How to Use Castor Oil for Hair (Grow Beautiful Hair Fast)

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I’ve been experimenting a lot with castor oil lately as a natural beauty remedy. I already use it in my oil cleansing blend each day, and I’m enjoying the results from using castor oil packs on my skin.

Years ago, a friend mentioned that she loved castor oil for hair and eyelashes. I was really skeptical because castor oil has a very thick and sticky consistency that I couldn’t imagine using in hair. I did some research and found out that I had been seriously missing out on a simple and really effective traditional beauty remedy…

Benefits of Castor Oil for Hair and Skin

Castor oil is an age-old beauty treatment that has been largely replaced over time by fancier beauty products with more ingredients and a bigger price tag.

Castor oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and is high in vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and omega-6 and -9 beneficial fatty acids. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin and hair.

In fact, castor oil has traditionally been used topically for acne and other skin conditions, as well as hair loss, rashes, and more. If you want to try it for skincare, I recommend this handcrafted castor oil cleansing blend.

What Does Castor Oil Do for the Hair?

Castor oil can be used on the scalp to help prevent and remedy hair loss and it is effective at this for several reasons. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it beneficial against follliculitus, dandruff, and scalp infections and its ricinoleic acid content helps increase circulation to the scalp and improve hair growth.

Ricinoleic acid is also said to help balance scalp pH which can also help replenish the scalp’s natural oils and undo some of the damage of harsh chemical hair products (and even damage from no-poo, due to over alkalinity). The antioxidants in castor oil also support the keratin in hair and help make hair stronger, smoother, and less frizzy.

“Three Times the Growth!”

How to do a castor oil treatment for natural hair and eyelash growth- simple natural remedyThere are hundreds of testimonials from people who used castor oil to increase their hair growth 3-5 times the normal rate. A friend of mine was struggling with postpartum hair loss and even once her hair loss slowed, regrowing her hair was difficult.

She measured her hair growth for a month and it grew almost half an inch. The next month, after using castor oil hair treatments twice a week, her hair had grown almost 2 inches. She tested this again the following month and noticed the same result and that her hair was dramatically thicker.

What Type of Castor Oil for Hair?

There are several options for castor oil hair treatments. I prefer to make my own, but there are some pre-made options (this is a good one that I’ve tried in the past).

To make my own, I mix castor oil with another hair-healthy oil (options listed below) and herbs to help support scalp health. Unrefined and cold-pressed hexane-free castor oil is preferred.

Castor oil is extremely thick and viscous so I prefer to mix with jojoba or argan oil in a glass dropper bottle for easy application.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

There is a special type of castor oil called Jamaican black castor oil that has extremely good reviews. I tried it as well and it seemed to work about the same as regular castor oil on my hair, but it seems that it might provide additional benefit for those with thick or dry hair (my hair is fine/oily).

How to Use Castor Oil Treatments on Hair

Castor oil can be very beneficial for hair growth if used correctly. Small amounts of plain oil can be used for an all-over treatment. Like many things in life, more is not always better, and only a few drops are needed per treatment. The additional oils are completely optional.

How Often

I personally use this castor oil 1-2 times per week. It can be used more often, though I didn’t see any increased results with using it daily.

When to Use

I’ve found that this treatment works better on damp but not wet hair. I keep a spray bottle of water in the bathroom and just spritz my roots before applying.

For maximum benefit, I leave the treatment on for several hours or overnight. After applying, I use a shower cap or towel to avoid getting the oil on furniture or a pillow.
How to use castor oil for thicker and longer hair naturally

How to Remove the Oil

Removing the castor oil can be difficult, especially with natural shampoos. I’ve found that using a small amount and leaving it on overnight will result in most of the oil absorbing into the hair and scalp and make cleanup easier. In fact, I’ve been able to use dry shampoo and not wash on a few occasions. When I do shampoo, I use a natural shampoo or mud shampoo as normal.

An alternate way is to crack an egg and whisk until smooth and then massage the egg into the scalp. This helps break down the oil and adds additional nutrients to the hair. It is messy though, so I’d recommend doing this in the shower.

Another less-messy way is to condition your hair before getting in the shower, massaging conditioner into the scalp to help remove the castor oil. Then, shampoo as usual.

Important Notes:

With any new oil, herb, or product, test a tiny amount on your inner arm to make sure you don’t have a reaction. While reactions are rare, some people will notice irritation from castor oil.

I’ve also used this in combination with my hair growth serum with great results. (I use the serum first to dampen hair, then apply the castor oil.)

It is also important to support the body nutritionally and hormonally with hair loss, as this can often be a sign of an internal problem.

BONUS TIP: I rub a tiny amount of castor oil on my eyelids at night to help eyelash growth as well. It is also part of my eyelash growth serum recipe.

