Healthy Beginnings

The Amazing Benefits of Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil (Ricinus communis) has been therapeutically used since ancient times. Castor Oil, also known as Palma de Christi, or “Palm of Christ,” is a triglyceride of fatty acids consisting of almost 90 percent ricinoleic acid. Castor oil’s remarkable healing properties are thought to be the result of the high concentration of this particular unsaturated fatty acid. Ricinoleic acid is effective in preventing the growth of certain viruses, bacteria, yeasts and mold. The lipid structure of Castor Oil is easily transmitted through the skin, into the lymphatic system, making Castor Oil packs a very effective, all-natural healing tool.

In the early 1900’s, sleeping prophet and medical psychic Edgar Cayce brought awareness to Castor Oil packs by recommending them more than 500 times in his writings. He advised the use of Castor Oil packs for lymphatic disorders, and for use on the liver. Placing a Castor Oil pack on the skin increases circulation, decreases inflammation–both internally and externally–and promotes elimination of toxins and healing of tissues and organs. Castor oil packs used on joints, such as knees and wrists, promote decreased swelling and ease of movement.

Conditions responding to Castor Oil packs include constipation, bowel impactions or adhesions, swollen and/or painful joints, chronic fluid retention, liver cirrhosis, enlarged or congested liver, gallbladder disease, swollen lymph nodes, sluggish lymphatic movement and menstrual related congestion. It is reported that consistent use improves liver function and optimizes the body’s detoxification processes. When absorbed through the skin, Castor Oil increases the flow of lymphatic fluid in the body, which speeds up the removal of toxins surrounding cells and reduces the size of swollen lymph nodes.

Applying a small amount of Castor Oil to an affected area twice a day is effective as a topical treatment for warts, ringworm, fungal and bacterial skin conditions.

To make a Castor Oil pack you need a large piece of flannel (enough to fold several times and cover the desired area), Hexane free Castor Oil and a zip lock bag. Fold the flannel into a small square and put into the zip lock bag. Pour a generous amount of Castor Oil into the bag, separating the folds of flannel so that the oil saturates between the layers. Zip the bag shut and rub it between your hands, so that the oil saturates the entire piece of flannel. It should be gooey and well oiled. When using the pack, unfold the flannel enough to cover the desired area; you would want a couple layers of flannel if possible. Place it on the affected area and cover with plastic wrap. You can then apply heat for a minimum of one hour. Or, in the case of using a pack on the liver, wrap the right abdominal area in flannel, wrap plastic (several layers) around the entire abdomen to secure the pack. This will hold the heat from your body in, to activate the absorption of the oil. You can sleep all night wrapped in a Castor Oil pack. Please note that Castor Oil stains cloth, so using old clothing, sheets and towels is recommended.

Using Castor Oil packs in conjunction with bowel cleanses or liver purges greatly enhances the effectiveness of the cleanse. Castor Oil packs also increase the release of toxins from the bowel, when used in conjunction with Colon Hydrotherapy.


1. Reilly D.Ph.T., D.S., Harold and Hagy Brod, Ruth. The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy. A.R.E. Press. January, 1988.




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