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How to support day and night detox with Castor Oil Packs.

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs and Dry Brush

May 20, 2022

Written by Sherri McKnight, DCHomMed

Medically reviewed by Melanie Swackhammer, BA

 

Est. reading time: 9 minutes.

How to support day and night detox with Castor Oil Packs

A successful night’s sleep begins during the day and a great day begins before we go to sleep.

Because light and darkness and our “Fight or Flight” or “rest and digest” state affect our melatonin and cortisol levels, and when these are off, we become distressed and disordered and then sleep, constipation, fatigue, depression, anxiety, overeating and overall feeling of being unwell predominate. Would you agree?

So how do we support the body’s natural circadian rhythm in this modern technology-driven world to optimize our day and night detox cycle?

Did you know that you can start by supporting better sleep with Castor Oil Packs? But how?

 

How does dry brushing support lymphatic drainage and cortisol stimulation?

Our skin, being the largest organ of the body, is connected to each and every internal organ system. And when stimulated, it influences healthy flow, rhythm and harmony in the body.

Dry brushing is an ancient Ayurvedic technique done on waking to engage our lymphatic system and internal organs to drain and clear out the junk.

By gently moving the brush on the skin in a circular motion towards the heart, working through all of your limbs and torso this causes a slight irritation on the skin which supports lymphatic cleansing and stimulates cortisol to wake and energize you!

Naturally enhancing cortisol in the morning is one of the best ways to support hormonal balance1 and our natural day and night detox cycles.

And when dry brushing is combined with the application of Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil this maximizes the healing benefits by delivering anti-inflammatory nutrients like vitamin E, polyphenols and omegas2-3 deep into the skin which hydrate and nourish and further support lymphatic flow.

In just 5 minutes at the beginning of your day, you will feel invigorated and refreshed!

Optimize your detox cycling with Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Pack and Dry Brush

I know what you’re thinking…

Wait a minute! I thought cortisol was bad and I’ve been trying to reduce it in all my patients and now you’re telling me to make it higher?

I hear you, and I thought so too. But have you ever heard the quote by Shakespeare describing how Hamlet is a prisoner of his own thinking…

“Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so”

Cortisol is a healthy part of our hormonal system, and truly as Paracelsus said, “it’s the dose that matters”.

So in the morning cortisol is appropriate in the right amounts to wake up and build the system!

 

Stimulate the production of oxytocin and reduction of cortisol with Castor Oil Packs

In our frequently overburdened stress-filled daily schedule we tend to live in a high cortisol, stressed state. And you and I both know how it is not possible for true healing, let alone a good night’s sleep, when in a state of stress, and excess cortisol. Agreed?

Wearing a Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack each evening before bed helps move the body into the parasympathetic “rest & digest” state,4-5 this is where detoxing thrives.

This shift happens with the compression of the pack placed over the liver in combination with the movement of your breathing muscles serving to act as a pump to your lymphatic system encouraging drainage of the lymph.6

As well, when the pack is placed on specific dermatomes this activates the somatic visceral reflexes triggering the activity of internal detox and cleansing organs like the liver, kidney, gut, gallbladder and more.7

All this is simply by supporting the love and connection hormone oxytocin production which downregulates your stress hormone cortisol and supports a peaceful, deep, detoxifying sleep.

Improve your healthy flow and body harmony with Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs and the Dry Brush

The pack also helps reduce inflammation8-9 and encourages circulation to your liver via nitric oxide,10-11 enhancing the body’s cleansing time, and that time is best while you sleep as it is the liver’s natural time of detox.

Additionally, wearing a Castor Oil Pack for Liver earlier throughout the day can be very helpful in the balancing of your day and night detox cycle, especially for those clinically diagnosed with excessively high daytime levels of cortisol which cause the body to remain in a constant state of stress.

 

Triggering the production of melatonin with compression around the eyes

Limiting our exposure to light with blue light blocking glasses is a great tool to wear after sundown if you have excessive exposure to artificial light, such as computer or cell phone screens as studies show they help to protect the brain and begin the pump of our sleep hormone, melatonin.

The blocking of the light, however, only begins the process of balanced melatonin production1A.

The other part of the process is compression around the eyes, which triggers the release of melatonin1B via the nervous system.

Drain your lymphatic system with Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs and the Dry Brush

And wearing a Queen of the Thrones® Eye Compress to bed is a simple way to gently stimulate the production of melatonin from the pituitary gland.

