Can Castor Oil be used as a natural way to induce labor?

Can Castor Oil be used as a natural way to induce labor?

Can Castor Oil be used as a natural way to induce labor by Queen of the Thrones

Can Castor Oil be used as a natural way to induce labor?

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

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

Est. reading time: 7 minutes

Pregnancy- it’s a magical journey filled with anticipation, excitement, and a whole lot of exhaustion, right?

We all know that bringing new life into the world is a beautiful, awe-inspiring experience. But let’s be real for a moment; it’s not all glowing skin and baby kicks, it’s also sleepless nights, swollen feet, and an ever-increasing sense of impatience as the due date approaches.

Can you relate?

So, here you are, rounding the bend towards your due date, and you’re feeling the weight of that impending moment. Your little one is cozy in there, snug as a bug, but you’re ready to meet them, because every passing day feels like a lifetime, agreed?

You’ve probably heard of Castor Oil being used to jumpstart labor– something midwives and women have used for centuries to nudge Mother Nature along, but maybe you’re wondering how exactly Castor Oil can support labor, and whether it’s safe?

In this blog we will go through how Castor Oil can be used to support labor induction, as well as explore how the midwives used this ancient practice with their patients.

Let’s get started!

Castor Oil for giving birth

Did you know that Castor Oil was the most common herbal preparation used by nurse-midwives in clinical practice?1

It has been used for centuries due to its various medicinal properties. It is extracted from the seeds of the castor plant, which is native to Africa and Asia. This oil is known for its anti-inflammatory2, and antibacterial3 properties, making it a popular choice for supporting various conditions.

One of the most common uses of Castor Oil is as a laxative. It’s often used topically in the form of a Castor Oil Pack as a gentle way to help relieve constipation and promote bowel movements4 5

In addition to this, Castor Oil has been used to induce labor in pregnant women as it is believed to stimulate the uterus and help with contractions, although its effectiveness is disputed6.

Is Castor Oil the midwife’s “secret weapon”? 

Queen of the Thrones mother breast feeding a baby

Long before the world of modern medicine as we know it today, midwives were the unsung heroes of childbirth. These wise women possessed an age-old wisdom, and a collection of natural remedies to support expectant mothers through the amazing journey of pregnancy and labor.

Imagine this scenario: You’re a pregnant woman from a bygone era, eagerly anticipating the arrival of your little one. As time passed and your due date came and went, you grew increasingly impatient and uncomfortable, right?

In comes your midwife, a figure of comfort and guidance during this critical moment in your life, asking you to down a big glass of Castor Oil. 

You see, with age-old wisdom passed down through generations, midwives were known to use remedies like Castor Oil to aid women in the final stretch of pregnancy. It was their secret weapon, a kind of magic potion to encourage labor to begin naturally.

 

The idea was simple: Castor Oil when ingested could stimulate contractions by irritating the bowels, and in turn, causing the uterus to contract7. 

So, despite its off-putting taste and texture, this approach seemed like a beacon of hope for women when labor appears to be dragging its feet.

Nowadays if Castor Oil is used orally, your midwife may mix it in a recipe with orange juice, apricot juice, or tea to make it more palatable.

Other ways Castor Oil may support labor

Rubbing Castor Oil on cervix

Okay, let’s get real- when it comes to using Castor Oil to induce labor, the idea of rubbing it on your cervix might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie. But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil on cervix for labour

This method involves a more hands-on approach, quite literally. Some women have tried applying Castor Oil directly to their cervix with the idea that it could soften and ripen the cervix9, ultimately jumpstarting those contractions.

But this approach isn’t for everyone. 

If you’re not comfortable with self-examination, you might feel a little awkward diving into this method, especially with your giant belly in the way!  

Plus, let’s not forget the frustration factor- it might not work for everyone, and you could end up feeling a bit defeated… Something you certainly don’t need to add to your plate at the end of your pregnancy, agreed?

But hey, if you’re up for the challenge, it’s worth discussing with your healthcare provider or midwife before getting started!

Drinking Castor Oil to induce labor

Ah, the legendary Castor Oil cocktail- a remedy that’s part folklore, part “please let this work.” 

When it comes to inducing labor, this method stands out for its controversy, and the emotional rollercoaster it can bring.

Let’s be real- as you inch closer to your due date, impatience can become your new best friend, right? The constant waiting game feels like an eternity, and that Castor Oil bottle on the counter might seem pretty tempting in speeding things up.

Can you relate? Now, the science behind drinking Castor Oil to induce labor is kind of a mixed bag.

Drinking Castor oil for labour by Queen of the Thrones

You see, Castor Oil’s ability to stimulate the bowels is thought to cause the uterus to contract as well. In theory, this might kick start labor, but here’s the thing- it’s not guaranteed.

You see, for many women, the decision to drink Castor Oil is a cocktail of hope, nerves, and a hint of desperation. You’re emotionally invested in the idea that this could be the nudge your body needs to kick things into gear… is this you?

