Did you overindulge during the holidays? Get back on track with this simple solution: the castor oil pack

Happy New Year!

Did you overindulge during the holidays on alcohol, sweets and fatty foods? Did this wreak havoc on your digestions? Are you now complaining about gas, bloating, heart burn or irregularity?  Overdoing it during the holidays can negatively affect your digestive tract health.

It is possible to get back on track and resolve these digestion issues before they get worse with one simple solution: the castor oil pack!

Castor oil, also known as ricinis communis, is extracted from the seeds of castor bean plant.

5 benefits of castor oil are:

  1. Castor oil is absorbed into the lymphatic system through the skin promoting detoxification processes in the body.
  2. Castor oil increases circulation to the area it is applied.
  3. Castor oil stimulates the digestive system function relieving constipation.
  4. Castor oil decreases inflammation, thus reducing pain, gas and bloating.
  5. Castor oil moisturizes the skin and can prevent stretch marks.

What you need to make a castor oil pack: 

  1. Castor oil
  2. Flannel sheet/old towel
  3. Heating source (hot water bottle, magic bean bag, etc).


Instructions for making a castor oil pack: 

  1. Rub the castor oil on your entire abdominal area.
  2. Place the flannel on top of the castor oil.
  3. Place the heating source on top of the flannel.
  4. Castor oil packs are recommended for 45 minutes every other day.

 Do not do a castor oil pack if:

  1. If you are pregnant or pregnancy is suspected.
  2. You are currently menstruating.
  3. Do not ingest the castor oil! It is a strong laxative and you may have explosive diarrhea!

You can even purchase special OJA flannel body compresses with easy to clean, removable inserts for your castor oil pack.

Check out this instructional video on how to make a castor oil pack using the OJA body compress:

 

 

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About drellensimonend
Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

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