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Frequently Asked Questions about Castor Oil

On this page you’ll find some of the questions we are most frequently asked about castor oil and our answers.

What does castor oil consist of?

Castor oil consists of a liquid which has been taken from the seeds which belong to the castor bean plant (Ricinus Communis)

What type of oil is castor oil?

Castor oil is a vegetable oil.

Ingredients: Cold Pressed, Unrefined, Pharmaceutical Castor Organic (Ricinus Communis)

What are the benefits of castor oil?

Castor oil has many benefits including:

  • Use as a laxative to help relieve constipation and diarrhoea.
  • Treatment for ringworm, as the undecylenic acid present in castor oil helps to combat ringworm, which is a fungal infection.
  • Helps to improve the condition of the skin, due to the presence ricinoleic acid
  • Help to treat skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
  • Castor oil can help improve the condition of the hair.
  • Castor oil can be used to induce the onset of labor in pregnant women.

How do you use castor oil?

You can take a teaspoon full of castor oil itself or you can mix it with a glass of orange juice. To use as a treatment for skin conditions it is recommended that you soak the affected area in Epsom salts or a suitable area for 15 minutes and then apply Castor oil, this will quicken the healing process. If you are using castor oil as a treatment for wrinkled skin, dip a small amount of castor oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area.

Where does castor oil come from?

The castor plant is native to Ethiopia. The countries of India, Brazil and China are responsible for over 90% of the world’s castor oil production.

Are there any side effects from using castor oil?

When used in moderation there should be no side effects from castor oil use. If used in excessive amounts you may experience some of the following side effects:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Abdominal Pain

Are there any groups of people who shouldn’t use castor oil?

We would recommend that anyone suffering from the following conditions should not use castor oil:

  • Inflamed bowels
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Appendicitis
  • If you are pregnant castor oil should be used under advice from a qualified health practitioner such as your GP or midwife only.

What are the non-medical uses of castor oil?

Castor oil is included in lubricants used in manufacturing including cars and white goods due to it’s good lubricity and biodegradability. It is an attractive alternatives to petroleum-derived lubricants. Castor oil has also been used in the production of soaps, waxes, dyes and crayons.


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