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How and Why to Use Castor Oil Packs

Danielle November 30, 2020

Castor oil packs have increased in popularity recently and for good reason. Learn how and why to use castor oil packs here.

By Danielle, contributing writer. 

Castor oil packs are a simple, non-invasive remedy that is great to have on hand for illness as well as general prevention.

Why Should I Use Castor Oil Packs?

As you probably already know, your lymphatic system is what circulates lymph fluids throughout your body, and is responsible for removing toxins as well as bringing nutrients to organs and cells in need. Pretty important, eh? What many don’t realize is that the lymphatic system, unlike the blood, does not have a pump (the heart for the blood). So, it relies on us to keep it moving and not stagnant. Dry brushing, inversions, exercise, rebounding, and massages can keep the lymph moving — and so can castor oil packs.

Castor oil is absorbed through the skin and increases the number of lymphocytes — lymphatic cells that help your body fight disease in a whole host of ways. Although castor oil packs are normally used over the liver, they can actually be used in other places on the body and even in lotions and other topical products. As the lymphocytes increase, the removal of toxins also increases.

Specifically, castor oil packs are good for:

  • Any sort of liver diseases, as well as simply helping the liver function on a day to day basis
  • Thyroid disorders, to assist the organ to convert T4 to T3 (which is your energy!), as well as to decrease nodules
  • Ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids
  • Breast cysts
  • Constipation
  • Joint inflammation
  • Viral support
  • Lung infection support
  • General lymphatic drainage
  • Headaches and migraines

Okay, sounds great. So, how do I actually do a castor oil pack?

You will need these supplies to do a castor oil pack on yourself or another:

  • Organic castor oil (source the best you can find)
  • A piece of cotton, wool, or flannel cloth (preferably organic and often sold alongside castor oil)
  • A heating pad (with a low setting) or hot water bag
  • A mason jar with a lid to store your cotton or flannel fabric
  • A towel to clean up excess oil on your skin after your session
  • A quiet space (good luck if you’re a mom!)

Steps:

  1. Get your ingredients together, and find a quiet place (or as quiet as you can).
  2. Either soak your piece of cloth in the castor oil or place a small amount (tablespoon size) of castor oil on the area (see below).
  3. Cover with a head pad set on low, or a heated water bag.
  4. Allow the “pack” to sit for 15-20 minutes. Use a towel to remove the excess oil from the area, and store your cloth for future use in the mason jar.

Where do I place the castor oil pack?

  1. For liver support, place over your liver which is just under your right rib.
  2. For breast support, place over the area in question on the breast.
  3. For uterine support, place just above your pubic bone.
  4. Do a standard liver pack for headaches and migraines.
  5. For ovarian cysts, place over each side of your ovaries (inside of your hip bones).
  6. For stomach and digestion issues, place over the stomach.
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Disclaimer

As always, if you are under the care of a physician or medication for any condition, be sure to double-check that castor oil is safe for you. Don’t ingest castor oil (although sometimes midwives suggest doing so as a last-ditch effort to get labor going). It won’t necessarily hurt you, but you may be in the bathroom for longer than you’d like if you know what I mean… 

Castor oil packs are a great addition to your overall prevention regimen, as well as something relaxing to try if you are on the road to wellness from disease.

Have you tried a castor oil pack?

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Danielle was born and always will be a farm girl, searching for God’s natural truths in an unnatural world. She’s a doula, health coach, natural health activist, and currently obtaining her naturorthopathic doctorate degree. When she isn’t reading about holistic healing, you will likely find her chasing a sweet little boy or a small flock of rebellious chickens in the Midwest mud.
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