Top 5 Benefits and Uses of Castor Oil for Your Skin And Hair


We all have busy schedules and a lifestyle where we fall short of a beauty regime to take care of our skin and hair. Be it any age or gender we all are obsessed with glowing skin and voluminous hair. Castor oil popular among natural beauty enthusiasts is your answer to luminous skin and healthy hair. 

Castor oil has been used for ages as a remedy for hair and skin. Today castor oil is applied topically and used in over 900 beauty products. The beauty of castor oil is suitable for all skin and hair types. Castor oil is a soupy nutrient-based oil extracted from the beans of castor. It is a natural beauty oil most talked about by skincare and hair experts. It is a great option other than resorting to chemical products and unnecessary treatments.

Castor oil is well known for its rich anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, castor oil is used as a raw material in soaps, massage oils, and even medicines. Castor oil is rich in types of fats that can be used to moisturize the skin. They retain moisture by preventing water loss through the outer layer of the skin. Castor oil may have properties, to draw moisture from the air into the skin, keeping the skin hydrated. 


Here’s how castor oil is not only good but can work wonders for your skin and hair.

For dry and Inflamed skin:

The fatty acids present in castor oil can moisturize the skin and prevent water loss. Castor oil when applied on your face regularly helps treat dry skin. It also soothes irritated and inflamed skin. 

How to use:

Take a cotton ball and dip it in castor oil. Apply it to your face and leave it for an hour. Rinse your face with cold water.


Add 8 drops of castor oil and 1 tbsp of sunflower oil in a mixing bowl. Apply to your skin and massage for 3 to 5 minutes. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a tissue and wipe the residue. Then apply your toner or serum.


Castor oil benefits the skin when applied to the face to treat pimples. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce and cure acne and acne scars. Castor oil is rich in other fatty acids. Applying castor oil enhances the smoothness and softness of facial skin.

How to use:

Wash your face and pat it dry. Then mix ½ teaspoon of castor oil and one teaspoon of turmeric in a bowl. Apply the mix to the affected areas. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.


Mix 1 tbsp Hemp Seed Oil and one 1tbsp castor oil in a glass bowl and mix. Clean your face with a face cleanser and apply the oil blend to the affected areas. Leave it overnight.

Skin Whitening and Lightening:

Castor oil is rich in omega-fatty acid which makes it ideal to treat skin for a whitening treatment.

It can even out skin tone, and treat dark circles, stretch marks, and dark spots. Regularly applying castor oil can result in glowing skin.

How to use:

In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 4-5 drops of castor oil. Apply it over dark spots or affected areas. Leave for an hour and rinse with warm water.


Mix 4-5 drops of castor oil in 15 gm of zinc oxide powder. Apply it to the affected areas and leave for an hour.

Hair growth:

Applying castor oil to the scalp increases blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth. It can boost hair growth up to 5 times. It moisturizes dry and irritated scalp which helps promote hair growth.

The International Journal of Science and Research study suggests that applying castor oil to the eyelashes and eyebrows can increase blood circulation to the hair root and encourage new growth.

How to use:

Mix equal parts of castor oil and jojoba oil in a glass bowl. Apply this mixture to the scalp and massage gently. Leave overnight.


In a glass jar mix ½ cup Jamaican black castor oil, 7-8 drops of lavender essential oil and

10-12 drops of rosemary essential oil. Place the glass jar in a mixing bowl with hot water and wait for the oil to heat for a few minutes. Damp your hair and apply from the roots to the end of your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with a gentle shampoo.

Shiny and Voluminous Hair

Castor oil traps the moisture in the hair and seals and smoothens the cuticle. It is a perfect solution for dry, fizzy, and coarse hair.

How to use:

In a glass bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of castor oil with 1/4th cup of aloe vera gel. Then, add 4 to 5 drops of tea tree oil drops to the past and continue mixing. Gently apply this paste to your hair wear a shower cap and let the mask set for 30-40 minutes. Then use a mild shampoo to rinse at normal temperature.


Take a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of fenugreek powder and mix it with 3 teaspoons of castor and 1 teaspoon of almond oil. Mix these ingredients to a paste-like consistency. Apply this hair treatment mask across the length of your hair. Then use a towel dipped in warm water and wrap it around your hair for 10-15 minutes. Leave the mask for 30-40 minutes and rinse using a mild shampoo.


 1 When should you not use castor oil?

It is not recommended for pregnant women and people with certain health conditions. It is not recommended for regular use for children below 12 years.

2 What are the side effects of castor oil on the skin?

Castor oil could cause allergic reactions depending from person to person. A patch test is recommended before using oil.

3: How many drops of Lemongrass essential oil should I use?

While using lemongrass essential oil the ratio of the mixture is to be considered for optimum results. A recommended ratio is 1 – 2 drops of lemongrass essential with a carrier oil and use. 


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