Castor Oil for Thicker and Longer Hair
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Castor Oil Hair Serum Recipe

A mix of castor oil and jojoba will make a hair serum to help your hair grow faster, stronger, and smoother.
Prep Time1 minute
Author: Katie Wells



  • Combine the ingredients in a dark-colored dropper bottle.
  • Shake to mix.
  • Use the dropper to apply to the scalp. I part my hair right above the ear on one side, add a few drops of castor oil, part again about ½ inch from that part, add more castor oil, and so on until I’ve coated my whole scalp.
  • Then, I massage for 5 minutes to make sure entire scalp is coated and to help increase circulation.


This will make enough for 5+ uses depending on the length of your hair.
If you’re not a fan of using castor oil, some people have found coconut oil for hair to be a better fit.
For best hair health, I recommed using the above with Wellnesse Shampoo and Conditioner (from yours truly!), which I formulated to meet all of my criteria for safe, non-toxic, and naturally nourishing hair care.

My Own Results with Castor Oil…

Last year, when I was under extreme stress for a short period of time (finishing my book *ahem*), I noticed increased hair loss. My Hashimoto’s makes me more susceptible to hair loss when I’m under stress, and I was stressed about my hair loss (vicious cycle).

To combat this, I experimented with natural castor oil treatments both alone and mixed with other oils. I too noticed that my hair seemed stronger and that there was definitely less hair in my brush each day after a few weeks of castor oil treatments. Additionally, I started seeing tiny new hairs all around my hair line.

Random observation:

I split my head open when I was younger, requiring 8 staples in my scalp. Where the scar is, I have a patch of super-curly hair that falls in a perfect ringlet, even though the rest of my hair is wavy/straight. The castor oil seemed to help make this hair patch smoother, though it grew at a faster rate than the rest of my hair.

Now, I’ve made these castor oil hair treatments a regular part of my weekly routine and often do them at night, while wearing my blue blocker glasses and reading or watching a movie with my hubby.

This article was medically reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, a board certified family physician. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


628 responses to “How to Use Castor Oil for Hair (Grow Beautiful Hair Fast)”

  1. Jessie Avatar

    Thanks Katie! I can’t wait to try this. Is there a certain brand of jojoba and coconut oil that you recommend?

  2. April Avatar

    Hello~I am wondering if you just massage this into your scalp or if you also apply it to your ends. I’m not really having hair loss- but rather hair breakage around my face. Im thinking it’s from taking DHEA for a few months. I had read that DHEA can cause hair breakage, thanks in advance for your answer about the application 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Avatar

    I have been using castor oil on my eyelashes at night and definitely notice a difference. I just apply a small amount with a q tip.

  4. Dove Avatar

    Would you recommend this for a child? My 3.5 year old daughter has rather thin hair, frizzy due to our very dry air, and it grows very slowly. (I’ve nver cut it and it’s only an inch past her shoulders, if that). I’d love for her to have long, thick hair (like mine, so I can’t figure where she gets her thin hair from!)

    1. Stacy Avatar

      Much of hair growth is genetic. It’s kind of how some people are predisposed to low muscle tone bodies and others can gain or maintain muscle easily. You can find healthy habits to support your goal, but I wouldn’t expect someone who struggles with thin hair to become a Garnier girl — even with good habits. Castor oil is great for scalp dandruff. If your air is dry and she has scalp issues, this may be of help to her.

      I have medium thick hair with a few spots that are sensitive to thinning. My mother and two of my sisters have locks thick as you’d ever dream.

    2. Lily Avatar

      Not sure how willing you would be to do this, but, my kids (twins) had VERY fine hair up until age 2.5 yrs. My son had hardly any hair actually. I was so distressed that he looked bald all the time, even other people commented on his lack of hair. What i ended up doing was what my mum did to me when i was around 3 – i shaved their hair off, twice. It wasnt really an issue even for my daughter, as she’s very confident anyway, but i have to say, it absolutely worked. Their hair is soooo thick now, esp my son’s. It’s beautiful. I look at it now in wonder and think of all the times i stressed because it was super fine and wispy. Its an old ethnic tale, but ive always been told that, if a young child has fine hair, shave it off (buzz cut), and it will grow back thicker (like it does when you start shaving your legs).

      1. Gerry Avatar

        It’s actually impossible for hair to grow back thicker from shaving. It’s a myth. The number of follicles you have is set at birth. What happens when you shave is you cut the hair in the middle of the shaft, where it’s thickest. Therefore when it grows, it appears thicker.

      2. Antony Avatar

        “(like it does when you start shaving your legs).” aka nothing, if that’s the equivalence, thanks ;).

    3. Marie Avatar

      My husband and I both had no hair as children it took us a long time to grow it but his hair is sooo thick and curly and mine has always been very long. Thinner now but it grows well and is probably 4 inches from reaching my rear.. So dont despair 😉

  5. Naomi Avatar

    Just to clarify- you are putting it on your scalp only not necessarily coating all of your hair down to the tips?

