From the beans of the castor tree, castor oil comes. It has been used throughout history to treat many different ailments and it’s an ingredient in many cosmetics.
It’s also been used to but it’s most well-known use it as an oral laxative:
- Bacterial Infections and Heal Fungally.
- Treat Dandruff.
- Moisturize Skin.
- Induce Labour.
- To Soothe Sunburn.
- Heal Haemorrhoids.
As a potential treatment castor oil’s reputation for hair loss has led to people using it as a way to grow thicker, more lustrous eyelashes and eyebrows. Does it work?
How to use castor oil on eyebrows
To choose from for eyebrow application there are two main types of castor oil: Jamaican black castor oil and cold and clear-pressed castor oil, which is pressed from roasted castor seeds. To choose a product it’s important that is pure castor oil. With other oils, castor oil that has been bent or additives may cause irritation and not produce desired results.
Do a patch test to make sure you won’t have an allergic reaction before you apply castor oil to your eyebrows. On the underside of your arm apply a few drops of castor oil. If the area develops symptoms of an allergy wait at least a day such as swelling, itchiness and redness. You can proceed with using it on your face if you don’t develop any allergic reactions.
To the eyebrows apply castor oil:
- To apply castor oil pick a time of day to the eyebrows on a daily basis. At night, before bed, while you sleep is a good choice so that the thick oil can remain on the brows. With a towel, you may want to protect your pillowcase.
- Make sure your eyebrows are free and clean of makeup.
- Use a clean mascara wand and a cotton swab to wipe a small amount of castor oil over the eyebrows.
- Gently into the eyebrows massage the castor oil. To come into contact with the eyes take special care to not allow any castor oil. Wash it out immediately if it does.
- In the morning wash the castor oil off with water or a mild cleanser.
It’s difficult to know how long you need to use it before you’ll see results because there isn’t a lot of research about this remedy.
To support Is there research using castor oil on your eyebrows?
How castor oil affects eyebrow growth there are currently no published studies that test.
However, there is evidence that almost 90 % of castor oil may treat hair loss:
- Men who have lost hair as a result of male pattern baldness have high amounts of the protein prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) according to a recent study.
- Ricinoleic acid may inhibit PGD2, helping the participants of the study grow their hair back according to another study.
If ricinoleic acid can help grow hair back in other cases more research needs to be done to determine.