Castor Oil: One of the Great Healers

castor oil pack

Castor oil packs have tremendous health benefits, such as detoxification of the body and liver cleansing. They can support the digestive system, manage period cramps, and improve skin. People rave about their positive benefits. Here’s how to make a pack.

What do you need:

Castor oil, two sheets of plastic (garbage bags okay), 1 yard cotton or wool flannel, heating pad (if indicated), large old bath towel, 3 safety pins.


  1. Fold the flannel into three thicknesses to fit over your whole abdomen.
  2. Cut a piece of plastic 1-2 inches larger than flannel.
  3. Drizzle the flannel with oil (2 tablespoons) and fold the flannel over.
  4. Place plastic and an old towel over this to prevent staining of the surface you will be lying on.
  5. Lie down on your back, placing flannel over your abdomen and putting fitted plastic over this.
  6. You may apply a heating pad over plastic.
  7. Wrap a towel under you, around your torso, and fasten safety pins.
  8. Rest 30 minutes, two hours away from meals. Use visualization, meditation, or just sleep.
  9. Always add one tablespoon of oil to the flannel for the following up treatments.

Repeat as instructed by a physician. Enjoy!

The castor bean (Oleum Ricini), also known as Palma Christi due to its shape and healing properties, is known principally as a cathartic (strong laxative). The famed psychic Edgar Cayce indicated in his readings a gentler use in the form of a pack placed over the abdomen, usually with applied heat. The oil is absorbed into the lymphatic circulation to provide a soothing, cleansing, and nutritive treatment. 

*Photo Credit: The Chalk Board

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