I’m always exploring alternative methods to healing. Over the past month, I have been using castor oil packs for liver detoxification. I’ve read about castor oil packs numerous times in my wellness journey and finally decided to test them out.
Castor oil packs are great because you can do them from the comfort of your home. The materials are inexpensive making them a more affordable way to detox compared to other methods like infrared saunas or lymphatic drainage massages.
Limited studies exist on the effectiveness of castor oil packs but they have been used and recommended for thousands of years to support numerous ailments. In 1999, a small study was conducted to see if applying castor oil packs topically for 2 hours would have any affect on the lymphatic system.
With a minimal 2-hour therapy period, this study found that castor oil packs produced a “significant” temporary increase in the number of T-11 cells that increased over a 7 hour period following treatment and then returned to normal levels within 24 hours later (1).
Castor oil packs are said to support reproductive health. According to the Natural Fertility Shop, castor oil packs can be very effective in helping all sorts of fertility issues caused by congestion, poor circulation and toxin accumulation (2).
Castor Oil Pack Materials
- castor oil (hexane free)
- rubber hot water bottle
- garbage bag or bowl
- plastic wrap
- baking soda
- zip lock bag for storing used flannel
How to Make a Castor Oil Pack
- Put on old clothes that you don’t mind ruining (castor oil stains)
- Cut a piece of flannel and make sure you have 3 layers (the size will depend on the area you are covering but mine was 7 x 7)
- Place flannel either in a bowl or on a garbage bag and cover the flannel in castor oil until it is saturated
- Heat up water and add to hot water bottle (you can also use a heating pad but this is my preferred method)
- Lay down on a towel either on your couch or bed (castor oil stains so make sure the area is covered)
- Place the castor oil on the area of your body that you want to heal (for liver detox I place on the right side of my abdomen right below my rib cage)
- Cover in plastic wrap and lay the hot water bottle or heating pad on top
- Lay for 45 minutes to 1 hour (use this time to read, meditate, etc.)
- Use a mixture of baking soda and water to remove the castor oil
- Store used flannel in a ziplock bag or mason jar for reuse
Overall, I found castor oil packs to be a very relaxing detox experience without experiencing any weird side effects. They are an easy and inexpensive way to detox.
The information on this website is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. It is essential to work with an Integrative Medical Doctor.