There was a time, years and years ago when the only thing I associated castor oil with was its rather dubious laxative benefit when taken orally.
It is actually not only a great lip moisturizer and protector. It is especially unique in that it is the only only that imparts a natural, non-chemical or petrochemical sheen to the lips! It’s pretty long lasting too, and subtle, not like those laquered looking lips that so many of the commercial formulas of gloss can give.
Castor oil’s unique structure
Castor oil is unique in structure compared to other natural oils that are pressed from plants and seed in that it is more “polar” than other fats and can take on other forms more easily. For example, hydrogenated castor oil is used as an anti-humidity agent in some hair creams, sprays and glosses that are supposed to help repel humidity.
The oil is pressed form the castor bean. The oil is usually a light yellow color as you can see from the picture above left. It is a popular folk remedy of many uses. One of these uses is pretty effective, as I’ve used it myself and found it to yield good results over time. I’m talking about the use of castor oil for helping to grow eyebrows back thicker and healthier.
For thicker eyebrows and eyelashes
All you do is smooth a small amount of the thick oil on your brows every night and it helps to replenish thinning or puny eyebrows. This is useful for women (or men) who want to grow eyebrows back whether it be from overplucking when “thin brows” were all the rage or simply to get their eyebrows to be more visible.
Why would castor oil help you regrow your eyebrows? Well, there isn’t really a conclusive answer to that, but it appears to help the hair follicles regenerate hair again after they’ve been plucked and re-plucked.
Anti-inflammatory and protective properties
It does have some excellent anti-inflammatory and protective properties too, but so many other natural oils do as well and don’t regrow brows as well as castor oil does so it is unclear whether it just really helps protect against thinning and breakage or whether it truly helps to regenerate thicker hairs.
I can tell you that with my experiment, it has not only helped them grow back, but it appears to be helping them grow back in darker and thicker. All I do is smear some over my brows every single night.
I’ve only been doing it a few weeks but I’m starting to notice that my brows do appear to be a bit longer and that some tiny growth is starting to come in as well where previously there were bald spots, so there is a benefit there for sure.
There are many testimonials to this on the internet that you can find of women successfully regrowing their brows and some even their eyelashes (I imagine you would have to buy a mascara wand to apply this appropriately to the lashes) with castor oil. It takes time and patience but it does work in many cases.
Another common use for castor oil is as a frizz smoother. You have to be very careful about how you use castor oil for this purpose though. As mentioned previously, it is an extremely thick and even sticky oil that must be used minimally if used on the hair. You can simply take a small drop of it, rub it between the fingers, and apply it to the ends of the hair.
This helps with dry ends and flyaways. It gives the hair a natural sheen just like it gives to the lips. If you want to try castor oil but don’t like the thick, sticky texture, try mixing it with a lighter carrier oil like sweet almond oil or perhaps some fractionated coconut oil (this is coconut oil in liquid form). Be sure to buy hexane free castor oil as this means is processed without this volatile compound and won’t be tainted with it.