Jamaican Black Castor Oil (also called JBCO) is famous for stimulating hair growth in dormant hair follicles. However, that’s not the only way you can use JBCO. There are other uses for Jamaican Black Castor Oil that can benefit your hair, skin nails, and health.
Before we look at the various uses for Jamaican Black Castor Oil, let’s take a closer look at what this precious oil actually is.
Overview of Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a very rich and thick oil. It is rich in Omega-9 fatty acids. The way this oil is created is by a process of extracting it from the seeds of the castor bean. The seed of the castor bean is separated from its shell through a heating, then roasting process.
While JBCO can be used in your hair, skin, nails and health, we won’t look at the health benefits since I’m not a medical professional. If you are interested in the medicinal benefits of Castor Oil in general, check out this article.
1) Use JBCO on Your Skin
Jamaican Black Castor Oil has a high concentration of Omega-9 fatty acids which can gives it the ability to improve your complexion and skin tone. JBCO can be used for helping to:
- Reduce the appearance of scars by smoothing out the skin and encouraging healing
- Soften rough, dry and patchy skin
- Smooth and bring about healing to dry, cracked skin (For example, lips, knees, elbows, feet)
- Reduce the signs of aging
DIY Body & Facial Scrub
Create a DIY body or facial scrub to experience all of the aforementioned benefits.
Here’s a simple recipe to mix up:
- 1/2 cup of fine granulated brown sugar
- 3/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Alternatively, if you don’t want to make your own body scrub, you can use a basic store bought one and add a tablespoon of JBCO to it. This will make the scrub much better for your skin.
Lastly, you can make small amounts for spot treatments for your skin. Simply, sprinkle a little brown sugar in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of JBCO until it’s the consistency of a nice scrub. Then, apply to the desired or affected area.
2) Use JBCO in Your Hair
The most popular way to use Jamaican Black Castor Oil, there’s a number of benefits and ways to use it in your hair:
- Seal in moisture – (especially beneficial to fraying ends). Simply moisturize your hair and use JBCO on the ends of your hair. It is one of the best sealants for natural hair.
- To smooth frizz – This works for up-do styles and protective styles mostly. This wouldn’t work as well for hairstyles where your hair is out. Because JBCO is very heavy, it will weigh your hair down, especially if it’s fine. You could test a small amount on frizzy curls but results could be less than desirable if you want your hair to have movement.
- To strengthen – When JBCO is a part of a protein treatment, it can aid in the strengthening of your hair.
- Stimulate hair growth – regular scalp massages using Jamaican Black Castor Oil will awaken dormant hair follicles. You can also apply a tablespoon of JBCO to your other hair products:
- Deep conditioners
- Hair masks
- Leave in conditioners (see my modified version of Kimmaytube’s Leave in Conditioner Recipe here)
- DIY Hair Butter – like the DIY scrub above, you can create a DIY hair butter for winter hair care
DIY Hair Butter
It’s very easy to create a DIY whipped mango butter with Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
In a food processor or mixing bowl, combine the ingredients and whip until the consistency is creamy:
- 1 cup of unrefined shea or mango butter
- a tablespoon of Organic Coconut (or Olive) Oil
- 1 tablespoon of Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- 5 Drops of the Essential Oil of your choice (I like Sweet Orange…which is coincidentally good for the scalp as well)
Transfer the contents of your newly created hair butter to a glass or plastic storage jar. Then, use within 60 days.
3) Use Jamaican Black Castor Oil on Your Nails
Using JBCO on your nails may be one of the least known uses for Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
Massage a bit of oil into your nails, paying close attention to your cuticles. The richness of the oil will soften your cuticles and promote moisture (when applying after washing your hands).
With repeated and consistent use, JBCO can help to strengthen your nails and cuticles.
Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil
You’ll find that some brands offer an Extra Dark version of JBCO. The reason the oil is “darker” (although it may not be so obvious by looking at it) is its ash content.
The castor oil beans have more ash by roasting them longer. The ash supposedly increases the efficacy of the oil. Although, I don’t know if that’s actually been tested. It’s interesting that the price point isn’t that different between regular and extra dark Jamaican castor oil.
Brands of Jamaican Black Castor Oil
While there are a number of uses for Jamaican Black Castor Oil, you don’t want to buy just any brand. Not all brands are created equal. In fact, the oil could contain contaminants so you want to make sure you purchase a quality brand.
Below are the brands of JBCO that I recommend. I like these because they do not contain any additional oils or other ingredients to dilute their purity:
- Tropic Isle Living
- Sunny Isle
- IQ Natural
- Pura D’or
There are different price points among brands but you can find them on Amazon where you are able to get free shipping if you are a Prime member.
Otherwise, you can check local beauty supply stores.
In summation, as you can see there are many uses for Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Incorporate this rich oil into your hair care, skin care and nail care regimen on a consistent basis and you’ll see great improvement in those areas.