Does the Moon make your Hormones go Crazy?

Does the Moon make your Hormones go Crazy?

Does the Moon make your Hormones go Crazy by Queen of the Thrones

Does the Moon make your Hormones go Crazy?

Written by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A.
Reviewed by: Marisol Teijeiro N.D. (inactive) and Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 13 minutes.

Mother Nature’s Medicine: The Moon, Menstruation, Seed Cycling & Castor Oil Packs

Have you ever wondered if the full moon is controlling everything from your sleeping patterns to how irritable you feel when you’re stuck in traffic? Is the moon like a puppet master directing your every move? It’s possible, right?

In case you didn’t know, it’s no coincidence that your menstrual cycle is the same number of days, as the days on the calendar, as is the full rotation of the moon around the earth.

Everything is interconnected and the moon is controlling much more than you think. Makes sense, agreed? You’re in the right place because we’re going to discuss how the moon cycles impact your hormones and help you discover the pros and cons of seed cycling for hormone imbalance.

Beyond the days of your monthly menstrual cycle, it has an impact on every aspect of your physiology, not only your hormones.

It’s most notable in your moods and key symptoms of unbalanced hormones, your problems with your period and infertility, and even your low levels of the nightime hormone melatonin, affecting how well you sleep1.

Mother Nature’s Medicine: Seed Cycling and your period problems.

You see, mother nature carries many secrets up her sleeves on how to work with the moon cycle, for your menstrual problems.

Eating seeds is one way, in what is known as the practice of seed cycling, and is said to possibly support healthier periods cycles.

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However, another easier, often better tolerated alternative for those who can’t eat seeds frequently and repetitively, as required in seed cycling, is ” Single” Seed Cycling done with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs.

The Difference between Seed Cycling and “Single” Seed Cycling

The traditional seed cycling protocol alternates what seeds to eat at different times of the month according to your hormones and the moon: flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds.

One downfall for many women with hormonal problems is that these seeds can cause digestive distress when repeatedly consumed, creating a leaky gut or aggravating a pre-existing condition.

Additionally, it can become a hassle preparing the seeds, coordinating when to eat each kind, and finding new recipes to keep things exciting. Many often start this protocol with the best of intentions but give up shortly after starting. Sound familiar?

“Single” Seed Cycling, on the other hand, soothes digestive distress and is simply less hassle, by using Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs for Liver , instead of eating seeds.

“Single” Seed Cycling is supportive for your well-being, working from the outside in.

Therefore, it’s a great alternative if you’re tired of taking so many supplements and would rather do a self-care practice as easy as wearing a Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver or using the Queen of the Thrones® Hormone Balance & Detox Kit, on a different part of the body, at different times of the month according to the moon cycles.

Plus, there’s an additional bonus with “Single” Seed Cycling with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs.

You see, because there are many more benefits with using Castor Oil Packs, which are a traditional therapy that have been used as a traditional therapy that have been used for wellness since the beginning of time, first with the Egyptians and even the father of medicine, Hippocrates.

The benefits of these Castor Oil Packs, beyond supporting hormone cycling include, but are not limited to supporting:

Sounds good, am I right? It’s clearly a natural choice that’s so much easier to do, with so many benefits. Makes sense, agreed?

 

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Mother Nature’s Medicine: Chronobiology for your menstrual cycle

It’s nice to have options and tools to support the optimization of your period and hormone balance, that work with the rhythms and cycles of nature, right? This is a branch of medicine known as chronobiology.15

So, since we are biological beings, these practices aren’t simple folklore, but show clinical practice evidence that we are affected by the moon. Plus, this is one of many ways our bodies keep time.

We may not be as intensely possessed by the moon as say a werewolf, but hey, we all have our hormonal moments now, don’t we? Some of us do become rabid beasts at that time of the month when the moon is shining bright, right?

Think of it like this: You’ve had a bad day, you look at the calendar and you see it’s a full moon. Is it a coincidence?

Maybe, maybe not.

What’s the research about the moon, seed cycling & hormones?

Preliminary research is in the works, one study of interest done at old age homes couldn’t find a connection between weird mood changes and the full moon.16

However, it was done with an elderly population in an old age home, at a time in life when hormone levels are at their lowest. With moods and the moon being highly interconnected to your hormones17, not the best people to study to find the truth. Agreed?

So if one study that may have not had the best methodology says it’s not connected, it doesn’t mean it’s hocus pocus. It just means we need more research or clinical practice.

Clinical experience: The moon, hormones & seed cycling

Just ask any nurse who has worked an emergency shift on a full moon, they will give you their side of story, usually including how crazy and full of patients the hospital can get on those crazy full moon eve’s.

It’s enough to make sure you look at the calendar for where the moon cycle is at before booking an important procedure or going under the knife! Agreed?

You see, what I love about research is that it can come in the forms of clinical study, but also from a clinical practitioner’s perspective through patient observation.

The traditional seed cycling protocol, along with the easier reinvented “Single” Seed Cycling was developed along these lines, from functional integrative medicine practices and health and wellness coaches, much like yourself.

Even though these protocols have little scientific research, as in double blind placebo controlled studies, the gold standard in medicine. The lack of this research doesn’t make it wrong, it just hasn’t been studied that way yet, and may very well never be studied that way for various reasons, two of which I’ll discuss here.

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Mother nature only likes to be tested in her natural environment

The most important one being that mother nature isn’t the type to be put into a box and given only 2 variables to work with.

Mother nature is a product of her environment, and as such, there are millions of variables at play in the environment, the temperature, the wind, the sunlight, the food and nourishment, the exercise, the practices, the social contact, and the list goes on and on.

So, this makes it hard to study scientifically, especially using a double blind placebo scientific method. There are simply too many variables to test in nature and natural environments. Makes sense, right?

Mother nature doesn’t have deep pockets to pay for studies

The lack of funding for studies such as these impacts the understanding of the true effect of this practice. Deep pockets like those in the pharmaceutical industry fund studies that go towards new drugs, not natural medicine protocols.

Moreover, what we do know helps illuminate our choices of care in integrative and functional medicine settings.

As a practitioner, when you’re prescribing protocols like seed cycling, it’s often a combination of an in depth understanding of physiology of how the body works from a “functional” perspective”, as well as the knowledge of the ingredients used, such as flax seed, well known for its effects in hormonal wellness.18

Combining these, along with clinical observation and experience of the practical use of mother nature’s tools, like the traditional seed cycling protocol or “Single” Seed Cycling, using Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs, are both ethical protocols because they’re not likely to cause harm and may even provide benefit beyond what is hypothesized.

Except in the case of traditional seed cycling. Although seed cycling is one of the most highly popularized natural food and lifestyle-based practices for hormone balance, it has the worst compliance.

But why?

Well, because of digestive disturbances from repetitively eating the seeds and the hassle of preparation, seed cycling has the worst compliance. Makes sense, agreed?

The “Single” Seed Cycling protocol with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs is an easier, often more tolerated alternative that overcomes these objections.

Seed cycling’s goal: Naturally balance your hormones with the moon.

So, if you want a clearer understanding of your physiology, simply start by tracking what you see in your monthly fluctuations.

I’m sure you’ve already noticed how some weeks of your monthly cycle you feel much different than others, am I right?

