Castor Oil

castor-oil-and-beanCastor oil is derived from the seeds of the Palma Christi tree. Although the oil is poisonous and only recommended for internal consumption under strict guidance, external application of the oil has been well documented for its powerful lymphatic stimulation. Cold-pressed castor oil retains more active ingredients, although heat-extracted oil is more readily available.

Castor oil packs have been used to successfully treat many common ailments: from aching feet and warts, to digestive and urinary conditions. Castor oil packs are one of the most successful methods of treating internal scar tissue following surgery.

Castor Oil Packs

~ Find a piece of real wool large enough to cover the area of application, such as the leg portion of old wool work socks

~ Pour the castor oil directly on the wool until wet

~ Heat the wool until comfortably warm

~ Apply the heated wool directly to the skin, cover with a cotton tea towel and a moist heat source (hot water bottle, bean/rice bag)

~ Maintain application for 45 to 90 minutes, if desired remove heat, wrap the entire application site with saran wrap and wear overnight

~  Apply the castor oil pack for three days in a row, break for two days then start the cycle again

~ Edgar Cayce recommended one tablespoon of olive oil taken orally on day three of each cycle


Castor oil is a form of pitch and will stain everything, do not use around any important clothing or bedding. Lukewarm soda water may be used to cleanse the area after application. Store the wool pack in a Ziploc bag for future use, and there is no need to wash the wool between applications.

Clinical Signs of Castor Oil Toxicity

– burning of mouth & throat

– increased thirst

– vomiting & diarrhea

– kidney failure