Edgar Cayce brought castor oil packs to fame in the 20th century. The oil has a long and varied history of use as a healing agent in folk medicine.
- Heat castor oil hot but not burning
- Massage area with oil to heat and loosen up
- Cover area with cloth
- Soak the middle of cloth with oil
- Cover with glad wrap
- Put a hot water bottle on top for 15-20 min.
In midwifery, castor oil has been used to promote healing of the umbilicus in a newborn, to increase milk when applied to the breasts, to soothe sore, irritated, or inflamed nipples and to help initiate labour.
1. Soak a face washer in castor oil and apply to the area
2. Cover with a waterproof fabric
3. Apply heat with a hot water bottle
4. Keep in place for 30-80 minutes
5. Keep the face washer wrapped as it can be used many times
Castor bean seeds, believed to be 4,000 years old, have been found in Egyptian tombs and were used in the traditional medicine of Egypt, India, China, Persia, Africa, Greece, Southern Europe, and the Americas. In ancient Rome, the castor oil plant was known as Palma Christi, which translates into hand of Christ. For more information see ‘Folk Medicine’ by Dr Jarvis