The Castor Oil Pack --
Healing with the “Palma Christi”

The castor oil pack
is one of the easiest
Edgar Cayce
remedies to use,
and one of the
most universal –-

-- it's been used for arthritis, injuries, even shrinking cysts...

No, it’s still not a magic wand. But if you’ve had any kind of injury, backache, sprain or even muscular soreness, you may think so, when the pain goes away overnight! This is one of the most remarkable natural medicines around.

And it’s so mild and gentle that a castor oil pack can safely be used on eyes, ears, and wounds. Digestive disorders can be treated by applying the pack, because, although it is external, the body has the ability to absorb it directly, circumventing the digestive process, which may be malfunctioning.

Used before an operation, it can clean up internally and make the surgeon’s work easier, and it’s great at speeding up post-operative recovery and preventing infection. On arthritis, it works to varying degrees, and combats debilitation, building strength over a period of time. Some people have even reported successfully shrinking tumors and curing heart problems.

Edgar Cayce used the castor oil pack most frequently over parts of the abdominal area, to heal conditions of the internal organs.


  • A piece of heavy, genuine wool is needed. (Cayce used the word “flannel,” but in his day that was wool.) The wool is necessary to effect the right chemical reaction. A size 18” by 24” is versatile enough to cover the whole stomach, including the liver and spleen area, when doubled, and most other afflicted areas of the body, either doubled or
    wrapped around them.

  • Sources for such material include old wool blankets, Army surplus blankets, Navy wool pants, and any sufficiently large wool sweater. Generally speaking, old woolen garments of various types are useful as packs – the detached arms work on arms, knees and legs; the central vest is good for chest, shoulders, back and neck. A detached turtleneck is good to keep around for neck problems.

  • Mountain Rose Organic Castor Oil

  • Castor oil is needed, not the clear oil sold in the drug store, but yellow, less-refined oil sold at places like Mountain Rose Herbs. They have 5 gallons of organic castor oil for $189.00 at this writing, or 1 gallon for $43 -- which could last one person a couple of years.

  • Prepare the pack by saturating it with castor oil. Lay it in a roasting pan, broiler pan, etc. and warm on very low heat in the oven or the hot sun to allow the oil to soak in and spread evenly throughout. (Don’t use a microwave at this stage – you’ll start a fire!) At first, the wool doesn’t take it in easily. It may take an hour or longer, at 150 degrees. Keep checking on it.

  • Once the castor oil pack is saturated, maintenance is easy. Check it for dryness each time, and add more oil, if needed. It’s probably a good idea to drizzle a little on each time, anyway – a cap with a very small hole in it (like a shampoo bottle cap) helps.


  • Place the wool pack over the affected area, and put a heating pad over it. Winding plastic wrap around the whole section of the body is one way to hold pack and pad in place and confine escaping oil. Wrap the castor oil pack on first, and then go around again over the heating pad. (You may need help with this.) That way, you can unplug, get up and move around when needed, then return to your chair or bed.

  • (Sometimes, when I’m wearing an old pair of shorts and shirt, I pin the pack to the shirt on the inside, and use an elastic black belt designed for magnetic therapy to assist in holding the conglomeration on, without the plastic wrap.) Set the heat as high as you can comfortably stand, without burning yourself. Leave it on for at least one-and-a-half to two hours.

  • An alternative is a passive pack (no heating pad). These are not as effective, but sometimes easier, and something is definitely better than nothing.

  • In my experience, a passive pack can take 8 to 10 hours to accomplish the same improvement as a heated pack for the usual time. A natural solution is to wear it to bed at night. Busy people with a nagging problem can actually wear a passive castor oil pack at work, if very well wrapped in plastic.

  • Knee and leg packs tend to slip off if you’re moving, but we’ve found that some of those therapeutic elastic knee or shoulder wraps, used over the plastic wrap, will hold them in place during moderate activity.


  • For wounds or injuries, use a castor oil pack as often or as long as needed. I have used a pack for 24 hours straight, in such a case. But in ordinary times, it’s better to keep to Cayce’s directions, with ON and OFF cycles, to allow the body to heal itself.

  • For general building-up, Cayce said to place the castor oil pack on your stomach, with a heating pad on top. This works because it slides toxins into the alimentary canal. Follow each pack up with a tablespoonful of olive oil before bed, to flush the toxins out.

  • You should take at least 4 treatments a week, then rest 2 or 3 days. (I use heated packs while I’m sleeping, but I’m a light sleeper and never burn myself accidentally). Altogether, do a series of 16 treatments. It works best if you do it in sets of 4 each, with a couple of days in between. This gives the body a chance to make natural healthy adjustments, before the next set of 4.

  • When you reach the 16th treatment, (4 + 4 + 4 + 4), take a break of a week or two. This is in keeping with the body’s natural cycle of work, rest, work, rest, etc. For me, this works out to about 1 month to complete a cycle. You can do what suits you best, as long as you take the recommended break after 16 treatments.


  • It’s a good idea to keep a
    really grungy set of baggy
    shorts and T-shirt for wearing
    over castor oil packs.
    I like soft elastic (synthetic) shorts like
    women's cut-off slacks, because
    they don't absorb oil like denim
    and other natural materials. You
    may also want to put an old towel
    in the chair to protect it from soiling.

  • You can clean the oil off the skin with simple baking soda
    and water,
    if you care to. (It
    gives some people a mild rash if
    left on.) I just wash it off in the
    shower, next morning.

  • The pack itself hardly ever needs cleaning (though some disagree!) Air it out after use, and look at it, and smell it. When needed, boil it in water. Mysteriously, this cleans it without losing much of the oil. DON'T WASH IT IN THE WASHING MACHINE -- THERE'LL BE OIL ALL OVER EVERYTHING. AND NEVER PUT IT IN THE DRYER -- FIRE HAZARD! Washing it out by hand in soap isn't very effective, either. Just boil it.

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