Learn with Queen of the Thrones How Castor Oil Packs Work and how they help you to improve your health

How do Castor Oil Packs work?

May 9, 2022 | 17 comments

Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A.

Est. reading time: 9 minutes.

As a health care practitioner, you may have prescribed the traditional treatment method of castor oil packs for liver detox, lymphatic drainage or colon cleansing, right?

You did this by saturating an old cloth with castor oil and applying that gooey mess to various parts of the body because you know of the great health benefits that this treatment method offers. Can you relate?

And, if you’re like me, you stopped prescribing the old way of applying castor oil packs because that 12-step method was too messy, too complicated and your patients just didn’t comply to it. And I don’t blame them, do you?

Or maybe you had your patients do it the “lazy way” by simply just rubbing on the castor oil and then having them wear an old t-shirt. Sound familiar?

But, with the application of just the castor oil without the castor oil pack, we only get half of the benefits

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil plus the pack help you you to obtain better health results

How do Castor Oil Packs work for lymphatic drainage and cleansing?

Firstly, it’s mechanical, with the compression of the pack placed over the liver (slightly covering the lower free ribs under your right rib cage), in combination with the movement of your breathing muscles, this serves to act like a pump to your lymphatic system encouraging lymphatic drainage1. Amazing, agreed?

Secondly, it’s neurological, when placed on specific dermatomes this activates the somatic visceral reflexes triggering the activity of internal detox and cleansing organs like the liver, kidney, gut, gallbladder2 and more.

Thirdly, it’s a combination of both mechanical and neurological because the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack stimulates the body’s skin receptors which stimulate the natural oxytocin3 feedback loop activating the vagus nerve, shifting the body into a rest and digest state where liver detox is optimized.

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs Help you to activate the Vagus Nerve feedback
It’s this direct effect of the castor oil pack compress that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system4-5-6. Amazing, right?

Plus, the penetration of the castor oil into the tissues stimulates lymphatic drainage and reduces inflammation via the Peyer’s patches7.

With no pack, castor oil will not penetrate as deeply and would act much more like a skin emollient, so the full range of benefits of the oil cannot be reaped.

Why is it important for castor oil to be in glass?

Lipotoxicity is why it is imperative to use castor oil that has only been contained in a glass bottle rather than in plastic8-9-10.

You see, castor oil is the master carrier oil, due to its structure and the molecular weight of ricinoleic acid11. And because of this amazing capability of transporting and transferring substances into the body, it is of the utmost importance to only use a high-quality oil that is organic, extra-virgin, cold-pressed, hexane-free and in glass.

And I am sure we are both on the same page when it comes to ensuring our prescriptions and protocols – like the application of Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs coming from a plastic-free environment – are helpful for our patients and ourselves, and not a harmful endocrine disruptive burden. Would you agree?

Why you need to replace your Castor Oil Pack?

Pouring a fresh coat of castor oil onto the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack with each application is an important part of the protocol, as is replacing your castor oil pack.

Why? Well simply because we are unsure where the castor oil and toxins it collects eliminate through the body, or back into the pack through the skin.

A study compared oral castor oil metabolites and the metabolites produced with the castor oil pack and no castor oil metabolites were produced with the castor oil pack12.

This suggests that either the castor oil wasn’t absorbed or that the metabolites came out another way, perhaps via the skin into the pack.

So, to prevent possible reabsorption of any toxins that are being pulled out by castor oil, use a fresh coat of oil on every application and replace the pack every 3 months.

Plus, when it comes to fertility, it is especially important to ensure that your liver pack is placed only on the liver, the pelvic pack only on the pelvis over top of the uterus and ovaries, and the thyroid pack only on the thyroid. This is to avoid any possible transfer of toxins from organ to organ. Makes sense, right?

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs – the game changer

With the application of this new and easy way of an old traditional method, with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs in your practice, your patients, in most cases, will come back to you in follow-ups feeling better – because they can easily comply – and can safely be used with any other prescriptions that you recommend.

Plus, with regular practice your patients will train their body to respond better to stress, as well as naturally liver detox, lymphatic drain and colon cleanse with the support from their Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs.

