How Castor Oil Packs May Help Support Menopause Sleep Issues

How Castor Oil Packs May Help Support Menopause Sleep Issues

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil Packs help to support menopause sleep issues

How Castor Oil Packs May Help Support Menopause Sleep Issues

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

Reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A.
Est. reading time: 14 minutes

As the moonlight spills through the curtains, many women find themselves in a silent struggle against an unexpected adversary; menopause insomnia.

Imagine lying in bed, a quiet house around you, but sleep remains elusive, slipping through your fingers like sand… Can you relate?

You’re not alone. One of the most prevalent complaints from women during menopause is their struggle with insomnia, with approximately 25% of women worldwide suffering from sleep disturbances and menopause insomnia.1

So, let’s embark on a journey together, shedding light on those sleepless nights that unite women all over the world during this transformative phase of life.

What is menopause?

Ever found yourself questioning the sudden shifts in your once-predictable body? Menopause, a term enveloped in mystery, signifies the conclusion of a woman’s reproductive years—a curtain call for the menstrual cycle.

Think of it as the gradual fading of lights after a prolonged performance.

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This natural progression typically takes center stage in the late 40’s or early 50’s2, unfolding at its own tempo for each woman. Menopause is a hormonal ballet, orchestrated by estrogen and progesterone, triggering unpredictable changes within your body.

From experiencing hot flashes and mood swings to witnessing alterations in sleep patterns, menopause introduces a spectrum of bodily transformations, turning the journey into an unpredictable and intricate experience.

Signs & symptoms of menopause

Have you experienced or heard women speak about the varied symptoms that come with menopause? 

From hot flashes, night sweats, migraines and unwanted hair growth, to bloating, constipation and insomnia, the effects of menopause can be felt from head to toe. Can you relate?

In fact, according to studies, approximately 75% of women experience hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations and migraines, while 60% experience symptoms such as vaginal dryness, atrophy, and a decline in libido.3

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So, if you find yourself navigating this rollercoaster of symptoms, know that you’re not alone.

Now, let’s get into a topic and question that can weigh heavy on our minds… Why does menopause cause insomnia?

Why does menopause cause insomnia?

You’ve spent the night tossing and turning, sighing in frustration as the hours pass by with little to no sleep, and you find yourself asking the question, “Why?”

Entering menopause often brings more sleep troubles for women. Insomnia, or difficulty sleeping, is a common complaint among menopausal women. 

According to the 3-P Model (pathogenic model), various factors like previous struggles with insomnia and the natural aging process can heighten the chances of experiencing sleep issues during menopause. 

Additionally, hormonal changes and symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, overall health issues, pain, other sleep problems, and changes in daily rhythms can contribute to insomnia during this phase.4

Hot flashes are probably one of the most pressing symptoms keeping you from a good night’s sleep. If you’ve ever woken up completely drenched in sweat, your clothes sticking to you and your sheets feel damp, you can imagine how uncomfortable and restless you would feel. And this can happen more than once over night, seriously impacting your quality of sleep.

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Does this sound like you?

But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom when it comes to your sleep, because there are a few ways you can help support a comfortable sleep environment:

Foods:

When it comes to sleep, it’s best to avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, along with spicy foods, as they can trigger sweating, worsen night sweats, and disrupt your sleep. Despite the belief that alcohol aids relaxation, it can negatively impact sleep later on as well.5

Exercise:

Regular aerobic exercise can help improve sleep quality, mood, and energy in menopausal women. However, try to avoid exercising three hours before bedtime.6

Bedroom Climate:

This one’s important! Create a cool, well-ventilated bedroom environment. Opt for loose clothing made of natural fibers like cotton to mitigate the impact of hot flashes. Using cotton sheets and wearing socks to bed can help regulate core body temperature.7

Bedtime Routine:

Establish a consistent bedtime schedule, like going to bed at the same time every night. Avoid eating, reading, or watching television in bed. Take a cool bath or shower before bed if you experience night sweats, and ensure you use the bathroom before you get into bed.8

Relax:

Believe it or not, worrying about sleep can worsen the situation. So, incorporating relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or listening to soothing sounds, may help to create a more peaceful transition for sleep.9

What are Castor Oil Packs?

Have you heard of Castor Oil Packs? This time-tested ancient wellness practice has been used for centuries when it comes to naturally supporting your wellness, but what about your sleep?

You see, a Castor Oil Pack is so much more than ‘a piece of cloth’ soaked in Castor Oil, and has been upgraded to be easier and versatile for you. Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs have taken this ancient practice and revitalized it for the modern era- making this practice less-mess, and best of all- simple!

Plus, that old piece of cloth soaked in Castor Oil that your Grandma may have used is no more.

All Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs are made with:

✓ Organic Cotton: The inner layer touching your skin is organic, natural, and unbleached, reflecting our commitment to honesty and transparency in manufacturing.

✓ Less Mess Layer: The outer layer is polypropylene thermally bonded to organic cotton—cleaner than chemical bonding. Polypropylene is a food-grade plastic (i.e. what yogurt containers are made of). Note: This pack is less-mess, not messless; Castor Oil may stain fabrics.

✓ Adjustable Straps: Soft, stretchy nylon straps make the pack adjustable for most body sizes. Size up to Pelvis & Hip Pack for larger bodies, or down to the Kids Pack for petite frames.

✓ Comfortable for Sleep: Stretchy, adjustable straps offer a cozy, warm hug without uncomfortable buckles, buttons, velcro, or zippers—ideal for moving around or relaxing in bed.

How Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil packs work

Castor Oil Packs for sleep

Now, I know what you’re thinking… How can a compress and Castor Oil really help me get a good night’s sleep, right?

Imagine your nightly routine feeling like a warm hug for your body, similar to snuggling under your favorite cozy blanket. As you ease into the evening, slipping under the covers becomes a comforting self-care routine with your Castor Oil Pack.

