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How To Make A Castor Oil Pack: For Menstrual Cramps, Detoxing, Fibroids, and Muscle Pain

When my patients experience menstrual cramps, not only do I serve up some delicious acupuncture, but I highly recommend castor oil packs!

Castor oil packs are effective for relieving all kinds of physical pain (menstrual cramps, muscular and joint pain, arthritis), detoxing organs (especially the liver), and addressing fibroids (including fibroid pain and shrinking them), among its many uses. These are incredibly effective topical applications that I can vouch for from personal experience, and from my patients’ experiences!

It is also said to be helpful for skin conditions, such as acne and stretch marks, helps to thicken the hair and eyebrows, condition hair, and heals warts, boils, and smoothes wrinkles. It is also supposed to be helpful in certain internal uses. However, for the purposes of this post, I won’t be exploring these methods. (Make sure to do lots of research before ingesting castor oil, since it can be toxic if used incorrectly!)

Castor oil comes from the castor seed, Ricinus communis. It’s also been called “Palma Christi”, or “Palm of Christ”, due to the large, beautiful palmate leaves. It’s been used therapeutically for centuries in Ancient Egypt, China, Persia, Africa, Greece, Rome, and eventually in 17th Century Europe and the Americas.

However, it was medical clairvoyant Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945), otherwise known as “The Sleeping Prophet”, and considered to be the father of holistic medicine, who popularized using castor oil packs. He especially promoted using it to detoxify the liver. This was done by applying the castor oil pack over the liver area (the liver is located behind the lower border of the right rib in the abdominal area).

A study published in the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine in 1997 found that daily use of castor oil packs can increase the production of T-lymphocytes, which plays an important part in your immune system.

And, because castor oil has been found to have a strong suppressive effect on some tumors, it has been helpful for fibroids and cysts. As some of you may already know, from my previous blog post, “When Healers Get Fibroids: Part II: My Recovery After Laparoscopic Myomectomy”, I used castor oil packs pre-surgery to address fibroid pain and to shrink my fibroids. I could feel it relieving my fibroid pain, and could feel the fibroids changing and shifting post-treatment. Even though I hadn’t had a sonogram yet to confirm it, I knew the fibroids were shrinking. However, in my case, it turns out my fibroids were too symptomatic, numerous, and large by that time to wait for the natural course of treatment to take place.

In general, castor oil packs are excellent for all sorts of gynecological issues, including promoting fertility, since it stimulates healthy circulation in the reproductive area, which is important for clearing out toxins, dead or foreign tissues, and old blood.

And, it’s a rock star when it comes to menstrual cramps! When you’re having your menstrual flow, and you’re getting cramps, just apply it over the lower abdomen, relax, and read, watch tv, or take a nap, while the pack does its work. Because it helps to ease obstructions in the channels, you may experience a slightly heavier flow after using it. Although it’s obvious that one would use castor oil packs for menstrual cramps when you’re actually having your period, it is proactive to start using castor oil packs 1 or 2 days before it begins, to help address the cramps before they start.

A note if you suffer from heavy periods: since castor oil packs are very moving, I do NOT recommend using castor oil packs when you’re experiencing a very heavy flow, as the packs may increase that flow!

These packs are very nourishing, and it feels wonderful to take care of yourself, as well as unplug from running around. And, if you’re anything like me, always on the go, this carved out time for self-care is a great way to get still and appreciate the downtime.

Castor oil packs are effective for all kinds of muscular and joint pain, and you can just apply it where it where the pain is. People with back pain will love the results. It may seem superficial to just place a simple pack on top of the skin and expect it to create relief deep within, but it does!

In addition to increasing the immune system, it appears to have a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system, increases liver activity, and improves digestion.

How do you make a castor oil pack?

What you need:

Castor oil and cotton flannel.

Castor oil and cotton flannel.

