Castor oil packs 

Castor oil packs have great health benefits to help with the symptoms of endometriosis.


Castor oil packs for endometriosis


The background.....


Castor oil has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, both internally and externally. It has been used to treat everything from colitis and peptic ulcers to arthritis and female problems from back pain to fibroids, and PMS. 


Preliminary research at the George Washington School of Medicine in the US has shown that castor oil packs are likely to improve the function of the immune system. They are an excellent treatment for endometriosis, not only to alleviate discomfort but to speed recovery. 


The castor oil pack is a simple procedure, yet it can produce wonderful results. They were widely used by Edgar Cayce, the American psychic, to heal many different ailments including digestive problems, Hodgkin’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, pelvic cellulitis, and kidney problems. 





How Castor Oil Packs work


Edgar Cayce suggested that castor oil packs can strengthen the Payer’s Patches, which are tiny patches of lymphatic tissue in the mucosal surface of the small intestine.

According to Cayce, the Payer’s Patches produce substances which react with the nervous system when it reaches those areas via the blood-stream. Although the Payer’s Patches were discovered in 1677, it is only recently that medical science has begun to recognise them as constituents of the body’s immune system. 


Castor oil health benefits


As mentioned earlier, Cayce indicated that castor oil packs help rebuild and increase the effectiveness of the Peyer's patches, and also the lymphoid tissue on the mucous membrane of the small intestine. Dr. McGarey found that castor oil packs do appear to boost the immune system.


He reports that total lymphocyte count and T-pan lymphocyte count (T-11 cells) - immune system components to you and me - increased significantly in the group of patients using castor oil packs. He hypothesises that the packs also enhance lymphatic drainage, removing waste products from tissue - an aid to a detox program. 


Cayce also indicated that castor oil packs over the abdomen and liver enhance liver function, stimulate the gallbladder, increase elimination, and promotes relaxation. ‘The Oil That Heals’ contains case studies of patients with a range of illnesses, including those involving the female generative system, the lower bowel, upper digestive tract, liver, gall bladder, headaches and tension syndromes, and local infections. 





                                                What you need



To do a castor oil pack treatment you require:


  • 2 cotton or wool flannel cloths, about 12 inches square ( a piece of old sheet is fine but make sure there are no synthetics in the fabric) 
  • 2 plastic sheets - one to protect the bed, one smaller to wrap around the area being treated - for endometriosis, the pack will be applied to the abdomen 
  • hot water bottle 
  • Approx. 100ml of castor oil 
  • bath towels 
  • baking soda 
  • hot water 
  • safety pins 



                                                Method

  • heat the castor oil in an enamel-lined, china or glass saucepan, hot enough to put straight onto the skin with out scalding 
  • immerse the cloth in it and stir round with tongs, ensuring that it gets thoroughly saturated 
  • meanwhile cover the bed with a plastic sheet and a large towel to protect the sheets 
  • lift out the saturated cloth and place it over the area to be treated. For endometriosis, the cloth needs to be placed over the central abdomen area 
  • cover the oil saturated cloth with the other cloth, which has been soaked in hot water and rung out 
  • now wrap the area securely in the plastic, then a towel, and secure with safety pins 
  • lie down carefully and lay a hot water bottle on the area being treated 
  • leave on overnight, or at least for 2 hours 
  • in the morning, strip of the pack and store in a plastic bag so that it can be reused for three or four more treatments 
  • after taking off the pack, wash the area with water to which baking soda has been added. This is to stop any rash from developing. Do not panic if the skin turns red and blotchy. This is temporary and merely a sign of how actively the castor oil is working 
  • to reuse the pack, put the oil-soaked piece of cloth back in the saucepan, pour over more castor oil, and reheat the cloth. 




Always buy the best quality castor oil for this treatment. Try to aim to do 2 to 3 sessions of treatment on consecutive nights and then rest for a few nights. You can keep up this regime for about 3 months and then taper off to about one session a week. 


It is advised not to do a castor oil pack when you are menstruating, or if you are pregnant. 


As the immune system is seriously depleted in most women with endometriosis then using Castor Oil Packs is another tool in your arsenal to aid your healing, without breaking the bank. And do not forget that the benefits also include the reduction of inflammation and reduction in pain. All vital benefits for women and girls with this disease.