Health Benefits of Castor Oil

Deep Sleep

Posted by Shiloh (Escondido, Ca.) on 12/09/2010
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Hello everyone, I have tried the castor oil four times now and every time I use it my eyelids swell so bad I can't even see my eyelashes. The first time was on my eyelids for the purpose of better sleep. Boy what a mess, I was to go to a funeral the next day and my eyes looked like I had been crying for a week. That perticular brand was only for topical applications.

So I bought the kind you can use internally. Same thing happend, and by then I had read a post here that it was good for wrinkles so I put it on my whole face. I saw a difference the next morning and was pleasantly surprised, but disappointed because of the swelling. Well I must say I must be a glutton for punishment, the last time I used it was just around my mouth. I really didn't think my eyes would swell since it wasn't anywhere near my eyes. Wrong. The bad thing is they stay swollen for two days. Guess I must be allergic to it, unless anyone has any other ideas what's wrong.

Replied by Urusla
New York

I am also allergic to castor oil. I found out that blood type O can be sensitive to castor oil.

Replied by N. Bennett

I am also type O and have never had a problem with applying castor oil anywhere on my body.

Posted by Sara (Rochester, Ny) on 03/03/2010
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i have to say, this really works. i always wake up in the middle of the night and i still do, but with the castor oil on my eyes, i'm so groggy i fall right back to it!

Posted by Robin (Rural, VA) on 11/03/2008
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This is amazing. I have been on a quest for a good nights sleep, which didn't include medications, for several months. I fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time, but wake up several times, sometimes for a few hours at a time. I have tried everything posted on this site, but the Castor Oil works! My boyfriend laughs at me and my crazy remedies. Well he has insomnia too, and I'm sleeping through the night. Does anyone have any ideas about why this works?

Replied by A
Chennai, India

You are falling asleep immediately because castor oil has a cooling relaxing effect on the body. In India, it is very common for people (especially in South) to massage scalp with it (along with other oils) and also to put a few drops on eyelashes and eyes. Helps internally cool the body.

Replied by Jen

It brings blood up to the surface making your eyes feel heavy and tired. I make products and am studying to become an esthetician, it's how I learned it 😊

Posted by Parag (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA) on 10/29/2008
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Castor oil is great to get that deep, restful sleep. Apply about a drop of castor oil to your eye lids only. It is okay if it enters your eye. This is the normal, regular castor oil you get at the stores. Initially you will fall to sleep the moment you hit the bed. So make sure you are ready to sleep when you use it. If you plan to sleep only 3 to 4 hours, i.e. not you full normal sleep, do not use castor oil as it will make getting up very difficult indeed! I use it when I have anxieties or when I find it difficult to sleep. I and my wife have been using it for decades now.

Hope it helps you too. Wish you sweet dreams!

Replied by Katie

I am totally on the side of natural remedies. I believe if we can see through the malicious health menaces (they are everywhere) we could cure anything (except the obvious).

I say this with confidence as I cured my own cancer, after it had been " misdiagnosed" by about 10/15 doctors (including so called specialists) over many many years.

A long (but wonderful) story..

I love caster oil, but have never heard this one for people with insomnia!!!!

If this is the case WOW! WOW!


One of my friends has this problem just now. When I say "I sleep like a baby" she cannot understand that she cannot.

Thank you thank you thank..........I am impressed!


Replied by Holli

Katie, what did you do to cure your cancer naturally? What type and what stage was it?

Replied by Lucy
Far Rockaway

Yes, you can put castor oil on your dog's neck. It will improve his immune system.


Posted by Francine (Playa Del Rey, Ca) on 07/19/2008
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I wanted to share my experience with castor oil. One week ago I discovered a large lump on the throat of my dog, the size of a golf ball. Remembering I had found info about castor on your site, I quickly started aggressively applying it to the tumor. I personally have been brewing and drinking essiac tea for years. I keep the left over sludge and started putting that in my dogs food. Remarkably, the tumor is now gone. A little of a week has passed and after applying the castor oil almost 5 times a day. Thank you so much. On a side note, I have been using the oil on my face for beautiful skin, on my strained veins on my legs, which have been disppearing, and my mother in law's dog with tumors also as well as an enlarged liver, has been applying it to her dogs tumors and liver area, after a visit to the vet, the second tests showed the liver had shrunk to normal.

