28 Wonderful castor oil benefits and uses for beauty, hair and health

Castor oil is often overlooked as a health and beauty treatment and is often only thought of as a remedy for constipation, but it has a long history of being used for many other healing and beauty enhancing treatments too. The oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis) or it also has another common name – the seeds of the Palma Christi plant, also known as the palm of Christ and documentation of its use for medical purposes can be found as far back, as 1550 B. C., when the ancient Egyptians used it to treat eye irritation. Far more, than just the laxative favored by Tom and Jerry in the cartoons, castor oil has many different uses and here are 28 of them:

Benefits of castor oil for hair:

1. Castor oil for hair growth

How to make your hair grow faster? Use castor oil! Massage slightly warmed up castor oil into your hair and scalp and it will improve the blood circulation to your follicles, promoting faster hair growth. The oil also contains omega-6 fatty acids, so it will nourish your hair as well. For a really deep effect, after massaging the oil into your roots and spreading all over your hair (up to the ends), make a bun and cover your hair with a cap, leave the oil on overnight and wash out the next day (you might need to wash your hair a couple of times to get rid of the greasy feel). If you find that the consistency of castor oil is too thick and it’s hard to work with it, then mix castor oil with coconut oil or sweet almond oil in proportion 1:1 and use as described above. Your hair will be shiny and silky and will grow faster.

2. Treats dandruff and other scalp conditions

Amongst its many properties, castor oil also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Massaged into the scalp it will help to clear up dandruff and other scalp conditions quickly and if you use it regularly, it will stop the conditions from taking hold in the first place.

If you have dry hair and dandruff, try doing this hair mask: mix 1 tablespoon of castor oil with one tablespoon of olive oil and add juice of half a lemon. If you have oily hair and dandruff, then mix one tablespoon of each of these ingredients: castor oil, honey and aloe vera gel, then add juice of half a lemon. Apply the mask on the roots of your hair for about 30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning your hair. This mask will not only help you get rid of dandruff, but will also nourish and condition your hair, making it healthier and shinier.

3. Thickens hair

Castor oil contains omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, both of which are useful for encouraging healthy hair growth. With regular use, castor oil will encourage new growth and thicken existing strands to give you a beautiful and shiny head of thicker hair.

4. Conditions hair

You don’t need expensive, manufactured conditioners to condition your hair, simply mix a couple of drops of castor oil with your leave-in conditioner and apply evenly to your hair; your locks will become softer and healthier.

5. It brings the shine back into your hair

Warm up some castor oil and massage it into your hair, wrap your hair in a towel and leave for half an hour or so (or leave it overnight), then wash off;  it will lock the moisture in your hair, condition it and leave you with the beautiful glossy look to your locks.

6. How to get rid of split ends? Use castor oil

Apply castor oil on the ends of your hair for half an hour before shampooing. If you do it regularly, you’ll soon forget about dry, split ends and your hair will look healthier and shinier.

7. Natural homemade hair masks with castor oil


If you want to improve the overall appearance of your hair and make your locks shine with health and glossiness, try doing this hair mask: slightly warm up one cup of kefir on a water-bath and add a couple of tablespoons of castor oil; mix well these two ingredients and apply to your hair (to the roots and to the ends), put on a shower cap and then towel; leave the mask to work its magic for half an hour, then rinse off, shampoo and condition. Your hair will become shiner, healthier and softer, especially if you use it regularly.

8. Longer eyelashes

If you desire to have longer eyelashes, but you don’t want to go for eyelashes extensions, then try applying castor oil on your lashes every night before going to bed. In a couple of weeks time you should see the great result: naturally longer and thicker eyelashes that you’ve always dreamed of.

9. Thickens eyebrows

Rub some castor oil into your eyebrows each night before you go to bed and it will nourish and thicken your eyebrows. It also stimulates the growth of hair, so it’s great if you’ve over plucked your eyebrows. After a couple of weeks of regular castor oil massages your eyebrows will become thicker, so that you can shape it to your preference.

Benefits of castor oil for skin:

10. Great skin moisturizer, it delays the signs of aging

Castor oil penetrates deep into the skin, softens and hydrates it. The oil also helps to promote the production of elastin and collagen, which help to delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and give the skin a more youthful appearance.

For dry skin mix 1/4 of castor oil and 3/4 sesame oil.

For normal skin mix 1/4 of castor oil and 3/4 grape seed oil (or olive oil).

For oily skin mix 1/4 of castor oil and 3/4 jojoba oil.

Gently massage your face in the evening with the oil mix, then put slightly warm damp washcloth on your face for about a minute and take away the excess oil with a cotton pad. Your skin will be soft, nourished and hydrated.

