As part of my training in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, we were taught about the amazing benefits of castor oil used on the belly in order to promote circulation and soften the tissues in the lower abdomen. When appropriate, I have been using castor oil packs in the office prior to the massage session. I simply cover the belly with lots of castor oil (from my oil warmer-pictured below-this helps make the oil less sticky and easier to work with, but is unnecessary for at home use).
After the abdomen is saturated with oil, I will place a small square of flannel over the entire abdomen and place my infrared heat lamp about a foot from the belly to keep it nice and warm. I will leave the room and let the oil and heat do their thing for 20-minutes and then return for the massage.
For conditions like fibroids, cysts or painful cramps prior to menstruation this is an amazing practice to incorporate at home! Castor oil packs are also highly recommended for fertility enhancement.
So without further ado here’s how to do an at home castor oil pack:
- Rub castor oil all over your belly (or any other painful area, I just recently did this on my back when I was experiencing some low back pain)
- Place a towel/wash cloth/flannel something over the area, this is just to prevent getting oil all over everything
- Cover the area with a heat source; i.e. rice pack, hot water bottle
- Rest for 20-45 min with the pack in place
- Repeat 3x/week