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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Empowering Endometriosis Self-Care with Castor Oil Packs

Empowering Endometriosis Self-Care with Castor Oil Packs

Empowering Endometriosis Self Care with Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil

Empowering Endometriosis Self-Care with Castor Oil Packs

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

Reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 12 minutes

In the quiet corners of countless lives, a silent struggle unfolds, one that often goes unnoticed—the battle against endometriosis. It’s the kind of pain that isn’t just physical; it’s emotional, mental, and sometimes even spiritual. It’s the ache that keeps you up at night, the discomfort that impacts your every movement, and the invisible weight that seems to crush your spirit on the toughest days.

Living with endometriosis isn’t just about enduring the physical symptoms; it’s about navigating a maze of uncertainty, frustration, and often, loneliness. It’s about struggling to explain to others why simple tasks sometimes feel like climbing mountains. It’s about battling against the stigma that surrounds “invisible illnesses” and the disbelief that often greets our pain.

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Yet, amidst the struggles and the tears, there’s a resilience that burns bright within each of us. It’s the resilience that gets us out of bed on the darkest days, that pushes us to seek answers even when the medical system fails us, and that reminds us that we are more than our pain.

Beyond the medical approach lies a natural self-care support; a comforting approach to the struggles faced with endometriosis– Castor Oil Packs.

Journey with us as we explore the ups and downs of endometriosis, and how the nurturing touch of Castor Oil Packs may help support the symptoms that often weigh you down.

What is endometriosis?

Chances are you, or someone close to you has been diagnosed with endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a condition that typically affects teenagers and women of reproductive age. It involves the presence of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, often leading to persistent pelvic pain and fertility problems.

Diagnosing endometriosis can be slow because there’s no clear and easy way to confirm it without invasive methods. Symptoms vary, making it tough to pinpoint. Treatment usually involves using hormones and pain relievers, but they don’t always work well since endometriosis often comes back.1

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Around 10% to 15% of women in their reproductive years are believed to have endometriosis, but this number goes up significantly to about 70% in women experiencing chronic pelvic pain.

In the U.S., a recent survey found that 11.2% of women aged 18 to 45 hospitalized for issues related to the genital and urinary system were diagnosed with endometriosis. Additionally, about 10.3% of women who had gynecologic surgeries were found to have endometriosis.2

Now that we understand what endometriosis is and how common it is among women, let’s dive deeper into the signs and symptoms that often accompany this complex condition.

What is thoracic endometriosis?

Thoracic endometriosis syndrome involves the presence of endometrial tissue in or around the lungs. 

It includes four specific clinical conditions:

    • Catamenial pneumothorax
    • Catamenial hemothorax
    • Hemoptysis
    • Pulmonary nodules

This syndrome is rare and complex, and clinicians frequently face challenges in diagnosing it, leading to delayed or overlooked cases. Such delays can contribute to recurrent hospitalizations and other complications.3

Symptoms of endometriosis?

As we peel back the layers of endometriosis, we uncover not just a medical diagnosis, but a relentless storm of symptoms that can wreak havoc on every aspect of life. It’s like being caught in a whirlwind of pain, uncertainty, and frustration, where every day feels like a battle against your own body.

From the relentless pelvic pain that feels like a dagger twisting in your gut to the fatigue that weighs you down like an anchor, the symptoms of endometriosis are more than just physical; they’re a constant reminder of the silent struggle raging within.

But it’s not just the pain that defines endometriosis; it’s the invisible symptoms too—the anxiety that clenches your chest, the depression that clouds your mind, and the isolation that wraps around you like a suffocating blanket. It’s the endless doctor’s appointments, the countless medications, and the never-ending search for relief that can leave you feeling lost and alone.

Endometriosis symptoms can be grouped into three categories:

1. Menstrual dysfunction

2. Ovulatory dysfunction

3. Reproductive dysfunction 

Problems with periods, like pelvic pain, painful periods, and pain during sex, are common signs of menstrual dysfunction. In younger patients with these issues, endometriosis is often found to be the cause, especially if the doctor sees unusual lesions. 

