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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. Castor oil packs are an excellent therapy when used with Self Fertility Massage and while Fertility Cleansing.

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:

  • Supporting ovarian health
  • Supporting fallopian tube health
  • Supporting uterine health
  • Detoxifying before conception
  • Supporting 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 help to 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. The lymphatic system provides each cell in the body a means to get rid of waste. The 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 hot 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 is 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

Materials

  • 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.

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Summary

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.

References

  • Van De Graaff, K.M., Stuart, I.F., LaFluer, Karen M. (1997). Synopsis of Human Anatomy and Physiology. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
  • Ley, B.M. (2003). Castor Oil! It’s Healing Properties. BL Publications.

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  1. when and how often should this be used?

  2. i am very irregular and have been for the longest. For years. Therefore my GYN put me of birth control medicine. i’m 31 years old and i have been off the birth control for about 10 months now and STILL my body is irregular. once or twice has it come by itself but it would be late. At this time I have been trying to do an IUI and i’m always negative on the ovulation when i test and i did an ultrasound and it showed this last month that i did and it showed only one follicle. We tried the IUI after doing the trigger shot and it failed. Now I havent been told i have any other problem besides this ovulation. Trying to find whatever ideas i can on how to make my ovulation stronger.

    • Dear Kristyna,

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      Menstruation and ovulation monthly depend on a coordinated orchestra of hormones doing their jobs properly. Lots of thing can be reason for why either fail to happen. It seems one of the most helpful places to start would be to learn about Fertility Cleansing (click that link to learn more). Then, consider learning about how to Boost Overall Fertility Naturally in 3 Easy Steps. Daily moderate-intensity exercise and stress management are important as well.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

  3. I dont get my periods of my own, i Have to take contraceptive pill every month to get my period. According to doctor, my AMH is very low, n i have hormonal imbalance. Now m married n wanted to start my family…will castor oil pack help in this ?

    • Dear Madhavi,

      Castor Oil packs are worth learning more about given what I know, but they will not be all that you need to consider. I am sorry you are having to deal with so much!

      Have you not ever had a period on your own? How long have you been using birth control? May I know how old you are?

      Taking birth control stops ovulation and coaxes the body into having a period, which is not the same as a period it would have on it’s own. I think our very best way of offering support, because it would be helpful to learn more about you and your fertility health, is through a Fertility Consultation.

      As you learn more about Fertility Consultations and consider participating, please also refer to our guide Low AMH Levels: What Do They Really Mean For Fertility?.

  4. Can castor oil unblocked the fallopian tube doused by ectopic pregnancy?

  5. Hi, Elizabeth.
    I have been having pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic badly for sometime. There were times i was told its due to adhesion. finally went for a second opinion and I was informed that there is a 2cm fibroid, hydrosalpinx on the right tube and urinary inflammation. I was given antibiotic for now by the Dr, then once rectified she will refer me to a fertility Dr. Can i do this treatment? All my fertility treatment failed previously with two miscarriages. Tq

    • Dear Uma,

      I am so sorry to hear of all you have to deal with, but glad you finally know the cause. I hope you can move forward with ease. Castor Oil Therapy may be supportive as you keep moving forward.

      Take care!

  6. Hi,
    I started my menstrual cycle Feb 19-23. I started the castor oil pack on 2/24 and continued through 2/28. I then started my period, again, March 2-5. I started the packs on the yesterday (3/6) and now I am spotting again. Is this normal?

    • Dear Maribel,

      Was the bleeding March 2-5 like a normal period , or more like spotting. Was ovulation around this time for you? Did the spotting that started 3/6 last? Was it bright red?

      Castor Oil packs are working in many ways, including supporting an increase in circulation (blood flow) to the reproductive organs and the liver in detoxification. When doing both, spotting can occur and spotting may be more likely with certain fertility health issues. This is often a sign that the body is responding to a natural therapy.

    • The March 2-5 was a normal period, very heavy on the first day, bright red with some small clots. The 3/6 spotting was more like brownish/reddish spotting and spotted for 3/6-3/7.