  6. Kelsey Avatar

    This is very helpful! Question… I’ve heard that you should never use coconut oil in your hair if you don’t use a commercial grade shampoo. Is that true? Because I have very oily hair and I use your homemade coconut milk/castile soap shampoo and I’m afraid it won’t be tough enough to remove extra oils. You use the branch basics cleaner in your hair as well? Thanks so much!!

    1. Bella Avatar

      Coconut oil is the only oil with molecules small enough to actually be absorbed by your hair. Studies have proven the hair actually absorbs virgin coconut oil. So no, that is not true. It can be removed quite easily without a commercial shampoo, and it absorbs readily into skin and hair. This, coming from a user of coconut oil in hair for over 10 years. It is edible so it is non-comedogenic and non-toxic. It won’t clog the pores on your scalp.

      1. marge Avatar

        will the coconut oil return back to it original stage after it cool off and mixing with the Castrol or shall I only use coconut oil alone and not mix it any other oil

  7. Laura Avatar

    This is great! Just wondering if jojoba oil will stain blonde hair? Also, can this be used on ends too? I know hair grows from the root, but I find I get a lot of end breakage too which doesn’t help.

    1. lola Avatar

      I read about castor oil on eyebrows and eyelashes, so every night i put a drop of oil on tip- of index finger rub together with the other and first i go over my eyebrows then with the rest i rub my eyelids getting it all over my eyelashes. I have gotten tremendous results! its pretty amazing because eyelashes had gotten so thin because of age and i kid you not now they look like when i was 20 years old again! It really does work. Now i will try adding the rosemary oil for better results. I cant even imagine what they’ll look like if i add the rosemary oil. 🙂

  8. Isavella Avatar

    I haven’t used castor oil in my hair but have had great success with eyelashes! Just massage a bit into the roots (from the top) and then use whatever is left on your finger to sweep it through the length from the underside. It really works.

    Also, if you’re experiencing hair loss I HIGHLY recommend a boar bristle brush. I really want a Mason Pearson but it’s a lot of moola. There is a Sonia Kashuk knockoff at Target that is around $15 and it has drastically reduced my hair loss in a couple of months. I am talking my hair is at least 50% thicker. Hope this helps 🙂

    1. Annie Avatar

      What was your technique for using the brush to help with hair loss? (some people say lean over and brush hair from back to front….)

      1. Vera Avatar

        Whatever you do start brushing your hair from the ends and work up, this way you can get any knots out without ripping strands whole strands.

      1. peace Avatar

        Is it any castor oil bcos dey sell at d drugs centre is it d one dat stimulate labor or there is a special one for it

        1. Bella Avatar

          That’s the same castor oil she is referring to. There is no such thing as “food grade” or “medical grade” castor oil. It is all the same unless it has added oils like rosemary, which some are sold that way. Pure, cold pressed, hexane-free castor oil can be consumed to start labor, and it is used for skin and hair care.

  9. danielle Avatar

    About how often do you recommend doing this treatment for hair, especially for hair loss?

      1. Tina Avatar

        Hello Wellness Mama, enjoying your blogs, I have a skin problem, discolorations, dark circles around the eyes. Will caster oil help erase these? Tried everything, what do you recommend?

      2. Natalie Avatar

        Hi, sorry to jump on a comment, I couldn’t find how to comment.
        You mentioned you mix up your own castor oil with another oil and herbs but I can’t see what herbs you use. I just seen the castor oil and the jojoba oil.

        Many thanks

    1. Molly Avatar

      I have real thin hair and dry I am loosing my hair every day it is a wondering if I still have hair

      1. Anna Barbeau Avatar
        Anna Barbeau

        up your ZINC intake. info gvn me, forever grateful. also try the castor oil w olive or coconut 3/1 treatments rec by wellness mama. imperitive to hv clean scalp which can breathe. if u notice any flaking, rough spots on scalp, u must cleanse more thourghly & massage scalp which brings blood via circulation for the nourishment of the hair i.e.: food.

        1. anisha verdhani Avatar
          anisha verdhani

          i am losing my hair every day after my infection on my head what should i do

    2. Mara Avatar

      Hi there I would love to try your recipe. I have a 5 month old baby and I breastfeed her. Is it safe to use castor oil topically on my hair?

    3. Mia Gardner Avatar
      Mia Gardner

      Hi Katie, thank you for all your recommendations. I have all made all your baby recipes. I have a newborn and she was born with very thin hair. Have you tried castor oil on a newborn baby? I was thinking of trying it on my daughter but a small patch. Would you recommend that?

      1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

        Castor oil by itself is very thick and sticky and works better on hair if it’s mixed with another carrier oil. Usually baby’s hair will eventually grow/thicken on its own!

