Fertility & Natural Family Planning

Understanding natural fertility, infertility, and related moral and social issues.

Castor Oil: Fertility Friendly


Alright, first up is all natural… castor oil!  It comes from the seed of the castor plant, also known as Rincinus Communis or Palma Christ (“Palm of Christ”).  The oil permeates the skin and can reduce inflammation and pain while increasing blood flow and cell turnover. In addition to its healing properties, it is really relaxing when used as an abdominal pack.

Fertility Related Castor Oil Uses

There are numerous ailments that benefit from castor oil.  The following focuses on fertility related conditions, but others can be found here.

  • Shrinking fibroids
  • Treating endometriosis
  • Dissolving cysts
  • Inducing labor
  • Increasing blood flow in the uterus
  • Detoxifying prior to conception (recommended in the 3 months prior to trying to conceive)

How to Use

Castor oil can be directly massaged into skin.  For a greater healing effect and to aide fertility related issues, a castor oil pack can be made by soaking wool flannel in the oil and then applied to the abdomen.  Dry heat is then applied using a heating pad or other hot pack for 45 minutes to 2 hours.  The oil can be cleaned off the skin with weak baking soda and water solution.  More detailed instructions can be found here.

Where to Find Castor Oil

I found the oil at Whole Foods and health food stores in Tucson (Sunflower Market & New Life Health Center).  Both Whole Foods & New Life Health Center sold the wool flannel.


  • Castor oil can stain
  • Use isn’t advisable in the cases of menstruation, heavy bleeding, infection, breast-feeding,  or pregnancy
  • When using to detoxify prior to pregnancy, it is recommend that after a few months use should be slowly tapered off and then only used with mild heat prior to ovulation

7 thoughts on “Castor Oil: Fertility Friendly

  1. informative and interesting. i don’t see anything that link about it helping with insomnia though.

  2. Very interesting. I definitely had no idea about the increased fertility (although, I was aware of it’s ability to help induce labor). Great blog, I look forward to many more of your posts.

  3. I am starting a few new things to help with my infertility. Will you please clarify when its best to use these packs. I do understand that from mensus start to ovulation end, it should not be used but does that mean that I should use it on all the other days?

    • Hi Nicci! Timing use of the packs can depend on what your intention is for a particular cycle. If you are trying to conceive, you would not want to use the packs after ovulation, but if you are taking a month off from trying (for whatever reason), you could use the pack in the post-ovulatory phase of the cycle. I think it might be best to start off using the packs every other day of so. I have actually read conflicting information regarding whether or not to use them during menses, so you may want to hold off until the tail end. On the other hand, I have read that for fibroids, it is suggested that the packs be used twice a day during menses only.

      Please let me know if I have answered your question. Of course, it is advisable to speak with a doctor regarding any specific concerns you have.

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