How to Properly Use Castor Oil for Eyes

How to Properly Use Castor Oil for Eyes

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How to Properly Use Castor Oil for Eyes

Written by: Joanna Teljeur

Medically reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 7 minutes

Have you noticed how many people on social media are talking about using Castor Oil for your eyes? The number is dizzying, and the claims range from helping with fine lines and wrinkles to alleviating dry eyes to treating cataracts, floaters, and even glaucoma!  

But what’s safe and what actually works when it comes to Castor Oil and your eyes?

If you’re tempted to try Castor Oil for your eyes, but you want some scientific backup first, then you’re definitely in the right place. Read on my friend, because we’re going to cover the bases on what’s safe, what’s helpful, and what’s not when it comes to this ancient golden oil. 

Key points on Castor Oil in the eyes

  1. Do not put Castor Oil directly into your eyes unless you are instructed to do so by your healthcare provider. Only apply it to the area around your eyes or over your closed eyelids.

  2. Putting Castor Oil in your eyes could cause unwanted side effects.

  3. Castor Oil has been used since ancient Egyptian times as a topical beauty tool.
  4. Castor Oil used with a compress can help support graceful aging as well as better sleep.

Is it safe to put Castor Oil in my eyes?

Even though it may seem like the hottest trend, putting Castor Oil directly into your eyes is not safe or beneficial.

You might be scratching your head and wondering: “Well, then why is Castor Oil such a common ingredient in commercial eye drops, and why am I seeing reputable sites saying that this is safe?”

The short answer is that while Castor Oil is used in many different kinds of commercial eye drops, pharmaceutical companies make sure that the Castor Oil undergoes a very specific sterilization process to ensure that your eyes will be safe from any foreign substances that may be present in the oil. Not only that, but artificial tear drops use a small, carefully measured amount of Castor Oil as part of a mixture.

Putting non-sterile Castor Oil directly into your eyes can cause a number of unpleasant side effects including:

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Blurry vision
  • Irritation

Bottom line: Do not put Castor Oil directly into your eyes!

But with that said, Castor Oil can be supportive of your eye area in other ways. Let’s take a closer look!

Castor Oil is widely known to be one of the oldest cultivated crops in history1. Legend has it that Cleopatra loved Castor Oil for its ability to brighten the whites of her eyes. Apparently, she also used it to make her hair and skin more luscious and beautiful. 

Maybe you’re thinking, “Yeah, but that was 2,500 years ago.” Is this you?

Well, you’re right. Ancient history is fascinating, but there is plenty of compelling science today that underscores Castor Oil’s many amazing qualities. 

When it comes to using Castor Oil for dry eyes, a study found that it can be, “. . . effective and safe”2. It works because, as a lipid or fat, Castor Oil helps reduce tear evaporation. In short, it helps keep the moisture in your eyes from evaporating and helps lubricate your eyes. But as we said earlier, the Castor Oil is carefully measured and sterilized before use. 

Another study found that Castor Oil, when used as an ingredient in certain eye drops, could produce a, “ . . . more stable tear film,” that lasted longer than eye drops without it3.

And finally, a study on lipid-based versus water-based eye solutions showed that Castor Oil could, “. . . not only relieve patient symptoms immediately after topical administration, but may also directly improve the lipid tear film structure and thickness component in ocular surface disease, resulting in enhanced tear film stability.”4

So, as you can see, Castor Oil can benefit your eyes, but you should always check with your doctor first.

Now, let’s look at some safe ways you can use Castor Oil for your eyes.

Benefits of applying Castor Oil around your eyes

Whether you plan to use it to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or to support brow and lash growth, the best Castor Oil for your eyes is always 100% pure, organic, hexane-free Castor Oil bottled in amber glass. This is the premium, cream-of-the-crop quality Castor Oil that we offer at Queen of the Thrones®.

Benefits of Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil for Eyes

Why is Castor Oil so beneficial for fine lines and wrinkles?

