Castor Oil for Mumz: A Few of the Many Uses

Castor Oil for Mumz: A Few of the Many Uses
Castor oil is one of those products whose use dates back thousands of years and castor beans were found in Egyptian tombs dating back as far as 4,000 BC.

The oil was used as a fuel for lamps, but also for a variety of health and beauty treatments.
Today, refined or processed castor oil is still widely used, so does it have any uses for our modern-day mums, or is it something that has been replaced by more up-to-date products? Let’s explore some ways that mums can safely use castor oil with their babies…

Napkin, or diaper rash

Diaper rash is probably the most common issue that mums face on a daily basis. The problem tends to occur less during the day because checking and changing happens more frequently. It can be overnight when the problem strikes, as a baby can be left for long periods in a wet diaper.

Castor oil is very effective at alleviating the symptoms of diaper rash, as it contains certain ingredients that are beneficial to skin healing. It shouldn’t be applied to broken skin but is safe to use on babies’ skin in general.

Cradle cap

Cradle cap is a condition that affects a lot of babies in their first 3 months but can occur at later stages too. Doctors are as yet undecided about the exact causes of cradle cap, but it seems to be generally believed that it’s most likely a fungal infection.

It presents as waxy scales on the baby’s head and although it seems to cause little or no distress to the little ones, it’s best treated as soon as it appears. This is another area where castor oil can be effective, because not only does it have antifungal properties, it also helps to soften the waxy scales. This helps them to either naturally fall off, or makes it easier to gently remove them from babies scalp.


The benefits of infant massage are well known and documented. Not only is it incredibly relaxing for your baby, but it can help with certain health issues too. It helps to soothe growing muscles and can even be useful for conditions such as constipation and colic. 

There are more obvious benefits, such as the bonding experience that comes with a massage. This can be very important for a baby’s development as they feel safe, loved, and relaxed during the massage. If your baby has specific health issues, you should check with your doctor before trying massage, just to be sure you’re not causing more harm than good.

Hair health

We’ve already talked about how castor oil can help with cradle cap, but once this phase has passed and the baby’s hair begins to grow, castor oil can be a great way to keep it in great shape

It can help to strengthen hair roots in babies and relieves dry skin that can often occur in young children as their hair develops. Applying gently with cotton wool ensures complete coverage in a way that does not distress the baby. If you do notice any adverse reactions to castor oil being applied, stop using it immediately and consult your doctor.

Castor oil helps hair grow faster so moms can use it too. Scalp massage with castor oil will improve blood circulation and improve hair health and growth in the most natural way. You will be able to do wonders with your hairstyles - It won’t be so prone to damage from simple treatments like hair dyeing, straightening, or curling. Castor oil treatment is the most natural way to get to the point where you can really play with hairstyles. 


Now we all know that your baby should be protected from the sun at all times, but we also know that sometimes, they may catch the sun in an unavoidable situation. Mild sunburn can be treated by gently applying castor oil to the affected area.

The castor oil will bring relief to the skin and provide needed moisture to prevent further damage. Remember that castor oil has been used to treat skin conditions for literally thousands of years!

As we’ve mentioned, castor oil should never be applied to broken skin and if the sunburn is severe, you should seek medical help as soon as possible.

Although there are many uses for castor oil, you know your baby better than anyone. You should probably test any product you intend to use on your baby’s skin on a small area first and wait to see if there’s any kind of reaction. If not, you’re good to go but if you notice any kind of skin irritation, etc. stop using the product and talk to your healthcare professionals.

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