Heal Yourself by Laying Down with Castor Oil Packs

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Castor oil packs is an ancient healing technique that is incredibly easy and simple to do at home. Edgar Cayce, also known as the father of holistic medicine, brought castor oil packs back to modern holistic/alternative medicine. Check out one of his books, The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapies to learn more.   Castor oil comes from the plant Ricinus communes, and centuries ago the plant was referred to as “Palma Christe” because the leaves were said to resemble the hand of Christ.  People revered the plant for it’s healing abilities.

I have heard about castor oil packs for years, but when I attended my Mayan Massage course earlier this year the idea got brought back into the foreground of my mind as a way to heal my uterus, ovaries and digestive organs.

Castor oil packs are healing and detoxifying in general. They can help:

  • heal digestion and increase elimination
  • stimulate the liver and help detox
  • relieve pain, especially menstrual and uterine pain
  • reduce inflammation
  • increase lymphatic flow (your lymph system is like the trash pick up system of your body, it flushes out the trash and toxins but can be sluggish and slow due to diet and overall health)

They are great to use if you have cysts, the flu, a virus or cold, ulcers, infertility or menstrual issues, and in general want to do a detox.  Since they are VERY detoxifying so you cannot do them if you are pregnant or nursing.

Doing a castor oil pack is easy but does take some logistical planning, as castor can be very messy and does not wash out.

You will need a hemp or wool flannel (it will be soaked in castor oil and reused for several months and then you just throw it away), castor oil, an old towel and a heating pad. 

To get set up, you want to put on old PJs, in case you get any castor oil on them, and put an old towel down on your bed in case any drips onto your sheets.  Some people will put plastic down and around the the pack, but with the heat, you are heating up plastic and then those plastic chemicals would leach into your body, and totally defeat the purpose of a castor oil pack.

Then you will want to soak your flannel in castor oil.  Don’t just dribble in it on, you need to actually soak the flannel in the oil.

Put the soaked flannel on your stomach, more on your liver if you want a general immune boost and detox or lower on your uterus and colon if you want help with female organs and digestion.

Then put an old towel over the top, then your heating pad over the towel.  Then lay down for at least 30 minutes, if not a full hour and let the castor oil pack do its work. When you are done, drink a big glass of water to help your body flush out the toxins.

Afterwards, store your flannel in a glass jar and reuse the flannel without washing it.  Same with the towels, you can wash them but the oil never really comes out well, so just store them in a plastic bag and reuse them over and over for a bit before discarding.

As far as how often you want to do a castor oil pack, if you’re in the middle of a health issue, you can do a pack for three days in a row, then three days off, for three straight weeks.  Then you can use a pack whenever you are feeling a bit run down or in need of a little detox or immune boost.

Have you ever tried castor oil packs?

And P.S.  if you are local to south florida or are willing to travel, please make an appointment to see me!  I have been a massage therapist and healer for 14 years and now I am an Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Therapy Practitioner as well.  I also do Skype sessions and can teach you self-care/self healing things you can do on your own, if you can’t find a practitioner in your area.

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  1. I am totally going to try this!!

  2. Why do you have a ad for Velveeta on top?

    • Oh girl, don’t get me started! Those my Glam Ad Network ads. I have filtered out all of the processed foods ads in my contract and STILL they get in. As soon as I notice one, I message them and have it taken down but there is often a long lag time.
      By the end of the month, I am hoping to be making enough from my cookbook to not need the income from the ads to run my website. Fingers crossed. Also, just fyi, I have long had a disclaimer saying that I don’t support those food ads, but that I am doing the best I can and those ads pay for the cost of running this website.

  3. Just want to make sure since I’m new with nursing, even in a health issue I shouldn’t try this? I just gave birth to a 10 pound 10oz baby and of course ran into issues during labor. Since I’m not completely healed my midwife wants to want to do exams. Basically my uterus is falling out :/ any suggestions?

    • Yes, wait on the castor oil till you are done nursing. BUT you can go see a Mayan Massage practioner right now and they will be able to give you a manual treatment to get your uterus back in place. Click the link above where I talk about Mayan Massage and if you go to the website of the organization of where I was trained you can click around to find a practioner in your area.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    Is this safe post c-section delivery?

  5. I’m going to try it! Thanks for telling us about it!

  6. Steph Herrick says:

    Love castor oil packs! I have been using them in conjunction with Epsom salt baths since I started getting Mayan abdominal massage treatments and they are helping a lot with swelling and pain. I was cautioned not to use the castor oil packs during menstruation though because it can cause heavier bleeding. I’ve used the packs on a spasm in my neck that was causing me blinding pain – a little while with the castor oil pack and some heat and it was almost completely gone!

  7. Would these be good for sinus problems?

    • I would think so. I think it would be hard to do a pack on your actual sinuses, so maybe do one on your forehead? Going grain and dairy free for a bit till you heal your allergies, would probably help out your sinuses if you haven’t already.

  8. This is so exciting! We always put a little caster oil on bumps and bruises, and it takes the swelling WAY down, if not all!
    Can’t wait to try after pregnancy and nursing!!

