Castor Oil Pack Preparation
A castor oil pack is a pack made from several layers of cotton or wool flannel that is saturated, but not dripping, with castor oil and folded into a rectangle, approximately 10″ x 14″ in size. The pack is usually warmed before use, and where it is placed on the body varies, depending on the ailment or disease. The pack is then covered with a piece of plastic and then a heating pad, set as warm as is comfortable. The plastic serves to protect the heating pad from getting oily. The body is then covered with a towel to keep the pack secure and the pack is usually left on for up to an hour. Packs are generally used three to four times a week.
After removing the pack, the area may be cleansed using a mixture of warm water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Packs can be stored for up to a year in a plastic bag if left in a cool, dry place, away from heat so the pack doesn’t become rancid. Often packs were recommended in Cayce readings to aid in relieving the body of toxins and were placed over the right abdomen between the hip and the breast bone to cover the liver. Packs have been employed for everything from speeding healing after knee surgery to aiding in the recovery from ovarian cancer.