Some weeks you feel bloated and tired, while others have you experiencing hormonal fluctuations that leave you crying, craving, or wanting more of your partner or yourself, and then the next moment you’re completely withdrawn. Can you relate?

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You see, hormonal balance is when you experience less ups and downs over your monthly moon guided period cycle. Makes sense, agreed?

It’s time to understand…

  1. Why your body does what it does.
  2. What role the moon plays in your monthly menstrual cycle and your hormone unbalance.
  3. An extra tool you should have in your self care tool box to support your hormonal balance.

Would you love that?

“Single” Seed Cycling protocol with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs is a simple way for you to support your hormones so you can align with the moon and mother nature, the easy way.

Can the solar eclipse affect hormones?

Many have speculated about the moon’s influence on human behavior and physiology. From myths about full moons affecting moods to beliefs about lunar cycles influencing menstrual cycles. However, what about the lesser-discussed solar eclipse? Could it also have an impact on our hormones?

As we gear up for the much-anticipated solar eclipse of 2024, it’s worth exploring the relationship between this event and our hormonal balance. 

What exactly is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, temporarily blocking the sun’s light. During this captivating event, the sky darkens, and observers may witness the sun’s corona, creating a spectacle that has fascinated civilizations throughout history.

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But does this cosmic display have any tangible effects on our bodies or our hormones? While there’s limited scientific research specifically linking solar eclipses to hormonal changes, there could be a potential connection.

One area of interest is the influence of solar eclipses on melatonin production. Melatonin, often dubbed the “sleep hormone,” regulates our sleep-wake cycles and plays a crucial role in maintaining our body’s circadian rhythm. Some believe that the sudden darkness during a solar eclipse could disrupt melatonin levels, leading to temporary sleep disturbances or alterations in mood.

Can the solar eclipse affect the menstrual cycle?

Now, what about the menstrual cycle? Can a solar eclipse affect it? While there’s no direct scientific evidence linking the two, some individuals claim to experience changes in their menstrual patterns coinciding with celestial events.19 

It’s essential to approach such claims with a critical eye, recognizing that many factors influence hormonal fluctuations and menstrual cycles. Stress, diet, exercise, and overall health play significant roles in hormonal balance, often overshadowing any potential effects of celestial events like solar eclipses.

While the solar eclipse of 2024 promises to be a captivating sight, its impact on our hormones remains largely speculative.

Hormone-Balancing Carrot Juice Recipe

During the solar eclipse and other celestial events, maintaining hormonal balance is great for your self-care. Carrots, energetically resonating with the color of the sun, are believed to ground and support the body during these times.

Queen of the Thrones hormone balancing beat juice

Here’s a simple recipe for a hormone-balancing carrot juice:

Ingredients:

  • 4 large carrots, washed and trimmed
  • 1 small piece of ginger (about 1 inch), peeled
  • 1 medium-sized apple, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled

Instructions:

  • Cut the carrots into smaller pieces to fit into your juicer chute.
  • Add the carrots, ginger, apple, and lemon to the juicer.
  • Turn on the juicer and process the ingredients until you get a smooth, vibrant juice.
  • Pour the juice into glasses and serve immediately.

Enjoy the refreshing and hormone-balancing benefits of this carrot juice during the solar eclipse and beyond.

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Where to Buy Authentic Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs: Top 4 Verified Locations

Where to Buy Authentic Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs: Top 4 Verified Locations

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Where to Buy Authentic Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs: Top 4 Verified Locations

Written by: Joanna Teljeur M.A.

Reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 7 minutes

So, you’re looking for Castor Oil Packs, but there are countless places to shop online and a seemingly endless variety to choose from. As you scroll and search, you notice that some packs are reasonably priced, while others are super cheap. 

You’re faced with a dilemma: Should you go with the cheaper variety, or should you spend a little more for better quality? Is there a difference between the low price packs and the higher-priced alternatives? And if there is a difference, what is it and why does it matter?

Have you found yourself in this very same situation? How do you know if a site is legit, and where you can make a verified purchase of real Castor Oil products?

As you probably know, Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs have gained an enormous amount of attention for their potential wellness benefits, but with popularity comes imitation, and it’s so important to pay attention to where you’re purchasing these products to ensure their authenticity as well as your safety. 

In this blog, we’ll explore the top four verified locations to buy Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs and why choosing the right source matters.

Top 4 verified places to buy authentic Queen of the thrones castor oil packs

1. Shop the official Queen of the Thrones® website

When it comes to authenticity, the best place to shop Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Products is on the official website itself: shopqueenofthethrones.com. Obvious right? But it’s true. On the verified site, you’ll find the genuine products that are crafted with care and backed by Dr. Marisol ND (inactive) herself.

Why the official website is the best place to shop:

          • Lowest Prices: Buying directly from the official website ensures that you’re getting the best prices available. So if you’re cost-conscious (and who isn’t these days?), you’ll actually get a much better deal by shopping directly. Plus, when you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll get special discounts and opportunities to save, plus self-care recipes and wellness tips on Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs.
          • Special Promotions/Gifts: In addition to joining the VIP newsletter email list for special prices, the website alone regularly offers special promotions and gifts that you won’t find elsewhere. Plus, you can refer a friend, sharing savings with them and earning extra savings for yourself, too.
          • World-Class Customer Service: If you have any issues, questions, feedback or suggestions, you can count on receiving top-notch customer service from the Queen of the Thrones® Care Team. Truly, the customer service team was hand-picked for their personability and warm, knowledgeable, patient communication style. Reach out to care@queenofthethrones.com to see for yourself.

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2. Amazon: Shop Castor Oil self-care tools with convenience

If you’re an Amazon Prime member or frequent shopper, the convenience of purchasing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs on Amazon might be especially appealing. Of course, if you’re a Prime member, you get free shipping, yay! But while both Amazon USA and Amazon Canada are both verified places to buy Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs, a word of caution is necessary here. 

You see, Castor Oil Packs have become so popular that dozens of companies are claiming to sell “high quality” Castor Oil products. Some even imitate the design, branding, and even steal exact photos/videos of Queen of the Thrones® products.

Why does this matter? Well, basically, counterfeit products and cheaply-made Castor Oil Packs can do more harm than good in many cases. 

Here’s why…

Castor Oil: Everything you put on your skin can be absorbed deep, especially Castor Oil, known as the ultimate carrier oil. This is why it’s important to ONLY use Castor Oil for your self-care practices that is: 

  • 100% pure
  • USDA certified organic
  • Hexane-free 
  • Extra virgin 
  • Bottled in amber glass *Castor Oil bottled in plastic has the potential to absorb hormone-disrupting chemicals from the plastic; which you don’t want to absorb through your skin! 
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Castor Oil Packs: Make sure you only have naturally soft, 100% organic materials touching your skin, like:

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To ensure the authenticity of your Castor Oil products:

  • Shop directly at the Queen of the Thrones® Amazon store.
  • Verify the Shop Name: Make sure the shop name is Queen of the Thrones®, and look for any misspellings or variations that might indicate a fake account.
  • Check for Verified Purchaser Badge: Authentic reviews from verified purchasers are a good indicator of legitimacy.
  • Reach Out to Queen of the Thrones®: If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to contact Queen of the Thrones® directly to confirm the authenticity of the Amazon shop.
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3. Local health food stores and your trusted wellness practitioners

Shopping at local businesses is always a great choice, and you might find Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs in your neighborhood health food store or wellness practitioner’s office. 