Castor oil also can be used to moisturize the gentle under eye area. Mix castor oil with sweet almond oil in proportion 1:1 and use it as your under eye cream.

11. Dry skin remedy

Castor oil is also good at treating such problems as skin dryness. Just mix castor oil with a little coconut oil (in proportion 1:1) and apply to the affected area of your skin, leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off and pat dry. After a couple of times of doing this your skin will become softer and dryness will disappear.

Here is a face mask with castor oil that will help you get rid of skin dryness and will make your skin soft and smooth:

Mix one teaspoon of castor oil with one egg yolk, apply it to your face for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Your skin will love it!

12. Sunburn remedy

Thanks to it’s soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil is a good remedy for sunburns. Just apply castor oil mixed with coconut oil (in proportion 1:1) to the affected area and you will soon feel the relief.

13. Use castor oil as a lip balm

Use castor oil as a lip balm to moisturize, nourish and care for your lips, and forget about dry and chapped lips forever.

14. Castor oil helps to treat mild acne

The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil makes it a superb natural treatment for mild acne. Wash your face first in warm water to open up the pores and then, massage some of the oil into your face and leave it on overnight. Rinse off the next morning and your acne will soon be cleared up. (Recommendation: if you have acne problems, promptly consult your doctor.)

15. Reduces the appearance of scars

Over time, the regular application of castor oil can reduce the appearance of scars. The fatty acids in the oil penetrate quickly into the scar tissue and promote the growth of healthy tissue around it, thus reducing the size of the scar itself.

16. Heals cracked heels

Castor oil is very easily absorbed by the skin and is a great treatment for dry and cracked heels. Massage plenty of the oil into your heels before you go to bed and cover with a pair of socks to avoid the mess on the sheets, and you will find that it quickly restores the moisture to your skin and adds softness.

17. Castor oil helps prevent stretch marks

Massage the oil into your skin, twice a day, when you are pregnant and it will help prevent the stretch marks from forming. You can also use it after birth to help the marks heal.

Benefits of castor oil for hands:

18. Create your own hand cream using castor oil

Mix castor oil with sesame oil in proportion 1:1 and use it as your night time hand cream. Your hands will be soft, moisturized and nourished.

19. Natural treatment for brittle nails

Castor oil is great at treating brittle and cracked nails. Just massage your nails with the oil every evening, before going to bed, and already after a week of doing it, you’ll see your nails transform from brittle to healthy.

20. Healthy cuticles

Moisturize your nail cuticles every evening by massaging it with castor oil, while watching TV or reading, and soon you’ll forget about dry or bitten cuticles.

Other benefits of castor oil:

21. Eases the pain of arthritis

Castor oil is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as an effective treatment for arthritis. Massage painful joints with the oil and then, apply a warm compress for immediate relief.

22. Clears constipation

It would be impossible to talk about castor oil without mentioning constipation! The oil has a powerful laxative effect and one teaspoon in the morning will soon have your bowels moving again. (Don’t use it if you are pregnant though).

23. Treats ringworm

Castor oil contains a compound called undecylenic acid, which is a very effective treatment for the fungal skin infection, ringworm. For best results, apply and leave on overnight.

24. Cures allergies

Taken orally, castor oil can reduce the symptoms of allergies. The oil is naturally anti-allergic and just a few drops a day can greatly reduce the symptoms of hay fever and other allergies. Consult your doctor before using castor oil orally.

25. Inducing labour

Not that we would recommend it as a home remedy, but castor oil can be used to induce labour in women that have gone the full term. The oil contains ricinoleic acid, which can promote the start of contractions.

26. Removes corns

Take some cotton wool, dip it in castor oil and secure it in place over a corn with some first aid tape; the fatty acids in the oil will soften the corn and, over a period of about a week, remove the corn and moisturize the skin.

27. Provides a cure for warts and moles

There are many tales of castor oil being used effectively for the removal of warts and moles. Mix some oil with a little baking soda and rub well into the affected area, repeat regularly and both warts and moles have been reported to have disappeared without any scarring.

28. It boosts your immunity

Castor oil can help you fight infection. The oil can energize the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells in your system. In studies, when castor oil was applied to the outside of the body, the white blood cell count was increased within 24 hours of application.


– Test the oil on your wrist before using it, to make sure that you are not allergic.

– Although castor oil is highly effective, it’s not recommended to use it too often on your face, as it can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

– Pregnant women should avoid using castor oil orally.

– If you want to try and use castor oil, make sure to consult your doctor before doing any self treatments.

Have you ever tried using castor oil? Do you like it? Please feel free to share your own beauty tips in the comment section below.