  9. Your blog is AWWWW-SOME! I found you googling “how many egg yolks can I give my baby?” (or something along those lines!). I LOVED your smoothie/raw egg yolk post LOL. I even had my husband read it…your man sounds JUST like mine. I even asked my hubby if he thought it sounded like something he’d do and he totally agreed. ;)
    My quest started when I was looking for natural remedies for our 8 month old’s tummy issues. Constipation…UGH! I eventually came to “Sarah The Healthy Home Economist” who had a post on it…I read another-than another-“____”. Getting crunchier and crunchier by the minute. Anyway, this post about Castor Oil is among the few dozen hidden gems of tummy remedies I have stumbled upon. I have yet to find “THE CURE” as he’s become super crafty at holding it when he’s gotta go…little stinker! We got off on the wrong foot when his pediatrician scared me into him NEEDING the iron from the rice/oatmeal cereal that I didn’t want to feed him. He’s been associating it with pain ever since. GRRR! Next up: homemade chicken stock, for the gelatin. I will be adding the Castor Oil to the list after I research more for the 1/2 pints. THANKS! <3

    • Thanks! So glad to have you here! Have you tried probiotics yet for your little guy? If you haven’t checked out Wellness Mama yet, her website is a wealth of information too. She has this great recipe for fruit snack gummies that are made with real gelatin and probiotics.

  10. Heather says:

    Couple questions…just had hysterectomy two weeks ago which has resulted in several large hematomas sitting in my bladder..the pain from this results in me feeling with every fiber if my being that I would give birth naturally to a 10lb baby before I would urinate at this moment…do you think the packs would help now and later even though I have had the hysterectomy, they didn’t take my ovaries

    Also my thyroid levels are within range but just barely would this help them and if so where would I place it?

    • Yes, this would help that for sure. Also try to find a Mayan Massage practioner in your area. There are many other possible health issues from having your uterus removed, like bladder prolapse and sacral back pain to name a few. And all of that can be elievated and helped with Mayan Massage.

      As for thyroid stuff, I would read a book called the Mood Cure and/or the Diet Cure. They both go into thyroid issues and how food/diet plays a role and is a really easy fix with a few diet changes and amino acid supplements.

  11. Do you think castor oil packs would work for males? My 23 years old son has “cystic acne” on face, chest and back and recently started treatment with acutane (last resort – ugh)… I am so concerned as that is such a harsh drug.

    Thank You

    p/s I love your blog Stephanie!

    • Oh yes, it would work for all humans, and you know what, it would probably be great for sick dogs and cats too. If you could get them to lay still!

    • I took accutane. It wrecked my digestive system. :( Try garlic! I’ve read that eating it fresh daily will take care of even the worst acne.

  12. Alfrieda AND says:

    This really sounds like what we used to do when I was a kid and before. However, we had other remedies to use that help detox the body. Castor oil was always on the shopping list, and keeping a flannel cloth in the house.

  13. I’ve only found out about castor oil packs a few days ago and I’m scheduled to start my menstrual cycle in a few days, could I start now our should I wait until it’s over and if then, when because I’m not sure when I ovulate?

    • You are not supposed to do it when you are bleeding. So the recommendation of three weeks on and one week off, is for the off week to be on your period.

  14. stephanie says:

    I was wondering if you had any thoughts or experiences in applying castor-oil packs for fibroids in a uterus. My mother is post-menopausal, but the fibroid she has is still growing. We were wondering if castor oil may aid in shrinking. Any information or advice you (or anyone) has is appreciated. We enjoy your blog very much.

  15. I am wondering if castor oil packs can cause your period to start early? If you are not supposed to use the castor packs when on your period, how can they help with menstrual cramps? Also, I am curious why one should not use castor oil packs for cancerous cysts?
    Thanks so much! :-))

    • It could, especially if you are not regular, it will help you back on a regular cycle, and it could cause you to bleed out some old backed period blood that is not associated with this cycle. It helps cramps, because it helps to heal and restore your uterus before your period starts to make your period better. Not sure about the cancerous cysts. I will ask and get back to you.

    • Marsha Rainey says:

      I used the castor oil packs on my lower abdomen & pelvis for 3 days in June after my ovulation. For July’s period, it showed up 2 days early. Well, not really. See the first 2 days it was dark, kind of black old blood. I also saw scar tissue.So I knew the*cop worked. Next thing I noticed was that my real period was bright red. (A significant color difference). Which had started 2days later but also lasted 3 more days than normal.Then my cramps which the past few months were gone!!

      • Perfect!! Dark, brown blood is old blood, so good job releasing it and getting it out! Bright fire engine red is what a healthy period looks like. Excited for you! Keep up the good work Marsha!

  16. Rebekah Meyer says:

    I love castor oil packs!!! I especially love using them to aid lymph drainage. Just a note of caution though….I made the mistake of using a pack over my liver in the evening while lying on my bed….well, I fell asleep, and it ended up being there ALL NIGHT! I woke up to the worst pain i’ve ever experienced. My liver felt like it was on fire; muscles were weak and everything hurt, and I ended up with 48 hrs of indescribable gastric distress of all sorts that took me 2 full weeks to fully recover from. The only answer I can come up with is that my liver just dumped a heap of toxins into my gut to be flushed out, and my system was unable to handle it. I had no idea how powerful the packs would be!!! I look forward to use them again here soon, but i’ll be sure to stick to the 1/2-1hr lol.
    PS. I also love including some essential oils to the castor oil before putting it on the flannel (look up which oils are best for your specific complaint:)

    • Interesting!! Yes, they are powerful having them on just for a half hour or hour, so I can’t even imagine how much you detoxed all night! Well, I bet you felt better after everything got out of your system!!

