Castor Oil: 5 Benefits and Uses

Castor oil is a secret passed down from our grandmother, we’ve tried it and it’s brilliant. We’ll tell you why you should use this product as part of our daily beauty routine.

What is castor oil?

Castor oil comes from the plant Ricinus communis, also called the castor oil plant. The castor beans, technically seeds, get pressed into a versatile, pale-yellow vegetable oil with a very distinct flavour and smell.

Castor oil has moisturising benefits. It also creates a barrier on the skin and protects against moisture loss. For hair, it acts as a lubricant, coating and conditioning strands to improve smoothness and shine. It’s also worth mentioning that it speeds up hair growth… good to know if your hairdresser has done a bad job! However, you’ll have to use it in the evening as it’s quite sticky.

This is an ideal beauty product as it lasts for a long time and it’s relatively cheap at about £8.

Uses of castor oil

1. Boost your brows and lashes.
Applying a little bit of castor oil daily can help nurture and grow your eyelashes and eyebrows. Our tip: buy empty mascara bottles on Amazon and fill them with castor oil to brush on your lashes at night.

2. Get shiny, healthy hair.
Put castor oil onto your hair ends two to three times a week to prevent breakage.

3. Tame flyaways.
Smooth out your hairstyle by using a little bit of castor oil along your hairline.

4. Moisturise rough skin.
After exfoliation, rub castor oil on your knees, elbows, and other dry patches to layer up and seal in moisture.

5. Condition your cuticles.
Use a cotton swab to dab a little castor oil on your nail beds for extra nourishment.

The bottom line

Not convinced that castor oil is a great product to use at home? It also has great health benefits! Indeed, people have used castor oil for thousands of years as a natural treatment for health issues like constipation and accelerating wound healing. So, if you are searching for an affordable, multi-purpose asset to keep in your medicine cabinet, you might want to consider castor oil.

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