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Ovulatory dysfunction connected to endometriosis involves issues such as not ovulating, spotting before periods, problems in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, and something called LUF syndrome (Luteinised unruptured follicle syndrome).4

But endometriosis symptoms often go beyond the pelvic area, and can impact your entire body, including back pain, and constant lower abdominal pain often connected to bladder filling and going to the bathroom.5

The relentless struggles with endometriosis symptoms can profoundly impact every facet of one’s life. The constant pain, ranging from menstrual discomfort to persistent abdominal and back pain, becomes an unwelcome companion in daily activities. Intimate moments turn into sources of anxiety and discomfort, and even routine activities like using the bathroom become painful episodes. 

The irregular menstrual cycles and fertility challenges add emotional strain, while chronic fatigue casts a heavy shadow on daily energy levels.

If you’re nodding your head relating to these symptoms, you’re not alone

Stages of endometriosis

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Let’s dive into understanding the stages of endometriosis—a roadmap that sheds light on the progression and severity of this complex condition. Just as each individual’s experience with endometriosis is unique, so too are the stages that characterize its impact on the body.

The American Fertility Society uses a scoring system to classify endometriosis into four stages, ranging from Stage I (minimal) to Stage IV (severe). This classification is determined by the location and size of the lesions observed during surgical procedures.6

Endometriosis diagnosis

Endometriosis is a prevalent condition, yet its diagnosis is often delayed by 8-12 years due to the diverse range of symptoms. Currently, laparoscopy stands as the gold standard for diagnosis, but exploring less invasive methods could potentially reduce the time it takes to identify the condition.

Using less invasive tests like imaging, genetic tests, biomarkers, or miRNAs could be the key to making the diagnosis of endometriosis less intrusive. Research suggests that different methods may contribute differently to the diagnosis, depending on the type of endometriosis. For instance, transvaginal ultrasound is good at detecting endometriomas but not superficial/peritoneal endometriosis

While various non-invasive tests show promise in diagnosing this complex condition, further research is needed before they become part of routine clinical care.7

So you see, getting to the bottom of endometriosis often feels like putting together a puzzle, except that puzzle can look different for everyone.

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Endometriosis and treatment

When it comes to dealing with endometriosis, the current medical game plan is more about managing the condition than waving a magic cure wand. 

The good news is, many women do find relief and better control of their symptoms with medical treatments. But here’s the catch – these treatments might bring some not-so-fun side effects and can be a bit heavy on the wallet. Plus, once you hit pause on the meds, symptoms often make a comeback. 

So, it’s a bit like a balancing act between finding relief and dealing with the trade-offs of the treatment journey.8

Some of these medical treatment approaches include:

  • Hormone therapy: One of the most effective ways to manage pain from endometriosis is often through hormonal drugs, regardless of the type of endometriosis (whether it’s in the ovaries, deep, or superficial). Medications like gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs and oral antagonists work by causing a kind of induced menopause, which helps lessen painful periods (dysmenorrhea) and other pain symptoms.9
  • Pain medications: As per the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are included in the initial pain management approach, and often include Ibuprofen, naproxen, or metamizole as suitable pain relievers.10
  • Surgical treatments: Surgical treatment for endometriosis aims to completely remove all lesions in a single procedure, offering promising long-term results for pelvic pain, recurrence, and fertility, while preserving organ functionality. The decision between surgery and medical therapy depends on factors like pregnancy plans, treatment effectiveness, potential complications, pain type and intensity, and the location/severity of the disease.11
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While the above medical treatments may bring relief in the battle with endometriosis, what about natural ways to treat endometriosis?

Natural help for endometriosis

These days there is growing interest in natural ways to help support the symptoms of endometriosis, this is mainly due to the side-effects that traditional medical approaches bring in the search for relief.

Complementary and alternative medicine treatments include various options like herbal remedies, acupuncture, microwave therapy, and Chinese herb enemas. These methods are believed to help ease period pain, shrink masses in the pelvic area, and improve the chances of getting pregnant, all with fewer side effects compared to hormonal or surgical treatments.12

Beyond the medicinal approach lies lifestyle approaches to supporting endometriosis symptoms, including dietary supplements.

