Castor oil comes from the castor seed, native to India. It is extremely high in ricinoleic acid, which is thought to be responsible for its health promoting abilities. In Medieval Europe, it was once called “palma christe” because its leaves resembled the hands of Christ.
It was used in ancient Japanese healing arts and in India and China for thousands of years. In the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical books in the world, it describes the topical use of castor oil by the early Egyptians, as far back to 1550 B.C.
Castor oil packs are something I try to do on a regular basis. It is a super easy way to detox and is helpful for so many conditions. It is helpful for detoxification, inflammation, constipation, hormonal imbalances, liver cleansing and stimulating lymphatic flow.
“Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. When castor oil is absorbed through your skin, your lymphocyte count increases. Increased lymphocytes speed up the removal of toxins from your tissues, which promotes healing. Lymphocytes are your immune system’s disease-fighting cells and are produced and stored mainly in your lymphatic tissue (thymus gland, spleen, and lymph nodes). Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick.” Dr. Joseph Mercola
The chart below shows all the areas that are covered when doing a castor oil pack so you can get a better idea of how beneficial this detox method can be.
How to do a castor oil pack
It’s super easy and only requires a few supplies-
- a high quality castor oil that is free of toxic contaminants
- wool flannel or you can cut up a piece of cotton fabric if you are sensitive to wool
- heating pad
- an old towel that you don’t mind getting permanently stained
- Place the flannel in a dish and drizzle oil over it until it’s saturated
- Plug in the heating pad and turn on medium
- Lie down and place the flannel on your abdomen, directly against your skin
- Place the towel on top of the flannel and lay heating pad on top of the towel
- Lie down for 1-2 hours, remove and wipe your abdomen with an old towel
You may still have some oil residue on your skin when you’re done so make sure and wipe it clean or it will stain your clothes. You can use a mix of baking soda and water if you need to scrub the oil off. Make sure you lay on an old towel as well so you don’t stain what you are laying on in case the castor oil drips.
*Do not do this during pregnancy, heavy menstrual flow or if you have internal bleeding. Do not use internally as well.
You can save the saturated flannel in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and store it in the fridge so it can be used multiple times.
Drink lots of water afterward to continue the detox benefits.
The lazy castor oil pack
If you don’t have 1-2 hours to dedicate to doing a traditional castor oil pack, there is another option.
Before bed, lather the castor oil all over your abdomen and sleep with it on. If you are able, use the heating pad for a bit before you go to sleep but make sure you turn it off before sleeping.
Wear a pair of pajamas that you don’t mind getting permanently stained from the oil. When you wake up, the oil should be absorbed.
“God has placed tremendous self-healing mechanisms in the body. Therefore, it is not the physician, the surgeon, the prescription drug, or even the nutrient that cures. They act only in support or detriment to the body’s God-given ability to cure itself.”
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