    • Dear Maribel,

      This seems like the body responding given what I know, particularly if you are using any other natural therapies.

  7. Hi, I am in the initial stage of fertility treatment, my progesterone and estradiol levels are a little high but AMH is low. I was wondering if Castor oil might be worth a try when one has low ovarian reserve and maybe ovarian cysts. If so when is the best time to do it. Can i start the treatment right before menstruation or does it have to be strictly after period and before day 14 of the cycle?

    • Hello Mel!

      If you are using any medication in the initial stage of fertility treatment, then we can not suggest Castor Oil Therapy. If you have not yet begun medication, it could be used. When not actively trying to conceive, castor oil pack application could be started before menstruation, paused when menstruation and begun again after it ends.

      Castor Oil Packs can be used from just after menstruation ends through the rest of the cycle if not actively trying to conceive. Yet if you choose to try to conceive at ovulation, then the need to be stopped. They also need to be discontinued prior to beginning any fertility medication required for your treatment.

  8. I just wondered if u could help me. I’m going through egg donation and I’m in my 4 th round with one missed miscarriage last time. They did find it quite hard to implant last time due to scarring and my lining was patchy. I have just had a break through bleed from finishing the pill and have started the Narfalin spray on Wed. The egg harvest is on 14th March with the implantation on around 19th. Is there anyway I can use the caster oil packs or have I missed the window?
    Thank u for any comments xx

    • Dear Happycat,

      If you aren’t on any ovary-stimulating medications, castor oil packs and fertility massage can be used to support healthy circulation to the uterus up until afew days prior to the procedure, unless your healthcare provider suggests otherwise. Consider also learning about a product called UteriCalm.

      My best to you!

  9. Hi,
    Can this be used on men too, to help fertility. Wondering if my partner could use it as I will be. Thank you

    • Dear Debora,

      Castor Oil Therapy has the potential to promote healthy circulation, cleansing and healthy liver function in men. I might suggest simply applying the pack higher and perhaps more to the right side over where the liver is, than on the lower abdomen as we suggest for women.

  10. Hi! I was in the process of light IVF but stopped because I had an ovarian cyst and my egg was not growing. I am day 11 of my cycle. Last night I did a castor oil pack with abdominal massage, right after I started light bleeding. Nothing in the pad only when I go to the bathroom. This morning it continued. Is this normal? Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Dear Tina,

      The circulation enhancing, detoxifying affects of both natural therapies perhaps are working. Was the IVF this cycle, or is this a new cycle in which you could be ovulating? Ovarian cysts can also rupture which can cause spotting. Ovulation can cause spotting for women as well. If you are concerned or things change negatively, do pause the natural therapies and reach out to your healthcare provider.

    • IVF was this cycle but the doctor said the ovarian cyst was growing and not the egg. Therefore we stopped everything. I didn’t want to have a cyst for my next cycle so I decided to do the castor oil pack and massage. My bleeding today is like a normal period and not spotting. I have been doing both natural therapies on and off for about a year but the past few times I noticed my period started earlier. Perhaps I am doing the therapies wrong. Or is this a good thing?

    • Hi Tina!

      Thank you for sharing this additional information. I am not sure of anything being done wrong, and I still wonder if this could be ovulation. It may be best to pause the use of both natural therapies now to see how the body reacts and if this spotting stops.

  11. what length of time should you apply the castor packs, until you start ovulating again. How would l know I’m ovulating. I haven’t been able to conceive in 21 years.

  12. After 5 years of trying to conceive, the castor oil pack is what finally worked. I will be using it again (starting tonight) to try for baby #2. If you aren’t sure and have tried so many things, please try a castor oil pack. I cannot recommend this enough. It may take a couple of months, but it is well worth it! 🙂

    • hey ! congrats and goodluck with baby#2. So you start on Day 5 or Day 6 once bleeding stops and continue till when ? 1 hour daily at night ?

