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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