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Castor Oil Packing

Castor Oil Packing

What is it?

Castor oil has been used for centuries in many ways to treat a wide variety of health conditions. The oil is derived from the seeds of the castor plant. They contain very high concentrations of a special fatty acid called ricinoleic acid which is thought to underlie its healing properties. However castor beans also contain a potent toxin called ricin, which has been used for chemical warfare. There is absolutely no danger of this being present in the castor oil itself though, castor oil is completely safe and is known to help many conditions

  • Castor oil is claimed to treat gastrointestinal and genitourinary problems, all types of infections, and pain and inflammation, and is said to stimulate your immune system;science is also exploring the use of ricinas an anti-tumor agent
  • Advocates claim castor oil is most effective for strengthening your lymphatic system when it is applied topically in a “castor oil pack,” a treatment popularized by the late psychic healer Edgar Cayce.

What does castor oil do?

The benefits of castor oil packs were popularized by the late psychic healer Edgar Cayce, and then later researched by primary care physician William McGarey of Phoenix, Arizona, a follower of Cayce's work and the author of The Oil That Heals. McGarey reported that, when used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of your thymus gland and other components of your immune system. More specifically, he found in two separate studies that patients using abdominal castor oil packs had significant increases in lymphocyte production compared to placebo packs.

Lymphocytes are your immune system's disease-fighting cells and are produced and stored mainly in your lymphatic tissue (thymus gland, spleen, and lymph nodes). Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick.

Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Castor oil is absorbed through your skin and (according to Cayce and McGarey) it increases your lymphocyte count. Increased lymphocytes will speed up the removal of toxins from your tissues, which in turn will promote healing.

How is castor oil used?

There are several ways to use castor oil topically. You can simply rub castor oil onto an affected area of your skin. Or you can soak some gauze or a plaster in castor oil, if only a very small area needs to be treated. For larger or more systemic applications, it can be used as massage oil, which is reported especially effective when applied along your spinal column, massaged along your lymphatic drainage pathways. But the best option is the "castor oil pack." Castor oil packs can be an economical and efficient method of infusing the ricinoleic acid and other healing components of castor oil directly into your tissues. 

What you need:

·       High quality cold-pressed castor oil

·       A hot water bottle

·       Plastic wrap, sheet of plastic, or plastic rubbish bag

·       Two or three one-foot square pieces of wool or cotton flannel, or one piece large enough to cover the entire treatment area when folded in thirds (A4 size-ish)

·       One large old bath towel

How to make a castor oil pack:

  1. Fold flannel three layers thick so it is still large enough to fit over your entire upper abdomen or liver, or stack the three squares.
  2. Soak flannel with the oil, by pouring it slowly over the flannel, making sure it doesn’t drip off the edges. Stop when it looks like the surface of the flannel is saturated with the oil. The oil should be at room temperature.
  3. Lie on your back with your feet elevated (using a pillow under your knees and feet works well), placing flannel pack directly onto your liver (after about 45 mins or more, you can move the pack onto the abdomen or the chest to cover the lungs and thymus and leave there for another half hour or so). Cover the oiled flannel with the sheet of plastic, and place the hot water bottle on top of the plastic.
  4. Cover everything with the old towel to insulate the heat. Take caution not to get the oil on whatever you are laying on, as it can stain. If necessary, cover that surface with something to protect it.
  5. Leave pack on for 45 to 60 minutes.
  6. When finished, remove the oil from your skin by washing with just soap and water, or rub it in or wipe it off with towel. (Be sure to wash the towel by itself, as the castor oil can make other clothes smell and stained with grease if washed together.)
  7. You can reuse the pack up to 40 times or replace it after it begins to change colour. Each time you use it add more oil as needed to keep the pack saturated. Store the pack in a large zip-lock bag or other plastic container in a convenient location, such as next to your bed (you can also leave it in the fridge).
For maximum effectiveness, apply at least three consecutive days per week for three weeks, having one week off per month (for women stop using castor oil during menstruation, post-menopausal women should have a week off too). As castor oil packing does increase the release of toxicity from the cells, it means that the toxins will be released into the blood stream and will then be filtered out by the liver, and so it is important that you use other techniques, such as enemas, to make sure the toxicity is released from the body completely so it is not reabsorbed or circulated around the body to settle elsewhere.

Be Cautious when Purchasing Castor Oil - As with everything else, you must be careful about your source of castor oil. Much of the oil currently sold in stores is derived from castor seeds that have been heavily sprayed with pesticides, solvent-extracted (hexane is commonly used), deodorized, or otherwise chemically processed, which damages beneficial phytonutrients and may even contaminate the oil with toxic agents. For a good source click here.

Castor oil packing is one of the techniques that I integrate into the personalised naturopathic health programs that I create for my clients. For more information about how you can have a health plan created for you click here.




What are they?

Enemas are an ancient healing technique. It involves allowing a steady flow of pure, body temperature water into the colon. This is an invaluable naturopathic technique that can assist the body’s healing process in several ways. It creates movement in the colon, encouraging it to eliminate waste and stored faeces. The flow of water stimulates the reflex points within the colon, which correspond to other areas of the body and therefor will release stagnation in those areas too. Enemas also stimulates movement and release of mucous from within the lymphatic system and finally the colon will absorb the water from an enema far quicker than water swallowed and so can improve cellular hydration quicker and more effectively.

Why should I do enemas?

·       They can be used when your bowel is showing signs of constipation.

