Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Packs have many applications and are used in many conditions including uterine fibroids, non-malignant ovarian cysts, headaches, migraines, constipation, intestinal disorders, and gallbladder and liver conditions.

Do not use heated castor oil packs with uterine growths, bleeding, pregnancy, ulcers, or while menstruating. Do not fall asleep while using the electric heating pad.

Supplies

  • Flannel cloth (cotton or wool; 20-40 inches by 24-48 inches)
  • Plastic wrap (Clear kitchen wrap or plastic bag without ink)
  • Glass dish (Square 9 x 9 inch Pyrex or similar container)
  • Bath towel
  • Hot water bottle or heating pad
  • Two safety pins
  • Six ounces of castor oil

Instructions

  1. Choose a container in which to store and heat your Castor oil pack.
  2. Pour oil onto the flannel until it is well moistened.
  3. Heat flannel/oil in a glass dish in the oven or microwave to a comfortable temperature.
  4. Lie down placing flannel directly on the skin over the treatment area.
  5. Place plastic wrap that is 1-2 inches larger than flannel on all sides over flannel to prevent staining of clothes or bedding.
  6. Wrap the towel around the body over the flannel and plastic and pin. If using heat, apply a hot water bottle or heating pad (on medium setting) over the treatment area.
  7. Rest. You may sleep, use visualization, or meditation at this time.
  8. You may replace the flannel pack in the glass container and store it in the refrigerator. This flannel and oil may be used for weeks.
  9. To cut the oil, wash skin or towel in a solution of 3 tablespoons baking soda/quart of water.

Additional Exercises

Breathing Exercises (3 minutes)

While you are in bed with the castor oil pack on your stomach is a good time to do the breathing exercises.

  1. Place your hand on your abdomen and inhale in such a way that your hand rises.
  2. At the peak of your inhale, try to inhale three more times consecutively.
  3. Now, forcefully exhale. At the peak of the exhale, try to blow out the remaining air in your lungs with three short exhales. Repeat this for five cycles.

Exercise (20 minutes, at least)

Walking, Yoga, Qigong, or other full-body, aerobic exercise is important every day.