If you don’t see these products on their shelves, consider asking them to carry the products! By doing so, you’re not only benefiting your own health but also supporting local practitioners and businesses.

4. iHerb: Shop Castor Oil & Castor Oil Packs with ease

iHerb is your global destination for trusted natural wellness products. Operating in over 180 countries, they make it easy to have access to the products you love.

Offering 45,000+ authentic items, all sold and shipped directly by them, not third-party sellers, you can trust in the quality of what you’re getting. With a whopping 40 million genuine reviews from satisfied customers, you can shop Queen of the Thrones® on iHerb with confidence, knowing you’re making informed choices when it comes to your wellness needs.

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When it comes to your self-care and wellness, authenticity and brands you can trust are crucial, agreed? Download your ‘Buyer Beware Checklist’ below, so you know what to look for when shopping for your Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs!

Queen of the Thrones® Affiliate Partners on Social Media: How can you tell if a site is legit?

As we mentioned above, you can also find many Queen of the Thrones® affiliate partners on social media. These are practitioners, health coaches and wellness influencers who share content about Castor Oil Packs or Castor Oil uses with a link that you can follow to buy the products they’re discussing.

This is totally legitimate, and it can be counted as a verified purchase because the links these affiliate partners provide will direct you to the official Queen of the Thrones® site. Then these same wellness leaders will earn a percentage of the sales made by anyone using their links, so you can help support their success!

But – be absolutely sure that you vet these wellness practitioners and influencers! One of the latest scams is to steal affiliate videos and posts, and then ask followers to send a DM to get the product. The trouble is, the links they provide go somewhere besides the Queen of the Thrones® site even though they might be talking about our products.

Ways that you can verify these accounts:

  1. Review their profile by scrolling through their feed, checking their follower number, and any posts that they’re tagged in. Fake accounts typically have a low number of posts (or a lot of posts that were posted in a short time frame), very few followers, and very few tagged posts.

     

  2. Check whether the influencer has tagged the official @queenofthethrones account

     

  3. Confirm the link URL they sent – if it doesn’t begin with shopqueenofthethrones.com – it’s probably a fake affiliate.

Tips for ensuring an online store is legit

To safeguard your purchase and your health, follow these tips when shopping for Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs:

  1. Verify the URL: When purchasing through an affiliate partner’s link, always double-check that the website URL starts with “shopqueenofthethrones.com” for the official store
  2. Look for Affiliation & Branding: Review the page for authentic Queen of the Thrones® branding and logos, check for misspellings or other variations that may indicate an imitation webpage
  3. Review Authenticity: On Amazon or other marketplace platforms, look for the “verified purchase”statement and read reviews from actual buyers.
  4. Contact Queen of the Thrones®: If you have any doubts, reach out to the official team at care@queenofthethrones.com to confirm the legitimacy of the shop.

Authenticity and quality are hugely important when it comes to Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs. 

By choosing trustworthy stores to purchase these products, you’re not only ensuring their quality but also safeguarding your wellness from potentially harmful imitations. 

Whether you shop directly from the official website, opt for the convenience of Amazon, or support local businesses and wellness leaders, remember to stay vigilant and follow these tips so you always get a genuine Queen of the Thrones® experience.

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How Castor Oil Packs Help Support Perimenopause

How Castor Oil Packs Help Support Perimenopause

What is and how to treat perimenopause by Queen of the Thrones

How Castor Oil Packs Help Support Perimenopause

Written by: Heather Tanti R.P.N (non-practicing)

Reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 16 minutes

The choppy waters of perimenopause is a journey that women must navigate, and it’s a chapter in life that brings with it a cascade of emotional challenges. As the body undergoes subtle, yet profound changes, the emotional aspects can be just as dynamic. 

From unexpected mood swings to heightened sensitivity, perimenopause presents a unique set of trials that can leave women grappling with a roller coaster of feelings.

In this exploration of perimenopause, we’ll explore the emotional and physical struggles that accompany this transitional phase of life.

But before we begin, let’s first understand the fundamental question: What is perimenopause?

What is perimenopause?

As women we often find ourselves on a journey as unique as a fingerprint- the transition into perimenopause. It’s a phase of life that’s rarely discussed openly, yet its impact can be profound and transformative.

If you’re wondering what perimenopause is, and how it might be influencing your life, you’re not alone.

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Perimenopause is the transitional phase leading to menopause, marking the closing of a woman’s reproductive years, and usually begins in a woman’s 40’s, although it can start earlier for some and later for others.1 

During perimenopause, hormonal fluctuations become more pronounced, leading to a variety of physical and emotional changes.

So, how can you make sense of these changes? Imagine your body as a finely tuned orchestra, and hormones as the musicians playing in harmony. As you enter perimenopause, this symphony takes an unexpected turn. Estrogen levels fluctuate, causing irregular menstrual cycles, mood swings, and even unexpected hot flashes.

It’s a hormonal roller coaster that can catch you off guard, making you wonder, “Is this normal?”

The biggest challenge with perimenopause is that it is often a silent struggle. Many women don’t openly discuss their experiences, leading others to feel isolated in their journey. 

It’s important to recognize that perimenopause is a shared experience, and sharing our stories can break down the walls of silence surrounding this transitional phase.

Perimenopause comes in 2 stages, early stage and late stage, keep reading to learn more!

Stages of perimenopause

Although we don’t have all the details about perimenopause, we do know it has two stages. In the first stage, called early menopausal transition, periods are mostly regular with few interruptions. 

In the second stage, known as late transition, the time between periods becomes longer, lasting at least 60 days, until the final menstrual period occurs.2 

The early menopausal transition is when there’s a consistent difference of 7 days or more in the length of menstrual cycles, or if one or more cycles are skipped. This inconsistency repeats within the next 10 cycles. As this irregularity continues, it leads to longer periods without menstruation. 

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When the absence of periods last 60 days or more, it indicates the late menopausal transition. 

In the late stage, there’s a further increase in the duration without periods and more significant hormone fluctuations. This stage is more likely to bring about symptoms like hot flashes, although they are most common after the final menstrual period. 

It’s important to note that not everyone follows these stages exactly. Some women, especially those transitioning later in life, might skip the early transition, while others, particularly those transitioning earlier, may spend many years in the early stage.3

So, what types of symptoms are present when experiencing this phase of life? Let’s explore!

Perimenopause symptoms

Let’s face it, if perimenopause were a playlist, it would be as diverse and unpredictable as shuffle mode on your favorite music app.

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As women begin this phase, they often find themselves tuning into a symphony of symptoms that can range from subtle background noise to full-blown crescendos.

Let’s take a dive into the key symptoms that make up this unique playlist, shall we?

Perimenopause weight gain

Perimenopause is a time when women are more likely to gain weight. This happens because estrogen levels drop as the ovaries work less. Also, changes in hormones, getting older, less physical activity, and eating habits can add up to more body fat. Emotional eating during times of stress can play a role too.4

You see, it’s not just about the numbers; it’s about the internal emotions, insecurities, and the uncharted territory of a changing body. Can you relate?