You see, studies have shown that there’s a connection between oxytocin and pleasant human touch via stimulating c-afferent nerves (receptors that respond to light touch).10

So, it could be said that when a soft Castor Oil Pack is wrapped around you, c-afferent nerves may be stimulated, releasing oxytocin, therefore helping you enter the ‘rest and digest’ state.

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Compress kit

Plus, Castor Oil Packs that gently embrace your curves, create a sense of ease and relaxation that helps with stress so you drift into a deep, restful sleep. This soothing experience is so comfortable that you can enjoy the benefits of the pack while you sleep, making your journey through menopausal nights more tranquil and rejuvenating.

Sounds wonderful, agreed?

But it doesn’t just stop there! Ever tried an eye compress for sleep and relaxation support? It’s just like your Liver Castor Oil Pack, but for your eyes!

Wearing a cozy, soft eye mask gently rests on your tired eyes, helping to block out stimulation and distractions while you unwind for the night. 

Plus, it’s thought that wearing an eye mask helps to naturally support your sleep hormone- melatonin!11 Pretty awesome, right?

Conclusion

Navigating insomnia during menopause can be a challenging task, but incorporating simple and natural self-care practices can help make a difference.

When you embrace the possible soothing benefits of Castor Oil for menopause sleep issues and Castor Oil Packs, you’re not only providing yourself with potential physical relief, but also creating a comforting routine to help ease your mind and body.

Just as our bodies undergo changes, our self-care practice should evolve too. So, let the gentle touch of Castor Oil be a nightly companion, helping you reclaim the restful sleep that menopause has been trying to steal away.

Sweet dreams await as you support your well-deserved moments of tranquility with natural self-care.

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  4. Tandon VR, Sharma S, Mahajan A, Mahajan A, Tandon A. Menopause and Sleep Disorders. J Midlife Health. 2022 Jan-Mar;13(1):26-33. doi: 10.4103/jmh.jmh_18_22. Epub 2022 May 2. PMID: 35707298; PMCID: PMC9190958.

  5. Qian J, Sun S, Wang M, Sun Y, Sun X, Jevitt C, Yu X. The effect of exercise intervention on improving sleep in menopausal women: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Front Med (Lausanne). 2023 Apr 25;10:1092294. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2023.1092294. PMID: 37181372; PMCID: PMC10167708.

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  9. 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

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

How Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs May Help Support Menopause Hot Flashes

How Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs May Help Support Menopause Hot Flashes

How Castor Oil Packs can Help to Reduce Hot Flashes caused by Menopause by Queen of the Thrones

How Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs May Help Support Menopause Hot Flashes

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

Reviwed by: Melanie Swackhammer M.A.
Est. reading time: 14 minutes

Let’s be honest, hot flashes are no picnic, agreed? You go to bed, comfortable and ready for a good night’s sleep after a long day, but instead you find yourself tossing and turning, waking up soaked in sweat as if you just stepped out of the shower… 

Sighing in exhausted frustration, you peel your damp clothes from your body, change your bed sheets and crawl back in, only to wake up hours later in the exact same boat… Can you relate?

And what’s worse is that menopause hot flashes don’t only creep up at night, but also during the day when you’re seemingly doing your own thing, working, in a meeting, watching tv… all of a sudden it’s like someone turned up the heat, and you feel that uncomfortable prickly sensation creep up your body, and you swear the people around you can feel the heat coming off of you. Sound familiar?

In this blog we’re going to dig deep into why these hot flashes happen with menopause, and how natural practices like Castor Oil Packs and Castor Oil may help support you during this phase of life. Let’s begin!

What causes menopause hot flashes?

Ever found yourself wondering what exactly causes those uncomfortable menopause hot flashes?

Hot flashes, those quick moments of heat, sweating, and discomfort, are quite common during menopause. Surprisingly, not many women seek help for these symptoms, even though they can be bothersome.

Understanding menopause and hot flashes by Queen of the Thrones
These hot flashes happen because the body reacts strongly to small increases in core temperature, and various factors like hormones and certain signals in the brain contribute to them.When it comes to managing hot flashes, there are a few options. Some women find relief with hormonal replacement therapy or medications that affect serotonin and norepinephrine, while others find that making lifestyle changes can also help.1Menopause hot flashes impact around 74% of women in the perimenopausal stage. And get this, 65% of women have to deal with hot flashes for over two years, while 36% endure them for more than five years.2 It’s a real challenge for many!

Hot flashes symptoms

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Now, hot flashes are more than just uncomfortable sweating, damp clothes and bed sheets. 

This frustrating symptom can also cause intense feelings of heat in the face and neck, rapid or irregular heartbeat, flushing of the skin, sleep disturbances, perspiration, and even cold chills.3

Beyond the physical sensations, hot flashes can bring along other unwelcome companions.

Many women report feelings of anxiety and even chills as their body temperature quickly rises and falls. 

The frequency and duration of these episodes can vary, with some women experiencing them occasionally, while others have to navigate through them multiple times a day.

Apart from the immediate discomfort, the impact of hot flashes can extend to daily life. Interrupted sleep due to nighttime hot flashes can lead to fatigue and irritability. The unpredictability of hot flashes can also create emotional stress, affecting mood and overall well-being.4

Natural remedies for hot flashes

Have you found yourself searching for a non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes

Estrogen has been a go-to for taming those intense hot flashes during menopause – it’s been the superstar treatment for a while. 

But here’s the twist: nowadays, lots of women are on the lookout for different options. Instead of going the hormonal therapy route, some are exploring alternatives like vitamins and other over-the-counter goodies to find relief from those pesky hot flashes. One of the contenders in this lineup is good ol’ vitamin E.5

How does vitamin E help with hot flashes? Vitamin E isn’t just your regular antioxidant – it’s got some cool tricks up its sleeve. Recent studies suggest that besides fending off free radicals, vitamin E might play a role in keeping those arteries wide and open.6 

While most of the spotlight has been on its heart-friendly benefits, it turns out, it could also be the reason why it helps stabilize blood flow in the arteries, ultimately giving those pesky hot flashes a run for their money.

