How your menstrual cycle is connected to the moon cycles

How your menstrual cycle is connected to the moon cycles

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How your menstrual cycle is connected to the moon cycles

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

Est. reading time: 9 minutes.

Have you ever wondered or have your patients asked you “does my menstrual cycle coincide with the cycle of the moon?”

How hormonally balanced you are may be determined by how well you are in sync with the moon.

Do you feel out of sync?

You’re in the right place because we’re going to uncover the moon’s impact on your hormones and how you can support natural hormone balancing by “Single” Seed Cycling with the moon cycle and Castor Oil Packs. Are you

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We could call the moon the hormonal monthly master and our menstrual cycle is the proof.

What do I mean by that?

Are you menstruating on the new or full moon? Or in between?

Or maybe you’re a woman having been on an outside source of hormones, like the birth control pill, the morning after pill, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), as well as some antidepressants and anti-anxieties, which can have an effect on your hormones.

Let’s discover how your menstrual cycle is connected to nature and the moon cycles, showing how you can use a hormone balancing method called the seed cycling protocol to support your hormone balance…

…and the alternative “Single” Seed Cycling with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs for those with a sensitive gut and distinguished palate would prefer. Exciting, agreed?

So, to begin, the moon exists in a rhythm of cycles known as moon phases, which are connected to your hormonal clock1.

You see, using seed cycling or the alternative “Single” Seed Cycling protocol, for those with sensitive guts and distinguished palates for hormonal balance, you can support your period along with the moon’s timing. Sounds amazing, agreed?

“But how can this be done naturally?”

So how does the moon play a role in hormone imbalance and menstrual cycle regulation?

Let’s take a closer look at the moon’s role in your period’s cycle regulation.

You may have heard, in holistic, spiritual Shaman circles, the moon has been attributed to two-period cycle patterns. Women may or may not fall into an exact representation of this, but many do.

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Those that do not fall into this are typically because they’re consuming outside sources of hormone therapy, like the birth control pill, the morning after pill, HRT, and some anti-anxiety and antidepressants, that take over the natural rhythms.

This can, in some cases, severely hormonally unbalance and create an out-of-sync reality with many natural rhythms.

Pattern 1: New Moon Menstrual Period or White Moon Cycling Mothers

In Shaman circles, she represents the ‘fertile female’, who ideally ovulates at the full moon and bleeds on the new moon.

These women are the procreators and mothers of society. One of their largest desires is to bring children into the world so they can nurture and guide them. Everything in their lives is focused on this child-rearing goal.

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These New Moon Menstrual Period or White Moon Mothers are often in their prime years of reproduction and their cycles are synced with the moon. Some infertility holistic specialists use this wisdom, and the seed cycling protocol, (which will discuss in more depth), to regulate women’s cycles according to this new moon menstruation cycle if the couple is trying to conceive.

Just because you don’t cycle to the new moon menstruation, doesn’t mean you can’t have kids. This is simply a generalization taken from clinical practice, but everyone is unique and again, there are typically no steadfast rules, just pattern observations.

When couples work at hormone cycling using the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver Kit, this practice helps both partners cycle together, as men can also cycle with the moon2, using the “Single” Seed Cycling method with Castor Oil Pack for Liver Kit.

These women often self-actualize, career-wise, much later in life, since their first stage of actualization is their role as a mother. This makes them excellent entrepreneurs after child-rearing years when the kids have flown the coop.

They are experts at multitasking, and managing many things at once, a skill they curated during their child-rearing phase of life. Makes sense, agreed?

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Pattern 2: Full Moon Menstrual Period – Red Moon Medicine Woman

The Full Moon Menstruation or Red Moon Medicine Woman, in Shaman circles, is the second-period cycle pattern and is the sage medicine woman who ovulates at the new moon and bleeds on the full moon.

These women are usually the teachers, medicine women, artists, healers or doctors, who spread their vast knowledge to their communities.

