Healing with Castor Oil

The practice of healing with castor oil has been around for centuries. In Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine), castor oil is highly regarded as a healing plant with a diverse array of beneficial applications. Castor oil is made from pressing the beans of the castor plant and it can be taken internally or applied externally to the skin to tap into its benefits.

Stool Softener (External Use)

Apply the castor oil to the stomach and rub it in throughly. Continue to massage into the abdomen. The oil will be absorbed into the skin within 30 seconds and it will help break up and soften the stool allowing for more effortless and healthy bowel movements, detoxification and alleviation of constipation.

Natural Laxative (Internal Use)

Unlike most laxatives that act in the colon, castor oil acts in the small intestines giving you a real full system flush. The recommended dosage for adults is 1-2 tablespoons and it’s expected time to take effect is between 5-10 minutes.

Massage Oil for Muscle Soreness and Relaxation

Castor oil is an excellent choice for a massage oil. It has the perfect properties to carry essential oils such as peppermint oil that can help alleviate muscle soreness, moisturize the skin, reduce tension and increase healing. Because castor oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, it is an excellent oil for sore and tight muscles. Castor oil also supports lymphatic drainage which is so important to achieve good health. Typically the lymph needs to be pumped manually through physical activity, so this unique quality of castor oil is quite rare.

Fungal Treatment

Castor oil paired with coconut oil and oil of oregano (3 natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungals) make for a very effective and safe anti-fungal trio. You can apply castor oil on it’s own, or you can mix with equal parts coconut oil and a drop or two of oil of oregano and apply to the infected area daily until it improves.

Increase Hair Growth and Thickness

Whether you are experiencing hair loss, sparse eye brows or you want thicker, fuller looking hair and lashes, warm castor oil applied to desired areas can improve hair health, growth, texture and thickness. To warm castor oil, rub it between your hands then apply or warm in a small pot over low heat on the stove. Heating up the oil in the microwave will reduce it’s┬áhealing properties so it is not recommended.

Lymph Drainage

Soak a cloth in castor oil and hold it to the lymph nodes for 20 minutes when swollen to help support drainage.


Similar to almond oil, avocado oil and coconut oil, castor oil is found in a lot of beauty products for its moisturizing and antibacterial properties. It is a very effective moisturizer on it’s own, but I find castor oil works best when combined with other oils. Castor oil is very gentle and soothing so it works great even on the most sensitive skin. If you have chronically dry skin it is a must try.


Oils are able to penetrate deep into the skin which make them the most effective choice for deep moisturization. Castor oil works by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin giving the skin a hydrated, soft and plump appearance. Take a small drop of castor oil and massage gentle into the skin. With castor oil, a little goes a long way. Because it is quite thick, you should start with a small drop and work it into the skin to prevent having any residue left on the body. There is no need to buy expensive creams or serums when the most effective ingredients in them are these beautiful healing oils that are affordable and easy to find.

Blemishes and Wound Healing

Because of castor oils anti inflammatory properties and antibacterial properties, it makes a great all natural remedy and for acne and wound healing. It can also help speed up the healing process for cuts, pimples, bruises, pulled muscles and and chronic joint pain.


Because castor oil is an effective moisturizer, antibacterial and antifungal, it can be used as a natural treatment for dandruff and dry scalp conditions. Warm some castor oil and massage a small amount straight into the scalp in small circular motions to help it absorb deep into the calp. Leave in hair for as long as desired, (typically 2 hours is recommended as a minimum) and wash out with an all natural shampoo and conditioner. Be careful not to put too much castor oil in the hair as it can be hard to wash out fully if there is too much. Start with a little amount and work in more as needed.

Joint Pain

Castor oils anti inflammatory properties make it an effective oil to treat joint pain. Massage some warm castor oil into sore and stiff areas on the body and wrap up them up afterwards trap the warmth and help the oil penetrate deeper.

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