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 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:
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. I have TTC for 3yrs and have poor egg growth. I am using castor oil packs from one month. I use it until I ovulate. I am also charting BBT. Last month I ovulated 12th day of my cycle and I used castor oil pack till 11th day. If we do intercourse before ovulation, will the sperm which is already present gets damaged due to castor oil packs?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Lela!

      We do not believe sperm would be damaged by doing a Castor Oil Pack, rather an increase in circulation as a result of using this natural therapy may help with fertile cervical mucous production and healthy blood flow to the uterus, in turn helping sperm travel to fertilize an egg.

  2. How long you should use the castor oil after menstruation that you would consider still safe at that time?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Jenny!

      Castor Oil Therapy can be used 4-6 times a week from after menstruation ends until ovulation when you are trying to conceive and for 6 months to a year. If you choose to not try to conceive in a cycle, you can continue Castor Oil Therapy after ovulation.

      Best wishes!

  3. Why can’t i use this during my period?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Melisa!

      we can not suggest Castor Oil Therapy be used during menstruation because Castor Oil Therapy has the propensity to increase circulation to the reproductive organs, including the uterus, and could do this during menstruation as well. It is best to use this therapy after menstruation ends to support detoxification and increased circulation for healthy reproductive system organs.

  4. I read in a book that castor oil pack should be used during the menstrual cycle because it helps to move debris. is that true?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Danielle!

      Different practitioners may suggest this, but we do not suggest using Castor Oil Packs during menstruation (or after ovulation when trying to conceive).

  5. Where can these Castor oil packs be purchased her in California and I love this idea…

  6. Hi there. Should you use a castor oil pack on the day of ovulation? Thanks.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Erica!

      Castor Oil Packs should only be used until ovulation, not the day of or after when you are trying to conceive.

      Best wishes!

  7. I was wondering what the castor oil packs can do to improve egg quality? I don’t know if I have an egg quality issue, but I am 39, so I figure any help would be good.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Katrina,

      Castor Oil Packs are in part supportive of increasing circulation to the reproductive organs and in doing so support their vitality and ability to properly function.

      Consider learning more about naturally supporting egg health in the following article, How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days.

      Best wishes!

  8. Hi. Just wondering how many months can you do castor oil packs? How many months would it take to dissolve scar tissue or blockages from endometrioses?

  9. i have endometrioss since 4 years on april 4 ,2014 i have done my laproscopy and then after laproscopy they gave me injection decapyptyle for 3 months after that injection my period arrived after 4 months.today is my 4 day without pain now i want to TTC so which day is good for me to use this therapy.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Tomasi,

      Castor Oil Therapy can be used from the day after your period ends up until ovulation when you are trying to conceive. It can be performed 4-6 times a week during this time.

      Enjoy this therapy!

  10. Hi I was wondering if its ok to use castor oil packs during IVF and before egg retreval?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Nina!

      Castor oil packs are best done in preparation for IVF, discontinued when the procedure begins and not used during IVF.

      Best wishes!

  11. This is going to be my first time using castor Oil and i was wondering if i can use a cotton towel instead of the flannel and can it be any castor oil? please help me

    I am trying to unblock my tubes. I had a HSG done and that’s how i know my tubes are blocked. My doctor has me on birth control (the patch) and i wanted to know, do i have to stop the patch, or can i still wear it? I would love to have a baby so i could use some help plz thank u.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Neise!

      You can use a cotton towel if you wish to. We suggest it be dye-free and cleaned with a mild, non-toxic, scent and dye-free laundry detergent. We also suggest using cold-pressed and cold-processed Castor Oil and to be sure you are purchasing 100% pure Castor Oil.

      Castor Oil Therapy is also fine to do while on the birth control patch.

      Enjoy this natural therapy!

  12. Iam not ovulating properly, my biggest follicle on cd16 is 9.8mm , and endometrium is 11.1 mm, is this anvovulatory cycle.. can castor oil pack improve my next cycle?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Lavanya!

      Castor Oil therapy stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems and the liver, and in doing so supports the vitality and function of the organs and tissues beneath where the castor oil pack is applied.

      There is no way for me to know if based on what you shared, you had an anovulatory cycle. I am sorry about that. Your doctor would be better equipped to help you know this. Are you tracking ovulation in any way… by charting your basal body temperature (BBT) or using an ovulation predictor test? This would be one way to tell at home (versus having to go to the doctor) in you are ovulating regularly each month.

      You may also appreciate learning more about anovulation and ways to get ovulation back on track if you are in fact not ovulating properly.

      I wish you well!

  13. Can caster oil be used at the same time as the fertility cleanse kit, or if it is used the following month can it be used whilst trying to conceive?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Catherine!

      Castor Oil Therapy can be used 4-6 times a week while doing the Fertility Cleanse. As with the Fertility Cleanse, Castor Oil Therapy is not to be done during menstruation. Castor Oil Therapy can be used up until ovulation (no after) in the cycles in which you try to conceive.

      I hope you enjoy this relaxing natural therapy!

  14. hello, i have been ttc for 5years, i was place on 100mg clomid for 3 cycles fron June to August, and in the last two cycles, my follicles didnt grow beyound 9mm and now my endometrium is very thin 4mm, can the castor oil pack thicken my endometrium and heal my ovaries? i have pcos and secondly can my husband also use the castor oil pack for liver detoxification? thirdly i use to have chronic waist pain and left leg pain from 3 days to my period can i use the castor oil pack on my waist and left leg as well?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Becky!

