You may have heard about caster oil packs to enhance fertility and decrease painful or congested menstrual symptoms. If you have symptoms such as painful periods, clotted menstrual fluid, PCOS, or endometriosis, caster oil packs are an easy tool you can do at home to help circulation, lymphatic cleansing, and reduce inflammation in the reproductive organs. This is a commonly recommended therapy by many different natural health professionals, including Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapists, Licensed Acupuncturists, Naturopaths, and Ayurvedic practitioners.
The packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel or a washcloth in caster oil, placing it on the skin over the uterus, and applying a hot water bottle over the cloth for 30 minutes. This is a perfect time to enjoy your favorite show, read a book, relax, or meditate. If you are trying to conceive only use a caster oil pack between the end of the period and before ovulation. Do not use a caster oil pack after ovulation. If you are not trying to conceive you can use a caster oil pack after ovulation. Avoid caster oil packs during your period, over broken skin, or if you have high blood pressure.
I often recommend my clients also see an Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapist in conjunction with acupuncture. You can find a certified practitioner at https://arvigotherapy.com/arvigo-practitioners/
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the 12th annual Beyond the Baby Blues conference presented by NAMI Minnesota. Springtime is a difficult season on the emotions, and this aligns with the liver energy in the body becoming activated. The liver is an emotional powerhouse in the body and easily gets stuck in its movement, causing anger, irritation, and depression. It was wonderful to experience mental health education amongst therapists and continue to grow my capacity to help all of my pregnant and postpartum mamas coming through the Pure Point doors. Are you feeling that liver qi? It's okay to ask for help and support.
So many of my patients come to me in panic, their body is panicked, and their minds are panicked. No matter what your body and mind are feeling, there is one aspect of yourself that always knows the truth: your spirit. When your mind is racing it is hard to hear and feel the stable and knowing aspects of your being. I like to do exercises like the one described below for my patients during their acupuncture treatments to start to cultivate a sense of peace, knowing, and trust in their path and healing. You can try this simple exercise to calm the voices in your head and the tightness in your body. When these become quiet, you can find your truth and tap into the consciousness of the universe.
First, find a quiet spot away from other people. You can sit, lay down, or stand. Close your eyes and bring your attention to your feet. Pick a color of light and envision your feet slowly filling with this color of light, inside and around them. Feel your feet start to tingle as you envision roots growing from the bottoms of your feet into the soil of the earth. You are now grounding and stabilizing your body. Next, take the color of light and pour it down from above your head, allowing the light to drain all negativity, hurt, and unhealthy energy down your body, through the roots, and into the earth. The earth will take care of this energy for you. Enjoy this feeling of grounding and lightness. Feel suspended in the universe of your being. Feel safe and cared for by the spirit of the universe. Know that you are enough and you have everything you need in the home of your body. If you are doing this exercise for fertility, you can now ask for you baby spirit help you feel its presence. You can say something like "please help me feel where you are resting in my aura or on my body". It can happen right away or take a few minutes, but you will feel a pressure or have a sensation or feeling on an area of your body. The first spot you notice is correct, be confident not to judge or question your intuition. When you ask questions in a grounded space you are able to feel your truth.