Dietary supplements like vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, omega 3, propolis, quercetin, curcumin, N-acetylcysteine, probiotics, resveratrol, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCg), are thought to have properties that can help reduce inflammation, fight oxidation, slow cell growth, and support the immune system.13

So, what exactly is a good diet when it comes to endometriosis support? Best practices involve:

  1. Following a nutrient-rich diet: Eating a diet of healthy fats, hearty proteins, and heaps of vegetables that are high in micronutrients and fiber may help reduce inflammation in the body.14

     

  2.  Adding in anti-inflammatory herbs and spices: Spices and herbs like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cacao, dark chocolate, chamomile, mint, and others are rich in anti-inflammatory properties. They help alleviate pain and symptoms linked with endometriosis.15

     

  3. Avoiding caffeine, sugar and gluten: Excessive intake of these substances may influence blood sugar levels, potentially causing hormonal imbalances. Caffeine can affect your liver function, impacting the body’s natural detoxification process and contributing to estrogen buildup, potentially worsening symptoms.16

    4. Supporting your gut health: Taking steps to nurture your gut, such as incorporating anti-inflammatory foods (especially cruciferous vegetables, known for aiding in the removal of excess estrogen that may disrupt hormones and worsen symptoms), including probiotics in your diet, and steering clear of inflammatory foods and triggers, can help contribute to managing endometriosis.17
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Here’s a lunch/dinner recipe idea to get you started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, spinach)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions:

  1.  Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  2. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and grated ginger, sautéing for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add mixed vegetables to the pan and stir-fry until they are tender yet crisp.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together tamari (or soy sauce), sesame oil, rice vinegar, and maple syrup (or honey).
  5. Pour the sauce over the vegetables, stirring to coat evenly. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add cooked quinoa to the pan, mixing well with the vegetables and sauce.
  7. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the stir-fry for added crunch (optional).
  8. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve warm.

This quinoa and vegetable stir-fry is not only delicious but also incorporates anti-inflammatory foods, supporting your journey in managing endometriosis.

Castor Oil Packs and endometriosis

Now that we’ve touched on the medical and alternative approaches to symptom support, let’s explore endometriosis self-care with Castor Oil Packs as a natural approach to your wellness.

Castor Oil Packs—a natural remedy with a rich history dating back centuries. 

Traditionally, using Castor Oil Packs involved a messy and somewhat complex process. However, modern advancements have transformed this ancient practice into a convenient and user-friendly experience. 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs have been designed to support your self-care and wellness with ease and simplicity. So, let’s explore the benefits of Castor Oil Packs and discover how they can help enhance your well-being and support your self-care with endometriosis.

When it comes to naturally supporting your body through the ups and downs of endometriosis, Queen of the Thrones® offers a wide range of Castor Oil Packs to bring you the self-care you deserve.

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The pain, cramping and inflammation associated with endometriosis can really impact the quality of life women experience, agreed? Besides pain relievers like naproxen, ibuprofen etc. a naturally comforting approach can be used with the Queen of the Thrones® Pelvis & Hips Castor Oil Pack.

This self-care gem is like a warm, comforting hug for your pelvic area, and feels like a cozy weighted blanket.

The best part? When combined with organic Golden Castor Oil, you’re creating a self-care practice that goes beyond the surface, bringing you the benefits of Castor Oil and gentle compression from your pack.

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Why does compression matter? Gentle compression from the pack against your skin is thought to help stimulate receptors linked to the nervous system, triggering the activation of the vagus nerve and encouraging the release of oxytocin (the love and connection hormone).18 19

Moreover, the indulgent sensation of Castor Oil on your skin may contribute to supporting dopamine levels, potentially supporting a sense of satisfaction.20 In the context of managing endometriosis symptoms, this luxurious experience can be a comforting addition, offering relief and enhancing your well-being.

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Moreover, gluten also acts as a prebiotic, supporting the growth of “good” bacteria in your body. It can also help imbalance of bad and good bacteria associated with gut dysbiosis.

What about dairy?

Eating dairy products is the easiest way to get vitamin D, calcium, and proteins needed for the healthy heart, bones, and muscles.