  17. i’ve been bleeding for the last 3 months. would it help to stop the bleed? tq

  18. I was not menstruating for 2 months but did have the pms. During this, I was shifting home, and that completely drained out my energy, then I started spotting for 3 days. And I started to bleed a little on the fourth and the following days I was bleeding with lots of huge clots I’ve never seen in my life. Looks like lump of flesh. Since then, I’ve been bleeding on and of with a gap of one or two days.

    When I tire my body physically in the day time, then later in the evening I start to bleed. The days I’m exhausted I bleed more and some days less blood with more clots. All this time of bleeding I never had any abdominal pain. But last few days I started to have stomach cramps and back pain and for the last 2 days I’m bleeding again and it looks like my regular menstruation cycle. It’s so frustrating. Went to hospital, they did ultrasound, uterus was normal and they prescribed birth control pills. Since I’m not a fan of pharmaceutical products, I put aside those pills and trying on some Chinese herbs and thought of castor oil pack too.

    Thanks for replying.

    • Try to find a Mayan Massage practitioner in your area too and get a full treatment. They will help you for sure. Hope you feel better soon.

    • Hi, Ash! I am not a doctor, but I have had PCOS for years, officially diagnosed in 2008. I can already hear many women scolding me for saying this but please PLEASE try to avoid taking birth control for your abnormal uterine bleeding. I’m not saying you have PCOS, but I always encourage women I know or meet to be screened for it because any imbalance of your hormones can wreak havoc on your entire body. When I was diagnosed, the only thing any medical doctor (and I saw several OB/GYNs) wanted to do for me was put me on birth control. It was poison for me. Made all of my symptoms much, much worse and wasn’t a viable solution for a twenty something wanting to start a family. Although I cannot confirmany findings myself, I hear whispers that young women with PCOS are facing infertility after being prescribed birth control. A devastating miscarriage and many years of not conceiving have me fearful that there is breadth to the whispers.

      I am currently facing similar symptoms to yours, and fortunately have an OB/GYN who believes in treating as holistically as possible. Unfortunately, my ultrasound did show an abnormally thick and heterogeneous endometrium, so next step is biopsy. I am so happy and hopeful having found this blog. After years of stumping medical doctors, I wholly realize that the key to my personal health lies in rich nutrients born from the earth, strength from within, and seeking a network of healers and nurturers….not some fabricated-by-man pill. Good luck to you and happy healing!!

  19. In have a small cyst on my face, how would info a pack there? Obviously a hot water bottle is too big..any suggestions?

  20. my brother has been suffering the lymph genettis, he went for a sonar last week, they found that his lymph is septic. i was wondering if i can use the pack for lymph drainage and how do i use it

  21. Hello! Ive struggled with infertility and have just completed 3 weeks of castor oil packs. Ultrasound showed cysts and endometrial polyps. My doctor recommended surgery but im hoping the castor oil eill eork and i can avoid surgery. Since starting the castor oil i started my period 9 days early which i read above may be commo. My question is… should i wait any amount of time before trying to conceive or is it safe to try after 3 weeks of castor oil. Should i stop the oil packs when trying to conceive? Thank you. Do you recommend acupuncture for infertility issues?

    • If you are actively trying to concieve, stop the oil packs once you ovulate. So every cycle you try, just do them up to ovulation and then stop. But in general is best to stop all detox things 3 to 6 months before trying to concieve, since detoxing is hard on your liver and pregnancy is hard on your liver…so you kind of need to give your body a little break in between.

  22. Hi, I simply applied a descent amount of castor oil on my lower abdomen followed with a hot bottle covered with towel for 40 mins, for uterine health and healing as I had a c-section for ectopic pregnancy and then another surgery for hydrosalpinx. I had read that castor oil helps in healing and removes scar tissues if formed.it also helps improving uterine health overall. But my question is can this lead to bleeding post 2 days of applying pack, I would like to mention I started the oil a week bfr my normal period date, but I got my period early and with less bleeding. Please advise if it is normal or the pack should be applied on specific cycle dates.
    Can it trigger period before time?

    • It can. Because the bleeding in an of itself is a kind of detox. It’s a release and downward energy (same kind of energy when you are doing a detox and trying to get things out of your body). So you body could have been stimulated to release some stagnant, old blood. Was the blood red or more brown?

      • Thanks for the reply. The bleeding was as usual but started watery and then back to normal but lasted only for 2 days and the it was off and on kind, I mean v less.

  23. Also we are planning ivf in coming months so is it ok to use the pack? …To improve uterine health..?

    • Oh yes, it is fine. But you want to stop the packs at ovulation and ride out the rest of the cycle. Then if you don’t get pregnant, you can start them back up again for the first half of the cycle.

      • Thanks! But just for better understanding, u meant aftr ovulation I can start the pack heading towards period? And stop once period start and then start once bleeding stops and can apply pre ovulation time and then can continue post ovulation? I just want to tell you that may go for ivf in March with FET. Fresh cycle failed late last year. I wish to improve my uterine health overall. Can u suggest a few tips on this!

        • No, you can do the packs from end of period to ovulation-the first half of cycle. You stop at ovulation, because you don’t want to do packs if you are pregnant. Then if you get your period (and you are not pregnant) you can do them again for the next cycle, but the first half only. I would read all the uterus posts I have here and you may also want to check out my From Maiden To Mother eCourse. It’s for women who are trying to concieve, are pregnant or newly post partum.

  24. Can a small castor oil pack be used in fading and healing dark marks on the face and other types of scars on the face? and this includes old ones too.

