Friday, August 16, 2013
Journey into Pelvic Healing - Part 5
The video below was my jumping off point. Supposedly the use of "wool flannel" is important...but who has that laying around???
I'll be honest, the way it is presented in this video looks all tidy and nice, but if you do it this way, you are going to have a greasy mess to deal with each and every time you do it. The oil will stain, and it is super thick and doesn't just easily wipe off. So I'll show you my cheater's way of doing it, and then you adapt it to what works for you. Please do watch the video below.
First off...besides that wool flannel thing, you should use organic castor oil because it will absorb into your system. But guess what? I couldn't find any locally and I was supposed to get started on it, so I bought the cheap stuff from Wal-Mart. I think they are three ounce bottles and were about $3 each. For future use, I will order from Mountain Rose Herbs...they carry it organic and are my go-to place for herbs. I THINK theirs was around $7 for 16 oz....but don't quote me. I'll order the good stuff next.
A basic overview of the purpose of the castor oil packs is that they will assist with softening scar tissue...even internally. The castor oil will also penetrate the skin and have a detoxifying effect in some people (similar but less intense than if you had swallowed some). We probably all grew up with a negative image of how bad castor oil tasted and how every kid had to have spoons full when they got the sniffles. I wonder if back in the day the process for making it was different, or most of what everyone had had gone rancid. Because I tasted the stuff, and other than thick and, well, oily, it didn't really taste like anything.
Back to MY process for using castor oil packs. First of all, once I figured out a system (just like doing enemas...you can see those posts), it gets easier every time. So I do this lying on my bed. I bought, along with the castor oil, some underpads. You might know them as Chuxs, or most women know them as those square pads they put under you in the hospital after you have a baby. They are blue or white plastic on the "down" side and an absorbent material on the "up" side. I found that I could use them several times. I took one large one and laid it on the bed where I would lay and where dripping oil might happen. I cut another in half to lay over my abdomen after applying the oil.
In the video below, you'll see the guy using a 13x9 inch baking dish to warm the oil soaked wool flannel in the oven with. OMG...what a mess! No freaking way that's happening. Even IF I could keep the rag in a jar and reuse it to save oil. The entire set-up looks so messy. Maybe I'm not doing it "right" but I'm basically doing it the only way I'm willing to so something is probably better than nothing right?
I set up the vagi-steam and the castor oil stuff at the same time to just move from one to the other (and then to the shower once I'm done). So like the vagi steam, the cordless phone goes on the bed...the same blanket I used for the steam will cover me during the packs. Lay a large chuk on the bed below the pillows. I get my fave ambient CD playing (I LOVE Shamanic Dreams by Anugama for healing work...see the end of the post for link). I've tried reading a book but it just isn't comfortable to me, plus I want to spend some time focusing on being present with the healing process and envisioning the healing taking place.
I place the bottle of castor oil on my night stand within reach with a kleenx or paper towel handy, and place a heating pad (largest size is my fave) nearby and already plugged in. I place some pillows on the bed near where my knees will bend over them for comfort (totally optional).
So once I've quickly put stuff away from the vagi steam, and soaked (and wrung out) a wash cloth with very warm herbal tea from the steam pot, I lay down on the pad and place the warm cloth on my girly bits holding the rag there between my thighs. It really feels quite soothing. I put my legs over the pillows, cover myself to about mid thigh with the blanket (so it is within easy reach), turn on the CD and begin.
I ever so slowly and carefully pour a small amount of the oil onto my abdomen (I end up with a thick layer but you want it not thick enough to run down your sides). If you're just putting a pack in one small area, put it where you've been instructed (like over your liver). Since so much of my lower region is scarred, I apply the oil basically from just above the pubic hair line, out to the sides of my hips, and up to where my ribs begin. The whole thing. I poke it in my belly button too because I've had a scope poked through it at least three times and it is a mass of scars. I just just one finger to smear the oil around to keep the mess to a minimum. When I have a nice thick (but not dripping) layer of oil on, I cap the oil, place it back on the night stand, use the kleenx or paper towel to clean as much of the oil off my finger as I can, and then reach for that half chux underpad I cut earlier. I place it, absorbent side down on my oily belly, plastic side facing the ceiling.
The first time I tried this, I tried to pour a bunch of oil on the absorbent side of the pad and then apply the pad to my belly. This wastes oil and doesn't get it exactly where you want it, so I went to the method outlined above. Nope...it's not wool flannel, and no, I didn't preheat the oil. I can live with that. The plastic side of the pad then allows you to place the heating pad (I use it on high, but heating pads will vary...hot as you can tolerate without burning yourself) directly over the pad and quite near to your body. Then I pull the blanket up and sometimes lay a pillow on top of that to add some weight and extra heat to the application. See, the oil heats up anyway with the heating pad so big deal, I say.
Then I lay there for an hour. Yes, I said an hour. And it's really really nice. Curtains pulled, music playing, all alone, focusing on releasing scar tissue, and any emotional junk that is holding my pelvis stuck. Old grief, old wounds...anything and everything that hooks into that part of the body.
When my time is up, I remove the heating pad, turn it off. Then I slowly get up and remove the cloth from between my legs. The pad that is on my abdomen stays put pretty well since the oil sort of glues it to your body. If I'm careful, I can even get up and put stuff away and it stays put. I put stuff back in place and I make a little tiny stack...first I take the pad off my belly and fold it a few times, with the gooey side inside the folds. Then I fold the big chux in half so both plastic sides face out, and then place the folded oily chux inside it into a square...I place the heating pad on top of that and find a little corner in a closet or someplace to stash it, and put the bottle of castor oil near it too. Then next time you just set up.
When your abdomen pad feels too saturated or if there is any odor coming from it (like randcid oil), then chuck the chux (maybe that's why they call it that?). Or if the pad underneath you feels soiled, just get another. There are a lot of those pads in a package and the ones I bought at Wal-Mart were not very expensive, just use what you need. It's only you so it's ok to reuse them. Just try to keep that darn oil off of clothing, bedding etc. It may or may not wash out. I don't want to find out.
So that's how you do a castor oil pack Willow-style. Watch the video below or via this link. It really is helpful because at least it gives you an idea of what to do, and what you're willing to do!
I'll give you some amazon links below too.