The Red Moon Medicine Woman has often chosen to not want children, early on. Not the case for all, as many go on to have healthy births. But for the majority…

“I didn’t want babies,” said Oprah Winfrey when interviewed. “I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children.”

This isn’t to say the Red Moon Medicine Woman will never want children of her own or that the White Moon Mother is having an excess amount of children.

You see, both are simply anecdotal and traditional patterns that can be used by integrative and functional medicine practitioners like chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists and health coaches to better understand nature’s role in hormone balance. That makes sense, right?

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Seed cycling and the moon

They are interesting concepts, yes, offering deeper insight into hormone balancing, becoming an additional tool in the practitioner’s toolbox. Any help from nature, as long as it doesn’t cause any harm, is a tool we’re always willing to use and learn from. Would you agree?

It’s another tool used by integrative and functional medicine practitioners.

Based on mother nature’s genius, seed cycling has been used in correlation with moon cycling, but, in itself, this protocol that includes ingesting different kinds of seeds on different weeks of your cycle, is great in theory but not so much in practice as it can be problematic for the majority of people, especially patients.

And we must recognize that no matter how “healthy” a substance is that you take in, if too high a dose and repetitively, it can become toxic, making food no longer a medicine but a poison.3

So, in order to avoid the repetitive practice of eating the same foods and developing gut inflammation, the Queen of the Thrones®️ Castor Oil Pack “Single” Seed Cycling practice allows you to seed cycle for hormone balance support without eating seeds. Interesting, right?

Would you love to know how you can hormonally cycle with the moon using the “Single” Seed Cycling Protocol?

Can the solar eclipse affect hormones?

The moon’s influence on human behavior and physiology has long been a topic of speculation. From the impact of full moons on moods to lunar cycles affecting menstrual patterns, the connection is undeniable. 

However, what about the often-overlooked solar eclipse? Could it also sway our hormonal balance?

With the eagerly awaited solar eclipse of 2024 on the horizon, it’s worth delving into the potential relationship between this celestial event and our body’s hormone levels.

What exactly is a solar eclipse?

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A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, temporarily obscuring the sun’s light—a spectacle that has captivated civilizations throughout history.

But does this cosmic display have tangible effects on our bodies, particularly our hormones? While scientific research linking solar eclipses to hormonal changes is limited, there is potential for a connection.

One intriguing aspect is the influence of solar eclipses on melatonin production. Melatonin, known as the “sleep hormone,” regulates our sleep-wake cycles and plays a vital role in maintaining our body’s circadian rhythm. Some speculate that the sudden darkness during a solar eclipse could disrupt melatonin levels, potentially leading to temporary sleep disturbances or mood alterations.

Can the solar eclipse affect the menstrual cycle?

Now, what about the menstrual cycle? Can a solar eclipse impact it? While direct scientific evidence is lacking, some individuals claim to notice changes in their menstrual patterns coinciding with celestial events. 

Stress, diet, exercise, and overall health all 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 mesmerizing spectacle, its impact on our hormones remains largely speculative.

Golden Turmeric Elixir for Hormonal Harmony

This Golden Turmeric Elixir is not only a tribute to the sun’s energy during celestial events like solar eclipses, but also a potent drink for supporting inflammation and hormonal balance. Its warm, grounding properties make it an ideal companion for meditation or reflection on the connection between our bodies and the cosmos.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • A pinch of black pepper (to enhance turmeric absorption)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil (for healthy fats and to aid absorption)

Instructions:

  • Warm the Milk: Begin by gently warming the coconut milk in a saucepan over low heat. Avoid boiling to preserve the nutrients in the milk and spices.
  • Mix the Spices: In a small bowl, combine the turmeric, cinnamon, ginger powder, and black pepper. Mix these dry ingredients until evenly blended.
  • Combine: Once the milk is warm, whisk in the mixed spices, ensuring there are no lumps. Keep the heat low and stir gently to infuse the milk with the spices.
  • Add Sweetness and Fat: Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the honey (or maple syrup) and coconut oil, mixing well until both are fully dissolved.
  • Serve Warm: Pour the golden turmeric elixir into your favorite mug. If desired, give it a final stir to create a frothy top.
  • Enjoy: Sip slowly and mindfully, envisioning the drink’s solar energy nourishing and balancing your body’s hormonal system.

