6 Ways to Use Castor Oil at Home | Reader's Digest

6 Ways to Use Castor Oil at Home

Castor oil has hundreds of industrial uses, but it can help you in 6 different ways!

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Soften cuticles
If you were ever forced to swallow castor oil as a child, this may be a pleasant surprise: The high vitamin-E content of that awful-tasting thick oil can work wonders on brittle nails and ragged cuticles. And you don’t have to swallow the stuff. Just massage a small amount on your cuticles and nails each day and within three months you will have supple cuticles and healthy nails.

Soothe tired eyes
Before going to bed, rub odorless castor oil all around your eyes. Rub some on your eyelashes, too, to keep them shiny. Be careful not to get the oil in your eyes.

Lubricate kitchen scissors
Use castor oil instead of toxic petroleum oil to lubricate kitchen scissors and other utensils that touch food.

Repel moles
If moles are destroying your garden and yard, try using castor oil to get rid of them. Mix 1/2 cup castor oil and 2 gallons (7.5 liters) water and drench the molehill with it. It won’t kill them, but it will get them out looking for another neighborhood to dig up.

Perk up ailing ferns
Give your sickly ferns a tonic made by mixing 1 tablespoon castor oil and 1 tablespoon baby shampoo with 4 cups lukewarm water. Give the fern about 3 tablespoons of the tonic, then follow with plain water. Your plants should be perky by the time you use up your supply of tonic.

Condition your hair
For healthy, shiny hair, mix 2 teaspoons castor oil with 1 teaspoon glycerin and one egg white. Massage it into your wet hair, wait several minutes, and wash out.