Vitamins aside, lifestyle factors can also play a part in helping to manage hot flashes, including:

Exercise: Breaking a sweat a few times a week could be your secret weapon against those annoying hot flashes. Working out can be your all-in-one solution for other menopause challenges. Expect improvements in your sleep, mood, energy levels, weight management, and stress levels. It’s like a package deal for feeling better overall.7

And here’s the kicker – being active can change your attitude towards hot flashes. It might not make them disappear, but it can make dealing with them a whole lot more manageable.

Diet: Time to load up on the good stuff – fruits and veggies are your new BFFs in the battle against hot flashes. Why? Well, these water-rich wonders can actually help dial down the heat and keep you feeling refreshed.

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Think of it as giving your body a cool-down treat. Stock up on things like lettuce, cucumbers, berries, watermelon, bananas, avocado, celery, broccoli, and carrots. They’re like nature’s hydrating superheroes.And here’s a tasty tip – going for a Mediterranean diet might be the key. Don’t ask us why exactly, but folks munching on this kind of goodness seem to have fewer hot flashes.8 Interested in trying a Mediterranean-inspired cleanse? Click the button below!

Castor Oil for hot flashes

Continuing with natural remedies for hot flashes, is there any truth to Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs when it comes to easing this troublesome symptom?

Think of Castor Oil as your natural menopause ally. When you’re dealing with those fiery hot flashes, applying a Castor Oil Pack to your abdomen is like a cozy, comforting hug.

The idea is that it may help to calm your nerves, ease stress and encourage relaxation by naturally supporting your ‘rest and digest’ state.9 

Plus, Castor Oil contains ricinoleic acid, which is known to support inflammation balance10, potentially helping to give you some sweet relief when you need it most.

Now, imagine upgrading your menopause self-care support with different Castor Oil Packs made to target specific areas of your body. Sounds good, agreed?

You see, Castor Oil Packs are so versatile and can be worn practically anywhere on your body. So, with that said, let’s explore 4 Castor Oil Pack options.

Hormone harmony with Queen of the Thrones Castor oil Packs

1. Pelvis and hips area: Wearing a Castor Oil Pack in this region may help calm those hormonal storms during menopause and nourish your reproductive organs that are going through a transition.

2. Thyroid/neck area: Wearing a Castor Oil Pack over the neck helps to focus care on your thyroid, a crucial player when it comes to your hormone balance.

3. Liver area: This is where Castor Oil Packs have traditionally been worn to support cleansing and detox, since the liver is the hub of your body’s detoxification.

4. Breasts: Last but not least, wearing Castor Oil Packs over your breasts may help support circulation and lymphatic drainage in the breast area.

Talk about a holistic hormone support team, right?

But, it’s important to keep in mind that not all Castor Oil is made equal, and when it comes to your self-care, you want to ensure that you are using the best quality, like Queen of the Thrones® Golden Castor Oil, which is always:

USDA Organic & Non-GMO Project Verified – Avoiding pesticides, herbicides and GMOs.

Extra Virgin – The golden standard, first press of oil.

100% Pure & Vegan Certified – No additives, preservatives, animal byproducts or anything other than straight up Castor Oil.

EWG Verified® & Hexane-Free – Adheres to stringent standards of the EWG and is processed without solvents like hexane; a known nervous system and hormone disruptor.

Bottled in Amber Glass – To preserve quality and nutrient profile of the oil, and avoid toxic chemicals found in plastic containers such as UV filters, slip agents and BPA.

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Conclusion 

In the wild rollercoaster ride of menopause, finding allies to help ease the twists and turns is crucial. 

Navigating menopause is like learning to dance with a new partner, agreed? It brings a mix of physical and emotional challenges that can leave you feeling like you’re doing the cha-cha one minute, and the tango the next. But hey, that’s the beauty of the journey!

Imagine having your own team of Castor Oil Pack superheroes– It’s like building a personalized wellness squad that’s there to support you so you can tackle those hot flashes and hormonal hurdles.

But, always remember to consult your healthcare provider before beginning any new practice to ensure it’s right for you.

So, here’s to embracing the dance, finding support in Castor Oil’s comforting embrace, and waltzing through menopause with resilience and a touch of self-love. You’ve got this!

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2. Lugo T, Tetrokalashvili M. Hot Flashes. [Updated 2022 Dec 19]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK539827/

3. Ziv-Gal A, Flaws JA. Factors that may influence the experience of hot flushes by healthy middle-aged women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Oct;19(10):1905-14. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2009.1852. PMID: 20831431; PMCID: PMC2965699.

4. Park MK, Satoh N, Kumashiro M. Effects of menopausal hot flashes on mental workload. Ind Health. 2011;49(5):566-74. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.ms1222. Epub 2011 Aug 1. PMID: 21804271.

5. Ziaei S, Kazemnejad A, Zareai M. The effect of vitamin E on hot flashes in menopausal women. Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2007;64(4):204-7. doi: 10.1159/000106491. Epub 2007 Jul 30. PMID: 17664882.

6. Garg A, Lee JC. Vitamin E: Where Are We Now in Vascular Diseases? Life (Basel). 2022 Feb 18;12(2):310. doi: 10.3390/life12020310. PMID: 35207597; PMCID: PMC8874674.

7. Dąbrowska-Galas M, Dąbrowska J, Ptaszkowski K, Plinta R. High Physical Activity Level May Reduce Menopausal Symptoms. Medicina (Kaunas). 2019 Aug 11;55(8):466. doi: 10.3390/medicina55080466. PMID: 31405242; PMCID: PMC6722698.

