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How does castor oil work?

Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid which is an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. About 90% of the fatty acid content
in castor oil is triglyceride formed from ricinoleic acid.

Ricinoleic acid in castor oil accounts for its unique properties; it has strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory
effect. Castor oil increases lymphocyte production and the level of activity of T-cell lymphocytes originating from
bone marrow and the thymus gland.

In addition to strengthening the immune system, castor oil has a balancing effect on the autonomic nervous system,
increasing liver activity, improving digestion and elimination.

When castor oil is absorbed through the skin from packs, the lymphocyte count of the blood increases as a result of
the oil's positive influence on the thymus gland, lymphatic tissue, or both. The flow of lymph increases throughout
the body, speeding up the removal of toxins surrounding the cells and reducing the size of swollen lymph nodes.
The end result is a general overall improvement in organ function, regeneration of tissues, circulation and relieving

How to use castor oil pack?

You can use a castor oil pack on your abdomen, or any area that is calling for attention and needs healing.

You will need the following materials:

Castor oil, unbleached cotton flannel, towel, plastic sheet, heating pad or hot water bottle

Directions for preparing:

1. Flannel cloth should be 2-4 thickness when folded and should measure 10-14 inches (25-35 cm) after being
2. Pour castor oil on the cloth; make sure the cloth is wet but not dripping with oil.
3. Place the castor oil soaked cloth over the area to be treated.
4. Place the plastic sheet on the cloth.
5. Apply a heat source (heating pad or hot water bottle) on the plastic sheet. Use low temperature first when using
heating pad and slowly increase the heat if the body is comfortable with it. If using hot water bottle try to apply it
hot but do not burn the skin!
6. Maintain constant warmth throughout the treatment.  An alternative method without heat would be to secure the
pack with a towel wrapped and pinned around your body, and leave in place overnight.  
7. Relax for 1-1.5 hours, you can repeat the treatment 3 days in a row.
8. After the pack take 2 teaspoon of olive oil to stimulate the liver.
9. When you remove the pack, massage the remaining oil into the skin or clean it off.
You can use the same pack, just pouring more castor oil on each day.  Each cotton flannel pack may be used for 1-2
months until the colour changed or oil becomes rancid. Between usages flannel pack can be kept in a plastic
container in the fridge.

Relax while doing the castor oil pack, listen to soft music and meditate or read.

PLEASE NOTE: Heat should not be used in conditions where it is normally contraindicated, such as appendicitis,
diabetic neuropathy and heavy bleeding or over the abdomen during pregnancy. However, the castor oil pack can be
used without heat in these conditions.


William A. McGarey (2011) The Oil That Heals. 17th edn., Virginia Beach: A.R.E Press,
ISBN 978-0-87604-308-0

What is castor oil?

Castor oil is extracted from the bean of Ricinus Communis, castor plant or Palma Christi plant (palm of Christ). The Palma Christi has been used therapeutically for centuries in the ancient India, China, Persia, Africa, Greece, Rome and America.  Taken internally, castor oil is a strong cathartic as it stimulates strong parasympathetic activity (peristalsis). 

As an external oil pack, it has been used to treat a variety of health conditions such as arthritis, liver, gall bladder and intestinal disorders, tumors, breast and ovarian cysts, fibroids, congestion of abdominal organs, ear problems, small benign cysts, skin conditions and adhesions from surgery.  Wherever there is congestion, decreased blood flow and need for healing, castor oil can be an effective treatment option.