Castor oil has a long history of traditional medical use dating back to ancient Egypt. Derived from the castor bean (Ricinus communis), the oil was once used internally as a laxative but is now primarily used externally due to its potential toxicity. Castor oil packs are used on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. They are also used to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.
Castor Oil Packs have been used for conditions such as:
The function of the packs is to improve blood flow; they kind of work like an acupuncture treatment (only without the needles!) Often the packs are applied to the lower abdomen, at least three times per week for sixty minutes each time to improve blood flow. This regimen is followed for at least three months and then can be tapered to once a week. Packs should not be used while you are bleeding heavily.
What you need:
Three layers of un-dyed wool or cotton flannel large enough to cover the affected area
How to Do a Castor Oil Pack:
1. The wool or cotton flannel is folded so that it is four layers thick.
2. Apply the castor oil to the cloth so that is it not dripping, but has saturated the first three layers of the cloth.
3. The oil-saturated flannel is placed directly on the skin of the lower abdomen.
4. Cover the flannel with a piece of plastic (or plastic bag.)
5. Apply heat on top of the plastic covered flannel using a hot water bottle or heating pad for 60minutes or however long your practitioner tells you to.
6. A blanket or towel can be placed over the heat source to keep everything in place and to keep the heat in better.
7. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda. A weak solution contains a teaspoon of baking soda per pint of water.
8. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30times—adding more castor oil as necessary, but flannel is cheap, so if you see anything growing on it or your gut instinct is to change to a new piece of flannel, then do that. Be sure to keep the pack out of the sun and in a cool dark place.
A castor oil pack can be placed on the following body regions:
For Acute Cases: If it is known that there is a critically high degree of toxicity in the body, or a significant difficulty in eliminating toxins (such as with kidney failure), then it is best if the packs are used on alternating days for the first week. After that, usually the packs may be used on consecutive days from that point on.
Possible side effects: Castor oil pack treatments should always be gentle and with no real side effects. The most common side effect is a rash that may occur at the site of the pack. This typically only occurs during the first few applications of the pack, and may be relieved by using the baking soda wash. Rashes and other reactions are rare, and if they occur they usually indicate that the elimination of toxins through the system are not good, and perhaps the pack should be used on alternate days for the first week of use.
Safety precautions: Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin, or used during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during menstrual flow. Always seek medical advice prior to use. Castor oil may induce labour!
Castor Oil can also be infused with ginger to increase warming and detoxifying properties. You can also do a Ginger Pack (this is particularly useful in the kidney area) where the castor oil in the above process is replaced with a ginger tincture. This is made by chopping approximately 1 inch of fresh root ginger and adding it to simmering water for 15mins. At the end of this time use the ginger tincture as you would castor oil above creating a pack over the mid back area (over the kidneys and adrenals).
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