How to do a Castor Oil Pack

Castor Oil packs are right there next to bubble baths, massages, and chocolate for me.

I LOVE them! 

It's a ritual for me. I gather everything, make myself a cup of tea, grab my journal and a good book and I snuggle up in bed. Castor Oil packs have helped me tremendously with digestive issues. If I'm feeling super bloated or I've had gluten or dairy, I can use these packs to relieve inflammation and relax my belly.

If you research Castor Oil Packs online you'll mostly find information about using them to cleanse and support the liver. But Castor oil packs are also a wonderful addition to preconception care and hormonal balance.

Castor oil itself is atriglyceride of fatty acids, and nearly 90% off the fatty acids are ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid has been shown to prevent harmful growth of bacteria, mold, yeasts, and viruses. 

For women who may be struggling with stagnation in the pelvic area that has manifested as uterine fibroids and cyst, castor oil packs *may help* to shrink and dissolve them when done routinely. 

The oil itself l has been used by many cultures as a part of their natural healing, especially in the areas of digestion and detoxification.  On the Canary Islands, castor oil poultices were often applied to the breast to treat infections, inflammation and blocked milk ducts. 

Supplies needed:

To create a castor oil pack (the easy way):

  1. Apply castor oil liberally over the abdomen.

  2. Place flannel (four layers thick) over the abdomen.

  3. Cover flannel with a hand towel.

  4. Place the prepared hot water bottle over the hand towel

Helpful info:

  • For best results leave the Castor Oil pack on for a minimum of 20 -45 minutes, preferably for 1 -2 hours.

  • They're great before bed because they are super relaxing!

  • The body will absorb the amount of oil it needs so there is rarely any residue left. If there is, you can use a solution baking soda and water to rinse off.

  • Store used packs in a sealed glass jar or plastic bag at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

  • Castor Oil packs are best done for three to four nights in row, then three nights off.

  • Packs should be avoided during ovulation because of the release in toxins. If you're not trying to conceive tat can be done throughout cycle but...

  • NEVER do Castor Oil Packs while menstruating.

  • Drink water or herbal tea before or after the pack to aid in the detoxification process.

  • Taking a bath with epsom salt before doing a Castor Oil Pack enhances it's healing benefits.