Symptoms of spleen deficiency tend to signal a weakness when it comes to digesting dampness (or excess moisture). Often caused by overexertion, poor dietary habits and anxiety/mental strain. This terminology is used in traditional Chinese medicine.
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?
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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?
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.
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.
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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