Although this oil could be a carrier oil, it is not commonly used this way. It is rather viscous, yet well absorbed by the skin, softening and moisturizing. Herbalists make body compresses using Castor Oil (for example to detoxify the organism) using its ability to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. It is also commonly used to soften corns and dry, chapped skin, and as a natural hair conditioner. The plant is sometimes called Palma Christi or "hand of Christ" as a folk reference to its healing properties.
Aromaland offers the commonly used Sulfated Castor Oil, since raw, unrefined Castor Oil contains a toxin. Sulfated Castor Oil is most commonly used as a natural bridge between oil and water - it can be used to emulsify oils. Hence, Sulfated Castor Oil is a prime ingredient for making bath oils.
When making a bath oil using Castor Oil and Essential Oils, you will also benefit from Castor Oil's ability to moisturize the skin, leaving it wonderfully youthful looking.
Not for internal use, it is a strong laxative!
This oil consists of mostly Ricinoleic Acid, which acts a bit problematic in soap making. The bars tend to get soft and "mushy" easily, so watch the quantity (many recommend approx. 1%), and possibly add more sodium hydroxide. In other words, if you have a recipe calling for Castor Oil, follow it to the dot or the soap may spoil.
Composition of Castor Oil:
- Ricinoleic Acid 90%
- Oleic Acid 3-4%
- Linoleic Acid 3-4%
- Unsaponifiables 0.5-1%
(Quoted from S. Parker, A study of lipids. Proportions may vary due to the plant-based nature of the product).