Castor Oil Packs for Fertility

Castor Oil Packs for Fertility

 

If you are trying to conceive, you have most likely heard of Castor Oil Packs.   They can be used for so many things but they are great for fertility. If you would like to know how to make them and use them, then this is the blog for you !

 

I first became aware of Castor Oil as a remedy for constipation.  I then came across it as a remedy for problems with the reproductive area, especially endometriosis and cysts.

A castor oil pack is a piece of wool or a cloth soaked in castor oil which you can apply to the skin. The cloth may be cotton flannel or any material that will soak up a lot of liquid.

 

HOW DO CASTOR OIL PACKS HELP THE UTERUS ?

 

  • They will help to detoxify the uterine cavity.
  • Using the pack will help to reduce inflammation.
  • It will help to get rid of stagnation and circulate oxygenated blood to the pelvic area.
  • The oxygenated blood will help to improve the lining of the uterus in preparation for implantation.
  • It may help to resolve endometriosis and fibroids and prevent the build up of endometrial tissues outside of the uterus.
  • It will improve circulation to the uterus which will help prevent menstrual cramping.
  • It will help to break down scar tissue and cysts.

CASTOR OIL AND YOUR LIVER

In Chinese medicine, the liver system regulates the menstrual cycle and encourages a smooth flow of blood.  It helps to promote hormone balance.

The Castor Oil Pack helps to detoxify the liver.  Place your Castor Oil Pack in the upper right hand side of the abdomen.

Do not use on the liver if you are pregnant.  Follow the guidelines by applying the Castor Oil on the 7-10 days before ovulation.

How to use your castor oil pack

  1. Lie down on a large towel or sheet.
  2. Place the castor oil pack on the area around the belly button for digestive issues or down in the pelvic area for menstrual issues.
  3. Place a small plastic sheet or clingfilm over the castor oil pack. This helps to heat it and press it against your skin.
  4. Place a hot water bottle on top and leave the pack on for about an hour.
  5. Gently remove the pack with a warm damp cloth.
  6. You can store the castor oil pack in the original container which you used to soak cloths. Place in the fridge until you are ready to use them again. Reuse each castor oil pack up to 30 times.

Alternatively, just apply the castor oil directly on to your abdomen, throw on an old pair of pyjamas and put your hot water bottle on top of that.

If you don’t have a hot water bottle, put the castor oil on at night time and head straight to bed and let the magic happen !

Trying to Conceive ? When to Use Castor Oil Packs

So, if you are thinking about having a baby but haven’t yet started trying to conceive, use 3 times a week for up to 1 hour.  Do not use during the bleed.

If you are actively trying to conceive, only apply the pack during the follicular phase, that is, from the end of menstruation to ovulation.  For most women, this will be day 5/6 to day 14 of your cycle.

IF YOU ARE DOING IVF

Use castor oil on your lower abdomen just before retrieval, and continue using it if taking the birth control pill.

Do not use Castor Oil when you are doing oestrogen shots, or after embryo transfer.

FRESH OR FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER AND IUI’s

If you are doing a fresh or frozen transfer or if you are doing IUI, do not use once you start taking Lupron, Estrogen, Clomid or Femara.  And do not use it after embryo transfer or after ovulation if doing IUI.

ON YOUR PERIOD

If you have bad menstrual pain, Castor Oil is good to reduce the inflammation by getting rid of the clots from the lining.  But be aware that it will increase blood flow to the uterus, making your period heavier.

How to Create a Castor Oil Pack

What you will need

Castor oil (hexane free)

Cotton flannel

Medium container or bowl

Tongs

Scissors

Cling Film

Cut the cotton flannel into rectangular pieces, about 12 inches by 10 inches. You can also cut them into strips or smaller squares depending on where you’ll use them.

  • Use at least three to four pieces of cloth to make a pack.
  • Pour castor oil into the container. You should be able to completely soak a piece of cotton flannel in the castor oil.
  • Drop one piece of the cloth into the oil until it’s completely soaked.
  • Use the tongs to pick up the cloth in the container. It should be dripping with castor oil.
  • Lay the soaked cloth flat on the plastic sheet.
  • Soak the other two or more pieces of cloth in the same way.
  • Add the oil-soaked cloths flat on top of the first one.
  • Once you’ve soaked and layered each cloth, you’ve made a castor oil pack.

WHAT ELSE CAN CASTOR OIL PACKS BE USED FOR ?

Castor Oil can also help with;

  • soothing sunburn, insect bites, or allergic rashes.
  • It can help with digestive issues like constipation.
  • Helps boost your circulation especially of the lymphatic system.
  • It is thought to help support the liver.
  • It can be placed directly on strained joints or muscles to reduce inflammation.
  • Apply to acne, dry skin, rashes, boils, age spots, and warts to improve complexion and boost moisture.

Cautions and Side effects with using castor oil packs

Some people may be allergic to castor oil. It may cause a skin rash or reaction when used on the body. If you haven’t used a castor oil pack before, do a patch test by rubbing a few drops of castor oil into your skin and leaving it on for 24 hours.  If you don’t have any reaction, a castor oil pack should be safe to use.

  • Do not use Castor Oil packs when you are menstruating.  They are good for inflammation but will make your period heavier.
  • Avoid them during the two week wait of your IVF cycle.
  • Avoid using them if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not use on broken skin.