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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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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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.

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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
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