Imagine stepping onto the scale and feeling like you’re in a guessing game. One day it’s up, and the next it is down, leaving you to wonder if your body is following its own playlist. 

The shift in hormones that perimenopause brings, causes a hormonal dance that can influence your weight in ways that seem beyond your control.

As you zip up your favorite pair of jeans and notice a snugger fit, an internal dialogue begins, causing you to question your eating habits, exercise routine, and even your self-worth… 

This transformation can feel like you’re learning a new dance to an unfamiliar beat, agreed?

But what about weight loss as a symptom? Let’s take a look at the other side of this transitional stage.

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Perimenopause weight loss

On the other side of the tracks of perimenopause is weight loss, though less common, it is another silent struggle that plays out on the scale before you.

Picture stepping onto the scale, and instead of the expected stability you’ve known most of your life, you’re met with something unexpected; weight loss. While this might seem like an enjoyable side-effect to some, these numbers echo a change that might be as surprising as it is perplexing.

How or why do these weight fluctuations take place? Well, perimenopause brings hormonal shifts that can directly impact the number you see on the scale. And as these numbers dip, another internal dialogue takes hold… 

In one instance you may be elated that you can now fit into those old clothes you used to, but those feelings also mix with questions about the unintentional weight loss, leading you to wonder about your health, and whether this weight change carries an unspoken worry about what might be happening within your body.

Plus, just as weight gain prompts a reevaluation of how you see yourself, weight loss can lead to new confusion when it comes to your body image. Perhaps the curves you were accustomed to begin to soften, and the silhouette in the mirror takes on a different contour… It’s a transformation that challenges the idea you may have already had of beauty and self-worth, agreed?

Navigating this unknown territory requires a delicate balance between embracing the changes, and understanding the factors at play, making this a great time to take a step back and focus on understanding your body’s needs, and nourishing it with self-care, like a Pelvis & Hips Castor Oil Pack to help support your hormone balance, and more.

Perimenopause and fatigue

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Many women going through perimenopause often struggle with sleep problems and feeling tired, making fatigue one of the most common complaints during this stage.5

Because perimenopause introduces a rollercoaster of hormonal fluctuations, women are often at the mercy of unpredictable energy levels. 

One day you might wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day, only to find yourself completely drained and fatigued the next… is this you?

The inconsistency can make planning and managing daily activities and tasks daunting, making quality of sleep a rare, but essential commodity during perimenopause.

Hot flashes, night sweats, and hormonal imbalances can disrupt once restful nights, turning them into a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation. The consequence? Waking up feeling exhausted and struggling to stay alert throughout the day.

And because women often find themselves juggling multiple responsibilities- career, family, and personal well-being, fatigue can make this delicate balance even more demanding, both at home and in the workplace.

Plus, exhaustion doesn’t just manifest physically; it takes a toll on emotional well-being.

Feeling constantly tired can contribute to irritability, mood swings, and a heightened sense of stress. This is why establishing a reliable support network, whether through friends, family, or online communities is essential, helping you to share experiences, and insights to help you feel less alone during these difficult times.

Sore breasts and perimenopause

Breast tenderness can enter a woman’s life during perimenopause like an unwanted guest, catching her off guard. Breasts that were once familiar and seemingly predictive in nature, suddenly become tender, sensitive, and sometimes painful. Can you relate?

Hormones play a central role in breast tenderness. Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels can often lead to increased breast sensitivity6. As these hormones engage in a delicate dance, the breasts respond with tenderness, a physical manifestation of the hormonal changes at play.

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How can you help support breast tenderness during perimenopause? Finding the right bra is a great starting point, ensuring comfort and support during this period. The once beloved underwire bra may begin to feel like an instrument of torture, as increased sensitivity demands a gentler touch. 

But breast tenderness can extend beyond the physical, influencing intimate moments when it comes to relationships. This increased physical sensitivity may reshape how women experience touch and intimacy, requiring open communication with partners to ensure mutual understanding and comfort during these times of change.

Which brings us to the importance of embracing self-care. Warm compresses, gentle massages, and choosing fabrics that are kind to sensitive skin can help offer relief. Plus, when you incorporate these self-care practices into your daily life, you create a nurturing experience in the fight against discomfort. 

Looking for a great place to start for natural self-care for your breasts? The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs for Breasts are here to bring you gentle, comforting support!

Insomnia and perimenopause

Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to escape the clutches of insomnia? If so, you’re not alone. Many women in their forties and fifties experience a unique combination of sleep disturbances and hormonal changes known as perimenopause.7

As the body transitions into perimenopause, hormonal fluctuations can wreak havoc on your sleep patterns. Night sweats, hot flashes and mood swings become unwelcome companions, leaving you yearning for a peaceful night’s sleep. Can you relate?

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Ever lie awake at night with your mind racing like a never-ending marathon? Perimenopause often brings with it an influx of thoughts and worries that can make falling asleep feel like an impossible task. 

Hormones play a pivotal role in regulating sleep, and the hormonal rollercoaster of perimenopause can throw this delicate balance into disarray. 

So, how do you navigate those sleepless nights and insomnia? Well, self-care of course! But not just any self-care, we’re talking all natural, simple self-care that you can do to help support all these changes without worry.

Consider adding a Castor Oil Eye Compress to your self-care routine. Castor Oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making this soothing, soft compress a comforting touch in helping to ease eye strain, and help support deeper relaxation. 

The best part? You can help naturally enhance your sleep hormone melatonin!8

Perimenopause and night sweats/hot flashes

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Have you ever found yourself abruptly waking up at night drenched in sweat, searching for relief from the intense heat you’re experiencing? Welcome to the world of night sweats and hot flashes, two companions that often accompany women during the perimenopausal journey.9

Night sweats, characterized by excessive sweating during sleep, can turn your cozy haven into a battleground of damp sheets and discomfort. Are you familiar with this unexpected and unpleasant midnight heat wave?

Hot flashes can strike at any moment- day or night. The sensation of intense heat spreading across your body, accompanied by flushed skin and a rapid heartbeat, can be disruptive and confusing, seeming to have a mind of its own… 

The culprit behind these uncomfortable sensations? You guessed it- hormones. Fluctuations in estrogen levels, which are characteristic of perimenopause, can trigger the body’s internal thermostat to go haywire.

So how can you begin to make sense of these changes and find support? By adopting lifestyle adjustments and embracing supportive strategies, you can turn down the temperature, so to speak, and help work towards reclaiming more peaceful nights.

In the meantime, try a natural approach with the Hormone Balance and Detox Kit, your go-to for hormone balance, and gentle support with the natural goodness of Castor Oil!

Perimenopause and vaginal dryness

As we continue our exploration of perimenopause, another often unspoken aspect comes into focus: vaginal dryness. 

Have you noticed changes in your intimate wellness that has left you seeking answers and solutions? You’re not alone.

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One of the less discussed but significant challenges during perimenopause is the onset of vaginal dryness. Changes in hormone levels, particularly a decline in estrogen, can lead to a decrease in natural lubrication, making intimate moments uncomfortable or even painful.

Estrogen, a hormone vital for maintaining the health of vaginal tissues, takes a noticeable dip during perimenopause, often resulting in changes to the vaginal lining. This can often impact moisture and elasticity.

