Castor Oil Pack Detoxification

Information courtesy of:

Organic castor oilBiodynamic Wellness
107 N. Acacia Avenue Solana Beach, CA 92075


The castor bean (Oleum ricini) is known principally as a cathartic (strong laxative). As a castor oil pack placed over the abdomen, usually with heat applied, the oil is absorbed into the lymphatic circulation to provide a soothing, cleansing, and nutritive treatment.


The castor oil pack is specific for non-cancerous uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. Other conditions which seem to respond well to castor oil pack treatment include headaches, liver disorders, constipation, intestinal disorders, gallbladder inflammation or stones, conditions with poor elimination, night time urinary frequency and inflamed joints. It is not to be used during pregnancy, heavy menstrual flow or the presence of internal bleeding.

Materials Needed:

Organic castor oil (sources), a sheet of plastic (a garbage bag is fine), 36″ x 18″ piece of cotton flannel, hot water bottle (like this one), pillows and baking soda.


1. Fold flannel into 3 layers to fit over entire abdomen.

2. Soak flannel with castor oil. Fold flannel in half and strip excess from pack. Unfold.

3. Lie on your back with your feet elevated (use of a pillow under your knees and feet works well), placing oil-soaked flannel over abdomen, cover with a small sheet of plastic and then an old towel. Place a hot water bottle or heating pad on top.

4. Leave pack on for 45-60 minutes. Practice relaxation breathing by placing one hand on your diaphragm and the other hand on your lower abdomen. As you breathe in, force your lower abdomen to swell like a balloon. With each breath out, practice relaxing your jaw and shoulders. As you practice more, relax all muscles in your body. You may even fall asleep and wear the pack all night.

5. To remove the oil, wash with a solution of 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1-quart water or BioKleen Citrus Soap.

6. Store the castor pack in the refrigerator in a large zip-lock bag. Add more oil only as needed to keep the pack saturated. Replace the pack after it begins to change color.

7. For maximum effectiveness, apply the pack as often as possible- at least 4 consecutive days per week for at least 4-6 weeks. Daily use provides the most beneficial effects.

Alternative Method: 

Apply the castor oil directly to your abdomen without the flannel pack. A sheet of plastic covers the oil soaked skin, with towel on top. A hot water bottle or heating pad is applied. This is often applied for the entire night and in the morning the castor oil will be totally absorbed through the skin.

This is the best method for young children. Use old sheets as the castor oil permanently stains.

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Comments (30)

  1. WHY are you not to use the castor oil pack during heavy menstruation? I’ve been using it for horrible cramps, and it’s worked wonderfully. The cramps are worst during the heaviest part of the flow, so that’s when I use the castor oil pack. Here is says not to do that, but does not say WHY. Please let me know!

  2. I saw your Facebook post today and wanted you to know about the No Mess Castor Oil Pack. They are GREAT and I highly recommend them. They really are NO MESS. If you buy more, you save money. The kit comes with everything included, and I usually pop the fabric in a bowl and heat in the microwave until hot (just enough to tolerate on your skin). When I place the warmed castor oil fabric on my skin, I get out a roll of saran plastic wrap, which my husband wraps around my body twice (on top of the castor oil fabric), and tucks in the top edges so it won’t slip down. That’s before I put the Plastic Sheet over everything (that way I can use the plastic sheet that comes in the kit again). The plastic sheet that comes in the pack is something you step into and pull up around your body (one continuous piece of plastic). Then I put the silver heat conducting sheet on and put a heating pad on top everything to increase the effectiveness. If you don’t buy these kits those are still good tips. It really keeps the mess at bay! Good luck.

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  6. Heidi Bott via Facebook March 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I went to a holistic medicine school for massage therapy. We would use castor oil packs on the worst cases of damaged muscle tissue, tendons and ligaments. The D.O. who started the school told me that castor oil is the only oil that can sink into the tissue, rather than just stay in the skin.

  7. Patty Bl via Facebook March 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    This also works for clogged ducts when nursing and helped my liver abd gallbladder during pregnancy. I previously had cholestasis but this and herbs prevented it.

  8. Christi Raphael via Facebook March 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I used castor oil packs for tummy issues after my colon therapist suggested…they work great! Definitely gets things moving if constipated and relieves, maybe even heals, irritated colon lining…wouldn’t say I had diverticulitis, but the inflammation went away for sure!!!

  9. Katrina Achin Fontes via Facebook March 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    What does the tx do for uterine fibroids? Shrink them?
    I took caster oil under advisement from my midwife toward the end of my pregnancy (yrs ago)and probably came close to death. Use caution!

  10. Could you substitute cod liver oil? I am nervous about castor oil as I have severe Microbiotic Colitis plua I am just recovering from 4 months of Cdiff.
    Castor oil seems counterintuitive for diarrhea….

  11. Castor Oil packs are quite simply ‘amazing’ in their ability to heal.
    I’ve used them for 30+ years and taught 1000s of people to use them in their own
    lives and for countless family members and situations.
    I can’t say enough about the castor oil pack’s benefits.
    I know can be messy.. There are ways around that too.. TRY IT!!

  12. Is this for real? Seems bothersome. Has anybody out there done this. Not sure my 13 yr. old will enjoy this but maybe its worth a try.

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