I have been thinking about ways I can further benefit your health and add value to your time with me, and am excited to let you know that Castor Oil Packs are now available as an added benefit to your Reflexology and Migun Therapy Sessions! The pack, which will include castor oil plus essential oils that specifically benefit the liver and detox support, will be applied at the start of your treatment and allowed to work under the benefit of infrared heat for the full treatment. Packs can also be made with essential oils for digestion or inflammation/arthritis (Castor Oil Packs for joints will be coming soon!). Packs will be $25.
What Are Castor Oil Packs?
Castor Oil has been used for hundreds of years as a natural health remedy to assist with a wide variety of health concerns. It is commonly used in natural and holistic medical practices such as Ayurvedic therapy. Many health and medical specialists around the world recommend this therapy to their patients to assist the body with detoxification.
I very rarely (if ever) do Reflexology on anyone who’s liver does not feel imbalanced! We just live in a world where we are bombarded with toxins from every front.
Castor oil is derived from the castor bean, which is native to India. The oils is comprised of 90% rincinoleic acid, which is thought to be the source of its healing properties.
A castor oil pack is a term used for topical application of castor oil applied to an area of the body (usually the liver and other digestive organs). The oil is generally applied by saturating a wool cloth in the oil and applying it to the desired area. The saturated cloth is then covered with plastic (to contain the oil as to not make a mess) and heat applied for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Castor Oil Benefits
Research regarding the benefits of castor oil packs is limited, due to lack of funding for clinical testing. Anecdotal evidence suggests that castor oil packs have many health benefits such as,,,:
- Assists with detoxification
- Improves digestion and liver action
- Assists with constipation
- Increases circulation
- Increases lymphatic flow
- Helps the body fight infections such as viruses and bacteria
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces inflammation, pain and swelling
- May assist with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Menstrual Cramps
- May assist with genitourinary issues
- Positively benefits the nervous system
- Improved Skin Health
- Anti-Cancer Benefit
I invite you to read the following article by Dr. David Jockers on Castor Oil Packs. Dr. David Jockers (DNM, DC, MS) is a doctor of natural medicine, functional nutritionist and corrective care chiropractor.
Warning Signs Your Liver is Struggling
Our liver is quite literally one of our body’s most important and hardest working organs. It not only filters our blood and helps us get rid of environmental and pathogenic toxins, but it plays a vital role in digestion, metabolism, circulation and hormone balance. In both Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine, the liver is a primary focus for any health issue. When there are too many toxins for your liver to handle, different things can start going wrong in the body. There are many indicators your body gives you to warn you that your liver is needing some help! Here are some of the signs that could be your body warning you your liver is out of whack:
- Low Energy
- Digestive Troubles
- Headaches/ Migraines
- Hormone Imbalances
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
- Brain Fog
- Depression/ Anxiety
- Skin Troubles (acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes)
If you suspect your liver may be struggling and want to get the benefit of castor oil packs, please be sure to let me know before your next treatment, as they do take a few minutes to prepare.
Castor oil packs can be applied up to 3 times a week! Since I see most people once or twice a month, I recommend doing one with every treatment, especially if you have any chronic health concerns.
To Your Health!