Castor oil has many medicinal benefits which have been proven time and again throughout the centuries. While castor oil can be used in many different ways, one popular application is through the use of a castor oil pack.
Castor oil packs are cloths soaked in castor oil applied externally to the skin of a specific area of the body to promote healing. You can buy ready-made castor oil packs online or create one yourself.
Before you attempt to make your own castor oil pack, you should first learn about the various benefits of castor oil packs for your body.
Benefits of Castor Oil Packs
The main benefit of castor oil packs is their ability to promote the healing of various parts of the body. They can also reduce inflammation, improve blood and lymph circulation, and even reduce digestive problems like constipation without the need to actually ingest the castor oil.
What makes a castor oil pack effective is the fact that it can deeply penetrate the skin and reach the underlying organs where the pack is applied. Therefore, they remove the need to ingest castor oil to take advantage of its medicinal benefits.
The application of castor oil packs is recommended as a part of a holistic approach, since it can cure a wide variety of disorders. It is also deemed to be safer than drinking liquid castor oil.
The circulatory system is composed of the heart, blood, and blood vessels, such as veins and arteries, running throughout the entire body. When you apply a castor oil pack to any area of your body, it can promote circulation by bringing in fresh, oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to the area concerned. It can also promote proper healing of damaged areas and promote the formation of scar tissue and adhesion.
Castor oil packs are effective in aiding fertility, especially for women. When you apply a castor oil pack to your lower abdominal area, it supports ovarian, fallopian tube and uterine health, detoxifies your reproductive organs before conception, and boosts the health of your egg cells. All of these things prepare your reproductive system for fertility.
The lymphatic system is composed of lymphocytes, lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and lymph fluid running around the entire body, although there are certain areas that have a higher concentration of lymph nodes. The lymphatic system provides immunological defense against diseases.
Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a “heart” that pumps lymph fluid throughout the different parts of the body. The movement of lymph along the lymphatic vessels can be promoted by external movement and manipulation, such as regular exercise. When you use a castor oil pack to stimulate the lymphatic system, toxins and waste particles are removed from the body more efficiently because the pack stimulates the movement of lymph throughout the body. The castor oil pack acts as a “pump” for lymphatic circulation.
Liver and Digestive System
The liver is responsible for removing chemicals, hormones and other biologically active molecules from the blood. It changes the structure of, or inactivates, these substances so that they can be excreted from the body through the kidneys. Simply put, the liver acts as the body’s detoxifying agent. Excess toxins and hormones can build up inside the liver, and castor oil packs can be instrumental in aiding the detoxification process. Liver detoxification is actually one of the main uses of castor oil packs.
Since topical application of castor oil can relieve pain, you can also use castor oil packs for soothing inflamed joints and strained muscles. If you are experiencing any arthritic pain, you may also find this can be relieved by the application of castor oil.
How to Make Castor Oil Packs
Although it’s possible to buy a ready-made castor oil pack, it’s easy make your own. To make your own castor oil pack, simply follow these instructions:
1. Prepare the following materials:
- Three sheets of cotton flannel or undyed wool, big enough to cover the affected area
- Castor oil
- Hot water bottle
- Old clothes and sheets to prevent bedding from getting soiled
- Container with lid, big enough to hold all the sheets of flannel or wool
- Plastic wrap, one to two inches larger than the flannel or wool
- Solution of baking soda and water
2. Place some old clothes or sheets on the area where you will be lying.
3. Place the flannel or wool inside the container. Pour castor oil on it and soak the cloth in the oil so that it becomes saturated, but not to the point of dripping.
4. Place the castor oil pack on the affected part of your body.
5. Cover it with the plastic wrap.
6. Place the hot water bottle over the pack and leave it on for 45-60 minutes.
7. Remove the pack and cleanse the area with baking soda and water solution.
8. Store the castor oil pack inside the covered container in the refrigerator. You can reuse the castor oil pack up to 30 times.
How to Use Castor Oil Packs
Exactly where on the body you will place the castor oil pack depends on which area is affected. For instance, if you want to detoxify the liver, you should place the castor oil pack on the right side of the abdomen. If you have problems with digestion and constipation, you can simply place the pack over the central part of the abdomen. For reproductive problems like infertility, ovarian cysts, and menstrual irregularities, place the pack over the lower abdominal region.
Remember never to take castor oil internally, unless advised by your doctor. Also, do not apply castor oil packs to broken skin. You should also avoid using them during menstruation, pregnancy and breastfeeding.