  10. Theresa Avatar

    Hi Katie

    Love, love your work! Really want to try the castor oil treatments and currently use it on my lashes at night with great success, but have read on several blogs that it has darkened people’s hair – especially eyebrows. I have very similar hair to yours in texture and colour (natural blonde) and am growing out previous highlights, so the roots appear darker because of the contrast, especially on days between hair washings. I am using your natural hair lightening tips to brighten it up so the last thing I want is for castor oil to darken the roots. Have you experienced any darkening since you started the castor oil treatments? Your hair is really great; do you have any artificial/chemical colour in your hair, or are the blonde tones all from your natural hair lightening recipes and the sun?

      1. manzoor Avatar

        4 stars
        Hi katie, wonderful work you have done. my question is i’m around 27 years old. My hair loss is started from nine month ago .i was using MX-5 minoxidil from 9 hair thiness increased not stopped.i donot wanna loss my hair at this age.Now i searched Your block on net and do some reading about castor oil.please reply me, is this Oil also helpful for me.if yes how can i use it and with what combination,i will use it.i’m waiting for your reply.

        Thank you for Your reply back in advance
        manzoor (male)

      2. Ritu Avatar

        Hi Katie
        My daughter is two years now but she has really thin and rough hair , if u can pls suggest me some household treatments for her hair
        Plus her hair are not growing as they should
        Pls help

        1. Asofaaiu Avatar

          Want to see a reply to these comments would benefit to other that wants to try

      3. Katie Belleck Avatar
        Katie Belleck

        How long will it take before castor oil will yield increased hair growth. Thinning and freaking out…

      4. Jardani BaBa Avatar
        Jardani BaBa

        Hey I started using castor oil about 1 month ago and within 3 weeks I noticed a lot of tiny hair sticking up at the crown , they’ve never occurred before so I was wondering whether they are new growth or what. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.

    1. Bella Avatar

      5 stars
      The castor oil did darken my eyebrows…I’m normally a number 4 (light to medium brown) but my eyebrows look black now. That’s okay with me, as my hair is dyed jet black, but it could also be due to the fact that I used Jamaican Black Castor oil (JBCO);on my eyebrows and not regular clear castor oil. I have both but I tend to use JBCO more often, as it is more potent.

      So yes, the hair darkening can occur with JBCO, but I am not sure whether clear castor oil causes it.

      1. Gina D Avatar

        how long did it take for your eyebrows to grow back & how did you apply it? i usually do it after i shower and just take a q-tip or a mascara wand that hasn’t been used (a trial one from sephora) and go back and forth and in circles on my eyebrows with the serum until i think I’ve rubbed it in enough.. is that what you do? and what is the name of the black jamican castor oil you use? i know theres like 50 different kinds out there and i don’t want to buy one that has a whole bunch of chemicals in it and isn’t the real one. TIA

  11. Sita Avatar

    I’ve enjoyed reading everything you have to say about this oil and look forward to trying it – question how do you apply it to eyelashes ?

    1. Robin Avatar

      Perhaps as oil applied to take off mascara at night. Just rub it in and leave.

    2. Joy Avatar

      I use an old masscara applicator. I washed the old one i had then dipped it in oil #coconut/castor oil mixed# then apply

      1. Joni Avatar

        I like your idea, Joe! I’m about to open a new mascara, so I’ll use your method with the old wand–after a thorough cleaning, though. Thanks! 🙂

  12. isabel marshal Avatar
    isabel marshal

    very nice blog!! for hair treatment i have know about minoxidil solution but thanks for giving such nice information about caster oil.

    1. Bella Avatar

      The problem with minoxidil is you must use it indefintely…a rebound effect can occur, which means when you stop using it, your hair loss will return or even increase. Castor oil does not cause this. I use it on my scalp for shedding, my eyebrows, my lashes, eczema, and even applied the Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my newborn’s cradle cap (plus I wanted his hair to grow in thicker and darker). It cured the cradle cap and grew his hair. It made my sparse eyebrows and lashes grow much faster, thicker, and the hairs are darker.

      As for my scalp, it definitely grows hair. I had postpartum shedding but castor oil mixed with a variety of essential oils, like lavender, oregano, thyme, neroli, juniper berry, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary most certainly increase growth and scalp health. I never have any problem with shedding since using these oils…I lose maybe 30 hairs a day now and I used to have a comb full of shed hair.

      1. Marilyn Avatar

        How much do you put on ?I don’t want to have greasy hair and do you have to use over night or can I do it during the day.

  13. Angelica Avatar

    I am wondering if mountain rose herbs’ castor oil would be just as good as the one on the radiant life website. And also they have an invigorating hair oil that is supposed to be good for hair growth. Have you tried this? I’m curious of the ingredients but they seem to not want to tell me them in the emails Ive sent them.