It helps maintain bone density and reduces the risk of fractures.

Studies have even suggested that the right kind of dairy may prevent heart disease.3

So, why is there so much discussion about dairy-free foods?

Well, similar to gluten, your digestive system releases the enzyme lactase to digest sugar in dairy products called lactose.

If you have a problem producing lactase, you probably have symptoms of lactose intolerance, including stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, and nausea. Makes sense, agreed?

Moreover, evidence suggests that dairy products may improve body composition by reducing waist circumference and fat composition.4

A review of 25 studies also found that various types of yogurt were linked to the lower risk of metabolic syndrome risk factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.5

With this in mind, let’s understand more about gut glue.

What about dairy?

My best and favorite example of this is how glue is made.

White school glue, if you didn’t know, is actually edible. You can essentially make it at home with milk, flour, and baking soda, and then the ingredient that is the pièce de résistance is vinegar.

This combination is basically what happens in your belly, when you combine bread (flour) with cheese (dairy/milk) and you swallow it down into your stomach that contains your stomach acid (like vinegar, because it’s acidic!) and bicarbonate (like baking soda).6

Guess what, you’ve got glue in your belly!

So imagine what your gut is like, if you are consuming glue.

Let’s talk anatomy for a second. Ready?

Your small intestine is lined by finger-like projections called villi, that help you absorb nutrients from your food.

Gut glue could cause these projections to get stuck together and reduce your ability to properly digest your food!

In addition, because the carbohydrates and protein don’t digest well together, you get this glue moving all along your digestive tract.

All in all, it’s rarely only one thing that is causing discomfort. It is often multifactorial and there are many contributing factors and culprits.

 

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This is simply an example where combining gluten and dairy together may not be ideal for digestion (they also happen to be some of the most common food sensitivities and allergies that people deal with).

This is not it.

According to the traditional Ayurveda medicine, excessive amounts of proteins, carbohydrates and fats should not be taken together as this leads to a feeling of heaviness in the stomach.7

Plus, milk is considered as a complete food.

It contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, proteins, good fats, amino acids, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, lactose, and all nutrients necessary for a healthy body.

That is why in Ayurveda it has been advised not to take wheat products with milk.

What can you do about your digestion problems?

When we choose nourishing food combinations, time our meals accordingly, and create healthy habits like proper chewing, we reduce the chances of these uncomfortable, and sometimes painful symptoms.

Plus, adding the practice of Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs after your meal may further help with inflammation regulation and help to improve liver detoxification, lymphatic drainage and colon cleansing, which means less digestive problems. Amazing, right?

Would you love to know how Castor Oil Packs work and how they can support your gut health?

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, you can join now!

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1. Cömert ED, Gökmen V. Effect of food combinations and their co-digestion on total antioxidant capacity under simulated gastrointestinal conditions. Curr Res Food Sci. 2022 Feb 17;5:414-422. doi: 10.1016/j.crfs.2022.02.008. PMID: 35243354; PMCID: PMC8866489.

2. Ye EQ, Chacko SA, Chou EL, Kugizaki M, Liu S. Greater whole-grain intake is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain. J Nutr. 2012 Jul;142(7):1304-13. doi: 10.3945/jn.111.155325. Epub 2012 May 30. Erratum in: J Nutr. 2013 Sep;143(9):1524. PMID: 22649266; PMCID: PMC6498460.

3. Lordan R, Tsoupras A, Mitra B, Zabetakis I. Dairy Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: Do We Really Need to be Concerned? Foods. 2018 Mar 1;7(3):29. doi: 10.3390/foods7030029. PMID: 29494487; PMCID: PMC5867544.

4. Abargouei AS, Janghorbani M, Salehi-Marzijarani M, Esmaillzadeh A. Effect of dairy consumption on weight and body composition in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials. Int J Obes (Lond). 2012 Dec;36(12):1485-93. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2011.269. Epub 2012 Jan 17. PMID: 22249225.

5. Khorraminezhad L, Rudkowska I. Effect of Yogurt Consumption on Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors: a Narrative Review. Curr Nutr Rep. 2021 Mar;10(1):83-92. doi: 10.1007/s13668-020-00344-y. Epub 2021 Jan 6. PMID: 33405074.

