Can Children Use Castor Oil Packs?
Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Est. reading time: 7 minutes
Ever wondered if Castor Oil Packs are safe for children? Discover how this self-care practice can help set your kids up for a lifetime of good wellness habits.
Your Guide to Less Mess Castor Oil Packs for Kids
Have you ever wondered if Castor Oil Packs have the same benefits for kids? Or maybe you’ve asked Google, “are Castor Oil Packs safe for children?”
Well, the simple answer to your questions is a YES! You see, the gentle compression of a Castor Oil Pack combined with Castor Oil may help naturally engage your child’s ‘rest and digest’ state. And when they are relaxed, liver detox, lymphatic drainage, and colon cleansing may all be supported, so they can:
- Naturally relax and sleep better1 2 3
- Poop better 4 5
- Stress less6
Sounds simply wonderful, right?
That’s not all. Castor Oil Packs are a nighttime routine that feels like a comforting warm hug before bedtime.
And now it can be your secret to regaining peace in the home, especially at night, because you want everyone to rest peacefully, right? Imagine the satisfaction of seeing your child more focused and attentive, and knowing you’re preparing them for a successful, healthy life. Sounds amazing, agreed?
You’re in the right place because this blog talks about Castor Oil Packs and how to use them to help your child feel better overall.
But first, would you love to know the ins and outs of Castor Oil Packs for kids?
How do Kids Castor Oil Packs work?
You want the best for your child’s wellness and have been trying everything to keep them healthy, right?
You give them the right supplements, feed them well, and keep them active, but despite your heartfelt efforts, you keep smacking up against a wall of resistance. Is this you?
Well, now, you can free yourself from the dreaded wall of resistance using a gentle and supportive self-care routine for your child with the Queen of the Thrones® Kids Castor Oil Pack.
Mechanical: The compression of a Castor Oil Pack placed over the liver area (right rib cage), combined with the movement of their breathing muscles, serves like a pump to their lymphatic system, and may encourage lymphatic drainage7. Amazing, agreed?
Neurological: When placed on specific dermatomes8 and Traditional Chinese Meridians9, this activates the somatovisceral reflexes that are thought to trigger the activity of internal detox and cleansing organs like the liver, kidney, gut, gallbladder, and more10.
A combination of both mechanical and neurological: Castor Oil Packs may stimulate the body’s skin receptors that promote the natural oxytocin feedback loop activating the vagus nerve, shifting your child’s body into the ‘rest and digest’ state where liver detox is optimized.
The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Kids is adored by many parents who say it’s “easy to use” and they love that it’s “less-messy”.
So, with its continuous use, the Castor Oil Kids Pack may naturally engage your child’s body in gentle liver detox, lymphatic drainage and colon cleansing functions so they can sleep better, poop better, and stress less.
The origin of Castor Oil Packs and their benefits
Castor Oil Packs are an ancient self-care practice that have been around for centuries and are now a foundation of naturopathic and functional medicine. They were first popularized in the early 1900s in North America by a bedside healer named Edgar Cayce.
However, the original oily cotton Castor Oil Pack lost its appeal because of its messy nature and difficulty accessing good quality organic materials.
So, we made this practice easy for the 21st century with the Queen of The Thrones® Kids Castor Oil Pack, a modernized Castor Oil Pack that’s heatless, less-mess, and easy to use. Sounds amazing, agreed?
Let’s dive even further into the benefits of Castor Oil Packs for your kid(s), shall we?
1. May help balance gut microbiome
Does your child often complain about tummy aches or get skin rashes? They may also have symptoms that seem disconnected from each other, such as irritability, bloating, or hyperactivity. Sound familiar?
Well, these symptoms may sometimes indicate underlying imbalance of bacteria in the gut, and inflammation is a common culprit.
Did you know that inflammation is part of your body’s process of fighting against things that harm it (like infections) in an attempt to heal and protect itself?
So, when something damages a child’s cells, their body releases chemicals that trigger an inflammatory response from their immune system. Inflammation is a healthy response, but many factors in today’s world can cause it to react out of control, including stress and unhealthy eating patterns.
You see, when your child is inflamed, their body is acidic. This means that the enzymes in their body won’t function properly in an acidic environment, as they require an alkaline environment11.
You can think of inflammation as a fire. And how do you fight fire? By putting water over it, right?
Similarly, your body produces water to fight inflammation, often resulting in abdominal bloating. Make sense, agreed?
So, since Castor Oil contains ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid that has been shown to be a natural anti-inflammatory12 13, it may support balancing inflammation and bloating in the core, and naturally support the microbiome.
Castor Oil has also been shown in periodontal medicine to have the ability to breakdown biofilm14 15 16, a protective layer that bad gut bacteria creates to prevent you from getting rid of it.
