Making and Using a Castor Oil Pack
Castor oil is a thick sticky oil that brings to my explosive diarrhea...that sometimes will send women into labor. In fact, many women post due (meaning past their due date) will take castor oil to induce labor. For the record, I don't recommend that.
What I do recommend castor oil for is for cramping....from either menstrual ailments or constipation. Both are a sign of stagnation in the body.
Of course, I don't really recommend ingesting castor oil...I am not against it but it would definitely need to be a last resort method AND the cause of the stagnation should be thoroughly investigated so the body is encouraged to return to a state of homeostasis, or balance.
However, castor oil packs are a wonderful way to get some of the benefits of castor oil without having any of the not so nice side effects.
I was introduced to castor oil packs when going through my Sacred Medicine Woman course and have used them since with great success for constipation (from dietary changes).
- Castor oil
- Flannel square - 20x20 inches
- Plastic Ziploc bag
Add your flannel to the plastic bag and cover with castor oil until the flannel is completely soaked. It is extremely sticky, which is why I am having you put it into a plastic bag first, this will then be your bag you store it in.
- Lay down a towel under where you will be laying. Castor oil can stain so protect any surface that it may come into contact with...including wearing old clothes. Having a large gallon size plastic bag will also come in handy*.
- Heat up flax seed pillows or prepare your hot water bottle**.
- Once the pillows or hot water bottle is warm, lay down over your towel. Place the flannel soaked with castor oil over your lower abdomen. Cover with plastic and then place the flax seed packs or hot water bottle over the castor oil pack.
- Hang out for about 30-45 minutes which enjoying a show or a good book.
- Afterwards, store the castor oil pack in the plastic Ziploc bag in the fridge. You can use this several times.
* I just use a kitchen towel because we don't keep plastic bags in the home.
**I use flax seed packs because I enjoy their warmth more and I have several, so I can use one while the other heats and then switch them out as needed.
The last time I used a castor oil pack for constipation (from dietary changes), I did it just before heading to bed and I saw a gentle yet complete relief the next morning.