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Castor Oil

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Posted by Miracles (Santa Monica, Ca, United States) on 07/11/2013

I've had dry eyes over the years but it wasn't that bad. When I had it, they put in plugs to keep the moisture/water in my eyes. Then, they prescribed drops for me to put it at night and put in during the day. Then, about two years ago, my boyfriend got it as well - and we visited a few top notch eye doctors - and they prescribed Restasis.

When I discovered Earth Clinic and started testing out their remedies for other ailments and found they worked, I found the remedy for dry eyes of castor oil that many recommended. So we went to buy A-grade castor oil from the homeopathic pharmacy with the dropper, and then, we both started using it on our eyes - first on our eyelids at night. Then, after we found that the redness was nearly gone in the morning or next day, we started dropping it into our eyes. It truly works!

The white of the eyes seems much whiter and not so yellow! My lashes seem to love it and I feel like they're growing longer and thicker! The only thing is that I wear contact lens, and am trying to figure out if I should do an eye wash in the morning so there will be no more "oil" - which attaches to my daily-wear contact lens - and creates a blur!

I wanted to share with you all that the castor oil is miraculous for dry eyes and works! And, thank you to Earth Clinic and everybody else who writes in regarding wonderful remedies for healing!

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi Miracles from Santa Monica - I am one of the posters who recommended organic castor oil for dry eyes. I, too, wear contact lenses and, because of the oil residue left in the morning, I have to use an eye wash to get rid of it. It's a small price to pay, though. I wasn't able to wear contacts for over a year because of the dryness - now, no problem. I've only come across one actual eye wash (not eye drops) here in Canada (O----x) but I'm sure you have more options where you live. I'm glad the castor oil worked for you! Cheers, Bess

Replied by Edna
(Hayward, Ca)

I have been using castor oil for dry eyes after using many different eye drops that did not work.

The other result that I have observed is that it also makes eyebags minimized. Apply cold expressed castor oil with your clean finger to lower and upper eyelids - on top of the lashes, Results- eyebags will remarkably disappear.

Replied by Trudyg

I've been using castor oil--1 drop per eye at bedtime--for dry eyes. My contacts the next day are comfortable well into the evening, where before I was wanting them out by lunchtime. I just wash my eyelids w/ baby shampoo and blink several times to get some in my eyes and no problem w/ oil on contacts. Baby shampoo has something in it that numbs the eye so it doesn't feel the sting. Hate that for the kids (drug them) but I can do a drop or 2 per day and don't feel that's too much chemical. Had styes for years until I started washing w/ baby shampoo.

Replied by Ignatz
(San Francisco, Ca)

Hi Miracles - I was just curious whereabouts in Santa Monica you bought the oil with a dropper? I'm around the area a lot but have never seen castor oil sold that way and it sounds terrific. I'm longing to try this as nothing has worked for my chronically red eyes yet, but I maintain hope! Thanks so much for any info.


Buy heritage organic, hexene free castor oil in a glass bottle, 20 bucks for 16 ounces. then buy an empty glass dropper. This will last you 6 months or more. Keep the castor oil in your refrigerator, it keeps for a very long time. you can order both glass droppers and Heritage on line or I can order it at our local health food store, Natural Grocers. Castor oil has many beneficial applications. Buying your products in glass and keeping them in glass is preferred.

Replied by Liz
(Boston, Massachusetts)

You can buy a dropper separately. That's what I did. Most of the big chain pharmacies have them in the eye care section.

Replied by Miracles
(Santa Monica)

Hi Ignatz, you can purchase Castor Oil from Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy or Pharmaca in Brentwood/Pacific Palisades or the Santa Monica Coop. Also, I've added another protocol to the system - a humidifier at night. Good luck!

Replied by Tabitha
(California, US)

I've been using castor oil on my eyes for a while now. Really seems to help the lashes and the itchiness which I used to blame on allergies but now I realize is probably blepharitis/MGD. My opth confirmed that I have Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and am producing "sticky oil" that does not provide a good tear film. He put collagen plugs in my tear ducts but recommends cauterization?

