Castor Oil

"Castor oil has an ancient history, and has been revered in practically every known major healing system, including Ayurveda, Zen, traditional western herbalism, all native cultures, medieval Europe and ancient Egypt.” -SH


Castor Oil

For people in lots of pain, castor oil is a wonderful resource. I recommended it to all my clients in serious pain. That so few know about it, or how to use it, often astonishes me. It is like having gold nuggets all around, when we are starving, and ignoring them. I’ve used it for many years, and I have found many short cuts and insights to make it effective. Please read the book report, below, for more on that.

First, if you Google CASTOR OIL be sure to add the words PACKS. So Google: CASTOR OIL PACKS.  If you ignore this, you will hit hundreds of university and medically-oriented websites, all of which are saying the same thing, almost in exactly the same words (which tells me they are just putting out propaganda): Castor oil has no medicinal use/ it is unproven/ there are no studies.

Also Dr. David Williams has a wonderful article on Castor oil published in his Alternatives newsletter. Just Google: Dr. David Williams Castor Oil Alternatives.

NEVER go to Wikipedia for information about castor oil, or Buteyko Method, or any other kind of alternative healing that does not use drugs. Wikipedia, as I have been told, and as I have seen, may be a very clever drug company front and there are gatekeepers there whose job it is to rewrite or take down any information that may be harmful to Drug Company profits. Any other kind of information is fine, and can easily proliferate there.


Castor oil has an ancient history, and has been revered in practically every known major healing system, including Ayurveda, Zen, traditional western herbalism, all native cultures, medieval Europe and ancient Egypt. Edgar Cayce was not the first or the only person to use and recommend castor oil! As so many think. He was the first one with the courage and insight to recommend it to Americans, who otherwise are so heavily manipulated by Drug Company marketing and misinformation, they would never have known about it.

Dr. John Christopher, the teacher of Dr. Richard Schulze and considered the “father of western herbalism” used castor oil extensively. Dr. Schulze has written that the old fashioned herbal physicians made a powerful pain reliever, using a tincture from whole plant, blue poppy. Since they outlawed this plant, castor oil has been the main resource for pain relief, for alternative healers of all types. Topical application of castor oil – done regularly – has the power to reduce pain from a 10 to a 4 in just 3 days or so. And the pain will stay at the 4 level as long as castor oil is used. Castor oil will speed the time it takes to heal any body part, it will cut the time in half. My mentors taught this to me. I have proven it true, time and time again. I depend on castor oil.

If you are in serious pain and trouble, please do not ignore castor oil.  

You need a little basic information. You’ll find that in the following book report I created many years ago. Please read this. Please go to your local health store and buy castor oil without any hexane. Use a little bit topically on areas of concern. Use it topically over the whole body three times a day, if you are experiencing incredible pain, as was my case for many months at one point. Your pain will QUICKLY (3 days) go down to manageable levels WITHOUIT DRUGS.

Yes castor oil is sticky and gummy and stinks and makes a mess. You have to know how to use it! But hexane free castor oil from a health store. Never buy the drug store castor oil, which is very toxic. To avoid these issues – mix it with essential oils. Keep it refrigerated, as it can spoil after 8 months at room temperature. Use MSM lotion 50/50 topically; it will not be so sticky and it will apply easier. Don’t use very much on the skin – just enough to make it tacky, no more. Use it regularly twice a day topically, for three days. THEN you can expect to find a pain relieving effect, not before then. Be patient! These are the main guidelines. Yes you can also do castor oil packs if you have the time and motivation but it is easier, long term, for many people to do it the way I have described, and it works just as well.

But if you are taking drugs for pain relief, FORGET CASTOR OIL.  If you use it topically, it will cause skin eruptions, as it will almost violently detox the pain killer meds from your body. Castor oil will sink deep to the bone and remove all hidden drug residues. I almost got sued once, when I told a client to use castor oil, when she had been taking pain killers for many years. She had SEVERE skin eruptions the next few days.

Just the fact that all the universities, and most medical (MD) websites are saying the same negative things in the same exact words, tells me for sure they are not thinking for themselves, they have not tried it, they do not have a clue what they are talking about. PLEASE gather the courage and independence, as many others have done, to think for yourself and try it for yourself first, before you believe what the allopathic medical thinking tells you about castor oil. They have no incentive to tell you the truth; they have no incentive to study castor oil (of COURSE there are no studies). Castor oil won’t hurt you, castor oil takes three days to have an effect, and you need a little patience. But the profound, soothing, healing effects, long term and short term, are well worth it.

