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Soothing Castor Oil -- A Body Oil Recipe

Updated on February 2, 2012
A castor oil plant and seeds
A castor oil plant and seeds | Source
Castor oil has a light yellow color.
Castor oil has a light yellow color. | Source

Its thick, viscous consistency feels more sticky than oily, but castor oil emerges as a time-tested, natural remedy for many illnesses and conditions. If you were born prior to the 1980s you may have caught the tail-end of castor oil's widespread usage for preventive health. Many moms spoon-fed castor oil to their children at the first sign of an illness or stomach problem – and most of the time it worked.

Castor oil is extracted from the large seeds of the castor plant. Castor (Ricinus communis) is Native to India and is naturalized throughout Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean region and the Americas. The active ingredient in castor oil is its naturally occurring ricinoleic acid.

According to the book, Pharmacology for Women's Health by Tekoa L. King and Marcy C. Brucker, castor oil's classification as a stimulant laxative made it a popular, natural and safe labor inducer among pregnant women and their healthcare providers. There is limited evidence of its effects on labor induction, and its effects on the fetus are not known. However, nursing mothers should not take it since castor oil causes diarrhea in infants.

Castor Oil is Effective...

Castor oil is effective against conditions such as hair loss, arthritis, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.

Castor oil is effective for skin problems, including acne, skin rashes, psoriasis, dark circles, stretch marks, abrasions and fungal infections.

Castor oil is effective for constipation and other gastrointestinal problems including stomach viruses and bloating.

Castor oil is effective for gynecological issues, including infections and disorders.

When applied to the skin, castor oil penetrates the skin's layers to relax muscles, increase blood and lymphatic circulation, reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Castor Oil Side Effects

Some side effects that occur from consuming more than moderate amounts of the thick castor oil include nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramping and vomiting, especially in pregnant women.

Other Uses of Castor Oil

The castor plant produces its seeds year after year, making castor oil an environmentally friendly product. Its widespread use extends into commercial and residential products, including engine oils, hydraulic equipment, plastics, waxes, paint and textiles.

A Recipe for the Skin

Castor oil keeps the skin moist and flexible and stimulates its formation of elastin and collagen. This is a natural wrinkle treatment for the skin. Its antibacterial properties work against skin and oil-gland infections. Because of its benefits to the skin, castor oil is widely used in soap, medicine and cosmetics.

This recipe blends castor oil with three other oils. The oils dilute the thick viscosity of the castor oil and add more skin-nourishing ingredients to the recipe.

Make a little or a lot – whatever the size of your measuring container, use the suggested parts to make a thick and smooth body oil.

3 parts olive oil

1 part grapeseed oil

½ part castor oil

A few drops of essential oil or alcohol-free perfume oil

1 bottle with a cap

Fresh herb sprig

1.Mix all the oils together in the bottle.

2. Add a fresh herb sprig to the bottle, such as lavender or rosemary.

3. Add the essential oils or perfume.

Try these essential oils separately, or combine some for a unique body oil fragrance: sage, rose, lavender, chamomile, lilac or your favorite fragrance.

4. Cap the bottle and slowly shake it to mix the oils.

Apply the body oil after bathing in the morning and the evening.


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    • Naima Manal profile image

      Naima Manal 5 years ago from NY

      Thank you very much, Jingorin. Castor oil is a natural blessing with beneficial uses. Thanks!

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      Jingorin 5 years ago

      Great tips on castor oil.Useful & quite interesting.. Thanks for sharing it.


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      Naima Manal 5 years ago from NY

      You're very welcome! I make this mix for my family, and we really enjoy it, especially during the dry winter months.

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      Naima Manal 5 years ago from NY

      It is really nice when something so natural and so simple has many benefits. Thank you for your comment!

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      Interesting hub, I like the sound of the body oil. It's nice to learn something new, I didn't realize castor oil was so medicinal.

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      Dawn A. Harden 5 years ago from CT-USA

      I only use natural fragranced oils so I will try this out. Thanks!