Would you love to know how you can hormonally cycle with the moon using the “Single” Seed Cycling Protocol?

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2. Dergaa I, Romdhani M, Fessi MS, Ben Saad H, Varma A, Ben Salem A, Gadhavi B, Chaabane M, Souissi N, Hammouda O. Does lunar cycle affect biological parameters in young healthy men? Chronobiol Int. 2021 Jun;38(6):933-940. doi: 10.1080/07420528.2021.1897609. Epub 2021 Mar 28. PMID: 33779457.

3. Ostrowska L, Wasiluk D, Lieners CFJ, Gałęcka M, Bartnicka A, Tveiten D. Igg Food Antibody Guided Elimination-Rotation Diet Was More Effective than FODMAP Diet and Control Diet in the Treatment of Women with Mixed IBS-Results from an Open Label Study. J Clin Med. 2021 Sep 23;10(19):4317. doi: 10.3390/jcm10194317. PMID: 34640335; PMCID: PMC8509634.

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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.

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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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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.

What you need to know about vaginal dryness by Queen of the Thrones

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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What Is A Pelvic Castor Oil Pack And Why Use It?

What Is A Pelvic Castor Oil Pack And Why Use It?

Queen of the Thrones Pelvic Pack Bundle for balanced hormones

What Is A Pelvic Castor Oil Pack And Why Use It?

Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N. Christine Ruggeri Victoria Williams MD (Hom). 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.Full bio Est. reading time: 7 minutes.

Your Complete Guide On Castor Oil Packs for the Pelvis & Hips

In the depths of her being, women hold precious treasures – her ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. These delicate, yet mighty reproductive organs are responsible for releasing hormones that whisper softly to our bodies, guiding us through the mysterious monthly dance of our menstrual cycle. For every woman, the pelvic area is a sacred and beautiful part of her being and hormonal health, a wonder of nature that gives rise to life, love and all the magic that lies within.Here you’ll find out how to use Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs for nourishing the delicate area of your hips, uterus, reproductive organs, and everything in between.The best part? Using a Pelvic Castor Oil Pack may help you support hormone balance naturally throughout your monthly cycle. Curious to know how?  

Can Castor Oil Packs support hormonal and reproductive health?

You dread your period because you know the inevitable cramps, back pain, and fatigue that makes you curl up in the fetal position are on their way, right?Worse than that, with hormonal fluctuations kicking in, you feel moody and disconnected from your body, making you (even more) stressed. Is this you? And if you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, PCOS, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, or other hormonal conditions, everything is amplified. Agreed?A nightly Pelvic Castor Oil Pack may help you support… 
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1. Balanced hormonal health and less stress

You see, the soft compression of a Pelvic Castor Oil Pack and the feeling of oil on your skin helps calm your system and promotes the release of feel-good hormones, including: 
  • Dopamine1, 2, a hormone that makes you feel satisfied and helps connect your emotions with your nerve cells.
  • Oxytocin3, 4, often referred to as the “love and connection” hormone – it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. You naturally get it from hugs, love, touch, gentle compression or bonding with a new balance.
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Plus, oxytocin has been shown to help lower cortisol (your stress hormone) and balance blood pressure5, leading to healthy levels of progesterone. Why does this matter? Well, studies show a connection between higher anxiety levels and high progesterone levels6, and healthy levels of progesterone are key for maintaining balanced moods during your monthly menstrual cycle. Castor Oil Packs may also support reproductive health, as they have been shown to help with…
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2. Balanced inflammation and deep sleep

