How to Use Castor Oil Packs

Posted by Tammy Smith on

Castor oil has a long history of traditional medical use dating back to ancient Egypt. Castor oil is derived from the castor bean Ricinus communis. Although it was once taken orally as a laxative, it's now known to be toxic and is used only externally over unbroken skin to reduce inflammation, bruising and pain to an area.

Note: Castor oil is known to detoxify the area in which it was placed on, therefore your body must rid itself of the toxin. This sometimes happens in the form of loose bowels.

You will need:

  • Wool Flannel Cloth
  • Castor Oil (at least 8 oz)
  • Plastic wrap or a cut plastic bag
  • Heating pad or hot water bottle
  • Kitchen storage container, or a ziplock bag (to store cloth in)


Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin. It should not be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during menstruation.


1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it with castor oil so that it is saturated, and almost dripping. An 8 oz bottle of castor oil will be enough to initially saturate the cloth leaving a little left over in the bottle.

2. Place the pack over the affected body part. Do not cut the cloth. Simply fold it as much as possible so it is barely big enough to cover the area of your body you are targeting.

3. Cover with plastic wrap or cut a plastic bag. (this will protect your clothing and the heating pad)

4. Place a heating pad or hot water bottle over the castor oil pack. Leave this on for 60 minutes. Doing this every day is the very best, yet 2-3 times per week would still be beneficial. Castor oil packs have a cumulative effect on the body and should be used over an extended period of time, several months, to achieve your desired goal or until the pain is gone.   

5. Some people say after removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda. I use Dawn Dish Soap and it works just fine.

6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times.

When done using the wool flannel cloth, wash completely with a grease-cutting detergent ( I like to use Dawn Dish Soap), allow to dry completely and store away in a ziplock bag or the bag provided for future use.

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