• Dr. Heidi Lescanec

Castor Oil Treatment




Castor Oil is pressed from the castor bean (oleum ricini). It is also known by the name Palma Christi which derives from castor oil's reputed ability to heal wounds and cure ailments. It has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for many common concerns including constipation and skin conditions. It has natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

When used topically on the abdomen, Castor Oil is absorbed into the lymphatic circulation and provides a soothing, cleansing, and nutritive treatment. It can help promote lymphatic drainage, detoxification, digestion, intestinal elimination pathways, and hormone balancing. Castor Oil has a strong supportive effect on the immune system and also aids in liver detoxification. It is a gentle, safe, and relaxing way to support your body.

SUPPLIES

  • Pure Castor Oil (ideally organic and in a glass container)

  • Old tee-shirt

  • Hot pack (if using method 2 or 3)

  • Castor Oil Pack (if using method 3)

TREATMENT METHODS There are several methods to use Castor Oil topically on your abdomen:

  1. IN THE BATH. Rub castor oil over the abdomen (focusing on the right side over the liver), immerse yourself in a warm/hot bath for at least 20 minutes. Feel free to add the following to the bath water: baking soda, epsom salts, lavender, or other essential oils.

  2. TOPICAL. Rub Castor Oil over the abdomen (focusing on the right side over the liver), then wear an old shirt and rest a hot pack on your stomach for at least 15 minutes.

  3. OIL PACK. See instructions below for making a Castor Oil Pack. Lay down on a large towel or sheet to help catch any castor oil drops. Place Oil Pack on abdomen, cover with an old towel, and then apply a hot pack overtop for at least 15 minutes. Make sure you don't fall asleep while heating the castor oil pack as this can lead to burns or other injuries.

TREATMENT TIMING & TIPS

  • The best time to do your treatment is right before bed.

  • Take time during the treatment to relax. Listen to music, read a few chapters of your favourite book, meditate, do a healing visualization, or do deep breathing exercises (please see below).

  • The excess oil will absorb overnight as you sleep, however wearing an old tee-shirt will help protect your sheets from any staining. Your stomach may be a bit sticky in the morning so make sure to rinse this area before starting your day.

Ingredients and supplies:

  • - Castor oil

  • - Unbleached wool or cotton flannel

  • - Medium container or bowl

  • - Tongs

  • - Scissors

  • - Plastic sheeting, such as a small tablecloth or garbage bag

MAKING A CASTOR OIL PACK

  1. Cut the wool or cotton flannel into rectangular pieces, about 12 inches by 10 inches.

  2. Use at least three to four pieces of cloth to make a pack.

  3. Pour castor oil into the container. You should be able to completely soak a piece of the wool or cotton flannel in the castor oil.

  4. Drop one piece of the cloth into the oil until it’s completely soaked.

  5. Use the tongs to pick up the cloth in the container. It should be dripping with castor oil.

  6. Lay the soaked cloth flat on the plastic sheet or large plate.

  7. Soak the other two or more pieces of cloth in the same way.

  8. Add the oil-soaked cloths flat on top of the first one.

  9. Once you’ve soaked and layered each cloth, you’ve made a castor oil pack. You can store the castor oil pack in a covered container and refrigerate and reuse up to 30 times.

HEALING VISUALIZATION

While in a relaxed environment, breathe in healing energy (the image of white light is helpful) and direct it to the system or organ of concern. Exhale any waste or tension in that area. Picture your body in its optimal state of health and realize that only you can achieve that level of well-being.

DEEP BELLY BREATHING Lying flat on your back with your head lower than your body, place your left hand on your upper chest and your right hand on your abdomen. Inhale deeply through your nose, while pushing outward with the stomach so that the right hand can feel the abdomen rise. Try not to move the left hand while inhaling. This way, you will be breathing in with your stomach muscles, not with your chest. Purse your lips and exhale slowly, pushing the abdomen inward and upward toward the ribs moving your right hand as you do so. Try to exhale as long as you can before inhaling once again the same way as before. Once you have mastered this breathing technique, the breathing may be done at other times throughout the day. Try to do at least 100 of these breaths each day.

REFERENCES (Immunomodulation Through Castor Oil Packs : Original Research Paper Vol 7: No. 1 Journal of Naturopathic Medicine) https://www.healthline.com/health/castor-oil-pack#takeaway



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