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
- Digestive disorders
- Menstrual irregularities
- Uterine and ovarian cysts
- 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.
– 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
– 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.
- 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.