8. Cano A, Marshall S, Zolfaroli I, Bitzer J, Ceausu I, Chedraui P, Durmusoglu F, Erkkola R, Goulis DG, Hirschberg AL, Kiesel L, Lopes P, Pines A, van Trotsenburg M, Lambrinoudaki I, Rees M. The Mediterranean diet and menopausal health: An EMAS position statement. Maturitas. 2020 Sep;139:90-97. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2020.07.001. Epub 2020 Jul 15. PMID: 32682573.

9. 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
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

How Castor Oil May Help Support Hair Loss Due to Menopause

How Castor Oil May Help Support Hair Loss Due to Menopause

How Castor Oil May Help Support Hair Loss Due to Menopause by Queen of the Thrones

How Castor Oil May Help Support Hair Loss Due to Menopause

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

Reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A.

Est. reading time: 12 minutes

Let’s be honest; your hair can make or break your day at times. A bad hair day can have an impact on everything from your self-confidence, to the way others view you.

But beyond bad hair days lies the physical, mental and emotional aspects that come with the hormonal changes to your hair caused by menopause. If you find yourself in this transitional phase of life, you may be all-too-familiar with unwanted changes that may be happening to your hair, agreed?

Perhaps you’ve found yourself circling your local pharmacy for specialty shampoos and conditioners, hair mask treatments, etc., trying to find anything that will possibly help with menopause hair loss. Is this you? You’re not alone.

In this blog, you’ll discover the ins and outs of hair loss, hair thinning, and everything in between when it comes to menopause and your hormones. Plus, you’ll even uncover an all natural Castor Oil shampoo recipe that helps support healthy-looking hair. Let’s begin, shall we?

What is menopause?

Ever wondered why your once predictable body is suddenly reacting in unfamiliar ways? Menopause, a term shrouded in uncertainty, marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years—the finale of the menstrual cycle. 

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Picture it as the gradual dimming of lights on a long-running production.

This natural process typically hits in the late 40s or early 50s, unfolding at its own pace for each woman.1 Menopause is a hormonal tango, featuring estrogen and progesterone that  triggers unpredictable changes within your body.

From hot flashes and mood swings to shifts in sleep patterns, menopause introduces an array of bodily changes, making the journey both unpredictable and challenging, especially when it comes to your hair.

Menopause hair changes

Have you been noticing your hair swirling down the drain during your showers? Or maybe your hairbrush has been gathering those precious strands more than usual these days. Can you relate?

As women get older, they’re more likely to deal with hair loss or hair thinning, especially after menopause. Recent stats say that approximately 80% of women have hair loss by the time they hit 60 years old.2

Thinning hair from menopause

Is your hair lacking volume? During menopause, hormonal shifts and aging can affect your hair follicles, causing issues like thinning, loss of volume, and changes in texture. These changes are mainly due to a drop in estrogen levels. 

It’s important to note that not every woman goes through menopause hair loss, and the degree of transformation varies widely from person to person. Genetic factors, stress, diet, and other elements also play a role in this variation.3

But what about the emotional side to dealing with thinning hair? It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit disheartened or frustrated, but remember, you’re not alone.

To help navigate this phase successfully, it’s important to understand the science behind menopausal hair thinning. 

Queen of the Thrones menopausal hair thinning insights and support

Essentially, as estrogen decreases, the hair growth cycle is disrupted, leading to more hair in the resting phase and less in the growing phase. This often results in overall thinner hair, and while it’s a natural part of the process, there are ways to help support it, so keep reading to find out!

Hair loss due to menopause

Having a midlife hair crisis? It might be menopause.

As estrogen levels decline during menopause, the delicate balance in hormonal fluctuations can impact various aspects of our well-being, including hair health. Estrogen plays an important role in maintaining the hair growth cycle, and when it begins to decline, it can lead to a condition known as female pattern hair loss.4

This form of hair less typically manifests as a widening part, or a noticeable decrease in overall hair volume.

Queen of-the Thrones understanding menopausal hair crisis

Hair loss is more than just a physical change, however. It’s an emotional journey that many women grapple with silently. Can you relate?

It’s essential to acknowledge these feelings of frustration, self-consciousness, and even grief that may accompany this transformative period in your life.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for menopausal hair loss, there are natural options that may help support this phase that we will touch on soon.

Menopause facial hair

As if hair thinning and hair loss wasn’t enough to contend with, but now you’re sprouting facial hair? Is this normal? 

Following menopause, women might undergo a decrease in estradiol (E2) levels, alongside an increase in testosterone (T) and low SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) levels. 

This hormonal change can result in subtle indicators of hyperandrogenemia (the excessive presence of the male sex hormones testosterone, androsterone and androstenedione in women), such as the gradual appearance of fine facial hair or an escalation in scalp hair loss.5

While unwanted facial hair is a natural part of the hormonal shifts that happen with menopause, the emotional impact can weigh heavy. Society often places pressure on women to have smooth, hair-free skin, which can make this change feel like an unwelcome departure from societal norms.

While challenging to navigate, it’s important to recognize that this is a shared experience among many women, and it does not diminish your beauty or femininity.

Can hair grow back after menopause?

Now, you may be wondering- Can hair grow back after menopause? Thankfully, menopause hair loss often isn’t permanent.

Can hair grow back after menopause by Queen of the Thrones

Factors that may affect hair regrowth include:

Hormone Balance: Maintaining hormone balance may possibly help create a more conducive environment for hair regrowth.6 Some ways to achieve hormone balance is through hormone replacement therapy.

Another natural way to help support your hormones is with a Castor Oil Pack, which you can wear over your pelvic and hip area.

You see, wearing a Castor Oil Pack over your pelvic region is thought to nourish your reproductive organs and support hormone balancing.

