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Castor Oil For Eyes: Benefits & Side Effects

Castor oil is well known for its numerous health benefits on skin and hair.(1) It is also used as a laxative.

Castor Oil not only benefits skin and hair, but benefits eyes as well. It is one of the most important ingredients used in Ayurveda remedies.

Castor Oil For Eyes: Benefits & Side Effects

Castor oil contains powerful fatty acids and other antioxidants that benefit the eyes.

What is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is the oil extracted from castor beans that are commonly grown in South America, Western India, and Africa.

Castor oil is used by many pharmaceutical manufacturers to mix-in and deliver medications.

This oil is extremely beneficial for skin, hair, and eyes along with being a natural laxative.

Benefits of Castor Oil for Eyes

Castor oil benefits eyes largely and is used to treat various eye conditions.

Lubricates Eyes

A drop or two of castor oil can be added to the eye for lubrication.

Eyes tend to get dry due to pollution and strain and castor oil have been used for centuries to ease eye dryness.

A study found eye drop containing castor oil helped reduce eye dryness by increasing the thickness of the tear’s lipid layer.(2) Another study found castor oil to be effective in the treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction, which is the most common cause of dry eyes.(3)

Castor oil is a common ingredient in dry eye treatment. It creates the film over the eye that reduces the likelihood of water evaporating, causing dry eyes.

Treats Cataracts

In earlier times, not everyone used to go ahead with cataract surgery, people used to treat it with castor oil.

Castor oil can accelerate recovery post-surgery and also reduce damage before surgery.

Before using castor oil for eyes make sure it is pure and without any additive.

Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation of the eyes leads to burning sensation and irritation in the eyes and the area surrounding the eyes.

Eye drops can be put inside the eyes and pure castor oil can be gently applied around the eyes to reduce the inflammation.

Reduces Dark Circles and Wrinkles

The skin around the eye wrinkles easily. Castor oil can be massaged every night to reduce wrinkles.

It nourishes the skin around the eyes and smoothes the fine lines. It also increases the blood circulation to the skin around the eyes.

You can continue the usage until visible results are seen.

Prevents Eye Infection

Castor oil can be used as a preventive remedy for eye infection. A drop of castor oil every night before going to bed can help avoid eye infection.

Treats Swollen Eyes

Inflammation and swelling of eyelids are known as blepharitis. Castor oil contains ricin oleic acid that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

To treat swollen eyes, wash eyes with warm water and apply a few drops of castor oil using a cotton swab. It can also be applied to the lashes to prevent crust formation.

Next morning wash of the eyes with warm water.

Thickens The Eyebrow

The protein and fatty acid content of castor oil nourish the follicles and enhance eyebrow growth.

It can be massaged gently on the eyebrows daily for visible results.

Side Effects Of Using Castor Oil For Eyes

Blurry vision is the most common side effect of using castor oil. It doesn’t mean that oil is causing any damage to the eyes; it just creates a protective layer over the yes that blurs the vision.

Itching and swelling of the eyes can result when the castor oil eye drops have any preservative in them.

Allergic reaction can occur in those sensitive to the eye drops. It can lead to breathing problems, dizziness and nausea. In this condition, it is advisable to discontinue the usage of the eye drops right away.

Castor oil is an extremely effective and inexpensive way to soothe eyes and improve vision. It lubricates the eyes and helps retain moisture.

The best thing is to purchase eye drops containing castor oil instead of making them at home.

Castor oil is all-rounder oil. Make sure it gets a place on your shelf of beauty products. And be known that it works magic on not only skin and hair but works wonder for eyes too.

Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 21, 2022

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