Castor Oil is a natural source of fatty acids and antioxidants like ricinoleic acid5  – known for its amazing moisturizing and inflammation-balancing action6. Not only that, Castor Oil supports nitric oxide7, 8 production which supports blood flow. Plus, when combined with a Castor Oil Eye Compress, the gentle compression may support lymphatic drainage 9.

What does this mean? 

In short, it means that using Castor Oil around your eyes and with an eye compress may support circulation and lymphatic flow to your delicate eye area. Translation: Using this rich, skin-loving oil around your eyes is ideal for keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay and supporting the overall wellness of your eyes. 

But it gets even better! The nutrient and chemical composition of Castor Oil make it a superpower for your brows and lashes. 

So, let’s take a look at these safe ways to use Castor Oil for your eyes!

Castor Oil for Eyelashes and Eyebrows

If you’re tired of the never-ending quest for longer, more luxurious eyelashes and thicker brows, and you’d love a natural and affordable way to support gorgeous growth, then Castor Oil is your ticket. As long as it’s 100% pure, organic, and bottled in glass, Castor Oil is a simple and holistic way to achieve the fuller, thicker lashes and brows you’ve been craving.

There’s actually scientific evidence suggesting that ricinoleic acid in Castor Oil could have the potential to reverse hair loss! A study found that elevated levels of the protein prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) are found in men experiencing male pattern baldness 10. This same protein is one of the contributing factors preventing hair regrowth in these men.

Then, in a separate study 11, ricinoleic acid was found to inhibit PGD2, potentially fostering the regrowth of scalp hair. Amazing, right? 

So what does this have to do with eyelashes and eyebrows?

Well, when applied to your lashes and brows, Castor Oil not only hydrates and conditions them, but may also support growth. Plus, unlike many commercial lash and brow serums with harsh chemicals, organic Castor Oil is an excellent choice if you have more sensitive eyes. Not only that, but Castor Oil is a truly amazing makeup remover that nourishes and moisturizes your skin at the same time!

How to safely apply Castor Oil to your eyelashes and eyebrows

How to safely apply Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil for eyebrows and eyelashes.

The same way practice makes perfect, with Castor Oil – consistency is key. Here’s a simple daily routine that will help you get started:

  1. Begin by washing and drying your face and removing any makeup from your eyes and eyelashes with Castor Oil. 
  2. Dip a clean mascara wand or an eyelash brush into a dime-sized dollop of Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil. Don’t over-saturate the brush. A little goes a long way!

Gently apply the Castor Oil to your lashes the same way you would mascara, starting at the base and working your way upward. Take your time to ensure every lash is coated evenly.

3. Then, use the wand or your fingers to apply Castor Oil to your brows, and dab it into the skin around your eyes.

Tip: Wearing a Castor Oil Compress over your eyes after you finish this routine, will help the oil penetrate deeply into your skin, lashes and brows, and supports a more restful sleep at the same time! 

Disclaimer: Do a patch test before first use. Although rare, hypersensitivity reactions to Castor Oil can occur, in which case discontinue use.

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to seeing results. Let the oil work its magic overnight as you sleep.

Using Castor Oil for eyelash growth is not a quick fix though; it’s a journey that requires patience and commitment. Also, results may vary from person to person, but with regular use, you may notice positive changes in the length, thickness, and overall appearance of your lashes within a few weeks to a couple of months. So, embrace Cleopatra’s natural beauty secret, and watch your lashes flourish as you indulge in this simple and gentle self-care routine.

Castor Oil for Deeper Sleep

What if you could wake up with eyes that looked rested – clear eyes without puffiness or circles? This would be a dream come true, right?

If you’re searching for a natural way to bring life to your tired eyes and help smooth out the signs of aging, a Castor Oil Eye Compress may be part of your next favorite nightly routine.

So let’s take a closer look at the benefits of using a Castor Oil Eye Compress to support a more youthful and refreshed look.

