Black Castor Oil 101



I was out the other day and struck up a conversation with a girl, we started to talk about hair and how to get hair healthy again. I told her about Castor Oil and how much I love it. Then she said “Oh really! Just use the Castor Oil you put in your car?”…. I was like OMG NO! Being Haitian I grew up with Castor Oil or as Haitians call it l’huile mascreti/maskreti so to me it is a common thing. But from that conversation I realized that not everyone knows about Castor Oil and its many benefits. In this post I will go over the basics about Castor Oil and some ways you can use it.

What is Castor Oil? 

Castor oil has been used medicinally for over 4,000 years for all kinds of ailments. The castor bean is native to Eastern Africa and made its way to Jamaica and Haiti via the slave trade. Today, the castor oil is manufactured the old fashioned way in Jamaica and Haiti, it is cold pressed. Authentic Jamaican or Haitian Black Castor Oil is dark brown in color and accompanied with the traditional burnt smell. The scientific name for the castor bean is Ricinus Communis. It is organic and sulfate-free. 

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Castor Oil will help with the following: 

  • Dry brittle hair
  • Help prevent hair breakage
  • Dandruff
  • Dry itchy scalp
  • Eczema
  • Thinning hair
  • Alopecia
  • Bald spots
  • Can rapidly increase hair growth including eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Can also be used as a pre poo treatment and hot oil treatment

Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for all hair types and textures. A healthy scalp means healthy hair. It works for all hair types because the oil works on the hair roots/follicles and the hair itself.

My personal favorite uses for Castor oil for are my hair, eyelashes and eyebrows. For my hair I use it on my edges to help prevent thinning, my ends and anywhere else I see my hair may need extra moisture. For my eyelashes and eyebrows I use it at night after I wash my face and before my night cream. I use it extremely lightly on my face because I already have oily skin. It is a pretty thick oil and a little can go a long way.

A tip if you want to apply it all over your face is to add a drop or 2 to your moisturizer and applying it that way so it won’t be too heavy. Then, if needed just add the oil itself to any areas that need extra moisture. Also keep in mind that results are not instant, with me it took about 2-3 months to see the results I was looking for on my eyelashes and eyebrows. Try to be persistent in applying the oil and make it part of your routine.


Where to buy: 

When you purchase castor oil make sure that it is from a reputable brand and always check the ingredient list (I purchase from the Tropic Isle Living brand). Some manufacturers have resorted to playing little tricks on us by adding dark dye to give the castor oil a dark color so they can market it as black castor oil or just adding a few drops of castor oil to a base of mineral oil and calling it castor oil. You can check your local beauty supply store or there are many online retailers, I will list some below. Also if you don’t like the smell of Castor Oil you can find some that have Coconut Oil or Lavender Oil in them and they smell more pleasant. You can also try Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment collection which you can find at Target, CVS, Walgreens and other stores of the like.


What are some of your favorite oils and uses for them?

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