Castor oil has been used as a traditional healing treatment for millennia. The oil is used topically on the skin as a circulation enhancer and a detox agent. It has recently become a beauty fad because it increases hair growth and can be used on eyelashes and eyebrows. It’s a very viscous oil and is used topically on the abdomen to aid in liver detox by stimulating lymph tissue, uterine blood circulation, and bowel stimulation. Additionally, it’s great for healing scar tissue.
I recommend castor packs to patients with:
- Ovarian Cysts
- Painful periods
- Thin uterine lining
- Detox need
Castor packs should be done 2-3 times per week for approximately 45 minutes. I recommend doing them while you’re chilling on the couch in the evening. It’s a very viscous oil that will stain clothing, so dress accordingly. You will need:
- Castor oil – 16oz bottle or 3oz. roll-on
- Old fabric square (tshirt/flannel/dishtowel)
- Heating pad with a plastic bag to protect it
Apply the castor oil – using the roll on or drizzled on the old cloth square and applied on the low abdomen (above pubic bone where the uterus/ovaries are) AND/OR over the liver (right lower ribcage). Place the plastic bag protector over the cloth and put the heating pad atop that. Relax for 45 minutes. Drink LOTS of water.
Castor oil can be used in the follicular phase, starting the day after the heaviest day of your period up until ovulation 2-3 times/week. If you’re going through IVF, you can use castor packs up until you start stimulation drugs, or if undergoing FET – up until you start progesterone (approx 6 days before transfer).