Dr. Doug Miller ND
Better Health - Naturally

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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 treatment.

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.


  1. Fold flannel into thirds, the 3-fold thickness to fit over your entire abdomen.

  2. Soak flannel with the castor oil. Fold flannel in half and strip excess oil from pack. Unfold.

  3. You can then heat the entire pack in the microwave for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 on top.

  6. Wrap yourself in the sheet and wool blanket.

  7. 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 place.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 beneficial effects.


  1. Soak flannel in castor oil until saturated.

  2. Heat in microwave for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, until hot.

  3. Apply to the abdomen and put an opened plastic bag or piece of plastic wrap on top of the flannel.

  4. Then wrap abdomen with an old towel so it overlaps at front.

  5. 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.

  6. Apply heating pad over this to maintain heat.

  7. Wrap up in a robe/gown and read or relax for 45 minutes to an hour.

  8. Store pack as previously described.

  9. 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).