    • Hello Jiya!

      I am not sure if Melissa will see your comment, so I wanted to reply. Castor Oil Packs can be applied from the day after menstruation ends until ovulation when actively trying to conceive. They are left on for up to 45 minutes or so each time you use one. They can be done in the evening, that is fine.

  13. After years of trying to find the reason we are not conceiving, my latest gyno through lap and hysteroscopy found out I have scar tissue and he couldn’t cut it as it had hardened. We do not know if I was born with the tissue or I had some infection through the years and the uterine protected itself by the scar tissue. During Lap he also discovered 1 of my fellopians is zig-zig and I have a poly at the entrance of the fellopian. Can somehow castor oil pack relieve or atleast soften the scar tissue for starters? We can’t afford any more therapies and surgeries. many thanks for your input

    • Hello!

      I am sorry to hear you are faced with all of this.

      Given what I know, Castor Oil Therapy and Fertility Massage seem worth learning more about to decide if they are right for you. It may also be worth seeing if you have access to Clear Passages Physical Therapy, or learning more about this therapy.

      I hope you find helpful natural therapies!

  14. Hi,
    I’ve had 3 failed IUIs and certainly cannot afford to go through IVF. At this point I am willing to try anything. Can you tell me when (in my cycle) I am to start the castor oil packs?

    • Dear Maria,

      Castor Oil Packs can be started the day after menstruation ends and used the remainder of the menstrual cycle when not trying to conceive. When you begin actively trying to conceive, they should be stopped at ovulation.

  15. Hello,
    I just read castor oil pack should not be used on growths. Does it mean if you have a growth that that doctors are not sure what it is, I can’t use castor oil packs?

    Also if castor oil can be used without heat, can I apply on my abdomen throughout the day?

    • Dear Dorcas,

      If you have a growth that doctor’s can’t identify the cause of or where it came from, further investigation by a specialist would be best before beginning natural therapies all on your own. Have you sought a second opinion or reached out to a specialist? Do you know of an herbalist or naturopath near you whom you can see to work on a natural program of support, someone who can monitor you while on that program? This really would be best!

    • Dear Elizabeth,
      I have seen a gynae and have done a CT scan. There was a cyst on the right and a solid growth on the left ovaries. The doctor wants to perform a surgery but I am a little reluctant. I have prolong periods and spotting at various times of the month. but I wanted to try the castor oil therapy.

      There a couple of herbalist in Ghana but i am yet to try any yet

    • Hello Dorcas!

      Thank you for sharing that information! We have a wonderful guide I’d like you to review titled How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements… as you learn about the best natural ways to support yourself while you decide if surgery is the right thing for you. Castor Oil Therapy is discussed in that guide to help you learn more.

  16. I would like to know if this procedures with castor oil may be applied for women and man both?

    • Dear Katja,

      Castor Oil Packs could theoretically support circulation to the liver for healthy liver detoxification and to the intestines for healthy elimination for men. It could be placed over the upper abdomen and belly button as instructed.

  17. Hi, I am keen to use castor oil pack to prepare my body for an upcoming IVF treatment but I see from the video presentation that heated castor oil packs should not be used for uterine growths. Does that mean castor oil packs should not be used if I have uterine fibroids? Or is the emphasis just on not heating them? Many thanks for the clarification.

  18. I suffer from infertility caused by endometriosis. I’ve tried IUI, IVF and homeopathy. Nothing has worked. I would like to know if or oil packs will help me as I have never tried it. If it is worth trying how often should I do it? And at what time of the month?

    Thank you

  19. How is Castor Oil pack used in men? Which parts of the body should the pack be placed?
    Secondly, What is the make up of the Men’s Fertility Cleanse Kit.

  20. Hi, I have had my right ovary and fellopian tube removed because an ovarian cyst cut off all blood flow to it causing it to die, so I had to have it removed through an emergency surgery. Then I found out that my left tube has a distal blockage. I wanted to know if the caster oil pack can help me and how soon can it work?