Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis). It has been used in countries all over the world for healing. Edgar Cayce, regarded by many as the father of holistic health movement, reintroduced the healing properties of castor oil.

Today, the beauty and health benefits of castor oil are still being practiced widely. One use of castor oil is to thicken eyebrows and eyelashes by stimulating the hair follicle cells.

Castor Oil for Hair Growth

The Ebers Papyrus, an ancient medical document dating from 1552 B.C., reveals that castor oil was used both externally and internally in ancient Egypt. The classical Greek historian Herodotus spoke of the use of castor oil externally to improve hair growth and texture. In the Far East, people also used castor oil on their hair to prevent hair loss and to promote hair growth.

Today, science is beginning to study the external uses of castor oil for hair growth and the skin. Individuals are discovering ways to use these studies at home to thicken hair and stimulate facial hair growth.

Thicken Your Eyebrows

Use castor oil on your eyebrows if they are sparse due to over-plucking or if you just want to thicken them. Pouring a small amount of castor oil into a dish and using a cotton ball, dab some onto your eyebrows. If your eyebrows are completely gone, apply it where your eyebrows normally would be. Do this before going to bed and leave it on overnight.

The next morning, make sure all traces of castor oil are removed before applying an eyebrow pencil or liner. Within four weeks, you will notice new hairs growing in and your eyebrows becoming thicker.

Grow Fuller Eyelashes

For thin, sparse eyelashes or if you have no lashes, use your finger or dip a cotton swab in some castor oil and apply directly to your lashes. Make sure you get the base of your lashes also. Do this before going to bed.

Avoid getting the oil into your eye. It isn't harmful but will cause blurriness for a few minutes. Remove all traces of castor oil from your lashes the next morning or before applying eye makeup. Castor oil is very thick and will cause your makeup to run if not completely removed.

It takes about three to four weeks before you will notice any changes with the thickness of your eyelashes.

Where to Find Castor Oil

Castor oil is inexpensive and is found in all drugstores and grocery stores, usually in the laxative aisle. Grocery-store castor oil will work just as well on your lashes and eyebrows as the more expensive cold-pressed or Jamaican castor oils, which are found in health stores or online.