Benefits of Castor oil
Castor oil has many therapeutic properties and has been used for thousands of years dating back to ancient Egypt as a remedy for many ailments. Extremely rich in ricinoleic acid, a monosaturated fatty acid, its a thick oil pressed from the castor bean plant.
- Highly moisturising
- Improves immune system
- Helps heal scars and wounds
- Supports lymphatic system
- Enhanced blood circulation
- Promotes healthy white blood cell activity
- And much more…
What is a castor oil pack?
This is simply a rag (organic fabric free from toxic dyes) soaked in castor oil, applied to the skin and then heat applied; for some wondrous benefits! Use hexane-free, cold-pressed and organic if you can, because you really want the best for yourself!
I’ve read many times, that you use plastic wrap, plastic bags or the like, but do NOT do this. Castor oil packs are often used with heat, a heating pad or often a hot water bottle, so the trouble with using plastic is that when plastic heats up it leaches harmful chemicals, which are TOXIC to the body and harmful to the endocrine system that manages the hormones. You could use an old towel, PUL protective wrapper or greaseproof paper as alternatives.
Avoid plastic, there are so many better materials available now that do not contribute to toxic overload and pollution.
You could also massage castor oil into the skin of the abdomen to support reproductive/digestive health and it’s good for pain so works as well for arthritis, gout and painful conditions, castor oil really is a health all-rounder, a must-have in your natural remedy arsenal.
Reproductive health benefits of castor oil packs
- Fertility boost
- Scar Tissue
- Hormonal balancing
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves reproductive organ health
What does a castor oil pack do?
Castor oil seeps into the skin and into the lymphatic system promoting the breakdown and removal of unhealthy damaged tissues. Blood circulation is stimulated encouraging healthy new tissue growth and recovery.
When to use a castor oil pack
In the event of a new scar, start to use castor oil as soon as the wound is closed to facilitate the healing process, works for old scars too. A scar is like an iceberg, on the outside you may see a small line or maybe even a big one, but below the surface of the skin, a whole heap of scar tissue /adhesions form. Have you got a scar that feels tight, restricted or lumpy under the skin? You need to use a castor oil pack there and do some gentle massage to break that scar tissue down and promote healing.
In postnatal care castor oil packs work great to bring heat, healing and nourishment to the reproductive organs that have had a pretty strenuous 9 months.
If you have had a cesarean section you NEED to get a castor oil pack. In fact for every surgical procedure; castor oil packs can reduce the visible scarring and bring back sensation to numb areas. It can break the scar tissue which will allow blood to flow freely to the damaged tissues nourishing and repairing them.
If you have a reproductive disorder, then again castor oil is very useful, it will support the breakdown of unhealthy tissues from endometriosis, cysts, fibroids, flushing unhealthy and toxic cells and encourage healthy blood flow to the uterus.
How often can you use castor oil packs?
As self-care when feeling well, use them 1-2 a week, with gynaecological/reproductive issues 5 times a week or every other day. Post-surgery every day following closure of wounds. Castor oil packs are soothing and healing; a brilliant combination. I can recommend the use before self-care massage then rub the oil in further.
Find castor oil packs in the shop containing hexane-free castor oil, organic cloth and a safe toxic-free protector.
DO NOT do the castor oil pack when you are bleeding until you have heavy bleeding under control as castor oil packs can bring on heavier bleeding. Use the blood-stopping teas to control heavy bleeding. Castor oil packs are not suitable for use during pregnancy.
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