  • Castor oil (I prefer the Heritage Store brand, excellent quality, pure, and hexane-free)
  • Flannel cloth (wool or cotton is fine, as long as it’s thick, and is two or three thicknesses when folded, these are often sold in health food stores near the castor oil, and are often labeled, “for use with castor oil packs”)
  • Saran wrap
  • Hot water bottle of electric heating pad

Topical application:

  1. Unfold your flannel cloth, enough so it covers the area to be treated, but still folded up in thirds. (After many applications, you’ll see the importance of keeping its thickness so the oil doesn’t seep through the single layer.)
  2. Apply castor oil to one side of the flannel cloth, so it’s saturated, but not dripping. Some people like to heat up the oil first, but, as long as the castor oil is room temperature, it’s ready to go.
  3. Place the saturated side of the cloth on the affected area. If you’re addressing menstrual cramps, fibroids, cysts, or other gynecological conditions, apply it over the lower abdomen. For digestive disorders, apply over the navel. To detoxify the liver, apply over the liver area, located below the right side of the ribcage. For muscular or joint pain, or arthritis, apply over the area of pain.
  4. Take a piece of saran wrap big enough to cover the saturated cloth, plus a little extra to cover the edges. The saran wrap will not only insulate the heat and make a more effective treatment, but will keep any errant oil drippings contained.
  5. Apply the hot water bottle or electric heating pad on top. Some people choose to secure everything in place with a towel over the heating element, but it’s not necessary.
  6. Relax and take in the nourishing, healing treatment for 30-60 minutes. Some choose to meditate or think about the healing effects. However, since I do much meditation earlier in the day, already, I catch up on my mind numbing DVR’d shows on tv, and enjoy the warming and calming treatment! You can read or take a nap, too. Either way, make sure you’re lying down, or reclining, during the treatment.
  7. After removing the pack, you can simply wipe off the residue with a paper towel. If you like,  you can make a cleansing mixture of a quart of water, and add two teaspoons baking soda, and apply it to cleanse the area that was treated.
  8. If you are shrinking fibroids or cysts, or did a detoxing liver treatment, chase your treatment with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, internally, to help move the toxins out.

Storage:

You can fold the cloth and store it in the fridge in the ziploc container it came in. It can be used for up to 30 sessions, or until it’s too saturated or dirty to be effective.

The castor oil does not need to be refrigerated, but it will improve its shelf life. Once opened, it can keep indefinitely. But, if it’s been longer than a year, check for rancidity, just to be safe.

Frequency:

For full effect, use at least 4 days consecutively per week for a month. For shrinking fibroids, daily would actually be best. Since everyone is different, fibroid shrinkage rate, as well as whether or not fibroids may fully resolve, may vary. You may feel relief within a few treatments for muscular aches and strains.

This article is not meant to replace medical advice, but to offer tips on how to use castor oil packs. Make sure to consult with your healthcare practitioner for your particular condition.

How have castor oil packs helped you?
Drop me a line in the comments below, and let me know!

In health,

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50 Comments

  1. When Healers Get Fibroids: Part III: 8 Ways To Heal Body, Mind, And Spirit After Laparoscopic Myomectomy | Alcantara Acupuncture & Healing Arts Blog
    March 24, 2014

    […] Castor oil packs – After the tape over stitches are removed, and when the stitches are no longer tender to the touch, castor oil packs will help facilitate healing on/in the abdomen and uterus, flush out toxins, and may prevent adhesions. Find out how to make them in my blog post, “How To Make A Castor Oil Pack: For Menstrual Cramps, Detoxing, Fibroids, and Muscle Pain&#822… […]

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  2. Holly
    April 4, 2014

    Margarita I guess this would not make sense post laroscopic myoectomy surgery due to incision sites? unless I could place them lower on the pelvis? your the best resource I have found, thankyou.

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  3. Laura
    June 26, 2014

    Thank you for posting this! I am currently suffering terrible pain with my fibroids-feels like a hot iron! As I have no health insurance, surgery isn’t an option at this time. I am going to try this! Thank you!!

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      June 26, 2014

      You’re welcome, Laura!

      I’m sorry to hear that your fibroids have been so painful. In addition to the castor oil packs, make sure to take chickweed tinctures (to shrink the fibroids, I recommend tinctures made by HerbPharm), Liver Health (to flush out the extra hormones, also by HerbPharm), and other than the physical reasons why fibroids may happen, consider the energetic reasons why we create them. I explore this in my previous post, “When Healers Get Fibroids (Or: Honoring How We Birth Our Ideas Into The World)”.

