Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis). It has been used for thousands of years to promote tissue healing in the body. Edgar Caycee recommended using castor oil packs to assist in healing wounds of the skin and dermis, and women have used castor oil for reproductive health.
Castor Oil Pack Use a small square of wool or natural fiber cloth. The cloth fiber will be folded into several layers and measure about 12 inches square or large enough to cover the area you are treating, about the size of your heating pad. Saturate the cloth with castor oil by placing the cloth in a flat container and pour enough oil to just saturate the cloth. Place the cloth on the skin above the organ or area to be treated. For wound healing, place the pack a few inches above the wound; not directly on the wound if the cut or abrasion is still open. I recommend covering the pack first with saran wrap or a plastic bag to protect the heating pad or clothing. Apply heat to the pack. Do Not Wash the cloth pack. Simply fold it up in the plastic and reuse by adding more castor oil for each use. You can keep the pack in the refrigerate until needed again. Heat helps the oil penetrate deep within the body.
Castor has traditionally been used to help in cases of inflammation, pain, unwanted growths such as ovarian cysts, to increase circulation and for relaxation. It will also alkalanize the colon.
The lymphatic system consists of vessels, lymph nodes and their fluid called lymph. lymphocytes are the immune cells within the lymphatic system that provide immune defense against disease. Lymph nodes are found throughout the body, and especially in the moveable joints of the arms and legs, but especially in large numbers around the colon and reproductive system. When applied to the abdomen the castor oil pack promotes detoxification of the colon by decreasing the acid level, and promotes reproductive health by increasing circulation. Lymph nodes rely on external movement in order to flow properly which explains their concentration at the moveable joints and the abdomen. Exercise, vibration and manipulation will increase the flow of lymph throughout the body. For this reason, Ann Wigmore recommended bouncing on a mini-trampoline to increase lymphatic flow in an exercise she terms “lymphasizing.” I recommend 30 minutes a day or several times a week for all patients. Lymphasizing creates better cardiovascular flow, so it exercises the heart, lungs, and tones all the muscles all at once. Movement is medicine, so what better way to heal the body than to move to the music!
I had a patient years ago who was 65 years old and had very good muscle tone throughout her body. I asked her what she did to keep so healthy. She replied that she does her own housework, and she bounced on her mini-trampoline 15 minutes every day while watching her television show. She had it figured out, and the results were truly amazing. Her daughter who was half her age, was tiddled with pain and sore joints, while her mother had a sweet temperament and appeared to be in excellent health. What a simple solution that anyone can enjoy!
The liver makes about half of all the lymph in the body. It is important that the liver is healthy and able to process chemicals for different purposes. If the liver gets overloaded with toxins it can lead to ill health and contribute to hormone imbalances and disease. Detoxification of the liver can be accomplished with dietary changes and a simple regimen of organic whole plant foods. Wheat grass is an excellent chlorophyl rich food that helps to gently detox the liver. I recommend starting with one ounce a day, and gradually building up to several ounces a day during a detox program. This involves specific diet changes and incorporating organic food into a regimen of diet, exercise, water, fresh air and lymphasizing daily.
Green Energy Soup This recipe was recommended by Ann Wigmore during the detoxification programs. Make a batch in the morning and consume for all three meals of the day for three days, along with a fermented food such as Rejuvelac rich in probiotics.
On the evening of the third day of using the pack, A.R.E. (the Edgar Cayce foundation) recommends taking a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Take more if you can tolerate a few teaspoons more.
See related blog on detoxification for recipe for the Green Energy Soup and how to make Rejuvelac fermented beverage.
Yours in Health Doc Wah
Resources <strong>The Oil That Heals</strong> by William A. McGarey, M.D., (Virginia Beach: A.R.E. Press, 1993). <strong>Castor Oil! It’s Healing Properties</strong> by Beth M. Ley, PhD. (BL Publications, 2003)