According to the National Library of Medicine (NIH); “Castor Oil, produced from castor beans, has long been considered to be of important commercial value primarily for the manufacturing of soaps, lubricants, and coatings, among others.”

This Oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis L.) by solvent extraction, mechanical pressing, or a combination of the two methods. Castor Oil is known to be pale yellow, viscous, non-drying, and non-volatile.

Commercial Uses for Castor Oil

  • Experiments have successfully shown that Castor Oil can be used to make a potent biofuel, when combined with diesel
  • Through the synthesis of acyloxy castor polyol esters, Castor Oil is frequently used to create lubricants – as well as hydraulic and brake fluids – for various applications
  • In the creation of polymers, Castor Oil is key in the synthesis of renewable monomers and polymers
  • Thanks to its unique properties, because Castor Oil is a vegetable oil, it is commonly used in the production of soaps, waxes, and greases for industrial use
  • The NIH confirms that Castor Oil is also a popular choice in coatings and paints, after being effectively dehydrated by nonconjugated oil–maleic anhydride adducts for useful paint or furniture oil applications
  • In the pharmaceutical sector, Castor Oil is widely used as an additive and/or stabiliser in drugs, and – interestingly – as a delivery vehicle for cancer drugs

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