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10 Ways to Use Castor Oil

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6. Get Lustrous Locks

Just a little bit of castor oil is great for conditioning your hair. You can massage a very small amount – a scant 1/8 teaspoon at most – to the ends of your hair to prevent split ends. Massage about the same amount into your scalp and let it sit for 10-15 minutes as a scalp treatment before you wash your hair.

7. Give Moles the Boot

Are moles digging up your garden? Mix 1/4 cup castor oil in a gallon of water, and pour it over that molehill to send them packing! The best part? The castor oil doesn’t hurt the moles, they just don’t like it, so this is a cruelty-free way to deter these garden pests. Boom!

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8. Soothe Muscle Aches and Pains

Make a castor oil compress for sore muscles! Soak a small rag in castor oil, cover in plastic wrap, and use medical tape to secure it to the area that’s sore. You can use a heating pad to help the oil absorb quickly or leave the compress on overnight to help relieve pain.

9. Lubricating Metal

From scissors to door hinges, a little castor oil can lubricate any moving metal parts without using the usual petroleum-based lubricants. This is especially useful for tools like kitchen scissors that are going to touch food after you get them working again.

10. Get Things Moving

One of the most common uses for castor oil is helping to relieve constipation. Adults can take 2-3 teaspoons of castor oil for a mild laxative effect. If you want to give castor oil to a child, ask your pediatrician for dosage advice, since it can depend on weight and age.

Have you used castor oil around the house or as a home remedy? Share your favorite uses for castor oil in the comments!

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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..
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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

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