Castor oil is extracted from the castor plant (Ricinus communis). Taken internally it acts as a powerful laxative and is not recommended to be used in this way. But if applied externally or topically it has unique medicinal actions on the body. It penetrates skin and muscle to reach right into underlying tissue and assists in decongestion and breakdown of inflammatory material through enhancing blood flow and lymphatic flow in the area. This also helps very much in the removal of toxins and the elimination of wastes. Castor oil is also warming to the tissues and this eases stiffness and pain.
Occasions to use a castor oil pack
- Lymphatic congestion Arthritis or Rheumatism
- Fibromyalgia Muscle spasms
- Abdominal inflammations Pelvic congestion
- Glandular swellings Deep infections
- Adhesions Fibroids
- Endometriosis Back ache
- Muscle tension Local pain due to inflammation or spasm
How to make a castor oil pack
- Take a piece of flannel or toweling folded 3 or 4 times and large enough to entirely cover the area to be treated.
- Pour castor oil all over it until thoroughly soaked.
- Place over the skin and cover with a large piece of saran wrap.
- Cover this all with a heating pad or hot water bottle and leave in place for one to two hours.
- After use the pack can be wrapped in plastic and stored in fridge (bring back to room temperature before re-use). You may wish to add a little more castor oil with each use. The pack should be discarded after 10 uses.
This will depend on the problem being treated. For acute situations one or two sessions in a 24 hour period may clear the problem. For chronic situations you may need to repeat it daily for several weeks.