But wait, before you rush to gulp down that Castor Oil, let’s talk about the less appetizing side of this oil.
Castor Oil
has a taste and texture that’s a far cry from your favorite smoothie. It’s thick, oily, and known for its, let’s say… acquired taste. Just the thought of consuming it might make you cringe.

And then there’s the waiting game. You knock back the Castor Oil and then what? Sure, contractions might begin eventually, or they might not. 

It’s like an uncertain plot twist in a movie – you’re left wondering what’s going to happen next.

Not to mention, ingesting Castor Oil may promote:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps

Not exactly the ideal pre-labor state you were envisioning, right?

So, as you consider this method to induce labor, it’s essential to consult your healthcare provider to ensure it is right and safe for you and baby.

Black Castor Oil to induce labor

Main types of Castor Oil by Queen of the Thrones

When it comes to Castor Oil, you may have heard about Black Castor Oil. But what’s the deal with this darker version of the regular Golden Castor Oil?

Well, interestingly enough, it all comes down to the way it’s made.

Black Castor Oil, also known as Jamaican Castor Oil, is a tad more complex in its production. With this type of Castor Oil, the castor beans are roasted, pulverized, and then boiled to extract the oil.

Pretty neat, right? This gives the oil its distinctive dark hue, along with a nutty, roasted aroma.

Golden Castor Oil, on the other hand, is made from raw castor beans that are cold or expeller pressed to extract the oil. The result? A lighter, more translucent oil with a milder scent. 

So, at first glance it might seem like a straightforward choice when it comes to choosing a Castor Oil, but for labor induction there’s a bit more to the story.

Black Castor Oil enthusiasts claim that its unique preparation process might make it more potent in getting labor going. The thought was that roasting the castor beans would enhance its results, but scientific evidence on this claim is a bit limited. You’re also not likely to find Black Castor Oil approved for internal use. 

Now, before you go full steam ahead, here’s the deal- always consult with your healthcare provider! They can offer guidance and advice that are tailored to your unique situation.

Natural ways to induce labor

As your due date approaches, the yearning to finally hold your baby can be overwhelming, agreed?

Whether you’re considering Castor Oil, or simply eager to encourage labor naturally, there are several safe and home-based methods to explore.

Queen of the Thrones natural ways to induce labour

Spicy foods and pineapple

If you’re a fan of fiery flavors, you’re in luck. Some women believe that spicy foods can stimulate the digestive system and, in turn, trigger contractions9

Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which may help soften the cervix.

Walking and movement

Going for a gentle walk or swaying your hips can not only help you stay active, but also encourage your baby to descend into the birth canal, initiating the start of labor10.

Acupressure and reflexology

Did you know that when stimulated, certain pressure points in your body are believed to promote labor? Acupressure and reflexology techniques may help in this regard11.

Relaxation and visualization

The power of the mind should never be underestimated. Relaxation techniques, deep breathing, and positive visualization can help you feel more at ease and potentially encourage your body to naturally relax into labor12.

Warm baths and aromatherapy

A warm bath can do wonders to soothe your body and mind, agreed? Plus, when you combine certain essential oils like lavender, you can further enhance relaxation, allowing your body to be more prepared to enter labor13.

Conclusion

Keep in mind that every pregnancy journey is different, particularly when considering natural methods to induce labor at home. 

What works for one mother may not work for another. But that’s all part of the exciting journey towards welcoming your little one. It’s full of anticipation, excitement, and sometimes even a touch of restlessness, agreed?

One thing remains crystal clear as you navigate the world of labor- your journey to meet your precious baby is a story that is uniquely yours

So, whether you’re sipping a Castor Oil concoction, savoring pineapple, or walking in anticipation, know that your pregnancy journey is as special as your little one’s very first breath. 

May your journey be filled with love, joy, and all the beauty that motherhood brings.

Disclaimer: Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil is for topical use only. Always talk to your doctor before starting any new practice. Do not use Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil during pregnancy or on open wounds. This is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease. This is not medical advice. This is for educational purposes only. Results vary. 

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  5. Sorin Tunaru,a Till F. Althoff,a Rolf M. Nüsing,b Martin Diener,c and Stefan Offermannsa,d,1 Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184. Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109 PMID: 22615395

     

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What Is A Castor Oil Pack & Why Do It?

What Is A Castor Oil Pack & Why Do It?

What Is A Castor Oil Pack and Why Do It?

What Is A Castor Oil Pack & Why Do It?

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

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Your Complete Guide On How To Do A Castor Oil Pack

Are you wondering what to expect after using the Castor Oil Pack for Liver?

Or, are you curious to know more about the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack before you add it to your daily self-care routine?

Is this you? This blog discusses everything you need to know about Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs and how the two work together to support both your liver and overall wellness.

So, what is a Castor Oil Pack?

Castor Oil Packs are an ancient self-care practice and foundation of naturopathic and functional medicine popularized in the early 1900s by Edgar Cayce.

This traditional natural wellness practice involves applying Castor Oil to a cotton compress and wearing it on the body (typically over the liver) to support liver detox, deeper sleep, less stress, better bowel movements, and more.