Castor oil really helps but I am wondering if anyone has any good info on how to solve the MGD? I am not even 40 yet and I thought this was something you only got with menopause :( Any advice?

Replied by Mahniah

You could try MG probing. It's fairly new and it might be hard to find an ophthalmologist who does it. It changed my life.

Replied by Tigerlady01

I made my own DHEA (Dihydroepiadrosterone) eyedrops. And took the OTC Supplement also. I used 2 bottles of "SYSTANE" Eyedrops to suspend into them 100 mg ground fine Dhea. Refridg'd applied with " clean technique" using each hand on one eye @ a time.

Leave eyes closed for 2 -5 minutes, then take a clean double tipped Qtip DIPPED IN Strile Saline to GENTLY Clean the whitish muck from the corner of each eye. DO THIS CAREFULLY! KEEP THE BOTTLES REFRIDGERATED.

I GOT WELL. I had been ON Restasis, 2 WEEKS. Hated IT! Punctal plugs!? I Refused. Dr a$$ "punished" me for that. I am doing fine, its been years. I am now only intermittently taking Dhea by mouth! I researched and found out about Pekingnese dog trials using "DAKRINA DROPS" I copied the recipe (sorta') ;)

Replied by Anonymus

Have your hormones checked? Progesterone and estrogen.

You can suffer from dry skin, eyes, etc.

Replied by Janet Sakata
(Whittier Ca)

Castor oil sounds wonderful for cataract and macular degeneration which I have along with dry eyes. How can I safely sterilize the amber glass bottles with eye dropper so I can put the castor oil drops into my eyes?

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Posted by Shruti (Virgina, USA) on 05/28/2013

I started having dry eyes suddenly since 2 months no diagnosis yet. I have tried everything from drops to warm compressions.. Started using castor oil 1 drop in each eye at bed time and WOW haven't had dry eyes since even if I skip a day I don't feel dry and don't need any drops either in the day time and my eyes are white white white. I saw this remedy online by some lady from Florida and I really want to thank her.

Replied by Rebecca
(Redmond, Wa)

I just bought cold pressed castor oil. Nervous about how thick it is and putting it in my eyes. Do you know if this is safe ? How are your eyes now ?

Replied by Prioris
(Fl, US)

The unknown is scary isn't it... lol

Your eyeball will just feel greasy otherwise you won't feel a thing. it's safe. 10 seconds after you do it, that fear will disappear. So go ahead.

Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)

Rebecca --- yes it is perfectly fine. I use it myself mixed with VCO. It removes eye diseases. One post here recently was by a lady who was cataract free after three years using it about five days a week.

Namaste, Om


What is VCO?

EC: VCO = Virgin Coconut Oil

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Posted by Bob A (Mcdonough, Georgia, Usa) on 09/25/2012

[YEA] I was unable to drive or even walk due to "dry eye" syndrome caused by a "heavy pollen season"' here in Georgia, USA. I was told to treat it with "gel" eye drops every 2 hours, costing $10 for a tiny bottle. After 7 weeks and NO improvement in my sight, my brother suggested I try a home remedy.

I tried 2 drops of cold pressed, cold processed castor oil every night in an 8-oz bottle. The thick, oozy liquid felt like molasses, but the next day I received a pleasant surprise: I could see better than I had in days! Every day improved, until by the 10th day, my eyes were healed- and the "dry eye" never returned! I cancelled my eye doctor visits and never went back. Never once did I notice the slightest side effect.

The 8-oz bottle of good castor oil costs only $7, with enough product to treat 1000 eyes! Just have a little faith in Earth Clinic. I do!

Replied by Kris

Two drops castor oil in 8 oz of water and then drink it or do I put the drops in the eyes? Thanks.

Replied by Vera

if you read carefully, he is just describing the 8 oz bottle to buy... use 2 drops every night in you eyes and you will get over a 1000 doses in 1 bottle... this is why DRs dont tell you this... they would make NO money!

