Castor Oil Packs – Healing and Methods

The Castor Oil Pack is the very best use for Castor Oil.It’s true that some people like to spoon it down the throats of small children but it is best NOT to take Castor Oil by mouth! Applied to the skin it’s soothing and antiseptic quality help to deal with inflammation and damage in the body and on the skin. Castor Oil gently penetrates the skin and is absorbed into the lymph allowing lymph to move and circulate more easily and carry inflammation away from skin that has been damaged by a wound.

The Oil can be used simply by wiping a cut or abrasion with it or by the use of a Castor Oil Pack, which is simply a cloth or bandage applied to the skin typically for an hour but sometimes overnight.

In general Castor Oil should not be taken by mouth although it is true that traditional use has been mostly by mouth as a laxative. A small child may take a teaspoon and an adult a tablespoon. My own recommendation is that constipation is largely caused by the diet lacking sufficient vegetables especially greens and beans so that is the best way to deal with constipation.

Supplements to help deal with constipation include high doses of vitamin C and Magnesium. In this context it may take very large doses to achieve loose stools but it depends crucially on the health of the recipient. Some people can take 20 grams of vitamin C with no obvious effect while others may respond to much lower or much higher doses.
In Nature Cure Castor Oil is used almost exclusively to deliver the healing properties of Castor Oil as part of a Castor Oil Pack and not as an oral remedy.

How To Make a Castor Oil Pack (C.O.P)

First as a general precaution although the oil is soothing and healing it does mark fabrics so old towels and sheets are best! You can start with laying out an old bath towel on a kitchen counter. Then put about two feet of plastic wrap / cling film on the towel. This is where the cotton or wool cloth you are using for the pack goes. The Castor Oil is gently warmed and then drizzled onto the cloth and you are good to go. The whole C.O.P. consists of the cloth with oil on it, the wrapping to stop the oil from escaping and the towel which helps to hold it in place as you wrap the whole 3 layer pack around the area being treated – whether that is the abdomen or a joint or even your neck.

Be safe With the Heating

Applying some gentle heat to the Pack can help drive the oil into the body. Whether you use a hot water bottle or an electric heating pad or other methods it has to be thought through for safety issues and precautions taken.

Which Parts of the Body Can Be Treated?

The simple answer is where ever is needed but the typical place is the abdomen – on the stomach area under the rib cage.

So the Towel used is wrapped around you and held in place in any way that works and is comfortable. Sometimes I just fold a knot with the towel and other times I have used clothes pegs! Some extra busy people say they have no time to do this for an hour and simply go to bed with a Castor Oil Pack on. I have done this and you may sleep extra well but it does risk staining of the bedding and even of the carpets!

The best Castor Oil to use is Organic and is widely available although I generally buy Heritage brand who also sell appropriate cloths to use as part of a pack.

Any time you get pain or congestion in your body or have abrasions, bruises or wounds is a time where you may be able to use and benefit from the healing powers of this safe and effective home remedy. It’s easy and if I have left any info out in this article leaving you with a question let me know in the comment section and I’ll gladly answer it.

Alex Newell ND

I'm Alex Newell and I am a Physicist who retrained as an Osteopath and Naturopath when my own health began to decline in my 30's. In fact I kept training and asking questions and began writing books and blogging over the last few years. The purpose of this blog, is to help those with an interest in Natural Health Care to improve their health and detox and chelate industrial chemicals out of the brain and body in a safe and effective way. Please feel free to ask questions and contact me

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