How to Improve Sleep & Tired Eyes with Castor Oil Packs.
Written by: Marisol Teijeiro ND (Inactive).
Medically reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Est. reading time: 8 minutes.
You know the saying, “there’s plenty of time to sleep when I’m dead”? I used to use this as an excuse to justify my erratic sleeping habits. I would stay up all hours of the night studying or working late hours as a waitress to pay the bills. Coffee was literally my lifeline – if I couldn’t have it, I couldn’t make it through the day. Period. Does this sound familiar?
I would be foggy and groggy in the mornings, trudging around like a zombie until I had my cup of Joe. Then in the evenings, it seemed as soon as the sun went down I had a miraculous bout of energy that wouldn’t allow me to fall asleep. So I’d toss and turn, becoming tangled up in my sheets worse than an old telephone cord! I came to dread those long, desperate hours, feeling so exhausted but unable to drift off into Dreamland.
That’s when I learned about the simplest of sleep practices that totally changed the game for me. Gracias a Dios!
Castor Oil for Beauty Sleep
Around this time was when I began falling in love with Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs. Through research, I quickly learned that Castor Oil was a beauty staple in Egyptian and Greek cultures, and that Cleopatra herself used it to enhance her eyes. I found that Castor Oil was commonly used as a treatment to help eyelashes and eyebrows grow, and found it in the ingredient list of dozens of lash growth serums.
This makes total sense! Castor Oil improves circulation to where it is applied via nitric oxide stimulation4, so when applied to the lashes and brows it ensures that the hair follicle is getting a good blood supply. Castor Oil is also anti-inflammatory5 and provides nourishment for the skin and hair follicle like vitamin E, polyphenols and omegas6. It’s antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant.
These properties also make it the perfect anti-wrinkle eye cream. The oil is exceptionally emollient and nourishing for the delicate skin around the eyes and can help with dark circles, puffiness, redness and fine lines.
Is Castor Oil Safe Near the Eyes?
There is a wealth of research supporting the use of Castor Oil in the eye as a treatment for dry eyes7 8 9 and prevention of cataracts10. In a study done on rat lenses, Castor Oil was shown to preserve levels of glutathione exceptionally well11 (glutathione is one of our most powerful antioxidants!).
So Castor Oil is 100% safe and even beneficial to use in/around the eyes. This made me adore it even more because we have to be so careful with the products we use around our eyes – always read ingredients carefully!
Pair It With Your Castor Oil Pack
Quality of Castor Oil
I just want to quickly note that not all Castor Oil is created equally. You want to use the best quality, especially when using it near the eyes. Castor Oil should be certified organic, cold-pressed, 100% pure, hexane-free, extra virgin and ALWAYS packaged in a glass bottle.
If you have Castor Oil in a plastic bottle, throw it away! Castor Oil can absorb toxins and there are many compounds in plastic such as nonylphenol14 and benzophenones15 that can mess with our hormones, immune and nervous systems. Queen of the Thrones® promises the highest-grade Castor Oil for the thousands of ways you can use this healing oil.
Sweet Dreams, Sleeping Beauty!
I’ve never slept better in my life, and I’m always being complimented on my bright, beautiful eyes!
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I can’t seem to get my wrap clean, I have followed the instructions on how to do it. but it is still sticky in the back side. any other way of cleaning it?
The pack will never be good as new once you start using it regularly. As with any product made of natural materials, it has a lifecycle and will begin to deteriorate with time and use. We’ve found with cleaning that the easiest/best method is to clean it in the dishwasher, then lay the outside layer down on an old tea towel and use the towel to roll it up and press/wring out the oil from the outside.
It is also not known if toxins are released through the skin and absorbed into the pack, which is why it’s important to replace it regularly. If using the pack every day, it typically lasts about 3 months before it should be replaced. See this short video 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4jMeV7v-6s
IS BLACK CASTRO OIL JUst as effective as just the normal castro oil?
Castor oil is cooked and burned to create Jamaican black castor oil, which is the oil of choice for hair and beauty practices. This product is becoming popularized in North America, too. However, it is my impression that since it is an oil and there are components such as triglyceride chains of linoleic (omega-6) and oleic (omega-9) acids, (that have LOW burning-points) the black color and burnt smell is likely created by products of oxidation, in which case the oil would be in a rancid form. Consumption is consumption, whether topical or oral. It is not recommended that oxidized fats be ingested, as they are potential carcinogens.