Cod Liver Oil

Castor Oil Packs – How we do them and why

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

An easy way to get the benefits of castor oil is to make a castor pack. I made my first one after I had my second baby. I did one daily for a week after giving birth to help my uterus get back into shape. The next time I used one, was a year later when I was having a lot of bloating and constipation. The castor pack was a saving grace and gave me a tremendous amount of relief while I figured out what was going on. It turned out that I had a systemic case of yeast overgrowth and soon after I decided to follow The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to bring my gut flora back into balance.

The castor pack combined with following the B.E.D. way of eating (gluten-sugar-yeast free) plus taking digestive enzymes, earth minerals, and unsalted probiotic food (i.e. young coconut kefir, cultured veggies) bounced me to where I am now.

Nowadays, I don’t need my pack often but when I do I am glad I have one. Each member in my family has one as it is not recommended to share. I use mine on my liver at certain times of the year and on my lower back each time I do a colonic. My husband uses it on his gallbladder when it acts up and my kids use it on their belly for an overall health booster or when their immune system is run down. When any of us has a cough we lay it right over the lung area; feels like heaven.

Castor packs are known to stimulate and cleanse the lymphatic system of lymphatic fluid; which is basically the body’s sewer system and where dead cells and debris absorb. The lymphatic system brings this waste to the liver and spleen for filtering. If the lymph system is slow to circulate, the lymp fluid can stagnant and a person may begin to have digestive or immune issues (i.e. food allergies, constipation, weight gain). Applied topically, the castor oil on the pack absorbs right through the skin and into the lymphatic fluid to clean things up and get things moving again.

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 the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, right underneath the ribcage (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 teaspoon 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 underneath you while doing your pack to protect the surface as castor oil stains.
  • Wait a few hours after eating a meal to do a pack; this will help loosen up toxicity and obstructions in the tract.
  • Castor packs are nice to do before bed, perhaps while reading. I like to keep the bag next to my bed, so that when I am ready to sleep I simply drop the materials into the bag without needing to get up.
  • For maximum benefit for non-acute conditions, use the pack for 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 min. for 5 nights and take 2 nights off. You can repeat this cycle for 2 weeks or until the health condition improves.
  • Individual response differ depending on symptoms; please always consult with your health care provider.
  • Castor packs can be used many times; you don’t need to rinse or clean them in 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 may cause a 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 effect is what gives castor oil the ability to reverse constipation – it’s also what can cause digestive discomfort, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal side effects. Use castor oil with caution if you suffer from IBS, ulcers, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, colitis, prolapse, or recent surgery. Do not use a pack if you have cancer or an open infections. It’s a good idea to test the 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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