Then what happens is we begin to start…

Improve Parasympathetic Tone with Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs

You see, this is what makes Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs so unique and game-changing.

Are you a practitioner, health coach or wellness influencer? If you’re interested in recommending our easy-to-use tools and practically applying them in your health and wellness professional practice, in clinic, or online with the people you serve, you can join now!


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  1. Luise May

    I was sent a link to how do castor oil packs work, and I was sent to a picture, but there was no text. I am 84 years old and technologically illiterate! I don’t do Facebook and can’t set up
    Messenger. Could you please just email me some directions?

      • Jeff

        Perhaps Luise May is experiencing the same thing I encounter… to wit, the “DOWNLOAD” links you send via email go to (your) Google Drive where printing (and saving – read: DOWNLOADing) are disabled. Thus, to re-read the document one must revisit the page each time…
        In my case, I access the internet via an ISP where my bandwidth is limited, thus ‘costing’ me some of that bandwidth each time…
        It sure would be nice if we could save the documents to our devices….

        • Queen of the Thrones

          Hey there! Thank you so much for reaching out and letting us know! Our team is looking into this issue!
          In the meantime, we will send you an email with the guide!

  2. carol grace

    how can I remove this box from the page since I can’t read the information? Help.Thank you.

    • Queen of the Thrones

      Hey! We would love to help you out with this! If it’s the chat box, you should be able to exit! Let me know if this works for you.

  3. Valerie Lester

    Very annoying that I can’t find a way to save this very important info or send a link to sick family members. Can’t find an order or price for pack anywhere.

  4. Bonnie

    I have been using this pack for a year and it is amazing, I was having flair ups of my inflamed liver and within one day of wearing it I could feel the swelling and pain lessening. I highly recommend it

  5. Tammara

    You suggested changing packs every 3 months. Is this recommendation based on daily use? For example, if the liver pack is used once a week, would you still have to replace the pack after 3 months? Or is replacement recommend after 90 uses? I understand about the toxins. Love your products!

    • Queen of the Thrones

      Hey there,
      Great question. We want to replace the pack every 2-3 months regardless of use.
      I hope this helps!

  6. Mary Beth Moore

    Is the pack to be worn at night while sleeping or during the day?

    • Queen of the Thrones

      Hi there! Thank you for reaching out! We recommend wearing your pack overnight since it can support better sleep. You can also wear your pack during the day if this is more convenient for you!

  7. Aurea Lugo

    question: How would the pack support me with microscopic colitis and a heel spur in the back of my foot?

    • Queen of the Thrones

      Hey there,
      Thank you so much for reaching out!
      Castor oil packs are safe and supportive of all conditions, there are no known contraindications (except for pregnancy). Although we cannot comment on your case specifically, colitis is essentially inflammation of the colon, and castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which is a strong natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Many natural practitioners prescribe castor oil packs as part of a supportive protocol for colitis and other digestive and intestinal conditions to help reduce inflammation and ease pain and discomfort. They also help to move the body into the relaxed ‘rest and digest’ state which is essential for rebalancing.
      For heel spurs, plantar heel spur is a condition usually associated with plantar fasciitis, which involves the inflammation of the thick tissue running across the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. Castor oil can be beneficial since it can support balanced inflammation, act as pain reliever, and improve circulation to the area.

      Please always check with your doctor if any new practice is right for you. This is not medical advice. This is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease. This is for educational purposes only.

  8. Emily

    Do I wash after every use? If so, then how?

    • Queen of the Thrones

      Hey there! Your goal is to not wash the pack once you have started using it, as washing may cause the oil to get all over the outer “less mess” layer of the pack, making it messier and decreasing its natural lifecycle.

      Here are some great tips to extend the life of your pack:
      – Use 1 tbsp of fresh Castor Oil with each use
      – Keep the Castor Oil in the center of the pack (away from the seams)
      – Avoid washing your oily pack

      Remember, it’s unknown whether or not substances are absorbed into your pack, so it’s important to always use fresh oil and replace your pack regularly (a good rule of thumb is to replace it every 2 months if you’re using it daily!)

      If you DO want to try washing your oily pack here is a great video for you!


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