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AliG
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I'm curious as to whether anyone has used Castor Oil Packs for anything and if they were helpful at all.

Diagnose me- Tx - Castor oil packs

Castor oil has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, both internally and externally. Applied topically, it has many beneficial effects in a wide range of conditions.

The easiest way to use castor oil is to massage it into the body on the problem spot, along the spinal cord, the abdomen, or following the lymph drainage patterns.

It can also be taken internally, but is a strong laxative and is used to treat constipation. Despite being a simple procedure, the castor oil pack can produce good results. For the strongest effect, use a hot oil pack.

Physiological effects of the castor oil pack include stimulating the liver, increasing eliminations, relieving pain, increasing lymphatic circulation, improving gastrointestinal function, increasing relaxation and reducing inflammation.

Materials Needed
  • Three layers of natural, uncolored wool or flannel cotton large enough to cover the area being treated
  • Castor oil
  • Plastic wrap large enough to cover the cloth
  • Hot water bottle or electric blanket

Procedure
  • Soak cotton with castor oil. It should be saturated but not dripping
  • Place the pack on the area being treated, for example lower right abdomen (liver)
  • Cover the pack with plastic wrap and place a hot water bottle over the pack
  • Leave the pack on for 30-60 minutes. Use the castor oil pack 3-7 days per week

Precautions include avoiding meal times, not using the pack during heavy menses, and avoiding contact with fabric that could become stained. The same pack may be used for weeks or months. Refresh with additional oil if necessary.

Conditions which have been responsive to castor oil applications include:
  • skin keratosis
  • ringworm
  • fungal and bacterial infections
  • wounds
  • abdominal stretch marks (prevention)
  • bursitis
  • sebaceous cysts
  • warts
  • 'liver' or age spots
  • muscle strains
  • ligament sprains
  • itching
  • chronic fluid retention with swollen joints and pain
  • arthritis
  • upper respiratory infections involving the sinuses, tonsils and inner ear
  • colon problems involving inflammation
  • gallbladder disease
  • boils
  • liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, enlargement or congestion
  • menstrual-related congestion
  • appendicitis
  • hyperactivity
  • constipation, bowel impaction or adhesions
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • bladder and vaginal infections

Thanks for all input!
[hi]
Ali

[ 17. February 2008, 10:49 PM: Message edited by: AliG ]

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My doctor recommended this but I really don't know how to do it. Even reading your instructions, I am somewhat confused.

It says to "wrap the pack". Wrap with seran wrap? Hot water bottle. Does that mean we do not heat the castor oil? My doctor did say to heat it. I must have heated it too much as it was too hot at first.

I soaked cotton balls and don't recall wrapping them in anything. I applied it to a swollen wrist with no obvious results.

I would like to try it over my liver as I feel detox is an important part of our healing. Interesting to read it kills bacteria.

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Hubby has used these over the G.I. and liver areas. Sometimes he doesn't really feel anything and other times it actually does seem to help with nausea which is a major problem for him.

Never heard of heating the castor oil before.

Hubby uses the wool flannel cloth that you get at some health food stores. Can reuse the same cloth 8 or 10 times adding more castor oil with each use. Store the cloth in the freezer in between uses.

Soak the cloth in castor oil. Lay this over your liver or wherever. Next cover the cloth completely with plastic wrap or I usually just use a plastic grocery bag. Then apply the heating pad on top. Cover it all up with a towel or blanket to retain heat. Obviously the easiest way to do this is lying in bed.

When you are done, wash the area with warm water with a little baking soda added.

Bea Seibert

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They sell organic wool flannel at health food stores for this purpose or else you can just buy cotton flannel at a fabric store.

Luvs, I have not heard of heating the castor oil first. After wetting the material with the castor oil, you cover it with the plastic wrap and then apply the hot water bottle or heating pad. It's been a long time since I've used this but remember it was helpful!

Hope this helps.

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Thanks everyone. I must be mistaken about heating the oil. I soaked cotton with the heated oil and used an ace bandage to wrap it around my wrist.

I took it off again really fast as it was HOT. [bonk]

Bea, thanks for spelling it out so well. I don't have the swollen joints anymore, but may lay it across my lower back. I guess that is how you apply to liver? Kidneys too?

I'm not having any issues, but just like to keep the garbage moving along.

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I used this method on my glands. Not sure if it was what did the trick or not, as during same timeframe I had accup also. Either way, they went down. For sure - it didn't harm. If my glands become swelled again, I would try it again. Maybe will try it on the liver area. Hope this helps.
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I used castor oil packs also - its hard to know if they worked, but I believe they did. You have to use them at least 2 weeks in a row for an hour at a time to get any real benefit.

