Two weeks ago I shared a very popular post about Endometriosis and how you can move away from the dreaded condition and propel your life toward better health, no matter what. In all areas of our life we must come back to reminding ourselves that we are always working toward wellness over illness. I had spoken about castor oil packs and told you I’d be back with some more information (mostly because the post would have ended up the length of a thesis had I taken the time to share over there) AND because I’m a woman of my word, here I am to shout from the rooftops at least for today, the benefits of caster oil packs to enhance fertility and uterine healing.
Castor Oil itself is widely known for it’s ability to break up stagnation, tumours, warts, accumulations and so on. I personally have used it to rid myself of a wart that once sprung up on my thumb. Not because you have warts in your uterus (yikes!) but more so because we can all suffer from accumulation by way of endometriosis, cysts, or just ‘stuck’ blood and nutrient flow to the uterus. You might be wondering how in the heck you know if you actually have stuck uterine energy? PAIN!! Always come back to allowing your symptoms to be your guide. Pain, twinges, twitches, bloating, back ache – all indicate some type of stagnation in the uterus (especially from a Chinese Medicine standpoint). Castor Oil packs can help you move toward your trouble free period. Actually, castor oil packs aren’t just for those with endometriosis. Castor oil packs help with overall circulation, promote ovarian, uterine and fallopian tube health, increase egg quality and have your lady parts all round happy! Because of their general promotion of circulation they are also considered detoxifying.
You’ll need to purchase yourself a castor oil pack – you can easily do so online. You can use castor oil packs on any areas of the body. Obviously for menstrual health, you’d apply the pack to the lower abdomen between your pubic bone and your belly button and come out around 7-10cm each side. Basically you prepare the area by a gentle massage to invigorate and increase blood flow, apply your castor oil pack, oil side down (which is literally a flannel that has had castor oil poured on it), cover it with a plastic bag, followed by a hot water bottle and then a towel to hold it all there and leave for up to 90 minutes.
Castor oil packs should not be used during the period time, where there is severe illness or if pregnant. If you are trying to conceive it’s a good idea to avoid using a castor oil pack after ovulation. Depending on your level of pain, you may start using your castor oil pack quite frequently for a month or two (daily even) outside of menstruation. If your case isn’t severe, applying castor oil packs a couple of times a week may be suffice. As time goes on you can gradually decrease the frequency in any case but it is important to know you’d most likely be committing to doing castor oil packs over a 3-6 month period, and in this time slowly coming back to repeating the sequence once a week. It’s uncommon to find a woman that doesn’t get relief by using castor oil packs and I find results are usually experienced within 3 months. Nice!
You know one of my favourite sayings – “do nothing, nothing changes.” When we start to stir things up and move the body toward ridding of illness to make way for wellness, often changes are seen. Sometimes these can take us a-back because they are not what we expected. This too may happen when beginning to use castor oil packs – you may notice a heavier menstrual cycle and in some cases a little more pain as the body begins to move through the stagnation. Your periods however should become more regular with far less pain and a lot more ‘normal’ over the time dedicated to using castor oil packs.
I’d love to hear your thoughts – have you used castor oil packs and what has your experience been? I’m sure other readers will be interested to know just how it has impacted your endometriosis and cramping over time.