If I sound a little frantic here, it is because I don’t want you to miss out on castor oil. All you need is a little bit of an adventurous spirit.

So here is the book report that I constructed many years ago on Castor Oil:


A Book Review by Steven Hamlin 

THE  OIL  THAT  HEALS, A physician's successes with castor oil treatments

by William A. McGarey, M.D.

Copyright 1993, Published by: A.R.E. Press, Sixty Eighth & Atlantic Avenue, P.O. Box 656, Virginia Beach, CA, 23451-0656  /  800-723-1112 for free catalog, 804-428-3588 for orders


This book is a gold mine of information about CASTOR OIL, how to use it, practical tips, how it works, and speculations as to why.  A clinical M.D. writes it, and you find, as expected, careful medical language with none of the exaggerations or bold speculations found in many books by laymen. You also find much about Edgar Cayce, the noted psychic, since Dr. McGarey has drawn on his ideas. One is struck with admiration for the courage of a western Allopathic M.D. who successfully uses a natural therapy like castor oil, and for many years!  For a multitude of conditions!

But this book is about much more than castor oil. You see an open minded allopathic M.D. assimilating and making practical sense of the Edgar Cayce medical readings. And then using it in a clinical setting. Quite a feat! Dr. McGarey has apparently devoted much of his life to the study of the thousands of Cayce medical readings. I found this aspect of his book absolutely fascinating and long awaited! Although it is often difficult to understand his medical terminology, still one an gather many useful ideas from the book.

So this book perhaps hints at the direction that medicine will take in the coming decades and centuries. Edgar Cayce's ideas are very different from what you find in today's medical schools.  It's a mix of what we would call medicine, metaphysics, astrology, philosophy, herbology, naturopathy, psychology, sociology, and who knows what!


But this report is about the practical uses of CASTOR OIL, so let's begin. Castor oil packs are a natural, harmless and often very effective remedy for many ailments. Like other natural ways, it is not instant and it takes a day or two at least to begin to see results. It is a therapy that works best early in the course of a disease.  A preventative more than a cure.

In many cases it is astonishingly effective and quick in relieving symptoms and speeding healing. This is particularly true in colon therapy (see below). I have tried many commercial products over the years, including laxatives, bulking agents, psyllium, etc., and castor oil packs work as well or better than any of them. In my opinion (and experience) colonics or enemas are a waste of time if you are able to use castor oil packs.

You can experiment as freely as you wish. The packs are absolutely harmless. Castor oil taken internally, however, is a very strong purgative! Care must be taken! Another caution is in the use of the heating pad. Commonsense precautions apply. And of course, a physician's guidance is a must for all conditions which may be serious, or where the diagnosis is uncertain.


To Make a Castor Oil Pack (see page 26 of the book):

First assemble castor oil, flannel (wool is best), clear plastic, scissors, safety pins, heating pad, towel (size of towel to match size of application). Soak flannel (wool is best, cotton is OK) in oil. Wring it out WELL so it does not drip. It you don't do this, things get messy. You don't need as much oil on the flannel as you think. Apply oily flannel to the skin. Then cover with plastic cut to size. Then, if desired, heating pad or bottle. Then the towel.

Creativity may be needed for shaping the material to certain areas, such as the shoulder. Safety pins, surgical tape, elastic bandages may be useful. The flannel and plastic is cut to the appropriate size, depending on the application. In my own case, I like to cut the flannel and plastic to size, then use duct tape to secure the plastic to the flannel. That way things are more secure when applied to the skin, and the job becomes easier and cleaner. The pack is applied for at least 2 or 3 hours, or overnight, or for days at a time, depending the need and purpose. If a heating pad is used, it is only for several hours, and never overnight! For cleanup, use Baking Soda and water, or better yet, washing baking soda and water. A castor oil pack will leave a toxic residue from body toxins on the skin, and it is very important to clean this off very well with soap and water. We do not want to reabsorb that!


