Caster oil packs have been used for many centuries originating in India. Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plants that grow wild in wastelands across tropical regions. Many of castor oil’s benefits come down to its chemical composition. It’s classified as a type of triglyceride fatty acid, and almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content is a specific and rare compound called ricinoleic acid.
Castor Oil Packs are most notably used as a gentle way to detox the body by placing a castor oil saturated piece of flannel placed over the abdomen with heat for about an hour.
But there are so many more benefits to using a castor oil pack on different parts of your body. Other uses of a caster oil pack are to: relieve sore muscles; soothe joint pain; promote hair growth; moisturize the skin; assist in restful sleep; and they can be used to enhance absorption of essential oils by the body.*
How to Make a Castor Oil Pack
Castor oil packs are very simple to make at home. They can be messy to use, but with careful preparation they don't have to be.
Some suggested uses:
NOTE: Castor oil packs have also been known to help with inducing labor for those expecting. Check with your doctor if you are pregnant or have a severe medical condition.
Holly Mays has been on a journey to share natural ways of supporting health and wellness since 2010 when she graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. She is a recognized as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She and her husband, David Mays, became dōTERRA Wellness Advocates in February 2012 and found their passion in empowering people through education to use dōTERRA essential oils, supplements and non-toxic products as a foundation for health and wellness and to create a life of purpose.
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