Gwen

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There is more postings on this in the the search page of this site. I've never done them, but I need to put this on my list of things to do.

My goodness this list is never ending.

Pam

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Was just wondering if a search on this would bring anything up as I currently just finished a second round of castor oil packs. I thought I would start doing them as part of beginning a general detox and cleansing.

One thing that Edgar Cayce did recommend in regards to castor oil packs was that upon completion of the series for that week (last week I did four days for one hour, this week I did three days for one hour) was to take a small quantity of olive oil directly afterwards. The amount seemed to vary from person to person, but I took one tablespoon after each time.

Last week I definitely noticed that "something" was going on internally on the right hand side of my torso--it didn't hurt, just felt like stuff was moving. Today, I haven't noticed anything.

I seem to recall Cayce cautioning about doing the packs too often else the body could become dependent on them. I plan on doing a four week series and then taking a rest. Not sure what I'll do after that, it depends on how I do on the meds I start soon.

Just thought I'd throw my two cents in. [Smile]

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If you wrap the cotton soaked with castor oil in plastic - how does that help?

How can the beneficial ingredients get to the skin or does that matter?

What's the difference between using a heating pad or hot water bottle to using hot oil wrapped in plastic?

It doesn't make alot of sense but I do respect Edgar Cayce...

Can someone explain. I always wondered about this.

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You layer the items over the area where you are applying it.

First apply the oil-soaked flannel (directly against skin)

Next apply the plastic wrap over the top side of the flannel pack(to keep the oil from getting on the hot water bottle)

Then apply the hot water bottle to keep the pack warm.

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Duh? That makes sense... I am slightly dyslexic.
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Sparkle--what AliG said. [Big Grin]

I know Cayce always said to use wool flannel. I don't know why, but I usually try to stick with what he suggested.

When I do my packs I always make sure I have a towel or something in between me and the couch or the bed. Castor oil will permanently stain fabrics, so it's best to have some sort of barrier between the castor oil and anything you don't want ruined.

I use a heating pad though I know for some here that's not an option. The readings suggest keeping the area as warm as you can tolerate.

After a treatment I usually wash off the excess castor oil with a solution of water and baking soda. While that works okay, I usually then follow it up by washing any other residue off with some castile soap. That really seems to get rid of everything.

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http://www.industryinet.com/~ruby/castoroil.html

Recent research data presented by longtime follower of Edgar Cayce, Dr. William McGarey of Phoenix, Arizona, might help shed some light on how castor oil works. If you're not particularly interested in how castor oil enhances the immune system, feel free to skip the next couple of paragraphs. Anyone suffering from AIDS or other serious viral or bacterial diseases may find this information helpful, however. Numerous AIDS patients have been able to increase their T-cell counts and clear up many of their problems by using the techniques I'll be describing. Others have found it useful in eliminating chronic problems with epilepsy, hyperactivity, liver and gallbladder diseases and chronic fluid retention. (Fortunately, to benefit from this and other natural therapies you really don't have to understand how they work.) McGarey has reported that, when used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of the thymus gland and other areas of the immune system. More specifically, he found in two separate studies that patients using abdominal castor oil packs had significant increases in the production of lymphocytes compared to increases among those using placebo packs. Lymphocytes are the disease-fighting cells of your immune system. They are produced and housed mainly in your lymphatic tissue. This includes the thymus gland, the spleen, the lymph nodes and the lymphatic tissue that lines the small intestine (called Peyer's patches, or more commonly, aggregated lymphatic follicles).

Strangely, other than knowing it produces the body's white blood cells, most doctors are not very knowledgeable about the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an amazingly complex structure. It works hand in hand with both the blood circulatory system and the digestive system. In the circulatory system, newly oxygenated blood from the lungs moves from the heart along smaller and smaller arteries until it reaches the smallest vessels called capillaries. It is in these microscopic tubules that the blood exchanges oxygen and nutrients for cellular waste products with surrounding body cells. The capillaries then gradually become larger and form veins through which the unoxygenated, waste-carrying blood returns back to the lungs and then to the heart to be recirculated time and time again. Much of the fluid accompanying the blood and large protein molecules leak from these capillaries. Additional fluids and waste products are expelled from every cell in the body. These fluids accumulate in the small spaces between the cells. If all of this material weren't somehow removed we would begin to swell like a toad and die within a matter of 24 hours. Fortunately, we have a completely separate circulation system, called the lymphatic system, that is able to absorb and remove these fluids, proteins and waste materials.

