Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil is derived from the bean of the Ricinus communist or Palma Christi plant (palm of christ). It has been used therapeutically for centuries in the traditional medicine of ancient India, China, Persia, Africa, Greece, Rome and the Americas.

Castor oil packs promote healing and reduce inflammation. They also improve elimination and circulation especially of the lymphatic system. Some of the numerous uses of castor oil include the treatment of breast cysts, fibroids, ovarian cysts, congestion of abdominal organs, skin conditions, small benign cysts, and adhesion from surgery.

Other ailments include hepatitis C, hyperthyroidism, pelvic pain, tendinitis, kidney stones, swollen joints, IBS and digestive disorders. Wherever there is congestion, scar tissue, decreased blood flowing need for healing, castor oil can be an incredibly effective treatment.

Castor oil can also been a wonderful tool to increase fertility.  It can help to detoxify your reproductive organs and tonify your blood cells.  Castor oil affects three systems within the body:

  • The Lymphatic System: think of lymph as the garbage collectors of our bodies.  It finds the ‘garbage’ (i.e. toxins, excessive hormones, and waste) and brings it to our lymph nodes, where it is processed and purified.  However, our lymphatic system doesn’t have it’s own pump like the circulatory system does. It gets it’s movement from exercise, heat, and stretching.  Castor oil packs can also benefit and stimulate the lymph, promoting detoxification and cleansing when applied to the pelvic region.

  • The Liver: The liver, your body’s lymphatic powerhouse, stores & processes toxins and hormones in the body.  Stagnation in the liver can lead to hormonal imbalance. Castor oil packs can also be applied to the liver to help it decongest, which may promote hormone balance.

  • The Circulatory System: Blood is the body’s natural healing agent.  Castor oil packs stimulate circulation in the body, helping to bring fresh, oxygenated, untried rich blood to the reproductive organs.  This enables healing of scar tissue, the breakdown of adhesions, and provides nutrition to the ovaries and uterus.

Castor oil packs should not be used during after ovulation or if you could be pregnant, but they are a fantastic way to nurture your fertility during the follicular phase of your cycle.  Castor oil packs are used during specific Fertility Enhancing Massage sessions, and can also be used for self care at home.

The castor oil pack is placed over the area of focus with a heat-pack as the heat helps draw blood to the area and for the pores to open to absorb the oil. You are left to relax and enjoy for 15 minutes + depending on treatment. This treatment is typically combined with Mizan Abdominal therapy and Womb Steam. 

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