Dr. Doug Miller ND
2801 35 St., Vernon, BC (250) 558-7733
CASTOR OIL PACK
Background: The castor
bean (Oleum ricini), also known as Palma Christi due to its shape and
healing properties, is known principally a cathartic (strong
laxative). A gentler use is in the form of a pack placed over the
abdomen, usually with heat applied. The oil is absorbed into the
lymphatic circulation to provide a soothing, cleansing, and nutritive
Use: The castor oil pack
has many applications, and is specific in cases of uterine fibroids
and ovarian cysts that are non-malignant. Other conditions which
respond well include: General toxicity, headaches, liver disorders,
constipation, intestinal disorders, gallbladder inflammation or
stones, conditions with poor elimination, night time urinary
frequency, and inflamed joints. It is not to be used with
pregnancy, bleeding, or during menstruation.
Materials Needed: Castor
oil, two sheets of plastic (garbage bags are okay), 36”x18” white
cotton or wool flannel, heating pad or hot water bottle, old sheet,
an old towel, wool blanket, pillows, baking soda.
Fold flannel into thirds, the
3-fold thickness to fit over your entire abdomen.
Soak flannel with the castor oil.
Fold flannel in half and strip excess oil from pack. Unfold.
You can then heat the entire pack
in the microwave for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes.
Lay wool blanket, old sheet, large
sheet of plastic and old towel out on the surface that you will be
lying on. This will prevent staining.
Lie on your back with your feet
elevated (use of a pillow under your knees and feet works well),
place the flannel over your abdomen, cover with a small sheet of
plastic and towel, and then place a heating pad or hot water bottle
Wrap yourself in the sheet and
Leave the pack on for 30 to 60
minutes. This is an excellent time to practice visualization,
meditation, or relaxation breathing (this involves placing one hand
on your diaphragm and the other on your lower abdomen. As you
slowly breathe in, force your lower abdomen to swell like a balloon.
With each breath out, practice relaxing your jaw and shoulders. As
you practice more, relax all muscles in your body.) As an
alternative to these exercises, you may just sleep. Some people
will wear the pack all night, using an Ace bandage to hold it in
After finishing, remove the oil by
washing with a solution of 2 tablespoons of baking soda in one quart
of water, or use a gentle natural soap. Some prefer to just wipe
off any excess oil and let the rest absorb into the skin.
Store the pack in a large
Zip-Lock bag. Reuse the pack several times, adding more oil as
needed to keep the pack saturated. Replace the pack after it begins
to change colour.
For maximum effectiveness, it is
necessary to apply the pack as often as possible. Try for at least
four consecutive days per week, for at least four to six weeks.
Patients who use the pack daily will receive the most
THE “DO ANYWHERE” CASTOR OIL PACK
Soak flannel in castor oil until
Heat in microwave for 1 to 1-1/2
minutes, until hot.
Apply to the abdomen and put an
opened plastic bag or piece of plastic wrap on top of the flannel.
Then wrap abdomen with an old
towel so it overlaps at front.
Tie this comfortably tight by
using two Ace bandages, one around the ribs and the other around the
waist, to keep the pack close to the body.
Apply heating pad over this to
Wrap up in a robe/gown and read or
relax for 45 minutes to an hour.
Store pack as previously
Use the pack as often as possible.
Many patients now apply the castor oil
directly to the abdomen without the flannel pack. You then proceed
as before, covering with plastic, towel, and place a heating pad or
hot water bottle. This is often applied for the entire night and in
the morning the castor oil will be totally absorbed through the skin.
Remember to use old sheets on your bed, as the castor oil does stain
(which cannot be removed).