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Castor Oil Packs for Fertility

Castor Oil

If you have been following along on Without Child then you know that Castor Oil, called “the Oil that Heals”, has come up in multiple fertility posts, and has actually even had a prior post dedicated to it’s uses for PCOS.

In my professional opinion, castor oil packs are one of the most beneficial things that both women and men can do to boost their overall well-being and fertility.

I was first introduced to castor oil through my trainings in Fertility Massage and the Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Massage.

However, I am one of those seeing is believing sorts of people, and I can say that my love for castor oil and it’s healing abilities has truly come from years of seeing first hand. Both myself and my clients are proof of how it works wonders.

Castor oil is something that everyone should have in their cupboards.

I’m sure your great grandmother did. And I bet that once you start to use it, you will see time and time again that it can be used to treat just about any ailment.

Now, I’m not talking about drinking castor oil. Drinking it causes intestinal spasms and has laxative qualities. What I am talking about is using castor oil externally in the form of a castor oil pack.

What are some of the things that castor oil packs are noted for helping with fertility?

For starters, castor oil increases lymph movement by increasing the number of T-Cell Lymphocytes which fight infections. It also boosts the bodies immune system and functioning as a whole.

Additional benefits of castor oil for fertility:

  • Increasing circulation
  • Aiding in detoxification of the liver and colon
  • Improving digestion and elimination
  • Calming inflammation
  • Relieving pain
  • Breaking down scar tissue, adhesions, and fibroids
  • Naturally speeding the healing of vaginal infections
  • Increasing sperm count when applied without heat to the testicles
  • Clearing mucous congestion in the fallopian tubes

The list could go on and on.

In fact if you want to learn more about castor oil I recommend the book The Oil That Heals, or reading up on Edgar Cayce’s writings on castor oil and it’s other uses for healing.

For example, when I get a sore throat or and ear ache one of the first things that I reach for is some castor oil to put on my neck to aid in the drainage and movement of lymph. It is really suited for any area that needs healing.

How to use a castor oil pack?

Be sure when doing a castor oil pack to wear old clothes and place a towel under you as well. Castor oil is very thick, and it will stain.

  1. Warm the castor oil in a non-metallic pot – I recommend glass as a double boiler & do not microwave it!
  2. Soak an un-dyed, unbleached flannel, cotton or wool pack aprox. 12” X 18” (the size of a pillow case is perfect. If you want to use something old around the house like a pillow case though please make sure it has been washed many, many times. Castor oil is very drawing and we wouldn’t want you to draw bleach or dyes towards your body.)
  3. Place the soaked cloth on your abdomen covering from the bottom of the breast bone down over the groin. You want to make sure that the liver, abdomen and lymph nodes in the groin are covered.
  4. Cover with a dry cloth (traditionally it was said to use plastic, but like I said castor oil is drawing and we all know that plastic is bad in combination with heat. Right?
  5. Place a warm hot water bottle or flax filled heating pack on top of the dry cloth (I do NOT recommend using anything with an electrical current on your body ESPECIALLY when trying to conceive)
  6. Lay back and relax- this is a useful time to do meditation, visualization or any sort of spiritual practice.
  7. You want to leave the castor oil pack on for a minimum of 20 minutes though it is so relaxing that often times I just go to sleep with it on.
  8. After use store the castor oil pack in a cool dry place. I find that a large mason jar or glass kitchen container with a lid is great for storage. (Again, I’m not a fan of plastic.)
  9. Repeat a castor oil pack 3 times a week * unless otherwise recommended by your health practitioner.
  10. After about 10-20 uses discard the castor oil pack and start again. You may want to add additional castor oil to the pack each time to ensure that it is fully saturated.

The only times I do not recommend using a castor oil pack is during heavy bleeding or pregnancy.

For the case of fertility use I always treat a client as if they are pregnant after ovulation, so no castor oil packs after ovulation while actively trying to conceive.

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Nikki Remic-Bannon is a Certified Fertility Massage Specialist & Educator, a Practitioner of the Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy, Reiki Master, & Cellular Expansion and Healing Practitioner.

Nikki is passionate about helping women and couples find their way as they become educated about their own bodies. She fully embraces the sacredness of the journey, and honors the unique process that unfolds for each person.

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  1. My castor oil pack always soaks through the layers onto my hot bean bag. Do you have any new suggestions for barrier that are not plastic (obviously.)

  2. I’m a bit on the fence with castor oil packs for fertility, as there are several studies which suggest that castor oil plant’s seed has contraceptive and abortive qualities (you can google “ricinus communis as contraceptive” to read those)… Sure, the studies are on rats and not in pack form etc etc, but personally, it makes me want to pass on castor oil, before I know for certain.

  3. Hi. Why don’t you recommend using the packs when trying to conceive?

  4. HI! Can you use castor oil packs after ovulation when you are trying to get pregnant? Thank you in advance!

  5. Hi! I have pcos and five years ago I was finally blessed with a child. I’m currently ttc again. I know the castor oil packs may increase my chances, but I wanted to know if drinking it might hv a similar effect.

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