Castor Oil Pack

Castor Oil Pack


Supplies for Castor Oil Pack
Flannel or wool cloth
Heating pad
Plastic wrap
Castor oil

Preparation of Castor Oil Pack
Fold the flannel or wool cloth into 2-4 layers, and a suitable size to cover recommended body area.
Either soak the pack in preheated castor oil, or saturate the cloth with castor oil, and heat the castor oil pack in the oven on a cookie sheet at a low temperature.  (Don’t use your microwave oven, as you can too easily scorch the oil and pack.)  You wan the pack very hot, but not hot enough to burn your skin.
Apply pack to area of body you wish to treat.
Place sheet of plastic over pack.  This is to prevent oil from ruining your clothes and linen.
Place heating pad on top of plastic, and turn heating pad on to medium, or to high if tolerable.
Treatment should continue for one hour.  Longer treatments are not harmful, though it is not advisable to fall asleep with the heating pad on.
To complete treatment remove the castor oil pack, and cleanse your skin with a solution of baking soda.  (1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 pint of water.)
The pack can be stored in the refrigerator in a container.  It can be reused 20-25 times, after which it should be washed or dry-cleaned.

Usage of Castor Oil Pack
Your clinician will recommend the frequency of use.  Typically, the castor oil pack is used 1-3 times/day in acute situations, and 1-3 times/week in more chronic situations.

Spread castor oil directly on affected area.  Cover with plastic wrap or a plastic bag.  This may be covered with a towel, or T-shirt.  If skin is sensitive to plastic, use a paper towel between skin and plastic wrap.  For arms and legs, a plastic bag with the end cut off works well.  An old sock with the toe cut off makes an ideal outer bandage.  The heel of the sock fits an elbow perfectly, or a knee if a stretchy sock is chosen.


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Bone Broth Class!

Bone Broth Class!

Warm your bones… Join Wish We Had Acres, Rowland’s Row Farm and docs from Of the Earth Wellness at Heirloom restaurant for an inviting look at an age old tradition.

Dr. Lopez and Dr. Dave will be speaking on the medicinal and nutritional values that bone broth has to offer!

Learn how to prepare it and taste all the different variations that you yourself could make…Chef/Farmer Dani Rowland will be giving a demo and tastings at Heirloom!

Sign up here!

Hops and Shops

Hops and Shops

Dr. Dave and Dr. Lopez are naturopathic physicians who strive to treat the whole person rather than disease.  They will at the Wish We Had Acres booth tonight for you to ask any health related questions…even the medicinal qualities of beer…Come pick up your Hangover Preventer Pack for $2 (it contains Glutathione and Active B-complex)…if you are unsure of what that will do for you…you’ll have to come ask Dr. Dave or Dr. Lopez tonight!

WHERE: Atherton Mill and Market 2104 South Blvd Charlotte, NC

WHEN: Dec 9th at 6-9pm



Immunity Building!

Immunity Building!

Some freebie health tips to build your immune system.

Vitamin D3 – Though bundling up is necessary, this limits our exposure to the SUN, a valuable source of Vitamin D3. This critical vitamin does a body good and not only helps maintain strong bones but it also helps maintain a healthy immune system. Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. It can reduce inflammatory cytokines (which are the chemicals that can sometimes overact and really make you feel like garbage).*1

 12287100_10103920240323823_1965980451_oSLEEP! – Sleep is one of the most powerful things one can do to improve their immune systems.  Many of us try to squeeze a great many things into a day or choose to not go to bed when it is late opting for another binge watching session on Netflix.

Sleep is when our body does most of the clean up and repair work.
As the sun goes down, melatonin begins to rise until it signals us to hit the hay.  When this happens melatonin acts like a foremen who gets the crew together to fill in all the pot holes while traffic is at it’s lowest.  If you don’t sleep this step doesn’t happen.*2



Vitamin A- Experts have long known that vitamin A plays a role in infection and maintaining mucosal surfaces by influencing certain subcategories of T cells and B cells and cytokines. Vitamin A deficiency is associated with impaired immunity and increased risk of infectious disease.

High doses of vitamin A are also highly anti-viral and anti-microbial as long as it used in short-term. *3

Probiotics– These “good” bacteria, as many of you already know, are important for immune system modulation, proper digestion, anti-inflammatory, and help produce neurotransmitters.  One can get good bacteria from fermented foods like kefir, lacto-fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and kombucha.  One can also take a supplement.  What I look for in a good probiotic is one that is refrigerated and has several different strains of lactobaccillus, bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii species (there are many others).  I like to see at least 10billion cultures per dose. Having a good healthy gut micro-biome can prevent chronic disease, prevent seasonal allergies, and fend off foreign bacteria or viruses.

When one must use a antibiotic, you may take a probiotic to help lessen the kill off of your “good” bacteria by taking it 4hours away from your antibiotic. I often recommend doubling up for 10-14days post antibiotic use.

11228530_10103734940251653_6811674098403118815_o-2Medicinal Mushrooms! I love medicinal mushrooms…taking them as a tincture or cooking many of them down can help improve ones immune system.

Some of the most popular medicinal mushrooms include but not limited to reishi, oyster, lion’s mane, chaga, maitake, and shiitake help activate a variety of immune effector cells, such as lymphocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells, resulting in the production of cytokines, including interleukins (ILs), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF)-α, and interferon gamma (INF)-γ. These help the body fight of bacteria, viruses, or destroy cancer cells.


For more information give Dr. Dave or Dr. Lopez a call!

If you’d like to build your immune system naturally try our Immunity Builder Formula or our Cold and Flu Formula which can be purchased online from “our farm” or at one of the farmer’s markets in Charlotte, (Atherton Mill and Market or NoDa Farmers Market)




*1 Aranow C. Vitamin D and the Immune System. Journal of investigative medicine : the official publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research. 2011;59(6):881-886. doi:10.231/JIM.0b013e31821b8755.
*2 Besedovsky L, Lange T, Born J. Sleep and immune function. Pflugers Archiv. 2012;463(1):121-137. doi:10.1007/s00424-011-1044-0.
*3 Mora JR, Iwata M, von Andrian UH. Vitamin effects on the immune system: vitamins A and D take centre stage. Nature reviews Immunology. 2008;8(9):685-698. doi:10.1038/nri2378.
*4 Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014;54(7):938-56. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2011.619671.
*5 Curr Pharm Des. 2009;15(13):1428-518.
*6 Lull C, Wichers HJ, Savelkoul HFJ. Antiinflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties of Fungal Metabolites. Mediators of Inflammation. 2005;2005(2):63-80. doi:10.1155/MI.2005.63.


Why bitters?  Bitters are an essential part of digestion stimulation.  The simple act of tasting bitter foods or herbs helps initiate gastric fluids to be excreted in turn helping the body break down fats and proteins.


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