Plus, the gentle compression of the pack may help move the body into the parasympathetic state2 3, which is ideal for digestion, absorption and elimination.
While we’re on the subject of the parasympathetic state, it’s essential to know that Castor Oil Packs may help retrain the relaxed parasympathetic state that often gets overpowered by the sympathetic stressed state. So this is your child’s opportunity to be able to…
2. Naturally lower stress
Yes, it’s true! Even kids have a stressed state!
Worrying about grades, problems with friends, or health conditions can cause a state of stress in your kids.
A Castor Oil Pack may support their natural response to stress by training their parasympathetic tone.
Wondering how this is possible?
Well, when your child wears their pack, the gentle compression on the skin may naturally promote oxytocin6, known as the ‘love and connection’ hormone, which reduces cortisol (the stress hormone)17 and can naturally shift your child into a relaxed state so their body can do what it’s meant to, cleanse.
Like the escape button on your computer, Castor Oil Packs help instantly calm your child’s system, similar to a cozy weighted blanket18 19. So, with regular practice, you’re helping them to retrain their body to respond better to stress with an enhanced parasympathetic tone.
As we’re talking about stress, let’s see how Castor Oil Packs may help…
3. Naturally promote lymphatic drainage
Did you know, stress can affect all systems of your child’s body, including their lymphatic system?
In general, high cortisol levels (stress hormone) can alter the functioning of the lymphatic system20.
Fortunately, wearing a Castor Oil Pack over your child’s liver area (just below the right rib cage) may mechanically support lymphatic drainage.
But how? Through inhalation and exhalation, the gentle compression from the pack acts as a pump for the lymphatic system7 that’s highly concentrated in the area.
Lastly, Castor Oil Packs may help your child with…
4. Gentle constipation relief
Does it feel like your child is always saying, “my tummy hurts”? Or maybe they spend a lot of time on the toilet because they’re so constipated. Can you relate?
Is it what you’re feeding them? Are they anxious?… You feel so bad because you can’t figure it out, right?
Well, you’re not alone and that’s why Castor Oil Packs for Kids are loved by so many parents because regular use may help them poop better.
You might be curious if it works better or the same as traditional laxatives and supplements.
Well, a study in an old age home compared Castor Oil Packs to conventional laxatives4. Castor Oil Packs demonstrated relief and feelings of satisfaction without the harsh cramping and urgency caused by laxatives. Amazing, agreed?
So, how do you use Kids Castor Oil Packs?
It’s as easy as following the two-step process so your child can support their body from the outside in.
Step One: Apply 1 tbsp of Queen of the Thrones® Organic Castor Oil to the soft cotton flannel side of your Pack.
*Always add your Castor Oil to the middle of the pack to help keep the oil from the seams, as the pack is not 100% impenetrable. Remember: Castor Oil WILL STAIN clothing, so take extra care when preparing your child’s pack.
Step Two: Place your Kids Castor Oil Pack over the right side of their body (under their ribcage) and tie it in place with the soft, stretchy, adjustable straps.
Then have your child wear their pack for at least 1 hour each evening, getting them ready for a fantastic sleep!
*Supervision is recommended for the entire duration your child wears their pack because the straps are a choking hazard.
- Is it safe to use the Castor Oil Pack for Kids with supplements, herbs or medications?
Yes. Castor Oil Packs are not known to have any contraindications and may support everything you’re already doing for your child to work better, by supporting liver detox, lymphatic drainage and colon cleansing.
- Why do I have to replace it after two months of regular use?
Traditionally, Castor Oil Packs were done using the SAME compress over and over and over. This was okay centuries ago, before the industrial revolution which caused our environment to become more toxic. We now know that environmental toxicity impacts wellness, which is why it’s important to add fresh oil with each use and replace your pack approximately every 2 months for ease of use, comfort, and sanitation.
- Why can’t my child just drink Castor Oil or rub it on their skin?
Castor Oil orally is a stimulant laxative that has been shown to cause cramping and a harsh urgency to poop. Simply rubbing it on the skin and wearing an old T-shirt overtop only gives about 50% of the benefits. Your kid needs the pack to help move their body into a relaxed state via gentle compression which supports liver detox, lymphatic drainage, and colon cleansing.
- Why can’t I use organic bamboo or any old cloth?
For Castor Oil Packs, ONLY use organic cotton or wool! Materials like ‘organic’ bamboo are highly processed with chemicals, and old clothing may be made with harmful dyes, bleach, and flame retardants that you don’t want to absorb into your body.
- Isn’t it messy?
Castor Oil Packs have a reputation for being messy, but that’s why we created this LESS-mess pack. It’s not entirely messless, but it is LESS messy than a do-it-yourself pack. Castor Oil does stain fabrics, so make sure your child is always wearing an old T-shirt.
