Hi PTree, thank you for all that info!!!! Regarding the castor oil pack - I thought there was a place on the internet somewhere that you can buy them already made - does this sound familiar to you? I know I saw that somewhere, I just can't remember where? Please let me know if you know what I'm talking about....thanks. well, thank you for all your help! Today I'm back to "normal", my period is over, for this month, at least.