Is Castor Oil Good for Eczema?

Castor Oil for Eczema is a natural remedy to treat and prevent redness and itchiness caused by several types of eczema, discover what to do!

Castor oil is an effective remedy to treat uncomfortable skin conditions like eczema. It is a natural emollient and detoxifier and treats the major symptoms of eczema by cleansing and moisturizing the skin. Because castor oil is an all-natural product, it treats skin conditions like eczema without the use of harsh chemicals, alcohol, or toxins which might do more harm than good.

Read on to learn about eczema and see why castor oil for eczema scars is our favorite method of treatment!

What is Eczema?

Eczema is an itchy inflammation and irritation of the skin. It affects up to 20% of infants and typically resolves by age 10, however, it affects up to 3% of adults as well. Fortunately, eczema flare-ups are controllable and treatable with products like castor oil.


Castor oil for eczema


The most common form of eczema, atopic dermatitis, causes itchy rashes that tend to appear on the face, wrists, hands, feet, and the back of the knees. It can affect other areas as well with dry, scaly, or thick rashes.

Many people ask the question: how eczema is caused and by which infections?

Well generally, eczema is hereditary and commonly occurs in people who have family histories of asthma or allergies. Symptoms typically first appear during childhood. It is estimated that between 9 and 30 percent of the U.S. population is affected by eczema.

In addition to atopic dermatitis, there are several other common types of eczema.

Common Types of Eczema

Contact Dermatitis can be caused by either irritants or allergens. Irritant contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes into contact with triggers such as detergents, paint, pesticides, bleach, and/or solvents.

Allergic dermatitis occurs when the skin comes into contact with topical antibiotics, fabrics, adhesives, or poison ivy. The result of both types of contact dermatitis is red, inflamed, itchy skin.

Different types of Eczema

Dyshidrotic Eczema is a type of eczema that causes itchy, fluid-filled blisters, called vesicles, on fingers, toes, palms, and feet.

Nummular Eczema can occur at any age and is more difficult to treat as its symptoms are different from more common types of eczema. Nummular eczema causes round, itchy spots and can also cause open sores.


Castor oil for eczema

Stasis Dermatitis often occurs on the lower legs as a result of poor circulation. This type of eczema can cause swelling around the ankles and typically affects people aged 50 and older. Oozing skin ulcers can develop in severe cases, which carry the risk of becoming infected.

Seborrheic Eczema is commonly known as dandruff and appears as flakey, dry skin on the scalp, beard, mustache, or eyebrows. An omega-3 deficiency is often the cause. It may also be related to an overgrowth of a certain type of yeast that is normally secreted by the skin.

Neurodermatitis begins as an itchy patch of skin that grows itchier the more you scratch it, causing the skin to thicken and develop rough, raised patches. Neurodermatitis often develops on the neck, wrist, thigh, ankle, or forearm.

Learning which type of eczema you have will help you treat and manage flare-ups, and prevent them from occurring in the future! Fortunately, castor oil not only treats the itchy rashes caused by eczema but also treats the infections effectively.

Castor Oil for Eczema

By now, we all know just how beneficial castor oil is for damaged skin. It reduces inflammation, hydrates and moisturizes the skin, relieves pain. It’s also therapeutic in treating skin infection. Castor oil is such an ideal treatment for the symptoms of eczema due to its unique chemical composition. Its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects are well documented.

Ricinoleic acid, which is found in abundance in castor oil, is a rare fatty acid that is derived from the castor seed. This rare triglyceride fatty acid, combined with salts and esters also found in the oil, work together to condition skin. It is effective and soothing in treating fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot. So it’s no wonder that it provides healing, soothing effects to skin conditions like eczema.


Castor oil for eczema


The ricinoleic acid content in castor oil draws out dirt, dead cells, and bacteria that stimulates the lymphatic system by promoting the growth of healthy tissue. By improving circulation and blood flow, castor oil helps remove cellular toxins, thereby reducing swelling, inflammation and fighting infections. It boosts the immune system, which speeds up the healing process. 

Castor oil’s viscosity is another property that helps heal and soothe the symptoms of eczema. Due to its texture, the oil stays put and deeply penetrates skin tissue, nourishing it with fatty acids. This is an especially soothing treatment for the dry, leathery skin patches that develop due to eczema.

Castor Oil for Eczema Treatments

Castor oil works wonders for those with itchy skin or has reoccurring dandruff! Read further to learn about this castor oil eczema remedy.

