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12 Benefits and Uses of Castor Oil

Updated on July 17, 2014

There are a lot of people in this planet who are of the view that castor oil has the ability to treat almost any disease be it related to skin, hair or general health. To some extent, they are true. But it doesn’t mean that castor oil has some kind of magical effect. To my knowledge and as far as I know, it has numerous benefits and can be used to treat a lot of diseases but at the same time, it also has some restrictions.

Castor oil is one of the oldest curing agents. Interestingly it is still used today excessively for treating various diseases related to skin and hair (specifically).

Listed below are a few major benefits and uses of castor oil that are supposed to be proven ones.


Castor oil has the power to cure a whole lot of skin-related diseases. There is no second opinion about it. In fact, majority of the people in the past used to cure almost all the skin related diseases solely from castor oil. It has the potential to treat acne, ring worms, skin dryness, marks, itching, athlete’s foot, warts, yeast, sunburn and many others. You can apply castor oil directly on the infected area for treatment. Leave it for a few hours so that it can be absorbed fully.

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Surface Tumors

It has been proved scientifically that castor oil has the ability to treat mild tumors only. Since it has been proven scientifically and it is supported by real life experiments, therefore it cannot be denied.


Castor oil is widely used in most parts of the world as a cure for constipation. It is suggested to take one tablespoon of castor oil for 3 consecutive days to get rid of constipation but it works after the first day.

Hair Growth

Castor oil is considered one of the best oils that boost hair growth. It is best for hair growth and hair thickening. It can be used directly on the scalp and head for hair improvement or it can be used in combination with other oils and ingredients.

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Uses of Castor Oil

  • Skin
  • Surface Tumors
  • Constipation
  • Hair Growth
  • Baldness
  • Scars
  • Acne
  • Ringworms
  • Wrinkles
  • Wounds and Skin Infections
  • Hair Color
  • Arthritis


Castor oil is very effective for the treatment of baldness. Baldness can be cured effectively with castor oil. However you should use castor oil with other ingredients to boost its curing power.


Ricinoleic acid is a major constituent of castor oil. This acid fights against bacteria that cause acne thus treating acne. Though castor oil will not completely remove acne but in case of mild acne, castor oil can do the trick for you.

Apply castor oil on your face gently. Move your hands gently. It is strongly recommended to apply castor oil on your face before going to bed. Wash the face with water in the morning.


The fatty acids present in castor oil treats scars and help in removing them. It can fade scars from the skin but it needs time. The only thing you have to do is apply castor oil on the infected area and do it consistently to see the results. Castor oil penetrates deep into the skin and promotes the growth of healthy tissues around the scar which remove the scar gradually.


Castor oil contains undecylenic acid which is responsible for treating ringworms. To get rid of ringworms permanently, here is what you need to do.

Take four tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of castor oil, and mix them well. Apply the oil mixture on infected area. Massage gently for some time so that a major portion of oil is absorbed. Then cover the infected area with a piece of cloth preferably cotton. Leave it for hours. Keep repeating until the issue is resolved.


As long as you have castor oil, you don’t have to worry for wrinkles. Applying castor oil on skin will produce elastin and collagen. This keeps the skin soft and the wrinkling process is delayed. The skin gets smooth, young and soft. The best time for applying castor oil on wrinkles is before going to bed. Wash the face in the morning. For better results, keep doing it consistently preferably on daily basis. Please note that castor oil only delays the wrinkling process and soften the skin, it doesn’t make your skin anti-wrinkle or something.

Wounds and Skin Infections

The antimicrobial property of castor oil makes it a perfect cure for fungal and bacterial skin infections. It can be applied on wounds for cure. You can even use it on cuts for immediate cure. It will not only heal the wound but it also acts as a pain-reliever.

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Hair Color

Castor oil improves the hair color or I should say it darkens the hair. The nutrients in the oil make your hair look dark. Constant use can result in permanent shine and improve hair color. You can use castor oil directly on hair or you can use it in combination with your hair conditioner. In any case, it will do the trick.


Arthritis, joint pains and sore muscles can be treated very effectively with castor oil. It is a proven treatment method for arthritis pain. I have seen a lot of people personally who have recovered fully from arthritis.

Here is what you have to do to get rid of arthritis pain:

  • Take a soft cotton cloth.
  • Dip it in castor oil so that oil is completely absorbed in the cloth.
  • Remove the excessive oil from the cloth and then place it on the infected area.
  • Cover the cloth and the joint with plastic bag.
  • Now place hot water bottle on the joint.
  • Leave it for hours preferably overnight.

Final Recommendations

Avoid excessive use of castor oil on skin especially on the face since it promotes hair growth. You don’t want to see hair all over your face, right? Therefore do not use too much of castor oil on any part of the body. It can, at times, block the skin pores resulting in skin infections. It is better to wash your skin, head or face after applying castor oil.


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      potol 2 years ago

      i'v been used castor*** oil but there have been no signigicent change in my hair.¤

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      bbkoul 2 years ago

      I must try 12 benefits & uses of castor oil thanks for the valued information. THANKS