Edited by Bruce Baar, MS, ND
A castor oil pack is made from several layers of flannel like material, enough to absorb and hold the castor oil during application. The flannel material is wool, cotton or the newly designed disposable pack, each of which you will need to saturate with cold-pressed castor oil before using.
A common area to apply the castor oil pack is on the right side of the abdomen, between the upper part of the rib cage and the upper edge of the hipbone. Another common area is across the abdomen from the right to the left side of the body, covering from the sternum to the pubic or groin area. Application is usually for 1 to 2 hours. A heating pad is placed on top of the castor oil pack to keep it very warm during application. It is best to consult your health care practitioner to determine frequency of application.
You can use the same castor oil pack for additional applications. It is important to discard the pack after a certain number of uses or when it becomes rancid. It may be helpful to store the pack in a plastic storage container and refrigerate between uses. The wool and cotton flannel packs can be used for approximately 25-30 applications before they are to be discarded. The new inexpensive disposable packs can be used for about 10 uses before discarding.
Before you begin, you will need to choose either the Wool Flannel (#757), Cotton Flannel (#759) or one of the Disposable Flannel (#755 or #799) Packs. Using either the wool flannel or cotton flannel is a personal choice. Some individuals are sensitive to wool. The Disposable Flannel Packs consist of "flannel-like" material which is absorbent on one side and is coated with plastic on the other side to protect the heating pad. The Disposable #755 is 30" x 19" while the Disposable #799 is 17" x 24".
This disposable flannel is also used to protect the area you are resting on. When used in this manner it replaces the old method of placing a plastic bag and towel underneath you as a protective cover.
Cold-pressed Castor Oil is available in an 8 oz. (#753), pint (#752), quart (#751) or gallon (#750) size. Most individuals start with either a pint or a quart. Frequent users usually purchase by the gallon. Small amounts of Castor Oil should be added to the pack before each use to refresh it.
If your choice is to use the Cotton Flannel (#759) or Wool Flannel (#757) Pack, consider purchasing several Disposable Flannel Packs for bed or sheet cover protection. The plastic side of the Disposable Flannel Pack will prevent castor oil from soiling your linens or sheets.
An electric heating pad is needed to heat the castor oil pack. Here is a unit that will automatically turn itself off in about one hour.
Directions for Using the Castor Oil Packs
Place the heating pad on top of this protective pack and turn it on to a medium or high setting. If the pack that you are using for application is a Wool Flannel or Cotton Flannel material, then protect your heating pad by placing plastic wrap on top of the heating pad. Next, fold the wool or cotton flannel into 3 layers and place it on top of the plastic wrap. Add castor oil to the flannel. The castor oil should be added to saturate all three layers of flannel, but not so much that it drips from the pack. If using the Disposable Flannel Pack for application, add the castor in a circle in the middle of the absorbent white material side. When doing this the green side will be against the heating pad in place of the plastic wrap.
Wait about 5 to 10 minutes for the oil to become warm.
When you are ready to begin, flip the castor oil pack and heating pad on to your abdominal area and relax.
General application time is between 1-2 hours.
After your session, clean the oil from your body with CastorWash #769.
Many people store the castor oil pack in a plastic storage container between uses. Be sure to keep the pack out of the sun and in a cool dark place.
After 3 days of using the castor oil pack take about 1 teaspoon of olive oil (NOT castor oil) by mouth. Taken usually in the evening before retiring.
For medical conditions always seek medical advice. Do NOT use during pregnancy or during menstrual flow.
We've had many questions regarding how to use our Castor Oil Disposable Packs. We've put together this short video to further demonstrate their use. The video does not contain audio.
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