Would you love to know more? Well, Queen of the Thrones® has created an easy, less-mess way to do a pelvic Castor Oil Pack practice with their Pelvis & Hips Castor Oil Pack made with high quality organic materials and third-party tested, practitioner-grade Castor Oil..

Nutrition & Lifestyle: As you know, a balanced and nutrient-rich diet is key for maintaining overall well-being, including hair health.7 Ensuring your diet consists of vitamins and minerals such as biotin, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids is important.

While there are various ways to support hair regrowth after menopause, it’s important to approach this delicately and with realistic expectations. Factors such as genetic predisposition, overall health, and the duration of hair loss can influence the hair regrowth, meaning outcomes may vary from person to person.

Benefits of Castor Oil for hair

Have you ever wondered about Castor Oil for your hair? This age-old golden oil has been used for centuries as a natural approach for hair care, skin care, nail care, and overall wellness support.

So, what are some of the natural ways Castor Oil can become a wonderful ally for your hair during menopause?

  1. Hydration & Moisture: Menopause can bring about dryness, leading to limp, dull hair. Castor Oil’s rich, nourishing properties make it an excellent natural emollient, loaded with vitamin E and fatty acids8. This means it may be able to help lock in moisture, and bring hydration to your strands.

     

  2. Stimulating Hair Growth: Castor Oil has been thought to help stimulate hair growth. The ricinoleic acid it contains may help bring more circulation to the scalp, supporting the nourishing of hair follicles.

  3. Support for Hair Thinning: Hormonal shifts during menopause can contribute to thinning hair. Castor Oil’s nutrient-rich composition, including omega-6 fatty acids, supports hair follicles, potentially limiting the impact of thinning.9 Plus, regular scalp massage with Castor Oil may help encourage a healthier scalp environment, thanks to Castor Oil’s antimicrobial10A and anti-inflammatory11 properties.
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Sounds good, agreed? But not all Castor Oil is made equally. Always ensure your Castor Oil is 100% pure, hexane free, extra virgin and bottled in glass- like Queen of the Thrones® Golden Castor Oil!

Let’s go a little deeper into how Castor Oil may help support healthier looking hair!

Castor Oil for hair growth

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Castor Oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a unique fatty acid that looks like a prostaglandin (a molecular messenger that reduces inflammation)12. Curious what this has to do with  menopausal hair loss?

Well, when applied to the scalp it is believed that Castor Oil may support slowing down inflammation via stimulation of the hair follicle. Plus, it may also help promote blood circulation via nitric oxide,13 supporting better nutrient and oxygen delivery to the hair follicles, potentially helping with hair growth.

Pretty neat, right? Plus, Castor Oil’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties10B may help combat scalp conditions that might limit hair growth, including dandruff and/or fungal infections.

You see, by maintaining a clean and balanced scalp, Castor Oil is thought to help support an ideal environment for hair growth.

Castor Oil for dry, brittle hair

Struggling with dry, brittle hair? Skip the hot oil treatment of the 90’s and try Castor Oil! This oil is rich in ricinolein, a monounsaturated fatty acid that allows it to act as natural moisturizer for your hair.14

Castor Oil’s thick consistency allows it to penetrate the hair shaft, helping to bring deep hydration to your strands. This helps in restoring moisture that may be lost during menopause, and may help make your hair more manageable and less prone to breakage.

But, remember that with Castor Oil, less is more since it is such a thick, luscious oil.

Makes sense, agreed? Plus, to make your Castor Oil hair routine less messy, you can add in a hair wrap, which is kind of like a Castor Oil Pack for your hair. Intrigued?

Well, Queen of the Thrones® has created a Castor Oil Hair Mask Kit, which means ease and less-mess. The best part? It’s made with high quality organic materials and third-party tested, practitioner-grade Castor Oil.

Homemade Castor Oil Shampoo

Tired of the endless products lining your bathroom counter? Why not try the potential natural benefits of Castor Oil for your hair? Check out this shampoo recipe below, which may help support menopause hair loss!

Homemade Castor Oil Shampoo:

  • Select a glass bottle with a capacity of approximately 350mL.
  • Incorporate 4 tablespoons of high-quality organic Castor Oil into the bottle.
  • Top up the remaining space in the bottle with an all-natural shampoo of your choice.
  • Vigorously shake the bottle to ensure thorough mixing before each use.
  • Apply the Castor Oil Shampoo during every wash, or as needed.

Note: Allow your hair a few washes to adapt to this formula, depending on your hair type. To have a full body experience, consider combining it with your nightly Castor Oil Pack routine and using a Castor Oil Hair Wrap.

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Would you love more Castor Oil recipes for your hair, skin and nails?

Conclusion

So, my friend, in the mirror’s reflection, the changes in your hair may symbolize the evolving chapters of your life, but it doesn’t write your story. 

As you incorporate Castor Oil into your hair care routine, envision it not as a solution to dryness, texture, breakage etc., but as a daily affirmation of self-compassion and self-care.

Afterall, the act of massaging Castor Oil into your scalp can become a moment of connection with your own body, a gesture of kindness to the strands that have accompanied you through countless experiences.

So, as you navigate the intricacies of menopause and menopause hair loss, remember that embracing the physical changes, including those in your hair, is a testament to the strength and beauty within every woman.

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1. Ceylan B, Özerdoğan N. Factors affecting age of onset of menopause and determination of quality of life in menopause. Turk J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Mar;12(1):43-49. doi: 10.4274/tjod.79836. Epub 2015 Mar 15. PMID: 28913040; PMCID: PMC5558404.

2. Ablon G, Kogan S, Raymond I. A Long-Term Study of the Safety and Efficacy of a Nutraceutical Supplement for Promoting Hair Growth in Perimenopausal, Menopausal, and Postmenopausal Women. J Drugs Dermatol. 2022 Jul 1;21(7):783. doi: 10.36849/JDD.776. PMID: 35816069.