Replied by Theresa
Glendale, Az, Usa

I have Shih Tzus and one of them isn't eating his food. I always try natural cures and use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in their food for the immune system and chinese herbs. I took Amos who is 11years old to the vet for blood work and will let you know his results. He had girgle lose fleem in his throat up to his nose. When I took him my retired vet he had him on medication but it causes stomach naseau, so my vet who I use for emergency operations if needed told me to stop the medcation which I did anyway. He is alway happy jumps around and eats. Maybe whatever he has is breaking lose in his throat as he had swollen lymph nodes/glands and now they aren't swollen.

My question is can I use castor oil on his throat area and just rub it in? as I know it has many healing advantages. Please let me know. I'm also getting chinese herbs as they help my one dog when her legs were dragging, been 2 years as she is fine.


Replied by Cheryle
Palm Springs

I've been reading comments about a lot of sick pets here. I stopped feeding my dogs commercial dog food. Well, both of them were my son's dogs until he gave them to me. I make all of their meals now. They eat everything that we eat (no junk food). Their bodies have redistributed their weight; muscle and fat redistribution. One that I wax allergic to no longer has that burning odor to her body. The 8 yr old shepherd looks like she's lost several years, and her mental health is better. The other shepherd is still very young so it's hard to make comparisons. She is happier, though.

I'll bet my dogs live a long time, and die from natural causes. That's how my Chow Chow went. She had not one physical ailment, not even weakened eyesight, when she got old and died.

I know the topic is castor oil. I just think that some of these ailments are caused by commercial dog food.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

You are spot on.

Replied by Mama To Many

I suppose it is the dog food producers who are saying the healthiest diet for dogs is dog food, when so many find that making your own dog food gives such good results.

I grew up with a dachshund. She lived to be almost 17 years old and rarely needed a vet. The older she got, the less dog food she ate. My mom gave her our table scraps. When our dog was quite old I remember my mom scrambling eggs for the dog's breakfast every day. Our dog hated dog food. (Who could blame her?)

My grandparents lived on a farm. There was a very nice German Shepherd dog that belonged to a neighbor officially, but my grandparents fed him their home grown table scraps for many years as he was always hanging around their house. That dog probably never saw a vet but got oodles of exercise by all appearance was very healthy for many years. (And such a sweet dog.)

Dogs back then (70's) also had much fewer vaccines, which may have given them a health advantage as well.

So, I do agree that dogs do well and better on diets other than dog food!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Jes (Alloway, NJ) on 08/14/2007
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I am not sure if i read this cure from this site or not but if i did i want to thank whoever it was that posted castor oil as a substance to shrink tumors in dogs. it really really worked! my vet told me that the lump on my dog's paw was a non-cancerous tumor and that it should be removed because there is not enough skin on the paw to stretch for the growth of the tumor. i decided to see if there was any way i could shrink it before i decided to put him under for surgery. and so i tried the castor oil twice a day for three days and and the tumor is gone, with the exception of just a little left over skin that stretched from the growth of the tumor, its completely gone!!!! i spent $2.59 on castor oil instead of $200 for surgery. plus i saved my 10 year old boxer from having to go under for surgery.

Replied by Michelle
British Columbia

Do you apply this to the Dogs tumor neat or as a pack?

Replied by Denise
Westboro, Ma
17 posts

That is such a good story and the one by Francine. I love the way we share our stories. It seems there are more and more things we are finding that are simple cures. Surgery puts so much stress on the animals, even going to the vet does. Vets don't even know of these cures - they don't teach them that in the colleges.

Replied by Denise
Westboro Ma
17 posts

I wonder if it works on human tumors as well?