  25. I started on the castor oil pack about two weeks ago everyday. I has menstrual cramps and used the pack in the morning and felt so much relief. Why can’t I use it during menses? My menstrual pains is so severe. I had to take pain killers this afternoon. I would rather use the packs than the pain killers. Let me know your view please.

    • Not sure of the technical reason not to do on your period, just know that is the week you are suppossed to give your body a break. Probably just an energetic thing, your body is working hard to shed the lining and release toxins, so it just needs a break for a few days. ;)

  26. Rhonda Wheeler says:

    Hi Stephanie!

    Do you think using another oil would work such as coconut or olive oil? I am curious, as far as cysts are concerned, does the caster oil packs shrink them or gets rid of the cysts?

    thanks Rhonda

    • It needs to be castor oil. Coconut oil does also pull toxins but not as effectively as castor. It will both shrink them and get rid of the cysts…especially if combined with a mayan massage treatment. :)

  27. Michele says:

    Hello! I have been trying to conceive for a few years now. We went through injections with timed intercourse two months with no success. We are takng a break for a few months before trying iui in the summer. I am hopeful that during our break I am doing all kinds of research on how to ovulate naturally so we can conceive on our own. I do not ovulate and I am curious as to how costor.oil packs aide in ovulation?

    • Check out my other posts on uterus and pelvis health. If the circulation is poor in your pelvis and pelvic organs, the area can get toxic and congested. Castor oil packs are a tool to help detox and cleanse the area, which aids in fertility. You really should get a mayan abdominal therapy treatment too, it is very important part of the healing infertility puzzle. What area are you live in?

  28. I would really love to use this ASAP as I am 4 weeks post emergency C section. I don’t plan to stop breast feeding for several years. How much of a risk is there for breast milk? Could I do a little now?

    • No, you really can’t do castor oil packs while breastfeeding. You can however start doing Mayan Abdominal Therapy and other therapies in a few weeks. What are you trying to heal?

  29. Rosie allan says:

    Hi, I wanted to try the packs.. Waiting for my period to finish to start this, I have unexplained fertility and been trying for 5 years. I have heavy period cramps and bleeding. I wanted to know the first time I try the packs the following period will it tend to be much heavier? Due to go Away and didn’t want to be suffering then.


    • It can create more blood the next period after doing the packs, because the shedding of the lining and blood cells and celluar debris are the body’s way of cleansing, regular stuff and toxic stuff. But in general, after some time of doing self care your periods will get better and less heavy bleeding. If you have fertility stuff going on, for sure find a practitioner in your area to work with you, or come see me in South Florida!

  30. Hi! I was diagnosed with a small fibroid and ovarian cyst. Was put on bcp for this. I tried castor oil this morning and I am cramping and spotting bright blood. Is this normal? Is my body detoxing? Thanks so much!

    • Yes, depending on the amount. Hemoraging, is obvs not ok, but spotting is totally normal. As the castor oil breaks down and heals the fibroid and cyst, it’s gotta get out of your body somehow. If you have some healing movement happening, I highly recommend finding an Arvigo practitioner in your area to get the abdominal massage. It will help pass, clear and detox everything in your pelvis area. Hope you feel better soon!

  31. rabelani says:

    hi am using castor oil pack for blocked fallopian tubes. now its about week two and am using it in the morning and evening. how wil I know if it working for me.now m experiencing abdominal pain on my lower left ab
    domen. .Please help

    • That’s a little too much. It’s very detoxifying, you need to give your body time to rest and heal after detox. You should really only do it 3 to 4 times a week for three weeks and then give your body a week off (your period week). You also should get the Mayan Abdominal Therapy work done. Castor oil can only do so much and is really a supplement healing modality to the bodywork treatment. Look up one in your area, and if you are in South Florida, come see me!

  32. Hello :) I am eighteen years old and have suffered from extreme irregularity every since I first got my period. I am now over two years without my period. Do you think this could help me? I’m sick of pills and such and would love to heal my body naturally. I’m desperate here and any advice would be amazing and highly appreciated!

    • Yes, this could help. But no period for two years is very serious. Sounds you are deficient in lots of nutrients and fats to make your hormones work properly. If you are not getting much animal fat and protein, add them back into your diet. It’s a huge misconception that low fat will keep you skinny, if you are avoiding fat and animal protein to be skinny. I would also look for an Arvigo Mayan Abdomoinal Therapy practitioner in your area. If you are in South Florida, come see me! Hope you are feeling better soon.

  33. Marianne says:

    Can you use a castor oil pack with a copper IUD? I just got it put in place and am having issues with cramps every day. I have used the castor oil pack in the past between cycles for bad menstrual pain, but am afraid it might encourage the IUD to fall out.

    • So sorry for the delay, I wanted to double check before I responded. Yes, castor oil packs are fine to do with copper IUD. You do want to make sure to massage your pelvic area gently though, if you do that part too. You can preforate and hurt your uterus my massaging it with an IUD in it.

  34. I have aggressive Rheumatoid Arthritis and can not get it under control. If it recommended for three weeks use and three off how would I get my elbow, two knees and fingers treated? Is it three weeks for each area or just the liver ?
    Can I sleep with knee packs or oil in gloves (for the fingers)? The RA is attacking the tissues which puts pressure on tendons and ligaments limiting my movements. Is there anyway this can help sinus inflamation or reduce the need for the cpap machine? I have already removed wheat and dairy, and limit my sugar.

