You can also use this rich oil on its own as a natural alternative to store-bought moisturizers and lotions.

Castor oil is used in cosmetics, medicines, massage oils, and medicines – given its powerful therapeutic benefits. Around 90% of the oil is comprised of ricinoleic acid, which is its primary healing agent (1).

While other plant oils (such as argan oil, avocado oil, and others) have been investigated for these benefits, castor oil has not.   Some believe that since other plant oils boost skin health, then castor oil should be able to as well. But this has not been confirmed with scientific evidence.

Study authors note that the findings are important because no side effects were associated with the use of castor oil for osteoarthritis in this study. But in the group that took diclofenac sodium, 20% of patients complained of mild gastritis and 4% patients complained of skin rashes.

Synthetic derivatives of castor oil are administered with other chemotherapy medications to manage breast, lung, ovarian, and skin cancer in patients. Inform the doctor if subjects experience hives, dizziness, difficulty in breathing, tiredness, chest pain, and/or irregular heartbeat (8).

Castor oil is the pale yellow liquid that is extracted from castor seeds ( Ricinus communis) . The Egyptians must be credited for recognizing its benefits and putting them to use.

Excess use of castor oil has been associated with various risks. Some of these include skin rashes, nausea, diarrhea, and muscle cramps. The side effects of castor oil have been linked to both topical and internal use.

Women who are pregnant should consult their provider before consuming castor oil. Parents of children should consult their pediatrician before administering castor oil to their child.