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How to Make a Castor Oil Pack

Castor Oil Home Treatments


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Castor oil packs are applied to the skin to ease discomfort, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. A castor oil pack is not difficult to make but there are a couple of precautions to take.
  • Castor oil soaked cloth is applied directly to the skin, but should not be applied to any area of the skin that is cut or open.
  • Castor oil will stain fabric, so take care to protect your linens by placing a protective plastic sheet between your body being treated and your bed sheets. Also, wear old clothing or pajamas that you don't mind getting stained.

Supplies needed:

  • Strip of clean natural flannel cloth
  • Plastic wrap
  • Hot water bottle or heating pad
  • Lidded storage container

How to Make and Apply a Castor Oil Pack

1. Place flannel cloth in the storage container. Pour castor oil into the container using just enough for the fabric to soak up the oil without becoming drippy.

2. Lie down on your bed where you will stay during your castor oil treatment.

3. Place your castor oil pack (saturated cloth) onto the skin area you wish to treat (abdomen, breasts, knee, ankle, etc.).

4. Cover the pack with plastic wrap.

5. After the plastic is secured, place a hot water bottle or heating pad over the pack and allow to sit for approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Relax!

6. Remove the pack, returning the soaked cloth to the storage container. A pack can be refrigerated and used repeatedly up to 20-25 times. Note: additional oil can be added to the pack prior to re-treatments if needed.

7. Cleanse the castor oil from your skin using baking soda and water.

Conditions that are typically treated with castor oil packs include:

  • Bursitis
  • Constipation
  • Digestive issues
  • Muscle aches and strains
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Swollen joints

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