    • Your best bet for elbows, fingers and knees is a castor oil salve. Way less messy. Also rubbing castor oil on those areas and soaking in a bath would be a good option too. And yes, rubbing CO on your face, around eyes and nose is amazing for sinus inflamation. Have you tried taking Protandim? It is a supplement I take and it has had great results with people who have RA. Lots of love to you as you heal.

  35. How would you do this for a baby? My 10 month old suffers from chronic fevers and inflammation with no known cause. We are both on a very anti-inflammatory diet with several supplements, chiropractic work, NAET, all kinds of things, yet she continues to have low-grade fevers daily. Bloodwork is normal except for elevated inflammatory markers when fevers are higher. I have some suspicion that there is some kind of smoldering infection or even a leaking cyst somewhere. (She has a large birthmark at the nape of her neck, and sometimes this can occur alongside a spinal cyst.) Just a theory, but I would like to test it via some gentle detoxing. Do you think this is safe? How would you go about it?

    • From what I understand you can’t do castor oil packs on a baby, its way too detoxifying. Have you been to a homeopath yet? Can you get a medical test done to see about any cysts? Always go with your gut if you have a guess about something, def check it out. Let me do some research and I will get back to you.

      • Actually, this is something that I would need a ton more information to really be able to help. Setting up a Skype session with me is the best option. I am doing half off sessions for the month of may in honor of Mothers Day.

  36. Hi Stephanie

    I am doing the castor oil pack with fertility massage to aid with conceiving as I have blocked fallopian tubes. I have noticed however after every castor oil pack session when I do the massage I can feel lots of soft lumps under my skin on my abdomen wherever I have had the castor oil pack, is this normal and what are these lumps? They disappear after doing the massage…

    • Good for you! They could be anything, lymph nodes getting full, or toxins/scar tissues being flushed out. I will double check with my mentor, but that sounds normal and your body is going good work flushing everything out.

    • Ok, I was right, but glad I double checked. They are just lymph filling up. Which is all good news, your body is doing great. Keep up the good self care work!

  37. Jennifer L. says:

    I’ve been having a bit of spotting before my period. My daughter is nearly 2.5 and still nursing. Castor oil packs are still a no, even with bigger nurslings? Do they really cause that much of a detox?

    • Technically yes, but you can decide for yourself. I was still nursing when I started castor oil packs, but only about a tablespoon of milk a day was being taken out, so I didn’t really worry about it.

  38. veronica says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Doctors say, that maybe I have adenomiosys, because they see some tissue in my uterus.. I have the results until August, to be honest I’m afraid, but I’ve been searching for the castor oil, and now I’m using it. Do you think that this tissue will go away, I don’t have any pain, and this month my period was normal, no spotting or cramps,but is been only four days, that I have use the castor oil. Should I keep using the oil, or should I wait, until they say, I do have Adenomyosis?

    • Keep using the castor oil. And either schedule an appointment with me so I can teach you the self massage or even better find a practitioner in your area and get the treatment. You need the actual massag technique combined with the castor oil to really break down the tissue, but it is totally possible!

  39. Hi Stephaine,
    I have endometriosis and I am not ovulating. I have been using castor oil pack from 2 months, stopping 1 week before and during menstruation. After using castor oil packs, I have been experiencing heavy bleeding for 2-3 days with clotting and cramps and my periods are regular (they were regular prior to packs as well). I was wondering if this heavy bleeding is a stop signal from my body that the pack is not good forme or is that a good sign, showing that it is resolving my endometriosis problem by shedding the extra lining.

    • Oh no, that is a great sign. Your body is sheding for sure, good work!! Remember it’s not just extra lining, but whatever else celluar debris that your are detoxing from your abdomen. Have you gotten a Mayan Therapy treatment yet? You should be adding in herbal tinctures and self care massage to your healing routine. If there is not one in your area, you can set up a Skype session with me and I can walk you through what else you can be doing.

  40. Joan Robinson says:

    I am 42 wanting to conceive and also will the packs help with leg pain

  41. I just had a hysterectomy this thursday, it was laparoscip but they did do an incision abot 3 in above my pubic hairline. I have 5 holes that are kupt together by some of crazy glue. Im inalot of discomfort would you recomment starting packs now?

    • I would wait till you are past the acute healing stage. If you want, you could just place your hands over your incision and imagine you are sending white healing light to the area to help it heal for now. Or you can pray and ask that God send healing white light to the area, directed through your hands, if that resonates with you. Then later start the castor oil packs and self massage.

  42. Samantha Alexander says:

    Dear Stephanie
    I read about different women views, concerns and your comments on the castor oil pack.I had an ectopic pregnancy in 2012 and the Dr.says the other Fallopian tubes has scar on it due to past infection and it might be difficult to conceive,nevertheless i have done some research on ways to unblock the Fallopian tube naturally and come across self fertility massage along with the castor oil pack.However i have started the castor oil pack along with the fertility massage two days ago and on my second day I am feeling pain in my abdomen and left tube area,sometimes a burning like.On my second night I drop to sleep with the castor oil pack on and when I wake up I feel pain in my abdomen and tube area is that normal.Please for advice

  43. My cycles have stopped for 5 months due to low body weight from pancreatitis(two years ago). I am 51 and my gyn. just thinks I am in menapause, but I really don’t think so. I was having regular period to a point and they just stopped. I have no symptoms of menopause and I found out today via a mri that my uterine lining is thicker than when I was having my cycles. I feel like it needs to shed. I thought about using natural progesterone cream (I have used in the passed), but now I am considering trying the castor oil packs. What is your suggestion? I am 5′-8″ and only 100 pounds. I can only eat very low amounts of protein (no animal protein) and very little fat. My family has an above average age for menopause. My aunts have been up to 55 when going into menopause. I really think I would know it if this was the cause of the stopping of cycles.