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Posted by Mike (Raleigh, Nc) on 09/17/2012

I'm 57 and have suffered with eyes that are 'glued' shut every morning for the last two years. If I open one before soaking it in saline, it tears the cornea and takes about two days to heal. I've tried every eye drop and also wake up two or three times per night to wet them. Strange but I have no significant daytime issues with dryness.

After reading this post, I went to Whole Foods and bought cold pressed Castor Oil. I dropped one drop in each eye before bed time and woke up to a completely rested and lubricated eye. I can't believe it. Only a sample of one so far but I had to post this. I'll update as I progress.

Replied by Happyeyes
(Bay City, Mi)

I was just diagnosed with Recurrant Cornal Erosion. I had an abrasion about a year ago that has never seemed to heal. When I was finally diagnosed (after multiple doctor visit to several doctors) I was told that I would probably need daily drops and nightly ointment for the rest of my life. While I am willing to spend the money, if it means I don't have the intense, stabbing pain of continually ripping up my cornia, I would do it. But I am so glad to see there is a more economical remedy - and one that is natural! I can't wait to try it! THANK YOU!

Replied by Joan

It's rose water that is most effective for eyes, not castor oil. It not only soothes eyes but relieve you of any pain.

Replied by Rsw
(Uniontown, Oh)

Hi Joan,

Do you put rose water in your eye or on your eye lid, or do you drink it? Is it the kind you buy in any store? Thanks.

Replied by Janice
(Ontario, CA)

I got rosewater, but not sure if my eyes would like, it is pretty strong, I've used Castor Oil a long time now, my retinas look weird, and still dry as hell, but eye doctor's just lie out of their bloody teeth, and apparently to them my eyes look fine. But after getting Mydfryin one day at a doc's office, my pupils were large for 2.5 weeks. Not one doctor at that office knew occasionally that happens, yet my doctor knew some guy tremors and heart problems from eye ointments though....(strange)! I can't even use Natural Tears, hate Refresh, gotta make my own saline solution, but using spring water, and not the Himalaysian Salt this time. I'll try the Black Cohosh. My eyes didn't take to the honey with ACV though. It's freaky how many people have eye problems from eye ointments, and toxic products like Purex and wood stain paint, yet the "doctor's" (eye doctor's) are NOT allowed to talk about that, and quite honestly they know shit according to me!

Replied by Morgan
(South Africa)

Hi there, I would love to hear your progress with the castor oil. I had eye laser surgery 1 year ago and have been suffering with severe dry eyes since then. My symptoms are EXACTLY the same as yours: 1) no dry eyes during the day 2) eye lids glued shut in morning 3) if I move my eye ball before injecting. Eye drops into the corner of my eye, then cornea tears/rips I have tried all eye drops and nothing seems to work. I am DESPERATE!

Replied by Dookieisking

Try sea buckthorn seed oil blend. This will help moisten your entire body. I have blepharitis and styes very bad. They've given me every ridiculous drop and antibiotic imaginable. Nothing has worked as well for me as sea buckthorn seed oil in a pill form. This is an old Indian Areyvedic treatment from what I understand.

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Posted by Meowy (Sd, Ca) on 09/04/2012

I bought castor oil and it did not work it made my eyes, red irritated sensitive, the oil itself felt slightly gritty to me. Few month later my ND suggested I buy a bottle of castor oil for massage on my abdomen. I bought a large bottle and this particular castor oil seemed smooth, thick and not gritty (Homehealth) I decided to try a drop in my eyes and it worked without any side effects! Please note all Organic Cold Pressed Castor Oils are not the same.

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Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia) on 02/26/2012

Well snap, a few days after starting to put castor oil in my eyes I got conjunctivitis! They had been red and swollen for a few mornings (I'd put them in my eyes before bedtime) and then one morning I couldn't open my eyes has they had gummed together and were a red raw mess! Yep, looked it up and apparently castor oil contains a natural toxin called ricin than can cause conjunctivitis. A few drops of colloidal silver and it went away after a couple of days. Onto another oil methinks!

