Castor oil, a pale yellow liquid derived from a tropical bean plant, has been used for centuries for its many health benefits.

It has been applied internally and externally as a remedy for various kinds of medical conditions and ailments.

Castor oil’s high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids is believed to be the reason for its remarkable health benefits. Even though it has an unpleasant, nauseating taste, it is widely used to treat minor and major illnesses.

What Are the Everyday Health Benefits of Castor Oil?

This oil from castor bean seeds is applied to many health problems that you often encounter on a daily basis, such as:

  1. Constipation – As an alternative remedy, castor oil is a very effective laxative. It provides temporary relief to diarrhea and constipation.
  2. Ringworm – Undecylenic acid, which is one of the active compounds of castor oil, helps fight ringworm, a fungal infection.
  3. Skin Problems – Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, which delivers anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin. It provides treatment for minor cuts, burns, abrasions, sunburn and prevents skin disorders such as acne and eczema. Aside from these, one of the benefits of castor oil is in skin conditioning. It serves as a natural emollient, which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin that hydrates and moisturizes the skin. It treats wrinkles, repairing and rejuvenating the skin to make it look flawless and smoother. When applied regularly, castor oil also helps diminish dark circles under your eyes.

Aside from these, natural castor oil also treats yeast infections, gastrointestinal problems, migraines, menstrual disorder, and athlete’s foot.

Castor Oil Supports Treatment of Major Health Problems

Castor oil is a remedy for more serious health conditions, which include:

  • Labor Induction – Castor oil is used to induce labor in pregnant women. Note to seek consultation with your doctor first before ingesting the oil as it may bring potential side effects to the mother and to the baby.
  • Sciatic Nerve Pain – The oil relieves sciatia, a painful condition characterized by lower back pains and soreness in your lower limbs.
  • Hair Loss – One of the therapeutic benefits of castor oil is in hair growth treatment. Castor oil helps increase hair growth and makes hair healthier, softer, shinier and fuller.
  • Arthritis – Castor oil acts as a natural remedy for arthritis. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps massage arthritic joints and sore, tired muscles.
  • Lymph Problems – Another medical benefit of the oil is in lymph treatment. Castor oil stimulates the activity of the lymph system, which is responsible for eliminating the body’s metabolic wastes.
  • Tumors – By placing a castor oil pack (a piece of flannel soaked in castor oil) over a tumor, it can help reduce the appearance of tumors in your body.

In addition, castor oil is also believed to deliver medical benefits to certain neurological problems, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

With the many health benefits of castor oil, it is no wonder why it is one of the most beneficial oils that are available for us to use. Castor oil is truly a valuable, organic remedy that can help improve your body’s physical fitness, vigor and overall wellness.

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10 Responses to “Health Benefits of Castor Oil”

  1. naheed says:

    can little child take castor oil my granddaughter HAS consipation

  2. mary anders says:

    I have heard that a few drops in the ears can ease noises from tinnius. Is this true?

  3. mina says:

    I have used castrooil under my eyes, and I have noticed an improvement! Way cheaper than store creams.

    • Gael says:

      Castro oil is so thick, did you dilute it before rubbing into skin?

      • Kate Peterson says:

        Hi Gael,

        Thank you for your question. You do not have to thin the castor oil before applying it to your skin, just do not use too much.

        Using castor oil for skin cures skin problems in three, easy steps. First, its anti-bacterial properties penetrate the skin and remove the excess dirt and bacteria clogging the pores. The cleansing effect of castor oil is thorough. However, the thoroughness will not leave your skin dry and taut. This is because the moisturizing qualities of castor oil leave the right amount of oil needed to have supple skin. As castor oil cleans your skin, it also leaves a protective coat of moisture that your skin needs.

        As always, I recommend consulting your local doctor before trying any home remedies.


  4. shabana says:

    how can i use castor oil for migrains?

  5. Gayle says:

    I thought that the castor oil plant was poisonous

  6. sylvia gumbo says:

    Thank you so much for the information on castor oil will try to use it and tell you the results. I cant wait to try it on me and my son

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