Castor Oil Is Good For Your Eyes?

Whatever your ophthalmologist recommends. Though there are different types of castor oil, the one that works best for your eyes is cold pressed castor oil.

This type of castor oil involves pressing organic seeds without adding heat. It has the maximum nutrients and comes in two varieties – refined and unrefined. Refined has its impurities removed.

 Use 100% organic castor oil for eyes. Also, ensure it is ‘hexane-free’. There are other varieties of cold pressed castor oil that your doctor might recommend – these can include pharmaceutical grade castor oil or sterile castor oil.

 But like we said, go by what your ophthalmologist recommends. Post that, you can go by these benefits. 

What Are The Benefits Of Castor Oil For Eyes?

The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil (thanks to the ricinoleic acid) help reduce redness and swelling of the eyes (4). The oil also soothes the skin, and this can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.   

1. Treats Eye Allergies

Castor oil to treat eye allergies

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Castor oil encourages lipid production in the eyes and inhibits the evaporation of tears, treating dry eyes (1). And the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil help treat allergies and eye redness (6).

 What To Do
  1. Purchase a clean dropper and wash it properly with soapy water.
  2. Suck the 100% organic cold pressed castor oil for eyes (the one recommended by your doctor) into the clean dropper.
  3. Administer just one drop into each eye before going to sleep. Though your vision might turn cloudy, it will subside by the time you wake up the next morning.
  4. You can do this once every night until your allergies subside. It could be dry eyes or red eyes or any other form of allergy.

2. Treats Bloodshot Eyes

This condition is a severe form of redness, where you might also see red veins in your eyes. The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil can help ease bloodshot eyes.

What To Do
  1. Take some castor oil and collect it in a sterilized dropper.
  2. Add one drop of the oil in each eye – you can repeat this three to four times in a day.
  3. After application, you can sit with your eyes closed for about 15 minutes. The cloudiness will subside, and you can go about your daily duties.

3. Might Supplement Cataract Treatment

Severe forms of cataract require surgery, and there is no other way. Not yet. But you can use castor oil to accelerate recovery post surgery or even use it before surgery to reduce damage.

What To Do
  1. Using a sterile eyedropper, suck the castor oil and put one drop into each eye, just once a day.
  2. You can do this preferably before going to bed as that will give the oil enough time to carry out its healing process.
  3. You might find crusts formed around your eyes by morning – which are nothing but the calcified deposits of the other compounds in castor oil. You can wash them off.

 4. Treats Itchy/Irritated Eyes

The oil works as a great moisturizing agent, and this helps treat itchy eyes (1).

What To Do
  1. Simply put a drop of the oil (using a sterilized dropper) into each of your eyes before you sleep.
  2. Do it every night until you see some results.

5. Treats Puffy Eyes

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Pour two drops of castor oil on your fingertip. Gently apply to the puffed up areas under your eyes before bedtime. Wash your face the next morning. Repeat this every night – you will see results in a few days.

The same remedy can work well for sunken eyelids as well. The soothing properties of castor oil benefit you in this regard.

6. Treats Swollen Eyes

Also called blepharitis, this condition causes inflammation or swelling of the eyelids (7). Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

What To Do
  1. Wash your eyelashes with lukewarm water.
  2. Apply a warm compress to the affected eyelid for 5 minutes.
  3. Using a cotton swab, apply a few drops of castor oil on the affected eyelid (closed). Use hexane free castor oil for eyes.
  4. You can also apply on the lashes to prevent the formation of crusts. Do this before bedtime.
  5. Rinse your eyes with warm water the next morning. Repeat once daily for a few days.

7. Removes Under-Eye Dark Circles

The important fatty acids in the oil nourish the skin and lighten dark circles.

What To Do
  1. Take a couple of drops of castor oil on your fingertips and rub them together to warm the oil a bit.
  2. Massage the oil under your eyes for a minute.
  3. Leave it on overnight and wash with warm water the next morning.
  4. Repeat this for a few days. 

8. Reduces Wrinkles Around The Eyes

Castor oil to reduces wrinkles around the eyes

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The emollient properties of castor oil can help reduce wrinkles around the eyes.

What To Do
  1. Cleanse your face with a normal cleanser. Pat dry with a clean towel.
  2. Rub a cotton ball saturated with a toner over your face. This removes any residue of the cleanser.
  3. Take a drop of castor oil on your palm, and using your finger, apply it to the wrinkles around your eyes.
  4. Apply the oil along the entire length of fine lines and wrinkles.
  5. You don’t have to wash your face after this as the oil gets absorbed into your skin in 10 to 20 minutes.

 You can also use rose water instead of a facial toner. Rosewater and castor oil work wonders for the eyes and skin. Continue this remedy every day until you see visible results.

9. Thickens Your Eyebrows

The proteins and fatty acids in castor oil nourish the hair follicles and promote eyebrow growth.

 What To Do
  1. Cleanse your face and eyebrows with warm water and remove all traces of makeup.
  2. Dip a cotton swab (or an eyeliner brush) into castor oil, and apply it to your eyebrows.
  3. Gently massage your eyebrows for about 2 to 3 minutes using your fingertips. Do this before bedtime.
  4. The next morning, wash your face and eyebrows with lukewarm water.
  5.  Continue this remedy for at least a month.

Castor oil is a popular choice for cooking. However, it can also be used for other purposes, including vision health. The health benefits of castor oil for the eyes can be attributed to its rich nutritional profile of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. As recommended by your ophthalmologist, cold-pressed, purified castor oil can relieve many eye problems. It has anti-inflammatory properties that minimize eye swelling and redness. Additionally, the oil can reduce the early signs of aging around the eyes. However, do note that it may cause issues when used in excess. If you experience any adverse effects, limit its use and seek medical advice.

Sources

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  1. Low-concentration homogenized castor oil eye drops for noninflamed obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12414410/
  2. Therapeutic potential of castor oil in managing blepharitis meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33037703/
  3. Castor Oil-Based Biodegradable Polyesters
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26301922/
  4. Castor Oil: Properties Uses and Optimization of Processing Parameters in Commercial Production
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5015816/
  5. Is it safe to put castor oil in my eyes?
    https://www.aao.org/eye-health/ask-ophthalmologist-q/castor-oil-in-eye
  6. Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1781768/
  7. Randomized trial of topical periocular castor oil treatment for blepharitis
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32422285/

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Vd. Naveen Sharma

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