6. G. Lynn Carlson. A New approach to the baking soda-vinegar reaction. J. Chem. Educ., 1990, 67 (7), p 597 DOI: 10.1021/ed067p597. Publication Date: July 1990

7. Sabnis M. Viruddha Ahara: A critical view. Ayu. 2012 Jul;33(3):332-6. doi: 10.4103/0974-8520.108817. PMID: 23723637; PMCID: PMC3665091.

Seed Cycle with Castor Oil Packs for Natural Hormone Balance.

Seed Cycle with Castor Oil Packs for Natural Hormone Balance.

Seed Cycle with Queen of the Thornes Castor Oil Packs for Natural Hormone Balance

Seed Cycle with Castor Oil Packs for Natural Hormone Balance.

Written by: Marisol Teijeiro N.D. (inactive) & Melanie Swackhammer B.A.
Medically reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 8 minutes.

So you may think you know what it feels like to experience hormone imbalance because of your irregular period, cravings and mood swings, right? You’re in the right place because those aren’t the only symptoms that indicate hormone problems.

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs is the Best Alternative for Hormonal Problems

You see, it goes way beyond that with gut health issues, bloating and a myriad of other symptoms that don’t seem to be related to your hormone imbalance. But, they are all related and sadly, they have the power to disrupt the way your whole body functions.

The seed cycling protocol for hormone imbalance, which is the rotation of seeds during phases of the menstrual cycle, is a method some practitioners, like yourself utilize as a way to help balance hormones.

You’re probably thinking, where’s the evidence? Is it all clinical practice and anecdotal research? How exactly does it work? And is it the most efficient option for improving hormonal imbalance?

Let’s take a deeper look…

Is the seed cycling protocol the most effective method?

Even though the ingredients used in this protocol have nutritional, phytochemical and hormone-balancing merit, research in all aspects of natural hormonal balance is truly in its infancy.

Much is still needed to be uncovered, and one finds the discrepancy between studies, making it difficult to get the facts regarding the efficacy of the ingredients and the total benefit of this protocol.

As an example, flax seeds, in a 1999 study, were considered, due to their lignan content, to enhance the excretion of healthy estrogen metabolites, suggesting that a dose-dependent relationship of flax seeds, up to 10 grams per day, over a 3-7 week period, potentially reduced breast cancer risk.1

10 years later, in a 2010 study, the results weren’t mimicked. Daily intake of flax seeds in the study, as high as 15g/day, by the end of a 12 week period, demonstrated an increase in urinary excretion of the healthy metabolite.2 The opposite of the initial study, concluding more research is needed to get the answer.

It’s common in Integrative and Functional Medical Practitioners’ health practices to use urinary hormone metabolites, like those used in these studies to understand the changes and hormonal fluxes experienced in hormone metabolites with treatments.

And, as always, research is ongoing.

Practitioners should prescribe the single seed cycling protocol and Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs for hormone imbalance

Is seed cycling an effective method to support hormone imbalance?

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While ingesting seeds like flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower are great sources of fiber, improving gut health, consuming too much can lead to an inflamed gut lining and other unwanted gut health issues. .3

You see, you don’t need to be ‘overfeeding’ yourself the same foods over and over again each day, this often is just a recipe for gut inflammation and leaky gut.

In seed cycling therapy, the healthy fats present in the seeds are thought to play a role in supporting hormonal levels. One study done on lactating cows demonstrated that feed high in Omega-6 impacted and nourished the endometrial lining by stimulating the prostaglandin E2 receptor (PGE2), an anti-inflammatory immune system messenger.4

This is similar to the effect of Castor Oil Packs done on the pelvic region. .

Please be reminded that what happens in a cow with 2 stomachs that is lactating and eating a purely vegetarian diet is likely very different from what occurs in your human body. Makes sense, agreed?

But at the end of the day, eating seeds, like flax, pumkin, sesame and sunflower, may offer many other benefits beyond hormonal balancing effects even just being a source of fiber and can support gut health.

At the very least, improving the frequency of bowel movements that we know optimizes gut health and indirectly has benefits on hormonal balance.