3. Rinaldi F, Trink A, Mondadori G, Giuliani G, Pinto D. The Menopausal Transition: Is the Hair Follicle “Going through Menopause”? Biomedicines. 2023 Nov 14;11(11):3041. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines11113041. PMID: 38002043; PMCID: PMC10669803.

4. Goluch-Koniuszy ZS. Nutrition of women with hair loss problem during the period of menopause. Prz Menopauzalny. 2016 Mar;15(1):56-61. doi: 10.5114/pm.2016.58776. Epub 2016 Mar 29. PMID: 27095961; PMCID: PMC4828511.

5. Brzozowska M, Lewiński A. Changes of androgens levels in menopausal women. Prz Menopauzalny. 2020 Dec;19(4):151-154. doi: 10.5114/pm.2020.101941. Epub 2021 Jan 7. PMID: 33488324; PMCID: PMC7812536.

6. Hasan R, Juma H, Eid FA, Alaswad HA, Ali WM, Aladraj FJ. Effects of Hormones and Endocrine Disorders on Hair Growth. Cureus. 2022 Dec 20;14(12):e32726. doi: 10.7759/cureus.32726. PMID: 36578854; PMCID: PMC9788837.

7. Rajput RJ. Influence of Nutrition, Food Supplements and Lifestyle in Hair Disorders. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2022 Oct 21;13(6):721-724. doi: 10.4103/idoj.idoj_175_22. PMID: 36386748; PMCID: PMC9650738.

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

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How Castor Oil Packs Can Help Support Menopause

How Castor Oil Packs Can Help Support Menopause

How Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs Can Help Support Menopause

How Castor Oil Packs Can Help Support Menopause

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

Reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 14 minutes

Picture this; you’re sipping your morning coffee, scrolling through endless to-dos for the day when, suddenly, a wave of warmth engulfs you, as if the sun decided to pay an unexpected visit. 

Hello, menopause, a chapter in a woman’s life that introduces itself not with a knock, but with an undeniable ring of the doorbell.

As women, we often find ourselves on a rollercoaster of hormonal fluctuations, facing challenges that, at times, seem as unpredictable as the weather. Can you relate?

So, how do we weather this storm of change, and can Castor Oil Packs help? Let’s begin the journey together, starting with the fundamental question: What is menopause?

What is menopause?

If you’ve ever wondered why your once predictable body suddenly decides to throw a curveball or two, you’re not alone. Menopause, a term that often carries an air of uncertainty, is essentially your body’s way of announcing a profound change taking place. So, what exactly is it?

In the simplest terms, menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years, signaling the finale of the menstrual cycle. Imagine it as a backstage crew slowly dimming the lights on a long-running production. 

This natural biological process typically hits in the late 40s or early 50s, though it is known to make its entrance at its own pace, leaving each woman with a unique story to tell.

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Menopause revolves around the intricate dance of hormones, with estrogen and progesterone as the main performers. As their levels shift, these reproductive key players send waves through your body, ushering in a mix of anticipated and unforeseen changes.

From hot flashes and mood swings, to a shift in your sleep patterns, menopause introduces a cast of characters that can make this journey both intriguing and challenging.

Now that we’ve pulled back the curtain on the essence of menopause, let’s delve into its various stages when it comes to navigating this transformative phase of a woman’s life.

Stages of menopause?

Menopause is divided into three basic stages: perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause. During this phase the ovaries undergo atrophy, leading to a reduction in the production of key menstrual cycle-stimulating hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone.1 Concurrently, aging females experience a natural decrease in the ovarian egg count, resulting in a decline in fertility.2 The progression from perimenopause through menopause to post-menopause typically spans seven years or more.
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Stage 1: Perimenopause

Perimenopause serves as the bridge to menopause, signifying the conclusion of a woman’s reproductive phase. It commonly commences in a woman’s 40s, although its onset may vary, occurring earlier for some and later for others.

The hallmark of perimenopause is the irregularity of menstrual cycles, with periods becoming unpredictable in terms of timing and flow. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone fluctuate during this period, leading to a range of physical and emotional symptoms. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and changes in libido are common experiences.

The duration of perimenopause varies widely among individuals, lasting an average of four years but extending up to a decade in some cases. It culminates in menopause, officially marked by 12 consecutive months without menstruation. The journey through perimenopause is unique for each woman, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Stage 2: Menopause

Menopause is the phase reached after experiencing 12 consecutive months without a menstrual cycle.3These hormonal shifts contribute to a range of physical and emotional symptoms. Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings, and changes in libido. The severity and duration of these symptoms can vary, and some women may experience them more intensely than others.The impact of menopause extends beyond the physical realm, affecting emotional well-being and overall quality of life. Changes in hormone levels can contribute to mood swings, irritability, and feelings of fatigue. Additionally, the decline in estrogen levels during menopause is associated with bone density loss, potentially leading to an increased risk of osteoporosis.4

Stage 3: Post-Menopause

As the curtain falls on the menopausal stage, women step into the realm of post-menopause– a chapter marked by both closure and new beginnings.The hormonal fluctuations that once orchestrated the intricate dance of the menstrual cycle have settled into a steadier rhythm, offering a sense of liberation from the monthly ebb and flow.Post-menopause is typically thought to begin one year after the last menstrual cycle5, bringing with it a certain wisdom and a unique set of opportunities. No longer navigating the uncertainties of monthly cycles, women often find a newfound freedom to embrace life more fully.Energy levels stabilize, and the unpredictable mood swings tend to ease, allowing for a sense of balance and clarity.

Signs/Symptoms of menopause

Alright, let’s talk about the telltale signs your body might be dropping that menopause is making itself at home.

Think of it as your body’s way of sending postcards from this transformative journey.

Menopause hot flashes

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Hot flashes, a common symptom of menopause that leaves women feeling like their internal thermostat has a mind of its own. If you’re reading this and finding solace in shared experiences, you’re not alone.