      Good luck!
      Margarita

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  4. nicky
    July 22, 2014

    Hello Margarita,

    I started using a castor oil pack 10 days ago, did 4 days in a row the first week, then 4-5 days off (more than I had wanted but life got in the way), and have started again now. I have a few questions that I hope you can help me with.
    I use a wool scarf but don’t think I have it saturated/wet enough. Would wool work as well as the flannel though or should I get the one they sell at the stores?
    I also feel a bit bloated and crampy when the hour is over. I assume that that is because there might be a lot of detoxing to be done – I’ve been under chronic stress for a very long time and have other health issues that I am attributing to it – also have the swollen belly that could be explained by overproduction of cortisol.
    Would it be ok to maybe do the castor oil pack every day for 45 minutes for the next several week, sort of to get a head start? I’ve read different opinions on daily use, some seem to strongly advise against it, but then others say that it would give you the most benefits. What is your thought on that?

    Thank you so much in advance for your assistance!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    -nicky

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  5. Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
    July 23, 2014

    Hi Nicky,

    Thanks for reading! It’s hard for me to give you my full thoughts and accurate recommendation on your situation, since I don’t know what you’re using the castor oil packs for, how advanced your condition is, and I’m not familiar with your medical history.

    That said, I’m not sure if using a wool scarf may achieve the same affects as a wool flannel, since a certain thickness is desired, and it needs to be folded over a few times. I recommend getting the one in the store, since that one is the ideal thickness and is already folded for you, and you can be sure it’ll hold up to reuse for a while.

    Again, I can’t really say why you may be feeling bloated and crampy after using it, since I’m not sure what health condition you’re treating. But, it is unlikely that the castor oil packs are giving you cramps. There may be some “movement”, but you shouldn’t feel cramps. If you are already bloated to begin with, you may want to address any gastrointestinal (or possibly, gynecological) issues. You may also want to address the chronic stress you’re experiencing. Because, if you don’t, and if it is the cause of your health issues, no amount of castor oil packs will detox you fully if you keep returning to the stressful situation.

    As for general use, every day is helpful for masses. Check in with your body to see how you’re feeling after a week, to see if your body is feeling better, or if your condition improves.

    Much luck and healing to you!
    Margarita

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  6. marliya
    November 21, 2014

    hello Margarita i was reading in your blog about the castor oil for fibroids i was wondering can i use it for my breast would that help any one knows please and thank you.

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      November 21, 2014

      Hi Marliya,

      Thanks for reading! It is hard for me to say whether or not a castor oil pack would be good for your breast, since I don’t know what condition you’re addressing, the intensity of your condition, how long it’s been around, and your medical history. But, if you’re using it for fibroids in the breast, you can definitely use it externally to help reduce the pain and the size. You may also want to make sure you check the area sometime during the treatment, just in case the breast becomes sensitive to the heat.

      Good luck,
      Margarita

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      • Mylin sarmiento
        July 6, 2015

        Hi margarita im mylin from philipines, i have ovarian cyst and blocked fallopian tubes pls help me it is possible castor oil packs unblocked my fallopian and disolve tha cyst, here in phillipines its very hard to find castor oil packs. Can i use my old coton clothes it is ok. Let me know where can i buy castor oil? Thank you.

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  7. Leah James
    November 26, 2014

    Thanks for the post! I suffer from very painful fibroids that cause tremendously heavy bleeding… I just started my period today. Can I start right in on the castor oil packs? Or do I need to wait until I have stopped bleeding?

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      November 26, 2014

      Hi Leah,

      Thanks for reading my blog post! I’m sorry to hear that you suffer from very painful fibroids. Generally, you can start the castor oil packs as soon as you experience pain, whether you have your period or not. However, in your case, because you’d mentioned heavy bleeding during your period, I’d wait until your period passes to start your packs, since castor oil packs are very moving, and you don’t need more movement when you’re already having a heavy flow. You may also want to consider consulting with an acupuncturist to address the fibroid pain with acupuncture and herbs.

      Blessings,
      Margarita

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  8. clarissa
    December 21, 2014

    hi margarita i have fibroids too and i want to ask if that castor oil and flannel can buy in my country too or is it in your country only?im from philippines.

