Cayce Health Database
CASTOR OIL PACKS
WHAT IS A CASTOR OIL PACK?
A castor oil pack is an external application of castor
oil. A piece of wool flannel is saturated in castor oil and applied to
the abdomen with a heating pad. The Cayce readings recommend castor oil
packs to improve assimilations, eliminations and circulation (especially
of the lymphatic system). Although this therapy may seem unusual,
it is one of the best documented of the Cayce therapies. Dr. William McGarey
has applied castor oil packs to treat many conditions.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CASTOR OIL PACKS
To Make The Pack
Take the piece of wool flannel and fold it into 3
thicknesses. Put it in a pan (like a large disposable baking pan) and
pour castor oil on it. Saturate the whole flannel, and leave it until
it is well-saturated. When you use it, you want it saturated, but not
dripping. The size you want for use is about 12 x 18 inches - about the
same size as your heating pad, so that the pad heats the whole pack, but
does not touch your skin. After each use, you will probably need to add
a little more castor oil. You can use the pack many times. When you're
not using it, you can store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Where To Place The Pack
This will depend on what the problem is. In general,
it should be on the right side of the body, extending from a little above
the bottom of the sternum (breastbone) to about 4 inches below the navel.
It should go from the navel around the body on the right side as far to
the side as you can get it. Basically, cover as much of your right side
as you can.
Using The Pack
Use the pack in the evening, as you are resting before
bed. Spread out a large plastic garbage bag on the bed so that the castor
oil won't leak onto the bed. Fold a towel (that you will use only for
castor oil packs, because the oil is almost impossible to wash out completely).
Take the cloth cover off the heating pad. Then put the heating pad on
top of the towel.
The readings say that it is important to heat the
pack before you put it on yourself. One way is to heat it in the oven
on a "low" temperature setting. Another is to heat it in a microwave oven
(in a microwave-safe container) for about one minute. Another way is to
put the pack on top of the heating pad and turn the pad on high. Let it
warm up for a few minutes.
Lie down on your back on the plastic bag. Place
the pack on your abdomen, with the heating pad on top and the towel on
top of that. Have the heating pad control within easy reach of your hand,
because you may need to adjust it so the pack is not too hot or too cold.
It should be very warm, but not so hot it burns you. Be careful! If you're
not sure how hot is safe, start with a slightly warm session and work
up to a warmer one. If it's not warm enough, it may help to rest your
arms and hands on the towel to press the pack onto your body.
Keep the pack on for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Have a
paper towel handy to wipe the oil off yourself when you get up, and be
careful not to get any on the bed. Make up a solution of baking soda in
warm water (2 teaspoons to a quart), and use paper towels or a sponge
with the baking soda solution to clean off the castor oil. You might also
want to take a shower with soap after that.
Use the pack for 3 days in a row. Then take a break
for 4 days, and repeat.
After 3 Days Of Using The Pack
On the evening of the 3rd day, take olive oil (not
castor oil!) by mouth. Begin with about a teaspoon. If you feel OK, you
can take up two tablespoons.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read The Oil That Heals by William A.
McGarey, M.D., (Virginia Beach: A.R.E. Press, 1993).
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health