·       They are used to keep the movement and release of toxicity during a detoxification program.

·       They can help cleanse the lymphatic system when it is showing signs of stagnation such as sinus blockage, swollen glands, excess mucous as in colds and flus.

·       Enemas can be really useful when wanting to improve body and cellular hydration.

What do I need to do an enema?

·       A gravity feed enema bag or bucket

·       A two pint jug

·       The fluid that you are going to use for the enema, which is basically pure, filtered water always at body temperature, but will vary depending on the effect you want the enema to have. You may want to reduce the quantity of water used if you are finding the enema uncomfortable. It is sometimes easier if you are submerged in a warm bath to relax abdominal muscles whilst doing an enema or retaining a retention enema.

·       A pillow

·       Something to protect the surface you are lying on from getting wet, just a precaution.

·       Lubrication – you can use olive oil, coconut oil or aloe vera gel.

·       A hook or a shelf for the enema bag to hang/sit on

·       A clock for timing

How do I do an enema?

·       Prepare the enema fluid. It is wise to do a water enema before doing any other type of enema so that you can clear the bowel in preparation.

·       Fill the enema bag/bucket, making sure the tap on the valve at the end of the tube is closed.

·       Then open the tap and let the fluid start to run through the tube, allowing the fluid to flow out until you are sure to have released any air bubbles then close the tap. The bucket/bag needs to be raised to allow gravity to pull the water through.

·       Lubricate your anal area.

·       Prepare the space you are going to lay down on, which can be the floor, the sofa or the bed, wherever is comfortable and make sure it is protected. For the first enema it is probably best to do it in or near the bathroom. Use the pillow to support your head.

·       Insert the nozzle and open the valve. Massage your abdomen gently as the fluid enters.

·       Once the bucket/bag has emptied, close the valve and remove the nozzle.

·       At this point you either release the enema fluid immediately by getting up and sitting on the toilet or you hold the enema fluid if you are doing a retention enema.

When not to do an enema?

·       Do not use this technique if there is a prolapsed organ in the pelvic area or if hemorrhoids are a problem.

·       It is not advised to do an enema when you are hungry.

·       Avoid stimulating enemas (coffee especially) before bed.

Additions of other elements to the enema water can assist in various situations. Here are some examples:

Aloe vera

Why should I use Aloe vera? Aloe vera helps to soothe and calm an inflamed intestinal lining, it has an anti-inflammatory effect on the mucosa of the colon.

How do I use it? Put anywhere from 1 to 10 tablespoons, depending on how strong an effect you want into 2 pints of filtered water at body temperature (it is often best to start with a small amount and build up so you can monitor the results and find what works best for you). Use this as your enema fluid and hold it for 15 minutes whilst massaging the colon and then expel.

How should I feel? After an aloe vera enema you can feel quite calm, refreshed and often feel quite positive.

Coffee Enema

Why should I use coffee? Coffee, when used in an enema has a different effect on the body than when it is being consumed as a beverage. In an enema coffee is absorbed into the live via the hemorrhoid vein. Once in the liver, the pharmacological agent within coffee causes the liver to contract and squeeze out it’s toxic bile, which is then excreted, once the coffee enema is released.

This makes coffee enemas one of the most effective and powerful naturopathic treatments for any detoxification and healing program, as it ensures the release of toxicity and cleanses the liver so that it can continue its role of detoxification with more effectiveness. It is a great pain reliever and is particularly effective for migraines.

You do need to make sure that you are consuming an alkalising diet, full of green vegetables, so that you are ingesting lots of electrolytes: coffee enemas will increase the excretion of potassium and magnesium, which are necessary alkalising electrolytes. If you have adrenal issues, kidney stress be careful not to overuse coffee enemas.

How do I use it? Place a rounded tablespoon of organic medium/dark roast ground coffee into a saucepan (non-aluminium) with half a pint of filtered water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes (lid off) and then sieve off the coffee grounds and keep the liquid for the enema. Add water to the coffee to make it up to about 2 pints of body temperature fluid. I would recommend that you do a water enema first, to clean out the bowel, and then do the coffee enema making sure to retain the coffee for about 15 to 20 minutes, which is long enough for the body’s entire blood volume to pass through the liver at least 5 times.

How should I feel? The effects can vary from person to person. If you are in pain, you will feel relief from it much like a pain killer, if you are feeling foggy headed you will feel clearer and calm, if you are feeling sluggish and stagnant you will feel refreshed and inspired. Sometimes you will have a deep sense of peace and may even want to sleep, or you may feel energised and motivated. Often, in very deep toxic cases, you may need to do another enema the next day to keep the toxicity moving out of the body, but always make sure you are eating and juicing plenty of green vegetables, cutting out stress in your diet.

Flaxseed tea

Why should I do a flaxseed tea enema? These are also good for soothing the membrane of the colon and more effective at rehydration than water alone. These may be useful to you from the start in terms of hydrating your cells and soothing the central nervous system.

How do I do it? Make the linseed tea and then add water to it until you have 2 pints (1 litre) of body temperature water which is fluid enough to pass through the enema tube, if not add more water. Hold the flaxseed tea enema for 20 minutes and then expel. You can even do it before going to bed and if you are experienced with enemas and know your body well, you can even retain it all through the night.

How should I feel? You should feel relaxed afterwards and feel tension, stress and anxiety lifting from you. 

Enemas are some of the techniques that I integrate into the personalised naturopathic health programs that I create for my clients. For more information about how you can have a health plan created for you click here.