Want to feel better fast? Think castor oil pack. When applied to the skin, castor bean oil, known as palma Christi ("hand of Christ"), stimulates both cleansing and deep healing. The results can seem, well, miraculous.
Castor oil can effectively treat a variety of conditions but should not be used by women during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or the menstrual cycle.
And while the oil can be taken internally for constipation, external use is safest and best.
Properly done, you can use this healing remedy again and again. Here's how.
Wear old comfortable clothes, and protect your couch or bed with a protective plastic covering. (Castor oil will stain.) Place a towel on top of the plastic where your lower back will be, then begin warming your heating pad and set it nearby.
Cut your cloth to size. For liver detox, you want a large pack, about 12" x 6". Pour about 8 ounces oil into a pot, and heat on low over your stove until just warm. Submerge the cloth in the oil, then gently wring out the excess.
Lie down on your prepared surface so the towel is under your lower back. Place the castor oil pack over your liver and gallbladder. Cover the pack with a small sheet of plastic, then place the heating pad on top. Wrap the towel you are lying on over the heating pad like a belt. Secure in place with safety pins. Relax 30-60 minutes.
Leave the oil on your skin to be absorbed, if desired, or remove it using a little baking soda mixed with water. Place the castor oil pack in a glass jar with a tight lid, and store it in a cool place or your refrigerator.
To reuse the pack, pour a little oil into the jar with the pack then heat on medium in a pot of water over the stove. Place the warmed pack on a sheet of plastic, then pour oil from the jar on top. Repeat the application as before.
A good practice is to use the pack three days in a row, then skip three days. Repeat the cycle as long as desired.
A castor oil pack can be used again and again this way. Don't wash the cloth but simply replace it with a new one as needed. Never share your pack with other people.