Recently many of you asked if you can use our Castor Oil for liver detox. When I get questions like this, I like to answer the question more deeply than just saying yes. Because my own journey back to health, back to wholeness, made me understand that if you know what's really happening behind the scenes, then you are breaking the walls of your conditioning, your beliefs. When there is no doubt, then the healing begins.
Before even talking about Liver Detox, let's establish that Castor Oil is the world's oldest and most valuable herbal remedy. Used by practitioners for thousands of years to improve the health of ancient civilizations. This oil is so precious and in my opinion, every household should have a bottle in their medicine cabinet.
Castor Oil - Liver Detox
How it works
Castor oil is a triglyceride comprised of fatty acids, 90% of which is ricinoleic acid, and it's this component which is thought to be responsible for castor oil's unique healing properties.
Research shows an increase in lymphocytes and T cell lymphocytes (both are white blood cells) after application for up to 7 hours. The cell increase represents a general boost in the body's specific defence status. Lymphocytes actively defend the health of the body by forming antibodies against pathogens and their toxins. T-cell lymphocytes identify and kill viruses, fungi, and bacteria.
So the absorption of castor oil into the skin triggers T-Lymphocytes embedded in the skin, causing them to activate a local and/or generalized immune reaction. In other words, it fires up your immune system. That's how the detoxifying effects begin. In addition, it balances the autonomic nervous system, increases liver activity through the lymphatic system (so is a detoxifier) and improves digestion and constipation.
If you like to read more, you can look up this research online and learn even more amazing benefits of this ancient oil: Kennedy, DA & Keaton D. Evidence for the Topical Application of Castor Oil. Int Jrnl Nat Med. Apr 2012;5(1)
How To Apply (Castor Packs)
The therapeutic usage of castor oil packing was first discovered by Edgar Cayce (1877-1945). Here is how he describes "How to Make and Use Castor Oil Packs";
· Organic, Cold Pressed, Hexane Free Castor Oil
· Unbleached wool flannel (3-4 pieces or layers about 30cm each)
· Large bin liner (cut two pieces along the edges to create 2 identical rectangular pieces)
· A heating pad
· Shower curtain or large piece of plastic you will be lying on to
· An old bed sheet
Step 1: Saturate the wool flannel with Castor oil (not to dripping)
Step 2: Put bin liner over the heating pad and place the flannel on top.
Step 3: Wait 15 minutes so the oil can warm up
*Please do not heat the flannel in a microwave oven. It will catch fire!
Liver Detox Application;
First, place the shower curtain or large piece of plastic over the area you will be lying. Then lie an old bed sheet. Lie down on your back on the bed sheet. Place the pack on your abdomen, with the oiled flannel against your skin and the heating pad on top. It should be very warm, but not so hot it burns you. Velcro fasteners are useful in holding a pack in place if you wish to sleep with the pack.
Place the flannel over the liver on the right side of the body, extending, top to bottom, from the breastbone to about 10cm below the navel. From left to right, it extends at least from the navel, around the body as far as it will go, covering as much of the right side as possible.
He recommends using the pack for 3 days in a row in the evening when you are best able to rest. Decide where in your home you will be doing the pack. Set it up so you will be comfortable, with a pillow under your head and knees. Oil always drips from the pack, so it is important to protect bedding, cushions or pillows.
From my experience, I recommend listening to a guided meditation to amplify the benefits of this old-world medicine. I love Dr Joe Dispenza's meditations, but whatever calls you home, listen to that, eyes closed. Once you finish, get your Likya stones, heat them and massage your abdominal area.
Even writing this gave me the relaxation, the healing I needed today.
with love and light...