Castor Oil Pack Treatment
Indications: The castor oil pack has many applications and is used in many conditions including uterine fibroids, non-malignant ovarian cysts, headaches, migraines, constipation, colitis and other intestinal disorders, gallbladder and liver conditions, arthritis and chest colds.
Contraindications: Do not use heat with uterine growths, bleeding, pregnancy, or ulcers. Do not fall asleep while using the electric heating pad.
Flannel cloth (cotton or wool; 20-40 inches by 24-48 inches)
Plastic wrap (Clear kitchen wrap or plastic bag without ink)
Glass dish (Square 9 x 9 inch Pyrex or similar container)
Hot water bottle or hot gel pack
Two safety pins
Six ounces of castor oil
Directions: Choose a container in which to store and heat your Castor oil pack. Fold the flannel or wool cloth 2-4 times, so that it is several layers thick and a suitable size to cover recommended body area. Pour oil onto flannel until it is well moistened. Heat flannel/oil in glass dish in oven or microwave to a comfortable temperature. You want the pack very hot, but not hot enough to burn your skin. Lie down placing flannel directly on skin over the treatment area. Place plastic wrap that is 1-2 inches larger than flannel on all sides over flannel to prevent staining of clothes or bedding. Wrap the towel around body over the flannel and plastic and pin in place. If using heat, apply hot water bottle or hot gel pack over the treatment area. Rest. You may sleep, use visualization, or meditate at this time.
Treatment should continue for at least 1 hour. Longer treatments are not harmful, though it is not advisable to fall asleep with the heating pad on. You may replace the flannel pack in the glass container and store in refrigerator. This flannel and oil may be used for weeks or for 20 - 25 applications. To cut the oil, wash skin or towel in a solution of 3 tablespoons baking soda/qt of water.