What Are The Benefits of Castor Oil

What is Castor Oil

Castor oil is a clear, yellowish liquid that comes from the pressing of the castor beans. It has been used across the world for centuries to nourish and enrich the skin and hair. It can be used on the skin as natural make-up remover or applied to the hair to promote growth, volume and shine as well as treating split ends!

To get the best oil possible, check the ingredients and the most natural option is to go for 100% cold pressed castor oil. Castor seeds are rich with essential oils and if the oil is cold pressed, no heat will be used to extract the oil meaning none of the oil’s goodness is lost


Castor oil and lymphatic swellings

Castor oil can be used to break up and draw out congestion through the skin. It can be used to decongest the liver and kidneys. In these cases, castor oil packs are applied to the abdomen. Packs also can be applied to the neck, under the arm or in the groin area to relieve lymphatic swellings and promote lymphatic drainage.

How to prepare and use a castor oil pack:

What you will need –

  • Good quality castor oil

  • A piece of soft unbleached cotton cloth

  • Some plastic wrap

  • A towel

  • A hot water bottle


  1. Warm 4-5 tablespoons (50ml) of castor oil in a pan to a temperature just bearable on the skin.

  2. Soak the cloth in the oil for about a minute, then gently squeeze out any excess oil, but do not wring it dry. The cloth should be moist with oil.

  3. Position the cloth over the area you are going to treat.

  4. Cover the cloth with plastic wrap (this can be wrapped around the body to secure the pack in place).

  5. Then place a towel over the top of the plastic, and a hot water bottle over the towel.

  6. Lie down for 30 to 40 minutes. Shower when you are finished.

If you notice that the cloth has yellow or brown deposits when you take it off, this is a sign that toxins and impurities have been drawn out through the skin. If this happens, throw the cloth away. Otherwise, it can be washed and reused for the next application.

The packs can be used in the treatment of back pain, sciatica and arthritis as well as muscle, tendon, ligament or disc damage.


What else can you use Castor Oil packs for

Castor oil packs can be valuable in relieving the symptoms of menstrual difficulties as well as ovarian cysts, fibroids and endometriosis. If there are ongoing symptoms like these, a pack can be used up to twice a week. They are not recommended if there is heavy bleeding.

A castor oil pack should not be used if pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, it should not be applied to an open wound.

Davina Dowling Nutritional Therapist