The following uses for Castor Oil were gleaned from this book:

  • Muscle sprains? Castor oil packs will reduce the inflammation, calm down the pain, perhaps as quickly as anything else can.Healing will proceed more quickly and with less trauma.
  • Infections? Castor applied topically will clean it up quickly, usually without even any scarring! No other treatment is needed, even when the infection is deep and serious. Castor oil penetrates right down to the bone and through. As proof of this, it is often seen that people who are ingesting no oil, yet massage castor oil on the skin, will soon be seen oil in their stools.
  • Open sores, ulcers, wounds that are slow to heal, or will not close? Castor oil packs will often work when nothing else will. Daily packs for many days may be necessary.
  • Sore feet? Due to standing all day?  Soak your socks in castor oil and just slosh around in them all day! You need to find a pair of shoes you don't care much about. As the story goes in the book, one factory worker did this, told others, and soon the whole factory work force was sloshing around all day, with happy smiling feet. I did try this, yes, it worked, but it absolutely trashed a pair of canvas tennis shoes. Sticky and gummy through and through! You need leather shoes (better yet: boots) to keep the castor oil contained. After 3 days of "sloshing around", my feet felt like singing, after 10 hours standing each day. Usually, my feet feel like moaning an groaning! Personally, I am sold on this idea, no matter what the cost in shoes. This alone is worth the price of the book, many times over! (I would like to add another personal note here. Castor oil smell is objectionable to some. You can mix with castor oil a small amount of any strongly scented essential oil, and that scent will overpower the castor oil smell. It works.)
  • Constipation? Colon problems? If you have any digestive upset or elimination problem, try castor oil packs on the abdominal area, with or without heat. It lubricates from the inside out. Just an hour or two at night before bed is enough, for 3 days. Even just rubbing a little castor oil on the abdomen and chest for a number of days will transform the situation. Lots of old stuff can be gently loosened and sent on it's way. Or, as the book says, "impacted fecal matter" is softened and passed along. Castor oil packs before enemas or colonics will greatly facilitate things, so to speak…

From my own experience, I know that just a dab of castor oil rubbed on the abdomen and chest several times a week does wonders. I do this before a shower, or before a run, or before a workout at the health club. Castor oil can otherwise stain good clothing, plus the smell is not ideal. If you apply castor oil before a shower or bath, use a paper towel (or better yet: use the socks you intend to slosh around in that day...) to wipe off the excess. Otherwise you end up with a soapy, oily residue in the tub and drain. You might think nothing would remain on the skin after soaping down in a shower or bath: not so. The skin has absorbed plenty, and the effect can be felt for two or three days.

In my experience, one feels sort of softer, the nerves calmer, sort of "well oiled". The whole body and nervous system feels "more closely knit" or "connected". There is certainly some mysterious, profound, softening and coordinating of the mind, body, emotions and nervous system as Edgar Cayce claims. This effect is subtle and gentle, and easy to miss. In my experience, it will reduce stress, help calm violent emotions, and help settle disordered thinking. It was not until after reading this book that I sorted this particular aspect out of my sensations. It is most noticeable after a full body castor oil massage, it is not so obvious with a localized castor pack. You have to try it to really understand. But be warned: if you have never done this, or it has been a long time, you may get a mild cleansing reaction, with all that that entails.

Dr. Christopher, the American herbalist, recommends regular full body castor oil massage, followed by a sun bath, as a preventive health measure. Dr. Vasant Lad's book AYURVEDA says that the lungs and colon are intimately related, and by rubbing oil onto the chest, the colon is lubricated more quickly than by rubbing oil on the abdomen. So it is good to cover both the abdomen and the chest area. I personally know of a man who avoided surgical removal of the colon using this method.

