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Castor Oil Packs – How & Why We Do Them

Castor oil is gentle and potent all at once; with the ability to absorb into the skin and organs to relieve pain, increase circulation, decrease inflammation, and bring healing to specific parts of the body.

One easy way to get these benefits is to make a ‘castor pack’. The first time I made was after my second baby was born. I did one every day during that first week to get my uterus back in shape. They felt heavenly each time! The next time I used it was a year later when I started having bad bloating and constipation due to yeast overgrowth. My pack was a saving grace and gave me tremendous relief. 

The castor pack combined with Body Ecology Diet (gluten-sugar-yeast free way of eating) + digestive enzymes + minerals + bolusesunsalted probiotic food got me back on track with my health. I am now a Holistic Nutritionist and help others struggling with health issues. What a life ❤️

I don’t reach for my pack often these days, but when I do I am glad to have one!! Each member of my family has their own (not recommended to share) … my husband uses his on gallbladder when it flares. My kids use theirs on belly for overall health or when immune system needs a boost. I use mine on my liver when I feel tight or on my lower back each time I do a colonic. When any of us get a cough, we lay the pack over the lung area. One neat story is that I recently sprained my ankle and was in horrendous pain. I put a wool sock on, drizzled it with a bunch of castor oil, and slipped it on my foot with a plastic bag over it to prevent the sheets from getting oily. I did this for 2 nights in a row and healed quickly from an injury that would typically have taken days to bounce back from.

The beauty of a castor pack is that it stimulates and cleanses the lymphatic system of lymphatic fluid; which is basically your body’s sewer system and where dead cells and debris absorb. The lymphatic system brings this fluid/waste to the liver and spleen for filtering. If your lymph system is slow to circulate, the lymph fluid can stagnant and you might start having digestive or immune issues (i.e. food allergies, constipation). Using castor oil topically, helps get the lymphatic system moving again to clean things.

How I make a castor pack…

Materials Needed

Castor Oil (high-quality, cold-pressed, preferably organic)
Cotton flannel “pack” (36” x 10”)
Chuck pad, folded in half
Old towel
Heating pad or 11”x 18” FAR infrared blanket

Method

  1. Pour 1-2 tablespoon of castor oil onto the cotton flannel.
  2. Apply to upper right abdomen, underneath rib-cage (location of liver) OR any area in need of treatment.
  3. Cover with a chuck pad and top that with an old towel.
  4. Place heat source on top of towel (temp. should be high enough to feel warmth on skin but not get burned).
  5. Relax for 30-90 minutes while the skin absorbs the oil.
  6. Remove pack and rinse off area with 2 tsp baking soda/1 pint water and paper towels.

Tips & Tricks

  • Once you get the basics down and are comfortable using a pack, consider investing in a castor pack holder.
  • Lay a chuck pad under you while doing a pack to protect the surface (castor oil stains).
  • Wait a few hours after eating to do a pack to loosen toxicity and obstructions in tract.
  • Castor packs are nice to do right before bed, while reading. I keep a bag next to bed, so when I’m ready to fall asleep, I can drop the materials into bag without getting up.
  • For maximum benefit for non-acute conditions, use the pack 3 consecutive nights per week with 4th week off. Repeat 2 more cycles, then take a week off, then continue 1x a week until symptoms subsides.
  • For acute situations, use 30″ for 5 nights; taking 2 nights off. Repeat this cycle for 2 weeks or until feel better.
  • Individual response differ depending on symptoms; please consult with your doctor.
  • Castor packs can be used many times; you don’t need to rinse or clean them between uses. Store pack in a glass jar in fridge; adding fresh castor oil before each use. Discard after 6 months to a year.

*A castor pack works for general aches and decrease inflammation, especially for flu, eye infections, abscesses, hair loss, headaches, epilepsy, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, intestinal obstructions and hyperactivity. Women benefit during fibroids, mastitis, c-section healing, cramps, ovarian cysts, and menses. Use caution if breastfeeding, as castor oil will create a lot of movement which can cause detox through breast-milk. Not for using during pregnancy.

Precautions: Castor oil is broken down by the small intestine into ricinoleic acid; which acts as an irritant to intestinal lining. This is what gives castor oil the ability to reverse constipation and also what can cause digestive discomfort and other gastrointestinal side effects. Use castor oil with caution if you have IBS, ulcers, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, colitis, prolapse, or have undergone recent surgery. Do not use a pack if you have cancer or open infections. It is a good idea to test the castor oil on a small part of your arm before use.

References
Step-By-Step Castor Oil Pack Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVaCT80TzlY
http://rootnaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/castor-oil-packs-are-good-for-liver-detoxification-and-lymphatic-circulation/

http://shininghealth.com/blog/2012/04/detox-your-body-the-amazing-healing-benefits-of-castor-oil

    My husband using his castor pack at his desk.

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