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Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Packs are very curative. Castor (Ricinus communis) is native to India. The oil from the castor seed is very high in ricinoleic acid which is thought to be responsible for its healing properties.


Castor oil packs are an external application to the body. They have been used for centuries by many cultures, ancient Egyptian, Japanese, Chinese, and Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine. They are simple, effective and very affordable!

Click the link to the right for printable instructions.

External applications are recommended to:

  • Stimulate lymphatic function

  • Relieve constipation (and other intestinal conditions)

  • Support and activate liver detoxification/disorders

  • Open up the gallbladder ducts and reduce inflammation or stones

  • Reduce nighttime urinary frequency 

  • Soothe inflamed joints and sunburn

  • Relieve headaches and migraines 

  • Break down biofilms* in the gut (used externally) 

  • Break down dental plaque

  • Breakup adhesions of the lacteal glands

  • Reduce pain of menstrual cramps 

  • Improve skin and reduce wrinkles (used externally)

  • Dissolve fibroids and warts, heal wounds

  • Use as an anti-infective and anti-inflammatory  

Castor oil packs are typically placed on the following body regions:

  • The right side of the abdomen for liver detoxification

  • Inflamed and swollen joints, bursitis, and muscle strains

  • The abdomen to relieve constipation and other digestive disorders

  • The lower abdomen for menstrual irregularities and uterine or ovarian cysts

  • Interference fields 

  • The lungs during colds/flu

Necessary Items

  • Castor oil, preferably organic cold pressed, approximately 2 tablespoons (We recommend Premier Castor Oil from Premier Research Labs)

  • Organic cotton flannel or wool, 3-4 pieces or layers about 10" x 12" each (We recommend Certified Organic Cotton Flannel from Premier Research Labs)

  • A large plastic bag (13-gallon trash bag works well if cut along the edges, giving you two identical rectangular pieces)

  • A large electric heating pad or hot water bottle. Do not microwave!

  • An old sheet and wear old clothes—castor oil stains!


  1. Place one large piece of plastic over the area where you will be laying

  2. Place an old sheet over the plastic

  3. Take other plastic piece, place it crossways to the sheet, under lower back 

  4. Saturate flannel pack with castor oil  

  5. Lie down on your back on the plastic bag

  6. Place pack directly on skin of specific area

  7. Cover with plastic sheet

  8. Put heating pad over plastic sheet (keep it warm but not too hot)

  9. Leave on for 30 -90 minutes 

  10. Remove pack, cleanse area with mild soap

  11. Best to discard pack but may be reused, if so, refrigerate until next use 


May be used daily or 2-3 times a week or per advice by health consultant.

Avoid using Castor Oil Packs if:

  • You're pregnant or breastfeeding. The effects of castor oil on a baby aren't known.

  • You have an IUD which could cause it to dislodge or release excess copper.

  • There is internal bleeding, or if you struggle with IBS, Colitis, or diarrhea

  • You have open or irritated skin, such as scratches or cuts


  • It is best to use the pack while resting and relaxing. Set it up where you will be comfortable, with a pillow under your head and another under your knees.

  • Oil always drips from the pack, so it is important to protect bedding, cushions, or pillows (some people prefer to be undressed or wear old clothes).

  • It is recommended just before and after using a pack to have a cleansing drink such as Premier Research Labs products Gallbladder-ND™ before and AloePro afterwards

* What are Biofilms?

Biofilms are common and may form on any surface exposed to bacteria and some amount of water. They form a colony by excreting a slimy, glue-like substance that can stick to all kinds of materials including metals, plastics, medical implant materials, and biological tissues.


Biofilms are a protective cloaking device that bacteria, some viruses, fungi ,and algae use to survive adverse conditions. These highly effective barriers of pathogenic colonies are very difficult to penetrate and destroy. They are highly resistant to antibiotics (up to 10,000-fold). This often makes antibiotic treatment not only ineffective for chronic diseases but antibiotics might actually trigger biofilms to create a stronger barrier.

For an introductory discussion about Wellness Within Reach programs and services:

45-Minute Health Consultation

  • Clarify your health issues

  • Determine your health goals

  • Discuss how to attain these goals

  • Understand what services are offered

  • Decide what options and programs are best for you

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