To treat itchy, red skin rashes common to eczema:

Combine a slightly warmed, dime-sized amount of castor oil. Add 1-2 drops of sweet orange essential oil and apply it to the affected area. The heated castor oil provides soothing relief to the itchy and inflamed skin. The sweet orange essential oil supports collagen production in the damaged area of the skin.

To treat seborrheic eczema (commonly known as dandruff):

Apply and massage castor oil into the scalp (or beard/mustache) and let it absorb overnight. Wear a shower cap to bed and allow the castor oil to soak into the skin before gently shampooing hair the following morning. This deep conditioning treatment provides moisture and hydration that treats and prevents flaking skin.

Castor Oil for Eczema: The Bottom Line

Castor oil provides a number of benefits to those suffering this painful and itchy condition. It soothes symptoms and can even treat resulting infection.

As always, seek the opinion of a trusted doctor. Together you’ll determine what kind of eczema you are suffering from and if castor oil is the best choice for a successful, holistic treatment plan.

Dr Helen Smith
Dr. Helen Smith provides food and nutrition consultation and treatment for obese as well as health-conscious patients. She holds B.S in psychology and completed her M.S in nutrition sciences from California State University. She has over five years of experience in advising and helping patients with the right nutrition and diet. Her mission is to make nutrition information accessible to everyone and help people follow a healthy lifestyle.

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    • Hi! Yes, castor oil is derived from the castor bean from a flowering plant and is safe to use since it’s not related to tree nuts or peanut… (as far as I know but I’m not a doctor). Please consult a physician if you have doubts!

  1. I had eczema as a child, and now it has reared its ugly head as an adult. I am totally at my wits end. Read your article and ordered castor oil from Amazon (organic and cold pressed). I’ve been to the doctor and , of course, they prescribed a steroid cream. I used it but it really did not help. I’d rather use something natural. I’m excited to try the castor oil not only for my body but for my head. I sure hope it works. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you for your very informative article. By the way, any ideas to get rid of puffy eyes. I have alergies and now puffy eyes. Boy, I am certainly a mess these days.

    • Oh, Katie! So sorry to hear you’ve ran into some uncomfortable issues these days. I really hope the organic castor oil can bring you some relief – please do let me know how it goes! Castor oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, you could try to apply some at night to your eyes (see my article about castor oil for eyes here and see if this would be a solution for you!) Wishing you the best and thanks very much for sharing and reading. 🙂

  2. Hi my daughter is 3 months old now,she has been scratching her head,face ever since she 1 and a half month now,took her to the clinic BT with no luck,she’s now reddish ,chicks,ears are wet ,sometimes dry,went to the chemist and thy gave me dilucort,use it almost 3 weeks BT no changes, no money to c the Dr ,nw I’m busy using epimax baby and junior,nothing no changes,I’m very worried seeing her in so much pain,can I use caster oil,I have 1 here Say’s Hercules brand flavoured is mixed berry,can I apply it now and how or which one MST I get,TIA

    • Hi Julia, thanks for reaching out and very sorry to hear your 3 month old is having itchy skin. You can definitely use castor oil for babies. I recommend you take a look at my guide on using castor oil for babies which you can find via this link. It’s quite effective for babies. Just apply a small amount of castor oil (you can mix with other oils too) and gently massage your baby, avoiding close contact with eyes or mouth. Test a small amount on skin before massaging all over. Castor oil has very relieving effects so I’m hoping this will bring her (and you) some much needed relief. Thanks for reaching out and do let me know if you have any further questions.

    • Hi Jo! Yes I recommend it. Both do wonders to help you with eczema. As for the mix, you need to find the right balance for your skin. As always, be careful with essential oils as they tend to be very strong. Try not to over dose it as this would cause more trouble than good. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Hi, is it safe to use castor oil? i been using it for 2 days and felt some itch on my face. Could it be the oil is removing dirt from my face pore hence, my face itch. Please advise.

    -Cold press castor oil

    • Hi Kian, although castor oil is indeed safe to use, some people’s skin might react differently. What brand/kind of castor oil are you using? And how much/how are you applying it? Please let me know, and I will get back to you with further advice. For now, stop the use and see if the itching resides.

    • Hi there! You can apply and/or massage castor oil directly on affected areas with no problem. I would maybe avoid if the skin is broken, however. The sweet orange essential oil is just complimentary. Thanks for dropping by with your question!


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