castor oil packs

How to Make & Use Castor Oil Packs

A castor oil pack involves soaking a cloth with castor oil and placing it on the area to be treated, along with heat to help drive the oil deeper into the skin.
It has been used for centuries as a natural home remedy for treating a variety of ailments due to its ability to have an impact on so many body systems, including the immune system, the lymphatic system, and the liver. As castor oil penetrates all layers of the skin, it is able to reach organs that you are trying to target. 

Benefits of packs

Researchers have found that castor oil increases circulation and promotes elimination and healing of tissues and organs underneath the skin.  Especially effective at improving digestion, immune function, and reducing swelling in injured joints and extremities, it can also be absorbed into the lymphatic system.  Additionally, it has been used to treat fibroids, ovarian cysts, and irregular menstruation.

Contraindications

Castor oil packs should not be used when pregnant or menstruating, and speaking with your doctor before adding anything new to your routine is always a wise move. 

Making and using a castor oil pack

Castor oil packs should not be used when pregnant or menstruating, and speaking with your doctor before adding anything new to your routine is always a wise move. 

Choose a flannel large enough to cover your abdominal area that is organic and non-bleached. Then, pour castor oil over it and let it soak up the oil until it’s saturated but not dripping. You may need to add a little more castor oil each time you use it. The flannel can be reused many times, you just need to warm up the pack and re-saturate the pack with oil each time. Keep it in a zip-lock plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator or cool place. It can be stored for up to 6 months.  

  • The pack is best used in the evening before bedtime or when you have quiet time. To enhance the experience, use music, candles, and turn off all devices.  
  • Make sure the castor oil doesn’t leak onto the bed by spreading out an old towel.  
  • Warm up the heat pack/hot water bottle. 
  • Lie on the towel on your back. Cover your abdomen (womb or liver) with the pack, place on the heating pad/hot water bottle, and then cover with another towel. The temperature should be very warm, but not too hot that you burn. 
  • You should wear the pack for between 40 and 60 minutes, although anything longer than that is beneficial. 
  • Keep a paper towel handy to wipe off oil when you get up, or use water/bicarbonate of soda to clean the area  
  • When cleansing/supporting the liver or stimulating the spleen, place the pack further up the abdomen, around the bottom of the ribcage/diaphragm. 
  • During the preparation for conception phase, you should perform at least three times a week for 30 minutes each. When you are actively trying to conceive, only use during the first half of your menstrual cycle (from after menstruation to ovulation) 
  • Adding essential oils to the pack is an option, but I would advise adding it only to the oil you are using at one time rather than adding them to ALL of the castor oil. This is because adding essential oils greatly reduces shelf life. 

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