Have you found it challenging to discuss these experiences openly?

Exploring natural support becomes essential for many women seeking comfort and relief. Thankfully, Castor Oil has been gaining more attention when it comes to supporting vaginal dryness, naturally.

Castor Oil, derived from the castor bean plant, has a rich history, containing anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties10 that make it a helpful tool in the fight against vaginal dryness. 

But how can Castor Oil support vaginal dryness?

Castor Oil’s natural emollient properties may provide a soothing touch. Applying a small amount of Castor Oil to the external vaginal area may help contribute to enhanced moisture and comfort. Sounds good, agreed?

Castor Oil Packs for perimenopause

In the midst of perimenopause, finding a comforting companion on this transformative stage of life becomes invaluable.

This is where Castor Oil Packs come in- a soothing practice that offers support for your wellness, helping to build a moment of self-care tailored to the unique challenges of perimenopause.

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Castor Oil boasts anti-inflammatory properties11 believed to enhance relaxation, making it an ideal candidate for those seeking a holistic approach to perimenopausal support.

Have you ever wondered about the magic hidden in this golden elixir?

Creating your personal haven of tranquility involves a simple, yet profound practice- the Castor Oil Pack. This self-care routine is similar to wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket. Sounds relaxing, right?

Now, you might be asking, “Can’t I use any regular fabric”?

Well, here’s the catch: the ideal material for Castor Oil Packs is organic cotton or wool. 

Nowadays, most clothing is made from synthetic fibers and treated with chemicals like bleach and flame retardants, which can disrupt hormones. Since Castor Oil is an excellent carrier oil that deeply absorbs, it’s crucial to use it only with organic materials against the skin.

That’s precisely why Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs were crafted by a naturopathic doctor, featuring premium organic cotton. 

This ensures not only quality and convenience, but also provides maximum benefits for your wellness.

 

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs are made of layers of certified organic materials

Why choose Castor Oil Packs for your self-care?

Stress and relaxation support:

  • Gentle compression supports oxytocin, which may help balance cortisol and move your body into a relaxed state.12
  • The cotton compress with the Castor Oil helps to stimulate pleasure centers, potentially supporting dopamine for a feel-good effect.13

Inflammation and detox support:

  • Ricinoleic acid in Castor Oil has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.14

Colon cleansing and lymphatic drainage support:

  • May support gentle colon cleansing, aiding constipation and bowel movements.15-16
  • Gentle compression of the pack is thought to act as a pump, supporting lymphatic drainage, especially in the liver area.17

Sleep and hormone balance:

  • A nightly routine enhances comfort for a restful sleep similar to a weighted blanket.18
  • May support hormone balance through liver detox, lymphatic drainage, and colon cleansing.

Microbiome and digestive support:

  • Castor Oil may help break down biofilm, potentially benefiting the microbiome19 and combating Candida via nitric oxide promotion.20
  • Placing the pack over the liver and abdomen during discomfort helps support calm, potentially balancing inflammation, and supporting good flow within the body.

Enhanced absorption:

  • May support the absorption of healthy food, supplements, and treatments, aiding digestion and overall well-being.

Sounds amazing, agreed? Get started with the Liver Castor Oil Pack for your wellness!

In closing…

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So, my friend, in the midst of perimenopause, where hormonal shifts shape both the physical and emotional challenges faced by women all over the world, it’s crucial to make time for self-care. 

As you navigate the complexities, remember to embrace the importance of looking after yourself.

Whether it’s finding comfort in practices like Castor Oil Packs, or nourishing your body with nutritious foods- each element contributes to your personal self-care routine.

Make your well-being a priority, and acknowledge the challenges and changes with kindness. By focusing on self-care, you not only navigate the hurdles of perimenopause with resilience, but also lay the foundation for your well-being.

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Empowering Endometriosis Self-Care with Castor Oil Packs

Empowering Endometriosis Self-Care with Castor Oil Packs

Empowering Endometriosis Self Care with Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil

Empowering Endometriosis Self-Care with Castor Oil Packs

Written by: Heather Tanti R.P.N (non-practicing)

Reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 12 minutes

In the quiet corners of countless lives, a silent struggle unfolds, one that often goes unnoticed—the battle against endometriosis. It’s the kind of pain that isn’t just physical; it’s emotional, mental, and sometimes even spiritual. It’s the ache that keeps you up at night, the discomfort that impacts your every movement, and the invisible weight that seems to crush your spirit on the toughest days.

Living with endometriosis isn’t just about enduring the physical symptoms; it’s about navigating a maze of uncertainty, frustration, and often, loneliness. It’s about struggling to explain to others why simple tasks sometimes feel like climbing mountains. It’s about battling against the stigma that surrounds “invisible illnesses” and the disbelief that often greets our pain.

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Yet, amidst the struggles and the tears, there’s a resilience that burns bright within each of us. It’s the resilience that gets us out of bed on the darkest days, that pushes us to seek answers even when the medical system fails us, and that reminds us that we are more than our pain.

Beyond the medical approach lies a natural self-care support; a comforting approach to the struggles faced with endometriosis– Castor Oil Packs.

Journey with us as we explore the ups and downs of endometriosis, and how the nurturing touch of Castor Oil Packs may help support the symptoms that often weigh you down.

What is endometriosis?

Chances are you, or someone close to you has been diagnosed with endometriosis.Endometriosis is a condition that typically affects teenagers and women of reproductive age. It involves the presence of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, often leading to persistent pelvic pain and fertility problems.Diagnosing endometriosis can be slow because there’s no clear and easy way to confirm it without invasive methods. Symptoms vary, making it tough to pinpoint. Treatment usually involves using hormones and pain relievers, but they don’t always work well since endometriosis often comes back.1
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Around 10% to 15% of women in their reproductive years are believed to have endometriosis, but this number goes up significantly to about 70% in women experiencing chronic pelvic pain.In the U.S., a recent survey found that 11.2% of women aged 18 to 45 hospitalized for issues related to the genital and urinary system were diagnosed with endometriosis. Additionally, about 10.3% of women who had gynecologic surgeries were found to have endometriosis.2Now that we understand what endometriosis is and how common it is among women, let’s dive deeper into the signs and symptoms that often accompany this complex condition.

What is thoracic endometriosis?

Thoracic endometriosis syndrome involves the presence of endometrial tissue in or around the lungs. It includes four specific clinical conditions:
    • Catamenial pneumothorax
    • Catamenial hemothorax
    • Hemoptysis
    • Pulmonary nodules
This syndrome is rare and complex, and clinicians frequently face challenges in diagnosing it, leading to delayed or overlooked cases. Such delays can contribute to recurrent hospitalizations and other complications.3

Symptoms of endometriosis?

As we peel back the layers of endometriosis, we uncover not just a medical diagnosis, but a relentless storm of symptoms that can wreak havoc on every aspect of life. It’s like being caught in a whirlwind of pain, uncertainty, and frustration, where every day feels like a battle against your own body.

From the relentless pelvic pain that feels like a dagger twisting in your gut to the fatigue that weighs you down like an anchor, the symptoms of endometriosis are more than just physical; they’re a constant reminder of the silent struggle raging within.

