Why can't Pukka Castor Oil be taken internally?

There are some traditions that use castor oil internally. The Pukka castor oil is to food grade standards, but we do not recommend its use in this way and here is why: We have duty of care to our customers regarding the use of our products and, when taken internally, castor oil can be a powerful laxative which could put some individuals at risk, particularly in pregnancy or in serious digestive conditions.

Castor oil can be marketed either as cosmetic or as a food supplement product. Pukka have proactively chosen to market it under external use to ensure that our product is used in the safest way possible. As such, we cannot recommend or provide instruction upon how to take the product internally: This is a legal requirement.

We can re-assure you, in light of our re-brand, that the product was and still is to ‘food grade’ standards, and that the product itself has not changed in any way.

Castor oil is traditionally used in massage and/or applied as an external pack.  Castor oil packs can be made by soaking a flannel in warmed castor oil, applying to the affected area and then covering yourself with a towel and hot water bottle for up to 20 minutes.