The castor oil bean comes from a plant, and the bean itself is poisonous because of a protein in it. However, the oil extracted from this bean is NOT and can be extremely beneficial to your health in many ways!
Castor Oil can be used for a variety of issues— mostly used EXTERNALLY on the skin ( internal use is rare, but can act as a stimulating laxative for SEVERE constipation— not recommended).
The main action of castor oil is to generally increase movement. This includes the movement of blood and lymph, which can be beneficial to the immune system. Castor Oil can be used for constipation, congestion, any type of pain, general detox of the body, or even just to relax.
Depending on what you are using the castor oil for, you can put it on different areas of the body. For example, if you have a sore shoulder, castor oil can be rubbed on the shoulder and just left to absorb. It is effective for pain because it works to reduce inflammation, and decrease signal p (pain signals) sent all over your body which are present in high amounts after an injury.
Using castor oil for any other issue (constipation, detox, congestion, relaxation) can generally be done in the same manner.
What you need for a castor oil pack!
-castor oil- make sure it is cold pressed & organic, hexane free (we dont need to introduce more chemicals into the body)- preferably in a glass jar- but some plastic is tested and hormone free (otherwise the oil will absorb any chemicals from the plastic)
-organic flannel/or cotton (about the size of half your abdomen- can fold it to make it versatile for any body part)- make sure it is UNBLEACHED material, without flame retardants (this is sometimes hard to find so it is more important that it is unbleached)
-a tensor bandage- just need something to wrap around the flannel/cotton in order to hold the castor oil in place– not completely necessary
optional–> a heating pad/blanket/water bottle- increase absorption & heat always feels good!
What to do!
-put about 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil on your material and fold the material over itself in order to spread the oil out
-put the castor oil & material on your abdomen (for constipation), liver (on your right side below your ribs to your abdomen- put it here for general detox or relaxation), or on your chest (to help with phlegm or congestion)
-wrap it with a tensor bandage if you want to hold it in place and add heat if you’d like!
——this can stay on over night, or for a few hours- what ever your preference!
Castor oil packs can be used anywhere from once a week to nightly and has many beneficial effect in both cases!
I love castor oil packs because they are easy, affordable & a really good way to help relax and wind down at the end of a day while getting rid of some of the built up chemicals and toxins we are constantly exposed to !