Replied by Lisa
(Las Vegas, Nv)

The oils you are using are not "sterile" which means that they are not pure enought to be intended for use in the eye BECAUSE the oils may be contaminated and that puts you at risk of infection which can lead to visual impairments, even blindness. May I suggest you investigate IPL, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, to unclog the pores that secrete lubricants. IPL is not covered by insurance, and may cost about $350 per session.

Replied by Anonymouscat
(Pdx, Or)

The research showed that castor oil caused Cytotoxicity which means is the quality of being toxic to cells and that other oils such as olive oil should be used in eye ointments. This is odd because at the ND told me to used castor oil pack on my abdomen for a small surgical scar so my thought is maybe on the skin but not safe for eyes.

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi Anonymouscat: Dr. Carolyn Dean (medical doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist, herbalist and much more) wrote an article called, The Eyes Have It. She recommends using castor oil for dry eyes.

Evidently Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe it. Many over-the-counter, as well as prescription eye medications contain castor oil as well.

In this article, Dr. Dean also tells you how to make your own cayenne remedy for the eyes (improves blood circulation and opens up tear ducts). I haven't been brave enough to try that yet! Hope you find the article interesting. Cheers, Bess

Replied by Kelly
(Oregon, Usa)

Castor oil does NOT contain "ricin".

The castor seed contains ricin, a toxic protein. Heating during the oil extraction process denatures and inactivates the protein.

Replied by Rebeccah

Cold pressed oils are by definition not heated during extraction...

Replied by Wolf
(Nj, Usa)

Kelly is correct that the castor seed contains the cytotoxin ricin. She is also correct that castor OIL does NOT contain ricin. But she is mistaken as to why.

Ricin is a water soluble protein and is partitioned out during oil extraction - whether hot or cold. That said, it is possible for small amounts of ricin to be present if the processing is not pharmacy grade, or therapeutic grade (such sub grade castor oils might be sold at a grocery store). So while it may seem obvious, if someone is looking to use ANY product in their eye (or body) significant thought and care must be taken to choose a quality product.

Note: Both the medical and natural health communities agree that (quality grade) castor oil is safe for use in the eye. And it has been literally used for millennia. Any of this information can be easily verified by doing very simple searches using your favorite search service (google anyone?). For instance, "Does castor oil contain ricin"?

Replied by Wolf
(Nj, Usa)

I just reread my previous post. I didn't mean to discount the fact that the ricin protein can be denatured by heat - all proteins can be denatured (sorry Kelly). And that method is in fact used to destroy residual ricin in some (cost/quality trade-off) processing methods. I was too focused on addressing that therapeutic grade castor oil (cold pressed, hexane free, etc) use better processing methods for extracting the oil so that there is no need to use heat to "clean up" the oil.

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Posted by Mary (Richmond, Va) on 02/13/2012

I was on a web site and some folks were talking about castor oil for the eye. I went to youtube and saw the woman describing how you do it. So, I decided to get me some castor oil and try it. Now, just to preface, I am 57 and have been have some kind of eye problem (dry, twitch, pressure, etc. For over 30 years. In one night, my eyes feel better than they have in years. For one, they are not rolling around in pain anymore. I usually am twisting them all day. As a teacher, this makes it really difficult to focus on reading out loud, etc. Now, I am mad. Mad at all the doctors who could never suggest something so simple. I am my best physician.

Castor Oil rocks!

Replied by Francisca
(Zug, Switzerland)

Mary, basically the young lady says one should put two drops of castor oil in each eye. I don't have a dropper but I tried a few times to put some castor oil on my eye lid and let it go inside as well but each time I woke up with swollen eyes. Didn't this happen to you? I tried two different brands of Castor oil from the health food shop. When I use the vitamin A cream the doctor prescribed or Bepanthene for the eyes this doesn't happen. Actually my eyes were a lot better but now they are a bit dry again, maybe because I stopped taking the lin seed oil capsules. I am now trying the Krill oil advised here but so far no luck! Maybe I go back to the lin seed oil which was advised to me by a contact lense specialist in an Eye Hospital. After a little while I had no more problems with my contact lenses and needed no cream during the night at all! Even with a humidifier on a regular basis my eyes are now feeling dry again!

