Castor Oil Therapy for Reproductive Health

Castor Oil Therapy for Reproductive Health

Castor oil therapy has been used for centuries to promote healing in the body and more specifically the reproductive system. By applying a castor oil pack externally, positive benefits have been found.

What is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis), also known as Palma Christi. Castor oil has been used for thousands of years, dating back as far as 4,000 years.

What is a Castor Oil Pack?

A Castor Oil Pack is a cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin to enhance circulation and promote healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin.

What Can a Castor Oil Pack be Used for?

How To Use A Castor Oil Pack

Castor oil has been traditionally used to aid in cases with inflammation, pain, growths or when increased circulation was desired. When it comes to fertility Castor Oil packs could be a great, supportive and relaxing therapy for:

  • Supports ovarian health*
  • Supports fallopian tube health*
  • Supports uterine health*
  • Detoxifying before conception*
  • Supports Egg Health*

How Do Castor Oil Packs Promote Healing?

Castor oil packs stimulate 3 important parts of the body: lymphatic and circulatory systems and the liver. The stimulation of these body systems aids the body in healing the organs and tissues beneath where the castor oil pack is applied.

    Lymphatic System
    The lymphatic system is made up of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and lymph, a clear to yellowish fluid. Lymphocytes are the cells of the lymphatic system. Lymphocytes to help provide immunological defense against disease. This system runs throughout our entire body. Lymph nodes are concentrated in certain areas of the body. Many lymph nodes surround the reproductive organs.

    The lymphatic system removes toxins and waste from the area stimulated by the castor oil pack. They lymphatic system provides each cell in the body a means to get rid of waste. They lymphatic system relies on external movement and manipulation, as well as regular movement of the entire body to function. The lymphatic system does not have a “pump” to move the lymph through it like the circulatory system has the heart. Castor oil packs are one way to stimulate movement of lymph. Regular exercise is also a vital way to maintain lymphatic system health.

    Stimulation of the lymphatic system occurs by applying the Castor oil pack over the reproductive system. This helps to cleanse the reproductive organs and promote healing of damaged tissues where the pack is applied.

    Circulatory System
    The circulatory system is more familiar to most people, the most familiar parts being the heart, blood, veins and arteries. It runs throughout the entire body.

    The promotion of circulation by the castor oil pack will bring in fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to the reproductive organs, including the uterus. Without proper circulation to the reproductive organs, they may not function at their best, this may invite disease, hinder proper healing of damaged areas, promote formation of scar tissue and adhesion.

    The Liver
    The liver is our chemical processing plant. The liver removes hormones, drugs, and other biologically active molecules from the blood. It then converts these by changing their structure or inactivating them, through different processes, and then excretes these to be passed through the kidneys. If there are too many excess toxins and hormones overwhelming the liver, they may be stored up, not only in the liver, but other parts of our body, especially fat.

    The liver also makes 1/3 to 1/2 of all lymph. Liver health is vital to proper function of the lymphatic system. A liver that is overwhelmed due to poor diet, poor lifestyle choices, being sedentary, or exposure to xenohormones, cannot adequately function, or produce lymph as well. This may contribute to hormonal imbalance and disease.

How to Use a Castor Oil Pack

Soak the flannel cloth that is contained in the kit with castor oil and place it on the skin. Cover the flannel with a sheet of plastic, and then a how water bottle or heating pack is placed over the plastic to heat the pack. Cover everything with a towel and relax.

The best place to place a castor oil pack for fertility issues if over the lower abdomen.

Precautions: Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin. It should not be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during menstruation. If you are actively trying to conceive, discontinue use after ovulation has occurred.

How to prepare your Castor Oil Pack


  • One flannel cloth contained in the kit
  • One bottle of Castor oil contained in the kit
  • Plastic wrap cut one to two inches larger than the flannel (can be cut from a plastic bag)
  • Hot water bottle
  • Container with lid
  • Old clothes and sheets. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding.

Step-by-step instructions

1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping.

2. Place the pack over the affected body part.

3. Cover with plastic.

4. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.

5. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda.

6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times.

To purchase a kit that contains this therapy click here…


Castor oil packs stimulate important detoxification systems in the body; the lymphatic system and the liver. Castor oil packs also stimulate healthy circulation. All of this is important for clearing out toxins, dead or foreign tissues and old blood. The stimulation of these systems may also help prevent disease in the reproductive organs. Castor oil packs are a great way to support a healthy reproductive system.