What is a hot flash? It’s your body’s way of giving you an unwanted tropical vacation in the middle of your day. An abrupt intense feeling of warmth that can spread across your face, neck and chest.

What’s worse, hot flashes are like the gatecrashers of your daily routine, showing up at the most inconvenient times. Whether you’re in a meeting, enjoying a leisurely stroll, or catching some z’s, hot flashes can strike without warning.

The culprit? Hormone fluctuations. The decline of estrogen brings you on a rollercoaster ride that messes with your body’s ability to regulate temperature, leading to the sudden bursts of warmth that leave you racing for the nearest fan or ice pack. Can you relate?

Now that we’ve shed light on the fiery world of hot flashes, let’s explore another common menopausal companion- fatigue.

Menopause fatigue

If you’ve ever found yourself daydreaming about your bed in the middle of the day, or wondering why the energizer bunny seems to have abandoned you, you might be experiencing the uninvited guest known as menopause fatigue.

Picture this: You wake up after getting a full night’s sleep, only to find yourself battling a seemingly insurmountable force- fatigue that creeps into your bones, and colors your day with an unexpected shade of weariness.

Don’t feel bad though, menopause fatigue is not your typical tiredness; it’s a persistent, sometimes overwhelming sense of low energy that leaves you yearning for a nap at any given moment.

Why does this happen? Well, like many other menopausal symptoms, hormones take center stage in the fatigue department. Fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone can disrupt your sleep patterns, leaving you with restless nights and groggy mornings.

These hormone fluctuations can throw your energy levels into disarray, turning everyday activities into energy-draining challenges.

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How can you help support your energy levels?

1. Prioritize a sleep-friendly environment: Dim the lights, avoid screens before bedtime, establish a consistent routine, and practice self-care, like the Castor Oil Eye Compress to support more restful sleep.

2. Mindful movement: Engage in gentle exercises like yoga or walking to boost energy levels, and help support better sleep.

3. Fuel your body: A balanced diet rich in healthy fats, hearty proteins and heaps of vegetables can help provide the energy your body needs to navigate the day.

4. Embrace power naps: A short nap can be a game-changer, offering a quick energy boost without disrupting your nighttime sleep.

Remember, it’s okay to acknowledge the fatigue, take a moment to recharge, and embrace the journey with resilience.

Menopause headaches

If you’ve ever found yourself grappling with head pain that seems to have joined the hormonal parade happening within your body, you’re not alone. Menopause can bring about changes in hormones that, in turn, affect blood vessels and neurotransmitters in your brain.

The result? Headaches that range from subtle pulsations, to down right pounding and painful. It’s like your head is trying to communicate with you in morse code. Sound familiar?

Estrogen, the hormone leader, plays a significant role in regulating blood vessels. As its levels dip and dance in unpredictable patterns, the blood vessels may react by constricting and dilating, triggering headaches.

Much like other menopause symptoms, headaches have an impeccable sense of timing. They often surface during or before your menstrual cycle, and for some women, they become frequent visitors during the menopausal transition

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While menopause headaches might feel like an unwelcome hitchhiker on your journey through this phase of life, understanding their origins and practicing self-care strategies can help you navigate this aspect with grace.

Looking for a simple, natural way to support your headaches, and practice self-care? Try the Mystic Meditation Mask, a soft, cozy eye mask with studded beads that align with your acupressure points, helping to relieve tension, encourage mindfulness, and help you relax.

Menopause hair loss

Let’s shed some light on a topic that many find close to the roots- literally. Menopause and hair loss, an unexpected dance between your hormones and your hair.

Picture this: You’re going about your day when you notice more strands than usual in your hair brush, or scattered across the bathroom floor. Menopause-related hair loss, often a subtle but significant shift, can often be attributed to those pesky fluctuations in hormones, with the decline in estrogen being mostly to blame.

As estrogen levels take a plunge during menopause, it can impact hair growth cycles, leading to increased shedding and sometimes a change in texture of your hair as well.

This is another instance where self-care plays a big role in your well-being during these changes, and Castor Oil can make a wonderful companion!

Enjoy natural hair support with Castor Oil below!

Menopause and vaginal dryness

Menopause is a natural part of life, but it brings more than just hot flashes and mood swings. For many women, vaginal dryness becomes an unexpected and sometimes uncomfortable companion during this journey. It’s not just a physical thing; it messes with your emotions too. Can you relate?

It’s like your body is going through a hormonal shake down, with one of the results being less estrogen. This hormonal shift can affect the natural lubrication in your vagina6, making it drier than usual.

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Unsurprisingly, this dryness can make things like intimacy with your partner uncomfortable- and that’s not even the whole story.

The emotional side of vaginal dryness is often overlooked. It’s not just a matter of physical discomfort; it’s about feeling out of touch with your own body, right? Plus, society doesn’t exactly shout about menopause, so it can often feel like a solo journey.

It’s a difficult phase to navigate, but it’s important to remember that every woman’s journey is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach or solution. Embracing the changes is important, and ensuring good communication with your partner while navigating this dry spell will help to break the silence.

Natural ways to deal with menopause

During this difficult transition time, the desire for natural solutions to navigate this chapter of menopause becomes more and more important, agreed?From hot flashes to mood swings, the symptoms can be diverse, and many women are seeking holistic ways to manage this transition. Before jumping to modern medicine support, like hormone therapy, many women have found comfort in complementary and alternative medicine approaches, including yoga, and general exercise to help improve quality of life during menopause.7 Maintaining a healthy exercise routine can not only help support menopausal symptoms, but also helps to build a natural self-care routine that supports your overall wellbeing, including your mental wellness.Another alternative and holistic approach to some of these uncomfortable side-effects of menopause is Castor Oil Packs.