Replied by Anonymous
(Portland , Oregon)

My MD has a naturopathic education. He gave me organic cold pressed castor oil in GLASS bottles not in plastic. Apparently castor oil in plastic is very toxic and leeches plastic into the castor oil! This explain why everytime I would use castor oil in plastic bottle my eyes would burn badly until I started using in the glass bottles He also gave me 100% unbleached organic wool to place over my eyes soaked in castor oil and hot water bottle placed over the wool. Make sure that the hot water bottle cap is secure and just be careful to not make too hot. It also suggested not use heating pad on the body because of EMF waves interfere with body energetic system.

Replied by Atul
(Maharashtra, India)

Put some drops of honey in your eyes. You will fill irritation for few sec. and your eyes will become red but don't fear. It will sign of increase blood circulation in your eyes.After some time you will fill cool.This remedy is very useful for eyes.It has no side effect, no harmful.I always use the remedy for eye's health.

Replied by Amy
(Pgh Pa)

Can anyone tell me if castor oil or Manuka honey has helped with mucus strings associated with keratoconjunctivitis sicca? I'm am in pure agony. Can no longer work and constantly have stringy mucus discharge in my eyes that my doctor is saying is a symptom of this horrible eye condition. Thanks in advance.

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Posted by Francisca (Zug, Zug, Switzerland) on 12/14/2011

Castor oil didn't work for my dry eyes. I tried it a few times, with different kinds of Castor Oil bought in health food shops but I woke up with swollen red eyes every time. I didn't use a droper as I didn't have one, I just put it around my eyes and let it run in a bit. But my eyes are better though although I am now living in an incredibly dry apartment (the Swiss give a new meaning to insulation.... ). I follow the advice I saw here of using more grape seed oil in my cooking and occasionally also drink a bit. I now sleep most nights without the use of a cream whether before I would wake up in the middle of the night or in the morning with very gritty eyes.

I also stopped drinking too much water and the sense of dryness in my mouth, especially at night also disappeared. I am not thirsty during the day anymore either. The more I drank the more I seemed to need to drink, not a good thing! And after years of getting up during the night to go to the bathroom although I am now older I hardly ever do that anymore!

I guess that the bottom line is: listen to your body!

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Posted by Rene (Fresno, California) on 06/30/2011

I have been oil pulling and using castor oil at bedtime now for about 1 week. This has been a great relief. My eyes have been a lot whiter and not dry at all. I have been struggling with dry eyes now for about 5 years. I have tried restasis, alrex drops, plugs, fish oil, warm compresses but nothing seemed to work. I've spent a lot of money on eye drops (almost every brand) and my eyes were still dry. My only complaint was when I tried to castor oil the first day it stung a little, but the second night I had no problem. I am so grateful to have finally found something that works.

Replied by Courtney
(Granite Bay, Ca)

Do you use the type castor oil that can be bought at any of the big-chain pharmacy stores, or is it a different type castor oil? And how do you apply it? (Meaning - did you buy an eye dropper?) If so, how many drops? Thanks!

Replied by Rene
(Fresno, Ca)

I used cold press castor oil and used an eye dropper.

Replied by Beth

I was advise to use cold pressed, organic, hexane free castor oil, better if you can find it in a glass bottle. I also use Manuka honey drops three times a day, remove contacts first. I started with the castor oil on my lids, but now put 2 drops in each eye at night. It has helped, as my eyes are no longer stuck together in the morning. I tried IPL treatment, didn't help, and very expensive. Now taking Omega 3 capsules as well. I have been wearing contact lenses for more than 30 years. I have now heard that a remedy of coconut oil mixed with Frankincense and oil of lemon, on the eyelids. Will add that to my regimen...anything for relief!