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      December 21, 2014

      HI Clarissa,

      I don’t know about castor oil resources in the Philippines, but I’m pretty sure you can get castor oil and flannel there, as well. Make sure to get the organic kind. I like the Heritage Store brand, as well as NOW, since their quality is good, pure, organic, and effective. You may find it in health food stores there, or a bigger pharmacy, such as Mercury or Rose. If in doubt, you may be able to buy it online.

      Good luck!
      Margarita

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  9. Gezzy
    January 8, 2015

    After using the castor oil packs…how long does it take to feeling the significant decrease in the size of the fibroids

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      January 8, 2015

      Hi Gezzy,

      It is different for everybody, dependent on their constitution, the size of their fibroids, where they’re located, and frequency of usage. I would recommend getting a transvaginal ultrasound to find out how big the fibroids are, then doing castor oil packs twice a day. After about 3-6 months of castor oil packs, get another ultrasound and see how it’s going. I would also recommend checking out my other blog posts on “When Healers Get Fibroids” (it’s in 3 parts), for additional fibroid-reduction suggestions.

      Best,
      Margarita

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  10. Shirley
    January 11, 2015

    Hello margarita

    Have been using Castor oil for more than a month now and I had menstrual disorders and now my periods are okay. I apply it allover my body every time I take shower. Then in the morning I wash it off, its wonderful oil. My question is I buy it from the supermarket am not sure if it’s the right one,but the color is yellowish and very thick. Can one drink it or just applying it is okay and can work in all areas just buy applying it?

    Thanks Shirley

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      January 12, 2015

      Hi Shirley,

      Yes, castor oil is normally yellowish and very thick. It’s benefits are mostly topical (and I would recommend using it topically), although some have used it internally in small doses, for other ailments. Make sure to exercise caution when taking internally, since too much can be toxic, especially if the castor oil is not Hexane Free.

      Best,
      Margarita

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  11. Neal
    January 11, 2015

    SHOULD THE OIL PACKS BE USED WHILE MY CYCLE IS ON OR OFF? OR BOTH? MY PURPOSE IS TO SHRINK FIBROIDS AND TO CALM EXCESSIVE CRAMPS. IF I’M UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY THE PACKS SHOULD BE USED 4 TIMES A WEEK?

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      January 12, 2015

      Hi Neal,

      As I’d mentioned in the thread, above, castor oil packs can be used at anytime of a woman’s cycle. And, as mentioned in the article, 4 times a week is recommended, in general, and daily use is best for fibroid shrinkage.

      Best,
      Margarita

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  12. gezzy
    January 13, 2015

    Margarita can castor oil packs totally eliminate fibroids or its just to shrink them?Can the castor oil be used by an accompanment taken orally or without an accompnment orally it still works well

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  13. Jane
    January 21, 2015

    Hello,
    Please is it okay for me to continue with the castor oil pack while im menstruating. The main reason for carrying out this exercise is to eliminate dysmenorhea from my life. Please kindly advice.

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  14. Elia
    January 22, 2015

    I just had a D&C done I also suffer from ovarian cysts. Is using the castor oil pack everyday for 45 min good or should I reduce the time and frequency?

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      January 23, 2015

      Because your uterus is healing from your D&C, Elia, as well as due to your ovarian cysts, your current regimen sounds like an adequate plan. You may want to give yourself a day or two during the week for a break, once and a while. Make sure to check out my article, “My Top 5 Fave Herbs For Healthy Living” for some healing uterine herbs. Thanks for reading!

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  15. fudeni
    February 24, 2015

    Started castor oil pack,after my last circle, now experienced spotting for 5 days before my next circle.brownish discharges was noticed.i have blocked fallopian tubes.sometimes i feel like pregnant and few days these signs dissapear.

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  16. Rory
    March 11, 2015

    I had car accident 5 months ago and my right breast experienced tremendous t trauma from the seat belt. It instantly turned purple and swelled to 4 times is normal size. As the weeks went by the swelling decreased as the purple reduced. I have always had very dense and fibro cystic breasts, but now I still have just a few harder spots where it is still a faded purple. Would the castor oil packs help? What would you recommend. I just found your site while doing a Web search, and while I’ve used castor oil packs before, I’d like your opinion for this application. Thank you!