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The Restorative Power of Castor Oil Eye Compresses

Castor Oil is renowned for its emollient and anti-inflammatory properties5, and when you combine it with a compress, it provides gentle warmth and moisture to the delicate skin around your eyes. This may help alleviate puffiness and minimize the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.

But interestingly, using a Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Eye Compress may also support more restful sleep. You see, studies show that wearing an eye mask to bed may help naturally support your body’s sleep hormone, melatonin 12, 13, 14.

Plus, wearing an Eye Compress “comforts” your eyes similar to the way a weighted blanket would as you wind down in the evening, slide under the covers, and drift off into a deep sleep 15, 16.

This gentle compression on the skin also helps support the production of oxytocin 17– the hormone that gives you that feeling of love and connection. Plus, you know how much better you look when you have a good night of restful sleep, right?

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Not only that, but when you wear a Castor Oil Eye Compress to bed at night, you’re also activating certain dermatomes 18 and Chinese meridians 19. Stimulating these points is thought to support deeper sleep as well as better organ function! How’s that for a win-win?

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How to use a Castor Oil Eye Compress

Making a Castor Oil Eye Compress part of your nighttime routine not only pampers your eyes but also promotes restful sleep, making it an amazing holistic approach to both beauty and wellness.

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So, now that you know how to safely use Castor Oil for your eyes, are you ready to embrace this soothing practice? Get started today and let Castor Oil work its magic to revive and rejuvenate your eyes, helping you wake up feeling and looking your best!

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How to use a Castor Oil Eye Compress for Eye Styes

How to use a Castor Oil Eye Compress for Eye Styes

Queen of the Thrones Eye Compress for Eye Stye

How to use a Castor Oil Eye Compress for Eye Styes

Written by: Dr. Marisol Teijeiro N.D. (inactive) Christine Ruggeri Dr. Marisol Teijeiro N.D. (inactive)
Dr. Marisol Teijeiro N.D. is an award-winning author and founder of Queen of the Thrones® line of products including the original less-mess Castor Oil Pack
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Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer, BA

Est. reading time: 8 minutes.

Chances are, you or someone you know has experienced the aggravating symptoms of an eye stye, agreed? Have you ever wondered how to use a natural remedy like a Castor Oil Eye Compress to help eye styes?

You know the struggle I’m talking about…

  • Your eye annoyingly swells, impairing your vision with a half-closed eyelid
  • A painful red bump appears on your eyelid just in time to wreak havoc on your day
  • Your eye waters and crusts, making it feel like there’s constantly something stuck inside of it…

Can you relate? You’re not alone. You see, uncomfortable styes occur most often at change of season, during stress, or hormonal phases of life. Makes sense, agreed?

Good news, you’re in the right place to get answers to your questions.

Have you heard of spleen qi deficiency? Stay with me here.

Symptoms of spleen deficiency tend to signal a weakness when it comes to digesting dampness (or excess moisture). Often caused by overexertion, poor dietary habits and anxiety/mental strain1. This terminology is used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Things like dairy, bananas and mucus-producing substances should be avoided for consumption when possible to help lessen the imbalance within your spleen.

How can you help rebalance your spleen qi deficiency?

The key is to rest and digest with a castor oil compress, which shifts the body into a relaxed state 2-3-4 to help clear the mucus-blocking dampness taking over.

Mucus is like a big fog that doesn’t allow you to see clearly, or feel well. Think of it like the old game of Marco Polo, only you never get to take off the blindfold to see exactly what is going on within you.

Now, you may be wondering…

How can I fix the uncomfortable stye on my eye?

Well, I use the Castor Oil Eye Compress Kit, from Queen of the Thrones®. It’s as simple as taking the Cosmetic Castor Oil and pouring ½ tsp on the compress, gently blotting both sides together and then placing it over your eyes.

Note that the Castor Oil is not to be used internally in the eye, and is safest when applied as a weighted compress.