I don’t know about you, but I’m good with trying natural foods (trying to make my food my medicine) even if it’s not understood how and why it works – but like anything keeping things in balance and not overdoing it is key.

Could there be an easier way to support natural hormone balancing? Well, let me ask you this, have you ever considered…

Castor Oil Packs for hormone regulation

Queen of the Thrones®️ Castor Oil Packs can be used by practitioners as a “Single” Seed Cycling protocol alternative to the traditional seed cycling protocol.

The Castor Oil Packs for this practice can be found in your Hormone Balance & Detox Kit.

Castor Oil Packs, when worn daily on different parts of your body (over the liver, over your pelvic region, over your thyroid) on different weeks of your cycle, can be a beneficial alternative to orally consuming seeds. 

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This topical application regulates gut irritation, calming the body and brings your hormones back to a state of balance.

Because we know that hormonal balance must be supported in order to prevent disease, the practice of “Single” Seed Cycling for hormone imbalance makes the use of Queen of the Thrones®️ Castor Oil Packs a true foundational treatment in regular health practice.

To deepen your knowledge, here are a few blogs you’ll want to read as well:

  1. Why does the Moon Makes your Hormones go Crazy?
  2. Why is compliance so low for the traditional seed cycling protocol?
  3. Can you seed cycle with oils instead of eating seeds?
  4. How you can “Single” Seed Cycle with Castor Oil Packs (without eating seeds).

 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, you can join now!

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1. Haggans CJ, Hutchins AM, Olson BA, Thomas W, Martini MC, Slavin JL. Effect of flaxseed consumption on urinary estrogen metabolites in postmenopausal women. Nutr Cancer. 1999;33(2):188-95. doi: 10.1207/S15327914NC330211. PMID: 10368815.

2. Sturgeon SR, Volpe SL, Puleo E, Bertone-Johnson ER, Heersink J, Sabelawski S, Wahala K, Bigelow C, Kurzer MS. Effect of flaxseed consumption on urinary levels of estrogen metabolites in postmenopausal women. Nutr Cancer. 2010;62(2):175-80. doi: 10.1080/01635580903305342. PMID: 20099191.

3. Strowig T, Henao-Mejia J, Elinav E, Flavell R. Inflammasomes in health and disease. Nature. 2012 Jan 18;481(7381):278-86. doi: 10.1038/nature10759. PMID: 22258606.

4. Dirandeh E, Towhidi A, Pirsaraei ZA, Saberifar T, Akhlaghi A, Roodbari AR. The endometrial expression of prostaglandin cascade components in lactating dairy cows fed different polyunsaturated fatty acids. Theriogenology. 2015 Jan 15;83(2):206-12. doi: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.09.011. Epub 2014 Sep 19. PMID: 25312818.

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Can I seed cycle without eating seeds?

Can I seed cycle without eating seeds?

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Can I seed cycle without eating seeds?

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

Est. reading time: 12 minutes.

So you’ve been thinking about the seed cycling protocol and its benefits, wondering if this is an effective method for improving hormone imbalance for you or your patients. But a question comes to mind, “is seed cycling for hormone imbalance truly the best route to take?”

You’re in the right place because we’re going to uncover why seed cycling for hormonal imbalance without eating seeds is actually the easiest and most efficient method for patients to prescribe to. Are you ready?

Before we can get into seed cycling without eating seeds, here’s a glimpse into the common seed cycling protocol.

The risk of gut inflammation from eating seeds.

To begin, the seed cycling protocol requires that you orally consume seeds like, flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower on specific weeks of your cycle. Although these seeds have many benefits to them, consuming too much in a repetitive timeframe can result in unwanted gut health issues.

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Evidence suggests that your excessive intake of healthy fats like omega-6 found in sesame and sunflower seeds and oils can aggravate and weaken the tight junctions in the gut1.

With all the hype surrounding good fats versus bad fats, it’s a grounding realization that supports Paracelsus’, a philosopher from the 1500’s, who claims that…

“All things are poison depending on the dose.”

Not only bad fats, but healthy fats as well, can lead to the increased risk of hormone imbalance and autoimmune problems2-3. If it feels like a lot to wrap your mind around – I hear you.

