Castor oil and its detoxing, ant-inflammatory properties….
A castor oil pack generally involves the use of a cloth, usually flannel, soaked in castor oil and placed on the skin. It’s used to enhance circulation and to promote the healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin, to improve liver function, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and to improve digestion.
Castor oil packs are typically recommended because of their ability to promote healing, reduce inflammation, improve circulation especially lymphatic circulation. It has also been known to reduce constipation. It’s a great detox for the liver. I’ve also heard of people using to reduce the pain of arthritis.
It’s a good idea to do a pack every day for four weeks and then once a week after that as maintenance.
I try to do a castor oil pack every day. Leave it on for one hour or even overnight, but I would work slowly up to that point. The easiest way that I have found to do it is to put on a latex glove and pour some oil onto my hand. I then rub it over the area I want to focus on. (For me thats my entire stomach and over my liver) then I place a small cloth on the skin. Then cover it with a heating pad. Lay down and relax for at least one hour. The oil wipes of easily with a towel and is washed off in a shower. I often will do it at night and then just wipe off any excess so as not to make a mess of my p.j’s but leave a very thin layer that continues to work all night, before my morning shower washes it away.
You might feel some effects of the detox when you first start using the packs. This could be different for everyone, but in my case I felt all the symptoms of my digestive problems, as well as some side effects from some old medication I took a couple years ago that needed to be purged from deep within my system. The liver holds on to things for many years and it was good to be able to start cleaning it out.
A good detox is beneficial for everyone, not just those who are ill, and castor oil packs provide you with a great time to read a book, watch a movie, chat with your hubby, or take a nap.
*This detox safe and effective for children. My children do a castor oil pack several times a month. My youngest is 5. I’m not sure about infants, but you can check with a doctor if you wish you use this detox on very young children.