One of my favorite things in the world is a castor oil pack. It sounds like a totally naturopathic thing (and it definitely is), but it's great for so many things that I can't help but share it with you.
Castor oil is made from the castor bean (Ricinus communis). When eaten it can cause major gastric upset (such as crazy diarrhea) so we'll focus on the external uses.
The major benefit of castor oil is anti-inflammation. It can be used for arthritic pain, liver cleansing, inflammatory bowel conditions (like Crohn's & colitis), gallbladder conditions, skin inflammation and more. You can even throw in herbs for added benefit. Book an appointment with me to learn which castor oil pack is best for you.
Here is a step-by-step guide for you brave folks willing to give it try at home:
What You Need
- castor oil (I like Palma Christi best)
- piece of flannel
- old cotton T-shirt
- heat pack
What You Do
- soak flannel in castor oil
- place flannel over your abdomen (or whatever you are treating)
- put on an old cotton t-shirt because the castor oil can stain
- heat up your heat pack and rest it over the castor oil pack to increase absorption
- rest for at least 20 minutes (up to 60 would be best)
- wash off any excess oil from your skin
- store the castor oil pack in a plastic bag and leave in the fridge for future use
Castor oil absorbs through the skin and reduces inflammation.
A few weeks ago I overindulged at dinner and had terrible stomach pains afterwards.
The winning combination of a castor oil pack and peppermint tea had me back to normal in no time.
Give it a try! It's just what the Naturopathic Doctor ordered!