You see, inflammation is a common cause of pain, bloating, irregular periods, and abnormal vaginal discharge. It’s also a factor in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)7, uterine fibroids8, endometriosis9, infertility10, postpartum and menopause. But, your Pelvic Castor Oil Pack may help support inflammation balance and pain relief throughout all stages of your hormonal life.
Curious to know how this is possible?You see, Castor Oil contains ricinoleic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory11, 12. So, when you pair that with your cozy Pelvic Castor Oil Pack, it’s like a weighted blanket for all your reproductive organs so you can naturally relax and wind down for a deep sleep13 14.You see, just like how an ice pack reduces swelling and inflammation when you have an injury, your Pelvic Castor Oil Pack is your new way to balance the pain you get from inflammation, but without the cold!You can also add an abdominal massage with a Fascia Body Roller to support flow and relaxation when your hormones are causing a raging storm inside your body.Castor Oil Packs can also help you stop dreading your periods by providing you with…

3. Natural period pain support and a regular monthly cycle

Do you struggle with terrible period cramps and ever wonder why they happen? You see, menstrual cramps occur due to contractions of smooth muscles of your uterus working to expel blood. Did you know that Castor Oil may help by supporting the smooth muscles15 of your digestive tract and uterus? Why does this matter
Well, have you noticed that you poo more often before and during your period? That’s because the same hormones and messengers stimulate your digestive tract to move and your uterus to expel the blood16.So, by acting on your smooth muscles, Castor Oil Packs may even help with your cramping because it naturally shifts your body and muscles into a state of rest and relaxation.But remember, rest and relaxation take practice, so consistency is key with your Castor Oil Pelvic Pack.Curious how you can use Castor Oil Packs while intentionally following the moon’s phases to support your monthly cycle?
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So, how do you use your Castor Oil Pack for Pelvis & Hips?

This two-step process is a new and easy way of an old traditional method to support your body from the outside in.Step One: Apply 1 tbsp of Organic Castor Oil to the soft organic cotton flannel side of your Queen of the Thrones® packStep Two: Place your pack over the pelvic region and tie it in place with the soft, stretchy, adjustable straps. 
How to use your Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Pack for Pelvis
*Remember: Castor Oil can stain clothing and bed sheets so always wear old clothing with your practice.With consistent use, this self-care tool may help support hormone balance and reproductive healthWould you love to know how to do hormonal cycling with the moon and Castor Oil Packs?

Common questions

 1. What if I’m on medications, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, IUDs, or supplements?Castor Oil Packs are safely combined with any medication and supplement as there are no known contraindications or interactions with medication. They are likely safe to use with hormone replacements, TTC medicines, birth control pills, and IUDs. 2. Why can’t I just drink Castor Oil or rub it on my skin? Taken orally, Castor Oil is a stimulant laxative that makes you have to poop. ​​Simply rubbing it on your skin and wearing a T-shirt overtop will only gives you about 50% of the benefits. You need a pack for compression to help move your body into the relaxed state where liver detox, lymphatic drainage, and colon cleansing are supported.3. Can I use an old piece of cloth or an organic bamboo pack?ONLY use organic cotton, wool or linen for your Castor Oil Pack! Other materials like ‘organic’ bamboo are highly processed with chemicals. Old clothing may be made with harsh dyes, bleach, and flame retardants that aren’t ideal to absorb into your body.  4. Isn’t it messy?By nature, Castor Oil is an oil so it will stain clothing and fabrics. This is why we created this LESS-mess pack. No, it’s not entirely messless, but it’s LESS messy than the old way.5. Do I have to add heat?Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs are engineered to hold in your body heat naturally, so additional heat is not needed.Know more about how to sync your Castor Oil Pack practice with the moon phases to help support hormonal health in this free infographic 
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Can I Boost Fertility with Castor Oil Packs?

Can I Boost Fertility with Castor Oil Packs?

Gluten and dairy sensibilities by Queen of the Thrones

Can I Boost Fertility with Castor Oil Packs?

Written by: Nora DeBora, Preconception Health Coach, Holistic Nutrition and Fertility Awareness Practitioner – Queen of the Thrones® Affiliate
Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer. B.A.

Est. reading time: 12 minutes.

 

Do Castor Oil Packs help with infertility?

Whether you’re in your 30’s, 40’s or even younger Castor Oil Packs can help fertility when trying to conceive.

As a matter of fact, according to the CDC, the proportion of first births to women aged 30–34 increased by 28% from the year 2000-2014.

And first births for women aged 35 and over have increased by 23%1

So with this increase in women trying to conceive over the age of 30 paired with fertility problems, we have an even greater need for Castor Oil Pack protocols.

Would you agree?

Castor Oil Packs improve fertility & chances of getting pregnant

As women age, fertility naturally declines and statistics show that one in five women are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying.2-3

However, you can increase your chances of getting pregnant and boost your fertility naturally!

How?

Well, with the right food, lifestyle choices and the practice of Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs.

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs improve fertility & chances of getting pregnant

How can I balance my hormones using Castor Oil Packs?

As a Preconception Health Coach and Holistic Nutritionist, I help women and couples prepare for pregnancy.

More so, my specialty is in preparing for a healthy baby after the age of 30.

I’ve helped countless women and couples struggling with trying to conceive get pregnant naturally.

In this article, I’ll share how Castor Oil Packs can help with infertility and hormone balance.

Plus, I’ll share why I recommend removing my top 4 hormone imbalancing food choices from your diet to help when you’re trying to conceive naturally.

I’m really excited about this topic because when it’s implemented properly, it can be a game-changer for your health and fertility.

Consequently, I’ve seen this firsthand with clients in my practice, and you can too.

How to change my diet to balance hormones & boost fertility

1. Remove inflammatory-inducing industrial seed oils.

These oils were discovered in the early 1900s and have run rampant in the western food industry in the last 100 years with the advent of industrialization.

They are mainly used in all shelf-stable products as replacements for healthy fats in low-fat products.

These oils are anything but healthy or natural and wreak havoc on fertility health.

Additionally, they are processed at extremely high temperatures causing oxidization and are also mixed with solvents and chemicals to improve their smell and color for resale.

Hence, all the more reason to remove these oils from your diet to improve fertility.

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Can you relate?

The industrial seed oils I recommend staying away from include:

  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Cottonseed
  • Soy, Sunflower
  • Safflower
  • Rapeseed oil

As they are inflammatory and responsible for the buildup of toxins in the body causing a hormonal imbalance, which may lead to problems when trying to conceive.

Here is why you want to apply a Castor Oil Pack practice because the high quality of the Castor Oil that enters your body is key for improving fertility and optimal nourishment. Amazing, agreed?

2. Say goodbye to gluten

You see, industrialization has resulted in a quick rise of new genetically modified grains.

So because of this, most glutenous grains in North America, such as:

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Oats

Are all now genetically modified and wreaking havoc on fertility.

With that said, our digestive tracts and immune systems don’t recognize these new grain species and thus become damaged trying to digest them. Makes sense, agreed?

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This is why we have seen a sharp rise in the number of people affected by celiac disease and wheat sensitivity in recent years.

By the way, I’ve had clients completely remove gluten from their diet while applying the Castor Oil Pack Practice having had great success in helping their infertility.

Castor Oil Packs help with fertility because it regulates inflammation in the gut and therefore improves hormone balance.

3. “Sayonara” Soy!

Soy is very controversial in the nutrition field.

Likely due to the fact that for years soy has been perceived as a health-food and an ideal source of protein that:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Protects against cancer
  • Reduces menopausal symptoms

But, this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Soy products are hormone disruptors and can alter the menstrual cycle – not good for fertility.

Because they have an estrogenic effect on the body.

This means they produce excess estrogen, throwing off the delicate balance of hormones in your cycle leading to infertility problems.

But, did you know…Castor Oil Packs support the healthy cleansing of excess estrogen?

So, if you do include soy products in your diet, be consistent in your Castor Oil Pack practices.?

Because consistency is key when it comes to optimal health and improved fertility.