Replied by R Chloe
Denver, Co

Several we know have avoided surgery by using hot castor oil pkts. Also 4 knees/backs, on humans. 4 tumors I have used dmso (read precautions 1st), followed w/frankincense oil, & they disappeared in 3-4 days! Were on chest, & the size of marbles.

Replied by Lynn

I have been treating my 13 yo toy poodle for a brain tumor for the last 3+ months. She's still having seizures but they have lessened and don't last as long. She's on anti-seizure meds and prednisone (along with a Native American Indian natural supplement) and seems to be holding her own. But after reading these very interesting posts, I'm wondering if I can somehow use castor oil for her. Any suggestions how to go about it? Internal, external? TIA And I'm going to start using it on my face! :)

Replied by Gll

Please send me more info, was castor oil included in dmso/frankincense therapy regime?

Currently dealing with numerous arising lumps on chest/underarms area, surrounding breast cancer area I'm fighting.

Welcome your wisdom asap.

Replied by Thomas
Colchester Ct

Please could you tell me specifically how you applied the castor oil to yr dog. Details. How did yr dog react? How long did it take. My dog has a large tumor near his shoulder. I am giving him C-care a dogs version of Essiac.

Thank you,

Replied by Roger

Look into Lugol's iodine as well. It helped get rid of breast tumors for my GF. Amazing stuff.

Eye Blister

Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 09/06/2017
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Last evening at bedtime I felt like I had an eyelash in my eye. I checked in the mirror and did not see an eyelash. I finally realized I had a tiny blister looking thing on my eyelid, the part between the lashes and the eyeball. It made my eye feel like it had sand in it. I was so tired I didn't want to look up what it was or what to do for it. (It didn't look like a sty - it was not red or irritated.)

Then I remembered castor oil for eyes, cysts, pimples, etc.

I put a drop into my eye and went right to bed.

I woke up this morning and forgot about it; the irritation was gone. I think the little blister thing is, too.

I tried looking up what it was today and was not able to figure it out.

But you don't always have to know exactly what you have to find a solution.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Tom
Los Angeles


I have a similar issue in my eye and keep getting the stye(boil) between eyelash/ eyelid on and off. I want to use the castor oil like you did.

Can you please suggest what type of castor oil did you use and did you put inside the eye or on eyelid. I bought cold pressed castor oil last night but I think I cannot use inside my eye.

I will appreciate your reply .

Thank you!

Replied by Mama To Many

Cold pressed is what I use as well. I put it into my eye for the eye bubble. I used it nightly in my eyes for months previously with no side effects.

~Mama to Many~


Posted by Sue (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) on 05/22/2018

I read that castor oil has a toxic component released (recin). I was thinking of putting it into my eyes at night and I'm double checking. I don't want to cause my eyes further stress.

Replied by Pascal
Zagreb Croatia

I use it undeluted and my eyes are better but I'm not sure is it safe.

The article below says: "The instillation of a castor oil solution into the eyes of nine patients resulted in mild and transient discomfort and minor epithelial changes. In another study involving 100 patients, the instillation of castor oil produced corneal epithelial cell death and continuity breaks in the epithelium."

Posted by Rsw (Ohio) on 01/11/2016

I am a fan of the advice to put hexane free castor oil in the eye for dryness. However, I had a lingering anxiety about the safety of doing this. A pharmacist and my own doctor had reservations. So today, when I was seeing an opthomologist (MD) for a checkup, I asked if she thought there was any problem with using castor oil in the eyes to relieve dryness. She said she felt there would be no problem with it.

Replied by Tikell
Monterey County

My Opthalmologist said "absolutely not" and gave me a prescription for restasis. Grrrrrrr.

Replied by Deb

Many people have used castor oil. It will make your eyes blurry for awhile, that's why they say before bed. Dr. Shealy (not sure about spelling) recommends it. I think the back is suppose to say USP.

Remember Drs are taught by pHARMa, that's all they know.

Do some Google searches. There was a good homeopathy eye drop, but the FDA made them take it off the market. Good luck!

