You and your spouse decide that you are ready to start trying to have a baby! Because you want to do everything in your power to be as fertile as possible, you start learning about the countless number of things that can help you and your spouse get pregnant! Using Castor oil for fertility is a technique that has been used by many women over many years.
While there hasn’t been too much scientific research on the effects of using Castor oil, there are a great number of women who swear by this technique.
In this article, we’re going to be sharing what we’ve learned about Castor oil and using Castor oil packs to help you conceive. From what it is and how it’s used to the benefits and cautions, we’ve got you covered!
Castor Oil: What it is & How it’s Used
Castor Oil comes from the seeds of a Castor plant. From a moisturizer to an acne reducer and fungus fighter, Castor oil has been used in a variety of different ways to help people with their health for years. It’s used in so many different ways, but one way that many people utilize this oil from a Castor plant is to help them with fertility.
Castor Oil Packs
One of the most common ways that Castor Oil is used when TTC is with Castor Oil packs. Essentially, a Castor Oil pack is where you wrap Caster Oil soaked cloth (along with some other items) on various places, including your abdomen, to help with circulation to your uterus and prepare your body for conception.
DIY Castor Oil Packs
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If you’d like to create your own Castor Oil pack for fertility, here are the items that you will need:
Of course, you’ll need Castor Oil for your Castor Oil pack! Be sure to pick a high-quality kind!
Whether it’s a cut up sheet, old t-shirt, or set of rags, it doesn’t matter as long as it is some form of cotton flannel or wool. Simply put, it needs to be really absorbable.
The glass bowl, which we’re sure you could find around your house, is for the cloth to soak in with the Castor Oil.
Castor Oil is very slick and can stain, so the tongs are for you to easily pull it from the bowl to place on you.
A heating pad is an essential part of the Castor Oil pack. Even if you don’t have a heating pad, you can use a heated water bottle. You simply need some form of heating to your abdomen.
Lastly, as stated above, to help prevent from staining and making a big, slimy mess, you may want to lay out some form of plastic sheeting. You could easily lay out garbage bags to protect your floor from getting potentially ruined!
If you’re excited about the idea and want to get started as quickly and easily as possible, many places sell complete Castor Oil kits that provide you with everything you need from the Castor Oil itself to the towelettes and more. No matter if you decide to buy the items needed separately or all together in one kit, Castor Oil packs are a great and natural fertility alternative to give a try!
How to Use a Castor Oil Pack for Fertility
Using a Castor Oil pack can not only be quite easy, it can also be very relaxing! Some women will spend their time using the Castor Oil pack meditating and praying for their future child. This is a great time to think about and visualize your future, focusing on what it will be like holding your baby in your arms and seeing those two pink lines on your pregnancy test.
Here’s how to use a Castor Oil in just a few, easy steps:
- Lay out plastic sheeting
- Soak cloth in Castor Oil
- Apply cloth on your abdomen
- Place heating pad over your cloth
- Lay and relax for 30 minutes to an hour
- Clean up Castor Oil once finished
- Stay hydrated
As stated above, use this time to think about and pray for your future child. Fill your thoughts and prayers with positivity and love. If you need some inspiration on things to focus on while applying a Castor Oil pack, be sure to check out our post on fertility affirmations.
Benefits of Castor Oil
There are many fertility and non-fertility-related benefits to using Castor Oil. While we’re focusing on the use of Castor Oil and Castor Oil packs, we’ll be sharing a variety of benefits that it can potentially have on someone. Some of the benefits for using Castor Oil include:
Because Castor Oil is an oil, many people use it topically as a moisturizer! It is a very thick oil that is great for moisturization, but beware of using too much as it has definitely been known to ruin clothes!
Promotes Healthy Hair
Castor Oil isn’t just known for moisturizing skin; it is also very popular for moisturizing your hair! Many people will use Castor Oil as a hair mask. It’s also great for scalp health as well!
One of the ways Castor Oil is believed to help with fertility is by improving circulation and blood flow throughout the uterus. By doing this, it is helping your body naturally prepare for conception and getting pregnant.
Castor Oil is also a great anti-inflammatory! By reducing inflammation in the body, you can also relieve pain.
Reduce PMS Symptoms
Because Castor Oil is an anti-inflammatory along with other benefits, it can help reduce PMS symptoms such as cramping.
Help with Fertility
Combined with the benefits above, including improved circulation, Castor Oil has been tied with helping many women with fertility through the following: promoting ovarian health, supporting egg health, helping with fallopian tube and uterus preparation and more.
The list of benefits for using Castor Oil could go on and on!
Cautions of Castor Oil
There are so many wonderful benefits to using Castor Oil. As a mom-to-be, this is a great and natural way to try and help prepare your body for conception. However, as with anything, there are some things to be aware of before using Castor Oil. Here are some cautions to take into consideration before using Castor Oil for fertility…
Dangerous to Ingest
While some people strongly believe in ingesting Castor Oil for medicinal properties including inducing labor, there are many reasons why you should be cautious about doing so. Castor Oil has many side effects when ingested including: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If this is your first time using Castor Oil, be aware that it may act as a skin irritant to some people. When using Castor Oil, be sure to test a small area of your skin before doing the entire Castor Oil pack on your abdomen.
Using a Castor Oil pack can be VERY messy. Whenever you are using your Castor Oil pack, be sure to prepare your area and understand that things can get really messy, really quickly!
Not only can Castor Oil be incredibly messy, it can also stain many surfaces including fabrics, clothes, rugs, and so on. Whenever you are using a Castor Oil pack, make sure that you are wearing something that you wouldn’t mind getting ruined.
It is such an exciting time when you and your spouse decide that you are ready to start trying for a baby! There’s so much to look forward to and dream about! As a future mom-to-be, we know that you want to do everything in your power to prepare your body, soul, and mind to conceive a precious little miracle.
While Castor Oil is only one of the many ways to help improve your chances of getting pregnant, it’s definitely worth a try! If anything, it’s a great opportunity to relax, focus on your future, and prepare your mind and body for all of the excitement that is ahead!