Castor Oil &
Castor Oil Packs
Edited by Bruce Baar, MS, ND
Castor Oil has been used through out the ages as a natural therapy. Castor oil applied
externally in the form of "packs" is very popular with natural health practitioners.
The Cayce Readings inform us that castor oil packs are to be used to improve assimilation,
elimination and circulation; especially of the lymphatic system.
A castor oil pack is made from several layers of flannel like material, enough to absorb and
hold the castor oil during application. The flannel material is wool, cotton or the newly designed
disposable pack, which you will need to saturate with cold-pressed castor oil before using.
A common area to apply the castor oil pack is on the right side of the abdomen, between
the upper part of the rib cage and the upper edge of the hipbone. Another common area is across
the abdomen from the right to the left side of the body, covering from the sternum to the pubic or
groin area. Application is usually for 1 to 2 hours. A heating pad is
placed on top of the castor oil pack to keep it very warm during application. It is best to
consult your health care practitioner to determine frequency of application.
You can use the same castor oil pack for additional applications. It is important
to discard the pack after a certain number of uses or when it becomes rancid.
It may be helpful to store the pack in a plastic storage container and refrigerate
between uses. The wool and cotton flannel packs can be used for approximately
25-30 applications before they are to be discarded. The new inexpensive disposable
packs can be used for about 10 uses before discarding. Here is a picture of a castor oil pack used too long and left in a hot room for many months.
Castor oil is an emollient known to soften and smooth tissue.
Before you begin, you will need to choose either the Wool
Flannel (#757), Cotton Flannel (#759) or one of the Disposable Flannel Packs; item (#755) or item (#799). The only difference between these two disposable packs is the size; #755 is approximately 30"x19", and #799 is approximately 24"x17".
Using either the wool flannel or cotton flannel is a personal choice. Some individuals
are sensitive to wool. The Disposable Flannel Pack consists of flannel-like
material which is absorbent on one side and is coated with plastic on the other
side to protect the heating pad. This disposable flannel is also used to protect
the area you are resting on and replaces the old method of placing a plastic
bag and towel as protective cover.
Oil is available in an 8 oz. (#753), pint (#752), quart (#751) or gallon
(#750) size. Most individuals start with either a pint or a quart. Frequent
users usually purchase by the gallon. Small amounts of Castor Oil should be
added to the pack before each use.
If your choice is to use the Cotton Flannel (#759) or Wool Flannel (#757) Pack, consider
purchasing several Disposable Flannel Packs (#755 or #799) for bed or sheet cover protection. The
plastic side of the Disposable Flannel Pack will prevent castor oil from soiling your linens
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heating pad is needed to heat the castor oil pack. There are units that
will automatically turn itself off in one to two hours and there are units that
stay on. Choose the one that fits your needs.
Directions for Using the Castor Oil Packs:
Place a Disposable Pack (#755) or (#799) with the colored plastic side down on your bed for protection
against the castor oil soiling. This Disposable Pack link has a very nice video
that shows you how to set up a castor oil therapy session.
Place the heating pad on top of this protective pack and turn it on to a medium or high setting. If the pack that you are using for application is a Wool Flannel or Cotton Flannel material, then protect your heating pad by placing plastic wrap on top of the heating pad. Next, fold the wool or cotton flannel into 3 layers and place it on top of the plastic wrap. Add castor oil to the flannel. The castor oil should be added to saturate all three layers of flannel, but not so much that it drips from the pack. If using the Disposable Flannel Pack for application, add the castor in a circle in the middle of the absorbent white material, using the green side against the heating pad in place of the plastic wrap.
Wait about 5 to 10 minutes for the oil to become warm.
When you are ready to begin, flip the castor oil pack and heating pad on to your abdominal
area and relax.
General application time is between 1-2 hours.
After your session, clean the oil from your body with a CastorWash
- an alkaline formulation specifically designed for the skin. Many people store
the castor oil pack in a plastic storage container between uses. Be sure to
keep the pack out of the sun and in a cool dark place. After 3 days of using
the castor oil pack take about 1 teaspoon of olive oil (NOT castor oil) by mouth.
Taken usually in the evening before retiring. Always seek medical advice prior
to use. Do NOT use during pregnancy or during menstrual flow.