Jamaican Black Castor Oil Vs Clear Castor Oil

Jamaican black castor oil vs clear castor oil

Whenever I visit the family in Jamaica, before I leave my mom knows she has to take me to get two things; a bottle of honey and a rum flask of castor oil.

You know you got the good stuff when the only thing they can find to put it in is an old white rum bottle. I never distinguished between Jamaican black castor oil and the clear kind until I started my hair journey; I have always just known the ever potent dark colored version.

If you talk to an older Jamaican person they would probably be quick to tell you too that you can use it for a variety of things including, rubbing your joints if you suffer from arthritis, to induce labor (which I personally would not recommend), and it is believed that it can prevent cysts and lumps if you massage your breasts with it.

My Grandmother will also tell you that if you use castor oil on your skin you can prevent eczema, psoriasis, pimples and other skin ailments. They would hardly ever mention hair which I thought was quite interesting, but none the less we now know it’s great for our tresses too.

To determine the difference between Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) and the clear version, it will be necessary to give you a short history lesson.

Castor oil is originally from Africa. As it is with many other things, the slaves brought the seeds over to Jamaica where the oil was extracted and used for all the things I just described.


Raw unadulterated castor oil is very rare but is still being made in some areas of the island today, and is not black in color, it is actually yellowish. Squeezing the seed at high pressure to extract the oil is called cold pressing, and when it is done in that manner it allows the properties of the oil to remain intact versus using heat which degrades the oil.

Earlier I mentioned the castor oil in the rum flask, and one of the reasons I mention it is because the Tropical Isle brand that we are used to purchasing is the closest to that version that you can find anywhere.

According to their website, the reason the oil is dark is because the seeds are roasted, and the ash from the process is added into the oil taking it from that yellow color to in some cases extremely dark.

Originally posted 2014-01-12 15:00:45.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Angela Lawrence

Jamaican Black castor for me oil helps hair maintain more moisture and gives hair a nice shine also works well as a hot oil treatment.

Michelle Sanders

Jamaican

Precious McKay

Regular

Andrea Tre

I guard my castor oil (unrefined from Jamaica) well….I don’t like to share.

Irin Ingle

How can I get jamaican black caster oil in Bangladesh?

Thandiwe Hlomendlini

Where can i get it in joberg?

Mel Roberts

Black you never turn back

Diandra Noelle Gwyn

I used a little with coconut oil. Never directly on my scalp

Catherine Dyana

Have only tried the JBCO and so far I like it…except the smell.

Justina Stacks

That’s the same exact one I have

Claudine Jones

I know they work the same though. That’s why I wanted you to read it.

Justina Stacks

Ok I’m gonna read it. I wonder if the white one is lighter cause the black one is sooo thick and stank

Claudine Jones

The black is black only bc the ash from the seed being roasted falls in and that’s also where the smell comes from. Lol

Tiela Lewis

I found that the black seed cumin oil works better for me. For hair and as a vitamin supplement.

Kaydeen Gordon

I’ve used the black castor oil periodically throughout my life as my grandmother used to make it the old fashioned way in a wooden martar. Still use it when I need to thicken my hair although I have really thick hair.#iamajamaican

Youlonda M. McCullough-Jackson

I am interested in exactly how she made the black castor oil. I’m not familiar with the wooden martar.

Syreeta Samuels

I prefer black castor oil, it grow my edges and my hair back thicker than it ever was also my skin have a natural glow

Mona Asil

Let me get m’y original luil maskreti from Haïti it gets no better tan dat

Tabitha Gaston

I purchased the Jamaican black castor oil but the smell drives me crazy

Miguel Downer

Black castor oil is working for me

Trisha Hizwifeonly Harris

Black castor oil is great for thinning hair

Omoye Sade

So who wins?

Jackie Stallworth

Jamaican black

Laconda Edwards

Allergic to it..

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