Castor Oil Pack

Castor Oil Pack

Popularized by Edgar Cayce in the early twentieth century, castor oil is a traditional natural remedy that dates back to Ancient Egypt, China, Persia, Africa, Greece and Rome. Castor oil comes from the castor seed of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis), a large shrub.

Castor oil packs can be applied almost anywhere on the body, including the abdomen and joints.

Castor oil packs are often used when treating the symptoms of
  • Constipation
  • Digestive disorders
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Uterine and ovarian cysts
  • Bursitis
  • As part of a liver detox program
  • Avariety of skin conditions.
  • A 1999 study found that topical use of castor oil stimulates the lymphatic system, helping the body to remove toxins and promote its own healing.
Supplies:

– 8 oz of cold-pressed, organic castor oil

– Cotton or wool flannel cloth

– Glass bowl – large enough to hold cloth

– Hot water bottle

– Plastic bag or saran wrap

– Couple of old towels

– Clothes that you do mind getting oily

Directions:

– Place cotton or wool flannel in glass bowl.

– Pour enough castor oil on cloth to completely saturate, but not so much that it is dripping. You can add it a little at a time. Use your hands to knead the cloth and help it absorb the oil.

– Fill water bottle with hot water.

– Put a towel down to protect surfaces where you are doing the castor pack.

– Place saturated cloth on desired part of body and cover with plastic.

– Place hot water bottle on top of plastic covered pack.

– Cover with a towel.

– Leave pack on 30-60 minutes.

– Remove pack and cleanse area with a little soap and water.

– Place cloth in an airtight glass container to be reused for up to 2 weeks.

Caution
  • Do not apply castor oil to broken skin.
  • Do not apply to abdomen in suspected appendicitis.
  • Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

As with any medical treatment, it is vital to discuss castor oil treatments with your Naturopathic doctor before use.