The primary function of a Castor Oil Pack is to decrease inflammation, relax muscles and detoxify tissues.
Packs are easily made at home by saturating a cotton flannel (an old t-shirt will work just fine) with cold-pressed castor oil; saturated but not dripping. The oil will be very thick and sticky. Make sure that you don’t get it on your clothing as it may stain. Castor oil can be purchased at a health food store or drug store and is fairly inexpensive. Please note that castor oil packs should not be used when pregnant, breastfeeding, on broken skin or during heavy menstrual flow. Castor oil shouldn’t be taken internally.
Place the oil-saturated cloth directly on the skin and cover with a piece of plastic, such as plastic food wrap or a plastic bag. Heat is then applied in the form of a hot water bottle (damp heat is preferable) or a heating pad. A blanket or towel can be placed over top of everything to keep it all in place. Leave the pack on for 20 minutes to an hour.
After treatment, clean your skin with a nice gentle soap. The cloth can be stored in a plastic bag in the freezer and used over again, just add extra castor oil as needed.
It is generally recommended that a castor oil pack be used daily for 3-7 days, or longer for chronic issues or for detoxing.
Castor oil packs are perfect to use on:
- Inflamed and swollen joints
- Abdomen, to relieve constipation and other digestive disorders
- Right side of the abdomen, to stimulate and detoxify the liver
- Lower abdomen, in cases of menstrual irregularities, uterine/ovarian cysts.
And are a great home remedy to help with problems such as:
- Constipation, digestive disorders
- Liver, kidney, pelvic disorders
- Arthritis, bursitis
- Muscle strains
- Menstrual cramps.