Castor Oil Packs
A castor oil pack is an external application of castor oil to the body, a lymph stimulator. Very simple and beneficial.
From the castor seed, the plant is native to India, Castor oil is produced from it. Very high in ricinoleic acid, deemed to be responsible for its strong health promoting abilities. In fact, it was once called “palma christe” because its leaves of the plant resembled the hands of Christ. The castor seed itself can be deadly and internal use of even castor oil warrants caution. The plant is a very ornamental looking garden plant, and you have probably seen them around.
Been using these packs for over 40 years! As a follower of Edward Cayce from way back, so much he shared, has become so valuable today. Back then no one really paid any attention to natural therapies, but they are on the comeback, and this should be something you make a point of having in the home. Castor oil and the packs has been used for so many things and to treat condition from cancer, arthritis, injuries, sciatica and digestive. It is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal, just to start.
A cotton flannel is saturated with castor oil and applied to a specified area with, or without, heat, I use heat. Edward Cayce readings recommend the use of castor oil packs for general use, to improve assimilations, eliminations, and circulation (especially of the lymphatic system) and in particular to break up adhesions (fibrous bands that form between tissues and organs, often as a result of injury during surgery, scar tissue) of the lacteal glands (a lymph node situated upon a lacteal vessel.
The packs should be on the area that need attention. It is preferred to use heat, I always placed my pack, in area of choice or where I wanted it to work, put my castor oil pack on, covered the area with saran wrap, to prevent oil from seeping onto other things, or a plastic bag, and then put the heating pad on. Always be careful your heat is not too high, so that you do not burn yourself. All in all, I found it very soothing.
I aways used flannel, from an old flannel sheet or pyjama piece, cut the piece large enough so that it can be doubled, soak the flannel (the first time it will take a lot of castor oil, and it is very greasy) to a nice not dripping consistency, and this was my pack. I used mine over and over, and just topped it up when it started to get used up. I stored my pack in a plastic container, and it became a part of my medicine cabinet and always there. This worked and works for me and has for decades.
Keep the pack on for at least 1 to 1½ hours .
With the leftover grease on skin when you are done, you can either massage it into your skin, or wash off with warm soap, water and a cloth. Of course dish detergent works well as well. You can use it as you wish, when you wish. Use it for 3 days take 2 days off.
As with everything, these are available on line, but I recommend you buy your own, make your own, and you know what you have. I get my castor oil at the Drug Store. If you have something you would like to see how castor will work to improve it, do a little research on the ailment and see for yourself.
As with any natural or herbal advice given, I recommend you do your research on Castor Oil Packs, and Edward Cayce, who has made this a comeback today, to find out more. As always, this information is for educational purposes to make people aware, this is being used and works, and is in no way, meant to replace medical advice or treatment. There is a lot of information now on the internet, and readily available to read, so that you can decide, if this may have a use in your daily life.
As always, until my next wonderful natural remedy or story.