    • It’s hard to say, but castor oil and mayan massage will def help your lining shed and regulate hormones and wont hurt anything. Also, an herb I sell called Female Tonic would be helpful for you, regardless of you are in fact pre-menopausal or not.

  44. I was just diagnosed with ovarian cysts and I have started doing castor oil packs. I haven’t been doing them during my cycles…. My cycle is over (by several days) and I started bleeding again, not heavy (yet) should I take it as spotting or should I not do the pack till it’s stopped again?

    • It’s probably spotting/detoxing so that is a good sign. I wouldn’t do castor oil, let your body do it’s thing and then you can start back up again after this phase has passed.

  45. Hey stephanie ,i am diagnosed with for fibroids one is 8.5 cms,other 3 cms and two are pea sized.doctors have suggested an urgent myemactomy but i am unmarried 27 years old only.but since my fibroid size increased from 4 to 8.5 cms in a year,i have to undergo a surgery.i am not physically or mentally prepared for it.pls reply soon here whether castor oil packs can help me shrink my fibroids and gradually diminish them?if yes,how long shoul i use them?

    • Sorry to hear that. They will help for sure. But fibroids are serious business so you would need to also be taking Female Tonic and Hortence’s Formula Tonic AND getting regular Mayan Massage treatments as well as keeping up with your own self care at home (castor oil is apart of self care, but you also would need to massage your abdomen every night as well as do regular vaginal steams). If there is not a practitioner in your area, check out my client services page and I can walk you through everything on Skype. :)

  46. Can you do castor oil packs while taking Ivf shots but before egg retrieval? Would that potentially increase or decrease your number of follicles? Or affect the quality?

    • You can do castor oil packs before ovulation, but not after. But idealy you would want to do castor oil packs far in advance of even trying to get pregnant (because it is detoxifying, which makes your liver work hard, and since pregnancy makes your liver work hard, you want to give your liver a break before you get pregnant-make sense?)

  47. Hello, I just came across your page after having read about different methods to relieve abdominal pain. I have always been into the holistic approach even if combined with traditional medicines. Right now my mother is home with me on hospice because she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. I have a strong feeling she’s gonna make it. Not in denial but my faith is holding me steadfast. Recently sge was given an enema when she preferred the castile soap enema, this one was by Fleet. Fleet has a nasty preservative. To make this short, she started having upper abdominal pain and tightness. I bought the castor oil and the flannel packs and have already applied. How soon before the discomfort subsides? How often should I give this to her? One or twice a week? Once a day? I really hope this helps. There are no clinical or any type of herbalist or holistic healers near me so I’m doing all my reading and research on my own. Also how can I talk with you through Skype if I need assistance or just general questions? Thank you so much for this post and thank you for reading.

    • If she is holding strong, you could do it three to four times a week, but monitor her closely, it can be exhausting, even though ultimately beneficial, because it is so detoxifying and rapidly healing the area. Click on my client services page to learn more, I would be happy to work with you. I could help both your mom, and you as you deal with supporting her through this time. lots of love. :)

  48. Hi
    I have bilateral fimbrial blockage and just started castor oil packs.
    But I did it on first day of my periods. Can it cause any harm?
    After how many days of menstruation can it be done?
    And what is the frequency you suggest to remove the scar? And for how long?

    • Doing it on your period is not going to cause harm, you just want to give your body a break. Castor oil is extremely detoxifying and your body has to work hard to clear out stuff, and when your on your period, your body is working hard to shed the lining. You just want to be gentle on your body and treat it kindly when you are menstruating. Also, to remove scar tissue you will also need to do self massage and/or see a practitioner. Check out my client services page if you want to set up a Skype session with me and I can teach you the massage. :)

  49. Hi Stephanie,

    Your blog is really encouraging. Thank you for all the information. I want to know, if applying castor packs helps in regular ovulation?I have PCOS, and My cycles vary from 34 days to 38 days. Im sure i ovulate every month, but not sure when exactly does it happen. Please do reply on the same, Any clue would be helpful.

  50. I have had Hashimoto diagnosis for 12y. I have had my periods every month, irregularly though, but it has never went over 30 days. I have been doing Castor oil pack 4x a week, every week past 5weeks. Im not TTC so i didnt stop around ovulation time. But now my period is 4 days over 30 days and im not pregnant (tested to be sure:)). So many here mention they get early period…im confused. Could castor oil packs cause late period in my case?

    • It really is an individual thing, but across the board, once you have healed your abdomin, through all modalities together, castor oil packs, mayan massage, vaginal steam baths, etc it will regulate your cycle-whatever that means for you. Every one is different in cycle length, what you want is consistency on what ever normal is for you. ;)

  51. Hallo Stephanie,

    Love your post. I wonder if you could help me.
    I’m off the pill that I have been taking for 8 years. 1 year has now passed and I only had period 2 times.
    I cleaned up my diet, juicing, taking vitex for 2 months now, starting the seed cycling soon and I want to try out the castor oil packs. What more can I do to get my cycle in balance?

