Castor oil poultice

From Leah Hechtman.

Native to India the castor oil plant is otherwise known as Ricinus communis. Used as a poultice it may help reduce inflammation and relieve period pain, muscle sprains, bruising and arthritic pain.

  1. Place castor oil in a pan and heat.
  2. Do not boil.
  3. Dip a piece of cheesecloth or other white cotton material into the oil until the cloth is saturated.
  4. Apply the cloth to the affected area and cover with a piece of plastic or wool and use it to keep the pack warm.
  5. Keep the pack in place for 1-2 hours, as required.