Castor Oil Packs for Fertility
Body Ache Escape offers fertility massage for women who are trying to conceive. It helps to prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy. The massage breaks up scar tissue and helps the body to reduce inflammation. The fertility massage must be scheduled between Day 1 and ovulation of the menstrual cycle.
Cold-pressed castor oil packs are a big component of fertility massage.
What are Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil comes from the castor bean plant. Because of its palmate leaf structure and likely due to its miraculous healing abilities, it is also known as Palma Christi. The castor plant has been used in medicine for at least 2,000 years in India. It was historically utilized to treat various ailments and is presently employed therapeutically throughout the world.
Castor oil packs were popularized in the US by Edgar Cayce in the 1930s and 40s. In today’s environment, they are sometimes advised as part of a liver cleanse by Naturopaths, Functional Medicine Practitioners, and Acupuncturists.
The Benefits of Castor Oil Packs
Use castor oil to help promote healing and reduce inflammation. It is especially good for digestive problems, ovarian cysts, inflamed joints, and boosting the immune system. I have found it to work incredibly well for constipation.
1. Moving Blood:
When fresh, oxygen-rich and nutrient-dense blood is brought to the uterus, it helps create an ample, supportive lining (endometrium). A healthy lining sheds more easily with less menstrual cramps.
Your endometrium is very important for a healthy pregnancy. Fresh oxygenated blood will help build a strong uterine muscle. This will help the uterus contract to release its lining every month or push a baby out into the world.
Fertility depends on appropriate hormone levels at every phase of the cycle. The pituitary gland communicates with the ovaries via the bloodstream. Optimal blood circulation keeps hormone levels in balance.
Of course, using castor oil on the lower abdomen moves the venous blood as well. The pelvic bowl is kept clear of matter and metabolic waste by healthy venous and lymphatic circulation. This creates an optimal environment for a healthy womb.
2. Moving Lymph:
Lymph is a major component of our immune system. It removes bacteria, viruses, and other foreign particles from the interstitial fluid.
Castor oil packs increase T-cell production in the lymph, and they have been shown to improve lymphatic system circulation. Once they reach the lymph nodes, T-cells are responsible for eliminating bacteria and viruses.
The lymphatic system is easily congested because it does not have a pump as the circulatory system does. Most of us sit… a lot. All of this sitting causes the lymph to get clogged in the pelvic bowl and compromises our immune system.
Movement is imperative for the lymphatic system, but lying with a warm castor oil pack on your belly is another way to help it flow better.
3. Cleansing the Liver:
Our livers are constantly working, balancing blood sugar, metabolizing and synthesizing fats, storing vitamins and minerals, and more. The liver is also our detoxifier. Everything we ingest – food, medicine, alcohol, airborne pollutants, and cosmetics – is filtered and broken down by the liver.
The liver’s function extends well beyond the elimination of poisons. It controls the levels of estrogen and eliminates extra hormones from circulation.
Endometriosis and painful periods can be eliminated with a healthy liver. And of course, balanced and well-functioning hormones are essential for optimal fertility and healthy reproductive organs.
Using castor oil on the upper abdomen will aid in the decongestion of the liver and help maintain hormonal balance improving reproductive health.
4. Breaking up Adhesions and Scar Tissue:
Castor oil reduces inflammation, cleanses, detoxifies, and nourishes damaged tissue… which means it can help with repair and dissolve adhesions associated with endometriosis, abdominal surgery, or trauma.
Adhesions are internal scar tissue. They are the result of trauma to particular regions of the fascia, which have caused it to thicken in those specific areas. Adhesions in the thickened fascia may cause the uterus to be pulled out of place, decreasing its ability to contract and causing suffering. Adhesions can also prevent successful ovulation and fertilization.
How to Make a Castor Oil Pack
Making a castor oil pack is very simple. You take one of those old-fashioned hot water bottles and fill it with hot water, cover the area you
want to treat (your stomach) with castor oil, then place a flannel pillowcase over the area, place the hot water bottle over the pillowcase and cover the hot water bottle with the remainder of the pillowcase. Leave on for as long as comfortable. I will typically put an oil pack on before I go to bed, then just fall asleep with it on.
Using an electric heating pad will work as well. However, I like using a hot water bottle to avoid electricity in the area.
Supplies you need:
- Castor Oil
- Hot Water Bottle
- Flannel Pillowcase
- Old Towel
This should be done for a maximum of 4 days in a row with 3-4 days between. The castor oil can build up in the body if used for too many days in a row and cause unwanted side effects.
When women are using castor oil packs to try to get pregnant, they should use them for the first 4 days after their period and avoid use after ovulation.