    I had problems with acne but it’s starting to clear up now, but am starting to give up :-(

    • That is a complicated question with many possible answers. Would love to help though, I am really good at putting the puzzle together for each woman. Check out my client services page for more info. ;)

  52. I’ve done this before and it worked. I get ovarian cysts often and I currently have one now after an almost two year hiatus. I use apple cider vinegar as well. I ingest the vinegar before I do the pack usually before bed, about 2-4 tbsp a day. I was told about this by my Senegalese friend who uses herbs to heal herself. I told her about my cyst one day and that the doctors wanted to put me on birth control and she immediately told me about this. About 2 months into doing this treatment….maybe 2-3 times per week, I went back to get a new ultrasound to check on the cyst which was about the size of a golf ball….and they found it had disappeared.

  53. Michelle K says:

    Hi, I’m just now trying out castor oil packs. I am 49 years old and have three very large fibroids and docs are talking full hysterectomy. I am terrified of the health issues that can happen with that kind of surgery. I work out, am involved in taekwondo as well as Krav Maga — basically am extremely physically active…guess you could say I am addicted to my working out; I also eat mostly organic (living in Alaska it is almost impossible to do that full-time). With a hysterectomy, I would be out at least 3 weeks and possibly up to 8 weeks. The idea of being confined to rest is enough to send me straight up the wall. Then after that to have my hormones all scallywampus and my weight climbing — well suffice it to say…I would be a person nobody would want to be around. One of the fibroids has completely enveloped my right ovary, another is covering the uterus and causing a softball sized lump that I can cup my hand over, and the third is behind the uterus and pressing on the rectum. For the past two months, have been getting periods almost constantly — within a 1-1.5 weeks after one ends, another starts. I started reading about castor oil packs and tonight will be my fourth night in a row using them. Will take 3 nights off and start another 4-nighter…hoping this will get rid of the fibroids, or at least make them small enough to set the doctors back on their heels a little bit. I use a hot water bottle which says not to use anything other than warm tap water — but that isn’t even remotely warm enough to get thru the bottle and into the flannel — so I am heating up water and putting that in with some warm tap water..seems to work better. An interesting side note — I lie down with the pack on and within about 15 minutes, I am sound asleep. Has anybody here had that happen to them? Last night I woke up 6 hours after I put the pack on! There shouldn’t be any bad side effects to this, should there? At any rate, am hoping to have positive results from this, am totally terrified of going under the knife and having my female bits removed. Any suggestions to help me on my way would be appreciated. I have enjoyed reading the comments posted here!

    • Sounds like you know some of the cons of a hysterectomy, but outside of your uterus being useful even if it is done carrying a baby, the surgery cuts into many, many ligaments and the scar tissue from the sugery can be as worse or worse than fibriods. I highly recommend taking some herbal tinctures and finding a practioner in your area for treatment. In your case, castor oil is not enough. You can absolutely break down the fibriods and avoid surgery, but castor oil alone is not enough. Check out my client services page if you are interested in working with me, I’m happy to help.

  54. What is the reason not to do castor oil packs while breastfeeding? I just did a castor oil pack last night for 30 minutes (my first ever!). I haven’t found anything about not using online. The reason I was going to do it is because this last year, I needed 7 rounds of antibiotics, and was going to use castor oil packs to help with fertility cleanse/detox while breastfeeding my 18 mo DS. I would love to know why it’s not okay, and if there is something else I can do instead.

    • Because it is extremly, extremly detoxifying. And anything that is released into the bloodstream from a detox goes into your milk, which then, of course, goes into your baby! There is not anything you can do detox wise, other than eat well, until you are done breastfeeding.

  55. I also tried castro oil packs. Before my period is due 3 days before I notice a very black waterry blood with clots that lasted 3 days and then came AF. I have some fiberoids I noticed that my abdomen is not any more enlarged and my period is longer do you think that the fiberoids disappered? . Could you post a video how to do Mayan Massage

    • I bet they are starting too! Depending on size it can take several months of castor oil and massage for them to break down, but it sounds like you are on your way! Congratulations!
      I really want to, but I haven’t yet. I do Skype consultations though and I can teach you that way. Check out my client services page for more info.

  56. I also tried castro oil packs. Before my period is due 3 days before I notice a very black waterry blood with clots that lasted 3 days and then came AF. I have some fiberoids I noticed that my abdomen is not any more enlarged/ blaoted as before and my period is longer do you think that the fiberoids disappered? . Could you please post a video how to do Mayan Massage? Thank you. I am also trying ginger root, chaste berry and Duphaston. I had two chemical pregnancy in a raw before I think this was because of imbalance of Hormones since I have fiberoids ( which i found out after two chemical preganancies) I can tell that I have estrogen dominance. I drink Alchemlia tee which relaxing it contains progestrone.

    • I may do one for sale in the future, best bet is to get on my email newsletter list so you don’t miss any new products I come out with. I also share lots of good stuff on the list that I don’t share here, plus you get my ebook Healing For Mothers for free when you sign up! ;)

  57. Hiee stephanie!! Can u please provide me d link or else
    the procedure to do Mayan massage.

  58. Do you know if Castor oil will help Endometriomas (Chocolate Cysts)? I have one that’s 6 cm and just had surgery in May. This cyst returned 2 months after the surgery. Also, does the Castor oil sold by Walmart work (its colorless and odorless- Humco brand)? I have been using this castor oil for about a week off and on and have been having spotting and some lite cramping. I have only been applying to my Rt Ovary side as this is the ovary with the cyst. I also notice sometimes the next day I feel disconnected or out of it, is this a side effect? As if I go a day not using it I feel fine.
    Thanks in advance for any information.

