Castor oil has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, both internally and externally. Applied topically, it has many beneficial effects in a wide range of conditions.
Why it is Recommended
Conditions which have been responsive to castor oil applications include:
The easiest way to use castor oil is to massage it into the body on the problem spot, along the spinal cord, the abdomen
, or following the lymph
drainage patterns. It can also be taken internally, but is a strong laxative
and is used to treat constipation
. Despite being a simple procedure, the castor oil pack can produce good results. For the strongest effect, use a hot oil pack. Physiological effects of the castor oil pack include stimulating the liver
, increasing eliminations, relieving pain, increasing lymphatic
circulation, improving gastrointestinal
function, increasing relaxation and reducing inflammation
- Three layers of natural, uncolored wool or flannel cotton large enough to cover the area being treated
- Castor oil
- Plastic wrap large enough to cover the cloth
- Hot water bottle or electric blanket
- Soak cotton with castor oil. It should be saturated but not dripping
- Place the pack on the area being treated, for example lower right abdomen (liver)
- Cover the pack with plastic wrap and place a hot water bottle over the pack
- Leave the pack on for 30-60 minutes. Use the castor oil pack 3-7 days per week
The same pack may be used for weeks or months. Refresh with additional oil if necessary.
Counter-Indicators and Warnings
Precautions include avoiding meal times, not using the pack during heavy menses
, and avoiding contact with fabric that could become stained.