The Benefits Of Castor Oil
Castor oil is the secret ingredient people swear by in their beauty routines. So what is it, what are the benefits of it, and is it suitable for vegans? Find out everything you need to know below.
What is castor oil?
Castor oil is a type of vegetable oil made from pressing castor beans. It has been used for thousands of years — it can be traced back to ancient Egypt — and is commonly used today in beauty products.
What are the uses and benefits of castor oil?
- It can promote growth and repair in hair. Castor oil is an ingredient in many hair products, and is used by many raw as a natural conditioner to treat damaged hair. Repeated use of castor oil can reduce breakage, detangle and help moisturise the scalp, which is particularly useful for those with itchy scalps.
- It’s a natural moisturiser. Alongside other vegetable oils such as almond, argan and coconut oil, it can be found in a range of moisturising products as it is rich in ricinoleic acid, which is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that prevents water loss from the skin, keeping it hydrated.
- It can help heal wounds. Small amounts of castor oil can be found in ointments that are used to treat wounds, as castor oil can help eliminate dryness and prevent infection.
Is castor oil suitable for vegans?
Castor oil is naturally vegan since it is made with castor beans, which is a plant. However, not all products containing castor oil may be vegan-friendly, so checking the packaging before buying if you aren’t buying a pure version of it.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.