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  18. marylee
    April 19, 2015

    Hi
    I was recently informed of the benefits of castor oil packs for gynecological issues. I’m 51, and experiencing extremely heavy flow/clotting during last two cycles. The joys of premenopausal :-/. I am so glad I found your post regarding this method. I am a late starter in all things healthy, but I think this may be quite helpful. I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals or surgeries. I am also new to essential oils and their healing benefits. I can’t seem to absorb rnough about them. I am interested in herbs too, but for now, am going to keep learning about my oils. I am looking forward to reading your blog posts. Thank you for sharing your knowledge

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      April 22, 2015

      It’s no matter that you’re learning about how to take care of yourself in healthier ways later in the game, Marylee. It makes it that much more meaningful! That’s great that you’re using castor oil packs to help you ease during your premenopausal cycles. Not only do essential oil smell great, but they work powerfully on the subtle levels, too! Thanks for reading!

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  19. Grace
    June 2, 2015

    Hi Margarita:
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I found your blog after a massage therapist told me about castor oil. I’d read all of your related articles and comments. Your detailed writing indeed is helpful and very warm and encouraging esp. to the women with similar condition. I also enjoy reading your insight and thought about the spiritual healing; I feel the same way too when I’m examining my condition.
    I live in Canada and am also a Reiki practitioner. I often suffered menstrual problems since I was young. In my late 30s I once obtained help with TCM/acupuncture/Chinese herbs in California for fertility purpose. I’d tried it for about 2 years and then discontinued/gave up the idea of giving birth (due to getting old and the past relationship didn’t work). The menstrual condition was fine for a few years after that until a few years ago. About 3 years ago I did my first Uterus ultrasound. Multiple fibroids were found (3 of the larger ones were 2~3cm big back then). I also suffered other health issues (overweight mainly due to lots of stress and unhealthy diet causing higher blood pressure), and the period flow was also gradually getting more. I was prescribed a low dosage of blood pressure drug since then (even after I lost weight, I’m still on it due to family history) and on iron supplement for a long time… Almost around the same time, I formally learned Reiki, and more involved in spiritual healing and practice, which had transformed my life significantly.

    My menstrual cycle started irregular and the bleeding was getting heavier in the past couple years (now I think it could be reflection of some old past life issues/lesson learned that I need to experience and learn after I’m on a more spiritual path). In late 2013 doctors suggested me to use Mirena (IUD insertion). However, due to my travel and wedding plans (plus I didn’t feel comfortable to use IUD), I postponed the idea. My iron level was getting lower due to the heavy blood loss. In addition to higher dosage of iron pills, they let me try birth control pills in order to regulate the period schedule (I didn’t like the idea, but this was for the purpose of my wedding and travel plans). I first tried Seasonale for a few months and it didn’t work. I did an Ultrasound this Feb. Compared to 2 years ago, the largest fibroid grows to 4~5cm (plus multiple fibroids still and a 2cm cyst in right ovary). Earlier this year we switched to 28-day Marvelon. It does help to regulate the period schedule, but I still have heavy bleeding and was told I have to take Tranexamic Acid on the heaviest day (to stop the bleeding) as my iron level is at risk now (and I’m doubling the iron dosage). I often skipped the Tranexamic Acid (due to the risk of blood clogging), but last month I was told I had to take it due to anemia.
    In the past couple years I also tried to seek Naturopathic help (because I didn’t know much good resources of Acupuncturist and TCM herbalist over here). After trying a couple different herbal formula, the Naturopathic doc said it’s not strong enough for me to shrink the fibroids, at the end she also suggested Mirena. I still hope I can at least control or improve the condition in a more natural way before I reach menopause, but I have limited resources here. About a month ago another Reiki master friend suggested applying Frankincense essential oil on the lower abdomen. Based on my research, it’s also been used by alternative med but the result could be varied. I’ve applying 4 drops every evening for a month now.
    Last week I saw your articles and was very interested in trying the Castor oil pack. I found a Canadian brand of very thick castor oil locally (but no retail stores sell the same type of flannel you recommend). Before I bought the heating pad, I applied the oil directly and massage (for intestine/bowl movement – the iron causes me bad constipation). Next evening I applied the oil directly again, massage the tummy and liver, then covered the tummy with a medical pad topped with the heating pad. However, on the 3rd day, I started having spotting and minor bleeding for a couple days. I wasn’t sure if it’s caused by the massage or by the castor oil heating method (my doctor did mention intercourse or pressure on the abdomen would cause bleeding). I would like to know your opinion/experience about this (will the castor oil pack cause or increase the bleeding?). In order to observe the difference, I stopped the castor oil for a couple days. Last night the bleeding was reduced more, so I used a couple 4×4” wool medical gauze sponges soaked with the oil on the lower abdomen, without any massage, and topped with a medical pad and the heating pad (I’d ordered the flannel from Amazon; it will take more than a week to get here). Do you think if it’s OK I use the medical wool gauze sponge instead of the flannel? How thick the oil pack should be in order to be effective?
    I also like to know if it’s safe for my case to continue using the oil pack during period. You’d mentioned in one of your comments that it’s fine to continue it during period. However, I also saw another article saying it should be stopped during the period (perhaps for people like me with heavy bleeding). I do not have major cramp during the period but fatigue, very sore eyes (sometimes too sore to open eyes) or bad headache on top my head. I appreciate if you can answer my questions above about the oil pack, and any experience/insight you have with your clients. I have the next ultrasound scheduled in Aug and MRI in Sept (to see if laparoscopic procedure is possible, although my doctors didn’t think so). I sincerely hope I can still improve the condition and shrink the fibroids with natural remedies in addition to my daily Reiki/chanting/meditation practice. I did see others recommending Dandelion root for liver health, and I occasionally drink its tea (but not on a regular basis). I’m also curious about Chickweed and Liver Health you recommend (my Naturopathic doc didn’t tell me about these). Would like to learn more how to use them to shrink fibroids too.
    I appreciate you read my letter and thank you again for sharing your experience and knowledge with us.

