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How To Make A Castor Oil Pack – All The Benefits Without The Nasty Taste!

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When I was pregnant with my first child Erik, and TEN DAYS OVERDUE, I did the unthinkable, I willingly ingested Castor Oil in a desperate attempt to get things in the labor department started. Sadly it did absolutely nothing. That was my first and last experience with the nasty-tasting stuff. But recently I’ve been reading about all the other things Castor oil can help with and you don’t have to drink a drop to benefit from it!

While it’s most widely known as a laxative, it has numerous other benefits as well. Some of the best have to do with healthy hair and skin.

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HAIR BENEFITS: Castor oil benefits your scalp by improving blood circulation and moisturizing dry, flaky and itchy skin. It helps strengthen the hair shaft by locking in moisture, and the oil’s essential fatty acids nourish the roots of the hair.

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SKIN BENEFITS: Castor oil softens and soothes dry and irritated skin and helps to kill pathogens that can cause skin problems. The oil locks in moisture and contains numerous minerals, vitamins and fatty acids important for great skin health.

Impressed? Me too! But just wait…some of the most powerful benefits of Castor oil are felt beneath the skin. Castor oil is also known for its anti-bacterial properties and various medicinal and therapeutic benefits such as:

  • Boosting immune response
  • Detoxifying the liver
  • Improving circulation
  • Regulating digestion
  • Relieving lower back pain
  • Treating migraines
  • Increasing stamina and energy
  • Reducing stress
  • Boosting metabolism

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Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis), and is composed mostly of the fatty acid, ricinoleic acid. Archaeological findings show that this oil was regularly used medically in India, Egypt, China, Persia, Africa and Greece for over 4000 years.

Ricinoleic acid is what makes castor oil so powerful. Making your own Castor oil pack is the perfect way to allow ricinoleic acid to soak into the skin and be absorbed by the lymphatic system. Healthy lymphatic circulation is essential for both proper digestion and healthy immune function.

How To Make Your Own Castor Oil Pack

What You’ll Need:

  • a piece of thick cloth (flannel, wool, or cotton work well) about the size of a dish towel.
  • Castor oil
  • a bowl
  • a hot water bottle or heating pad
  • a large plastic storage bag

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To Use:

  1. Place the cloth in your bowl and pour warm Castor oil over it until it is saturated.
  2. Apply the cloth to the lower right side of your abdomen.
  3. Cover with the plastic bag then place the heating pad or hot water bottle on top of that.
  4. Meditate, read a book, watch a movie, or just rest for about 45 minutes until the castor oil soaks in completely.
  5. When you are finished, take off the pack and wipe off any excess oil on your skin with a clean towel.
  6. You can keep the pack in a plastic bag in a cool place or the refrigerator. Just add another tablespoon of castor oil for the next session.
  7. With use, the pack gradually absorbs toxins. Discard the pack and make a new one after 10 uses.
  8. Keep in mind that the castor oil stains fabric, so wear clothing you don’t mind getting messy.

With its’ many health and beauty benefits, I think Castor oil should be in every home’s medicine cabinet!

Have you ever tried a Castor oil pack? What has your experience been?

Warning: Castor oil should not be taken internally. Do not apply it to broken skin, or use it during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during menstrual flow.

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  • Regarding castor oil, if people would like more information they can google Edgar Casey. He was a medical intuitive who gave all the credit to God with his unique ability. He used castor oil quite a bit in healing of patients. One particular product, Palma Christi Castor Oil is pure, cold pressed. Palma Christi translates to Palm of Christ. Reading about his life is very fascinating. Don’t you just love the Internet!

  • Sounds awesome!! Will definitely give it a try. I have to buy the castor oil first though. I think my Mom gave us this as a laxative when we were kids. lol That was in the ’60s though so she didn’t know better. ;) haha

  • Castor oil packs work great on many things. The first one I ever used was for a breast infection when I was nursing. You keep the hot water bottle on the infected breast till it cools off, then you can do it again. Be sure to empty the breast–manually or by breastfeeding. The pack works well around the ear for an ear infection and also on a sore neck. We have been using them for many years.

  • Great post!! Castor oil packs are the absolute best. I agree with Mary about the placement over the liver just below the ribs on the upper abdomen. You can do it over the intestines for digestion, and I also do it over my bladder for interstitial cystitis pain.
    Wool flannel is the best thing to use, but for ease I have often used bed pads that I cut into halves or thirds – they have a cotton side and a plastic side already so I lather the oil on, and put the cotton side down on my skin.

  • First let me say “one good thing by jillee” has been the most helpful site ever! I love your citrus cleaner, I make it all of the time and use it on so many things. Thank you!

