What is Castor Oil
Castor oil is extracted from the castor plant (Ricinus Communis) seeds. Its healing properties are related to its fatty acid composition of Ricinoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, and Linoleic Acid.
Castor oil packs are created by using a wool or cotton cloth soaked in castor oil. The cloth is then placed over the affected area, commonly the lower abdomen. Heat is applied over the cloth via a hot water bottle. This allows the castor oil to be absorbed through the skin directly to the targeted area of the body.
Castor Oil Benefits
- Improved detoxification
- Increased circulation
- Reduced inflammation
- Supported immune response
- Antioxidant actions
Castor Oil Packs Women’s Health Applications
- Liver detoxification
- Menstrual Cramps and Pelvic Pain
- Amenorrhea (absent periods)
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Undyed wool or cotton flannel large enough to cover the focus area
- Castor oil
- Hot water bottle
- Container with lid like a large mason jar
- Old clothes and sheets to cover clothing, bedding, etc.
Castor Oil Pack Method for Women’s Health
- Place the flannel in the container. Soak the flannel in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping
- Place the castor oil flannel over the lower abdomen
- Place hot water bottle over the flannel. Leave it on for 45 - 60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.
- Remove the pack and clean the area.
- Store the flannel in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack can be used up to 30 times. Wash and reuse the cloth.
You can use the packs up to 4 x’s per week.
Do not use the packs while menstruating.
If you are trying to get pregnant, use the packs from the last day of your period until you ovulate. Do not use in the luteal phase of your cycle (after ovulation until your period starts) or while you are menstruating.
As someone who has been diagnosed with PCOS, suffers with pelvic pain, and has had ovarian cysts, castor oil packs are a tool that I use often as part of my self care regime. I also recommend them regularly to my clients.
Have you tried castor oil packs? If so, what was your experience with them? Leave your comments below.
Love and good health,