Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) is a naturally derived product utilizing the "Jamaican" processing technique. This method helps seal in all the essential oils of the castor and involves roasting the castor beans prior to manually pressing them for their oils. Because of the roasting process, there are traces of ash in the castor oil that intensifies the effectiveness of the product. Jamaican Black Castor Oil has a darker, deeper color, and a richer, earthier aroma. The ash in JBCO tends to make it more alkaline, and the higher pH can help clarify the scalp and remove impurities that clog pores. JBCO is also rich in Omega-6 and -9 fatty acids, ricinoleic acid, all of which provide much needed nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin.