How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil and vaginal dryness

How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

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

Medically reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 7 minutes

In our lives, there are chapters that remain unspoken, hidden in the shadows. One such chapter is the silent struggle of many women- the battle against vaginal dryness and atrophy (thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls).

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil and vaginal dryness

It’s a topic wrapped in whispers, yet its impact on our lives can be profound… 

Can you relate?

Thankfully, in the midst of these struggles, there’s a natural remedy that offers a gentle, comforting approach- Castor Oil.

This blog touches on the emotional and physical aspects of vaginal dryness and atrophy, sharing with you the nurturing touch of Castor Oil for your mind and body.

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy and dryness are more than just medical terms; they’re experiences that can significantly impact a woman’s life, both emotionally and physically.

Emotionally, it can feel like a silent struggle, often shadowed in shame or embarrassment. It affects self-esteem, body confidence, and even intimate relationships… 

The physical aspects are equally challenging. 

Vaginal dryness can lead to irritation, discomfort, and even painful intercourse1, while vaginal atrophy can make daily activities like sitting or walking painful.

It’s like living with a constant reminder that your body is changing, and not in a way you’d hoped for. 

But here’s the beautiful part: while these conditions can be challenging, they don’t define who you are. They’re chapters in a much larger story, and with the nurturing qualities of Castor Oil, relief and empowerment can still be within reach.

Is vaginal dryness common?

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If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one dealing with vaginal dryness, it’s time to take a collective sigh of relief- you’re not alone.

Believe it or not, vaginal dryness is far more common than you might think. In fact, it’s a pressing issue that women of all ages can experience, although it becomes more common as we get older.2

What’s to blame? Hormonal changes, especially during menopause, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. But, vaginal dryness can also be triggered by factors like stress, certain medications, or even emotions.

So, if you’re navigating this challenge, know that you’re part of a larger community of women who have walked this path. Afterall, vaginal dryness isn’t just about the physical symptoms; it’s also about the emotional weight it carries, agreed?

Did you know that more than 75% of women experience vaginal discomfort as a result of hormonal changes during menopause?3 

Furthermore, almost 17% of women aged 17 to 50 may encounter painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness.4

 Approximately 60% of women going through menopause experience vaginal dryness as a symptom.5 This is a significant portion of women in this stage of life, and it can greatly affect their overall well-being.

Perhaps you’re navigating the postpartum stage of your life, is this you? After childbirth, vaginal dryness can affect up to 43% of women6, further adding to the already uncomfortable transition you’re experiencing as you care for your newborn and begin your own recovery.

But were you aware that vaginal dryness can be caused by other means, including certain medications? It’s true, certain medications such as some antidepressants and antihistamines can contribute to this uncomfortable symptom7.

Stats like the above make it clear that vaginal dryness is not an isolated problem to feel shame or embarrassment over, but rather an issue that affects women across the world.

Vaginal atrophy symptoms

Vaginal Atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis’, is a common but often under-discussed condition.

Symptoms can include:

    • Painful intercourse due to insufficient lubrication
    • Continuous vaginal dryness 
    • Thinning of the epithelial lining 
    • Vaginal spotting, caused by small tears 

Additionally, women often report urinary urgency, frequency, nocturia, and incontinence as well.8

According to research, nearly 70% of women experiencing symptoms choose not to discuss them with their healthcare provider. 

This is primarily due to feelings of embarrassment or reluctance to talk about their symptoms, seeing them as a natural part of the aging process.9

The impact of vaginal atrophy on daily life is undeniable, but you don’t have to suffer in silence with natural remedies like Castor Oil.

Natural relief for vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness affects many women at various stages in their lives. It often leads to unpleasant symptoms like we touched on above, and can have a serious impact on a woman’s quality of life.

While yes, there are several available creams and medications available at your local pharmacy to try and support these symptoms, there’s one natural remedy that is gaining traction for its potential benefits in addressing vaginal dryness– Castor Oil.

Castor Oil is derived from the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis), and has a long history of use in traditional medicine for various ailments. Known for its moisturizing and emollient properties, Castor Oil has increased in popularity for its ability to support vaginal dryness and more.

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How Castor Oil can help:

1. Moisturization: Castor Oil is rich in fatty acids10, which may help bring moisturization to dry, irritated vaginal tissues. Applying a small amount of organic Castor Oil to the external genital area may help relieve discomfort with dryness.

2. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The ricinoleic acid in Castor Oil is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties may help ease inflammation11 and itching caused by dryness, leading to improved comfort and overall well-being.

3. Antimicrobial Effects: Castor Oil also has antimicrobial properties12, which may help maintain a balanced vaginal flora, which is beneficial in preventing dryness-related infections and irritation.

4. Circulation Support: Castor Oil is known to promote nitric oxide, an antioxidant that supports blood flow12. And when combined with a Castor Oil Pack in the pelvic area, you may be helping to bring more circulation to this region. This may help stimulate the body’s natural lubrication production.

It is important to note that not all Castor Oil is created equally. Be sure to do your research before you get started. 

For your peace of mind, Queen of the Thrones® Organic Golden Castor Oil is always:

    • 100% organic
    • Extra-virgin
    • Hexane-free
    • Cold or Expeller-pressed
    • Always bottled in amber glass

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Conclusion

Vaginal dryness isn’t just a physical issue; it has a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being. It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin, and confident in your body.

So, as we wrap up this discussion, let’s not forget to acknowledge the emotional side of this common concern amongst women. These uncomfortable symptoms can cause self-esteem issues, making you hesitant to engage in intimate moments, or even diminishing your overall quality of life.

It’s a vicious cycle, agreed?

And because physical discomfort can lead to emotional distress, symptoms like vaginal dryness can become exacerbated.

While Castor Oil isn’t a magic wand, it is certainly your natural ally, offering support on your journey to wellness. When you take the time to support these symptoms, you help to enhance your emotional well-being.

Sounds good, right? Plus, feeling physically better can often translate into a more confident and positive outlook!

Special note: Castor Oil is for topical use only. Always consult with your healthcare professional if vaginal dryness is a persistent issue, or before beginning any new practice you may be unsure of.

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2. Palma F, Volpe A, Villa P, Cagnacci A; Writing group of AGATA study. Vaginal atrophy of women in postmenopause. Results from a multicentric observational study: The AGATA study. Maturitas. 2016 Jan;83:40-4. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2015.09.001. Epub 2015 Sep 14. PMID: 26421474.

3. Eubanks A. Hormone Therapy: Menopausal Hormone Therapy. FP Essent. 2023 Aug;531:15-21. PMID: 37603881.

4. Goncharenko V, Bubnov R, Polivka J Jr, Zubor P, Biringer K, Bielik T, Kuhn W, Golubnitschaja O. Vaginal dryness: individualised patient profiles, risks and mitigating measures. EPMA J. 2019 Mar 2;10(1):73-79. doi: 10.1007/s13167-019-00164-3. PMID: 30984316; PMCID: PMC6459457.
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Peacock K, Ketvertis KM. Menopause. [Updated 2022 Aug 11]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507826/

6. O’Malley D, Higgins A, Begley C, Daly D, Smith V. Prevalence of and risk factors associated with sexual health issues in primiparous women at 6 and 12 months postpartum; a longitudinal prospective cohort study (the MAMMI study). BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018 May 31;18(1):196. doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-1838-6. PMID: 29855357; PMCID: PMC5984394.

7. Lorenz T, Rullo J, Faubion S. Antidepressant-Induced Female Sexual Dysfunction. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 Sep;91(9):1280-6. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.04.033. PMID: 27594188; PMCID: PMC6711470.

8. Mac Bride MB, Rhodes DJ, Shuster LT. Vulvovaginal atrophy. Mayo Clin Proc. 2010 Jan;85(1):87-94. doi: 10.4065/mcp.2009.0413. PMID: 20042564; PMCID: PMC2800285.9. Bleibel B, Nguyen H. Vaginal Atrophy. [Updated 2023 Jul 3]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK559297/

9. Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus c0mmunis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827. PMID: 29084706

10.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

11.Mascolo N, Izzo AA, Gaginella TS, Capasso F. Relationship between nitric oxide and platelet-activating factor in castor-oil induced mucosal injury in the rat duodenum. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 1996 May;353(6):680-4. doi: 10.1007/BF00167187. PMID: 8738301.

3 Home Remedies for Fever this Cold and Flu Season

3 Home Remedies for Fever this Cold and Flu Season

3 Home Remedies for Fever this Cold and Flu Season by Queen of the Thrones

3 Home Remedies for Fever this Cold and Flu Season

Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N. Victoria Williams Director of Operations at Queen of the Thrones Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Victoria is Head of Operations at Queen of the Thrones®. Victoria obtained a Pre-Health Science Certificate with Honours from Georgian College, which ignited her passion for natural wellness and nutrition.
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Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A. 

Est. reading time: 7 minutes.

How Castor Oil Packs for Kids Can Help

It’s that time of the year again when your child will at some point pick up a seasonal cold because that’s just what kids do, agreed?And sometimes, their little immune systems are really put to the test and those colds are accompanied by a fever.So, you run to the store for your go-to fever remedy, just to find that the shelves are empty due to supply and demand. Can you relate?As a result, you are left to feel stressed and frustrated, am I right?Well, there’s no reason to be stressed, because here you’ll discover three tried and true home remedies for fever used by natural practitioners.As you may have guessed, one of the natural tools to support a fever is a Castor Oil Pack. A study shows that Castor Oil Packs may also help to support immunomodulation1. Sounds good, agreed?

Keep reading so you can know the 3 ancient tried and true fever remedies used by natural practitioners to support your child’s fever naturally. You’ll also learn how Castor Oil Packs can help your child…

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But first, can a fever be dangerous?

Fevers are a common symptom of illness and the immune response and are defined when one’s body temperature reaches 37.5 °C (99.5°F)2. Many natural wellness practitioners would agree that it’s generally not necessary to bring a fever down unless it’s causing discomfort. Studies have shown that fevers are rarely harmful, but, temperatures higher than 41°C (105.8°F) can be dangerous (although, rare)3.

Three tried and true home remedies for a fever

These natural remedies may not only help with fever, but also support your child’s immune system. Let’s have a look at these remedies and how they work. Shall we?

1. Wet, Cold Socks

Much like the Castor Oil Pack, this method is thought to increase circulation and enhance the immune system.

The method goes as follows: After a warm bath, put on a thin pair of cotton socks that have been soaked in ice water (and have been generously rung out), then cover with a second pair of dry wool socks – Q for Quinn makes excellent merino wool socks for toddlers.

During a fever, your child can wear the socks overnight and in the morning the socks will be dry. If your child sweats overnight, be sure to change their pj’s, but keep the socks on.

You can use this remedy alone or combine it with…

2. Cold Baths and Hydrotherapy:

This method is thought to reduce and maintain a fever at a lower temperature, which is still beneficial when they’re sick and fighting infection.

Lukewarm (not ice-cold) sponging or baths may help cool your child’s body and bring down their fever by enhancing circulation and reducing inflammation.

Soak a hand towel in water and be sure to give it a good wring-out so it’s not dripping. Pat down your child’s body from head to feet. This method can be repeated multiple times.

And the last natural remedy…

3. Castor Oil Packs on the Liver:

Castor Oil Packs help to improve your body’s natural ability to support liver detoxification

Wondering how Castor Oil Packs may support a fever?

Well, Castor Oil Packs can help to improve your body’s natural ability to support liver detoxification (toxin and pathogens), lymphatic drainage45 (circulation) and colon cleansing67 (removal), which are key factors for maintaining body temperature.

Here’s how to use it:

Your kid’s Castor Oil Pack practice can be done in 1 hour intervals during acute times of discomfort. Wear the pack for an hour, remove for an hour, then repeat. This practice can be done in combination with the cold sock method and between taking cool baths.

The pack feels like a comforting warm hug for your child while relaxing their little body8-9-10-11, getting them ready for an amazingly deep, restful sleep. Afterall, sleep and rest are vital for recovery from a fever. Plus,  a Castor Oil Pack works from the outside-in to set the foundation for excellent gut health, which reflects in better bowel movements,6-7 balanced microbiome,12-13-14 a sense of calm and overall wellness. Sounds amazing, agreed? Would you love to stock up on your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Kids now?

Finally, always remember to stay hydrated. Dehydration can make a fever worse, so it’s important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids. Tea, water and broth are excellent options. 

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional if your child’s fever is persistent or if your child is experiencing other symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or severe pain.

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References:

  1. Grady H. Immunomodulation through castor oil packs. The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. Volume 7 Jan 1 1998; 7(1): 84-9 Corpus ID: 52838898

2.. Green R, Webb D, Jeena PM, Wells M, Butt N, Hangoma JM, Moodley RS, Maimin J, Wibbelink M, Mustafa F. Management of acute fever in children: Consensus recommendations for community and primary healthcare providers in sub-Saharan Africa. Afr J Emerg Med. 2021 Jun;11(2):283-296. doi: 10.1016/j.afjem.2020.11.004. Epub 2021 Apr 10. PMID: 33912381; PMCID: PMC8063696.

3.. InformedHealth.org [Internet]. Cologne, Germany: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG); 2006-. Fever in children: Overview. 2013 Dec 18 [Updated 2019 Jun 6].

4. Moore JE Jr, Bertram CD. Lymphatic System Flows. Annu Rev Fluid Mech. 2018 Jan;50:459-482. doi: 10.1146/annurev-fluid-122316-045259. PMID: 29713107; PMCID: PMC5922450.

5. Holmes GM, Browning KN, Babic T, Fortna SR, Coleman FH, Travagli RA. Vagal afferent fibres determine the oxytocin-induced modulation of gastric tone. J Physiol. 2013 Jun 15;591(12):3081-100. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2013.253732. Epub 2013 Apr 15. PMID: 23587885; PMCID: PMC3832121.

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Löken LS, Wessberg J, Morrison I, McGlone F, Olausson H. Coding of pleasant touch by unmyelinated afferents in humans. Nat Neurosci. 2009 May;12(5):547-8. Epub 2009 Apr 12. PMID: 19363489

12. Andrade IM1, Andrade KM2, Pisani MX1, Silva-Lovato CH1, de Souza RF1, Paranhos Hde F1.Trial of an experimental castor oil solution for cleaning dentures. Braz Dent J. 2014 Jan-Feb;25(1):43-7.PMID: 24789291

13. Badaró MM, Salles MM, Leite VMF, Arruda CNF, Oliveira VC, Nascimento CD, Souza RF, Paranhos HFO, Silva-Lovato CH. Clinical trial for evaluation of Ricinus communis and sodium hypochlorite as denture cleanser.J Appl Oral Sci. 2017 May-Jun; 25(3):324-334. PMID: 28678952

14. Marcela Moreira Salles, Maurício Malheiros Badaró, Carolina Noronha Ferraz de Arruda, Vanessa Maria Fagundes Leite, Cláudia Helena Lovato da Silva, Evandro Watanabe, Viviane de Cássia Oliveira, Helena de Freitas Oliveira Paranhos, Antimicrobial activity of complete denture cleanser solutions based on sodium hypochlorite and Ricinus communis – a randomized clinical study. Randomized Controlled Trial J Appl Oral Sci Nov-Dec 2015;23(6):637-42. doi: 10.1590/1678-775720150204. PMID: 26814466

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7 Top Best Uses for Castor Oil

7 Top Best Uses for Castor Oil

Top Best Uses for Castor Oil by Queen of the Thrones

7 Top Best Uses for Castor Oil

Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N. Victoria Williams Director of Operations at Queen of the Thrones Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Victoria is Head of Operations at Queen of the Thrones®. Victoria obtained a Pre-Health Science Certificate with Honours from Georgian College, which ignited her passion for natural wellness and nutrition.
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Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A.

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Use #6 is our favorite!

Have you been curious about how you can use Castor Oil and/or Castor Oil Packs? Maybe you’ve been told to give them a try from your practitioner but would love to know more.

You see, Castor Oil Packs are a legendary practice that dates back to ancient times. Traditional Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurveda, Ancient Egyptians, and Mediterraneans all used Castor Oil for its rejuvenating health and beauty benefits. Amazing, agreed?

The castor bean plant has even been given the special name of the ‘Palm of Christ’, as Castor Oil is mentioned in the Bible as an anointing oil.

Plus, Castor Oil on its own or on a Castor Oil Pack (more on Castor Oil Packs soon), has been called an absolute game-changer by many who have used them.

Would you love to know 3 tried & true Castor Oil Pack protocols used by practitioners so you can restore your body from the inside out?

But, you might be wondering, “what are the best uses of this oil?” Well, you’re in the right place because this blog will uncover the 7 best uses of Castor Oil (supported by science). You’ll see why and how the topical use of Castor Oil may be your new go-to for your natural wellness routine.

Are you ready?

One of the first and most important functions is that…

#1. Castor Oil supports lymphatic drainage

Did you know that your lymphatic system plays a crucial role in fighting against infections and balancing your fluid levels?

And when your lymphatic system is clogged, like your hair-filled shower drain, your body can’t cleanse properly and you might feel lethargic because your body’s fluids are unbalanced.

This also means you might have too much harmful bacteria, making you feel like you just came off the tilt-o-whirl. Does this sound like you?

So, where does Castor Oil come into play? Well, when applied topically on your skin, Castor Oil works its way into your tissues and stimulates lymphatic drainage via the Peyer’s patches1, a small group of lymphatic tissues.

 

You can further enhance the effect of Castor Oil with a Castor Oil Liver Pack. The compression of the Pack placed over your liver area (over your right rib cage), combined with the movement of your breathing muscles, acts like a pump for your lymphatic system, encouraging lymphatic drainage.2

Plus, you can also enhance lymphatic flow by simply adding a Lymphatic Lymphatic Dry Brush to accompany your Castor Oil Pack practice so you can…

  • Reduce inflammation that’s taking up space in your body.
  • Increase circulation so you can truly reconnect to your body.
  • Engage your lymphatic system and organs to help your body cleanse naturally.

Amazing, right?!

Another wonderful use for Castor Oil is…

#2. Using it as an anti-aging tool

You see, Castor Oil is rich in fatty acids, which contain skin-nourishing nutrients like omega 6 and 9, vitamin E, and polyphenols3,4 like quercetin.

These nutrients have anti-aging5 properties that reduce wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness under the eyes. Sounds wonderful, agreed?

So, you can use a Castor Oil Eye Compress as a vehicle for your Castor Oil to work its anti-aging magic. Plus, the Eye Compress stimulates both the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

Bonus tip: You can also use Castor Oil as an eye makeup remover and a gentle moisturizer.

So, that brings us to our next use for Castor Oil. Are you ready?

#3. You can use Castor Oil for thicker eyelashes and brows

Various factors like stress, bacterial growth, immune reactions, thyroid and hormonal imbalances can cause thinning of eyebrows and eyelashes. Can you relate?

So, regular use of a Castor Oil Eye Compress (while you sleep) can nourish the hair follicles and enhance circulation6. All you need to do is apply Castor Oil to your lashes and brows, and your Eye Compress helps keep the oil from rubbing off. Makes sense, right?

Plus, wearing an Eye Compress7,8,9 to bed helps to naturally balance your sleep hormone, melatonin10,11, so you can sleep deeper. Would you love that?

Queen of the Thrones recommend Castor Oil Packs to sleep well and recharge
So we talked about your brows and lashes, but what about using Castor Oil for the hair on your head? We have all the information you need in this blog post. When used on your scalp, the Castor Oil Hair Growth Kit nourishes, hydrates, and repairs hair deeply from your roots to tips.

So what’s next?

#4. Castor Oil also helps naturally manage inflammation

You may have heard that Castor Oil can be used as a natural anti-inflammatory for your bowels, right? Have you also heard that it can be helpful for inflammation during your period and for inflammation in general?

But how does it work? Well, Castor Oil stimulates the smooth muscles12 of the digestive tract as well as the uterus.

Have you noticed that you poo more often before and during your period? That’s because the same hormones and messengers of the body stimulate your digestive tract to move and your uterus to expel the blood.13

By acting on your smooth muscles, Castor Oil Packs can even help with your cramping.

While we’re on the subject of pain, it’s important to discuss another common cause of pain — inflammation, which can be found all over your body in varying degrees.

Castor Oil Packs are wonderful, natural tools for inflammatory pain.

You see, the unique active component of Castor Oil — ricinoleic acid — is an anti-inflammatory14 and analgesic (pain reliever)15 agent. So, that paired with the gentle compression of your Castor Oil Pack works together so the Castor Oil can permeate deeper into your skin.

Queen of the Castor Oil helps naturally to manage inflammation
You can also use Castor Oil to support arthritis, sore joints, lower back, hip and sciatic pain. Plus, it can be used on your skin as an anti-inflammatory for breakouts/acne and on your gums. Amazing, agreed?

Are you wondering how exactly Castor Oil Packs work and if you can get the same anti-inflammatory benefits from just rubbing Castor Oil on your liver/abdomen? Find out everything you need to know in this blog post.

The best part? Castor Oil not only fights inflammation but also…

#5. Fights unhealthy bacteria and promotes healthy bacteria

You see, a balance between healthy and harmful bacteria is crucial for your skin and scalp health.

So, when applied to the skin, scalp, and mucus membrane, Castor Oil can help to support a healthy microbiome.16,17,18,19

Cleansing your skin with Castor Oil can help balance the bacteria propionibacterium acne,20 which can cause skin breakouts.

When you use Castor Oil on your scalp, it can naturally balance the microbiome of the scalp and may help reduce inflammation of hair follicles and dandruff relief. Amazing, agreed?

And, now, it’s time for our favorite use of Castor Oil. Ready?

#6. Castor Oil + a Castor Oil Pack supports constipation relief

Your digestive system is much more complicated than just the food you eat because your gut is also highly regulated via hormonal and nervous system pathways. In fact, your gut is known as the second brain.

But why? Because it relies on the brain to tell it what to do and is the only organ that can work independently.

This means you could take it out of the body and it’d function entirely on its own. This system is called the enteric nervous system, which dictates what goes on in the gut. How interesting is that!

But, there are only a few ways to engage the gut’s action. The easiest is the tried and true Castor Oil Liver Pack.

Studies have shown that Castor Oil Pack over the liver helps to relieve constipation and improves the smooth muscle function of the digestive tract.21 This allows you to get rid of all the junk in your digestive system and start having regular healthy bowel movements. Sounds wonderful, agreed?

Traditionally, Castor Oil has been recommended by pharmacists to be taken orally as a strong stimulant laxative.21,22

However, Castor Oil Packs have been shown to be just as effective and better tolerated for relieving constipation when applied topically as a gentle Castor Oil Pack, compared to conventional laxatives.

The cherry on top? Castor Oil Packs can also reduce stress23,24,25,26 and support balanced hormones, similar to a weighted blanket, which brings us to the last best use of Castor Oil…

#7. The topical use of Castor Oil supports natural hormone balancing

Do you find it difficult to sleep, feel tired, or have digestion problems?

If yes, it’s likely you have higher stress levels, which ultimately affects your hormones.

The soft compression of your Castor Oil Packs on your skin calms your entire system and stimulates the release of feel-good “love and connection” hormones so you can naturally promote the production of our feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine25, as well as our love and connection hormone, oxytocin.23

Topical use of Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil supports natural hormone balancing

Plus, oxytocin also lowers cortisol (your stress hormone) and balances blood pressure,27 leading to healthy levels of progesterone.

Why does this matter? Well, studies show a connection between higher anxiety levels and high progesterone levels.28

But remember, rest and relaxation take practice when you use Castor Oil consistently. The best part? Your Castor Oil Pack gives your body a chance to practice over and over again, so be gentle with yourself.

But with all practices, it’s as important that when you do it, you make sure to do it with the right ingredients, and as with all natural health products, quality matters.

Especially in this case. The Castor Oil and the material placed against your skin should always be of great quality.

Your checklist for good quality Castor Oil (like Queen of the Thrones®):

  • 100% pure
  • Organic
  • Cold-pressed & extra virgin
  • Hexane-free
  • Bottled in amber glass

Your checklist for a good quality Castor Oil Pack (like Queen of the Thrones®):

  • Organic cotton, wool, or linen touching the skin
  • No synthetic blends or chemically treated materials touching the skin (i.e., velour, bamboo)
  • No uncomfortable belts, buttons, or velcro

So, you see not just Castor Oil, but the Castor Oil Pack is a tried and true self-care tool with anti-aging qualities for both health and beauty since the beginning of humanity.

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