A natural moisturizer with little to no odor, castor oil is one of the best carrier oils to mix with essential oils. Considering it’s also packed with ricinoleic acid for ultra-hydration, the castor oil massage blends you include in your aromatherapy self-care do double duty, enhancing the look and feel of your skin. castor_oil

What is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is the oil extracted from the seed (also called the bean) of the Ricinus communis plant. Originally native to Ethiopia, R. communis now grows throughout the world. Castor plants grow best along fresh water sources where the climate is warm and the soil is moist and full of nutrients. The ancient Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, references medicinal uses for castor oil as far back as 1500 B.C.E. According to the text, castor oil remedies for everything from stomach illnesses to head lice were part of Egyptian medical care. Castor oil was even found in ancient Egyptian tombs that have been dated all the way back to 4000 B.C.E. Today the best uses of castor oil are external topical applications for beauty, skin care and castor oil hair treatments.

Castor Oil Uses & Benefits

Castor oil is used in natural beauty remedies because it is a carrier oil. Carrier oils (sometimes referred to as “base oils” or “fixed oils”) are plant based oils used to dilute essential oils, which should never be applied directly to your skin. Beyond simply diluting essential oils, each carrier oil, including castor oil, has its own unique benefits to add to the mixture.


Moisturizing is the key to beautiful skin, but many lotions and creams are made with chemicals that can be harmful to your skin over time. However, carrier oils like castor oil contain fatty acids which create a natural barrier on the skin that helps retain moisture. Castor oil is a natural product that’s rich in a monounsaturated fatty acid called ricinoleic acid, known to be a moisturizing superstar. Natural castor oil for your whole body is easy to add into your daily routine and when it comes to skin care, pure castor oil is generally the best type of castor oil to use. You can mix it with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and apply to damp skin after a shower for an all-over moisturizer that smells fantastic or just add a few drops of castor oil to a dollop of your regular body lotion before applying.

Massage Oil

Getting a massage should be a therapeutic experience, but be wary of the oils you’re using. Rubbing chemical-laden massage oils into your skin can dry it out and have other harmful effects over time. Creating natural massage oils with castor oil allows you to enjoy a massage that’s free from chemicals and actually leaves your skin looking and feeling better. Pure castor oil is one of the best carrier oils for DIY massage oil blends. Castor oil provides lubrication for massage and is also less runny than some other carrier oils for easier application. The relatively neutral smell allows the scent of the essential oils you choose to be the star of your homemade castor oil massage blend.

Inflammation Relief

Dandruff from an itchy scalp is embarrassing and sore feet can make you feel exhausted. Did you know that both are caused by inflammation? In general, inflammation is your body’s automatic response to something causing irritation or harm. Some serious diseases and/or conditions can be caused by chronic inflammation, but itchy skin and tired feet are two very common ways we experience discomfort from minor inflammation in our daily lives. Topical applications of castor oil may help ease discomfort from those minor inflammations.

Antibacterial Cleanser

As a natural antibacterial product, castor oil is generally considered great to use on sensitive, dry and combination skin types. Natural castor oil face cleansers are gentle, help reduce bacteria on skin and contain ricinoleic acid for hydration. Using natural antibacterial products, such as castor oil, to cleanse your body and face have two beauty benefits everyone can use. First, reducing bacteria all-over is one way to reduce body odor. Second, reducing bacteria on your face can help avoid unwanted breakouts.nourishing_yourself

3 DIY Castor Massage Oils

Castor Oil Scalp Massage & Hair Mask

A hydrating castor oil hair mask and scalp massage oil packed with omega 6 essential fatty acids and protein to improve the look and feel of hair. Combine the benefits of castor oil and a dash of tea tree oil to help balance your scalp.

What you’ll need*:

  • 2 tbsp castor oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Mixing bowl Whisk (or fork)

* For long hair or extra thick hair, doubling all ingredients is recommended.


  • Step 1: Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl
  • Step 2: Massage mixture into your scalp for 1-2 minutes
  • Step 3: Work the mixture evenly throughout until all hair is fully coated
  • Step 4: Cover hair with shower cap, let sit 30 minutes
  • Step 5: Rinse hair, shampoo and condition as usual
  • Step 6: Repeat weekly.

Calming Castor Massage Oil for Shoulders

Castor oil massage recipe for relaxation. Calming essential oil ingredients and soothing castor oil properties are great to use for a restorative massage after a long day.

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ castor oil
  • 15 drops relaxing essential oil blend
  • * Small bottle for mixing/storing


  • Step 1: Add ingredients to bottle, cap and mix well
  • Step 2: Rub a quarter sized dollop of the mixture between the palms of your hands
  • Step 3: Massage oil onto upper back and shoulders in wide circular motions
  • Step 4: Add more oil to hands as necessary
  • *Sweet orange, lavender and rosemary essential oils promote relaxation.

Soothe & Scrub Castor Oil Foot Massage

This soothing castor oil blend not only helps hydrate and exfoliate dry heels, but may also help reduce the appearance of puffiness.

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup castor oil
  • 5 drops jojoba oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Mixing bowl


  • Step 1: Mix ingredients together
  • Step 2: Massage mixture onto feet, focusing on any dry spots
  • Step 3: Rinse!castor_oil_bottle