Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil

Castor oil is one of the richest oils known to nature and certainly one of the glossiest when applied to the skin. This oil, which is listed in both the British Pharmacopoeia and British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, is one of the most protective to the skin and is a major component of zinc and castor oil cream, which is used to prevent nappy rash. In man, castor oil has been used as a laxative, but the ingestion of high doses has resulted in vomiting, nausea, colic and, in one individual, coma. It is applied to the skin for its emollient effect, but has provoked allergic reactions in some subjects. The oil is reputed to have a soothing effect on the human eye. Variable results have been obtained in animal studies of skin irritation potential.

Traditional use: A very glossy oil on the skin. Used in lipsticks, lip balms and lip salves. Also used in transparent soaps and hair grooming products. Also cleans and softens the hair. The oil is an effective rub for inflammed skin, bruises, to prevent falling hair and to grow new hair (where hair follicles are not totally withered). Used externally for ringworm, itch, piles, sores, abscesses; hairwash for dandruff.

CAS: 8001-79-4

Function: Emollient/ skin conditioning/ moisturising/ smoothing/ solvent.

Source: Dweck, Anthony. Handbook of Natural Ingredients (Dweck Books 4) . Dweck Data. Kindle Edition.