How to Use Castor Oil

General Article

Castor oil is necessarily a common household item for most families, but it has a number of great benefits if you know how to use it. If you’ve never used castor oil before, or never even heard of it before, then this article will be a real eye-opener. Picking up a bottle of the yellow liquid from your store or buying commercial castor oil can solve problems you may have thought unsolvable. It’s numerous medicinal qualities range from acting as a carrier oil for essential oil use on the skin, to soothing and healing the stomach or bowels.


Castor oil is a natural and powerful laxative. It doesn’t smell or taste very good, but luckily it is only safe to take it in very small doses, so you won’t have to swallow cups full of it. The oil is a stimulant laxative, like most laxatives you would buy at the store, meaning it helps to push out occasional constipation and clear your bowels so you feel better. It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties, which can help for stomach aches or occasional intestinal upset. For this use, you can apply it topically and let it soak through your skin to heal the organs and tissues beneath.


Castor oil is also a great moisturizer because of its high fatty content. It helps to seal the skin and keep moisture inside so your skin won’t crack or bleed or be uncomfortable to you. In fact, many makeup and lotion brands use castor oil in their products specifically for this benefit. This moisturizing property can be utilized on your hair and scalp as well. If you have a dry scalp or dry hair, use castor oil as a conditioner and see the health be restored to your head.

These are just a few examples of how castor oil can be beneficial.