A castor oil pack is an external application of castor oil to a specific area of the body, most often the abdomen and liver. Castor oil is extracted from the castor plant’s seed.
The castor oil pack focuses on the sedative effects and the action on the lymphatic system.
The oil allows the nervous system to switch into parasympathetic mode (calming). Once the switch from the sympathetic “fight or flight” systems to the parasympathetic “rest and digest” system is made, healing occurs.
When the lymphatic tissue is congested (which happens quite easily when we are not well hydrated or moving frequently enough), it causes inflammation.
Castor oil packs increase lymphocyte production and activity in the body and acts as an important immune booster. Lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, help the body fight off viruses, fungal infections, bacteria, and even cancer.
Because we have lymphocytes in the epidermis, topical application can be very effective in stimulating the entire immune system.
There are many YouTube videos available that can teach you how to make a castor oil pack. We have recommended these often to our patients and we always get positive feedback.
Castor oil packs are generally not recommended during pregnancy, over areas of active bleeding (wounds, ulcers, during menses), in cases of suspected appendicitis, or in patients with bleeding disorders. Also, exercise caution with people who have neuropathy, skin sensitivity, or chemical sensitivity.