Talk:Castor oil

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Older discussion[edit]

Earlier discussion moved to:

This archive has been moved to Talk:Castor oil/Archive 1 and is now listed on the archive box. - - MrBill3 (talk) 14:17, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Comments from the top of the page[edit]

I've moved these here so they don't disrupt the flow of the page's top. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 10:34, 28 October 2013 (UTC) There is a dangerous statement "Also, by applying castor oil, the food becomes easy to digest". Will the creator of this article pl remove that line in section As food grain preservative Kalpak (talk) 13:57, 28 November 2012 (UTC)kalpak

The first line in the article mentions extraction from a beaver's groin.. The bad english, lack of supporting facts, and the fact that it doesn't connect at all with the rest of the entry implies to me that this page was vandalized. If it is a correct entry, then it needs to be updated.

Also, one addition if someone could do the research -- supposedly castor oil can be used to remove Skin Tags. Perhaps a mention, plus any research you find.

G. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:48, 24 August 2012 (UTC)


The opening paragraph states, 'Castor oil (CAS number 8001-79-4) is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste.' This is so contrary to general experience as to require correction. Castor oil is famously foul-tasting, and the smell is nauseating to many. A physician I know recommends preparing a glass of lime or lemon juice to be taken immediately after the oil, with the nose being held throughout the process. See this link for an example of reputation:

Spicemix (talk) 12:30, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

A cartoon is hardly a good reference. Many sites mention the bad taste of castor oil, but some good ones also agree with the description in this article. See probably depends greatly on the purity of the oil, how it was processed and handled, as well as the perception of the individuals. Unsaturated oils like castor oil can become rancid as they age or are heated, making their taste and odor objectionable. Silverchemist (talk) 17:58, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

If it was used for torture and intimidation in fascist Italy, then it must taste horrible. I agree with the person who posted this comment. Castor Oil is famous for its taste, so to claim it has none, with no further explanation about why people in the 30's and 40's were scared to death of drinking it, is pretty anti-informative. (talk) 17:44, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Consumption of castor oil can cause severe intestinal cramps and diarrhea as a result of castor oil being broken down to give ricinoleic acid, which irritates the lining of the small intestine. See [[1]]. The article clearly says that this was the reason that castor oil was so feared.Silverchemist (talk) 02:54, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Clarity in "Intimidation..." section[edit]

I found the wording of this section of the article confusing:

"In lesser quantities, castor oil was also used as an instrument of intimidation, for example, to discourage civilians or soldiers who would call in sick either in the factory or in the military. Since its healing properties were widely exaggerated, abuse could be easily masked under pretense of a doctor's prescription."

How did the intimidation occur? Is this to say that workers who called in sick were somehow forced to obtain a prescription to castor oil and prove to their employers that they had consumed it? That seems pretty implausible.

Just hoping to clarify that section so others aren't as stumped as I am. I would try to reword it myself, but I don't know enough about the facts to get it right.

-- (talk) 20:00, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

I think you have raised a valid question and that the material is questionable as it is unsourced. It was added in this edit without any references. Perhaps the sources[1][2][3][4] listed for the first paragraph of this section provide details which could be better paraphrased for clarity.
Of interest is a case where castor oil was used for intimidation in the US that was previously in the article. It was removed in this edit with the summary, " Removed a reference to a single court case in the United States. Reference has nothing to do with intimidation in Fascist Italy and Spain." as the section is now titled Intimidation perhaps is should be added back. I can see the objection to it being a single case having some weight however a case which makes it to the Court of Appeals is notable in my opinion. The original removal was by an IP but it was replaced and then removed by Prlambert76 perhaps this editor has input which should be considered.[5]


  1. ^ "Italy The rise of Mussolini". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Benito's Birthday". Time, in partnership with CNN. August 6, 1923. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  3. ^ Bosworth, R. J. B. (2002). Mussolini. New York: Arnold/Oxford Univ. Press. ISBN 0-340-73144-3. 
  4. ^ The Straight Dope: Did Mussolini use castor oil as an instrument of torture?

- - MrBill3 (talk) 14:06, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Possible spam[edit]

There few website that seems to do spammy activities on wikipedia. What is the way to check that website links are spammy and how can I help wiki in blocking those? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hairreview (talkcontribs) 18:44, 1 July 2013 (UTC)