Castor Oil Fertility

Castor Oil for Fertility

Castor oil, a centuries-old natural remedy, boasts a wide array of health benefits, from skincare to digestive wellness. Rich in ricinoleic acid, it possesses potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Particularly notable is its support for reproductive health and fertility. With its hormone-balancing and detoxifying qualities, castor oil is a fantastic addition to my fertility program, The Fertility Formula, and great for reproductive well-being. 

Benefits for the Reproductive System

  • Reducing Inflammation – Inflammation within the reproductive organs can hinder fertility. Castor oil’s anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate inflammation, promoting a healthier environment for conception.

 

  • Balancing Hormones – Hormonal imbalance can disrupt the menstrual cycle and ovulation, affecting fertility. Castor oil aids in balancing hormones by supporting liver function, potentially regulating menstrual cycles and enhancing fertility.

  • Detoxification – The liver plays a crucial role in hormone regulation and detoxification. Castor oil packs applied to the abdomen can help stimulate liver function, aiding in the detoxification process and promoting hormonal balance.

  • Improving Circulation – Proper blood flow to the reproductive organs is essential for their optimal function. Massaging with castor oil can improve circulation in the pelvic area, enhancing fertility by ensuring adequate blood supply to the ovaries and uterus.
     
  • Relieving Pelvic Congestion – Pelvic congestion syndrome, characterized by pelvic pain and discomfort, can affect fertility. Castor oil packs can alleviate pelvic congestion by reducing inflammation and promoting drainage, thus improving reproductive health.

How Castor Oil Can Support Fertility

  • Supporting Ovulation – Regular application of castor oil packs to the abdomen can help support regular ovulation by promoting hormonal balance and reducing inflammation.

  • Minimizing Uterine Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts – Uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts are common causes of infertility. Castor oil packs may help reduce the size and symptoms of these growths, potentially improving fertility outcomes.
     
  • Alleviating Stress – Stress can negatively impact fertility by disrupting hormonal balance and ovulation. The soothing effect of castor oil massages can help alleviate stress, promoting a conducive environment for conception.
     
  • Enhancing Sperm Quality – While much of the focus is on female fertility, castor oil may also benefit male fertility. Massaging with castor oil can potentially improve sperm quality and motility, thus increasing the chances of successful conception.

What is a Castor Oil Pack?

Castor oil packs are simply cotton cloths soaked with castor oil that are placed on different areas of the  body to stimulate blood and lymph flow. Castor oil packs are used to stimulate healing, reduce inflammation, and promote detoxification. 

When to use a Castor Oil Pack

To support fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, place the pack over your lower abdomen from the day after your period stops until ovulation. After ovulation, it is recommended to either stop use or place the pack over your liver (lower right rib cage). Avoid using castor oil packs during menstruation.

How to make a Castor Oil Pack

The Castor Oil Pack is a method of introducing high amounts of castor oil to the body, wherever delivery is needed. You simply saturate an organic cloth and place it on the area you want to support. 

  1. Take one-fourth cup of castor oil and add about eight drops of lavender oil to it.
  2. Heat the oil until warm and soak onto a clean, organic cotton or wool cloth.
  3. Place the soaked cloth on:
    1. Liver (lower right rib cage) – to support detox and hormone balance
    2. Lower abdomen – for reproductive issues and to bring blood flow to the uterus
      1. use from the day after your period ends, up until ovulation
    3. Breasts (under a sports bra) – to promote lymphatic movement and soften blockages and dense tissue
  4. Place a hot water bottle or heating pad on top of the cloth to promote absorption. Castor oil will stain your bedding and clothes, so be sure to cover your pack with an old towel or plastic wrap if necessary..
  5. Keep the pack on for at least an hour or sleep with it on.
  6. Shower when finished, using a natural soap to remove or just let the remnants soak into your skin.
  7. Store your pack in wax paper for later use. Packs can be used several times before needing to wash and replace oil.


Since castor oil absorbs so readily into your body, I recommend only purchasing organic oil packaged in a glass bottle. Castor oil packaged in plastic will likely have microplastics in it. Also, be sure that the pack is a natural, organic fiber.

Where to Buy

I highly recommend Queen of Thrones for all castor oil pack supplies. Their oils are super high quality and they have designed easy-to-use, reusable organic cotton packs. Their website is also a great place for info on the many uses of castor oil.

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Shannon South, FNTP

Shannon South is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in fertility and hormones. She gave birth to her one and only child at age 43, after a long struggle with infertility. She and her beautiful family live in Brooklyn, NY.

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