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10 Ways to Use Castor Oil

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1. Chemical-Free Cuticle Oil

Get beautiful cuticles and nails without drugstore cuticle oil, which often contains synthetic mystery ingredients. Just rub a little castor oil on your nail beds to soften cuticles and nourish your nails. To really treat yourself, massage in the castor oil, then wrap your hands and feet in warm, damp rags.

2. Oil Cleansing Method

Soap and water is a harsh way to clean the sensitive skin on your face, and many people are turning to the oil cleansing method as an alternative. That might sound crazy: isn’t washing your face supposed to be about getting oil off? But proponents of the oil cleansing method – OCM for short – swear by it! The OCM combines castor oil and olive oil to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Alexandra at Creative Simple Life has a great explanation of how (and why!) the OCM works.


3. Feed Your Ferns

Isn’t is sad when ferns get droopy? Perk them up with castor oil! Combine 1 teaspoon castor oil, 1 teaspoon natural liquid soap, and 1 1/2 cups water to make a little plant pick-me-up. Just put a scant 1/4 cup of the mixture into the pot before you water it to cheer up those sad little ferns.

4. Soothe Mouth Sores

Don’t you hate it when you bite the inside of your cheek or somehow manage to get a cut on your lip inside your mouth? Castor oil can help those painful sores heal more quickly and prevent infection. The oil has antibacterial properties, and it’s safe to ingest, which makes it great for injuries in or near your mouth.

5. Itch Relief

Whether you have a healing cut or a bug bite that’s driving you bananas, applying a little castor oil can help stop the itch. Just massage a drop of oil onto the itchy area, and you should start feeling relief almost right away.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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5:31PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Hey great stuff.... just a quick mention though..
if you naturals out there want some castor oil recipes for hair growth check out this extremely detailed information on 15 castor oil hair growth recipes. with directions and the right proportions of the products to use.. ALL HOME MADE! just goes to show what you can find if you dig deep enough...
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7:41PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Thanks 4 the great suggestions--I sometimes use it on my face!

11:04PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Great to know. Thanks Becky.

10:48PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Good article, great information and ideas. excellent comments from the care 2 members. the input from over 180 members show what interest this subject holds for all of us. We are always looking for natural ways to do things around the house and for ourselves.

2:38PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013


5:29AM PDT on May 29, 2013

I did not know this :( Ty ...

5:24AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

5:24AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

5:11PM PDT on May 28, 2013

good to know

10:53AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thank you ...

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