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:

  • 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.

To purchase a kit that contains this therapy click here…

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

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  1. Can i use any other castor oil and create my own pack at home lyk buying castor oil and use clloth and hot water bottle will it work

    • Dear Angela,

      You can. Be sure to source a quality brand of Castor Oil, that is 100% pure, and a cotton flannel or cloth that is not dyed and natural.

  2. Hi,

    How often should i use the Castor oil pack?

  3. Are there specific times in the cycle when I should or should not use the packs? Thank you

    • Dear Carrie,

      Castor Oil Packs can be started after menstruation ends. When actively trying to conceive, Castor Oil Packs can be used until ovulation and then stopped. If not actively trying to conceive, they can be used past ovulation – from when menstruation ends until it starts again.

  4. Hello ladies! I’ve had a problem with a blocked right to since I had gastric sleeve surgery. I want to let you know that I’ve been trying the oil. I put it on a cloth, put the cloth on my belly, put plastic wrap around it and a heating pad on top for an hour. It took about 45 minutes the first time, but I could feel the contracting right away, it was very strong. I have one on right now.. this is my third time I’m wearing it. It’s got to be doing something in there. I could feel it. It’s not so expensive you just pick up the materials you need at the store, bottle of castor oil, hot water bottle or heating pad and a cotton cloth.

  5. my name is Foibe from Namibia, I am 46 years old, I am also struggling with infertility, please help me I want to try castor oil pack, where can buy it?

  6. Hi, i did test and the results were i have bilateral blocked tubes. What can i do to conceive.?

    • Dear Esther,

      I’m sorry to hear this!

      The effectiveness of natural therapies will depend on the location and/or severity of the blockage, in addition to what has led to, or is contributing to the blockage. Consider asking your healthcare provider if he can help you understand these factors as you contemplate the best plan for you.

      Given the small size and a fallopian tube and how delicate these organs are, any sort of trauma can alter their function and damage the tubal tissues. The good news is that natural therapies can be used alongside any type of treatment options you are considering, which may greatly help to improve outcome.

      Please take some time to read the article that our founder wrote about naturally supporting normal fallopian tube health to learn more, as you seek further explanation from your doctor.

      My best!

  7. Hi, can we use this castor oil to massage other part of our body? Thanks!

    • Dear Azah,

      For fertility health benefits, Castor Oil Packs are best used over the lower abdomen. I am not aware of benefits of applying them elsewhere.

  8. Hi, I’m interested in starting castor oil packs, abdominal massages, and drinking some raspberry leaf tea all in hopes to help strengthen my uterus. I have 2 little boys (3yo and 16months) and planning to try for our third when my youngest turns 2. I haven’t had any issues conceiving, but after my 2nd csection (both emergencies) the doctor said my skin integrity was compromised internally and to wait 2 years for everything to heal completely. I’d like to aid this by adding the above mentioned methods. Any other suggestions? We aren’t trying to conceive for at least 6 more months, but wanted to get started now. Thank you!

  9. I am trying for conception since 4 yrs. I had abdominal surgery in 2012 to remove fibroid it was myomectomy. after a week I started getting this pain..i was unable to figure out the reason off late I observed I was getting pain only after 15 days post my periods.during the mid cycle.my doctor told me it could be ovulation pain ,that is common in women. but am worry is why didn’t I get this pain before my surgery.before surgery I used to not have any pain though I had big fibroid which was size of 16 weeks pregnancy.But pain started only after surgery.if its bcos of adhesions why only pain during I ovulate,why not pain during the otherdays. Is dis pain just a ovl.pain or adhesion pain?helpme

    • Dear Radhika,

      I am so sorry this worries you so!

      The best way to know if this pain is from adhesions, or any remaining fibroids is to be examined for the presence of either. Ovulation can be painful (to varying degrees) for many women. Ovulation pain may also come and go, meaning it can happen one cycle and not the next. I am sorry that I can not know why it happens now for you when it did not before.

      Castor Oil Therapy may be one useful tool in a natural fertility health program. Consider also learning more about Evening Primrose Oil and Fertility Massage.
      In effort to save you the challenge of going this journey alone, the best way we can support you is through a Fertility Consultation. This also allows you to receive the best natural fertility program for your specific fertility health needs. I hope you will consider this support!

  10. Hi Elizabeth
    I’m wondering how soon before an IVF cycle should you stop the castor oil packs/self massage? I understand that these are detoxifying and have been told to stop any detox.. am about 2 weeks from starting IVF now.
    thanks for help!

    • Dear Jules,

      I hope you are hopeful and feeling well! What an exciting time!

      Massage and Castor Oil Packs should only be done before beginning your IVF medications, not during. As you begin your IVF cycle with medications you should discontinue them because you most likely will be very sensitive in the ovarian area as your follicles/eggs mature and ovaries become larger. Some women stop a few days in advance of beginning medication. This is fine!

      Best wishes!

      Castor Oil Packs a

  11. Hi, i did a hsg test and the conclusion was that i have features of endometritis and uterine adhesions, and bilateral blocked tubes. What can i do to conceive. I need a baby like yesterday.

