Castor Oil Packs

This packs are known for helping to gently clean the liver and lymph system.

What you’ll need:

  • high-quality hexanne free castor oil 

  • unbleached and dye free wool or cotton flannel – can be reused up to 30 times

  • a wrap around pack (or large piece of cotton flannel) or as a last resort plastic wrap

  • hotwater bottle or heating pad

  • glass container with lid – big enough for storing the oil soaked flannel between uses

  • old clothes, towels and sheets – as castor oil stains.

  • time for you to take care of yourself.

  • Castor oil kits can also be purchased online.

Cut a large piece of cotton flannel and fold into thirds to make three layers. My original piece was 20 inches by 10 inches and when folded it was roughly 7 inches by 10 inches. Yours could be larger or smaller, depending on where you are planning to place it.

  1. Thoroughly soak (but not completely saturate) the flannel in castor oil. One method is to carefully fold the flannel and place in a quart-size mason jar. Then add in castor oil about a tablespoon at a time (every 20 minutes or so) to give it time to saturate.Shake the jar between adding more oil so that the oil could reach all parts of the cloth. Ideally, this should be done the day before to give it time to evenly soak. This same jar can be used for storing the soaked flannel.

  2. Carefully remove and unfold the castor oil soaked cloth.

  3. While lying on an old towel or sheet, place the cloth on the desired body part. Remember to wear old clothes.

  4. Cover with the wrap around flannel or plastic, and place the heating pack on top of this. Less optimally, a plastic grocery bag can be used prevent any oil from getting on the heating pad. A hot water bottle or rice heating pad can be used. Just know that they will need to be reheated a few times. If you have an electric heating pad, that may be the easiest.

  5. Lie on back with feet elevated and relax for 30-60 minutes.