The benefits and uses of castor oil - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Castor is an oil made from “castor beans” — the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, which is native to tropical areas of Africa and Asia. It has many beneficial properties and applications - medicinal, industrial, and pharmaceutical...

Castor oil with castor fruits, seeds and leaf.

Castor use also dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was first used as lamp fuel and later for medicinal and beauty treatments. Some records suggest that Cleopatra used it to brighten the whites of her eyes!

Castor oil can be used directly on the skin or taken internally in small amounts. It is a good source of vitamin E, omega-9 f atty acids, omega-6 fatty acids. More than 90% of castor oil’s fatty acid content is ricinoleic acid.

Castor oil was commonly used as a powerful natural laxative. It was used traditionally used to stimulate digestion and relieve constipation. It was recommended to bring on labour. 

What else can you use castor oil for?

  • Apply castor oil to any foreign body that has punctured the skin or entered the eyes.
  • It is a simple and highly effective treatment for any kind of splinter including wood , glass, metal, dust or grit .
  • Eyes that are red, dry and irritated by smoke are also soothed.
  • Castor Oil can lift and isolate even industrial splinters, there is no risk of infection as it is also a complete wound cleaner.
  • Due to its double action it can also remove a fungal infection from under the fingernail.
  • Simply place a few drops in the eye and sleep over night, it should be easily removed in the morning. For other parts of the body cover with a bandaid, bread or other poultice.
  • Encourages hair growth/regrowth.

McDowells Product

Our organic castor oil is hexane free and does not undergo a solvent extraction process. It contains only organic cold pressed castor oil -meaning there is no heat or chemicals used to extract the nutrients. 

Notes: Too much castor oil can cause nausea, cramps and on rare occasions, dizziness. Do not use when pregnant. Do not consume large amounts. 

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