Castor oil is a legendary healing oil that has been used for centuries in cultures all over the world.

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From Stressed To Relaxed In A Matter Of Minutes

When a castor oil compress is applied to the skin, it stimulates somatovisceral reflexes that connect to the parasympathetic ganglion. This promotes a relaxed state. The combination of the texture of the oil and the localized compression of the pack create a pleasant stimulus reaction, basically like a big hug for your body.

Being in the relaxed, parasympathetic state as much as possible is crucial for healing. This is where our bodies rest, digest, and repair. In the typical modern and busy lifestyle we spend too much time in the stressed-out, sympathetic “fight or flight” state. Our bodies don’t get enough time to recharge and renew, so training our parasympathetic tone is extremely beneficial for overall health. The daily use of castor oil packs is an easy way to do this.

 Promotes Regularity

Proper elimination of waste from the body is extremely important so that we don’t have toxins re-circulating in our systems. Many people receive laxative or stool softener prescriptions to get things moving if they have constipation. Castor oil has been used for centuries as an oral laxative, but it may work a little too well for most people — ingesting castor oil will have you running right to the bathroom!

Castor oil packs, however, have been shown to regulate bowel movements effectively without the harsh reaction. They make a great alternative to laxatives and stool softeners because there are no negative side effects.

Efficient Detoxification 

In this day and age, you can’t run, and you certainly can’t hide from toxic substances. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the clothes we wear and the products we put onto our bodies. We do our best to avoid them, but toxins inevitably weasel their way into our bodies, making our liver work on overdrive to get rid of them.

Glutathione is a powerhouse detoxifying molecule naturally present in the body. Its main job is to remove toxic substances like heavy metals and free radicals. Normally, the body recycles glutathione. But when the toxic load becomes too great, we lose this ability, which is why it’s important to get as much glutathione as possible.

A study comparing the levels of glutathione in the ocular lenses of rats showed that lenses placed in castor oil had higher concentrations of glutathione than lenses that were placed in a glutathione solution. So, wearing a castor oil pack over the liver, our main site of detoxification in the body, is ideal for boosting our glutathione levels and supporting our natural cleansing and detoxification processes.

A Happy Microbiome

The microbiome is the community of organisms that live on our bodies and within our guts. There is a delicate balance of probiotic bacteria, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, and bad bacteria, parasites and yeasts, such as Candida albicans. We want the majority of the bacteria in our gut to be good bacteria, so the goal is always to reduce the “bad guys”.

The bad bacteria can produce a protective barrier known as a biofilm. Biofilms are next to impossible to get rid of, and there are only a handful of substances that can break it down –the majority of them being chemical. Castor oil has the amazing ability to break down biofilms which makes it an excellent choice for oil pulling in the mouth. Castor oil packs are also worn on the abdomen to optimize microbiome health.

Ease Pain And Inflammation

The main component of castor oil, ricinoleic acid, is very similar in structure to anti-inflammatory prostaglandins in the body. Castor oil also reduces substance P, a chemical messenger involved in the sensation of pain. Castor oil packs are worn over the liver to help reduce inflammation. This aids its function as well as the function of surrounding organs: the pancreas, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, kidney, and adrenals.

When there is inflammation in the gut, your body sends water to help “put out the fire”. This leads to bloating and extra water weight in the belly area. Reducing this inflammation, therefore, prevents bloating. Castor oil packs can also be worn over sore joints, sore muscles, bruises, and wherever pain is present.

How To Do A Castor Oil Pack

(Traditional Method)

  1. Soak 3-4 layers of cotton flannel with castor oil
  2. Put in the oven for five minutes
  3. Place on the liver, careful not to burn yourself
  4. Wrap flannel with a towel after taking out of the oven
  5. Lay down on a towel for 1 hour
  6. Add heating pad or hot water bottle
  7.  When done, place flannel in glass container and store in the fridge
  8. Gently wash off the area of application



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