 

Support your day and night cycle with a foundational practice

This day and night routine sets the foundation to support the natural rhythm and cleansing of hormones by supporting your ‘love and connection molecule’ oxytocin and sleep hormone, melatonin, in the evening (with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver and Eye Compress), and cortisol in the morning (with the Dry Brush); influencing estrogen and thyroid balance.

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs and Dry Brush to Enhance Cortisol and Boost your Energy levels

Supporting these rhythms and cycles with these simple and easy practices is a process both you and your patients will love doing because it’s not only NOT an added burden to their already busy schedule, but a pleasure to look forward to both waking and at rest.

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  1. Recommending our easy-to-use tools to the people you serve.
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References:

1. & 1A. & 1B. Rong-fang Hu, Xiao-ying Jiang, Yi-ming Zeng, Xiao-yang Chen, You-hua Zhang. Effects of earplugs and eye masks on nocturnal sleep, melatonin and cortisol in a simulated intensive care unit environment. Published online 2010 Apr 18. PMID: 20398302.

2. Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus communis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827.

3. Patel, V. R., Dumancas, G. G., Viswanath, L. C. K., Maples, R. & Subong, B. J. J. Castor oil: properties, uses, and optimization of processing parameters in commercial production. Lipid Insights 9, 1–12, https://doi.org/10.4137/LPI.S40233 (2016). PMID: 27656091.

4. Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19. PMID: 28162847.

5. Rolls ET, O’Doherty J, Kringelbach ML, Francis S, Bowtell R, McGlone F. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17.

6. Zawieja DC. Contractile physiology of lymphatics. Lymphat Res Biol. 2009;7(2):87-96. doi: 10.1089/lrb.2009.0007. PMID: 19534632; PMCID: PMC2925033.

7. Sikandar S, Dickenson AH. Visceral pain: the ins and outs, the ups and downs. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2012 Mar;6(1):17-26. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e32834f6ec9. PMID: 22246042; PMCID: PMC3272481.

8. Boddu SH1, Alsaab H2, Umar S3, Bonam SP2, Gupta H2, Ahmed S3. Anti-inflammatory effects of a novel ricinoleic acid poloxamer gel system for transdermal delivery. Int J Pharm. 2015 Feb 1;479(1):207-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2014.12.051. Epub 2014 Dec 24.

9. Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators In-flamm. 2000;9(5):223-8 PMID: 11200362.

10. Mascolo N1, Izzo AA, Autore G, Barbato F, Capasso F.Nitric oxide and castor oil-induced diarrhea.J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1994 Jan;268(1):291-5. PMID: 8301570.

11. Izzo, Angelo. (1996). Castor oil: An update on mechanism of action. Phytotherapy Research. 10. S109-S111.

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Can Kids Use Castor Oil Packs

Nov 5, 2021

Written by Marisol Teijeiro N.D. (inactive)

Edited by Victoria Williams R.H.N.

 

Est. reading time: 9 minutes.

Can Kids Use Castor Oil Packs?

Your Guide to Naturally Calming Your Child

Do you remember that magical moment when you discovered the meaning of unconditional, unmeasurable love? I know I do! In this post you’ll discover how to use castor oil packs for kids so you can bring more joy to your bundle of joy!

Do you still remember the first time you held your little one in your arms?…

  • That wonderful smell coming out of their little head
  • Their baby pheromones filling up your brain with love signals
  • Those marvelous blue eyes looking up at you as if you were the most beautiful thing in the world
  • Those little hands reaching out to you and never wanting to let go!

I wish I could bottle up that feeling and keep it in my pocket, you too?

Right then and there, your whole life changes. You transform into a source of abundance, nourishment, and protection. And though your body may still be weak, your soul is as strong as a bear and your willingness to protect your little one knows no limits!

Confidence kicks in and as a first-time mother, of course you know it all. I mean, you read all those parenting books put together by the “experts”, right?

You are ready to ace the test. But then, sooner than you expect, the confidence fades. Endless sleepless nights make you question your skills as a mother and your hopes start to crumble down.

You ask other parents hoping for guidance but you soon learn that when it comes to parenting, most of us are going on a wild goose chase trying to find the magic answer for happy, healthy, and well-behaved children.

Is it normal for your child to have colic?

