Although we may have heard that castor oil is a beauty secret used by generations for thicker brows or eyelashes, what we may not know is the exact power of this potent plant. The benefits of castor oil include thicker eyelashes, a stronger immune system, and go on and on and on…

Use for thicker eyelashes and eyebrows

Apply a thin layer of castor oil on a brow brush or a clean mascara brush. Comb the brush on your brows and lashes (keep out of eyes). Do this every night and you will notice more beautiful lashes and brows within one month.

Use for beautiful hair

Have dandruff or losing your hair?

Try this: In bowl, pour one teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of castor oil. Warm in microwave for few seconds, then apply to scalp and massage. Let sit over night, then wash in the morning. Repeat this trick as often as possible to prevent hair from falling out. Remember, castor oil is extremely moisturizing and can also be used as a conditioner. Massage in hair and rinse out after 1 hour. For extremely dry hair, you can also try applying it before shampoo.

Use for stronger nails

For weak brittle nails, castor oil comes highly recommended. Apply the oil on your nails. Message each nail and cuticle for a few minutes and leave the oil on overnight.

Gets rid of calluses

For super soft feet, rub a small amount of castor oil on your feet. Wear cotton socks and leave on overnight. Repeat this procedure three times a week.

Another tip for super soft feet, massage the oil on the feet and ankles. Soak them in hot water for 15 minutes. Pat your feet dry.

You can also do this for your hands but instead of socks use gloves or swarnwrap.

Use as a topical treatment

You may have not thought to use castor oil on bacterial infections (like ringworm), sunburns, or warts, but this powerful oil may be your answer. The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil works as a preventative from the spreading and growth of bacteria, viruses, and yeast.

To use as a topical cream, prep the infected area, by softening the skin with Epsom salt. Then soak a cotton cloth in castor oil and wrap the area with the cloth until the infection is gone.

-Info via Alya Kattan, edited by H.Kattan