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The Clay Pack and Castor Oil

These packs are useful in alleviating pain either associated with tumour swelling, liver congestion/spasms in the liver/gall system, general muscle spasms or bone pain. Most patients will experience some pain associated with the healing inflammation during flare-ups, and the clay or castor oil pack can be a good first line treatment in alleviating pain.  

The Clay Pack

The clay pack is used for "hot" inflammations around the joints, tumour swelling, and to reduce areas of fluid retention either through injury or general oedema. Clay packs are often administered twice daily over the liver area (liver metastases) where they actively draw out toxicity. They can be kept in place for 2-3 hours and cannot be re-used, as they have adsorbed toxins and therefore hold the toxicity. The use of clay packs is also effective in cases of brain tumour/metastases.

The type of clay used is a Montmorillonite clay (not a sea clay). The structure of this clay gives it both adsorbant and absorbant qualities. 1 gram of this clay has a surface area of around 800 m2. This surface area is negatively charged and has the capacity to pick up and hold toxins and pathogenic micro-organisms. Toxins/organic matter will not only stick to its outer surface but enter the space between the layers and be absorbed into the inner layers. Montmorillonite clay is the best type of clay to use in any type of  gastro-enteritis, cholera or general food poisoning. Gerson patients suffering diarrhoea are advised to take 1/4 tsp of this clay along with 1/4 tsp potassium gluconate in peppermint tea until symptoms are resolved.

Clay has been used for centuries by all the indigenous populations around the world to guard against dysentery. Most tribes had a practice of dipping their food in clay water before eating, to protect against "sour" stomach and dysentery.   Clay used to be a standard medication in the army to protect against cholera, as it reduced the mortality rate from 60% to 3%.


You need enough clay and water to make a smooth spreadable mixture to cover the area at a thickness of about 1cm. Pour the clay into a glass bowl and add hot, distilled/RO water to make a smooth but not stiff paste (the consistency of peanut butter). You must use wooden and/or glass  utensils (not metal or plastic) when handling clay.

Cut two pieces of flannel the appropriate size of the area to be covered. Spread the clay mixture (with your wooden spoon) on the top layer of flannel and lay it over the area. Secure the pack with a wide elastic bandage (no plastic should be used, as the pack needs to "breathe"). Some authors state that a piece of thin gauze should be placed between the pack and the skin. However, other authors state that the clay should be applied directly onto the skin. Either is applicable, however, it is probably easier and less messy to use the gauze layer with the clay pack.

The pack can be left in place for up to 2 hours or until it has dried out. It must then be thrown away, as it cannot be re-used.

The Castor Oil Pack

The castor oil pack is generally used for muscle pain/bone pain and to alleviate spasms and cramping. This warm pack increases circulation to the area, relaxes the muscles and disperses toxicity. Particularly during the initial stages of detoxification, shifting toxins will often lodge in muscle tissue causing muscle contraction, stiffness and pain particularly in the shoulder/neck area. The castor oil pack can also be used to shift mucous congestion in the lungs.  It is also useful over the abdomen if the patient is suffering from intestinal spasms and cramps. With bone pain, the muscles will tend to contract around the bone exacerbating the pain and the castor oil pack will prove invaluable. The castor oil pack can be re-used and kept on for as long as required. 

The castor oil pack has been used for centuries in most cultures from China to Africa, the Mediterranean and the Americas. Edgar Cayce raised the profile of castor oil both for internal and external use:

 Increases eliminations of the gastro-intestinal tract
 Stimulates functional activity of the gastro-intestinal tract
 Stimulates liver/gall bladder 
 Heals lesions and adhesions/dissolves scar tissue
 Releases and disperses mucous congestion (lungs/abdomen/bowel)
 Releases and disperses congestion/acidity
 Relief of pain and inflammation - increases blood and lymph circulation to the area
 Reduces muscle spasms

Recent research has indicated that castor oil acts as an antitoxin agent and has an impact on the lymphatic system including the immune system. Test results in a blind study revealed an increase in lymphocyte production and increased activity of the T lymphocytes in the group using the castor oil packs. 

Patients will discover, through experimentation, which type of pack will provide the most relief from symptoms. Many patients have found that an initial 30 minute application of the warm castor oil pack followed by the clay pack, has afforded the best relief.

 Place a piece of damp flannel the size of the area to be covered on a plastic bag/plastic sheet
 Cover with a second piece of flannel.
 Spread a generous layer of castor oil over the cloth. Repeat with a third layer.
 Lay this, castor oil side down, over the area, keeping the plastic in place, and secure with a bandage.
 Place a heated pad (not electric) or a hot water bottle over this. If this is too hot, then you may cover the castor oil pack with a towel and remove this as the heat pack cools.
 Leave in place for as long as desired, minimum one and a half hours.



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