Queen of the Thrones® Castor oil packs for kids help to improve your child's sleep

When my little one was only a couple of weeks old, he would cry his heart out for hours in the middle of the night. I felt weak, tired, and simply lost! Because I knew something was wrong but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Have you felt this hopeless feeling too?

I could feel the pain through his tears but everyone around would just tell me that “colic” was normal (whatever colic really means).

You have so many questions and no answers! Why was this happening to my son?! Why couldn’t he sleep peacefully like other babies?! Why couldn’t I make him smile like the first time we met?! Why was I failing to protect my little one?! Why, why, why?! Can you relate?

Defeated, I tried to convince myself that “colic” was common therefore it should be normal, but deep inside I knew that the reality was far more complex than that.

I was aware that we live in an environment filled with harmful toxins, artificial noise and light, extreme busyness and stress, and unhealthy meals that pass down to our little ones one way or another.

Can food allergies and sensitivities cause colic for your child?

Firstly, in my son’s case, through trial and error, we learned that the reason for his pain was a severe food allergy to the canned tomatoes used on the delicious and overpriced meatballs that I used to love to get from our local butcher shop and would get passed down to him through my milk. Who would have thought, right?

Obviously, I stopped getting my favorite meatballs and we had peace for a bit. But there was more to it and still today my little one needs more help and attention than other children in order to thrive!

Out of my three kids, he is the one who:

  • Has the most intestinal issues
  • Struggles the most to relax and behave
  • Gets sick the easiest
  • Gets in trouble at school
  • Has trouble sleeping
  • Needs affection the most

Every child is unique and as time and experience kicks in, you learn that a healthy child is a happy child and that a happy child will need less help to thrive.

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs help to heal colic in kids

So what can you do to have a happy and healthy child?

Well, you can get lucky and get one of those wonders that simply thrive through anything, but regardless of how easy or challenging your kid is, there are foundational basics that we sometimes overlook:

  • Lots of water
  • Healthy diet with real food – heaps of vegetables, hearty protein and healthy fats
  • Daily exercise
  • Meditation or time for calm and reflection
  • Castor Oil Packs for Kids

And of course… Plenty of love!

In a perfect world, these basics would be the rule. But you know that in our society they are often the exception, agreed? Because we live busy chaotic lives and it often feels like we don’t have the time, energy, or resources to keep our kids safe from our regular day to day discomforts, right?

And this is why it is so important to help our children to cleanse and reset. Especially the ones that are in pain and often get labeled as “difficult children”.

Would you love to help your child cleanse, calm and balance naturally with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Kids Packs?

You’ve probably heard of castor oil packs through health forums or through your healthcare practitioner, right? Or maybe castor oil packs for kids are a new concept for you, but in fact, they have been used for centuries for health in Traditional Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurveda, Ancient Egypt, and modern Naturopathic Medicine.

You can set your child up for a lifetime of good health with this clinically practiced, scientifically supported and time-honored health ritual.

Castor Oil Kids Packs are a nighttime ritual that feels like a comforting warm hug before bedtime. It nourishes your child’s little body and gets them ready for a deep, restful sleep1 2 3. It decreases inflammation4 and supports your little one’s digestion5, bowel movements6, relaxation7, circulation, and cleansing8.

What better way to say, “I love you” than giving your child a great start on health and wellness?

How to Use Castor Oil Packs for Kids

Step 1: Apply castor oil (1-2 tsp) to the soft cotton side of your Queen of the Thrones® Kids Pack

Step 2: Place your pack over your child’s liver (right side of their abdomen) and tie it in place. Have them wear their pack for a minimum of 1 hour before bed.

That’s all. This super easy self-care system takes less than a minute to prep!

Caution: Never allow your child to wear the pack unsupervised. The straps can be a choking hazard.

Click for References!

1 Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19. PMID: 28162847 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28162847

2 Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17. PMID: 12571120 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12571120

3 Francis S, Rolls ET, Bowtell R, McGlone F, O’Doherty J, Browning A, Clare S, Smith E. The representation of pleasant touch in the brain and its relationship with taste and olfactory areas. Neuroreport. 1999 Feb 25;10(3):453-9. PMID: 10208571 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10208571

4 Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8 PMID: 11200362 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11200362

5 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

6 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

7 Holm T, Brøgger-Jensen MR, Johnson L, Kessel L.Glutathione preservation during storage of rat lenses in optisol-GS and castor oil. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e79620. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079620. eCollection 2013. PMID: 24260265 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24260265