Replied by Ryan
(Deforest Wi.)

Hi, My name is Ryan and I was wondering if you were diagnosed with MGD or Blepharitis? If so did the castor oil help?

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Posted by Debi (Los Angeles, Ca) on 05/20/2011

Regarding using Castor Oil for dry eyes. Suggest The Palma Christi Castor Oil by Heritage Products. It's hexane-free, certified and Pure, Cold Pressed. Must buy at health food store like Whole Foods, not GNC or a drug store. I put a couple drops in each eye before bed, and it definitely helps with dryness. I also put it on my face and hands, as it's a wonderful emollient.

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Posted by Alvina (Damascus, Oregon) on 03/25/2011

I have put castor oil on my eye lids many times to help me sleep and it works great. Any oil that leeked to my eyes cleared up by blinking or putting eyedrops to act as an eyewash. My eyes get polluted from air pollution and eye drops helps, also Dr. Shultz' Eyebright formula.

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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 03/21/2011

For some reason my eyes have been getting very dry. It all started after the plane trees near our house shed a lot of cotton wool like stuff last year. My husband has problems too. As I wear contact lenses I got very worried and reading about Castor oil for dry eyes on this site I decided to try. The only thing it did was to make my eyes swollen. As we were leaving on a trip I went to the Eye Hospital and the doctor told me that the tear ducts were blocked. The liquid tears were still coming out but no fat. Now I have to put warm black tea bags on my eyes twice a day and then squeeze them a bit all around for the fat to come out. They are better now but still try. I have read about the Manuka Honey but I have to confess that I am afraid to try. By the way, the Castor Oil I used comes from a health food store and as it has a pump is not really in contact with the air. I only put a little bit on the riem of the eye twice a day for a few days.

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Posted by Elise (Perth, Wa Australia) on 07/29/2010

I have been struggling with dry eyes all my life. I have always found that if the air is a little too cold or windy, my eyes immediately begin to water uncontrollably. I tend to wear mascara and eyeliner etc, so I would always have black under my eyes which was also rather embarrassing. I would also find my eyes would get red and start stinging in these situations. I heard about people putting a couple of drops of castor oil into each eye before going to bed. I tried this myself. The first couple of nights it can sting a little, but disappears when your eyes are closed. After about a week, my problem disappeared. It also made THE WHITES OF MY EYES WHITER, AND THE BLUE MUCH BRIGHTER! ! ! My eyes now look like my 1 year olds pure, sparkling eyes! Fabulous! My EYELASHES ALSO GREW THICKER AND LONGER within that week. Your eyes naturally have an oil layer. This helps nourish that layer of the eye. You can buy eye drops that are very costly, but the main ingredient in them is castor oil anyway. Save yourself some money and buy castor oil!

Replied by Bessie
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Thanks Elsie (from Perth)! I've been using a drop or two of organic castor oil (from the health food store) in my incredibly dry eyes and this is the first time in years that I haven't had problems removing my hard/gas permeable contact lenses. I usually put a couple of drops in each eye right before bed. Most of it runs out of my eye but, because it's so viscous, it tends to coat the eyeball. My whites aren't whiter yet but I'm hoping they'll be soon. In the meantime, I'm enjoying not having the dry, scratchy and gritty feeling I've had to put up with for so long. Thanks again!

Replied by Lacie
(Sussex, Wisconsin)

Can you use the castor oil that you buy at walgreens?

Replied by John Doe
(Somewhere In America, Usa)



There is a YOUTUBE VIDEO about using castor oil to cure dry red eyes. Just type those key words. (dry red eyes castor oil) THE LADY USES "HOME HEALTH" (brand name) COLD PROCESSED, COLD PRESSED CASTOR OIL! You can find them on AMAZON!

