Castor Oil for Eyes - Benefits and Uses

Castor oil is obtained from castor bean seeds. In its pure form, it is tasteless, odourless and colourless. Traditionally, castor oil has been used for several beauty and health purposes. Let's see how castor oil has been used for some of the eyes-related issues and goals.

Is Castor Oil Safe for Your Eyes?

It should be noted that only certain types of castor oil are safe to use for your eyes. To ensure that the castor oil drops which you use are safe look for the following labels - Cold-pressed, Virgin, Hexane-free and certified organic. It should be noted that before using any castor oil product for your eyes you should consult your ophthalmologist.

How to Choose The Right Castor Oil?

There are a variety of castor oil types available in the market, all of them are not suitable for optic use. Only buy virgin, organic, cold-pressed, hexane-free castor oil. Also, speak to your ophthalmologist before using castor oil for your eyes.

Why Should You Use Castor Oil for Eyes?

Castor oil has been used in case of a variety of eye-related disorders some of which are -

  1. Thin and dry eyelashes
  2. Dry, itchy, irritated and red eyes
  3. Eyes which are affected by an allergy
  4. Common eye infections
  5. Stye or inflammation of your eyelid
  6. Inflammation of the eye due to injury or infections
  7. Conjunctivitis
  8. Subconjunctival haemorrhage which occurs due to broken blood vessels in the eye
  9. Scar tissue on the eye or sclera
  10. Cataracts
  11. Glaucoma
  12. Wrinkles around the eyes
  13. Under-eye circles or dark circles

How to Use Castor Oil for Eyes?

Castor Oil for Eyes

Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties because it contains ricinoleic acid which helps in the case of many eye-related illnesses some of which are listed here -

1. Treats Eye Allergies

Castor oil helps in allergy-related redness and inflammation in the eyes. It also prevents dry eyes by stimulating lipid production which helps in inhibiting the evaporation of tears which helps keep your eyes moist.

Procedure

  1. Use a clean dropper which has been washed properly in soapy water to siphon the castor oil (as recommended by your ophthalmologist).
  2. Using the dropper put a single drop of castor oil in each eye before going to sleep.
  3. Do this every night to combat the effects of your allergy.

2. Treats Bloodshot Eyes

People with this condition have excessive redness in their eyes. Using castor oil can help soothe the effects of bloodshot eyes.

Procedure

  1. Use a clean dropper which has been washed properly in soapy water to siphon the castor oil (which has been recommended by your ophthalmologist).
  2. Using the dropper put a single drop of castor oil in each eye. Repeat this 3 to 4 times a day.
  3. Sit for 15 mins with your eyes closed after application. This will help the cloudiness caused by castor oil to subside.

3. Treats Itchy and Irritated Eyes

Castor oil in addition to being an anti-inflammatory, acts as a great moisturizing agent which helps in treating itchy eyes.

Procedure

  1. Use a clean dropper which has been washed properly in soapy water to siphon the castor oil (as recommended by your ophthalmologist).
  2. Using the dropper put a single drop of castor oil in each eye before going to sleep.
  3. Do this every night to see results.

4. Supplements Cataract Treatment

A cataract is a serious disease which in its end stages requires surgery. Using castor oil can help in accelerating post-surgery recovery and might also help in reducing pre-surgery damage.

Procedure

  1. Use a clean dropper which has been washed properly in soapy water to siphon the castor oil (as recommended by your ophthalmologist).
  2. Using the dropper put a single drop of castor oil in each eye before going to sleep.
  3. There might be crusts formed around your eyes in the morning which are calcified deposits of other compounds in castor oil. Just wash them off.

5. Treats Puffy Eyes

Castor oil can help in reducing the inflammation caused in the case of puffy eyes.

Procedure

  1. Use a clean dropper which has been washed properly in soapy water to siphon the castor oil (as recommended by your ophthalmologist).
  2. Using the dropper put 2 drops of castor oil on your fingertip and gently apply them to the puffy areas under your eyes. Do this before bedtime and repeat every night to see reduced puffiness.

6. Treats Swollen Eyes

As mentioned before castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which helps in reducing the inflammation related to blepharitis or swollen eyelids.

Procedure

  1. Wash your eyes with lukewarm water.
  2. Apply a warm compress to your eyelids for about 5 mins.
  3. Apply a few drops of castor oil (as recommended by your ophthalmologist) to your closed eyelids using a cotton swab.
  4. Repeat this process every night before bedtime for results.

7. Removes Under-Eye Circles

Castor oil contains nutrients which help in nourishing your skin and helps remove pigmentation caused by under-eye circles.

Procedure

  1. Rub a few drops of castor oil (as recommended by your ophthalmologist) on your fingertips.
  2. Use your fingers to gently massage your eyes for about a minute.
  3. Repeat this process every night before bedtime for results.

8. Reduces Wrinkles

Castor oil has emollient properties which help it in combating wrinkles present around the eyes.

Procedure

  1. Wash your eyes with lukewarm water.
  2. Rub a few drops of castor oil (as recommended by your ophthalmologist) on your fingertips.
  3. Use your fingers to gently massage the wrinkles present around your eyes.

9. Thickens Your Eyebrows

Castor oil contains nutrients which help in nourishing your hair follicles hence promoting eyebrows to grow.

Procedure

  1. Wash your face with lukewarm water.
  2. Use a cotton swab to apply castor oil to your eyebrows.
  3. Gently massage your eyebrows for 2-3 minutes using your fingertips.
  4. Repeat this process every night before bedtime for results.

When Should You Avoid Using Castor Oil?

Castor oil has been used as eye drops as well as there are other methods of using castor oil for eye benefits. However, the following are a few cases when castor oil should not be used for eyecare. Always consult your doctor first before putting anything in your eyes.

  • Persistent blurry vision after using castor oil. Blurring of the eyes after castor oil use while normal should not persist for more than a few minutes. If it does stop castor oil use.
  • Avoid using castor oil if it causes redness and irritation in your eyes.
  • Do not apply castor oil just before putting in your contacts or also while they are on. You should use castor oil overnight when your contact lenses are removed for an extended period.
  • Do not exclusively treat eye conditions using castor oil. Always go to a doctor for prescription medicine especially in cases of serious eye conditions. Castor oil is only a supplement to normal medical care and not its replacement.
  • Avoid using castor oil directly after eye surgery. Consult an ophthalmologist before resuming use.
  • Do not use castor oil in conjunction with prescription or OTC eye drops.
  • Do not discontinue any prescription eye drops in favor of castor oil.

Always consult an ophthalmologist before using castor oil for eyes benefits especially for serious eye conditions.

Also Read: Tips to Use Castor Oil for Dark Circles

 

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Written By - Pratyush Behere

 

 

 

 

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