I’m always amazed by how many natural remedies are available for our bodies. Castor oil packs are one of the best ways to release toxins and clogged areas of the body.

This ancient remedy could be what your body needs to function at its highest level. If you’re curious about how this could work for you, consider the following information on castor oil for lymphatic drainage.

Keep in mind, it’s always best to consult with your doctor before you try any home remedy, including castor oil packs.

What Are Castor Oil Packs?

 The primary ingredient in castor oil is the bean of the Ricinus communis, also known as the Palma Chirsti Plant. Many ancient cultures including Indian, Chinese, Persia, Africa, Greece, Rome, and throughout the Americas, have used this plant therapeutically.

However, it wasn’t until Edgar Cayce that castor oil packs gained popularity. He introduced them as a treatment for many conditions including breast cysts, congestion in the abdominal organs, skin conditions, scar tissue, and lymph congestion.

A castor oil pack includes several layers of white wool or cotton flannel and castor oil soaked onto the flannel and applied to the effected area.

Benefits for the Lymphatic System

As a lymphatic drainage massage therapist, any natural remedy that can be used to improve lymph drainage gets the thumbs up from me. And castor oil for lymphatic system support definitely works.

There are a few benefits to using a castor oil pack. These include:

  • Reduction of swelling on the lymph nodes
  • Support for lymphatic system flow and for the lymph organs (such as the spleen and thymus)
  • Aids in healing sore muscles or sprains
  • Edema and swelling from injuries
  • Emotional support and stress reduction
  • Structural pain of the joints
  • Liver detoxification and support

How to Make One

To make your own castor oil pack, you’ll need either cotton or wool flannel and castor oil. You’ll also need a wrap around pack or plastic wrap, a heating pad or hot water bottle, and a few old rags and towels.

Start by cutting a piece of flannel into thirds and make at least three layers. Then soak that in castor oil completely. You can use a mason jar to soak the flannel overnight for the best results. 

Remove and unfold the flannel. Add it to the area of your body you’d like relief from. Cover the flannel with your plastic wrap or cover. Place your heating source over the top. Elevate your feet while lying on your back or place a pillow under your knees for comfort and practice deep breathing for approximately 60-90 minutes. You may leave the pack on for longer periods, but do not fall asleep with the heating pad on.

Once your time is up, remove the pack and the castor oil with your favorite natural soap and warm water, or a baking soda solution.

This simple process is the best way to use castor oil for lymphatic drainage.

When Not to Use Castor Oil Packs

Do not use castor oil packs with these conditions:

  • Menstruation
  • Uterine growths
  • Pregnancy
  • Intestinal blockages

Want more Lymphatic Drainage Tips?

Keeping your lymphatic system healthy and strong involves more than sporadic treatments. Healing starts from the inside. Luckily, I’ve written a few blog posts about the lymphatic system. Explore some of my favorites including How to Cleanse Your Lymphatic System, Self-Lymphatic Massage Tips & Tricks, and Common Misconceptions About Lymph Massage.

Happy castor oil packing!