There has been a lot of discussion whether plastic wrap should be used with castor oil packs. Genevieve uses Natural Value BPA free and PVC free plastic wrap, which is as toxic free as plastic wrap can get. You can buy it online or from Jimbo’s (if you are in San Diego).
As with most things, Genevieve is very mindful about what she uses and suggests health tips for optimal reproductive health and well-being. And she rarely suggests anything that she wouldn’t use herself and on me, Uta her uterus. And using this wrap makes the castor oil packs less messy, more convenient to use and it helps the castor oil soak into the skin rather than in the towel that is wrapped around the hot water bottle.
Genevieve also believe’s that positive intentions go a long way. With positive intentions and mindfulness, she has witnessed healing happen regardless of what other’s may say.
Cheers to healing my fellow uteri!
Since 2005, when Genevieve first took her Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® Self Care Class and connected with me (Uta, her uterus) for the first time, she has been pretty good at doing her castor oil packs.
And since then she has discovered that the store bought CVS redish hot water bottles don’t last very long. The seal usually cracks and hot water can leak.
So, after playing Goldie Locks with the hot water bottles, she finally found HomeTop Hot Water Bottles. They are made of natural rubber and they have a metal seal so they won’t crack or leak. And if you use hot water from a kettle, the hot water stays hot for hours. It’s the best hot water bottle evah!
Warning: With all hot water bottles, use extreme caution when pouring hot water into the hot water bottle and pour it slowly. Hot water may spray out and burn you!
Warning: The warning on the hot water bottle says not to put boiling water in it, but Genevieve does and is very mindful to wrap a towel around it before applying it to her abdominal area.
Barring making castor oil yourself from the castor bean, it’s best to buy castor oil that is clean as possible. Organic is great and have heard that it can be very strong smelling.
The castor oil that Genevieve uses in her practice or at home to keep me (Uta, her uterus) healthy used to be Home Health and now she uses The Palma Christi castor oil. Both are hexane free and Home Health is also paraben free. Both are recommend by the “father of holistic medicine” and castor oil guru Edward Cacye.
For instructions on how to make and do castor oil packs, click here.
Believe me, your uterus will thank you for this! I know I do!
Genevieve has learned that according to the Mayan Culture, the woman’s first brain is her uterus. And if her uterus is tipped, tilted, displaced, prolapsed then the woman will be off balance somehow and in some way either physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.
And on a purely physical level, if I (Uta, Genevieve’s uterus) am tipped, tilted, displaced, prolapsed and I am trying to get menstrual blood out of me, I may have trouble. And the menstrual blood that is supposed to be shed has to go somewhere. It may go out the fallopian tubes and attach itself to the outside of internal reproductive or digestive organs, which western medicine calls endometriosis.
And if am tipped, tilted, displaced, prolapsed the endometrial lining may be reabsorbed into the uterine wall and thus causing adenomyosis and I become enlarged.
I believe I had adenomyosis, because at one point a nurse practitioner told Genevieve that I (Uta, Genevieve’s uterus) was enlarged and the size of a 3 month pregnant uterus. I bled profusely and had a lot of menstrual pain for many, many cycles. I was not a happy camper!
According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for adenomyosis include:
- Prior uterine surgery, such as a C-section or fibroid removal
- Middle age
Most cases of adenomyosis — which depends on estrogen — are found in women in their 40s and 50s. Adenomyosis in these women could relate to longer exposure to estrogen compared with that of younger women. However, current research suggests that the condition might be common in younger women.
If you often have prolonged, heavy bleeding during your periods, you can develop chronic anemia, which causes fatigue and other health problems.
Although not harmful, the pain and excessive bleeding associated with adenomyosis can disrupt your lifestyle. You might avoid activities you’ve enjoyed in the past because you’re in pain or you worry you might start bleeding.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the cause of adenomyosis isn’t known.
There have been many theories, including:
- Invasive tissue growth.Some experts believe that adenomyosis results from the direct invasion of endometrial cells from the lining of the uterus into the muscle that forms the uterine walls. Uterine incisions made during an operation such as a cesarean section (C-section) might promote the direct invasion of the endometrial cells into the wall of the uterus.
- Developmental origins.Other experts suspect that adenomyosis originates within the uterine muscle from endometrial tissue deposited there when the uterus first formed in the fetus.
- Uterine inflammation related to childbirth.Another theory suggests a link between adenomyosis and childbirth. Inflammation of the uterine lining during the postpartum period might cause a break in the normal boundary of cells that line the uterus. Surgical procedures on the uterus can have a similar effect.
- Stem cell origins.A recent theory proposes that bone marrow stem cells might invade the uterine muscle, causing adenomyosis.
Regardless of how adenomyosis develops, its growth depends on the circulating estrogen in women’s bodies.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Adenomyosis (ad-uh-no-my-O-sis) occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. The displaced tissue continues to act normally — thickening, breaking down and bleeding — during each menstrual cycle. An enlarged uterus and painful, heavy periods can result.
The cause of adenomyosis remains unknown, but the disease usually resolves after menopause. For women who have severe discomfort from adenomyosis, hormonal treatments can help. Removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) cures adenomyosis.
Sometimes, adenomyosis causes no signs or symptoms or only mild discomfort. However, adenomyosis can cause:
- Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding
- Severe cramping or sharp, knifelike pelvic pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
- Chronic pelvic pain
Your uterus might get bigger. Although you might not know if your uterus is enlarged, you may notice that your lower abdomen feels tender or causes pelvic pressure.