The healing power of castor oil.
The application of castor oil to the skin has long been used in holistic medicine to relax muscles, heal tissues, and improve the function of organs beneath the skin. Most receptive to castor oil are the hollow organs, such as blood vessels, bowels, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
Castor oil has also been used to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and improve lymphatic circulation and drainage.
For women diagnosed with infertility, castor oil is used because of its ability to improve blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Women with PCOS use castor oil packs to heal inflammation, improve ovulation, and relieve the pain of ovarian cysts.
Castor oil packs should be used 3-5 times per week beginning after menstruation (wait until you are no longer bleeding or spotting) and ending just before ovulation.
An added benefit? Stress relief, relaxation, and better quality of sleep.
How to use a castor oil pack:
- Soak a piece of cloth (usually flannel, though could be a pillow case, burp cloth, or dish towel) in castor oil –OR– apply castor oil directly to the entire abdomen (between belly button and pubic bone).
- Cover the abdomen with the cloth.
- If pre-soaking, cover the cloth with a towel or piece of plastic (cut from a trash bag or plastic wrap).
- Place a hot water bottle (or heating pack) on top.
- Rest in a reclined position and leave the pack on for at least 45 minutes.
- Once complete, place the cloth in a container or bag and put it in the refrigerator until the following day so the oil doesn’t get rancid (my
husband usually volunteered to make the trek because I was practically asleep at this point).
- Don’t forget to remove the flannel from the refrigerator at least one hour before the next use so it can reach room temperature. Nothing says relaxing like an ice cold castor oil pack.
A mini disclaimer:
As a precaution, do not use castor oil packs for uterine growths, intestinal conditions, or cancerous tumors – or if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or menstruating without consulting your physician.
Also, do not apply castor oil packs to broken or irritated skin.
(Image Source: Secret Diary of a PCOS Girl)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jess Pedersen, CHHC
Jess is a health coach specializing in helping women with unexplained infertility, PCOS, and hormone imbalances discover a holistic approach to improving their fertility and ability to conceive.
Through her personal struggles with infertility and pregnancy loss, Jess has discovered her life’s purpose and is compassionate toward women who face the same uncertainty regarding their ability to have a family.