How to Use a Castor Oil Pack

castor oil plantInformation about castor oil packs came from the intuitive readings of Edgar Cayce in the early part of the 20th century. In these readings, he recommended the application of castor oil for various ailments. For example, the packs are used on the liver to help with detoxification, the abdomen for digestive complaints, the uterus for fibroids, and on the breasts to help dissolve growths.

Castor oil is made up of a triglyceride of fatty acids, 90% of which is ricinoleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid. Ricinoleic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of various types of bacteria, yeast, molds, and viruses.

When I first learned of castor oil packs, I was told that the oil seeps into the skin and surrounding tissue creating a downward, outward movement. For example, a castor oil pack over the uterus can cause a delayed period to start because of its ability to start the downward flow.

In his book The Oil That Heals: A Physician’s Success with Castor Oil Treatments, William McGarey, M.D. says castor oil stimulates and removes adhesions and lesions. It helps dissolve lumps in the breasts and heal scar tissue. Using castor oil packs can enhance eliminations of all kinds, increase lymph flow, and relieve pain and inflammation.

How to Use a Castor Oil Pack

Cotton flannel is often recommended, but I prefer to use an unbleached pre-washed white t-shirt cut into wide strips and folded so there are at least three layers.

Place the folded cotton on plastic wrap, with the plastic just larger than the fabric piece.
Pour castor oil over the cotton to saturate it (but not dripping).
Place the pack on the location, oily side down, plastic on top.
Put a thin towel over the plastic and cover it with a hot water bottle or other heated pack. Avoid using electric heating pads if possible, as the electrical current can cause disturbances in your energy field. You can use a microwaveable heating pad.
Rest with the pack on for about 30 minutes.

Castor oil will stain fabric, so when you are finished with the pack, wipe the oil away completely. You might want to wear an old t-shirt or designate a couple of shirts specifically to wear right after you use the packs.

Be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins. You can reuse your pack at least 20 times by keeping it in the refrigerator between uses. Bring it to room temperature before using it. Some people use the packs for three days and take a break for three days, but you can use the packs for many consecutive days, occasionally taking a break for a week at a time and, for women, during your monthly cycle.

2 thoughts on “How to Use a Castor Oil Pack

  1. Cyndy Arsenio

    Hello Dr. Christina …
    I have been googling information on using castor oil to shrink thyroid calcification nodules and found your blog.
    I have been diagnosed with non-cancerous numerous clusters of calcification, but as the clusters are in front of my thyroid gland, they are noticeable close to the skin and in total area are about the size of a marble! Doctor ordered routine sonograms on my thyroid over the last three years have shown no changes in size or character, but I would like to try something besides taking magnesium supplements to at least shrink, if not clear, this calcification problem.

    A long way to get to my question, but I wanted you to know my background. I am very much attuned to my body, have a clean diet and lifestyle.
    Question!!! :)) Would you recommend or feel castor oil packs for my nodules would be helpful, and/or do you have any experience with others with calcification thyroid nodules?
    Love your website and all the great information!

    Thank You,
    Cyndy

    Reply
    1. drchristinagrant Post author

      Dear Cyndy,

      I wouldn’t be able to advise on the thyroid calcification nodules, but I appreciate your message anyway, and wish you the best in achieving complete healing.

      Reply

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