Castor Oil Pack Instructions
. Cold Pressed Castor Oil
. Clean Cotton Flannel or Flannelette Sheeting
. A plastic sheet, plastic bag or glad wrap
. A towel
. Hot water bottle
NB: Be Cautious when Purchasing Castor Oil
As with everything else, you must be careful about your source of castor oil. Much of the oil currently sold in stores is derived from castor seeds that have been heavily sprayed with pesticides, solvent-extracted (hexane is commonly used), deodorised, or otherwise chemically processed, which damages beneficial phytonutrients and may even contaminate the oil with toxic agents. Use a top quality, organically grown cold pressed oil from a reliable source.
How does the pack work?
Quality castor oil penetrates deep into the tissues triggering a release of waste particles from inside and outside the cells. It is theorised that the effect can
penetrate even into the ‘no man’s land’ between the glycosaminoglycans (an important part of the body’s structure) and the lymphatic system where waste
products may otherwise remain for a lifetime. In the clinic, we use it primarily to resolve hidden parasitic or bacterial infections, stimulate the immune system and clear deep congestion.
Two separate studies have shown that patients using abdominal castor oil packs had significant increases in lymphocyte production (a type of white blood cell) compared to those using placebo packs.
Instructions for Use (General)
(We advise that you ‘patch test’ a small area of skin with the oil before you proceed with your first pack. If you react, it could be indicative of the quality of the oil you are using).
1. Cut two layers of cloth to the size of the treatment area.
2. The plastic is used to protect the hot water bottle from getting oily. Cut this a little larger.
3. Saturate the cloth with castor oil. Then place the cloth on to the target site. Cover with the plastic sheet, which may also be wrapped around the body to hold the castor oil pack in place.
4. Place the hot water bottle over the castor oil pack. The heat promotes absorption, increases circulation, and helps the body to relax. Leave in place for 30 to 60 minutes (or up to 1½ hours). Placing a folded bath towel over the top of the hot water bottle will help hold in heat.
5. Wash area after using the castor oil pack. Cleanse the skin using a wash cloth and a natural, non-chemical soap. Washing the area helps remove any toxins which have been drawn out through the skin.
6. I recommend taking the juice of 1 lemon or 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with a small pinch of Celtic salt in a cup of warm water after the treatment. This helps to gently cleanse and detoxify the acidic secretions that are released after doing a castor oil pack.
Castor Oil Pack without Heat:
Apply as above and then use a towel wrapped around the body (with safety pins to hold it in place). This can be left on for several hours or overnight. This may be needed when the level of pain or toxicity is more severe.
Each cotton pack should only be used once because during treatment the pack absorbs toxins and waste products. Discard the pack after use. It is not recommended to try to wash out the pack for re-use as it is difficult to get all of the oil out and it makes the washing machine smell afterwards.
Frequency of Castor Oil Packs:
The castor oil packs are recommended 4 times per week, for 30 to 60 minutes (up to 1 ½ hours per session) for 4-6 weeks. The best results are generally achieved by doing the packs on 4 consecutive days.
Long-term Chronic Illness:
If a person has been chronically ill for a long time, if they have a high degree of toxicity, are frail or have trouble eliminating toxins such as a person with kidney failure, then it is best if the packs are used on alternating days and for shorter lengths of time (such as 15 to 30 minutes per session). As the general condition of the body improves, the packs may be used more frequently and for longer periods of time (for 1 to 1½ hours per session).
The use of castor oil packs should be gentle without producing unwanted side effects. Cleansing reactions, such as a rash, are rare. If this occurs, discontinue use and talk to your health practitioner. It may be necessary to reduce the frequency or length of time of using the packs. The most common cleansing reaction is a rash that occurs at the site of the pack. It may be relieved by using a gentle detoxifying bath using Purely Earth bentonite clay. The use of green smoothies with electrolytes and liver herbs added are also helpful.
For Superior Health:
Castor oil packs are one of those rare remedies that cannot be used too much. Many people continue to use castor oil packs periodically throughout their lives to help boost the immune system, to keep the lymphatic circulation clear, to assist in proper eliminations and to always feel their best. Castor oil packing works very well when alternated with clay baths and clay packing.