Replied by Elise
(Perth, Wa Australia)

Im so glad to hear that you have found relief using the castor oil! Made my day :)

Replied by Katsu
(Salt Lake City, Ut, Usa)

To Elise from Perth and anyone with the expertise; Just like you I have struggled with dry eyes for a long time I can't wear contact lenses period and my condition seems to be getting worse, my ophtalmologist put me on Restasis, I've tried oil pulling, take omega3 2000mg, warm compresses you name it... And nothing seems to work. Last night I bought a bottle of pure, cold pressed, top quality Castor oil from the organic store, it says on the bottle that is good for the skin and perfect for health promoting packs, it is hexane free & certified (I don't have a clue what that is??) it came without any kind of wrap around plastic or quality seal inside or outside the bottle all you got to do is twist the cap to open it, so I'm hesitant to try it in my dry eyes, I may sound paranoic but someone could've easily mess with the content inside the bottle, Anyways, my question here is should I expect to see a sealed bottle? and did I buy the right kind? please help, I really need to try this asap. Thanks.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Hi Katsu, I am no expert on this but because my eyes are becoming very dry and I have difficulties with my contact lenses I tried the put Castor Oil in my eyes. I started putting it on my eyelids as it also seemed to make you sleep better but the only thing it did was to make my eyes look swollen and strange. After awhile I tried to put a bit on the eye rim and they only got worse, quite red and swollen. I went to the Eye Hospital and the doctor told me that the tear ducts were blocked. Did it happen because of the Castor Oil, were they blocked before, I don't know. Anyway, I got some drops to wet the eyes and have to put warm black tea bags on them twice a day and do some massage to make the grease component of the tears come out. They were better and looking quite normal but yesterday I decided to put a bit of CO on my eyebrows, it ran into my eyes and the troubles have started all over again so I won't do it again or else I will put very little just on my eyebrows.

I use a cold pressed CO bought in a health food shop which has a pump so the oil is not in contact with the air. Before that I used another one and the result was the same. Maybe I am allergic to CO or maybe you shouldn't put it in your eyes, no idea. I am afraid of trying the Manuka Honey although some people seem to have had good results with that. I am also going to try either MSM drops or CanC drops. I don't want to give up my contact lenses.......

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi Katsu - I'm one of the people who has had success with castor oil in my eyes. My eyes were very dry since I moved from the moist, wet West Coast (Vancouver) to dry, windy and cold Calgary. The first year here I could not wear my contacts. I tried tons of eye drops, compresses, palming (hands over eyes), fish oil, flaxseed oil, etc. The eye doctor just shrugged his shoulders and said that I had to live with it and it's very common.

I use organic castor oil and I've put it in an eyedrop bottle. Every night, right before I'm ready to go to sleep, I add a few drops in each eye (I blink and roll my eyes a bit). The pillowcase gets oil stains on it but that's a small price to pay. I've been doing this for about two years now and I can wear my contacts with no problems. I also drink ACV in water (3 TB in 1-1/2 litres of water). I don't know if that makes a difference. The castor oil I use is imported from India (bottled in Canada). The importing company is Innov'Import from Montreal. It says it's cold pressed and hexane free. It's in a glass bottle and had a plastic sleeve over the cap so no tampering there. However, I did notice today when I went to the health food store, that all the rest of the castor oil (non-organic) were in plastic bottles and didn't have the plastic protection sleeve. Good luck with your eyes. I hope it works for you!

Replied by Marie2mil
(Greenwith, South Australia, Australia)

Absolutely agree with using your own Urine for sore eyes. Had sore and dry eyes for a couple of years. Got drops from the Doctor, would be all good while using then as soon as I stopped soreness and sometimes morning gumminess would continue, read about using Urine and gave it a whirl, fantastic and soothing. Also use it to clear stuffy nose. Just capture some mid-stream in a cup and use a cotton ball and drip in a couple of drops. Occasionaly it stings depending on what has been consumed previously but stinging goes pretty quickly. Commercial eye drops sting sometimes as well. I use urine daily now, easy and free, my eyes are no longer dry, sore or murky looking.

Replied by Patel1947
(Marquette, Mi)

The Home health brand says not to put it in your eyes! How come everyone's putting it in their eyes? Any long term side effects?