Replied by Peggy
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I use castor oil for eye dryness. Opthamologists do not recommend it, but it works. Restasis contains castor oil.

Replied by Someone

For eye dryness use Acacia honey

Replied by Marilyn

Is it safe to use heat with castor oil pack on the eyes?

Replied by Marianne

I don't think I would use heat with castor oil on the eyes.

Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, USA) on 05/31/2013
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My teenage son was doing some woodworking yesterday and got a piece of wood in his eye. He was outside for another hour before he came in. I think the piece of wood had absorbed the fluid on his eye because now it was stuck to his eyeball. It was the size of a pin head. I could touch it but it woudn't move. First we tried rinsing it out with any eyecup I have for this purpose, but it woudn't budge. I put a drop of castor oil in his eye. After a few minutes, the piece of wood was able to move again. We were able to carefully work it to the corner of his eye and remove it. We would probably have not worked with it had the wood not been on the white of his eye. We would have waited for blinking and such to work it to the corner of his eye.

His brother once got some sawdust in his eye. His eye was very irritated. I think the sawdust worked its way out, but his eye was still very uncomfortable. (And he isn't a complainer. ) I tried an over the counter product that was supposed to sooth they eye and it seemed to help. When that has happened since, I just use castor oil. I think it is safer and more natural and also something I always keep in the house.

Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 03/20/2013
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I use castor oil around my eyes, mixed 50/50 with organic coconut oil as per Bill's remedy. I don't get puffiness or any irritation. Also make sure you are using castor oil labelled as hexane-free.

Posted by Cajun (Opelousas, La, USA) on 05/03/2012
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I began applying [castor oil] to my eyes nightly, beginning Mar. 2, 2012 for the purpose of providing dry-relief to my eyes, which began to feel dry for the past few months.. Not only has the dryness disappeared, but I just noticed [a few days ago] that my 'floaters' have diminsished.... I normally had 3-5 floaters but now I only have 1-2 and their density has gone from a grayish speck to a transparency... There is no other reason for this to occur... I'm not recommending that this is going to be successful for anyone else, but I'll keep putting CO in my eyes at bedtime.....

Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 02/23/2012
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NAY I'd like to also add to this and say I've been using castor oil for my face and eyes for a couple of weeks and every morning my eyes are red and puffy. Didn't attribute much to it until I woke up with conjunctivitis this morning and started researching.. yes, the risin in castor oil can cause conjunctivitis! :( Will keep going on the face but will avoid the eye area.

Replied by Anna
Austin, Tx
6 posts

Has anyone ever thought that it could be a "Herxheimer Reaction" (healing crisis)? I have been using castor oil for one week around my eye area but not in the eye. The first 4 to 5 days I woke up with a lot of sleep in my eyes, which never really happens. I do not get it any more so I'm assuming my eyes are healing. I am still using the castor oil but will start putting a drop in each eye. Just a thought, as with all natural remedies there is a healing crisis period.

Replied by Margo

I find castor oil is too thick for sensitive skin underneath the eyes and causes extreme puffiness for days if I put it anywhere near my eyes. But I am extremely sensitive to most eye creams and can't use them. Perhaps cutting the castor oil with avocado oil or another carrier oil would be gentler. Not in the eyes of course, just around the eyes.

Replied by Ali

Yes. Castor oil can help the body detox. It helps to pull or move gunk out of the lymph.

Replied by Imp

I didn't have this problem, maybe your fingers or oil where contaminated by some bacterias. This can happen with any product, make up or cream that gets into your eyes.

Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 02/18/2012
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Castor oil is great for dry eyes and, I've heard, cataracts too. But make sure any castor oil you either apply to the skin or drop in the eyes is cold-pressed, so perhaps try your local health food store. I've been experimenting with castor oil recently, rubbing it on the face, scalp and lash area and my eyes are certainly brighter and bluer. It's been ten days. :)

Posted by Michy (Vancouver, Bc Canada) on 04/14/2011
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Thanks for all the great info about castor oil! I have found great relief to my many months of dry eyes and hopefully will be seeing some wrinkes disappearing too!