Supporting menopausal wellness with Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Packs are an ancient wellness practice that has been reinvented to be less messy, easy to do and adaptable to your everyday life. Sounds good, agreed? 

Queen of the Thrones® has designed Castor Oil Packs for nearly every part of your body, including the Pelvis & Hips Castor Oil Pack, which can make a wonderful natural support to help you through your hot flashes, bloating, indigestion, hormone balance and more!

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Discovering natural ways to navigate menopausal symptoms can be empowering, agreed? While not a miracle cure, Castor Oil Packs are considered by some as a wellness practice that may provide support. 

Here’s how they could contribute to your menopausal journey:

Comfort: Applying a Castor Oil Pack to the lower abdomen may offer a comforting warmth, providing a sense of relaxation and relief during moments of discomfort.

Relaxation: The process of applying the pack and taking a quiet moment for yourself might contribute to an overall sense of relaxation, which is beneficial for managing stress associated with menopausal symptoms.

Mindfulness: Engaging in a Castor Oil Pack routine may become a form of self-care, fostering mindfulness and connection with your body during this transformative phase.

Holistic wellness: When complemented with other doctor-recommended strategies, such as lifestyle adjustments and medical interventions, Castor Oil Packs become part of a holistic approach to menopausal well-being.

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But, maybe you’re looking for further support beyond yoga, exercise and even your trusty Castor Oil Pack? Many women have turned to hormone replacement therapy to help support the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause

Hormone replacement therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a way to replace hormones lost during menopause.

To ease menopausal symptoms, standard HRT uses estrogen and progesterone to mimic the hormones the ovaries used to produce. There are different types of estrogen therapies, like estradiol and estriol, as well as conjugated equine estrogen (CEE), which is the most commonly prescribed estrogen in the United States.

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While these estrogen therapies are not exactly the same in how they affect the body, they are approved by the FDA for similar uses.8

Estrogen therapy for menopause

Using estrogen as a hormonal treatment is often the first choice for relieving uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes and genital symptoms during menopause.9More and more evidence shows that using estrogen therapy (ERT) can effectively treat symptoms that impact the quality of life during menopause10, helping women to begin feeling more in touch and connected with their body again.

Progesterone for menopause

The main job of progesterone in hormone therapy after menopause is to protect the endometrium (lining of the uterus). Using estrogen therapy (ET) alone without progesterone significantly raises the risk of endometrial hyperplasia and adenocarcinoma.11 

Progesterone in menopausal hormone therapy plays a crucial role in keeping the endometrium safe. If you go for estrogen therapy (ET) alone, it significantly increases the risk of issues with the uterine lining. But, when you pair the right amount and duration of progestogen with ET, you can help lower that risk to levels seen in those who never use ET. 

In combined therapy, the goal is to protect the endometrium while enjoying the benefits of estrogen and keeping progesterone-related side effects, like uterine bleeding, to a minimum.

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Quitting the combined therapy of estrogen and progesterone often comes with some uterine bleeding, and those with more days without periods tend to stick with it more. Any progesterone approved by the US Food and Drug Administration will do the job of protecting the endometrium if used in the right dose and duration.12But, before you step into the world of hormone therapy replacement, perhaps you’re wondering what the signs are for you possibly needing this type of therapy?

What are the signs you need hormone replacement therapy?

Considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? Here are some key reasons you might want to explore it:

Hot Flashes: If you’re experiencing moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats, systemic estrogen therapy may be helpful in providing relief.

Vaginal Symptoms: For those dealing with dryness, itching, burning, and discomfort during intercourse, estrogen may help alleviate vaginal symptoms associated with menopause.

Bone Health: Seeking to prevent bone loss or fractures? Systemic estrogen not only helps guard against osteoporosis but may be a valuable option if other treatments aren’t suitable or beneficial.

Early Menopause or Estrogen Deficiency: If you’ve had early menopause, surgical removal of ovaries before age 45, or primary ovarian insufficiency before age 40, estrogen therapy may reduce the risk of various health conditions such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and mood changes.

Signs you need hormone replacement therapy by Queen of the Thrones

Conclusion

As women navigate the challenges of menopausal symptoms, seeking relief becomes an important pursuit. In this journey, Castor Oil Packs may offer a natural and comforting solution. Their simplicity and connection to ancient wellness traditions make them more than just a physical remedy; they become a gesture of self-care, reminding women that, in the quest for wellness, every small effort matters.

Alongside other doctor-recommended approaches, Castor Oil Packs harmonize well, blending natural remedies with medical wisdom. They don’t just help ease symptoms; they become a practice of self-love—a moment to pause, connect, and find solace.

Let’s unite in the pursuit of well-being, embracing the power of holistic approaches. In the soft glow of hope, let Castor Oil Packs, in sync with doctor-recommended strategies, be a source of comfort and resilience—a reminder that relief in the menopausal journey is within reach.

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How Castor Oil Packs Help Support Perimenopause

How Castor Oil Packs Help Support Perimenopause

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

How Castor Oil Packs Help Support Perimenopause

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

Reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 16 minutes

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

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

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

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

What is perimenopause?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stages of perimenopause

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perimenopause symptoms

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

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

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

Perimenopause weight gain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Perimenopause weight loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perimenopause and fatigue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sore breasts and perimenopause

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

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

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

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

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

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

Insomnia and perimenopause

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perimenopause and night sweats/hot flashes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perimenopause and vaginal dryness

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

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

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

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

Have you found it challenging to discuss these experiences openly?

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

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

But how can Castor Oil support vaginal dryness?

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

Castor Oil Packs for perimenopause

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Why choose Castor Oil Packs for your self-care?

Stress and relaxation support:

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

Inflammation and detox support:

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

Colon cleansing and lymphatic drainage support:

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

Sleep and hormone balance:

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

Microbiome and digestive support:

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

Enhanced absorption:

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

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

In closing…

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

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

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

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

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