- Don’t I have to add heat?
Extra heat isn’t necessary because the Castor Oil Pack for Kids is engineered to hold in body heat naturally.
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!
Click here for references
1. Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17. PMID: 12571120
2. Francis S, Rolls ET, Bowtell R, McGlone F, O’Doherty J, Browning A, Clare S, Smith E. The representation of pleasant touch in the brain and its relationship with taste and olfactory areas. Neuroreport. 1999 Feb 25;10(3):453-9. PMID: 10208571
3. Löken LS, Wessberg J, Morrison I, McGlone F, Olausson H. Coding of pleasant touch by unmyelinated afferents in humans. Nat Neurosci. 2009 May;12(5):547-8. Epub 2009 Apr 12. PMID: 19363489
4. Arslan GG, Eşer I. An examination of the effect of castor oil packs on constipation in the elderly. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Feb;17(1):58-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 May 18. PMID: 21168117.
5. Sorin Tunaru,a Till F. Althoff,a Rolf M. Nüsing,b Martin Diener,c and Stefan Offermannsa,d,1 Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184. Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109 PMID: 22615395
6 . Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19. PMID: 28162847
7. Moore JE Jr, Bertram CD. Lymphatic System Flows. Annu Rev Fluid Mech. 2018 Jan;50:459-482. doi: 10.1146/annurev-fluid-122316-045259. PMID: 29713107; PMCID: PMC5922450.
8. Online article by Jill Seladi-Schulman, Ph.D, medically reviewed by Seunggu Han, M.D. The 30 Dermatomes Explained and Located. June 13, 2019 https://www.healthline.com/health/dermatome
9. “Meridian Connection.” TCM World, 6 Oct. 2015, www.tcmworld.org/what-is-tcm/meridian-connection/.
10. Longhurst, John C. Defining Meridians: A Modern Basis of Understanding. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2010, Pages 67-74 Received 29 January 2010, Accepted 30 March 2010, Available online 15 June 2010. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2005290110600143
11. Hopkins E, Sanvictores T, Sharma S. Physiology, Acid Base Balance. [Updated 2022 Sep 12]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-.
12. Chen L, Deng H, Cui H, Fang J, Zuo Z, Deng J, Li Y, Wang X, Zhao L. Inflammatory responses and inflammation-associated diseases in organs. Oncotarget. 2017 Dec 14;9(6):7204-7218. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.23208. PMID: 29467962; PMCID: PMC5805548.
13. Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8 PMID: 11200362
14. Andrade IM1, Andrade KM2, Pisani MX1, Silva-Lovato CH1, de Souza RF1, Paranhos Hde F1.Trial of an experimental castor oil solution for cleaning dentures. Braz Dent J. 2014 Jan-Feb;25(1):43-7.
15. Badaró MM, Salles MM, Leite VMF, Arruda CNF, Oliveira VC, Nascimento CD, Souza RF, Paranhos HFO, Silva-Lovato CH. Clinical trial for evaluation of Ricinus communis and sodium hypochlorite as denture cleanser.J Appl Oral Sci. 2017 May-Jun; 25(3):324-334.
16. Salles MM, Badaró MM, Arruda CN, Leite VM, Silva CH, Watanabe E, Oliveira Vde C, Paranhos Hde F. Antimicrobial activity of complete denture cleanser solutions based on sodium hypochlorite and Ricinus communis – a randomized clinical study.J Appl Oral Sci. 2015 Nov-Dec; 23(6):637-42.
17. Uvnas-Moberg K1, Petersson M.[Oxytocin, a mediator of anti-stress, well-being, social interaction, growth and healing]. Z Psychosom Med Psychother. 2005;51(1):57-80. PMID: 15834840
18. Eron K, Kohnert L, Watters A, Logan C, Weisner-Rose M, Mehler PS. Weighted Blanket Use: A Systematic Review. Am J Occup Ther. 2020 Mar/Apr;74(2):7402205010p1-7402205010p14. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2020.037358. PMID: 32204779.
19. Meth EMS, Brandão LEM, van Egmond LT, Xue P, Grip A, Wu J, Adan A, Andersson F, Pacheco AP, Uvnäs-Moberg K, Cedernaes J, Benedict C. A weighted blanket increases pre-sleep salivary concentrations of melatonin in young, healthy adults. J Sleep Res. 2023 Apr;32(2):e13743. doi: 10.1111/jsr.13743. Epub 2022 Oct 3. PMID: 36184925.
20. Dong T, Zhi L, Bhayana B, Wu MX. Cortisol-induced immune suppression by a blockade of lymphocyte egress in traumatic brain injury. J Neuroinflammation. 2016 Aug 25;13(1):197. doi: 10.1186/s12974-016-0663-y. PMID: 27561600; PMCID: PMC5000452.