    • Dear Winnie,

      Thanks for reaching out to us! I’m sorry to hear of the challenges you’ve learned you face.

      Considering starting your natural healing journey by learning about Systemic Enzyme Therapy and Fertility Massage. These may be helpful natural therapies in a natural fertility program. Beyond this, it may be best to consider one on one support. I think that part of the support that may be helpful is emotional support, which one on one with someone like a fertility herbalist can offer.

      I hope this is a helpful start!

  12. I have unexplained infertility & Polycystic ovaries can castor oil help both my issues as Drs say I have unexplained infertility and being fobbed off

    • Dear Jenny,

      I have to be honest, it always startles me when someone says they have a known fertility health issue like PCOS, but yet are being told they have unexplained infertility. PCOS is a complex endocrine system disorder in which the coordination of the production of and delivery of hormones to where they need to go within the body isn’t happening properly.

      Consider learning important information in our guide titled How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs. It is important to support your body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion all of which you will learn how to do in the article above.

      Castor Oil Therapy may be one useful tool, but we know that there are a number of factors that need to be considered as the above guide shares.

  13. I have ovarian cysts. the biggest being 1.4 cm and was wondering if this would help me out. I did not have a period for almost 2 years. I tried birth control and it was very harsh on my body.
    I need help please!

  14. Hi,
    Ive been ttc for 2 years, currently in the process of first and hopefully only round of iui. Im on day 12 of my cycle, doctors say my endometrium is still to thin (4.04mm) do you think the castor oil packs will work for me. My next sonogram is in a couple of days and im hoping that the packs can give my uterus the extra push i need.

    Thank you in advance 🙂

  15. Hello,
    Our first fresh IVF cycle and transfer has just ended in a missed miscarriage. I had a D&C two days ago. We will hopefully be starting our frozen transfer cycle in a couple of months. I am planing to go on a liver cleanse in a couple of weeks to try and get rid of IVF drugs still in my system. When would you suggest starting castor oil packs and for what duration?
    Thank you!

  16. Hi
    My periods are very infrequent and I am having another round of IVF in about 3 months time. I do not know when i am ovulating. What is the reason for not using the caster oil pack when ovulating? Is is safe to use when taking IVF medication for stimulation and just before transfer
    Thanks

    • Dear Jasmin,

      Castor Oil Packs aren’t to be used when menstruating or after ovulation when actively trying to conceive. If not actively trying to conceive they can be continued during and after ovulation until menstruation begins. Castor Oil Packs should be stopped when beginning a stim cycle or medications in preparation for IVF, and are not to be used during IVF or pregnancy.

  17. Hello,
    We’ve been trying for a baby for almost 7 years. I am 43 yrs. after 1 yr miscarriage, then just over a year later realised 1 blocked tube. I have numerous fibroids and many surgeries to remove the ones in the way. For 1.5 years now we use donor eggs (3x so far) was just told last week by our doctor that my uterus having gone through 9 surgeries over the years and with still some fibroids could be the issue, bad circulation.  We now now eat raw fruit and veg adding pulses and have resumed using cast oil pack.

    Our next FET God’s willing will be in September.  Can I continue with the castor oil pack during stimulation of my lining (oestrogen tablets and patch)

    Thanking you in advance

    • Dear Amaka,

      I am sorry to hear of all you have been through and wish you the very best!

      Because it supports an increase in circulation to the uterus, Castor Oil Therapy is safe to use while on birth control and if no ovulation stimulation medications (which make the ovaries sensitive) are required during FET. Castor Oil Therapy is a natural therapy that has been found to be useful in naturally preparing the uterus for implantation.

    • Thanks Elizabeth. During FET, I will not be on birthcontrol pills, rather estrogen pills and patches and further down the line progesterone. Can you confirm that on these medications, I am good to continue with Casteroil pack until the lining thickness of my endometrium is adequate?

    • Hello Amaka!

      Castor Oil Therapy can be continued, but its use is ultimately up to you. If there is concern, do discuss it use during this time with your healthcare provider.

      All my very best!

  18. I have been trying to conceive for a year. My right fallopian tube is blocked. So my Dr. put me on Clomid for two months. But got BFN. Now I am going to start taking Letrozole medication today( 6CD to 10CD). Is it ok if I do castor oil pack while taking Letrozole?

  19. Hello!
    I was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to clean the are after removing the castor oil pack or can i just do the fertility massage and let the skin absorb it? Will it be harmful to leave the oil on?

    Thank you!

    • Dear Ana,

      You can continue fertility massage directly after removing a Castor Oil Pack. It is fine to use the remaining Castor Oil as the massage oil.

  20. Hi,
    I have 2 small fibroids, adenomyosis and suspected endometrosis. I am also had 3 miscarriages. I am using castor oil packs to reduce the size and my symptoms. I just wanted to find out how often should I be doing this per week? and while ttc when should I not do it?

