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Castor Oil Therapy With Castor Oil Packs

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Edgar Cayce And Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil has been used as a natural healing agent by folk healers for treating a variety of ailments since ancient times. You can read my hub on the benefits of castor oil by clicking the link to the right of this paragraph.

Edgar Cayce was a psychic and known as the father of holistic medicine. He gave psychic readings while in a trance and most of these are related to holistic health and treatment of diseases. These readings are in fact answers to the thousands of questions posed to him by those seeking answers to their problems.

Edgar Cayce popularized the benefits of castor oil packs. The benefits were later researched by his follower, Physician William McGarey, author of the book "The Oil That Heals" who found that castor oil packs increased lymphocyte production significantly. He said that castor oil is absorbed through the skin and it benefits the immune system by improving the working of the thymus and other glands.

As is known, lymphocytes are our body's disease fighters that are produced and stored in the lymphatic tissue, that is, the thymus, spleen and lymph nodes.

A network of lymphatic tubules is spread out throughout the body for the toxic wastes to be collected and transported to the blood for removal. however, when the lymphatic system is not working well it leads to lymphatic congestion or accumulation of toxic wastes and this leads to sickness and disease.

When castor oil packs are applied on the skin the oil is absorbed, lymphocyte count increases and normal working of the lymphatic system is restored. Toxins get removed and healing sets in.

What Is A Castor Oil Pack

Very simply, a castor oil pack is a piece or pieces of cloth soaked in castor oil that is placed externally on the skin.

A heating pad is used over this pad to keep it warm. Cotton or wool flannel is the preferred type of cloth as it can absorb and hold a lot of castor oil. The pack is made from several layers of flannel.

Read My Article On Benefits Of Castor Oil

  • Benefits Of Castor Oil
    Castor oil has been traditionally used as a folk medicine to treat a variety of health conditions. To read how you can reap the various benefits of castor oil, read on...

Castor Oil Pack

Usually, the castor oil pack is placed on the right side of the abdomen extending from a little above the bottom of the breastbone to about 4 inches below the navel. As much of the right side of the abdomen is covered as possible. The pack can also be placed on inflammations and swellings like joints or muscle sprains.

The castor oil pack needs to be heated before using it and a heating pad or a hot water bottle is kept on top of the pad for the entire duration of the therapy, about 1-2 hours, to maintain the warmth.

The pack needs to be discarded after about 25-30 uses or earlier if it smells rancid.

How To Use The Castor Oil Pack

  • Soak the flannel pieces in castor oil. Remove when saturated. Wring out the excess oil so that it does not drip.
    The flannel pieces should be large enough to cover the area as explained earlier or about 12" by 18".
  • Before lying down, spread a plastic sheet on the bed to protect the bedding.
  • Place the pack on the abdomen and cover it with a piece of plastic.
  • Keep the heating pad/hot water bottle over this. Cover this with a towel to contain the heat.
  • Keep it in place for 1 to 2 hours.

Before getting up wipe off the oil with a paper towel. The area can be washed with soap and water or if needed with a baking soda solution made by adding 2 tsp baking soda to 1 litre of water.

The castor oil pack should be stored in a plastic container that is kept in a cool dark place, like the refrigerator when not in use.

After using the pack for 3 days, start consuming 1 tsp olive oil every evening. Preferably, do this therapy just before going to bed.

The castor oil pack improves the blood flow and helps to eliminate the toxic wastes.

Some Points to be Kept in Mind

  1. Use cold-pressed castor oil.
  2. Add fresh castor oil to the pack when needed.
  3. Use the castor oil pack for 3 days. Then give a gap of 4 days. Repeat.
  4. Replace the pack when necessary.
  5. Avoid taking this therapy in pregnancy or during menses.
  6. Follow this regimen for at least 3 months and then reduce it to about once a week.
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Ailments/Conditions/Organs Benefitted By Castor Oil Therapy

Castor oil therapy benefits in:

  • Intestinal disorders like issues with digestion, constipation, elimination, etc
  • Gall bladder inflammations/stone
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Joint pains and inflammations
  • Nervous disorders, headaches
  • Liver dysfunctions
  • Skin infections - bacterial and fungal
  • Issues with fertility - tones up the uterus and fallopian tubes
  • Cysts, fibroids etc
  • Improves blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • Bladder and vaginal infections
  • Respiratory infections


Castor oil stimulates the lymphatic system


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

How to Make a Castor Oil Pack

Elaine Hruska Talks About the Lymphatic System and the Cayce Readings

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Rajan Singh Jolly


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 18, 2014:

