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Have You Tried Castor Oil in Your Belly Button?

In Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the belly button, or navel, is held as a "gateway" or "portal" to the body's internal organs.  You might think it has no purpose, but your belly button has a high concentration of blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and nerves that originated from the once-present umbilical cord. The nerves emanating from the belly button are closely associated with the parasympathetic division of the ANS. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the "rest-and-digest" functions of the body, including the regulation of various involuntary processes such as digestion, heart rate, and sexual arousal.

By virtue of this intimate connection, the belly button serves as a strategic access point to the ANS. Stimulating or applying substances, such as castor oil, to the belly button may potentially influence the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system and, consequently, impact the associated physiological processes.


The Significance of Your Belly Button

During fetal development, the umbilical cord serves as the vital lifeline between the growing baby and the mother. This cord contains blood vessels that enable the exchange of nutrients, oxygen, and waste between the two circulatory systems.

When the cord is severed at birth, the belly button area retains a special significance. Even though the direct vascular pathway is gone, the navel is still believed to be an entry point to access the body's internal systems.

Your belly button is actually a hub of specialized nerves that could make it the perfect spot to apply IAMA castor oil. 

The skin around your belly button is sensitive, thanks to an abundance of sensory nerves. Plus, it's also connected to your autonomic nervous system (ANS), which controls how your body responds to stress. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) also plays a significant role in the regulation and function of your reproductive system. 

The ricinoleic acid in the castor oil (or what we call the miracle molecule) is absorbed through the belly button skin and into the bloodstream, where it can then travel to internal organs.

Benefits of using castor oil in your belly button include:

  • Detoxification of the liver and other organs: Castor oil is believed to have a detoxifying effect on the body when applied to the belly button.

  • Improved digestion and relief from constipation: Castor oil applied to the belly button is thought to stimulate the digestive system and promote intestinal movement.

  • Reduced inflammation and pain: Castor oil's anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce inflammation and provide relief from various types of pain when applied to the belly button.

  • Enhanced immune function: The purported detoxifying and anti-inflammatory effects of castor oil applied to the belly button may contribute to a stronger immune system.

  • Better sleep: Castor oil applied to the belly button is believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system, which can promote better sleep.

What the Research Says:

A 2017 study published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine found that applying castor oil packs to the abdomen was effective in reducing menstrual pain and improving quality of life in women with dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps). The researchers hypothesized that the ricinoleic acid in the Castor Oil was able to lower inflammation and reduce muscle spasms associated with menstrual cramps when absorbed through the skin.

Should You Try It?

If you're curious about using castor oil in your belly button, give it a go. It's safe, natural and there are no side effects as long as you use a high-quality, 100% organic, cold-pressed castor oil like IAMA's

P.S To help you get the most out of nature's golden elixir, with every purchase of IAMA Castor Oil, you'll receive our FREE user guide!

P.P.S Check out our favourite castor oil beauty blends, rituals and recipes here

If you're unsure about anything or just want to say hi, you can get in touch by emailing contact@iamawellness.com or alternatively, drop us a message on Insta.



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