12 Easy Ways to Use Castor Oil
By Talia Marcheggiani • June 10th, 2013 • 111146 Views
In one of my past posts, 6 Uses of Castor Oil, I outlined six healing properties of this dynamic oil. In this article I will outline a list of 12 ways you can incorporate the natural healing abilities of this oil into your personal healthcare and beauty regime.
1. As a night-time moisturizer. Many commercial beauty products are full of a lot of unnecessary, expensive, unhealthy ingredients. For this reason I prefer to keep my skincare regime simple. Oftentimes as a moisturizing, wrinkle-reducing night cream, I simple apply a thin layer of castor oil to my face and go to bed. Castor oil reduces the appearance of wrinkles and under eye circles. Its antibacterial properties are also helpful at treating minor acne.
2. To stimulate eyelash and eyebrow growth. Everyone wants full, luscious lashes but overusing mascaras and other eye makeup products can affect lash growth. Apply a tiny amount of castor oil to the tips of eyelashes and over eyebrows to stimulate their growth. Avoid getting the oil into eyes.
3. To heal split ends. Apply some castor oil to the ends of long hair to help moisturize dry ends and prevent splitting. Wash off the oil with your morning shower.
4. To dissolve cystic acne and other skin masses. I often suffer from cystic acne. However, castor oil’s cyst-dissolving properties offer a natural, safe way to decrease these painful, embarrassing masses. I apply a small amount to problem areas and leave on overnight. In the morning I always notice that the blemishes have reduced significantly as a result of these topical treatments. The castor oil also decreases the pain and inflammation associated with this type of acne.
5. To naturally deep clean the face. Science tells us that “like dissolves like”, which is why the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is one of the most effective ways to deep clean pores, removing blackhead-causing debris. Simply combine one part castor oil to one part carrier oil (a light oil like apricot kernel oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil or almond oil) and massage face thoroughly for 10 minutes. The oil enters pores, removing the waxy junk and blackheads that often erupt as acne. After massaging, wet a clean washcloth with very hot water (be careful not to burn yourself), wring out excess water and apply the hot cloth over your face until it cools. The steam from the washcloth...