Castor Oil Packs

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  • 6 May, 2020
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What is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is pressed from the castor bean, which is not really a bean, but a seed. Native to the Mediterranean region it quickly became well known for its multiple purposes. Some of those purposes include being used in the manufacturing of soap, skin and hair products. In more modern times it is used in the manufacturing process of polyurethane. 

People have claimed that castor oil encourages hair growth, and it has also been found to be effective for conditions like inflammation, pain, cramps, constipation, sciatica, arthritis and many more. People have been known to use them to help out during detox regimens. 



How to Make and Use a Castor Oil Pack

Castor oil packs are simple and easy to make and use. A castor oil pack is made by soaking two to four layers of unbleached, organic clean wool or cotton flannel with hexane-free, unrefined, non-deodorized organic cold pressed castor oil. The cloth should be large enough to cover the area of concern, such as pelvis or back. Placing the flannel in a large bowl to soak in oil helps contain the mess — once saturated, the flannel can be partially wrung out to minimize leaks.

The saturated flannel is placed on or wrapped around the treatment area, covered with plastic and a towel, and heated with a hot water bottle or heating pad. The pack can also be wrapped with an ace bandage if being on a limb.  It’s a good idea to lie on an old towel to keep bedding or upholstery oil-free. Place the heat source over the towel and allow the pack to warm up, then set a timer and relax for 45 to 60 minutes.

After, add a little baking soda to warm water and clean the skin (1 Tbsp baking soda mixed with 2 cups of water). As for the flannel, it can be stored in a glass container in the refrigerator and re-used until it changes color or begins to smell — eventually it will become saturated with toxins. Some recommend disposing of the flannel at that point — others suggest washing the flannel in cold water. Because the organic, unbleached cotton or wool flannels are reasonably inexpensive, castor oil packs are an economical as well as effective home treatment. 

If you want to try this treatment at home, we do sell Castor Oil in the retail section of our spa! We respectfully ask that you either purchase online, or wear a mask while in the building for everyone’s safety. Our staff hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Make sure to choose “Hold For In-Store Pick Up” to avoid the shipping fee, and if you call ahead, we will package it up and bring it right to you in your car! 

You can go directly to the Castor Oil in our store HERE or check out all of our products online HERE

If you have any questions about this treatment feel free to call or email us directly at the spa. We are continuing our sale of Mother’s Day Gift Certificates and Packages (including flowers and Chocolates) which can be purchased and picked up between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.!