  21. Hi,
    Thanks so much for the information. How often can I apply the castor oil pack within a day?

  22. Hi,
    I am having PCOS and Hypothyroid.My Menstural cycles is irregular.I heard about Castor Oil Pack.Can I use this Pack????.If I Use this Pack Can i get rid From PCOS and Infertility.I Got Married for Two Years.I am Trying to get Pregnant. I Put Lot Effort to reduce My weight.I do Regular Exercise and Go to Gym.Please reply me.

  23. My period cycle is almost 27 day how can I use castroloil pack and how many times a month,because my left Fallopian tube block and right had removed due to atopic surgery.please tell me how I conceive by castroloil pack. Please replay me

    • Dear Rakshanda,

      Castor Oil Therapy can be used from the day after menstruation ends until ovulation, 3-4 times a week, when actively trying to conceive. When not actively trying to conceive, it can be used beyond ovulation through the luteal phase. There are other natural therapies that can considered along side Castor Oil Therapy or any type of treatment options you are considering, which may greatly help to improve outcome.

      Please take some time to read the article that our founder wrote about naturally supporting fallopian tube health to learn more.

      Know that with one functioning, healthy fallopian tube conception may happen the months that ovulation occurs from the ovary on that side. Ovulation happens from one ovary one cycle and the other the next – the event alternates from side to side. So, knowing this, it is also going to be helpful to learn the tools available to help you detect ovulation (if you do not already do this).

      I hope this is helpful!

  24. I have just started doing the fertility cleanse and watched the short tutorial on how to use the castor oil kit. The tutorial recommends using the castor oil kit during the phase 3 of the fertility cleanse, however the Fertility Cleanse instruction booklet only refers to two (2) phases. Kindly advise on the appropriate time to commence using the castor oil kit?

    • Dear Eno,

      Thank you for asking! Our Fertility Cleanse was restructured after the video was made. Castor Oil Therapy can be used with Phase 1 and 2 of the Fertility Cleanse. This is fine!

  25. Hi, I am in the process of getting ready for a donor egg embryo transfer (in about 2-3 weeks) and was wondering if it is safe to use the castor oil therapy before the transfer, while my uterus lining is being stimulated?

    • Dear Tania,

      Castor Oil Therapy can support an increase in circulation to the uterus to support endometrial lining health. This natural therapy is thought to be safe to use while on birth control during FET (because no ovulation stimulation medications (which make the ovaries sensitive) are required). It is best to avoid massaging or applying Castor Oil over injection sites.

      Castor Oil Therapy can be used 3-4 times a week until it is determined the endometrial lining is an adequate thickness to support healthy implantation of the embryo. When this determination is made, it should be discontinued. It is best to stop Castor Oil Therapy a week prior to the transfer.

      Best wishes!

  26. Hi,
    I am using the castor oil packs since 01 & Half months (50 days). But i still don’t conceive, how I know that my blocked one fallopian tube and one patient tube worked or not. And how much time can I use the castor oil packs? any period or not?

    • Dear Shazia,

      We find great value in Castor Oil Therapy for many fertility health issues, but don’t often reply upon this therapy alone to naturally support the body in healing from a fertility health issue. It can also be hard to know this therapy is working. There is no simple answer to your questions.

      Effectiveness replies on diet, health history, stress levels, existing health conditions or imbalances, how well the program is followed, and how severe the fertility issue is. If you are on one of our health programs, you should begin to see changes within 1-3 months. These changes could be increased energy, improved cervical mucous, ovulation, correction in cycle length, etc.

      Consider the other natural therapies for supporting healthy fallopian tube function discussed here… It is also important to know that with one functioning, healthy fallopian tube, conception may happen the months that ovulation occurs from the ovary on that side. Ovulation happens from one ovary one cycle and the other the next – the event alternates from side to side. So, knowing this, it is also going to be helpful to learn the tools available to help you detect ovulation (if you do not already do this).

      I hope this is all helpful!

  27. Hi Elizabeth, I just had a polyp removed, when should I resume castor packs and utericalm? I`d like to transfer next cycle, do you know when I should stop the maca root and L`arginine? Thanks

    • Dear MJ,

      I hope you are feeling well post procedure! In general, we suggest waiting 3-6 weeks after a medical procedure to begin natural therapies. We do understand each woman heals at a different pace, so listen to your body. Castor Oil Packs and L-Arginine are not to be used while bleeding. UteriCalm and Maca can be started when you feel healed or according to your doctor’s guidance. Maca and L-Arginine and Castor Oil Packs are best stopped a week or so prior to the transfer.

      Take care!

  28. Hello,

    I am a 37 year old woman recently diagonized with two fibroids. My husband and I just started trying to conceive. My cycle alternates between 24 days and 26 days every other month and periods last for 5 days. As per your recommendation if i use the castor oil pack from last day of menstruation untill start of ovulation I can use it only for 2 days. Not sure if i’m calculating something wrong…. pls help clarify.

    • Dear Sarita,

      Castor Oil Packs can be used 3-4 times a week from the day after menstruation ends until ovulation. This period of time, the follicular phase, should be about 8-10 days long for you, correct? If so, you could use them roughly 4-6 times roughly.