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      June 4, 2015

      Hi Grace,

      Thank you for sharing your story!

      Please check out my 3-part blog post about my fibroid journey, which will give you some ideas on how you may want to approach them. I personally chose the surgery, for reasons I mention in the blog. However, it may not be the best choice for everyone:
      “When Healers Get Fibroids (Or: Honoring How We Birth Our Ideas Into The World)”
      “When Healers Get Fibroids: Part II: My Recovery After Laparoscopic Myomectomy”
      “When Healers Get Fibroids: Part III: 8 Ways To Heal Body, Mind, And Spirit After Laparoscopic Myomectomy”

      Frankincense is a healing essential oil, which is powerful and heals wounds; however, I don’t think it’s an effective option for fibroid reduction.

      Because all forms of hormonal birth control cause Qi & Blood Stagnation, in Chinese Medicine, and fibroids are a result of Qi & Blood Stagnation (among many other possible factors), you may want to look into other forms of birth control. You can learn more about these kinds of tips in the blog posts I’d listed, above.

      When using castor oil packs, it’s not common to massage with the castor oil beforehand. You may want to use a massage oil like jojoba to better massage with, since castor oil is quite thick, heavy, and messy.

      Castor oil packs may be too moving if you have a heavy flow. I can’t speak for the effectiveness of wool gauze sponges. It’s better to have a thick wool that is not too porous, and one that is folded up 2-3 times.

      Make sure to continue checking in with your doctor about your progress.

      Good luck!
      Margarita

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  20. Staci
    September 4, 2015

    Good afternoon, I am currently having some difficulty with fertility. Mainly I was on the Mirena IUD and ever since I had it removed in January I am unable to get my Uterine lining to the appropriate thickness as well as I am not ovulating. I am current on estrogen patches and just started a fertility medicine today to jump start my ovulation. My doctor is trying to get my system back on track. I have seen multiple articles about Castor oil packs and the benefit but was wondering of this will interfere with the estrogen and other fertility medicine I am on. Basically the problem we have found is that my body is unable to rid itself of the Mirena hormone Progestin. I have also found that the first month I used the estrogen it worked in increasing my lining (not quite to where we needed it but closer) and the 2nd month it got worse. The only difference between the two months was my activity level. The month it worked I was active and the month of didn’t I was fairly sedentary due to work. So I wanted to use the castor oil to increase blood flow to possibly help. Can you advise if you have heard that it interferes with Medicine?

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      September 8, 2015

      Hi Staci,

      Thanks for your question! No, castor oil packs do not interfere with Western or Eastern medicines. It should help, considering that you find things get better with movement, and castor oil packs not only help detox the body, but helps break up Qi & Blood Stagnation, thus promoting movement of Qi. I recommend a consultation with a local licensed acupuncturist to help with balancing your hormones and getting your Qi & Blood moving.

      Good luck!
      Margarita

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  21. Tiffany
    October 19, 2015

    Hi Margarita,
    I have endometriosis and have started using castor oil packs in hopes of reducing the adhesions. Is it normal that I have sharp pains while using the castor oil pack?

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      October 22, 2015

      Hi Tiffany,

      Because castor oil packs break up the stagnation in the area, it is likely that the breaking up of whatever is stagnated in the area can cause temporary pain while doing so. However, since I don’t know the background and severity of your condition, it’s best to have a healthcare professional evaluate this for you.

      Best,
      Margarita

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  22. Ashley
    November 12, 2015

    Hi Margarita,

    I have endonetriosis, adenomyoma (one large mass that was removed from my uterus a year ago) and blocked tubes. I also had my right ovary removed, 10 years ago due to cysts. We’ve been trying to conceive for YEARS. I’ve stopped counting. I just learned about castor oil packs (wish I found out sooner!) I did 3 overnight packs. After the 3rd one, my left (and only) ovary started throbbing as if it was inflamed. The 4th day (no castor oil pack) I started spotting with a light watery discharge but no ovary pain. I’m about 9-10 days into my cycle so in not expecting a period. What could the spotting mean? And should I continue with the packs?
    Thanks!!

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    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      November 14, 2015

      Hi Ashley,

      Thanks for reading! Sounds like you have been dealing with various types of blockage for some time, which must be frustrating. It may be that the moving action of the castor oil packs have started. As can sometimes happen, there can be initial pain when an area that has been chronically stagnant in Qi & Blood finally starts moving again. The movement may also explain the spotting. It may be a good idea to consult with a gynecologist on this for confirmation on what may be happening.

      Good luck!
      Margarita

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      • Bree
        June 16, 2017

        Hi Margarita!

        When you say moving what do you mean by that exactly? I’ve noticed in most of your comments to others you mentioned movement. What should I expect right after using? I had a fatty liver which seems to be getting better after healthy eating and supplements and about 3-5 fibroids all about 3-4 inches which causes massive pain. I would like to get started on the packs soon.

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  23. tessy
    November 17, 2015

    I have 3 large fibriods and I don’t want a surgery each time I used castor oil I feel some movement on my abdomen can u tell me if u have an idea of the movement. How long can I use castor oil to shrink my fibriods?

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  24. Nirosha
    February 12, 2016

    Hi Margarita, My mom 48year old… She have 2 fibroids. In scanning report(anteverted distorted in shape Bulky in size & measures 7.9*3.8*6.4cms nd other shows focal lesion in submucosal location in myometrium measuring 4.1*4.6.4cms another lesion measuring Hypoechoic 8.3*9.2cms) doctor suggested for removing uterus. Bt my mom nt ready for removing uterus. Plz suggest me this castor oil treatment is good for this. Nd also my mom suffering bleeding problem. We use this castor oil pack in periods time. Plz suggest me.

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  25. Anna
    March 18, 2016

    Hello and thank you for a great post! A week ago I found out I have a cyst 14x10cm near my left ovary. They doc says removal by keyhole survey is best option ( although I have never experienced pain & it was only discovered accidently!). I eat healthily and exercise daily, normal weight & los body fat. I have been doing the castor oil packs daily (thank u!) plus taking apple cider vinegar & making fresh ginger tea. Do you think there is any chance the cyst will shrink? I see the doc again in a week’s time. I am hopeful!