But it’s not just the pain that defines endometriosis; it’s the invisible symptoms too—the anxiety that clenches your chest, the depression that clouds your mind, and the isolation that wraps around you like a suffocating blanket. It’s the endless doctor’s appointments, the countless medications, and the never-ending search for relief that can leave you feeling lost and alone.

Endometriosis symptoms can be grouped into three categories:

1. Menstrual dysfunction

2. Ovulatory dysfunction

3. Reproductive dysfunction 

Problems with periods, like pelvic pain, painful periods, and pain during sex, are common signs of menstrual dysfunction. In younger patients with these issues, endometriosis is often found to be the cause, especially if the doctor sees unusual lesions. 

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Ovulatory dysfunction connected to endometriosis involves issues such as not ovulating, spotting before periods, problems in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, and something called LUF syndrome (Luteinised unruptured follicle syndrome).4But endometriosis symptoms often go beyond the pelvic area, and can impact your entire body, including back pain, and constant lower abdominal pain often connected to bladder filling and going to the bathroom.5The relentless struggles with endometriosis symptoms can profoundly impact every facet of one’s life. The constant pain, ranging from menstrual discomfort to persistent abdominal and back pain, becomes an unwelcome companion in daily activities. Intimate moments turn into sources of anxiety and discomfort, and even routine activities like using the bathroom become painful episodes. The irregular menstrual cycles and fertility challenges add emotional strain, while chronic fatigue casts a heavy shadow on daily energy levels.If you’re nodding your head relating to these symptoms, you’re not alone

Stages of endometriosis

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Let’s dive into understanding the stages of endometriosis—a roadmap that sheds light on the progression and severity of this complex condition. Just as each individual’s experience with endometriosis is unique, so too are the stages that characterize its impact on the body.The American Fertility Society uses a scoring system to classify endometriosis into four stages, ranging from Stage I (minimal) to Stage IV (severe). This classification is determined by the location and size of the lesions observed during surgical procedures.6

Endometriosis diagnosis

Endometriosis is a prevalent condition, yet its diagnosis is often delayed by 8-12 years due to the diverse range of symptoms. Currently, laparoscopy stands as the gold standard for diagnosis, but exploring less invasive methods could potentially reduce the time it takes to identify the condition.Using less invasive tests like imaging, genetic tests, biomarkers, or miRNAs could be the key to making the diagnosis of endometriosis less intrusive. Research suggests that different methods may contribute differently to the diagnosis, depending on the type of endometriosis. For instance, transvaginal ultrasound is good at detecting endometriomas but not superficial/peritoneal endometriosisWhile various non-invasive tests show promise in diagnosing this complex condition, further research is needed before they become part of routine clinical care.7So you see, getting to the bottom of endometriosis often feels like putting together a puzzle, except that puzzle can look different for everyone.
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Endometriosis and treatment

When it comes to dealing with endometriosis, the current medical game plan is more about managing the condition than waving a magic cure wand. 

The good news is, many women do find relief and better control of their symptoms with medical treatments. But here’s the catch – these treatments might bring some not-so-fun side effects and can be a bit heavy on the wallet. Plus, once you hit pause on the meds, symptoms often make a comeback. 

So, it’s a bit like a balancing act between finding relief and dealing with the trade-offs of the treatment journey.8

Some of these medical treatment approaches include:

  • Hormone therapy: One of the most effective ways to manage pain from endometriosis is often through hormonal drugs, regardless of the type of endometriosis (whether it’s in the ovaries, deep, or superficial). Medications like gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs and oral antagonists work by causing a kind of induced menopause, which helps lessen painful periods (dysmenorrhea) and other pain symptoms.9
  • Pain medications: As per the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are included in the initial pain management approach, and often include Ibuprofen, naproxen, or metamizole as suitable pain relievers.10
  • Surgical treatments: Surgical treatment for endometriosis aims to completely remove all lesions in a single procedure, offering promising long-term results for pelvic pain, recurrence, and fertility, while preserving organ functionality. The decision between surgery and medical therapy depends on factors like pregnancy plans, treatment effectiveness, potential complications, pain type and intensity, and the location/severity of the disease.11
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While the above medical treatments may bring relief in the battle with endometriosis, what about natural ways to treat endometriosis?

Natural help for endometriosis

These days there is growing interest in natural ways to help support the symptoms of endometriosis, this is mainly due to the side-effects that traditional medical approaches bring in the search for relief.Complementary and alternative medicine treatments include various options like herbal remedies, acupuncture, microwave therapy, and Chinese herb enemas. These methods are believed to help ease period pain, shrink masses in the pelvic area, and improve the chances of getting pregnant, all with fewer side effects compared to hormonal or surgical treatments.12Beyond the medicinal approach lies lifestyle approaches to supporting endometriosis symptoms, including dietary supplements.Dietary supplements like vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, omega 3, propolis, quercetin, curcumin, N-acetylcysteine, probiotics, resveratrol, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCg), are thought to have properties that can help reduce inflammation, fight oxidation, slow cell growth, and support the immune system.13So, what exactly is a good diet when it comes to endometriosis support? Best practices involve:
  1. Following a nutrient-rich diet: Eating a diet of healthy fats, hearty proteins, and heaps of vegetables that are high in micronutrients and fiber may help reduce inflammation in the body.14

     

  2.  Adding in anti-inflammatory herbs and spices: Spices and herbs like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cacao, dark chocolate, chamomile, mint, and others are rich in anti-inflammatory properties. They help alleviate pain and symptoms linked with endometriosis.15

     

  3. Avoiding caffeine, sugar and gluten: Excessive intake of these substances may influence blood sugar levels, potentially causing hormonal imbalances. Caffeine can affect your liver function, impacting the body’s natural detoxification process and contributing to estrogen buildup, potentially worsening symptoms.16

    4. Supporting your gut health: Taking steps to nurture your gut, such as incorporating anti-inflammatory foods (especially cruciferous vegetables, known for aiding in the removal of excess estrogen that may disrupt hormones and worsen symptoms), including probiotics in your diet, and steering clear of inflammatory foods and triggers, can help contribute to managing endometriosis.17
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Here’s a lunch/dinner recipe idea to get you started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, spinach)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions:

  1.  Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  2. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and grated ginger, sautéing for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add mixed vegetables to the pan and stir-fry until they are tender yet crisp.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together tamari (or soy sauce), sesame oil, rice vinegar, and maple syrup (or honey).
  5. Pour the sauce over the vegetables, stirring to coat evenly. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add cooked quinoa to the pan, mixing well with the vegetables and sauce.
  7. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the stir-fry for added crunch (optional).
  8. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve warm.

This quinoa and vegetable stir-fry is not only delicious but also incorporates anti-inflammatory foods, supporting your journey in managing endometriosis.

Castor Oil Packs and endometriosis

Now that we’ve touched on the medical and alternative approaches to symptom support, let’s explore endometriosis self-care with Castor Oil Packs as a natural approach to your wellness.

Castor Oil Packs—a natural remedy with a rich history dating back centuries. 

Traditionally, using Castor Oil Packs involved a messy and somewhat complex process. However, modern advancements have transformed this ancient practice into a convenient and user-friendly experience. 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs have been designed to support your self-care and wellness with ease and simplicity. So, let’s explore the benefits of Castor Oil Packs and discover how they can help enhance your well-being and support your self-care with endometriosis.