    1. Robin Avatar

      I’ve heard to look for words like “Hexane Free, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed” . Those mean it’s messed with less and is left in its natural state.

    2. Carol Avatar

      Angelica….I found this on on their website concerning the ingredients in the hair massage oil
      “Organic Jojoba oil and a blend of organic Rosemary essential oil, organic Lavender essential oil, and organic Basil essential oil.”

  14. Elle Avatar

    Hi Katie! What is the shelf life of your homemade soap nuts shampoo if it is in a glass jar in the fridge? Thanks!


  15. Anna Avatar

    I use a mix of castor oil, coconut oil (warmed/melted) & several drops of rosemary essential oil. This blend helps a lot with my thinning, dry, chemically treated hair. It’s also good in treating some dandruff on some parts of my scalp. I never really have a problem washing off the oils from my hair. Not sure if it’s because I use the Jason brand biotin shampoo.

      1. cindy koestler Avatar
        cindy koestler

        Try Mountain Rose Herbs for all your natural herbal and aromatherpy needs. Pure heaven and they have it all. Castor oil rosemary eo all of your needs.

      2. Annie Avatar

        Castor oil has always been used in my household and both my Mother and Grandma used it on their hair and both had very thick hair. I wished I had remembered to use it, however, better late than never after reading this blog it reminded me off how effective Castor Oil is. I started to use it on both my eyelashes and hair, all I can say is it works, try it and see. I found Castor OIL in my local Indian grocer shop, so buy it when I go to buy my Indian spices. I tried buying it in local pharmacies and larger chains without any luck,great to know that AMAZON stocks it thanks.

    1. Sunitha Avatar

      Hi Anna,
      How long do you leave it on your hair before washing it off ?

      1. LORANCE KOKKATT Avatar

        Please Reply,
        1. What ratio of castor oil to coconut oil to do use
        2.How long do you leave it on your hair before washing it off ?
        3. Have any Drawbacks / Side effects if I Use Castor oil Daily ?
        4. If I not using Shampoo or soap for washing hair , have any problem on leaving the some oil parts in my Scalp?
        5. From 10 years I am using castor oil mix with coconut oil daily and wash after one hour with plan water . but still I not get any hair growth improvement. presently I have only 10% hair in my head. Please give me your valuable advice for hair growth by use castor oil.

  16. Amanda Avatar

    Since I had my first son two and a half years ago I have a bald spot on the back of my scalp 🙁
    I’m definitely trying this! Thanks wellness mama!

    1. Pamela Bland Avatar
      Pamela Bland

      It sounds like u have alopecia areata. It a autoimmune disease.. Ive had it twice . along with other symptoms like joint pain, lactose intolerance . I went to a derm and the give u cortisone shots to the bald spot , the first time it worked in 4 weeks it had regrown.. Y=The second time 4 years later it didn’t work after 3 shots. So I tried gluten free. With in 1 week I felt better, by 1 month i had hair regrowing. My joint pain is gone. Im 32 I shouldn’t have any of these systems. Look up celiacs disease, and why gluten is bad for all of us. It changed my life.

      1. Megan Avatar

        I have alopecia areata also, the derm said it was likely ” autoimmune” after 2 sets of cortisone injections, I have some regrow th, but there are still bald spots around it. I’m paleo for over a year and in the last 2 months on the autoimmune protocol, still have bald spots, wondering what is going on…my diet is lacking all allergens, stress is the same. Sleep I cannot improve, I’ve tried it all- I will medicate 10 minutes nightly now with my new app.

        1. Jolley Avatar

          Can high blood pressure medicine cause baldness to your hair. If so would castor oil help and message to the scalp.

      2. Laurel Avatar

        I also had autoimmune issues and hair loss. Elimination diet revealed nightshades as my biggest issue. Each person is different so I would recommend elimination diet to determine one’s specific food issues (under Dr’s care)


        Apply at night! I’ve been using it for 2 weeks and my eyelashes are so much healthier and fuller. Give it a try 🙂

        1. danni Avatar

          Really? I was wondering of there was any truth to that..I lost so many lashes and Id like to grow them back\

      2. Annie Avatar

        I’be used this nightly for the past three weeks and already my very fine lashes are thicker and fuller. I use ab old clean mascara wand and it works a treat. Good luck.

        1. phyllis lawrence Avatar
          phyllis lawrence

          what is the recipe…please help me i have lost alot of my eyelashes…

    1. Anna Avatar

      I mix castor oil with rosemary essential oil and use it to massage my eyelids near my lashes gently with my clean finger. I also use it on my sparse eyebrows. I do this every night before bed. The rosemary essential oil stimulates the hair follicles thus, causes hair to grow. So far, it’s been great!

