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:
•Aiding in detoxification of the liver and colon
•Improving digestion and elimination
•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
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.