With the exception of the brain, where these proteins and fluids flow directly into the fluid that surrounds them, the extensive lymphatic network has hundreds of miles of tubules that cover the entire body. Through these tubules all of this material is returned to the blood so it can be utilized or eliminated from the body. (There is no pathway, other than the lymphatic system, that excess protein molecules can use to return to the circulatory system.) Also, along these lymphatic tubules you'll find bulb-shaped masses called lymph nodes, which act as filters and produce antibodies when foreign proteins are encountered. I'm sure you've experienced the tenderness and swelling of an inflamed lymph node at one time or another. It is usually a result of antibodies fighting an infection either in the node itself or somewhere in the draining area of that particular lymph chain.

In addition to returning leaking fluid from the circulation system and creating antibodies for the immune system, the lymphatic system also performs another very important function. Clumps of lymphatic tissue, called Peyer's patches, are spread throughout the small intestine. Unlike other nutrients, fat molecules are generally too large to be absorbed directly from the intestine. Instead, they are absorbed by these patches and transported along the lymphatic system and then released into the blood stream where they can be carried throughout the body. Between 80 to 90 percent of all the fat absorbed from the gut requires the help of the lymphatic system. When it comes to treating the majority of health problems, the status of your lymphatic system is rarely given any consideration whatsoever. Medical students are taught that a failure of the lymphatic system is obvious to detect because it is accompanied by "pitting" edema (the accumulation of fluid in the tissues, i.e. swelling, usually in the feet, ankles or hands). The test for "pitting" edema is rather simple. A finger is pressed into the skin at the area of the swelling and then quickly removed. The skin stays depressed, forming a small "pit", which remains until the fluid outside the cells has time to return to the area (this can take anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds). Unfortunately, research studies have shown that "pitting" edema and other signs of fluid retention can't be observed until fluid levels outside the cells reach 30 percent above normal. In other words, you can have a serious lymphatic drainage problem long before it can be detected.

Several problems occur when the lymph drainage slows and fluids begin to accumulate around the cells. First, the individual cells are forced further and further away from the capillaries. The amount of oxygen and nourishment they receive is decreased. Under exertion or stress some cells may die. Additionally, cells are forced to survive in their own waste and toxic by-products. This situation can eventually lead to the degeneration and destruction of organs. For example, poor lymphatic drainage of the heart can lead to tissue damage and even heart failure. Similar problems occur in the liver, the kidneys and other organs. A good analogy would be if you confined yourself to one room of your house. Someone could bring you food and water, but not remove any of your waste products. Eventually you would have difficulty remaining healthy in such an environment. As your waste accumulated, not only would you become sick, those around you would begin to experience the same fate. Just like it is for each cell, in addition to nourishment and oxygen, the removal of waste products is essential for continued health of the entire body. Fluid accumulation outside the cells also stretches the tissue in the area. The more it stretches and the longer it remains that way, the harder it becomes to correct the problem. Regardless of the health problem, most doctors generally assume the lymphatic system is working adequately. This assumption is made at the peril of the patient.

Research has shown that as we age certain organs begin to degenerate. The thymus gland is a key component of the immune system. It is initially responsible for the proper development of the lymphatic system and is practically absent in older individuals. Peyer's patches, those clumps of lymphatic tissue found in the small intestine, begin to get smaller with age and are often destroyed by certain diseases like typhoid fever. (Cayce felt that the overall health and well-being of an individual was directly related to the health of these Peyer's patches. He stated on several occasions, that a certain compound formed in these patches was necessary for maintaining the integrity of the nervous system. He may very well be correct. To this day, we still don't totally understand the functions and importance of either the thymus gland or Peyer's patches.) Efforts should be taken to improve the function of the lymphatic system in every health problem. This applies to AIDS, as well as heart disease, hemorrhoids and everything in between. No drug exists that has the ability to improve lymphatic flow; however, the job can easily be handled through the topical application of castor oil.

When castor oil is absorbed through the skin, several extraordinary events take place. The lymphocyte count of the blood increases. This is a result of a positive influence on the thymus gland and/or lymphatic tissue. The flow of lymph increases throughout the body. This speeds up the removal of toxins surrounding the cells and reduces the size of swollen lymph nodes. The end result is a general overall improvement in organ function with a lessening of fatigue and depression. As toxicity is reduced, the pH of the saliva becomes less acidic, indicating improved health. The Peyer's patches in the small intestine become more efficient in their absorption of fatty acids, which are essential for the formation of hormones and other components necessary for growth and repair.

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