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  26. Robyn
    August 26, 2016

    Hi, I have been ttc for over two years now. I started the castor oil packs after menstruation. On the second day I started spotting. I did the packs for 3 days total. The spotting became quite heavy on the third day so I stopped. Is this normal?
    Also, I had very strong ovulation cramping this cycle and a very dramatic temp spike. I was wondering if the packs affect ovulation or make a stronger ovulation happen?
    Thank you

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  27. Pretty
    September 25, 2016

    Hi Margarita, how are you? Not sure if I am too late to get a response on this post, still trying. I have this 10cm subserosal fibroid (outside uterus) and have had a miscarriage in July due to wrong medication. Since two weeks I have started using castor oil packs with only 2 days off in between this timeframe. Now on my periods and still they came out to be very painful, especially that tingling pain in the fibroid area. How much time does castor oil takes to ease PMS and cramps during periods and to shrink fibroid? Though I am observing some belly reduction but not sure if it is because of my changed diet by including lots of fruits in it and cutting on high fat food or is it the castor oil doing something to the fibroid.

    Your response is highly appreciated.

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  28. Sarah
    October 31, 2016

    Hi!
    I’m not sure if it’s too late to get a reply to a question on this post, but I’ll go ahead and ask anyway. I used a castor oil pack for the very first time last night as directed for menstrual cramps. The cramping calmed down, but it seemed like the pain then spread to my lower back and hips. I didn’t take anything except magnesium, but when I woke up this morning all pain was gone except for my hip. It still really hurts, a deep, internal pain that wavers between aching and stabbing, and I’ve used a muscle rub similar to Blue Stuff. I finally took some ibuprofen a little while ago (more for a headache than hip pain). I’m wondering if the pain is from toxins being eliminated, and maybe they spread to the hips? I know it sounds strange, but I’m at a loss to explain it. Margarita, have you heard of this before? Has anyone else had this experience? I’d love to hear your response!

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  29. Holly M
    April 2, 2017

    I have stage 4 endometriosis, cysts in my left, and only, ovary and a myoma on my upper right uterus. I started the Endo diet almost a year ago and it has almost eliminated my pain (except during my period) and made my menstruation ‘normal’ (I think). I’ve been intending on using castor oil packs for the past few months to help shrink my cysts, but never got around to it. Well yesterday I started my period and had horrible cramping so I decided to try the castor oil pack. It helped my pain like night vs day. I mentioned this on a Facebook page for Endo sufferers and a couple of women replied that they had been told not to do it while bleeding. So I started researching and that’s how I got here. Should I or shouldn’t I? Does Endo make a difference with that?

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    • Karen
      May 11, 2017

      Neal

      January 11, 2015

      SHOULD THE OIL PACKS BE USED WHILE MY CYCLE IS ON OR OFF? OR BOTH? MY PURPOSE IS TO SHRINK FIBROIDS AND TO CALM EXCESSIVE CRAMPS. IF I’M UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY THE PACKS SHOULD BE USED 4 TIMES A WEEK?
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      Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher

      January 12, 2015

      Hi Neal,

      As I’d mentioned in the thread, above, castor oil packs can be used at anytime of a woman’s cycle. And, as mentioned in the article, 4 times a week is recommended, in general, and daily use is best for fibroid shrinkage.

      Best,
      Margarita
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  30. Nams matul
    August 6, 2017

    Good Afternoon dear, I just want to ask u that can i use any castor oil for opening fallopian tubes or only this. And after applying this how i know that its working and my tubes are open or opening. How many sessions do i have to do to open my fallopian tubes, and become pregnant. Plz help me. My both fallopian tubes are blocked. I want baby. Done SSG and doctor told me I have a bilateral fallopian tubes blockage.

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  31. Wes
    November 4, 2017

    Ma’am,
    Good evening. My wife and I have conducted a lot of research on the use of castor oil packs. We’ve used them quite often since then and feel they definitely helped with her cysts and fibroids. We believe it may have helped get her on a normal menstrual cycle as well. This past one was one we’ve never seen before and was text book. We were able to track everything to the T, which is something we haven’t been able to do. She even ovulated, which is something we weren’t able track in the past either. With this success, we want to continue it, but have received conflicting information. Every article we’ve read said to not use them during menstruation. Yours is the only one we’ve seen that stated the opposite. Will you please help ease our minds by helping us understand these conflicting ideas? She’s going through some pretty terrible lower back pain and we don’t want cause any additional harm. Thank you very much in advance.

    Wes

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  32. Piya
    November 28, 2017

    Can I take castor oil with milk during period

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