6 Fascinating Reasons You Need Castor Oil in Your Life

Have you reaped the benefits of castor oil yet? If you’ve been quick off the mark and already slather it on your hair, brows and eyelashes, then kudos to you. If not, you’re in for a vitamin-rich treat. While we’ve long touted the wide-ranging benefits of coconut oil, argan oil, rose hip and others, good old castor oil and its long list of uses have been left out of the healthy-oil buzz. Well, we’re here to change all that.


Pressed from castor seeds found in the tropical Ricinus communis plant, castor oil is thicker and gloopier than, say, argan or coconut oil. But as its texture suggests, it’s also far richer in vitamin E and fatty acids than most plant oils, making it an especially effective replenisher for skin and hair. But the story doesn’t end there. The medicinal properties of castor oil are thought to have been harnessed as far back as ancient Egyptian times when the oil was regarded by many as an immunity-boosting elixir. In fact, it’s still a mainstay of Ayurvedic medicine. Keep scrolling to see the six best uses for castor oil and its brilliant benefits for the hair, skin and body.