It may help as it sets right certain female reproductive issues Kusum. There is no harm in giving it a try.

kusum on December 18, 2014:

thanks for information. Can this be useful in getting pregnant

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 19, 2013:

Crystal, yes it does taste and feel weird but has a lot of benefits. Thanks for stopping by.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on September 18, 2013:

I have terrible memories of being given castor oil when I was a child... horrible smell and horrible taste in the version of it that I was given, which was sludgy and dark brown. This seems a bit different.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 18, 2013:

Thanks a lot Mary! Readers and friends like you goad me on to write these healthy hubs. I very much appreciate your compliments but I need to thank the very many readers on and outside of Hubpages who are a constant source of inspiration and support.

Mary Craig from New York on February 18, 2013:

It would seem I'm not the only one in this country that hasn't heard of Castor Oil Packs! Years ago kids were given a teaspoon of castor oil to cure all kinds of ills (many of which you've listed), as Vocalcoach said, every night. You find the most interesting topics and keep us educated. I know I've said it before but I'll say it again, thank you for trying to keep us healthy!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 16, 2013:

Audrey, it tastes nasty no doubt! But the castor oil pack does eliminate that and does a great job as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 16, 2013:

When I was a small child my parents gave us a teaspoonful of castor oil every night before bedtime. I hated it, but both my brother, sister and I dutifully swallowed the nasty stuff. I guess it helped to keep us well during cold and flu season. Your hub brought back memories. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 16, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by Rasma. Always nice to see you.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 16, 2013:

Thanks for this informative and interesting hub. Never knew about all of the benefits of castor oil. Passing this on.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 15, 2013:

@ Rebecca -You said it. Thanks for visiting.

@ Bill - I'm glad you have info about these packs now. Thanks, my friend.

@ Devika - you are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

@ old albion - I' humbled by your appreciation. Thank you.

@ Carol - I'm pleased you like these healthy food hubs. You are too kind.

@ Peg Cole - Absolutely, go right ahead. Thanks for coming by.

@ Harsha - you are correct. Thanks for reading.

@ Keala - thanks and you are welcome my friend.

@ Marlene - These packs are indeed a very helpful addition to natural therapies. Thanks.

@ Ruchira - Nature is all powerful. No wonder Hippocrates, father of Western medicine, said " Let food be thy medicine ".

Thanks for stopping by.

Ruchira from United States on February 15, 2013:

It is amazing how our planet has created such amazing herbs that we still have to discover for our own good.

You said it ALL.

Voted up as awesome/interesting/useful

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 15, 2013:

I am amazed at how beneficial castor oil is. It is definitely worth considering as an alternative to harmful medications to treat the things that castor oil can treat.

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on February 15, 2013:

Very interesting presentation, Rajan! As a little boy, I remember my parents utilizing castor oil as a supplement, but this is the first time I've learned about using castor oil packs as medicinal therapy. The videos were well chosen and most helpful in illustrating the practical applications and further educating us readers about Cayce's teachings. Voted up and then some!

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on February 15, 2013:

Very interesting hub! Thank you, Rajan!

If I remember right, Cayce recommended this therapy for some epileptic persons too and healed them completely. According to him, nervous system is not just brain which is in head, but our navel too. So we essentially have 2 brains a) Cerebral and b) Abdominal

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 15, 2013:

Very interesting. Natural and old time remedies like this one are far preferable to a regimen of synthetic drugs on the market today. I'm eager to read some of the reference material shown here to learn more about this therapy.

carol stanley from Arizona on February 15, 2013:

As always your health related hubs are so interesting. I feel healthier just reading them. thanks for writing about all these ways to stay healthy. Voting up and sharing..of course!!!

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on February 15, 2013:

Hi Rajan. I really do compliment you on your knowledge of what some might term complimentary or alternative medicines. I find your hubs of great interest.


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 15, 2013:

The taste o f castor oil is most awful to me but had no idea of how helpful it can be. For so many ailments I am really amazed by this information thanks for sharing. Voted up!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 14, 2013:

Castor oil has been around forever. We used it when I was a child and we still use it. I had not heard of the packs, so thank you for that information.

blessings my friend,


Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 14, 2013:

Very interesting, rajan. I have never had castor oil, but my Mom (who will soon be 90 ) talks about having been given it as a child. There is a lot to be said about folk remedies. Good choice for sharing!

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