    I also agree this does work on your eyelashes and eye brows!
    I plan on making the oil pack in the near future, I look forward to trying it!

  • I must confess that I drank a small bottle of castor oil back when I was pregnant for first son. I was a naive 19 1/2 year old and I thought I wanted to have him on the 4th of July. Never again. All it did was clean me out. Maybe the worse thing I ever did.

    Glad to know it has good uses.

  • Castor oil is Not moisturizing by itself. It is pretty harsh and can be extremely drying on the skin directly with use. Instead mix it in a carrier oil, and OCM websites everywhere have directions for that.

    Also toxins are not drawn through the body and out the skin. Putting something on the skin to help the liver doesn’t work. It’s just not science. The liver is a detoxifying organ. It’s made for that job and it does well. It’s better to care for it with exercise, water, rest, not ingesting things like too much alcohol, and a good diet with adequate protein.

  • I have been using Castor Oil and mixing it with coconut oil for my hair. I have very thin hair and this has made a huge difference in my hair. Not only does my hair look better, my scalp has new growth!! I’m so excited because of that. And also my eyebrows are coming back in. I just take a small amount of castor and coconut oil. Mix together put a warm towel over that then a shower cap. Keep that on overnight. And shampoo. Same with eyebrows except I put straight castor oil with q- tip and cover that with Vaseline at night. Try this it has really helped me !!

  • Ms. Jill First I want to tell you that if I need a recipe or solution for a stain etc, I get on this computer and pull you up. Thank you for taking your time to help us out . On your new Liquid Clothes {no soap grating} you got it from another blogger ,well I just wanted to add that after playing with the recipe I increased each ingredient by one table spoon {3 tablespoons Borax, 3 tablespoons washing soda, 3 tablespoons Dawn, and I added 3 tablespoons of the new Tide “Oxi-clean” powder. It works GREAT!! I still added one cup as you suggested and washing was clean and fresh. Also I purchased a $3.00 Gallon pitcher at the Dollar Store and put the dry ingredients in it and the added the boiling water then stirred with a long handled spoon. This made it easier to make sure that it all the powered ingredients dissolved. After it cooled down I put the cold water in it and poured it in my gallon jugs. Again Thank you for all your wonderful “RECIPES” Totally Grateful, Terri Davis

  • Oh my did this bring back memories. My second son was a month overdue and I sure was ready. I drank a whole 4 oz bottle of castor oil to bring labor. Not a thing happened with me either. That was 28 years ago. My Tim went to heaven July 2013 and today is 18 months of missing him. I just might have to get me a bottle of castor oil and try it. Sounds interesting.

  • I love that you are sharing castor oil packs with everyone! They are particularly helpful during times of illness, so this is a perfect time of year to try them.
    One point I wanted to clarify: the article says to place pack over the lower right abdomen bit that is not correct. You want to put the pack on the upper right abdomen, over the liver. Hope this helps!

  • I’m off to Boots to buy my castor oil. How often should this be practised? Can’t wait to feel the benefits. With this method will my hair/skin/face benefit or do I need to use it differently for those areas?

  • I cannot wait to try this but I’m wondering, is the pack beneficial for the face/skin and hair or can the castor oil be applied directly to the face/skin and hair?

    • Castor oil can be applied directly to your face. If you research oil cleansing, you’ll find that it’s the base component. From there you add various other oils based on your skin type. You can even add in essential oils or mild abrasives to make a scrub (don’t use a scrub daily). It’s a fantastic way to cleanse your face. Since I started years ago, I’ve never went back to soap and my skin only looks better as I age!

  • Sounds interesting – I’d like to try this. Just curious though, how often should one do this castor oil pack? Once a week, twice a week or with what frequency? Any direction you can give me would be helpful – thank you!

    • My mom has been doing these packs for many years as she learned about them when she worked at a holistic cancer clinic and they are used in their protocol. They recommend using them for 3 days in a row, and then don’t use them for 4 days after that. Continue that pattern for a month then take a week or two off.

    • My mother uses these and has great results with digestion aid. One thing I would add is that this can be very messy and castor oil can be a pain to wash off. When you are finished, climb straight into the shower, taking about 1/2 cup of baking soda and the dish soap from the kitchen. While standing in the shower, put some baking soda in your hand and start rubbing the areas where the castor oil is. It’ll make like a paste. Continue until all areas have been covered. Then add a squirt of dish soap to your hand and massage the baking soda areas again with the dish soap. Then rinse off. This is the way I’ve found gets rid of most of the residue.

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