  59. Hi Stephanie, I have been following this blog but I’m too far away to see you for a proper fertility massage. 3 months ago I did HSG and report showed loculated spill due to adhesions in both tubes. In my search for natural cure, I came across castor oil pack and started using it on Oct 8 after previous period. I had my next period on 27 Oct, miraculously, my dysmenorrhea totally gone after 6 years of severe pain, shorter period and no more pre & post spotting. I am 40 and TTC. My 2nd cycle was on 21 Nov, on D2 I took clomid to be consumed 5 days, and still continue with the packs on D4-D7 of my period. Then I stopped and waited for ovulation (if I would have 1), it’s going to be on D12 (26-day cycle). But there was no sign of CM at all, plus my H wasn’t in the mood, so I continued with the packs on D11-D14. On D15 I noticed plenty of CM appeared I strongly suspect ovulation sign. So I seduced my H – D15 & D17 :-), also stopped castor oil. D16 I went swimming and felt mild burning sensation and throbbing on both ovary areas for 4-5 days, then no more on the side, I felt it in the middle until today D22. I wonder what’s happening and it is possible to develop ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (due to fertility drug) though we use castor oil pack at the same time? I didn’t experience the side effect of clomid at all, do you think castor oil pack temper the function of clomid?

    • It sounds more like detox symptoms. When you use castor oil packs or vaginal steams or abdominal massage therapy, it’s clearing out all kinds of cellular debri, so it may be getting wonky because your body woke up from the castor oil and is in major detox/clearing out mode. But I am gonna check with my mentor and get back to you to be sure.

  60. I have been trying to conceive for 2 yrs now, and I recently (1/2/15) had surgery for an ectopic pregnancy. I am interested in using this method to heal my reproductive organs and prepare for future pregnancy, but I am unsure of when I should start this process. Is there any problem with starting this detox after my recent surgery or do you feel this would be beneficial in the healing process?

    • Hi Connie, so sorry to hear of your loss. This is super important healing work, especially for those who have experienced ecoptic pregnancies. But you really will need to learn how to do the self care abdominal massage on yourself and/or see a trained practioner to get treatment, to really break down the scar tissue and heal the area. To answer your direct question, I would wait several weeks post surgery before starting the castor oil and at least 6 weeks after surgery for the physical treatment. I would love to work with you and show you how to do the self care portion, check out my client services page to learn more and shoot me an email if you want to work together. Lots of love and prayers to you in the mean time.

  61. Do you have to use a hemp rag or flannel? Can you use a regular towel or just put directly on the skin?

  62. I did castor oil packs 2 days in a row, an hour each time. That was Sunday and Monday. Today (Tuesday) I suddenly developed a fever, chills and body ache with no sinus symptoms. I just want to rule out that it’s not a super intense detox thing…like I overdid it or something!

    • There is always a possibility, but I bet it was just cocindence. Of course, this is not medical advice, just my opinion.

      • It was! I went and got checked for influenza this morning. Don’t have it, but I do have an icky virus! I’m guessing that I should hold off on doing any more packs until I get better?

  63. Does castor oil packs help with severe adenomyosis?

  64. I have read about castor oil packs on the breast to increase milk production, and to heal mastitis. So why the breastfeeding contraindications? Also I would like to begin a regiment of castor oil to heal stretch marks from pregnancy. Will rubbing a small amount mixed with grape seed oil and coconut oil pose the same issues with breastfeeding? I plan on extended breastfeeding but want the benefits of using castor oil to relieve skin issues. I do not necessarily want the packs for detox. Can you shed some light on this issue?

    • I don’t know specifically but I could totally see how someone could use it to unplug some plugged and infected milk ducts. I have no personal experience with it though and can’t speak to it. The reason you don’t do castor oil packs during breastfeeding is the same reason you don’t do a detox while breastfeeding. Everything, good and bad, gets into your milk. It’s best to just eat as clean as possible while breastfeeding and save detox for after weaning.

  65. Hi There! I had an early, natural miscarriage (7 weeks along) of a blighted ovum last week and appear to be on the tail end of the bleeding, etc. I have been trying to find good resources of what I can do to nourish my body during this time and to get things well healed up for conceiving again; I am wondering where castor oil packs fit into the picture. I know you mentioned that they should not be done during menstruation, but how does that work in recovery from a miscarriage? If you have any other information around that, I would really appreciate it. :) Thank you!

    • So sorry for your loss Allison. I would wait 6 weeks and then you can implement the regular castor oil pack procedure that I mention in the post (couple of times a week for three weeks and then a break during menstruation). Best of luck and lots of love to you.

  66. Please tell me. Do you soak the flannel cloth each night or just once evert 3 weeks?

  67. Hi
    Can I use the castor oil pack on my abdomen whilst taking the oral contraceptive pill? Will there be any negative interactions?

    • It doesn’t really make sense to do it while you are on the pill. I would get off the pill and then the castor oil packs will help you detox from being on the pill.

  68. Hi. I’m 29 and have severe adenomyosis. We’ve been ttc for about 2 years. I did 3 months of Lupron injections (which didn’t help ) but have not gotten my cycle yet. It’s been 2 months since my last injection. Do you think castor oil will help my cycle get back on track? My dr. wants to put me on progesterone to start my cycle so I can start taking clomid. But I wonder if castor oil will work and possibly help break down some of the adenomyosis?
    Thank you!

    • It will help for sure, sounds like you also will want to take a look at my herbal tincture page and Dr. Arvigo’s work. Search supplements for hormones and mayan abdominal massage on my site for more info. Lots of love to you on your journey.


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