Castor oil packs are an ancient healing technique that is incredibly easy and simple to do at home. Edgar Cayce, also known as the father of holistic medicine, brought castor oil packs back to modern holistic/alternative medicine. Check out one of his books, The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapies to learn more. Castor oil comes from the plant Ricinus communes, and centuries ago the plant was referred to as “Palma Christe” because the leaves were said to resemble the hand of Christ. People revered the plant for it’s healing abilities.
I have heard about castor oil packs for years, but when I attended my Mayan Massage course earlier this year the idea got brought back into the foreground of my mind as a way to heal my uterus, ovaries and digestive organs.
Castor oil packs are healing and detoxifying in general. They can help:
- heal digestion and increase elimination
- stimulate the liver and help detox
- relieve pain, especially menstrual and uterine pain
- reduce inflammation
- increase lymphatic flow (your lymph system is like the trash pick up system of your body, it flushes out the trash and toxins but can be sluggish and slow due to diet and overall health)
They are great to use if you have cysts, the flu, a virus or cold, ulcers, infertility or menstrual issues, and in general want to do a detox. Since they are VERY detoxifying so you cannot do them if you are pregnant or nursing.
Doing a castor oil pack is easy but does take some logistical planning, as castor can be very messy and does not wash out.
To get set up, you want to put on old PJs, in case you get any castor oil on them, and put an old towel down on your bed in case any drips onto your sheets. Some people will put plastic down and around the the pack, but with the heat, you are heating up plastic and then those plastic chemicals would leach into your body, and totally defeat the purpose of a castor oil pack.
Then you will want to soak your flannel in castor oil. Don’t just dribble in it on, you need to actually soak the flannel in the oil.
Put the soaked flannel on your stomach, more on your liver if you want a general immune boost and detox or lower on your uterus and colon if you want help with female organs and digestion.
Then put an old towel over the top, then your heating pad over the towel. Then lay down for at least 30 minutes, if not a full hour and let the castor oil pack do its work. When you are done, drink a big glass of water to help your body flush out the toxins.
Afterwards, store your flannel in a glass jar and reuse the flannel without washing it. Same with the towels, you can wash them but the oil never really comes out well, so just store them in a plastic bag and reuse them over and over for a bit before discarding.
As far as how often you want to do a castor oil pack, if you’re in the middle of a health issue, you can do a pack for three days in a row, then three days off, for three straight weeks. Do not use a castor oil pack during your period. Then you can use a pack whenever you are feeling a bit run down or in need of a little detox or immune boost.
Have you ever tried castor oil packs?