Castor oil has been used as a medicine and healing oil for thousands of years. Castor oil comes from the castor seed. It is extremely high in ricinoleic acid, which is thought to be responsible for its health promoting benefits. Castor oil is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. I mostly recommend it to be used as a castor pack on skin, massaged into the skin, or used inter-vaginally. Castor oil is mildly toxic when taken by mouth, it irritates the small intestine and has a strong laxative effect. External use of castor oil is a very safe and effective method to work with several health issues, and can play a major role in healing women’s reproductive health. The main places on the body where castor oil is used is: over the liver, gallbladder, womb, breast, and over the kidneys. Castor oil is truly one of the earth’s most versatile healing oils, and so simple to use.
Castor oil is beneficial for:
– Improving circulation
– Strengthening the immune system
– Mending scar tissue
– Nourishing dry damaged skin
– Natural detoxification
– Enhance fertility
– Balancing hormones
– Improve circulation to organs
– Enhance detoxification pathways
– Reduce gallbladder inflammation & gall stones
– Stimulate the lymphatic system
– Stimulate bile flow, which aids in digestion and helps prevent constipation
– Help shrink & eliminate ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis
– Helps release pelvic adhesions and mend scaring
– Reduce menstrual cramps
– Clear blocked fallopian tubes
– Stimulate the lymphatic system
– Energize the intestines and support healthy bowel movements
– Breast cysts, pain, and overall health
What you will need:
– High quality organic castor oil* (quality of the castor oil you use is extremely important, please only use the best available)
– Cotton flannel to soak in the oil. You could also use a cotton rag, or an old shirt. You will want to cut a piece of the flannel to size, depending on where you will be applying it.
– A hot water bottle.
– Plastic wrap to place between the soaked piece of flannel and hot water bottle.
– A towel
– A glass jar. You can place your soaked piece of flannel into it after you are done. You can place the jar in the fridge when you are done, as this piece can be re-used several times.
Instructions to make a castor oil pack:
*Before using a castor oil pack, test your sensitivity to the oil by rubbing a little bit of the oil on the skin of your arm. Wait an hour to ensure that you are not sensitive or allergic to the oil. Reactions are rare, but some people with many food and/or chemical sensitivities could react to castor oil.
Castor oil is a messy and can stain so be careful making your pack as to not get the oil every where. I like to rest in bed once I’ve applied my castor oil pack.
– Massage some castor oil into your skin over the area you choose to do the pack on
– Put some castor oil onto your piece of flannel and massage it into the piece. Add as much as necessary to have the piece somewhat saturated.
– Place the piece of flannel onto your skin
– Wrap yourself with plastic wrap
– Cover with hot water bottle and towel over bottle to insulate the heat
– Lay down and rest for 30-60 minutes
When done remove towel, hot water bottle, and plastic. Discard plastic. Put flannel into a glass jar to be reused and place in the fridge.
*Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after the castor oil pack for at least 24 hours. Toxins will be realised during the castor oil pack and lots of water with help flush them from your system.
How often should you do castor oil packs?
For general reproductive health & fertility, you can use castor oil packs every day throughout your entire menstrual cycle, but should stop while you are bleeding.
If currently trying to conceive, you would only want to do the packs during the first half of your cycle. My recommended schedule is to do them on cycle days 6 through 10 – so 4 days in a row. Since most women ovulate between days 12 and 16, following this schedule will ensure that you are done before ovulation.
If you bleed heavily or have flooding menses, I recommend following the protocol above and not doing the packs during the second half of the cycle, and never while bleeding.
For specific conditions like ovarian cysts and fibroids, you can use castor oil packs daily, but I do recommend stopping during menstruation. Because these treatments can produce a significant detoxification effect, it is good to take breaks.
If you have very light & short periods (for example, only 2 days of red bleeding), or have several days of brown spotting before or after real bleeding… then I recommend doing packs throughout the cycle, every other day, and then every day while you are bleeding. This will help your uterus contract and release more efficiently. Be aware that using castor oil packs while bleeding could increase the flow of your blood, and you may even experience more and/or bigger clots than usual. Do not be alarmed, this means your body is releasing old blood and tissue that needed to come out, it means the packs are working! Of course, use your judgement, and if bleeding seems excessive (for example, needing to change pads every hour) stop using the packs altogether. This is unlikely, but some women could experience a stronger effect from using the packs during their periods.
For detoxification or digestion, you can use the packs every day for general support. For acute situations, such as wanting to address constipation or a spastic gall bladder, you can use the packs for 3-
4 days in a row, stop for a day to assess improvement, and repeat if necessary.
For breast pain, castor oil packs can be used several days in a row until breasts feel less tender. If the pain is cyclical, use as soon as the discomfort presents itself, and combine castor oil pack treatments with self-massage.
Castor oil packs are considered very safe, but are contraindicated during pregnancy and over the womb for women with an IUD (intra-uterine device). They should never be used by anyone with cancerous fibroids, ovarian tumors or breast tumors, unless under the supervision of a physician.
*The information contained in this article is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases or conditions. This information is shared for educational purposes only.