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Castor Oil Packs: How they can improve your weight, digestion, and hormones

Updated: May 21

Castor oil has proven itself to be a broad-spectrum natural remedy for so many conditions, including, but not limited to: bloating, painful period cramps, weight management, and inflammation. It is something I recommend to many of my patients for a gentle treatment for the body's systems.

In this article I will talk about:

What are castor oil packs?

The method of using castor oil packs is simple, yet the benefits are profound. A castor oil pack involves soaking a piece of cloth (I prefer using organic flannel or cotton) in castor oil and placing it on the skin to enhance circulation and promote healing. This age-old technique has been embraced by many for its holistic approach to health. The soaked piece of cloth is usually placed over the liver, abdomen, pelvis, or throat depending on the targeted symptoms and organ systems.

I'll share my favorite castor oil pack kit a little bit later that makes this process super easy and mess-free!

Why are castor oil packs so effective?

Castor oil is so amazing at moving and stimulating the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system part of the circulatory system and is responsible for moving pathogens and other waste products out of the body. It is full of microscopic sweepers called lymphocytes and macrophages that move and gobble up toxins, waste, and pathogens that do not belong in the body. When castor oil is applied, it helps moves the fluid within the lymphatic system to move efficiently by assisting the valves of the lymphatic vessels to pump more effectively, helping things run smoothly.

Which symptoms can be alleviated by castor oil packs?

Sluggish digestion, bloating and weight loss:

  • Castor oil packs, when placed over the abdomen can improve circulation and movement throughout the digestive system. This can help alleviate bloating and constipation and aid in digestion and maintain a healthy weight. This practice, along with daily exercise and healthy eating, can help tremendously in weight management and digestion.

Severe period cramps:

  • Castor oil packs are seriously a secret weapon against period cramps. This monthly tango with severe PMS symptoms many women dance does not have to be a reality. My patients have loved adding castor oil packs to their monthly regimen to help with their PMS and period cramps. When placed over the pelvis, patients have reported tolerable or non-existent period cramps. This is because castor oil promotes the movement of lymphatic fluid to reduce pelvic floor congestion.

Hormone imbalance:

  • When placed over the liver, castor oil can stimulates proper liver function. The liver is an organ that plays an important role in blood sugar regulation, breakdown and production of fats (cholesterol), metabolism of medications and supplements, and effective processing of hormones. When the liver is supported by topical castor oil, it ensures crucial roles of the liver are maintained properly.

Inflammation and difficulty sleeping:

  • Castor oil is naturally anti-inflammatory. It helps regulate the body's inflammation that often interferes with sleep. This inflammation regulatory process involves decreasing the stress hormone cortisol. When done regularly, castor oil packs can decrease inflammation and cortisol and lead to a restful night's sleep.

The castor oil pack method

What you need to make a castor oil pack:

  1. High-quality cold-pressed castor oil

  2. Soft, clean cloth (organic flannel or cotton)

  3. Plastic wrap

  4. Hot water bottle or heating pad, optional

  5. Old towel or sheet to protect your surroundings

  6. Relaxing environment

How to make a castor oil pack:

  1. Grab a soft cloth and soak it in castor oil. Make sure it's not dripping, just nicely soaked.

  2. Place it over your abdomen or wherever you want some extra care, like your throat (support the thyroid), or over your liver or pelvis.

  3. Cover it with plastic wrap to decrease potential staining.

  4. Put a warm water bottle or heating pad on top to enhance its penetration into the skin, optional.

  5. Repeat every night or 3-4 times weekly for 30-60 minutes. Overnight is acceptable, but may cause loose stools.

Things to note:

  • Castor oil can cause staining of clothes and furniture. You want to make sure the fabric used is evenly coated, but not dripping with excessive oil. Cover your furniture with a towel to protect from potential staining.

  • If you are using a heating pad, it is important to not fall asleep with the heating pad on.

  • Although castor oil is generally considered a safe and gentle treatment, consult with your doctor to make sure this treatment is indicated for your needs.

If you want to experience all the amazing benefits of castor oil packs without any mess or hassle, then the Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Pack is an absolute must-have.

This premium kit takes the guesswork out of setting up a castor oil pack routine. It comes with a generously-sized organic cotton flannel pack that is soft, breathable and optimally designed to fully cover your abdomen or target area. No more cutting and preparing cloth yourself!

But what really sets this kit apart is the high-quality castor oil itself. Queen of the Thrones uses only 100% pure, hexane-free, extra virgin, expeller-pressed castor oil. This ensures an ultra-clean, potent oil that is safe for therapeutic use.

Using the pack is a breeze - simply soak the soft flannel in the included oil, position it where desired, then secure it comfortably in place with the adjustable elastic wrap. You can wear it overnight or simply relax with it for an hour while reading or watching TV.

My patients' results with the Queen of the Thrones pack have been fantastic. They experienced noticeable relief from bloating and constipation within just a few uses. And, for some, period cramps, which used to be excruciating, are now much more manageable.

I love that this kit makes castor oil packing such an easy, leak-free experience. No oil stains, no mess - just amazing lymphatic support and healing.

If you want to finally beat inflammation, shed excess weight, balance your hormones and experience overall improved wellness, grab the Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Pack today. Your body will thank you!


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*Dr. Francesca works only with patients physically located in California.*

*Disclaimer: Although I am a doctor, I may not be your doctor. The information contained within the pages of this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat conditions. Please consult with your doctor before implementing any of the treatments, diets, supplements, etc. mentioned in this blog.*

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