Your Castor Oil Eye Compress supports improved…

  • Lymphatic drainage5
  • Natural anti-inflammatory effects6
  • Natural antihistamine properties7

Your Eye Compress ultimately supports balance within the area around the eye, enhancing your body’s ability to fight off the bacteria and inflammation causing the stye8. Pretty amazing, agreed?

Plus, as a bonus, when you wear your Eye Compress to bed, the compress effect of your sleep mask naturally boosts the antioxidant and sleep hormone-melatonin9, while also supporting eyelash growth and eyebrow health10.

Plus, did you know Castor Oil works as a natural, and easy-to-do home remedy for those with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)? This thyroid condition can impact the outside lateral part of the eyebrow, causing thinning and/or hair loss.

A classic sign of thyroid dysfunction, agreed?

Enhance natural melatonin production with an Eye Compress!

It’s true! Castor Oil plus your Eye Compress promotes your feel-good hormones oxytocin11-12 and dopamine13-14, by naturally allowing your body to relax and reset using gentle compression15.

So what’s it all mean? Essentially, falling and staying asleep will begin to feel a lot easier because your body will know how to naturally relax. Makes sense, right?

Styes are known to be a product of humidity, which thankfully the thickness of Castor Oil, placed not in the eye, but on the lid itself, counteracts and absorbs, supporting relief from the inflammation that is occuring16. Sounds good, agreed?

The takeaway? Castor Oil is special, and when combined with a compress it becomes superb in its abilities to naturally support your body!

Would you love to know more? Click here for your free eGuide so you can know all there is to know about Castor Oil Compresses!

The best part? You’ll also know how to use your Castor Oil Eye Compress as your new sleep-aid so you can have the sleep you’ve been dreaming of.

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2, 12. Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17. PMID: 12571120.

3, 13, 15. Francis S, Rolls ET, Bowtell R, McGlone F, O’Doherty J, Browning A, Clare S, Smith E. The representation of pleasant touch in the brain and its relationship with taste and olfactory areas. Neuroreport. 1999 Feb 25;10(3):453-9. PMID: 10208571.

4, 14. Löken LS, Wessberg J, Morrison I, McGlone F, Olausson H. Coding of pleasant touch by unmyelinated afferents in humans. Nat Neurosci. 2009 May;12(5):547-8. Epub 2009 Apr 12. PMID: 19363489.

5. Li Y, Zhang J, Wan J, Liu A, Sun J. Melatonin regulates Aβ production/clearance balance and Aβ neurotoxicity: A potential therapeutic molecule for Alzheimer’s disease. Biomed Pharmacother. 2020 Dec;132:110887. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2020.110887. Epub 2020 Nov 2. PMID: 33254429.

6. Jaén RI, Sánchez-García S, Fernández-Velasco M, Boscá L, Prieto P. Resolution-Based Therapies: The Potential of Lipoxins to Treat Human Diseases. Front Immunol. 2021 Apr 23;12:658840. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.658840. PMID: 33968061; PMCID: PMC8102821.

7. Al-Mamun MA, Akter Z, Uddin MJ, Ferdaus KM, Hoque KM, Ferdousi Z, Reza MA. Characterization and evaluation of antibacterial and antiproliferative activities of crude protein extracts isolated from the seed of Ricinus communis in Bangladesh. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Jul 12;16:211. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1185-y. PMID: 27405609; PMCID: PMC4942971.

8. Bragg KJ, Le PH, Le JK. Hordeolum. 2021 Aug 9. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–. PMID: 28723014.

9. Rong-fang Hu, Xiao-ying Jiang, Yi-ming Zeng, Xiao-yang Chen, You-hua Zhang. Effects of earplugs and eye masks on nocturnal sleep, melatonin and cortisol in a simulated intensive care unit environment. Published online 2010 Apr 18. PMID: 20398302.

10. Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus cmmunis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827. PMID: 29084706.

11. Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19. PMID: 28162847.


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