Castor Oil Packs: Detox and Improve Circulation
Amazing Castor Oil: Ancient Remedy, Modern Healer
(Adapted from treeoflife.nu)
You may be familiar with the use of castor oil for constipation, however, the
healing benefits of castor oil reach into far more categories. Over the centuries,
castor oil has received a sterling reputation because of its rapid haling benefits
on so many different types of disorders.
For thousands of years, castor oil has been used for just about everything, from
relieving menstrual cramps to easing childbirth and clearing warts. Castor oil
has been used to assist healing the body from ancient times throughout the
world. It was used therapeutically in ancient India, China, Persia, Egypt, Africa,
Greece, Rome, the Americas and in 17th century Europe.
It is known to be effective for many diverse types of pain, liver and gallbladder
stimulation and cleansing/detox, digestive problems, lacerations, skin disorders
such as eczema or psoriasis, menopause symptoms, to boost the immune
system, as an emollient and skin softener and to improve the body’s
eliminations, lymphatic circulation and assimilation of nutrients. By using castor
oil packs, the flow of lymph is increased throughout the body. This helps to
speed the removal of toxins surrounding the cells and to reduce the size of
swollen lymph nodes. The end result is a pronounced, systemic improvement in
organ function with a general lessening of fatigue and depression. Castor oil is
truly one of the earth’s most versatile healing gifts, and so simple to use.
Castor oil appears to work by drawing blood circulation and enhanced biological
energy to the area where it is applied, and then drawing lodged toxins out of
the body. Practitioners often use castor oil as an important adjunct to a
comprehensive treatment plan for an individual. It is important to eradicate the
root cause of an illness, not only to clear the symptoms of a disorder. Castor oil
has proven very valuable in helping to detoxify the body at deeper levels, thus
eliminating the root causes.
The effectiveness of castor oil may be due in part to its unusual chemical
composition. Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Almost 90% of its fatty
acid content consists of rinoleic acid. Such a high concentration of this unusual
unsaturated fatty acid may be responsible for castor oil’s remarkable healing
abilities. Research has shown rinoleic acid to be effective in preventing the
growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. Due to the
many beneficial aspects of this fatty acid component, castor oil can be applied
topically to treat a wide variety of health complaints.
Beware of the source of castor oil. Unfortunately, much castor oil currently
available is derived from castor oil beans that have been cultivated with
pesticides or poorly grown, thus having few or no healing properties, and which
have been solvent-extracted or deodorized, which damages healing
phytonutrients and imparts residual toxic solvent contaminations.
The best castor oil comes from the ancient land of its original discovery and
use: India. The non-hybrid castor beans are still grown by traditional herbal
masters in the dense, central forests of India in fertile, luxurious soil and pure
air. The castor oil is cold pressed, without hexane, and is 100% pesticide-free.
The castor oil we use from Premier Research Lab is guaranteed to contain the
full range of highly active, undamaged healing phytonutrients, including
ricinoleic acid, undecylenic acid, and much more.
Castor Oil Pack Instructions
- Select a target area to be treated. To aid the reproductive organs place the
pack on the abdomen being sure that the area between the umbilicus and pubic
bone is covered.
- Prepare 3 layers of cotton flannel. Fold or cut the cloth into three sheets,
creating a pad of adequate size to cover the area to be treated. For example, to
use a castor oil pack over the abdominal area, the size of the flannel cloth might
be 10”x8” and three sheets thick.
- Cut a plastic sheet. The sheet should be somewhat larger than the flannel
cloth. The plastic is used to protect the heating pad from getting oily. Using a
plastic garbage bag normally works fairly well, but it is best to avoid using
plastic grocery bags, since there are usually printed with ink on one side which
can dissolve and spread when exposed to castor oil.
- Saturate the cloth with castor oil. Place the flannel cloth on top of the plastic
sheet. Then saturate it with castor oil. The cloth should be wet, but not
dripping. The saturated cloth should be then placed directly on the target area
with the plastic sheet on top of it. Your plastic sheet should cover the entire
exterior of the saturated flannel, since castor oil is likely to stain any fabric it
- Place heating pad over plastic sheet. Set the heating pad on either a low or
medium setting, or higher if it is comfortable. The heat will promote
absorption, increase circulation, and encourage the body to relax. This is
generally left in place for 1⁄2 to one hour, and can be left on for up to 11⁄2 hours.
You may place a bath towel over the top of the heating pad to help hold in the
heat and an elastic bandage to hold it in place. Caution: Heat should not be
used in conditions where it is normally contraindicated, such as appendicitis,
diabetic neuropathy or over the abdomen during pregnancy (including after
ovulation if you might be pregnant). However, the castor oil pack may be
used without heat in these conditions.
- Wash Off Area. After using the castor oil pack, cleanse the skin using a
washcloth and organic soap. Washing the area helps clear acidic toxins which
have been drawn out of the body during the treatment and helps prevent
reabsorbing these toxins.
Castor Oil Pack Without Heat
An alternative method is to apply the castor oil
pack without heat, using a towel wrapped around the body, with safety pins to
hold it in place. This can be left on for several hours, overnight, or for an entire
Re-use of the Same Castor Oil Pack. Each cotton flannel pack may be used up
to 10 times if, between usages, it is kept in a plastic container and refrigerated.
With use, the pack gradually absorbs toxins. Therefore, after 10 uses, discard
the pack and make a new one. It is not recommended to try to wash out the
pack for re-use.
Frequency of Castor Oil Packs. In general, the castor oil packs are
recommended 2 times per week, for 1⁄2 to 1 1⁄2 hours per session, for 6 weeks.
Or as needed for PMS or menstrual cramps. At first, it may work better to skip a
day between use of each pack, rather than using them on consecutive days.
Cleansing Reactions. The use of castor oil packs should always be gentle,
without side effects. Cleansing reactions, such as a rash, are rare. If they occur,
it usually indicates that the body’s ability to eliminate toxins is not sufficient
yet. It may be necessary to temporarily decrease the frequency or length of time
of using the packs. The most common cleansing reaction is a rash that may
occur at the site of the pack. If this occurs, it is typically noticed during the first
few applications of the pack.
Castor oil packs are one of those rare remedies that cannot be used too much.
Many people continue to use castor oil packs periodically throughout their lives
to help boost the immune system, to keep the lymphatic circulation clear, to
assist in proper eliminations, and to always feel their best.