When it comes to naturally supporting your body through the ups and downs of endometriosis, Queen of the Thrones® offers a wide range of Castor Oil Packs to bring you the self-care you deserve.

Queen of the Thrones® Pelvis & Hips Castor Oil Pack

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The pain, cramping and inflammation associated with endometriosis can really impact the quality of life women experience, agreed? Besides pain relievers like naproxen, ibuprofen etc. a naturally comforting approach can be used with the Queen of the Thrones® Pelvis & Hips Castor Oil Pack.

This self-care gem is like a warm, comforting hug for your pelvic area, and feels like a cozy weighted blanket.

The best part? When combined with organic Golden Castor Oil, you’re creating a self-care practice that goes beyond the surface, bringing you the benefits of Castor Oil and gentle compression from your pack.

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Why does compression matter? Gentle compression from the pack against your skin is thought to help stimulate receptors linked to the nervous system, triggering the activation of the vagus nerve and encouraging the release of oxytocin (the love and connection hormone).18 19Moreover, the indulgent sensation of Castor Oil on your skin may contribute to supporting dopamine levels, potentially supporting a sense of satisfaction.20 In the context of managing endometriosis symptoms, this luxurious experience can be a comforting addition, offering relief and enhancing your well-being.Sounds good, agreed? Get your Pelvis & Hips Castor Oil Pack Now!

Moreover, gluten also acts as a prebiotic, supporting the growth of “good” bacteria in your body. It can also help imbalance of bad and good bacteria associated with gut dysbiosis.

What about dairy?

Eating dairy products is the easiest way to get vitamin D, calcium, and proteins needed for the healthy heart, bones, and muscles.

It helps maintain bone density and reduces the risk of fractures.

Studies have even suggested that the right kind of dairy may prevent heart disease.3

So, why is there so much discussion about dairy-free foods?

Well, similar to gluten, your digestive system releases the enzyme lactase to digest sugar in dairy products called lactose.

If you have a problem producing lactase, you probably have symptoms of lactose intolerance, including stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, and nausea. Makes sense, agreed?

Moreover, evidence suggests that dairy products may improve body composition by reducing waist circumference and fat composition.4

A review of 25 studies also found that various types of yogurt were linked to the lower risk of metabolic syndrome risk factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.5

With this in mind, let’s understand more about gut glue.

What about dairy?

My best and favorite example of this is how glue is made.

White school glue, if you didn’t know, is actually edible. You can essentially make it at home with milk, flour, and baking soda, and then the ingredient that is the pièce de résistance is vinegar.

This combination is basically what happens in your belly, when you combine bread (flour) with cheese (dairy/milk) and you swallow it down into your stomach that contains your stomach acid (like vinegar, because it’s acidic!) and bicarbonate (like baking soda).6

Guess what, you’ve got glue in your belly!

So imagine what your gut is like, if you are consuming glue.

Let’s talk anatomy for a second. Ready?

Your small intestine is lined by finger-like projections called villi, that help you absorb nutrients from your food.

Gut glue could cause these projections to get stuck together and reduce your ability to properly digest your food!

In addition, because the carbohydrates and protein don’t digest well together, you get this glue moving all along your digestive tract.

All in all, it’s rarely only one thing that is causing discomfort. It is often multifactorial and there are many contributing factors and culprits.

 

Gut glue junction by Queen of the Thrones

This is simply an example where combining gluten and dairy together may not be ideal for digestion (they also happen to be some of the most common food sensitivities and allergies that people deal with).

This is not it.

According to the traditional Ayurveda medicine, excessive amounts of proteins, carbohydrates and fats should not be taken together as this leads to a feeling of heaviness in the stomach.7

Plus, milk is considered as a complete food.

It contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins, good fats, amino acids, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, lactose, and all nutrients necessary for a healthy body.

That is why in Ayurveda it has been advised not to take wheat products with milk.

What can you do about your digestion problems?

When we choose nourishing food combinations, time our meals accordingly, and create healthy habits like proper chewing, we reduce the chances of these uncomfortable, and sometimes painful symptoms.

Plus, adding the practice of Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs after your meal may further help with inflammation regulation and help to improve liver detoxification, lymphatic drainage and colon cleansing, which means less digestive problems. Amazing, right?

Would you love to know how Castor Oil Packs work and how they can support your gut health?

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1. Cömert ED, Gökmen V. Effect of food combinations and their co-digestion on total antioxidant capacity under simulated gastrointestinal conditions. Curr Res Food Sci. 2022 Feb 17;5:414-422. doi: 10.1016/j.crfs.2022.02.008. PMID: 35243354; PMCID: PMC8866489.

2. Ye EQ, Chacko SA, Chou EL, Kugizaki M, Liu S. Greater whole-grain intake is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain. J Nutr. 2012 Jul;142(7):1304-13. doi: 10.3945/jn.111.155325. Epub 2012 May 30. Erratum in: J Nutr. 2013 Sep;143(9):1524. PMID: 22649266; PMCID: PMC6498460.

3. Lordan R, Tsoupras A, Mitra B, Zabetakis I. Dairy Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: Do We Really Need to be Concerned? Foods. 2018 Mar 1;7(3):29. doi: 10.3390/foods7030029. PMID: 29494487; PMCID: PMC5867544.

4. Abargouei AS, Janghorbani M, Salehi-Marzijarani M, Esmaillzadeh A. Effect of dairy consumption on weight and body composition in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials. Int J Obes (Lond). 2012 Dec;36(12):1485-93. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2011.269. Epub 2012 Jan 17. PMID: 22249225.

5. Khorraminezhad L, Rudkowska I. Effect of Yogurt Consumption on Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors: a Narrative Review. Curr Nutr Rep. 2021 Mar;10(1):83-92. doi: 10.1007/s13668-020-00344-y. Epub 2021 Jan 6. PMID: 33405074.

6. G. Lynn Carlson. A New approach to the baking soda-vinegar reaction. J. Chem. Educ., 1990, 67 (7), p 597 DOI: 10.1021/ed067p597. Publication Date: July 1990

7. Sabnis M. Viruddha Ahara: A critical view. Ayu. 2012 Jul;33(3):332-6. doi: 10.4103/0974-8520.108817. PMID: 23723637; PMCID: PMC3665091.

The Benefits of Castor Oil Postpartum

The Benefits of Castor Oil Postpartum

Queen of the Thrones castor oil uses for postpartum and breastfeed

The Benefits of Castor Oil Postpartum

Written by: Heather Tanti R.P.N (non-practicing)

Reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 12 minutes

In the profound journey of motherhood, marked by sleepless nights and selfless sacrifices, a woman’s body undergoes amazing changes to bring life into the world. 

As we navigate the challenges of postpartum, breastfeeding, recovery and more, you can find comfort and support from Castor Oil and Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs– a gentle, natural tool to bring you mind, body and spiritual wellness.

Benefits of Castor Oil

You’ve likely heard of Castor Oil before, perhaps your grandmother swore by it for helping you go number 2? Or maybe you’ve read online it can help induce labor?

While Castor Oil traditionally has been used as a stimulant laxative when taken orally, research has shown this to be a rather harsh evacuation on your bowels, causing urgency, cramping and discomfort1.

