The first time I used a castor oil pack was on my right ankle in 1995 (through 2000 after my second surgery) - I'd torn all the ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, soft tissue in the foot and ankle.
While many of the "alternatives" I tried didn't work for me, the packs seemed to help. Fortunately, I now enjoy the return of more than the 60% functioning the doctors expected.
Regular use of castor oil packs was followed by a lull in use...honestly, I fairly forgot about them until I took a few natural health science courses and dappled with them again as part of the education process.
But, they didn't become a staple in my toolbox until a few years back when I was having issues with leaky gut.
It was during the detox process that my nutritionist suggested using castor oil packs across my abdomen to support the stomach, liver and intestines. Once again, my system responded positively to the packs!
It should be no surprise to those who study natural health that the ancient Egyptians were using castor oil medicinally for centuries prior to recording it in their medical papyrus in 1550 BCE.
While castor oil itself has been used in soaps, shampoos (and is even said to encourage hair-growth), for me it was the research explaining its anti-inflammatory properties that felt the most valuable.
Renowned author/physician Dr. Christiane Northrup actually suggests them for a variety of uses, including severe monthly cramps and related body changes we experience during our cycle, as well as for overall immune system health.
Another author, Carolyn DeMarco, notes that they can be very supportive for those living with enlarged and twisted veins; in supporting the health of the liver, gallbladder and kidneys; as well as enhancing the body's natural response to constipation, sciatica and arthritis.
The key factor with castor oil is it's ability to help pull toxins out of the body while providing our cells with an immunity boost!
On top of all the benefits, they're actually a fairly easy and inexpensive way to support health of body, mind and spirit:
Get comfy because you're going to want to leave this pack on for about 20-30 minutes and I suggest wearing old garments as larger amounts of the oil are used and difficult to get out of your clothes.
To start, pour enough oil on the cloth to saturate it, but not so much that it's oozing or dripping.
Next, place any essential oils on the same cloth. I've used Release (1 drop only please - it's very potent) and Lavender as they both support the natural detoxification of body, mind and spirit.
Once you have your oils on the cloth, lay the cloth across your abdomen (ankle, wrist, knee, etc.) and cover with plastic wrap or an old plastic bag. This helps "trap" the heat which aids in the absorption and detox process.
Now, cover the plastic with a towel (just in case you do ooze a bit) and top the stack with your heating pad or hot water bottle.
Set your timer for 20 minutes and relax. Sip some water to support your detox and enjoy. After 20-30 minutes, reverse the stacking process and give yourself a mini massage in that area...you're done!
For me, it's a wonderful way to unwind with a book or music before bed.
Feel free to hit the google bar to learn more about the benefits of castor oil packs and how to maximize their use as you walk along the nourished path!
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One of the most versatile essential oils (EO), Lemon (Citrus limon) refreshes in the summer, brightens in the winter, offers detox properties and is a house-hold cleaning staple.
Additionally, it’s affordable and easy to use, just be sure to always use organically grown, therapeutic-grade, sustainably harvested essential oils that adhere to the strictest standards and verify products are tested regularly and throughout the entire process from soil, planting, growing, harvesting, distilling, processing and bottling. (For example, the Young Living 15 ml bottle comes in at just over $15 while the Vitality 5 ml bottle, for culinary/consumption, is under $9. A 15 ml bottle averages about 360 drops of EO)!
Honestly, I start every day with a few drops of Lemon EO in warm water. It’s a great way to wake-up the digestive tract and provides a little detox before dropping more food or beverages in the system.
Throughout the day, it’s a great refresher in cool water and there are so many options to adding it to adult beverages, baked goods and Paleo “fat bombs” to boost metabolism. When it's cold outside, it can be added to warm water for a soothing sip, or even to your favorite teas.
Cold-pressed from the rinds, Lemon EO offers a bright aroma that is cheerful, sweet and nostalgic. It can eliminate odors (summer trash cans or winter basements) and infuse your home with a clean, lemon-drop scent that may boost your mood.
Adding a drop to an evening moisturizer can reduce the appearance of blemishes (citrus oils like lemon can cause photosensitivity so be cautious about sun exposure after applying to your skin - wait 2 hours between application/use and exposure to sun). A few drops in your hair conditioner adds a refreshing scent that also smooths and shines the look of hair.
Beyond all this, it’s a terrific, non-toxic, “smells-great” cleaning agent – just avoid using on granite or stone as it may etch the surface, especially if the counter/floor has not been sealed.
Lemon EO is also a great detox for most animals (start with a low and slow exposure like diffusion or a drop on your hands before petting pets and please use with caution around felines as their systems can’t process citrus oils as well as other animals can). Another option is to rub a drop between your hands and then pet your dogs as a flea-away option.
Again, there are a multitude of ways to enjoy this zesty oil:
With the temps soaring this summer, you'll want to try this refreshing, healthy, thirst-quenching lemonade that's all natural!
You could also freeze this into popsicles and, for the over 21 crowd, this would be lovely as an adult beverage with some vodka, gin or prosecco!
If you’re a fan of Lemon EO, it’s also found in blends like Citrus Fresh, Clarity, Joy and Harmony.
To learn more about Lemon EO and Young Living oil-infused products, please visit www.BlossomWithOils.net.
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I'm Mary Ann. I am a storyteller using skills, interests, education and experience to help others. Together, we'll explore your story and write a new ending for your journey along the nourished path.