What Are Castor Oil Packs?
Castor oil comes from the castor seed, native to India. It is very high in ricinoleic acid, which penetrates the skin layer and helps aid in elimination and detoxification processes in the body. It helps to detoxify the liver naturally, support uterine and ovarian health, improve lymphatic circulation and reduce inflammation.
The idea of a castor oil pack is to place some oil on a piece of cloth and then place it over the liver/ gall bladder region for at least an hour, with a heat source like a heating pad or hot water bottle. You can also place it on inflamed joints or muscles for speed healing. Or on the lower abdomen to assist with menstrual issues.
What Can Castor Oil packs Help with?
Uterine fibroids, non malignant ovarian cysts, headaches, liver disorders, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, intestinal disorders, gallbladder inflammation or stones, night time urinary frequency and inflamed joints.
Unlike some detox methods, castor oil packs are very gentle and don't have nay negative effects. Many people including myself notice better sleep, more energy and skin clearing benefits.
Supports the lymphatic system drainage, and blood flow
Increases the production of lymphocytes which play a key role in immune function.
Reduces pain and swelling
Supports liver and gallbladder health
Helps you poop regularly
Relieves tension - stimulates dopamine
Increases your MASTER Cleansing Agent – GLUTATHIONE
Promotes a Balanced Microbiome, Happy Gut, and Biofilm Breakdown
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use castor oil packs or castor oil while pregnant, or if you have bleeding disorders, or active ulcers.
Where do I purchase Castor Oil packs?
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How to make your own Castor Oil Pack
Cut a large piece of organic cotton flannel and fold into thirds to make three layers.
Thoroughly soak (but not completely saturate) the flannel in castor oil.
Carefully remove and unfold the castor oil-soaked cloth and place on desired area.
Place the heating pack on top of the castor oil flannel. You could also use a plastic grocery bag to prevent oil from getting on the heating pad. A hot water bottle, electric heating pad, or rice heating pad can be used, but hot water bottles and rice packs may need to be reheated several times.
Lie on back with feet elevated (I typically lie on the floor and rest my feet on the couch) and relax for 30-60 minutes.
Use this time to practice deep breathing, read a book, meditate.
After the desired time, remove the pack and return the flannel to the glass container.
Use a natural soap or a mix of baking soda and water to remove any castor oil left on the skin.
Relax and rest. Make sure to drink enough water and stay hydrated after doing this to support detox.
Where to Place the Pack
The pack's placement depends on the issue being addressed. For general use, it should be placed over the liver on the right side of the body, extending, top to bottom, from about the sternum (breastbone) to about 4 inches below the navel or to the groin or pubic bone. From left to right, it extends at least from the navel, around the body as far as it will go, covering as much of the right side as possible. A larger pack, consisting of a king-size heating pad (12" x 24") and matching sized flannel, will cover the liver and abdominal area more easily and is highly recommended.
Using the Pack
If possible, use the pack in the evening, when you are best able to rest. This is an ideal time to pray, meditate, read spiritually uplifting material, or listen to relaxing music. Decide where in your home you will be doing the pack. Set it up so you will be comfortable, with a pillow under your head and another under your knees. Oil always drips from the pack so it is important to protect bedding, cushions, or pillows (some people prefer to use the pack undressed in order to avoid soiling their clothes).
When is the best time to do the castor oil pack? There really is no best time, but it is best to do it daily! Before bed is ideal because the castor oil pack relaxes your body and promotes an amazing sleep.
How long do I wear my castor oil pack for? Wear your castor oil pack for a minimum of 1 hour each day or at least 4 days a week.
What kind of material should I use for my castor oil pack? I recommend using organic cotton flannel for the side that touches your skin
Why Should I buy my castor oil in a glass bottle and organic? Castor oil is a carrier substance as well as a healing agent. In a plastic bottle, castor oil will grab onto the chemicals in plastic and bring it into your body. All oils should be in a glass bottle if you are using them in or on your body. Organic is simply because it is produced cleaner and has had less exposure to chemicals and pesticides.
How much castor oil do I use per treatment? Each treatment requires a new application of the oil. You always want to start fresh and reapply. Apply 1-2 tbsp of castor oil in the center of the flannel material, then fold in half using either side to blot the oil around.
Where to Buy a Castor Oil
You can purchase Organic Castor Oil locally at a Health food Store.