What is castor oil?

What is castor oil?


Generic Name: Castor Oil

The benefits

What is castor oil for?

Castor oil, aka castor oil, is one of the herbal medicines commonly used to treat constipation. This herb can also be used to cleanse the intestine before an examination or surgery in the intestine.

This oil is known as an effective laxative to treat leprosy and syphilis. As an external medicine, this oil is used to treat ulcers, abscesses, tumors, inflammation of the middle ear, and migraine headaches.

Castor oil is one of the essential oils applied to stimulate healing of hard tissue and wound healing. Sometimes, castor oil is also used to help with labor.

How does it work?

There is not enough research on how this herbal supplement works. Discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies that show that castor oil can increase fluid in the large intestine and stimulate digestive motion. In ancient times, this herbal oil was used as a contraceptive.


The information provided below is not a substitute for medical recommendations. Always consult your herbalist or doctor before taking this medicine.

What is the usual dose for castor oil for adults?

The oral dose or the dose of drinking castor oil is as much as 15-60 ml every day for adults. Dosage of castor oil for adults is 2 times a day for up to 2 weeks.

The dosage of herbal supplements may vary from patient to patient. The dosage you need depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe for consumption. Discuss with your herbalist or doctor for the dosage that is suitable for you.

In what forms is castor oil available?

Castor oil is an herbal oil that can be available in the form of oil emulsions or liquid oils.

Side effects

What side effects can be caused by castor oil?

Castor oil can cause several side effects including:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps
  • Fluid and electrolyte levels become unbalanced (chronic use)
  • Induce labor
  • Allergic reaction

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be other side effects not listed here. If you have concerns about certain side effects, please consult with your herbalist or doctor.


What should I know before consuming castor oil?

Check blood and urine electrolytes and signs of cramps, nausea, and vomiting. If these symptoms occur, stop using castor oil.

Use distance without other drugs for better absorption. This herb should not be used within 1 hour of other drugs, antacids (ulcer drugs), or milk.

The regulations governing the use of herbal supplements are not as strict as the regulations of medicines. Further research is needed to find out its safety. Before using, confirm the benefits of use

Consult an herbalist or doctor for more information.

How secure is castor oil?

Do not use this oil in children or pregnant or nursing mothers until further research is available.

Avoid long-term use of castor oil because it can cause loss of intestinal tone and severe depletion of nutrients and loss of electrolytes.

Tell your doctor if you experience constipation that does not go away or if symptoms of electrolyte appear unbalanced namely muscle cramps, pain, weakness, and dizziness.


What kind of interactions might occur when I consume castor oil?

This herbal supplement can interact with other medications or with health conditions that you have. Consult with an herbalist or doctor before use. This castor oil can interact with many drugs and should not be used together with:

  • antacids (ulcer drugs)
  • cardiac glycosides
  • corticosteroid
  • laxatives or diuretics
  • herbal laxative stimulant


Skidmore-Roth, Linda. Mosby's Handbook Of Herbs & Natural Supplements. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2001. Print version. page 145

Castor http://www.drugs.com/npp/castor.html. Accessed date 11/27/2015

Castor oil. http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-278/castor-oil-oral/details#uses. Accessed date 11/27/2015

Reviewed Date: April 19, 2018 | Last Edited: April 19, 2018

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