 What a conundrum and confusion when it comes to our foods and what to do, agreed?

Now, this begs the question…

Is oil the better option compared to eating seeds?

Since seeds cause stress on the gut environment when ingested in repetitive amounts4, is oil the better option?

You may be prescribing your patients oil as a substitution for seeds, thinking this is the better choice, right?

It would make sense, since diets that are vegetarian, and high in mono and unsaturated fats promote health,5 but do they always?

The answer? Well, it depends on multiple variables.

Because they can also be problematic for those with certain conditions, women with thyroid problems are at higher risk for gallbladder stones or often have a need to have their gallbladder removed altogether,6 likely due to errors of liver metabolism and immune system dysregulation as in the case of hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

Along with this, you and many women, with hormonal problems and gallbladder issues often cannot tolerate oils well. 7. This could be due to a variety of excess weight, high cholesterol, metabolic liver problems among other situations.

You see, eating flax and pumpkin seeds for two weeks straight and then for the same period of time eating sesame and sunflower seeds can either lead or aggravate an immune reactivity to a food, magnification of other coexisting leaky gut, hormonal, metabolic syndrome and lead to autoimmunity.8

Yet, on the other hand, the omega 3’s found in flax and pumpkin seeds, could be beneficial. The evidence at the end of the day is confusing.9

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Perhaps it all comes down to this major variable, known in the natural health and wellness space for a few decades that in general Omega 3 type oils, such as in flax and pumpkin seed have a tendency to be antiinflammatory, while sesame and sunflower is pro inflammatory, in most cases.10

Is it possible to balance this in your body, or your patients?

What’s the alternative? If we reduce exposure to eating seeds and ingesting oil of the same type repetitively from the equation, what’s left?

Well…

You can apply oil topically using your Castor Oil Pack

You can use a different vegan health-promoting oil, known as Castor Oil. However, you wouldn’t recommend drinking it, like how you would recommend eating seeds.

You will work with the oil topically, over the liver, for the follicular stage of the women’s cycle, or if not cycling as in menopause or post menopause, or premature ovarian failure, work with the cycles of the moon.

Using the oil topically helps to bypass the leaky gut issue altogether..

You see, your Castor Oil Pack works with the Castor Oil to support…

  • Improved bowel movements11 and better absorption12
  • Reduced core inflammation13
  • Liver detox14 and microbiome gut health15-16-17-18
  • Enhanced relaxation and better sleep19-20-21-22

Wait a minute, “could I develop a sensitivity to Castor Oil?”

The answer? Yes and no. Stay with me here.

As with anything, and in rare cases with Castor Oil, you can have a hypersensitivity reaction to the oil when putting it on the skin.23-24 Typically this would present as a rash on the skin in the area where the Castor Oil was applied.

However, most people feel excellent and absolutely love the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver, because it is a gentle topical practice to support your body from the outside in.

Unlike eating seeds in the ever-popular seed cycling protocol, which you might not want to do repeatedly due to reactivity.25-26

So, consuming the same foods over and over again can be bad, but, topical low doses of oil with the pack aspect is a new easy habit and retraining technique you can do. Amazing, agreed?

You see, most of us don’t really understand the true impact of both gut inflammation and leaky gut syndrome since it really isn’t common knowledge, and you can’t always feel it in your gut, so a topical practice for hormone balancing can feel like a strange concept.

Just like seed cycling, Castor Oil Packs are increasing in popularity

When it comes to hormones and leaky gut, the real question isn’t if you have a leaky gut, because a leaky gut is a natural protective mechanism of the body, it’s…

“What are you presently doing to keep your gut healthy?”

Is there another way you can seed cycle without affecting your gut and making it more leaky?

There is no need to consume copious amounts of seeds anymore to regulate your body each month because…

Your Queen of the Thrones® Hormone Balance & Detox Kit is your easy way to use only one seed, the Castor Oil seed, which is called the “Single” Seed Cycling method.

This is your new opportunity to support natural hormone balancing and help restore your gut health and reproductive organs back to a state of calm.

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, you can join now!

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