Though we do want to avoid excess estrogen exposure as much as possible to keep problems with conception away. So, my recommendation is to say “sayonara” soy!

Soy products include:

  • Tofu
  • Soy milk
  • Edamame
  • Tempeh

4. No more processed sugar!

Processed sugar is void of all nutrients and fiber, making it an infertility-inducing ‘anti-nutrient.’

Because in order for your body to process this sugar, it must use your body’s stored nutrients.

So basically, sugar is stealing essential vitamins from your body just to process and digest it, which can then lead to fertility problems.

Did you know that processed sugar is not only found in candies and sweets like sour patch kids and cookies?

It’s also hidden in “healthy” foods like:

  • Yogurt
  • Bread
  • Chicken
  • Bacon
  • Pasta sauce
  • Salad dressing and much more.

Surprising, right?

So if you need something sweet, and want to improve fertility, stick to things like fruit (not dried), raw honey and organic maple syrup with natural sugars.

Are Castor Oil Packs helpful in boosting fertility when TTC?

To get pregnant, fertility and hormones need to be balanced.

In order for hormones to be balanced, the liver needs to work optimally. Why?

Well, the liver is the body’s main detoxifying organ, performing over 560 functions known to date and works around the clock to keep you healthy.

Think of the liver as a vacuum cleaner.

When the vacuum cleaner gets clogged, it can’t clean effectively which prevents toxins from leaving the body efficiently – leading to infertility.

This can negatively impact fertility health by creating an excess amount of inflammation in the body.

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs support your Liver health and boost fertility

But when Castor Oil Packs are placed on the skin to promote the healing of tissues and organs. So, we begin training the body to promote detoxification and regulate inflammation.

Just like an Olympic athlete!

And this leads to hormone balance and improved fertility health.

This is due to the main component in Castor Oil, ricinoleic acid, which increases circulation, reduces inflammation and stimulates lymphatic flow.4-5-6

Then, in turn, increases the production of lymphocytes in the liver.

Lymphocytes are white blood cells, the body’s natural disease fighters that help clear the area of toxins.

And it’s that clearing of toxins that leads to the boost in fertility we are so desperately seeking when trying to conceive. Am I right?

So, if you’re actively trying to conceive:

During the follicular phase (the first half of your cycle):

  1. On day 1 apply a Castor Oil Pack for the Liver
  2. On day 2 apply a Castor Oil Pack for Fertility
  3. Repeat until ovulation – then stop during the luteal phase (the second stage of your cycle) to allow for that ever-so-wonderful nesting stage in hopes of conception.
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On another note, if you’re going through fertility treatments, use the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Fertility prior to your treatment.

Here’s a helpful FREE eGuide all about hormone cycling when trying to conceive using Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs.

Would you love that?

Note: You can also use Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs after unsuccessful fertility treatment as this practice will help detox your liver from those excess hormones.

Fertility and pregnancy using Castor Oil Packs. Is there hope?

If your goal is to get pregnant, I assure you that your body will be in a much better state of fertility for that to happen once you follow these natural health practices.

Using Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs to support the body in balancing hormones and boosting fertility helps make a difference in overall health.

And that is hope, agreed?

Nora DeBora Queen of the Thrones affiliate

Nora’s Bio

Through her signature program, Master Your Cycle To Get Pregnant, Nora DeBora teaches women how to optimize their hormones and fertility by harnessing the power of their menstrual cycle with nutrition, cycle charting and self-care practices.

When she’s not coaching, you can find her indulging in gourmet burgers, sweating in a yoga class, or on long hikes with her husky.

Are you a practitioner, health coach or wellness influencer? If you’re interested in recommending our easy-to-use tools and practically applying them in your health and wellness professional practice in clinic or online with the people you serve, contact us at: royalty@queenofthethrones.com

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3. Crawford NM, Steiner AZ. Age-related infertility. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2015 Mar;42(1):15-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2014.09.005. Epub 2014 Dec 5. PMID: 25681837.

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 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.

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