What Is Castor Oil?

What Is Castor Oil?

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What Is Castor Oil?

Castor Oil is a pale-yellow liquid extracted from castor seeds (Ricinus Communis)

The common name "castor oil", from which the plant gets its name, probably comes from its use as a replacement for castoreum, a perfume base made from the dried perineal glands of the beaver (castor in Latin)

How Is Castor Oil Used/Taken?

Castor Oil can be taken orally or more commonly used topically.

If you wish to take this medication by mouth, please consult your Doctor first, as an over dosage of castor oil may result in diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and cramping.

It’s best when taken on an empty stomach. It can also be taken with juice in order to improve taste.

Pregnant and lactating women should consult their doctor before using since its known to cause labour.

Please remember Castor oil is a strong laxative and can be discomforting if you’re dealing with other complications, so again consult your Doctor first!

When Was Castor Oil First Used?

The history of castor oil goes back a long way, with Ancient Egyptians allegedly using it for their lamps around 4000 BC. Greek travellers like Herodotus recorded that the Egyptians also used it as an ointment. Cleopatra reportedly used it for brightening the whites of her eyes.

What Type of Castor Oil?

Stay clear of industrial castor oil, which is meant for industrial use.

We sell cold pressed Oil, which gives the oil a very light or pale-yellow colour.

Main Benefits of Castor Oil

There are many benefits of castor oil, when compressed the elements and compounds found in this wonderful plant, turn into a natural oil, that has extensive benefits and uses that out way any concerns regarding harm

These benefits can be used on your skin, hair, internal, external, and overall body health.

The oil has gone through extensive research and found its way towards being an awesome natural preventative health benefit

What Is Castor Oil Used for?

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

  1. Antimicrobial
  2. Gastrointestinal problems
  3. Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic
  4. Immune system
  5. Lymphatic
  6. Hair

Castor Oil Can Be Used To Aid The Treatment of:

  • 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
  • Sty’s

For information on how to use Castor Oil with the above ailments, we always suggest you do your own research first.


For many centuries castor oil has been a proven supplement with many uses. From the times of, the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the modern industrial complex. Its range of applications has resulted in the further studying of Castor oil. Being used from lamps to treating health conditions such as hair care to gastrointestinal problems, castor oil has consistently proven itself to be very effective in an arrange of different applications.

If you were asking ‘What is Castor Oil used for?’, we hope your questions were answered.

On A Personal Side Note

How To Use Castor Oil On Your Hair

Both myself and Tracy use it on our hair, between 2-3 times a week, with a little Emu Oil concentrate mixed in.

Dead simple, you just want enough oil that covers your hair from root to tip, so your hair is moist/oily.

The important bit we feel is, give your scalp a really good massage, this stimulates the hair follicles and allows the oil in.

Leave the oil on as long as you can, I usually leave mine minimum of 4hrs, then wash my hair as normal.

Others put it on before bed and sleep overnight with it on. Recommend wearing something like a shower cap, so the oil doesn’t get all over your bedclothes. Then in the morning simply wash your hair as normal, till all the oil is all out.

We have been doing this for about 4 weeks, my hair is so soft, it’s unbelievable and my bald spot is no longer bald!

Tracy’s hair, has always been very fine, but now it has thickened up and looks very healthy, even our hairdresser has commented. To the point she has ordered 2 bottles of oil to try for herself, as she can’t believe the effect it has had on our hair.

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