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Castor Oil
Castor Oil

Castor Oil
Ricinus communis

100% pure, natural emollient oil that softens and nourishes the skin. Hexane and Paraban free.

Country of Origin: India
Method of Extraction: Cold pressed, unrefined
Aroma: Faint
Color: Pale yellow
Plant part: Seed
Approximate Shelf Life is about 2+ years with proper storage conditions.

Shelf Life Suggestions:  
  • Refrigeration will extend shelf life.
  • Oxygen is a big enemy to shelf life. Keep caps snug.
  • Write the date of purchase on the label in permanent marker. 
  • Avoid contaminating the oil with fingers or pipettes inserted into the bottle. Unsterilized items such as fingers, cotton balls and pipettes that come into contact with the oils will potentially contaminate them. Pour off the quantity you will need into a smaller container or bottle and work from that.

Our Castor oil is "medicinal" quality, prepared from the yield of the first pressing; this is used as a purgative and laxative. (The oil from the second pressing is used as a lubricant for machinery, as a softening agent in making artificial leather, in the dressing of genuine leather, in brake fluids, paints and plastics.)

It is believed that most of Castor oil's benefits are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids. Approximately 90% of its fatty acid content is ricinoleic acid which is what gives Castor oil its remarkable therapeutic qualities and noted to benefit skin issues such as keratoses, inflammation, abrasions, fungus, minor acne and itchy skin. It soothes sore muscles and joint pain. Use as an oil pack, it supports thymus and immune function.

14 Practical Reasons to Stock a Bottle of Castor Oil at Home by Dr. Mercola

Properties and Uses:
Castor oil is rich in fatty acids and is soothing and lubricating. It is a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin. It is commonly used in hair oils, balms and other thick emulsions for the skin and hair. In combination with other oils and as a superfatting agent, Castor oil lends emollientcy to soap formulations (used at a low percentage to keep the soap from becoming too soft).

Castor Oil "packs" have been effectively used for many years for pain relief and to draw out cysts, boils and warts. Use a piece of wool flannel saturated with Castor oil and apply where needed on the body. Applying heat further increases the penetration, allowing the oil to better impart its qualities into the body.

How Make A Castor Oil Pack
(1) Three layers of natural, uncolored wool or flannel cotton large enough to cover the area being treated

(2) Castor oil

(3) Plastic wrap large enough to cover the cloth

(4) Hot water bottle or electric blanket

(1) Soak cotton with Castor oil. It should be saturated but not dripping.

(2) Place the pack on the area being treated, for example lower right abdomen [liver].

(3) Cover the pack with plastic wrap and place a hot water bottle or heating pad over the pack.

(4) Leave the pack on for 30-60 minutes. Use the Castor oil pack 3-7 days per week.

(1) Avoid meal times.

(2) Use with caution during heavy menses as it may increase bleeding.

(3) Avoid contact with fabric that could become stained.

The same pack may be used for weeks or months. Refresh with additional oil if necessary.

Conditions said to have been responsive to Castor oil applications include (please consult with your health care provider before you apply a Castor pack; the information we provide below is readily available either in books or on the internet):

-  Adhesions

-  Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial,anti-fungal, antioxidant and antiviral

-  Arthritis

-  Athletes foot

-  Bacterial infection

-  Bladder infection

-  Boils

-  Bowel impaction

-  Burns: protects from infection

-  Bursitis

-  Castor oil packs soaked through the skin improve the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, eliminate toxins, and stimulate circulation. 

-  Colon issues involving inflammation

-  Constipation (While castor oil can be used for constipation, and the castor oil that HEO offers is of medicinal quality, HEO cannot recommend its use internally. One should seek a health car provider if considering this route.)

-  Ear, inner

-  Fibroid tumors: shrinks and eliminates

-  Fluid retention: may relieve even chronic fluid retention

-  Fungal infections

-  Gallbladder

-  Hair loss, nourishes hair and prevents the scalp from drying by retaining moisture

-  Hepatitis

- Immune Support

- Inflammation

-  Itching

-  Lactation: Cold compress in low dosage can help with lactation by increasing milk flow

-  Laxative: Castor is known as constipation treatment, it is used as a laxative (purgative). It is a very effective treatment in extreme cases of constipation where the bulk laxatives do not work.

-  Ligament sprains

-  Liver congestion

-  Liver or age spots

-  Liver cirrhosis

-  Lung and bowel mucus

-  Menstruation pain and discomfort: Relieve (although a hot pack may increase blood flow, so use with caution)

-  Muscles: Helps relieve sore and aching, strains

-  Nerve inflammation

-  Purgative (see Laxative)

-  Respiratory infection

-  Rheumatism, arthritis and gout

-  Ringworm

-  Scar tissues: reduce

-  Sebaceous cyst

-  Sinus infection

-  Skin diseases and ulcers, particularly those which are caused due to bacterial or fungal infections

-  Skin infections and other skin problems such as sunburn, abrasions, acne, dry skin, boils, warts, stretch marks, liver/age spots, athletes foot and chronic itching and inflamed skin. Studies have approved the use of Castor Oil for these issues. It may help with dry, cracked skin, but we don't suggest use for an open wound.

-  Skin keratosis

-  Skin: lubrication, moisturizer, soothing

-  Stretch marks (abdominal prevention)

-  Stye treatment

-  Sunburn

-  Swollen joints and pain

-  Toenail fungus

-  Tonsil infection

-  Vaginal infection

-  Warts

-  Wounds: infection, scarring

External use only. Unless advised by your health care provider, do not ingest - it is a strong laxative.

1. I wanted to mention that we love the castor oil!  We are using it for my daughter's mild blepharitis (after reading about it as a cure on the internet) and it has cleared it up!  Also, my husband is using it after showering as a "hair product" and it has helped to soothe his scalp and diminish his dandruff.

2. Castor oil packs totally melted my extensive adhesions from ruptured appendix about 20 years ago . . . I'm a BELIEVER!! - Diana

Consult your health care provider before using Castor oil internally. A typical recommended dosage for the oil is not more than one-half to one full teaspoon per day.

Use sparingly on small children unless instructed otherwise under the advice of a health care provider. For example, using more than a couple of drops may risk causing your baby to have diarrhea or abdominal cramps.

Do not apply to broken or irritated skin or areas affected by rashes. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs and consider contacting your health care professional if needed. Avoid contact with eyes. 

Castor oil is usually safe when used in moderation, however pregnant and lactating women and people with intestinal blockage, acute inflammatory intestinal disease, appendicitis or abdominal pain should not take Castor oil without their health care provider's approval.

Parker, Susan M. Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health ? Beauty, Process Self-reliance Series, page 127-128.