      1. Davett Avatar

        Hi…..But…e.o…isnt. suppose to get into the eye……….do. u ever. find. it a problem?? or worry. that rosemary. will. get into ur eye….someone I know. adds a drop of lavender. eo… their mascara…and they say it. thickens their lashes…..I just worry about the eye. ????

        1. Donna Denys-Peck Avatar
          Donna Denys-Peck

          If you are careful I don’t see a problem. Mascara doesn’t run or drip so again I don’t see a problem with it getting in the eyes.

          1. Robin Avatar

            I put 2 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Lavender in my waterproof mascara. Not only does it fight germs, but also it now thickens and regrows lusher lashes. Win-win!

          2. Katie Avatar

            I made a mixture of jojoba, rosemary eo and lavender eo. I put it on the tail ends of my (overplucked) eyebrows and on my eylashes. One day when a motion sensor light lit me up, my eyelashes were crazy shiny! I hadn’t put it on in a few days, so it wasn’t residual. While I haven’t noticed significant hair growth, healthy hair will look better than what I had before. Quality over quantity, until the quantity is a little higher. 😉

        2. Paula Avatar

          Yes I’ve always done this with mascaras!! The lavender gives a really nice consistency & perfume. And definitely my eyelashes have improved. So simple….

    2. Sunny Avatar

      5 stars
      I’ve noticed an improvement in my lashes and have only used it a few times. I should be consistent! Actually, I was using the castor oil for dry eye as I’ve read it’s good for that. Again, I need to consistently use this. Like dry brushing, I keep forgetting to use castor oil on my eyes–for dry eye AND lashes! For hair, I already have the other two ingredients. Thanks, Katie for this recipe and article. Definitely sharing!

      1. Jackie Wendell Avatar
        Jackie Wendell

        I have Castro oil but i went to the store and bought coconut that you have to melt from the cooking oil section will that work and if so how much do i mix

    3. Carrie Avatar

      Yes! Works awesome for eyelashes! I have lashes even on the bottom lid that were never there before. I’m experimenting with my hair now. Hope to stop and/or reverse my hairloss.

      1. Marie Avatar

        Carrie, I don’t know when you pisted this about using castor oil on eyelashes but is it still helping them grow? How long did it take to see a difference? Also, are you seeing a difference in the bald spot on your head? That is my issue, and I wonder if this really works.

        1. Mandy Avatar

          I just did 5 months of chemo & one month of radiation. Lost all hair & eye lashes. Literally after I was done with treatment I started using caster oil for both my hair & eyelashes. MY EYELASHES GREW BACK WITHIN 3 weeks and sooo much better & fuller than I have ever had them in my life. My hair is growing back faster than the average chemo patients hair, not the strangely yucky waiting for normal hair strands. Short hair still after two months, but def made a difference for what was expected, it’s looking healthy. It’s coming back really pretty, soft & strong. My docs are amazed as they haven’t seen this in any of their patients. I am positive it’s due to the castor oil. I use it every night on my eye lashes, scalp & around my eyes. It also has helped the dark circles and bags under my eyes dramatically. I don’t care if it’s greeesy or oily, it works! Easy to wash off the next day with a simple shower with soap or whatever. I recommend it to anyone. I’ve always wanted thick ,long, pretty eyelashes, I have them now..& I know my hair is on its way to the same mend.

  17. Marie Avatar

    Definitely better than taking it internally. 😀 That is my only experience with it – trying to start labour. (Don’t do it!)

    1. Stacy Avatar

      My sister uses it to start labor, also. It seems to work well for her, especially considering she goes about 2 weeks past her due date normally!

      1. Alisha Avatar

        I was three weeks past due and that is what my father gave my mother. She almost didn’t make it until the dr got there. lol

        1. Mandy Avatar

          I drank this oil as well with my last two children… worked like a charm! With my last child, I had only 30 minute labor with an emergency at home delivery by the husband it was amazing!! 🙂

          1. Noraida Tabina Avatar
            Noraida Tabina

            U drank castor oil before labor….how many teaspoon/tablespoons?

          2. Kaniela Avatar

            Drank it how? may I ask. Mixed with something? How much?

          3. Shirley Avatar

            I tried to mix some with some juice before I went into labor after I actually got about 2 tablespoons down without throwing up didn’t work with the Juice it just separate so I just put it in the tablespoon and did my best to get two or 3 tablespoons down can’t remember my child now is 45 years old it was amazing it did work my labor was very short at the hospital maybe 3 1/2 hours

          4. Amanda Ainsworth Avatar
            Amanda Ainsworth

            I too drank it with my last two children! It worked! With my daughter I drank it the night before, and the next morning went into a 3 hour labor, and with my son I drank the oil and within hours went into labor, 30 minutes total- he ended up being a home birth! 🙂

        2. simran Avatar

          Please tell me about castor oil? he is better for hair broken and growth?

