Castor Oil

Castor Oil: Overview

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.

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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.

Materials Needed

  • 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.

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Castor Oil:

Castor Oil can help with the following:


Lymphatic Congestion

One of the most significant benefits of castor oil is being a stimulant to the lymph system, improving lymphatic flow and increasing the activity of the cleansing of tissues.


Organ Health

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

Castor oil packs are commonly placed over the liver.

Tumors, Benign

Ovarian Cysts

Castor oil packs can help reduce inflammation.

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