Simple procedure for detoxification and cleansing
Castor oil has a long history of traditional medical use dating
back to ancient Egypt. Derived from the castor bean (Ricinus communis),
the oil was once used internally as a laxative but is now primarily
used externally due to its potential toxicity.
Castor Oil Compresses may be used
to treat the following ailments:
- Problems involving lymph flow
- Inflammation: joints, arthritis, bursitis, muscles, organs
- Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder)
- Various liver conditions such as cirrhosis and torpid liver
- Kidney, and pelvic disorders
- Neuritis (inflammation of the nerves)
- Digestive disorders
- Intestinal disorders such as constipation, stricture, colon
- Menstrual irregularities and uterine and ovarian cysts
- Incoordination between nervous systems
- Toxemia - blood poisoning caused by bacterial toxic substances
in the blood
How it works
A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation
and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs
underneath the skin. It is used to stimulate the liver, relieve
pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve
How it is made
Castor oil packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel in castor
oil and placing it on the skin. The flannel is covered with a sheet
of plastic, and then a hot water bottle is placed over the plastic
to heat the pack.
A castor oil pack can be placed on the following body regions:
- The right side of the abdomen to stimulate the liver.
- Castor oil packs are often recommended as part of a liver detoxifying
- Inflamed and swollen joints, bursitis, and muscle strains.
- The abdomen to relieve constipation and other digestive disorders.
- The lower abdomen in cases of menstrual irregularities and uterine
and ovarian cysts.
- Directly on inflammed/aching joints/muscles
Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied
to broken skin, or used during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during
Castor Oil Compress Materials
- Three layers of undyed wool or cotton flannel large enough to
cover the affected area
- Castor oil
- Plastic wrap cut 1-2" larger than the flannel (can be cut
from a plastic bag)
- Hot water bottle
- Container with lid
- Old clothes and sheets. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding.
Castor Oil Compress Method
1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil
so that it is saturated, but not dripping.
2. Place the compress over the affected body part.
3. Cover with plastic.
4. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for
45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.
5. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution
of water and baking soda.
6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator.
Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times.
Frequency of use
It is generally recommended that a castor oil pack be used for
3 to 7 days in a week to treat a health condition or for detoxification.
Castor Oil Compress Links