Castor Oil is a pale yellow, viscous oil with an earthy scent and subtle yet distinct flavor. Castor oil is derived from the pressing of seeds from the Ricinus communis plant, is an excellent source of fatty acids – more specifically omega-9, and has various health benefits.
Important Note: Unless otherwise stated by a health care practitioner, castor oil should always be paired with another, more gentle oil. If not, excessive and repetitive use of using undiluted castor oil on the skin can lead to hair loss, skin dryness, and minor skin irritations.
Castor oil has pungent and sweet tastes with warming qualities. The doshic quality of Castor Oil can be significantly altered depending on the oils and herbs it is mixed with, this indicates that castor oil can be used as a neutral oil.
Castor is an astringent, cleansing oil, meaning that it has antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. When used appropriately, castor oil can be beneficial to the skin, digestive and excretory system, and to reduce cystic inflammation.
Using Castor Oil:
Unless your instructed otherwise by a practitioner, always mix your castor oil with another carrier oil.
Skin cleanser: Mixing equal parts of castor and sesame oil can remove buildup from make up, pollution, and other material that settles on the skin.
Hair, Lash and Brow Serum: Mixing equal parts of castor and sesame oil can condition and grow hair, as well as cleaning follicles to allow for healthy growth. When applied to the scalp, it is best to warm the oil through.
Reducing Cysts: Talk to your practitioner about formulating a castor oil pack (a thick, wet mixture) to reduce the size of dermal cysts, fibroids, ovarian cysts, etc. Castor oil packs are one of the most common cyst reduction treatments in Ayurveda and have greatly improved the lives of people who have tried them.
Laxative: Talk to your practitioner about safely using castor oil as a laxative. Castor oil is frequently used to help individuals with irregular or acute constipation as it works quickly to help push fecal buildup in the intestines and rectum. However, castor oil can also be used in certain cases of chronic constipation. A practitioner will be able to determine if castor oil is best suited for your unique situation. Do not administer a castor oil laxatice without the guidance of a practitioner.