Replied by Marcin
(Toronto, Canada)

I am also confused. I was wondering if I could try it for my cataract. Some people on EC reported bad results, like getting conjunctivitis. One person wrote that one should not apply castor oil to the eyes when it comes in a plastic container.

Replied by Anon

I'm putting it on my eyebrow first night -no reaction* eyelid and eyebrow second night- no reaction* eyelid eyebrow and circle around eye third night - no reaction* fourth night put some in corner of eye to get some on the eyeball- no reaction* next drop some right into the eye. Better safe than sorry . Keep trying and you will find out what works for you.

I have tried what the doctor prescribed for other issues and been suffering, so this isn't so bad

Replied by Prioris
(Fl, US)

The reason they put - do not put in eye - on castor oil bottle is because the manufacturer is required to do that if they don't want to spend extra money on testing. Castor oil just feels greasy, otherwise you generally feel nothing. It's pretty safe.

Replied by Elias

Keep using this. I have had the same problem and my eyes are 100% better, I use this every night, 2 drops in each eye and put the oil under my eye lids and over my lids. This works, just give it some time.

Replied by Marg
(Ontario, Canada)

Do you need to refrigerate the castor oil after opening?

Replied by Ann
(P.s. Ca)

John Doe, I know this is an old post however it may help someone reading more recent. First, no need to yell, second, Castor Oil, regardless where you buy or organic or not, etc., has always been used as a laxative, ask any one from days gone by, that and cod liver oil. I use Castor Oil for many things, (not as a laxative however, harsh) I have also not just taken the word of people, I do the real research. There is a lot of confusion about what it does, has in it, how its made, etc., and the way to know for sure is research (lots) yourself. I like Earth Clinic, it has lots of good remedies on the site, but always be safe and do the research first folks. yall have a good day

Replied by Ramona
(Perth, Western Australia)

Elise..hoping the castor oil still works for yr dry eyes? I'm in Perth as well, can u tell me what brand and where u purchased it from? Thanks.

Replied by Abigail

You wrote olive oil!

Castor Oil
Posted by Lorica (New Albany, Indiana, Usa) on 01/22/2010

Dry Mouth & Dry Eyes Help

My problems with dry mouth started when I began taking an anti depressant. It only affected me when I would lie down to sleep. The dryness was so bad that it was seriously interfering with my sleep. I do not like the idea of taking things with sugar, sugar substitutes or any kinds of chemicals and putting them into my mouth to stop the dryness, tho when I did give in and try some OTC products, they didn't help much. What has helped dramatically with dry mouth has been fennel seed, organic. Right before bed I take about 1/2 tsp. and chew it a little to soften it, then use my tongue to tuck the seeds under my upper & lower lip, between there & the teeth. The flavonoids in the fennel causes me to salivate, but not to a bothersome extent. Sometimes the little seeds fall down onto my tongue at night, but that doesn't hurt anything & I never have come close to choking. Works every time!

For dry eyes, I noticed one commercial product had castor oil in it, & some kind of chemical. Every night before I got to bed I wet my finger with castor oil, not so that it is dripping wet. Then I rub the inner side of the lower lids with the oil, close my eyes & roll my eyes around. It helps a ton!

Replied by Skullz
(Sydney, Nsw)

I'm just wondering for those of you who have used Castor oil with success. Do you buy an eye dropper and fill it up with caster oil to place it in your eyes?

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Hi Skullz - I'm one of the people who has found relief from dry eyes by using castor oil drops. I bought an empty glass eye dropper bottle from the health food store and filled it with organic castor oil (also from the health food store). Every night before I go to bed, I put a couple of drops of castor oil directly in each eye. It does get on the pillowcase but it washes out very easily. I hope it works for you too. Best wishes, Bess

Replied by Hopeful

Find a homepathic pharmacy - they have castor oil eyedrop that is made for the eyes.


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Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 06/26/2011

I use just"Plain"Chamomile/no honey or other additives for my dry eyes, and I drink Apple Cider Vinegar daily, it's great.

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