The Castor Oil Pack is a powerful therapy introduced by Edgar Cayce. It helps with detoxification, supports the colon, liver and gall bladder. It increase blood flow and lymph flow around all abdominal organs and aids elimination of toxins as well as helps to decrease inflammation and post-surgical adhesions.
- Castor oil – cold pressed is preferred over refined
- Flannel cloth – wool is preferred over cotton unless unavailable or allergy exists
- Saran/plastic wrap – plastic sheet – medium thickness
- Electric heating pad
- Bath towel
- Two to three safety pins
Instructions for use:
Fold a soft flannel cloth into three to four thicknesses so that it is large enough to cover the area being treated (preferably the whole abdomen from sternum to pubic bone.) Prepare a slightly larger plastic wrap layer as well. Place the cloth on top of the plastic wrap and saturate the flannel with castor oil. It should be wet but not dripping. The saturated cloth should then be placed directly on the skin with the plastic wrap on top. Then, if indicated, a heating pad is placed over the top of the plastic wrap on either a “medium or high” setting but not so high as to cause burning. The heat will promote absorption of the oil ad soothe the intestines. This is generally left in place for approximately one hour. NOTE: the heat should not be used if an internal abscess or appendicitis is suspected.
Another option is to apply the pack without heat using a towel wrapped around the body to hold the pack in place. Once pinned, the towel wrap can be left on overnight or for a 24 hour period. An overlapping of the towel and plastic wrap will help to insure that the castor oil does not stain your linens.
Afterwards, the skin should be cleaned with a solution containing 2 teaspoons of baking soda in one quart of water. The pack itself may be used repeatedly and can be stored in a plastic container between uses. It should be washed periodically, especially when it appears soiled.
Frequency: 1 – 3x per week (can also be used daily for 7 consecutive days with rest periods in between).