Benefits, Uses And Toxicity Of Castor Oil

Benefits, uses and toxicity of Castor oil

Castor oil is a great moisturizer and laxative, but it has many other benefits, from treating hair loss and dandruff, to skin problems, eyelashes, arthritis or insect bites.

What is castor oil?

This oil is obtained from the seed of the same name and is made up of fatty acids (90% of which are ricinoleic acids). These ricinoleic acids are attributed to the properties of the oil.

The castor oil plant (ricinus communis) has been cultivated and used for millennia, apparently from the Horn of Africa, but today it is naturalized in all hot climate zones, as it cannot withstand frost.

Toxicity of castor oil.

It is often referred to as toxic, because raw seed is toxic, and ricin is one of the most toxic substances in nature.

But the consumption of castor oil is not dangerous, quite the contrary. The concentration of toxin is minimal, so in normal use it is not a problem, and an overdose could lead to digestive problems, especially colic, diarrhea and nausea, see: NIH

Castor oil or castor oil?

Many people believe that it is of animal origin, because it is often called Beaver Oil, this is a mistranslation of English where it is called Castor Oil, the word Beaver in that language refers to the Ricin plant and not the animal that in English is called Beaver.

Its uses are multiple from lubricant to food additive, among its medicinal uses is recommended for the skin, as a strengthener of the immune system and for the treatment of pain, because it has antibacterial, antiviral and fungicidal properties.


Its use dates back to at least ancient Egypt, and there is also a record of its use throughout Asia.

Uses and medicinal properties of Castor Oil:

Relieve arthritis.

It can be used in creams or rub the oil directly on the sore areas, it is advisable to heat the oil a little previously and rub with a cloth to make it work better.

Calluses on the feet.

It is used to soften the corn and then easily remove the dead skin, for this is applied directly on the corn and a dressing is placed on it at night and repeated until the corn decreases or disappears.

Remove moles.

It is one of the most common uses for castor oil, it is combined with sodium bicarbonate and placed with a dressing on the mole, during the night wash the next day and repeat the process until the mole falls off by itself.

Reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Place a drop under the eyes and massage gently.

Take care of your skin.

It is an excellent moisturizer and therefore used in many creams, has a mild emollient effect on the skin.

Longer eyelashes.

A true natural eyelash lengthener, it makes eyelashes look fuller and longer and in fact promotes eyelash growth, apply with the brush of a mascara every night before bedtime and do not rinse.

For the hair.

It is ideal for strengthening and regenerating hair, especially in people with dry, fine hair. It can be used pure or even combined with others such as coconut oil.

  • Prevents the fall.
  • It is moisturizing due to the fatty acids.
  • It works as a hair conditioner.
  • Moisturizes and nourishes hair.
  • Helps to eliminate dandruff.
  • Strengthens the scalp.

I have been using it on my hair for a year now, I am over 40 years old and have an incipient alopecia, the results have been good, the constant hair loss has stopped and there is even a repopulation of some areas and the hair looks stronger and thicker.

Strengthen the nails.

Due to the content of vitamin E helps to strengthen the nails, pass directly with a cotton pad.

For the eyebrows.

As in the eyelashes it is applied to promote growth and definition of the eyelashes.


In sensitive people it can cause dermal reactions and intestinal disorders. Not recommended for people who suffer from colic, ulcers, hemorrhoids, colitis, irritable bowel, prolapse or have recently undergone surgical treatment.

It should not be used during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.

In case of any strange symptoms, discontinue use and consult a doctor.

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