1. Van De Graaff, Kent M., Stuart, Ira Fox, LaFluer, Karen M., Synopsis of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1997
2. Ley, Beth M. Ph.D., Castor Oil! It’s Healing Properties, BL Publications, 2003


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  1. Where can I buy the Castor Oil Pack in South Africa and how much does it costs?

  2. we are ttc from over 3 years in vain, i had clomid for 6 months with no use, i would like to concieve naturally, and i do have piles, so will castoroil pack worsen my piles? is it safe for me to use it to concieve

    • Hi Leila,

      No, castor oil packs will not worsen piles (hemorrhoids). The packs are applied to the abdomen, no wear near where piles develop. Castor oil packs are a great way to prepare the reproductive organs for pregnancy.

      I would urge you to learn more about applying a witch hazel compress to the piles, while simultaneously learning important tips for healthy digestion, which may help prevent the development of piles. Be sure to eat a diet rich in fiber…think dark leafy green vegetables, lots of different kinds of fruits, whole grains and a wide variety of other vegetables as well. Click here to learn how to eat a natural fertility diet…

      I wish you all the best on your journey to conception!

  3. I want to give this a try. How soon after my period do I start using the castor oil as mentioned in this article? I have everything mentioned here, I just need timing.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Lily ~ You can begin using Castor Oil in the form of Castor Oil Packs the day after your period ends. When not ttc, you can use in the entire remainder of your menstrual cycle. If you ttc, Castor Oil Packs are only to be used from the day after your period ends until ovulation and not after.

  4. Were would be the best placement for the caste oil pack for blocked fallopian tubes? After using the caster oil pack is it good to then do self massage?
    Thank you for your help.

    • Hi leslie,

      Castor Oil Packs for reproductive health are best placed directly over the lower belly, just above the pubic bone, which is where the reproductive organs are located. The Self Fertility Massage DVD shows you how to apply the castor oil pack prior to and in preparation for Self Fertility Massage.

  5. What if I store Castor oil pack in room temperature instead of refrigerator. And how long it can be use

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Gunjan,

      It is best to store Castor Oil in an airtight container and keep it cool to prevent the oil from going rancid. It will last longer this way. I can not really say how long it might last at room temperature as I am not familiar with the temperature where you live.

  6. shall i use castor oil pack is it safe in endometriosis

    • Hi archana,

      We find that the increased circulation and detoxification brought about by applying castor oil packs to the lower belly, above the reproductive organs is beneficial for all kinds of reproductive health issues, including endometriosis. The increased circulation helps the body to remove old, stagnant blood from the area applied, which is quite common in women with endometriosis. We do not suggest applying a too much heat, or a very high temperature hot water bottle/rice pack as part of the castor oil pack for women with endometriosis, as too much heat may cause them pain. Rather, use a mild heat, or no heat at all, just allow the body to naturally warm the castor oil pack on its own.

  7. I have a premature ovarian failure and my ovarian not making
    agg and 1.6 cm haemorrhagic cyst and I want to get pregnant
    can I use castor oil therapy and I have no harmone

  8. i hav endometriosis my eggs are only 3to5 and it grows upto 14mm and it will not wat i should do for getting pregnant naturally..

    • Hi archana,

      I see you posted to our endometriosis article and the Self Fertility Massage article with similar questions. You can learn what to do about anovulatory cycles by reading our article here: I don’t recommend taking any herbs for fertility while on fertility medications (you mentioned in another comment that you are taking medications for endometriosis). Self Fertility Massage with Castor Oil Pack therapy is fine to use while you are taking medications or herbs, it is fine with both. If you feel completely lost and are not sure what to do to improve your fertility, please consider a consultation. A consultation with an herbalist that specializes in fertility can help guide you in the right direction, with personalized information to improve your reproductive health and promote regular ovulation each cycle.

  9. Hello I was told about these packs because I have a hydrosalpinx in my left fallopian tube. I am trying to get pregnant, or will be in a few months. Right now im not ovulating and trying to get my body to do so. I also have endometriosis, and possible PCOS. Will these packs help with the hydrosalpinx? I am a little worried because I was told that i’ll be high risk if I got pregnant from my left tube.

  10. Hi there, if I cant use castor oil pack after ovulation, when should I start and stop using it?

    • Hi Pumza,

      We find it is best to apply Castor Oil Packs 4-6 times per week, one time a day. You would begin use the day after menses ends up to ovulation, if you are trying to conceive. If you are not trying to conceive, it is fine to use all month long, except during menstruation.

  11. is this procedure known to help with miscarriages? Trying to find a home remedy that can help me. I’ve miscarried twice in 5 months. fertility specialist are to expensive.

  12. can i also use 100% cotton cloth ,instead of flannel cotton.