If you scour the internet these days, you’ll come across many different “natural remedies” for hormone health and fertility. Some are newer to the market, while others, like castor oil, have been around for centuries. But what is castor oil, exactly, and what are its potential benefits when it comes to your reproductive health? Let’s dive in.   

What is castor oil?

Castor oil is a pale-yellow liquid extracted from the seeds of the castor plant, scientifically known as Ricinus communis. It contains a unique compound called ricinoleic acid, which is believed to be responsible for many of its therapeutic properties. Ricinoleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid that exhibits anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. 

How to use castor oil packs for fertility

One of the most popular ways to use castor oil is through castor oil packs. This involves soaking a cloth in castor oil and placing it on the skin, usually over the lower abdomen. We are big fans of the Queen of the Thrones® Liver Pack for less mess and additional protection. However, you can also make your own castor oil pack at home using high-quality, organic castor oil, a soft cloth (like flannel), plastic wrap, and a heating pad.  

To prepare the pack, soak the cloth in castor oil until it's saturated but not dripping. Lie down, and place the cloth over where your uterus and ovaries are located. Cover the cloth with plastic wrap to prevent staining, place the heating pad over the plastic wrap, set it to a comfortable temperature, and relax for 30-60 minutes. This warmth enhances absorption and promotes circulation. 

You can also alternate with placing the pack over your liver – located on the right side of your abdomen – for detoxification purposes. Either way, make sure you’re wearing clothes that you don’t mind staining, just in case some of the oil leaks out. 

When you’re done with the session, gently clean your skin with a natural cleanser, store the cloth in a sealed container, and the oil can be reused for several sessions. 

In addition to castor oil packs, fertility massage using castor oil is gaining popularity as a complementary therapy for reproductive health. This involves gently massaging the abdomen with warm castor oil, in hopes of improving blood flow and relieving tension in the pelvic region, as well as offering a lot of the same anti-inflammatory benefits as castor oil packs. 

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While castor oil has been used in functional medicine for centuries, it's important to note that scientific research on its direct impact on fertility is limited. As with any natural remedy, it's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating castor oil packs into your daily routine, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications.

Still, castor oil packs tend to be a low-risk option that may just be worth a try if you’re hoping to improve your fertility. Just be sure to check with your doctor first. 

Remember, fertility is a complex interplay of various factors, and what works for one person may not work for another. Regardless of the methods you choose, maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management will undoubtedly contribute positively to your fertility journey. Best of luck! 

Kristyn Hodgdon is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Rescripted.