Certified Organic Castor Oil (1 oz)
Derived from the seeds of the evergreen Ricinus communis , castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids, almost 90% of which is ricinoleic acid. The high concentration of this fatty acid may account for castor oil’s anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing actions, as well as for its beneficial effects on skin and hair.
Castor Oil Benefits
Chances are—especially if you can remember back a few decades—you’ve already heard of castor oil taken internally to relieve constipation, and heard about castor oil packs for better elimination and circulation.
Using castor oil as a skin and hair beautifying agent derives from its ability to penetrate deep into the skin, leaving it looking supple and fresh. It works by attracting moisture to the skin and retaining it there. The oil has been used for centuries in Ancient Egypt to protect the skin from the dehydrating effects of the dessert climate.
Castor oil’s Omega-9 fatty acids will nourish your hair, making it look soft, shiny and strong. Applying castor oil to hair roots will thicken your hair, helping generate new hair growth. Applied to hair ends, the oil’s nutrients will help reduce frizzing and split ends by coating the hair shaft and smoothing the cuticle layer.
For many years I have been applying castor oil on my eyelashes as well as around the eyes, before bedtime. Consistent use over time has brought me very satisfying results: My eyelashes have become fuller, stronger, and the skin around my eyes doesn’t develop those fine lines.
Castor Oil Uses
Here’s how I recommend using the oil:
- For your eyelashes … Rub castor oil sparingly over the base of your eyelashes before going to bed for thicker and longer lashes. While you apply it to your lashes, rub a little into your eyebrows, too, for a healthy sheen and to help them grow better as well. For even better results, use a toothbrush (not the same one you brush your teeth with, of course!) to apply castor oil to your eyebrows and massage for one minute.
- For your hair … Rub a little oil onto your scalp to nourish hair roots and promote hair growth, or into your hair ends to help with frizzy-looking hair.
- For your skin … Rub in a small amount of oil around your eyes before bed. It will be absorbed by morning and will protect from eye bags and dark circles.
- For your nails ... Apply a small quantity of the oil on your nails before you rub them (watch this video) about "nail rubbing" if the practice is new for you). The extra lubrication will reduce the friction of rubbing. This will make your nails stronger, more lustrous, and well moisturized.
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Castor oil (expeller pressed/refined). What does this mean?
What does this process involve?
Our castor oil is cold expeller pressed—a mechanical pressing with little or no heat. Even thought the friction of extraction can cause some natural heat, no externally applied heat is used.
Cold pressed castor oil can be classified “pure” or “refined.” The pure castor oil contains more nutrients and minerals, but it contains traces of ricin, which is highly toxic.
I prefer refined castor oil because, I use it on my lashes and around my eyes. So safety is a big concern. There are no traces of ricin in a refined cold pressed oil, so it's safe even to ingest it: perfectly safe for your eyes.
Our castor oil is certified organic—no harmful substances are used in its manufacture. However, to remove all the impurities, high-temperature or low-temperature treatment must be used. We always look for a manufacturer which uses the later: It makes no sense to spare the oil high temperature during extraction and then heat it during refinement.
What kind of Organic Certification?
To produce this Castor Oil, we use an organic processor certified through the Oregon Tilth Certification Program, which is fully accredited with the USDA National Organic Program.
Since you’re going to apply it on your lashes and around your eyes, it’s very important to use a certified organic brand.
Can castor oil go rancid?
Rancidity is always a problem with natural oils. The greater the amount of unsaturated fat in an oil, the more likely it is to become rancid. Since the healthiest plant oils are all highly unsaturated, they are especially susceptible to rancidity. Castor oil is nearly 100% poly-unsaturated fatty acid, so you don't want to be using any oil that’s been parked on your bathroom counter for many months. Among the factors that can affect an oil’s tendency to go rancid: air, heat and light. So my challenge was to find a certified-organic castor oil that came in a small quantity and in light-protecting glass. I couldn't find, so I had to build my own product. The result: an ounce of castor oil, organic, in an amber glass that protects the contents from light. Castor oil, once opened, should have a healthy shelf life up to 1 year.
Moreover, when it comes to castor oil for your beauty needs, a little goes a long way. This one-ounce bottle is the perfect size: it should last you a month or two of daily application.
I am delighted to offer you our Beautiful on Raw Castor Oil ( 1 oz) which is both Certified Organic and cold-pressed, in hopes you’ll discover for yourself what it can do for your hair, skin and eyelashes. You can purchase our Certified Organic Castor Oil in our Online Natural Beauty Store, or you can instead receive a FREE bottle with the purchase of 2 jars of my Nourishing Night Cream. Click here for this offer.