I want to share with you an amazing healing therapy that you can do at home, with only a few simple ingredients.
Castor Oil Packs! Castor oil is so simple, it is often overlooked at how healing it really is. The first documented use of castor oil is from an ancient Egyptian document from 1550 BC. It was also used extensively in Eastern Europe centuries ago in the form of an external compress.
As an external oil pack, it has been used to treat a variety of health conditions such as, arthritis, liver and intestinal disorders, tumors, small benign cysts, breast cysts, fibroids, ovarian cysts, congestion of abdominal organs, skin conditions, and adhesions from surgery. Wherever there is congestion, decreased blood flow, and need for healing, castor oil can be an effective treatment option. It boosts your immune system, has a balancing effect on the autonomic nervous system, increases liver activity and improves digestion.
So… how does castor oil work exactly? Castor oil is a unique substance having an unusual chemical composition of triglyceride made up of fatty acids. Almost 90 percent of this fatty acid content is in the form of ricioleic acid, which is undoubtedly the main therapeutic agent. It comes from the poisonous bean of the castor bean plant. The oil is extracted from the leaves, leaving behind the poisonous properties, which results in a nearly scentless, thick oil.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE A CASTOR OIL PACK:
- Castor oil, cold pressed and organic
- Wool or cotton flannel, or an old towel cut to size to cover the area being treated
- Hot water bottle
There are a couple of ways to use castor oil as a pack. Using the piece of cotton or wool cut to the size of the area you would like to cover, you will need to cover the piece of fabric with castor oil, so it is well saturated, but not dripping. Place the material over the area you would like to use the pack on. Place the hot water bottle on top of the oil soaked fabric, and maintain constant warmth throughout the treatment. Cover the hot water bottle with another towel to keep the heat in. Be careful not to burn your skin.
Another way to use castor oil as a pack, and the way I use it because I think it’s a lot easier and I find, less messy. You apply the castor oil directly to the area you would like to treat. Use a good amount, but not so it’s dripping off your skin. Gently massage into the area, in a clockwise motion. Then place the towel over the area, apply the water bottle, and cover with another towel. Be sure to use old towels, because castor oil will stain!! It is also really, really sticky! If you are going to massage the oil into your skin, your hands will be covered, I like to massage the oil into my hands and nails until it is absorbed… which can take a while haha.
The main areas I use castor oil packs on are my abdomen, mostly for digestion. It is also good for the uterus, to clear congestion, and dissolve any scar tissue. So I apply the oil from the base of my ribs to my pelvic bones, cover with a towel and then apply heat. I also will apply the packs to my underarms, and massage the area to clear any congestion in my lymph nodes.
You really can’t use castor oil too much. A good start would be to use it every other night for three weeks, take the fourth week off, and then continue again until symptoms subside.
You shouldn’t use castor oil packs during times of heavy bleeding, gaseous stomach, intestinal conditions, or pregnancy. Please consult your health care provider before adding any new therapy to your health regime. There are suggestions of taking castor oil internally, please don’t. If by any chance you develop a rash from castor oil, discontinue use, and try using sesame oil instead.
Castor oil can also be used on children and babies. Massage into their arms, legs, or tummy and don’t add any heat. This can be great for constipation or colic.
I hope that you are able to give castor oil a try and you can discover all of the healing benefits this oil has, that I have.