Castor Oil Pack Instructions

Thankyou to the wonderful work of Dr. Ron Mariotti N.D. 

Using a Castor Oil Pack can aid in elimination and detoxification. It supports blood flow, softens adhesions and scar tissue and reduces inflammation. Using these packs can therefore be helpful for conditions including abdominal scarring and surgery, pelvic congestion, PCOS, endometriosis, constipation, abdominal and pelvic pain, uterine fibroids, gall bladder stones and inflammation. Ensure your Castor Oil is cold pressed and organic. We have a clean, reasonably priced Castor Oil available at the clinic.


Castor oil packs should be used with caution or avoided during pregnancy, bleeding disorders and active ulcers. Individuals with chemical sensitivity disorders may have an increase in symptoms after using the castor oil pack, especially at the beginning of treatment, as it aids (and stimulates) the process of elimination and detoxification. It may be best to shorten the length of time of the castor oil pack treatment initially and should be discussed with your physician.

Basic Method


  • Castor Oil - Organic and Cold Pressed
  • Plastic wrap/bag
  • Old flannel/bath towel
  • Heat pack, hot water bottle or hot gel pack
  1. Gently massage castor oil into body area to be treated. If you are working on an external scar, find the 3 firmer or less mobile areas and work your fingertip/s over each one separately in a clockwise direction.
  2. If using essential oil mixture – apply 5-10 drops of essential oil mix over castor oil once it is on your skin. See below for guide on essential oil use.
  3. Cover the area with plastic wrap or a plastic bag (without any printing on it), followed by an old flannel or old bath towel.
  4. Apply heat pack, hot water bottle or gel heat pack to the area.
  5. Leave for 30-60 minutes and keep your body warm, using a blanket, more heat packs etc.
  6. Repeat for 10-14 days then continue every two days until improvement.

Advanced Method


The advance method takes a little more time however may prove more effective for resistant issues

  • Castor Oil - Organic and Cold Pressed
  • Flannel Cloth (cotton or wool, washed and dried, 50-100cm square)
  • Plastic wrap (clear kitchen plastic wrap or plastic bag without printing)
  • Glass dish (Pyrex or similar dish large enough to warm the flannel castor oil pack prior to use)
  • Old bath towel
  • Heat pack, hot water bottle or hot gel pack
  • Large zip-lock bag
  1. Fold the washed and dried flannel cloth so that it is 2-3 layers thick and fits over most of your abdomen.
  2. Soak the flannel cloth in castor oil. Strip or loosely wring out the excess oil. There will be excess oil for the first few applications, after that the castor oil pack should not drip excess oil.
  3. Put the castor oil pack in a heat-safe glass dish and place in oven or in microwave to heat to a comfortable temperature.
  4. Lay down in a comfortable position. You may want to place an old towel or plastic under you during the initial applications to avoid oil stains from getting on your bedding, upholstery or carpeting. If performing scar massage, gently massage castor oil into body area to be treated. If you are working on an external scar, find the 3 firmer or less mobile areas and work your fingertip/s over each one separately in a clockwise direction.Then place the castor oil pack directly on your abdomen.
  5. Cover the pack with a sheet of plastic, again to avoid staining.
  6. Wrap an old towel around your abdomen to hold the castor oil pack in place, and secure. Place a hot water bottle or gel pack over the towel. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket.
  7. Leave the castor oil pack on for 45-60 minutes.
  8. It is fine to fall asleep with the castor oil pack on, as long as you are not using an electrical heating source.
  9. When you are done, store the pack in a large zip-lock bag in the refrigerator. The pack can be used repeatedly, adding more castor oil as needed. The castor oil pack can be used for several months.

Repeat for 10-14 days then continue every two days until improvement.

Anti-inflammatory, Restorative essential oils: (Do not use if pregnant)

Rosemary – Stimulating and restorative - It is a rich, fortifying, and warming essential oil. Well known for its circulatory stimulating properties and for toning muscles.

Lemon – Cleansing and detoxifying - Lemon will counter-act acidity in the whole body which in turn with help with all sorts of painful conditions like – arthritis, gout or rheumatism, which cause pain and inflammation of the joints.

Lavender – Calm and relaxation - This oil can help calm the digestive system. Reduces inflammation, relieves emotional stress, and anxiety.

Geranium – Balancing Reduces fluid retention, balances hormones, will help to reduce hot flushes, (for a more peaceful night). Aids poor circulation, and stimulates lymphatic system.

Frankincense also known as Boswellia - Frankincense essential oil is good for relieving muscle aches and pain. It also helps to lessen the pain caused by rheumatism. Beneficial in helping anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, stress, cough, scars & stretch marks.

Fennel – lymph, fluid retention - For lymphatic decongestant, helps to reduce cellulite, cleansing oils for all systems.

Cedar wood – warming, soothing - This oil can help to decongest the lymph system, helps to unblock arteries by breaking down fat deposits, and improves poor circulation.

Basil – uplifting tonic - This oil is a wonderful nerve tonic, an excellent essential oil for all sorts of digestive ailments, and helps arthritis and rheumatism, muscle spasm and gout.

Black Pepper – Warming, soothing, decreases inflammation, improves lymph flow.


Written by Dr. Jess Harvey B.Sc. (Anat, Phys), B.Ap.Sci (Comp. Med.), Ma Osteo., Registered Osteopath and Director of Head 2 Toe Health.

We provide Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Massage, Life Coaching and Counselling in Springwood (Brisbane) and Oxenford (Gold Coast). We aim to get you as well as possible, as fast as possible, permanently. We believe in a thorough approach to restoring and maintaining health and address many aspects of our lifestyles that can contribute to pain, stiffness, dis-ease and disease. For any further information, please contact us on or 07) 3208 8308.

This information is intended as a general guide only and is not specific for any particular condition or situation. This information is for educational purposes only. Please seek specific advice for your individual circumstances.