  • Insomnia? Just do the abdominal castor pack, as above. It seems to always give much improvement, often curing the problem. Sometimes when nothing else will work. Another book, PRAKRUTI, by Robert Svoboda recommends rubbing castor oil on the soles of the feet and the scalp before bed to counter insomnia. This book is also about Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing from India.
  • Anemia? Take one ounce of castor oil internally (yuk) every four days, for 6 weeks. Dr. McGarey speculates, from the Cayce readings, this works because the "Peyer Patches" in the intestines are designed (according to Cayce) to absorb iron; castor oil cleans them up. Abdominal packs would be useful in conjunction with this.
  • Headaches after cervical chiropractic adjustments? Use castor oil packs, with a heating pad, along the upper neck and back of head, several hours a day for three days. Spinal castor oil pack(s) before seeing a chiropractor will make the adjustment easier.
  • Joint injuries? Due to arthritis or injury, it does not matter. Castor oil packs will do amazing things. In my own case, a painful torn glenoid labrum in the left shoulder found great relief with castor oil packs. I have been leaving the packs on for days at a time to be sure I get the pain relief. I can feel why it has been named the "Palma Christi", or "Palm of Christ". You feel like someone is resting a hand there all the time, a sort of restful pressure. (yes, it does feel a little clammy, but you get used to it!). Castor oil penetrates deep, right through the skin to the bone, and relatively quickly. I could feel my joint change after about 15 hours of the shoulder pack.
  • Sciatica? Or chronic low back pain? Seven days of castor oil packs, with heating pad, may be your cure. When everything else has failed. At least there is a case history to that effect....It seems that chronic problems require a longer application of packs, sometimes weeks to obtain relief.
  • Infected or slow-to-heal puncture wounds? Regularly put castor oil drops in the puncture wound. Keep covered. It usually will quickly heal.
  • Gum irritation from braces? Brush your teeth with a few drops of castor oil. The case history indicates that not only did the irritation cease, but the teeth felt clean, and cavities and gum erosion stopped.
  • ALSO: appendicitis, abdominal distension, hernias, essential hypertension, bursitis, abrasions, osteoarthritis, bloating, diarrhea, colitis, hemorrhoids, post surgical care, any disease of the digestive system, hepatitis, other liver trouble of any kind, gall stones. All these, and more, are mentioned in the book as responding well to castor oil therapy, which means application of packs as described.
  • Eye irritation from smog? Put 2 drops of castor oil in your eyes each morning. (check the book PRAKRUTI as mentioned above for details on this) 
  • Difficulties in pregnancy? Threatened miscarriage? History of miscarriage? Castor oil packs have a long reputation for preventing and curing many such difficulties. The book contains numerous case histories to this effect. Dr. McGarey regularly uses castor oil for this purpose in his clinical practice and claims consistent, and often amazing, success in nearly all cases. The protocol? Nothing complicated – just rub a little castor oil over the belly every day during the term of your pregnancy. That’s it.
  • Ear problems or hearing loss?  Castor oil drops in the ears, regularly, for an extended period.
  • Snoring? Castor oil pack every night works for at least one man. His family insists on the pack, or else everyone is kept up all night! The book, however, did not specify where the pack was placed! On the neck? Abdomen? One could experiment.

Dr. McGarey makes it clear that he does not fully understand why CASTOR OIL works so well for all these conditions. He refers back to Edgar Cayce, who says (paraphrasing): "Castor oil can improve every body system, and coordination between systems, stimulating, relaxing, balancing, dissolving, coordinating, releasing, as needed, when appropriate."


Dr. McGarey does speculate that Castor Oil:

> enhances the immune system

> helps drain the lymphatics

> dissolves and lubricates  ©  helps waste, toxins to eliminate

> calms the nerves

> acts as a channel for divine healing forces

> aids in the coordination between the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system, particularly the sympathetic (according to Cayce, lack of such coordination is a root cause of many disorders)

> It somehow facilitates the action of positive thinking upon the physical body, through the channel of the nervous systems(s). Without a positive attitude on part of the patient, castor oil may not be effective! Dr. McGarey's clinical experience has shown this! It is a necessary ingredient. Edgar Cayce has much to say about the damage negative emotions can cause to our health.


Health requires proper thinking, proper behaving, proper diet, and more. Our thoughts and feelings create electrical and chemical activity in our nervous system(s). The nervous system(s) act upon or regulate all other body systems. Bringing our thoughts and feelings into order should be priority one. Dr. McGarey asks whether castor oil in some mysterious way, facilitates this. Itwould explain so much.

Castor oil has been used therapeutically in the west for many centuries. It acquired the name "Palma Christi" sometime in the Middle Ages due to its many unexplained ("miraculous") healing properties. It had, and has, a prominent position in the ancient science of healing from India, Ayurveda going back many thousands of years.  An ancient Ayurvedic text is quoted in the book PRAKRUTI: "Only the lion of CASTOR OIL can destroy the rampaging elephant of rheumatism in the body". It has only been since the advent of western allopathic medicine that it has gone out of vogue in the west.

Reading this book will certainly stimulate interest in castor oil therapy, as Dr. McGarey intended. If you are scientifically or medically oriented, there is much there for you to ponder. If you are metaphysically oriented you will find your view well represented.

If you have some serious health problem, you might find practical suggestions, but not easily, since this book is not designed as a Self-help reference work. Probably other sources would be betterfor that purpose. But all in all, this book is well worth reading!

© Copyright 2015 Steve Hamlin  www.mybodycanlearn.com