          1. Sunni Avatar

            Yes! It’s great for breakage & growth, I apply it twice a week as an overnight pre-treatment blended with a penetrating oil like avocado,olive or coconut oil.

          2. Mestawot Avatar

            my daughter is 15 months is castor oil recommend for growing hair for my child

          3. Tracy Avatar

            Mestawot, she might be low in iodine. Try Lugal’s. A couple drops a week in juice or rub into the skin. The oil would not hurt her hair but how will she react? If it was my children, they would keep touching it and make a huge mess.

        3. MARY Avatar

          Using castor oil to speed up labor…I believe it! The way that stuff tastes it will make anything in u come out! lol..when i was a child, my Mom used to give it to me when I was sick and I was better like almost immediately.

          1. Jennifer Avatar

            Mamas and Grandmas the best. I have super fine hair, and very long and lovely, so I was sceptical about slathering on thick casto oil. I made a mix of castor and olive oil, 3 to 1, and applied it it scalp through eye dropper after I misted roots with nettle water infusion. Then at end, through trial and error from before, I whisked up an egg yolk with a tbsp of fat freed organic yogurt and slathered on my hair before I began the shampoo and rinse. The oil came out so fast ! Too fast in fact. Next time only leave on for a split second before I rinse

          2. Jenny Corey Avatar
            Jenny Corey

            Yeah. My mom would just threaten me with a dose of the stuff and I would immediately feel better.

        4. Jasmin Avatar

          I have a question do you wash your hair every night with the castor oil and do you have to wash you’re hair the next morning

    2. Bev Avatar

      Me, too, Marie! UGH! But I’m willing to try it on my menopausal hair! or, lack there of.

    3. Osvaldo Avatar

      Will this work on beards? And os there any possibility I might get a rash in my face for attempting this.

        1. Vallo Avatar

          Would you recommend me trying the recipe Wellnessmama provides above us ? And how much of a layer would I apply ?

        2. Mehram Avatar

          Hey..can we use castore oil & olive oil together for over night…???? Pls rply

          1. Oula Avatar

            From my experience, olive oil make hair (white) or dull specially if your hair is dark you will notice that after applying it

          2. Margaret Avatar

            Is this safe to use topically in pregnancy?

        3. Betty Avatar

          Hello Wellsmama! I just started to use Jamaican Black Castor Oil two days ago. I have a question, I have the Mirena IUD for 1 year and 2 months. I have heard many bad opinions on this anticonceptive. Do you think that is causing me hair loss? If so, will the Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for me? Or would do you recommend me to remove Mirena because of the hormonal changes? And after removal, can I continue with the JBCO? I hope you can answer to my question because I’m kind of desperate. Thank you!!

          1. Sue Avatar

            I have used the Mirena iud for almost 10 years now…I don’t believe it is making your hair fall out. At least it never had that effect on me. I have never had a moment of problems with mine. Be careful when you hear “horror stories” about it…many tend to be slightly exaggerated.
            You could however experience some hair loss after having a child. Not sure where you are with that
            In any case…hope things work out for you. It won’t hurt to try it.:-)

          2. Valerie Avatar

            I had a mirena and started to have many problems only 6 months after insertion. I suffered with a stroke caused from anxiety that started after having that. I am a very happy go lucky, outgoing person who has never in my life been nervous about anything. A year later after my first stroke, My anxiety got even worse, started with heart palpitations (getting up to 205bpm) and had yet another stroke. In that time I’ve seen my female doctor to get it out and she reassured me that the mirena is only progesterone and would not cause these issues. It was safe. I spent a great deal in doctors offices to get down to the bottom of what was causing me to have these issues at only 29 years old. I went to Neurologist, heart specialist, and my female doctor. All said the same thing about mirena and that I should not get it removed. 2 weeks later. I had my 3rd stroke which was the worst stroke. I lost all control of my body. Couldn’t talk, walk, speak, and couldn’t even think. Brought me to the ER which I was surrounded by a team of doctors and nurses. Had lots of blood drawn, xrays, mrI, and many other test. Doctors couldn’t believe that someone like me with perfect vitals, blood work, and overall health was having strokes. They did find that I had a hole in my heart so I had a surgery to have that corrected. While thinking that was the problem, I kept the iud in. Lo and behold, Still having severe anxiety, heart palpatations up to 200 bpm, and mood swing out of this world. I finally stopped listening to all these doctors telling me that it wasn’t this iud device causing me problems and got the iud out. I am going on a year after getting it out and I could not be happier. Haven’t had anymore problems with anxiety, heart palpitations, or mood swings. I’m finally back to my old self again. I would get the IUD out immediately if I were you. Maybe you would never have any issues, but after looking my issues up with the iud, looks like there are many other ladies just like myself that have had the same problems.

