Castor Oil has been used through out the ages as a natural therapy. Today it is used as an emollient and skin softener, application for castor oil packs, a massage oil for muscles and joints, gastrointestinal problems, lacerations, and other skin disorders such as psoriasis. It is also found in many skin care products. Castor oil applied externally in the form of “packs” is a method of application that is very popular with health care practitioners. They have been used to improve assimilation, elimination and circulation; especially of the lymphatic system.
Castor Oil Packs
A common area to apply the castor oil pack is on the right side of the abdomen, between the upper part of the rib cage and the upper edge of the hipbone. Another common area is across the abdomen from the right to the left side of the body, covering from the sternum to the pubic or groin area. Application is usually for 1 to 2 hours. A heating pad is placed on top of the castor oil pack to keep it very warm during application. It is best to consult your health care practitioner to determine frequency of application.
Physiological Effects of Castor Oil Packs
From the Edgar Cayce Health Care Philosophy, the readings inform us that castor oil packs may be used to improve assimilation, elimination and circulation; especially of the lymphatic system.
Improves Elimination in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts; stimulates peristalsis; maintains the mucous membrane lining.
Improves Assimilation in the gastrointestinal tract; balances acid secretion in the stomach; stimulates liver, pancreas and gall bladder secretions; etc.
Improves Coordination of the functioning major organs, glands and systems; stimulates the nervous systems; regulates metabolism; etc.
Improves Lymphatic Circulation
Draws Acids from the Body
Cayce also mentioned physiological effects on the body such as:
stimulation to the Liver, dissolve and remove Lesions & Adhesions, relieve Pain, release impacting to the Colon, reduce incoordination in the Nervous System, stimulate the Gall Bladder, reduce Toxemia, increase Lymphatic circulation, increase Gastrointestinal assimilation, balance Elimination, reduce Inflammation, increase Relaxation, reduce Flatulence, dissolve and remove Lacteal duct adhesions, reduce Nausea, dissolve Gallstones, stimulate Lacteal duct circulation, reduce Swelling, stimulate Cecum, improve Liver-kidney coordination, stimulate Organs and glands, draw oil Acids, draw out Vaginal Fistulas discharge, relieve Headaches, stimulate Peristalsis, improve Perspiration respiration and coordination, increase Skin circulation (blood and lymph), reduce Tumors.