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Castor oil packs (sometimes referred to as liver packs) offer multiple benefits, they provide an immune system boost; help with pain, inflammation, swelling and detoxification. Castor oil packs are a great option for liver detoxification. In a modern world when we are bombarded by chemicals on a constant basis, it is easy for the liver to become overwhelmed. Many are the times I have seen people detox too much, too fast and end up with a severely painful or swollen liver. Castor oil packs have always proven beneficial in these situations.

Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which is great for immune system support due to its ability to increase count of the lymphocyte, which boosts your lymphatic drainage. Increased lymphocytes speed the removal of toxins from your tissues which promotes healing.

What is a Castor Oil Pack?

Quite simply it consists of pieces of flannel that are saturated with warmed castor oil that are applied to the affected area. Flannel is an excellent choice due to its high absorption rate, if you are allergic to flannel or wool then you should find another option. 


How to Use a Castor Oil Pack

Materials Needed:

  • Castor Oil
  • Flannel (or fabric large enough to cover affected area)
  • Plastic wrap (or old fabric to cover treatment area such as shower curtain)
  • Old bath towel
  • Hot water bottle


Remember: you are using warmed and heated products. Don’t burn yourself!

  1. Lay fabric or shower curtain over are you’ll be resting (this helps with keeping the castor oil off your bed or couch; it will stain!)
  2. Fold flannel into size appropriate to cover the liver area.
  3. Soak flannel with warmed castor oil.
  4. Apply to liver area.
  5. Cover flannel with a piece of plastic wrap.
  6. Apply hot water bottle over area and cover with a towel to keep heat in.
  7. Leave pack on for 45-60 minutes. **See note below
  8. When finished, place flannel in a Ziplock bag or plastic container. You can re-use flannel several times by adding more oil to keep pack saturated. Replace flannel when it changes color or begins to have an odor.
  9. Wash your skin with soap and water or a solution of baking soda and water (two tablespoons baking soda to a quart of water).

**Note: If you are chemically sensitive, you may only be able to apply this for a few minutes at a time due to its strong detoxifying action. Many people who are environmentally ill have to work up to a 45-minute application.