Castor Oil
For Skin Care

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Castor oil is great for all of your skin, from your scalp to your feet.

There are many studies that have been done about castor oil and it's advantages for over all health.  However, on this page I want to share with you just some of its wonderful benefits for skin.

Relief For Dry Itching Skin

Personally, it has been a life saver for my dry itchy skin in the winter and for my aging face. When mixed with Tea Tree oil or Frankincense oil, it is especially healing and soothing for sore and even raw skin that is itching and burning. It promotes healing as well.

Simply mix both the castor oil and tea tree oil in the palm of your hand, and then apply to the skin area that needs relief.  Rub any remaining oil into your hands for a soothing moisturizing lotion.

When my skin was really bad, before changing some eating habits, I would mix both Frankincense and Tee Tree with Castor oil to get quick relief and healing.

Castor Oil
All Natural and Safe

Organic Castor Oil

Castor oil is an all natural skin care product and can usually be found at decent prices.   In addition, a lot of times it is more effective than most of the expensive specialty products sold on the market today. 

There are however some more expensive brands of castor oil, that are processed in specific ways. But the less expensive brands are still very effective.

That is the beauty of castor oil, you can still find it in organic form at a price that is affordable.

Other than lower cost, the most important benefit is its safety and healthy long term effects on your skin and body.

Our skin is our largest detoxing and receiving organ and whatever we put on it absorbs into our body.

Castor oil is safe for your outer and inner body.  Internal use will be covered on another page. 

Why is Castor Oil
Good For Your Skin?

Studies have found that castor oil contains therapeutic components, they include fatty acids, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, amino acids, terpenoids and phytosterols. These many compounds give castor oil the right properties for skin health benefits, such as:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Free radical scavenging
  • Wound-healing
  • Moisturizing

Castor oil is rich in Ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid, which acts as a humectant to moisturize the skin.

This helps to retain moisture by preventing water loss through the outer layer of the skin.

The compounds also make the oil very beneficial for use in many cosmetics and hair products.

Castor oil is thick, so mixing it with another skin-friendly oil like almond, olive, coconut, tea tree, or frankincense oil will thin it down and make it an ultra-hydrating moisturizer.

Castor Oil Benefits

Here are some ways you can use castor oil to help your skin.  I have used it for several years and have been very pleased with the results. 

Some of these are gleaned from several natural remedy books by doctors and other researchers.

  • Keeps hair and scalp healthy, heals sores and dandruff, massage onto scalp let set several hours then wash out.  May take a few sudsings and rinsings if you put it on too thick.
  • *Fights fungus, rub on feet at night then sleep in socks to keep the oil from getting on the bedding.
  • Reduces acne and inflammation, can apply lightly under makeup and especially at night.
  • Promotes wound healing, can be applied to an open wound.
  • **Helps dry and cracked feet, apply nightly to soften corns and calluses.
  • Locks in moisture and protects skin, mix with another healing oil.
  • *Fights infections and will remove warts. Apply daily and usually within 3 weeks they will crumble off.
  •  *Christiane Northrup M.D., stated castor oil can be applied to the skin and a flannel cloth and placed on the breast of nursing mothers to heal inflammation and minor infections. Applying heat on top of the cloth helps it to work more efficiently. May take several applications and helps with pain as well.
  • *Dr. Tomson recommends a castor oil pack to apply to joints and a heating pad on top for joints afflicted with bursitis. 
  • *C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., from MO has his patients use a castor oil pack with a heating pad on their abdomen, to fortify the immune system.  If fighting an illness it should be left on for one hour and done once a day, every day for a month.
  • ***To clear up scaley skin from psoriasis, make a paste of baking soda and castor oil apply at nightly at bedtime.  If on feet and/or hands, wear socks or gloves. The scales should disappear within a few nights.


*The Doctors Book of Home Remedies, 1990 Rodale Press, Inc.  Prevention Health Books

*The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs,  1999 Readers Digest Assoc.

**Home Remedies that Work, 1995 Rodale Press, Inc. Prevention Health Books

***Home, Health and Garden Problem Solver,  2007 by Jerry Baker

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