Stay beautiful and happy!


  1. violet
    February 22, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Castor oil is superb indeed, am in my late 30s and have grown with thin and brown hair, i have been using castor oil on my hair for 5 months and am amazed with the thickness of my natural hair.

    January 18, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    It worked for my eyelashes,it grew my front hair and stopped my monthly pimples

  3. Thabisa
    September 2, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve been using castor oil on my face 3 nights a week…it works like magic. ..my skin is glowing….look younger than my age,I love it👌

    • Beauty And Tips
      September 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      This is amazing! I also love using it 🙂 Thank you for your comment 😉

  4. Mechelle
    July 7, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I have pimples in my face I will try using castoroil have my fingers crossed hope it works

  5. Joshua
    April 1, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Male 37 and castor oil stop hair loss cold! Also seeing some signs of regrowth. hair is shedding less and fuller. I use it on my face and hair everyday.

    About to try Onion juice as this also has high benefits to hair regrowth.

  6. Jash
    March 17, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I am using aster oil for beard growth ,someone help me with number of times I should apply it in a day

  7. Kel M
    March 17, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Love the tips! thank you

  8. phyllis
    February 22, 2017 at 9:24 am

    does it stimulate hair growth? and by how long n length after application…

  9. Katherine
    December 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I have noticed some excessive thinning hair on my sides & hairlines. I’m sure some is due to having my 4th child, some is definitely due to stress & unfortunately it is also genetic. Women on my mothers side seem to thin at a rapid pace, as well as loss of collagen in their faces. I am hoping that using Castor oil scalp treatments twice a week & nightly useage of castor oil dabbed around eyes & trouble area will help. Any suggestions to help would be appreciated. I’m in my mid 30’s & seems as though 40’s is that magic number for a lot of women in my family.

  10. Gwilam O Davies
    November 24, 2016 at 4:58 am

    I wanted to take it internally, so i got my organic caster oil cold pressed from a health food shop,go-vita

  11. Asha
    September 24, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I had started this castor oil treatment for my hair fall and Im yet to see the results..But, as a positive side effect, the flaky fall outs from my scalp and dandruff disappeared!!! I’m an Indian, the weather conditions here vary from hot to humid in no time, taking a toll on my hair..Air conditioning in the office, ruined it further…Nothing worked for my dandruff problem before this ! But now, it’s vanished…I would highly recommend castor oil for it !! All you gorgeous women out there, you’ll be glad that you read this, it’s your friend for life..

  12. hep
    August 24, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I am having a serious hair loss problem so please tell me will castor oil help prevent hair loss and produce hair growth in the loss area? Please tell me…

    • DC
      August 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      I had chemo and lost all my hair. When it started coming back it was so soft and fluffy, lol. I began putting castor oil on it to tame it and make it more manageable as it was growing out. I just put a drop of castor oil the size of a dime in my hand and rub it in my hands then run my hands through my hair. I get so many compliments on my hair and my hair stylist can never believe how much she cuts off each time! It’s full and soft and growing so fast that I have to get a hair cut about every 3-4 weeks. It used to be 6 weeks!

  13. nithu
    June 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I have lot of pimples on my face..is it any problem for using castor oil on face.i read on the article that dont use more on face..so please clarify my doubt

    • emon
      November 22, 2016 at 5:06 pm


  14. Cindy Lu
    May 27, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I have used castor oil to take the stiffness out of my joints for arthritis as soon as I start rubbing it in I can move my joints again. It works almost instantly I recommend it to everyone I didn’t know about the Liver. And the eyelashes I just rubbed some on Whoo HOO.

  15. Welekazi
    April 30, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I’definatelly try it as a hair grower for my daughter .lots of uses its whow

  16. Manges
    April 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    My father used castor oil for years, at his age of 75, his hair was as black as young 40s. It also helps early graying. Its only makes sticky apart from thickness it adds is awesome.

    • Reeta
      March 14, 2017 at 4:27 am

      Seriously its tru , my uncle wen he died at 78 his hair was stil black andone doubt I m having sinus problems Will castor do hav any effect on me

  17. bbyluu
    April 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Wow great tips can’t wait to try it. I only used it for constipation is it safe to use for fertility problems?

  18. Krishna
    March 16, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I had used castor n olive oil for my dry hair. It really did wonder. I felt like touching my hair again n again. No frizz.

  19. Preeti
    March 4, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Is it useful for oily scalp?? actually i have oily scalp and hair.. should i use castor oil for massage..??