      I am sorry that you have to deal with all of this! I hope this finds you well.

      While Castor Oil Therapy has been traditionally used by applying a castor oil soaked cloth to the lower abdomen in part to support ovarian and uterine health, this may not be the only natural therapy to support you. I am also not aware of Castor Oil Therapy being used by men.

      Because supporting chronic waist and leg pain is beyond our scope of practice, it may be best to seek the guidance of your healthcare provider in learning what is causing this for you to learn how to best proceed with a natural therapy program.

      Regarding your fertility, would you consider working with a fertility herbalist? We offer Fertility Consultations and I feel this may be the best way to craft a program designed for your specific fertility needs. Your herbalist may be able to help you best understand how to support follicle growth and a healthy uterine lining as you work to find balance and begin trying to conceive again.

      A Fertility Consultation will offer you a personalized program, written quick guide, audio recording or your herbalist explaining your program to you and the opportunity to ask you most pressing questions.

      I hope you will consider.

  15. I’ve been following many of the great recommendations on your site for the past several months to prepare for pregnancy as I have endometriosis and am 34. I’ve been seeing great improvements, including no pain at all. However, last month I began charting using bbt and was very upset to see only 10 days of high temps (w/ AF on 11 dpo). I’m pretty certain my luteal phase has always been 12-13 days, based on OPKs. The only thing I did differently this month was two days of castor oil therapy right before my period arrived. I’ve read castor oil may cause a shorter cycle – is that true? This is my first cycle TTC so I’m not sure if continuing to use through ovulation will help or hurt? Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Jacquie,

      I personally have not heard of Castor Oil Therapy shortening the luteal phase or altering cycle length, so I reached out to my colleagues and they too have not heard of this. In general our consensus is that the shifts Castor Oil therapy may cause are a result of improved hormone elimination from the liver and are more likely to result in balance as opposed to imbalance.

      Castor Oil Packs are only to be used from after menstruation ends until ovulation when ttc (not after).

      How often did you or are you applying the Castor Oil packs and exactly where on your body? Are you also performing Self Fertility Massage? Also, which herbs and supplements are you taking, how much each dose and for how long? Knowing this may help me help you understand what might be happening for you.

      I hope this finds you well!

    • Thanks, Elizabeth, for looking into this! I’d only used castor oil twice, right before my period came, and have since used it once after my period ended (& plan to use again until ovulation). I apply it to my lower abdomen & have not yet tried the self-fertility massage. I’m not sure I can list all supplements I’m taking, but the main ones are a whole foods multi (first it was a wf prenatal but had to switch due to high iron levels), DHA, extra folate, B12, Wobenzym, CoQ10, & after seeing my short luteal phase last month, I started Vit. C & B6. I also plan to test progesterone on DPO7 just in case. Not ideal to test when already TTC but I never had a short lp before (that I know, anyway).

  16. I started doing the castor oil packs 2 days ago & now I’m having cramps & spotting/light bleeding. I have PCOS & am on cd 12. According to my bbt, i have not ovulated yet. Is it normal to cramp & spot? I place the packs over my liver area. Thanks for any insight & info.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Momma B!

      Castor oil therapy in part supports cleansing of the reproductive system, so this may be what is happening for you. Castor Oil could also be causing your liver to detoxify a bit being you place the Castor Oil packs over your liver area. Many also spot a bit and feel cramps to varying degrees on their sides of their lower abdomen or back when ovulation occurs.

      If your cramping and spotting is disrupting your lifestyle or causing concern, you may want to stop doing Castor Oil packs to see it they stop.

      It might also help to learn a bit about Mid-Cycle Spotting.

      Also, Castor Oil packs are best positioned over your lower abdomen, just above your pubic bone/area, above where your reproductive organs are inside.

      Be well!

  17. Can Castor Oil delay ovulation? I did a weeks worth of Castor Oil treatment this month, and my period is now a few days late. I have been trying to conceive for a long time, and I am fearful to get my hopes up that I am pregnant. Could it be that my ovulation was delayed by the detoxifying effects of Castor Oil?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Molly,

      I have not heard of the detoxifying effects of Castor Oil packs delaying ovulation. What may contribute to delayed ovulation or anovulatory cycles (in which one does not ovulate) is chronic or excessive stress, dietary deficiencies, losing or gaining weight rapidly, and fertility issues such as PCOS, even pituitary or thyroid problems can lead to delayed ovulation or anovulation.

      I am sorry you are fearful! It is however important to know if you are pregnant before proceeding with a natural fertility program, or resuming the use of Castor Oil Packs.

      Best wishes!

  18. Hi girls,
    After years of health issues I was finaly diagnosed with Adenomyosis. My uterus is 2-3x larger than normal. I’m 26 and yet to have a family. I was devastated. I’ve been using castor oil packs for my scaring. I’m awaiting an appointment with my specialist, yet it’s a month away. I have been doing alot of reading and see that hormone treatment doesn’t reverse damage and I’m desperste to concive. Is there any insight you can give me?
    I do appreciate your time, this is a great support network. Thanks in advance xx

  19. How many times a week can the castor oil be done? Should it be done everyday or every other day? especially for a woman with absent period and blocked fallopian tube..

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Evelyn,

      Castor Oil Packs can be done 4-6 times a week in a row.

      Enjoy this relaxing natural therapy!

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.
    Leslie

    • 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. i hav endometriosis my eggs are only 3to5 and it grows upto 14mm and it will not rupture..so 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: http://natural-fertility-info.com/understanding-anovulation.html 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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