You may have heard of a castor oil pack, but haven’t tried one. All of us at BodyQuirks have used castor oil packs to assist in a host of health challenges, from skin rashes to liver issues to joint pain. These healing packs are great because they are easy to make and can be reused for months when kept in the refrigerator.
What is it?
All you need to make a castor oil pack is wool or cotton cloth, castor oil, and a heating pad or water bottle. The idea is to keep castor oil on a piece of cloth on the skin for at least an hour with a heat source to stimulate lymph and liver function. And best of all, they help detox without detox side effects. Health themed blog, VeryWell, says that “Castor oil packs have long been used in folk medicine, dating back to ancient Egypt, for a number of ailments including constipation”. Instructions on how to use these packs are listed below.
What does it do?
Castor oil packs are typically recommended because of their ability to promote healing, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation, especially lymphatic circulation. When the lymphatic system is functioning optimally, a host of uncomfortable symptoms can be prevented because this part of your body is helping your immune system destroy waste, pathogens, toxins and even cancerous cells. Studies have shown that castor oil raises T cells, which destroy cells infected with germs or that have become cancerous.
Chiropractor, Jason Kasters, says that, “If lymph nodes are damaged or not working properly, toxins build up in your body and can cause an array of illnesses. The lymph system’s impact is so far reaching that many don’t even realize that minor aches and pains, low energy or susceptibility to colds and flu right up to and including full-blown cancer can be the result of overloaded lymph.” Without properly working lymph, our bodies may additionally feel slow, bloated, and swollen.
Dionetta Hudzinski an RN and Wellness coach says, “I have used the castor oil packs for headaches, toothaches, neck pain, knee pain, hand and wrist pain. I have applied it to bug bites with great success. And I have used it as a massage oil on others and myself.” In her article, she also found it as a means of healing psoriasis. Medical News Today further supports castor oil as a remedy for the face and skin by saying it is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, moisturizing, hydrating, and cleansing. This means that it can help calm irritated skin, protect the skin from bacterial infections by keeping out microbes that can cause disease, draw moisture from the air into the skin, keeping the skin hydrated, the triglycerides this oil contains can also help remove dirt from the skin.
How do I use it?
The beauty of a castor oil pack is you can place it where benefits are needed:
- On the right side of the abdomen or the whole abdomen to support the liver and digestive system.
- Directly on strained joints or muscles or areas of inflammation to reduce inflammation.
- Directly on troubled areas of the skin, including the face* (because it’s so thick, it can be mixed with a lighter oil like almond oil).
- On the lower abdomen to help with menstrual pain.
It’s very easy to make your own castor oil pack, instructions can be found here. Castor oil is also inexpensive and can be found in your local health food store or online. Other ways and resources on how to use castor oil can be found on Healthline.com.
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