But today, Castor Oil has been celebrated all over the world for its multi-purpose abilities, bringing you whole body wellness- without needing to consume it!

Sounds wonderful, agreed? Let’s break down a few of Castor Oil’s uses, shall we?

Castor Oil uses

Castor Oil for postpartum hair loss

Let’s be honest, most of us enjoyed how healthy looking our hair seemed to be during pregnancy, right? The shine, length and thickness visible for all to see… 

But now, it’s like it falls out in clumps after every shower… you watch it swirl down the drain with a heavy heart, knowing it once was once full of so much vitality. Can you relate?

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Sure, there’s tons of hair care products lining store shelves promising healthy looking hair, but with a little one keeping you busy, where do you find the time?

Not to worry, my friend, because we get it. Time and money are valuable these days, which is why we strive to bring you self-care that is simple and adaptable in your day-to-day life.

Find support with Castor Oil for postpartum hair loss, PLUS:

  • Support thicker, longer hair
  • Nourish breakage and split ends
  • Enhance shine and strength2

You’re going to love the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Hair Mask, a nourishing, natural hair remedy you can do from the comfort of home!

But it doesn’t stop there, Castor Oil can be used for lashes and brows too!

Can I use Castor Oil on eyelashes while breastfeeding?

Castor Oil is not only great for the hair on your head, but for your lashes and brows too. But, maybe you’re wondering if this self-care practice is safe while breastfeeding?

Thankfully, the topical application of Castor Oil on your eyelashes and brows is a safe self-care practice. 

Applying Castor Oil topically on your breasts can also bring you wonderful skin-loving nutrients3 and support. Plus, you’ll be able to support your breast wellness even more with the Castor Oil Packs for Breasts!

But the postpartum phase isn’t all sunshine and roses, because there’s one thing (besides sleep debt), that weighs heavy on most new mothers- constipation.

Castor Oil for constipation post delivery

Postpartum constipation- the unwelcome guest that makes its appearance after childbirth, right? As if postpartum recovery wasn’t challenging enough, then when you add in the discomforts of constipation post delivery it can feel like you’re giving birth all over again, can you relate?

Wearing a Liver Castor Oil Pack is a safe and gentle practice that supports liver detox, inflammation4 and constipation5 6. However, if you are breastfeeding, it may be best to avoid it until you’re finished breastfeeding, to avoid toxins in breast milk. 

Good news though, mama! Postpartum is the ideal time to reset organs and nourish depleted tissues, so beginning with the Pelvic Castor Oil Pack practice is a great place to start! (Save the Liver Castor Oil Pack until after you’ve finished breastfeeding.)

Queen of the Thrones how do Castor oil pelvic packs help postpartum body

So, how does it all work to support your body postpartum?

    • May help balance inflammation in your pelvic area
    • Nourishes and supports your organs during postpartum recovery
    • Supports cleansing of the uterus & fallopian tubes
    • Enhances circulation and lymphatic drainage to this sensitive area.
    • Support for constipation post delivery.

It’s like a little helper for your hormones and gut, supporting you after the rollercoaster of childbirth.

Sounds good, agreed?

Here’s a FREE download all about Castor Oil Packs postpartum!

Don’t forget to download your Postpartum Guide on Castor Oil Packs!

Castor Oil for scars and stretch marks

So, you’re navigating the waters of postpartum, focusing on recovery and being a new mom to your little one. But maybe you’re looking to use Castor Oil for scars and stretchmarks, hoping to lessen their appearance, is this you?

Those stripes of honor from the journey of motherhood are beautiful representations, a canvas made from creating new life.

So how can we begin to support these delicate etchings on our skin?

Castor Oil is a great option for soothing scars and stretch marks while delivering essential nutrients to your skin. However, please note that if you have a fresh C-section scar or incision, refrain from applying Castor Oil or a Castor Oil Pack over the open wound.

A great way to utilize Castor Oil for scars and stretchmarks is with the Fascia Body Roller– this self-care gem is armed with refreshingly cool metal balls that roll effortlessly across your body.

Fascia body rolling may help support:

    • Enhanced circulation and lymphatic drainage
    • Breaking down scar tissue from injury, surgery, cesarean section, and/or endometriosis
    • Appearance of stretch marks, scarring, cellulite and varicose veins  postpartum
    • Tight IT bands and sore muscles through fascia release
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Castor Oil & cabbage leaves for breasts

If you find yourself in the midst of swollen, tender breasts, whether during pregnancy or postpartum, you may be searching for natural relief.

Mastitis is a common, uncomfortable condition that affects many women on their postpartum and breastfeeding journey. Can you relate?

Now, you may have heard about cabbage leaves helping to support the discomfort associated with mastitis, but is there any truth to it?

Using cabbage leaves may help alleviate breast engorgement pain and extend breastfeeding duration. Some studies indicate its effectiveness, while others suggest it may not be as useful.7

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil and cabbage for breasts

How does Castor Oil combined with cabbage leaves offer support?

Using Castor Oil and cabbage leaves is a bit of a home remedy approach that some people try to help with mastitis. Now, keep in mind, these aren’t proven cures, and what works can vary from person to person.

So, with Castor Oil, some folks think it might help because it’s believed to have anti-inflammatory properties in the form of ricinoleic acid. Applying Castor Oil Packs to your sore breast(s) may help calm down the inflammation and make things feel a bit better. Also, massaging with Castor Oil might support blood circulation, which could be helpful in fighting off any potential infection.

Now, cabbage leaves. People sometimes use chilled cabbage leaves as a sort of cold compress for their breasts. It’s supposed to be soothing and might help with the pain and swelling. 

How exactly do you combine this duo to help support breast discomfort? Get the recipe in the free download below!

Melanie and her son from Queen of the Thrones postpartum

So, mama, embracing the wonders of Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs can be a game-changer as you navigate the beautiful, yet challenging postpartum journey.

As you cradle your little one and savor those precious moments, consider incorporating these natural remedies into your self-care routine. The nurturing properties of Castor Oil can lend a comforting hand, offering support during this transformative period.

Here’s to finding solace in the simplicity of Castor Oil– a gentle companion for every new mom as she begins the amazing adventure of motherhood.

Visit the shop below for some much-deserved self-care shopping, mama!

*Remember, always check with your healthcare provider before beginning any new practice to ensure it is right for you.*

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  2. McMullen R, Jachowicz J. Optical properties of hair: effect of treatments on luster as quantified by image analysis. J Cosmet Sci. 2003 Jul-Aug;54(4):335-51. PMID: 14528387. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14528387/
  3. Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus cmmunis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827. PMID: 29084706 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29084706
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  5. Arslan GG, Eşer I. An examination of the effect of castor oil packs on constipation in the elderly. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Feb;17(1):58-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 May 18. PMID: 21168117 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21168117
  6. Sorin Tunaru,a Till F. Althoff,a Rolf M. Nüsing,b Martin Diener,c and Stefan Offermannsa,d,1 Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184. Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109 PMID: 22615395 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22615395
  7. Boi B, Koh S, Gail D. The effectiveness of cabbage leaf application (treatment) on pain and hardness in breast engorgement and its effect on the duration of breastfeeding. JBI Libr Syst Rev. 2012;10(20):1185-1213. doi: 10.11124/01938924-201210200-00001. PMID: 27820535.