          3. Sha Avatar

            I had the Mirena iud in for 2 months and experienced major hair loss/shedding. I begged my doctor to remove it because the anxiety of seeing my hair falling out everyday was too stressful. It has now been 8 months since the removal and I still experience shedding but not as much as before while on the IUD. I don’t even really have a full ponytail anymore. I would never take that as birth control again.

          4. Ryan Avatar

            Late on this convo but go see a doctor to check you for anemia and also see where your IUD is. My IUD was imbedded and caused severe hair loss and anemia. I only wish I found it sooner. I almost needed a blood transfusion or whatever they call it when you need iron in your blood beyond supplements. It was awful.

          5. Victoria Avatar

            Ryan, which IUD did you have? Mirena or Paraguard? I just had the Paraguard (copper/hormone free) put it and before they did it, they checked my iron. It was a little low so they told me to take an iron supplement for a while and they would check everything again in 6 weeks. I hope I do not have any problems! It does sound awful what you went through!

          6. Lita Avatar

            I believe my Mirena IUD made my hair super thin! I’m going to try the caster oil with hopes that it helps. I’ve had it removed for 3 years and still my hair is so thin. Good luck.

      1. Bryan Avatar

        it will work on your beard. Put some in your palm and work all through your beard. keep it in overnight and wash it out in the morning. Start off two times a week. you should see a fuller and softer beard.

    4. Sheila Avatar

      I’ve purchased all of ingredients for the Hair Serum and hair loss Oil Repair. Branch Basics can’t fill my order for the product you suggested for washing the oil out before shampooing. I don’t want to put the oil in my hair if I can’t get it out. Any suggestions of another product that might work? Please help — I want to get started on this before I’m bald!!!

      1. Wellness Mama Avatar

        Any regular shampoo for oily hair will take it out, it just won’t be entirely natural. Also, I’ve found that if I just use a small amount of the oil at night and let it absorb while I sleep, it isn’t hard to get out with a regular shampoo.

        1. christopher Avatar

          hello wellness mama, im christopher from saudi arabia. i just want to ask, i use a mixture of castor oil and argan oil on my scalp massaging it every night. its been 15 days but i still have falling this normal? i have the most thinnest hair by the way.

          thank you!

        2. Wanda Avatar

          I just used conditioner, no shampoo. Came right out and my hair feels amazing.

      2. Elizabeth Avatar

        Hi Sheila,

        I too am waiting for Branch Basics to come back into stock. I have been using clay to wash my hair for the past year, but occasionally I use Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak when I feel like my scalp needs it. I don’t think my scalp has fully transitioned to natural hair care…though it’s MUCH better than it was the first few months when I started two years ago. Since I didn’t have the Branch Basics, I used the NYM Clean Freak and then my clay shampoo mixture. Overall, I think it cut through the oil well enough. I also rinsed with a small amount of ACV mixed with water (my typical conditioner). Hope that helps!

      3. Cindy Avatar

        The beaten egg works like a charm for me, and that’s with way more oil than was really needed.

      4. Anita Avatar

        Here is a tried and true suggestion that has always worked for me over 50 years: Apply shampoo to hair BEFORE adding water and massage it in. The cleanser molecules attach better to the EXCESS oil molecules when used prior to adding water to break them down and then the water can rinse them out. This will not remove the ‘absorbed’ oil in hair and scalp that you are working to achieve with this treatment.

        1. Jennifer Avatar

          I whisked up one egg yolk with 1 tbsp of organic fat free yoghurt, then massaged that into scalp. Left on 30 seconds then rinsed out. Then I shampooed and conditioned and all was perfect.

        2. Wendy Avatar

          This s what I was taught at hairdressing college years ago-it’s the recommended fail-safe way to do it.-smother the hair in any shampoo while still dry or slightly damp then add the water & proceed as normal

    5. Andrea Avatar

      That’s also my only experience with castor oil. Have not touched it (or the ruby red grapefruit juice I drank after the castor oil) since. That was 22 years ago. Maybe I’m ready to try it externally for my hair. 🙂

      1. Gloria Avatar

        Castor oil taste disgusting. It’s not poison. Castor was given to kid’s year’s ago for when you get a cold it’s a laxative

      2. meg Avatar

        Castor beans are poisonous, but not castor oil. Not sure what they use to make it safe but until the recent generations mothers gave castor oil to their kids on a reguar basis.

      3. maimo bianca Avatar
        maimo bianca

        It’s not poisonous.what is poisonous is the castor leaf if taken in.but to be sincere its smell is going to irritate when swallowed and as such can cause vomiting.besides it has side effects that manifest differently on different people but not deadly side effects as long as u stick to the Castor oil not the plant itself

    6. Wilma Avatar

      I loved it, I had my Baby in 2 1/2 hours, the others were 13 and 16 hours.?

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