Castor Oil

My Mother would use castor oil on her eye lashes because she couldn’t use mascara and she was told that the oil would lengthen her lashes. Castor oil is formulated in my rose geranium lip balm for its moisturizing properties

Castor bean oil is a versatile oil with a variety of uses, but it’s important to remember that it can be dangerous if not handled properly. Here’s a summary of what you need to know:

What is it?

  • Castor bean oil is a pale yellow oil extracted from the seeds of the castor plant (Ricinus communis).
  • The seeds, also known as castor beans, contain a highly toxic protein called ricin.
  • However, the ricin is removed during the process of extracting the oil, making it safe for most external uses.

What is it used for?

  • Medicinally: Castor oil is a powerful laxative and is sometimes used to induce labor. It is also used topically to treat skin conditions like acne and warts.
  • Cosmetically: Castor oil is a popular ingredient in hair care products, as it is believed to promote hair growth and thickness. It is also used in some skincare products and soaps.
  • Industrially: Castor oil is used in a variety of industrial applications, such as the production of lubricants, plastics, and nylon.

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