Castor Oil Packs… what are they all about?

Castor Oil Packs

If you grew up in the 70’s you might recall your mother giving you a tablespoon for constipation, but it’s also antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, it can even be applied topically to treat a variety of skin issues. It increases blood circulation, improves lymphatic drainage, strengthens the immune system and releases trapped toxins in the body.

  • Constipation (1 Tablespoon)
  • Increases circulation in the female reproductive tract and boosts fertility.
  • Reduces or prevents ovarian cysts and fibroid tumors
  • Reduces arthritic conditions like gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis.
  • To support a detoxification program

Consuming castor oil can be dangerous, for example, some swear by the remedy of castor oil and eggs to induce labor. The bad news is if you don’t go into labor, you end up with explosive diarrhea which can leave you exhausted and depleted, which is not a great state to be in when the labor finally happens.

Castor oil packs can be warming, nourishing and highly beneficial.   And here’s how to do them… 

Castor Oil Pack instructions:

Materials

  • Three layers of undyed wool or cotton flannel large enough to cover the affected area
  • Castor oil
  • Plastic wrap or saran wrap cut 1-2″ larger than the flannel (can be cut from a plastic bag)
  • Hot water bottle or heating pad.
  • Container with lid
  • Old clothes and sheets. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding.

Method

1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping.
2. Place the pack over the affected body part.
3. Cover with plastic.
4. Place the hot water bottle or heating pad over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.
5. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda.
6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times.

Frequency of use

It is generally recommended that a castor oil pack be used for 3 to 7 days in a week to treat a health condition or for detox.