  20. denise
    February 19, 2016 at 12:48 am

    I was just prescribed retinA, I was told I can an should use a moisturizer. I wash my face as indicated with Castor oil, apply retinA then follow wiyh Castor oil, this should be good right. I know it’s indicate on cleansed face and no info for over retinA. I have Milla as well. I think if I continue this daily as I am I shouldn’t end up with acne. And it would be very beneficial for face. Acne, wrinkles, moisture so I don’t get cystic acne. I 44 btw. My deem really wants me to purchase expensive products and just started. Hoping I can get some good input here! Thanks in advance ?


  21. Marilily
    February 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I used castor oil every night for 3 months on my eyebrows and did not see any growth. Maybe it depends on how old you are? I’m in 50’s.

    • Cindy
      May 13, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Using castor oil is like getting a dose of vitamin E along with other nutrients AND the natural, companion elements and compounds that tell the body what it is. If you’re in your 50s, chances are that any application of castor oil – or use of herbs or other natural products – is going to be used, by the body, to FIRST apply those nutrients to where they are most needed. I would expect that if you continue using it, it will eventually get around to dealing with things like normalizing hair growth. Additionally, I would use it every OTHER day, rather than every day, to give the body time to process its varied constituents and get them to where it needs them to go.

  22. Morgan
    January 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I use castor oil for acne and it works great!

    • Kea
      August 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Hi do you use it everyday, because I’m thinking of trying it out on my face for acne and I read that it might clog pores. Thank you

      • Angie
        September 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        honestly, I use it on my face. Maybe once every three weeks I do an entire castor oil face mask, and if anything I find that it prevents my acne flare ups and keeps my skin nice and smooth. everyday I use a tea tree scrub exfoliant, so maybe that counteracts the castor oil’s pore clogging ability. however, nothing makes my skin feel as nourished and hydrated as castor oil does!!

      • Michelle Bandyk
        October 11, 2016 at 10:28 pm

        I have been making my own skincare for years now, For the last 6 months i have become more serious, Taking a vacation from home for the next month to dedicate ALL MY TIME to marketing My Final products. Castor oil is in my Night Cream, Hair Mask but i need more trials to be positive if i want it in my day Serum. Castor Oil is really a Gift from God to us all. The Benefits are incredible. The Only confusion comes in at “Heals Acne” next sentence might say”can clog pores” I am nearing the end of my 6 Year project, I sure would appreciate an answer as to which to believe about the pro vs con when it applies to the question of acne. Thank you for ALL YOUR USEFUL HEALTHY INFORMATION ON EVERYTHING YOU POST! I am sharing on Twitter now! sincerly… Chelle Bandyk

        • Gwilam O Davies
          November 24, 2016 at 4:49 am

          The Only confusion comes in at “Heals Acne” next sentence might say”can clog pores”this may help hopefully,for the way i got the impression was that caster oil is good for acne,when applied to your face, than give it a few days, to clear you pores and allow it to breath then apply again.bye

  23. jess
    November 27, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Thank you so much really helpful im gonna try it thanks again xo

  24. naz Hussain
    November 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Hi my hair is falling so much & I’m So worried about my hair I can’t even make any hairstyle so can u tell me how she’ll I use castrol oil on my hair & can mix olive oil & coconut oil & the problem is I can’t put oil on my hair at night time Cuz then I can’t sleep I feel so uncomfortable plz can u email ASAP thanks!!!

    • Beauty And Tips
      November 22, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Well, normally, every person on this planet loses some hair every day; normal hair loss a day is around 100 hairs. For a person who experiences abnormal hair loss, it’s best to consult a healthcare specialist on this matter.

  25. Shikha
    November 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Big fan of castor oil now..got my 2 skin tags removed using it with baking soda.started using on my scalp n brows…fingers crossed?? thanks much

  26. Arjun
    August 20, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Very nice article. Thank you so much.

  27. pweety
    May 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I just got a bottle of Castor oil from the pharmacy so I can try it on my vaginal warts. I learn it has antiviral properties. I pray it works because the warts is resistant to what I am using now. God help me.

  28. Ryry
    April 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    used castor oil in my lashes in the morning and checked it in the afternoon, the oil immediately lengthened the lashes in the lower part of the lashes. amazing! will try it in my hair next time! 😀

  29. jo
    February 7, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I got mine from Puritan’s Pride, on the internet, free shipping too

  30. Beauty And Tips
    December 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Yes, I bought it in pharmacy 😉

  31. Gugu
    December 12, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you for this information about castor oil benefits, I use it on my scalp, I massage my scalp with it, it helped so much to remove dandruff, I have just tried to use it on my face ” wow” my skin look fresh dewy, I love it, I want to try it on my lashes as well. I am getting a bigger bottle of castor oil 😉

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  35. Kem
    March 19, 2014 at 9:33 pm

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