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Castor Oil packs -3 important things they do

Updated: Mar 6

Castor oil bottles on a wooden tray

Firstly - What is a castor oil pack?

A castor oil pack involves the use of cloth that has been soaked in castor oil and then placed on the skin. It’s used to enhance circulation, to promote the healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is also used to improve lymphatic circulation, liver function, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve digestion. Castor oil packs have been in use by natural health practitioners for decades, however they are now becoming used in many households. (Yay)

3 important actions they have

1. Castor oil packs rapidly increase your lymphocyte count.

According to a study done by Cayce and McGarey, lymphocytes (white blood cells) are your body’s disease-fighting cells and the more lymphocytes you have, the better your body can remove toxins from your tissues!

2. Castor oil packs ease lymphatic congestion that contribute to inflammation and disease.

When your lymphatic system is congested, your body isn’t able to remove the waste and toxins properly. The absorption of castor oil helps reduce the congestion that can be a major factor in things like chronic illness, a weakened immune system, and even thyroid disease.

3. Castor oil packs support your liver health, which is essential for keeping your body well.

All those toxins that you are exposed to during your daily life head down to your liver, which acts as the detoxifier for your body.

Because of how toxic our world is today (think skincare, household products, fragrances, etc.), our livers can easily get too congested to function properly.

Sketch of a woman - benefits of castor oil noted around her body

You can use a castor oil pack for a wide range of health issues, symptoms, and toxicity in the body, such as:

  • Liver disorders

  • Thyroid cysts and nodules

  • Non-cancerous uterine fibroids

  • Ovarian cysts

  • Constipation

  • Gallbladder inflammation or stones

  • Inflamed joints

  • Lymphatic drainage

  • Conditions with poor elimination

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Cysts in the breast tissue

  • General liver detoxification

  • Lung infections

  • To support the immune system during a cold or flu

If you’re dealing with any of the above, adding a castor oil pack into your regime will most likely be highly beneficial.

Have you tried dry skin brushing? This is another gentle practice that will support your lymphatic system and detoxification.

You can make your own castor oil pack. Instructions below:

womans back with a towel rolled  on it and the words how to make a castor oil pack

Castor oil packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel in castor oil and then placing it over the affected area. (ie over the tummy) The flannel is covered with some plastic, and then a hot water bottle is placed over the plastic to heat the pack.

Do not place castor oil directly on broken skin. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding so do not use on your best clothes!


• Three layers of undyed wool or cotton flannel large enough to cover the affected area

• Organic castor oil

• Plastic wrap (ie glad wrap or cut up a plastic bag) cut one to two inches larger than the flannel

• Hot water bottle

• Container with lid

• Old clothes and sheets


1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping.

2. Place the pack over the affected body part.

3. Cover with the plastic.

4. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.

5. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda. 6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times.

Note: Do not take the castor oil internally.

There are premade castor oil packs available - search online.

Have you had good results with a castor oil pack? Comment below

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