Castor Oil Uses: Castor Oil to Induce Labor

Castor oil, blue cohosh, flax seed oil, black cohosh and evening primrose oil are a few of the herbs and oils used to naturally induce labor.

Some women use castor oil for naturally inducing contractions. Castor oil is derived from the seed on the castor oil plant and has many different uses. The uses of castor oil range from treatments for hair growth to therapy for constipation. When castor oil is used to bring on contractions it is usually done under the direction of a practitioner.


Castor Oil Plant-Image by pizzodisevo via Flickr

Castor Oil Seeds-Image via Wikipedia

Usually castor oil is used to induce labor when labor doesn’t start on its own after about a week. Castor oil is one of the natural remedies used when the intention is to speed up labor.

Induced labor is used when a woman’s water breaks but labor doesn’t start. There are many other conditions, including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, which require that labor be induced and this may be done using natural remedies. These natural remedies are used to ripen the cervix. When the cervix ripens, it becomes thin and soft and opens to allow the fetus to pass.

A large percentage of births are induced each year. The number of cases involving induced labor increases every year in many different countries. When doctors attempt to induce labor, if the attempt is not successful, the mother will have to undergo a caesarean section (C-section) in order to deliver her baby. Naturally inducing labor successfully is the aim of the practitioner at the last stage of pregnancy when labor is long overdue.


A Woman’s Pregnancy Month by Month-Image via Wikipedia

Castor oil induces labor by stimulating contractions in the abdomen and uterus. It works for some women but not all. It is best to not ingest the oil orally. If a midwife, doctor or other practitioner uses castor oil to induce labor by stimulating contractions, they can rub the castor oil onto the woman’s stomach or feet.

 A woman can also use castor oil to induce labor by inserting a castor oil capsule vaginally.

Castor oil has side effects such as diarrhea and vomiting. The drug pitocin is used to induce labor and may be a better alternative for women who are uncomfortable with the side effects of castor oil.


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  1. Learn something new everyday. Thank you for sharing.

  2. That’s a good option compared to C-Section.

  3. It looks like “rambutan” :) it’s a fruit.
    Thanks for sharing an educational and informative article as usual :)

  4. Good to see you again Sharifa! It’s my first time to know that castor oil induces labor,very informative!

  5. Great article. I am an expert in induction of labor.Lol!

  6. Glad to see you back. Castor oil is new to me. Learn new things. Thanks!

  7. this is so helpful, women will be so appreciative

  8. Very helpful article, Sharifa. Nice to see you back. Castor oil can also be used to reduce the heat generated in your body. One has to apply a small portion of castor oil in the eyelids.

  9. nice write up

  10. Great to see you back! I never knew castor oil could be used to induce birth… great work.

  11. Very interesting. I did not know castor oil could be used this way.

  12. Happy to see you back, Sharifa; I hope everything is fine;
    Great and inforamtive article. You may know Edgar Cayce used to recommend this castor oil.
    Take care, my friend.

  13. Hey Shar,
    Glad to see you are ok. Was worried. Check ur email…
    Nice articles.

  14. I was OK until the last couple of sentences.

  15. Thanks for reminding us of this old traditional remedy for labor and constipation. works well for many. Welcome back.

  16. Happy to see you are back again, my friend. Missed you.
    There are lots of natural things that have been used before and almost got forgotten I guess. It can be good to know about this.. Thanks :)

  17. nice to see you back, and with a very interesting article.

  18. Sounds very healthy indeed!

  19. welcome on board, Sharifa.
    Wow, great information, and awesome pics. I never know castor oil can induct labour.
    Btw, first time I come across the word “virginally”.

  20. Thanks Megamatt.

  21. Hi Brewed.
    Nz, I didn’t know that name ;-)

  22. Hi Mtr ;-)

  23. @ Tiki

  24. “induce”, not “induct”…oops.

  25. Good to know LCM.

  26. @ Youthinkso
    It’s good information to have.

  27. Thanks Anu.

  28. Hi Chip.

  29. Thanks Ann.
    I appreciate the warm welcome back everyone.

  30. Hi Michal.
    Thank you Francois.

  31. Hi Gina,

    I will.

  32. This is great for mothers to be who’s looking for an alternative.

  33. Very informative article Sharifa.Castor oil is really beneficial in various ways. It is good for skin too..

  34. This is very useful information.

  35. This is the first time I heard about this, thanks.

  36. I have not really seen this in reality… but great information.

  37. Back in the fifties, and early sixties it was in heavy use, here in Scotland… a guy called Matt McGinn sang a song called cod liver oil, and the Orange juice… you could check on you tube, liked this one for the girls Sharifa cheers

  38. Thanks Sharif

  39. It is, Blu.

  40. Thanks Jimmy.

  41. You’re welcome Melody

  42. Hi Matthan.

  43. Cheers Matt

  44. lol I am such an old nurse/and labor an deliery was my first RN job…all I have to do is read the words castor oil and I can smell it…dude, this stuff is so potent!!
    and I forgot who mentioned E Cayce but at the time he was using it as a purification technique…which I PROMISE you will occur!!! your body will be so pure you will swear never to eat or drink anything for about 3 days lol
    but yes, all pregnant moms got this if they were less than 5 centimeters dilated…helped not to have to start that dang pit expletive expletive which is way too hard on the mom and the baby!!!
    I hate pitocin…had to scrub on a lot of emergency c sections cause it made the baby go into stress/dropped heart rate etc
    anyway TMI..pitocin is a naturally occuring hormone anyway…why add to the act of labor by making mor pitocin and making a stressful condition? never mind. TMI…funny after all these yrs I hadnt thought of those days at all
    would probably make a cool article maybe? 350 live births a month and 50-60 abortions a week? want to hear about all this ole lady experienced straight out of BSN?
    Shari…are you a nurse too? you sure sound and write like one :)

  45. ;-)

  46. Liked this old post!

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