The Castor Oil Pack lost its appeal because of its messy and time-consuming nature and difficulty accessing quality organic materials. Makes sense, agreed?”

So, we made this practice easy for the 21st century with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver, a tried and true modernized Castor Oil Pack that’s heatless, less-mess, and easy to use.

Would you love to know 3 vital body functions you can support with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs?

Well, we have an Infographic for you that explains the 3 key benefits of Castor Oil Packs, loved and recommended by wellness practitioners.

With consistent use, Castor Oil Packs can support your body from the outside in. So much so that many people who love and use Castor Oil Packs think of it as a game changer.

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Where to wear your Castor Oil Pack?

Castor Oil Packs can be worn all over the body from your thyroid, your tummy, your pelvic area, your joints, and even your eyes – but they are thought to have the most systemic benefit when worn over the liver area. This is because the liver area is where the regulatory systems of your body all intersect and interconnect (your hormonal, immune, nervous and digestive systems).Many people assume that you need to wear your Liver Pack right on your liver to get the benefits. Is this you too?However, this is not the case. Anatomically, the liver is located near the top of your right ribcage under the right breast. It would be a little difficult to wear your pack there, agreed? 
Liver location in the body by Queen of the Thrones

The ideal placement for your Castor Oil Pack is your liver area, over top of the dermatomes connected to your liver.

You see, the anti-inflammatory component of Castor Oil called ricinoleic acid1 permeates the epidermis because of its molecular weight, this is where your circulatory and lymphatic vessels lie. And when placed over your liver area, these Packs activate the somatic and visceral reflexes (response to a stimulus) supporting the activity of internal detox and cleansing organs like the liver, kidney, gut, gallbladder, and more.

So, this is why it’s ideal to wear the Pack over your liver area, below your ribs on the right side of your body. This covers your T5-T12 dermatomes which support the gallbladder, liver, diaphragm, stomach, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, small intestine, appendix, adrenals, uterus and colon.  

How to use your Castor Oil Liver Pack?

It’s as easy as following the two-step process so you can support your body from the outside in.

Step One: Apply 1 tbsp of Organic Castor Oil to the soft organic cotton flannel side of your Pack. 

*Always add your Organic Castor Oil to the middle of the pack to help keep the oil from the seams, as the Pack is not 100% impermeable.

Dermatomes of the Body Supported by The Castor Oil Pack for Liver

Step Two: Place the soft cotton flannel side of your Castor Oil Pack over your liver area (under your right rib cage) and tie it in place with the soft, stretchy, adjustable straps.

*Remember: Castor Oil WILL STAIN clothing & bed sheets so take extra care when preparing your Pack. Of course, you can always wear an old t-shirt over your Pack just in case.

With regular practice, you will train your body to respond better to stress. Amazing, agreed? 

And the best part…

You can wear your Pack for one hour before bed, and even better, wear your Pack overnight to help you cleanse while you sleep.

You see, your body naturally cleanses when you’re sleeping. So, by wearing your Castor Oil Liver Pack overnight you’re supporting natural liver detoxification, lymphatic drainage2, and colon cleansing3,14

Learn how to use Castor oil Packs for liver designed by Queen of the Thrones

How do Castor Oil Packs support your liver?

Castor Oil is a unique vegetable oil derived from the castor bean. It contains 90% ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid structure strikingly similar to that of prostaglandin E1. In simple terms, it is a strong anti-inflammatory4 agent in our body.Here’s how it works…Mechanical: The compression of your Castor Oil Pack placed over the liver (slightly covering the lower free ribs under your right rib cage), combined with the movement of your breathing muscles, serves like a pump to your lymphatic system, encouraging lymphatic drainage2. Amazing, agreed?Neurological: When placed on specific dermatomes, this activates the somatic visceral reflexes triggering the activity of internal detox and cleansing organs like the liver, kidney, gut, gallbladder, and more.A combination of both mechanical and neurological: The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack stimulates the body’s skin receptors that stimulate the natural oxytocin5 feedback loop activating the vagus nerve, shifting the body into the ‘rest and digest’ state where liver detox is optimized.This gentle compression of the Castor Oil Pack stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system6,7,8. Amazing, right?
Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil OAcks supports detox and digestion

 You can learn more about the 3 vital body functions you can support with Castor Oil Packs in your FREE infographic.

What are the key benefits of Castor Oil Liver Packs?

First, let’s look at the most important function of your Castor Oil Pack, which is to help…

1. Balance inflammation

Did you know that inflammation is part of your body’s process of fighting against things that harm it (like infections) in an attempt to heal and protect itself?

So, when something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger an inflammatory response from your immune system10. It’s a natural process, but inflammation is often out of control in today’s modern world.

When you are inflamed, your body is acidic. However, the enzymes in your body don’t function properly in an acidic environment, as they require an alkaline environment11

Inflammation is like fire, and what does a firefighter do to put out a fire? They put water on it. Central abdominal bloating and weight gain are often caused because our body sends water to the site of inflammation to ‘put out the fire’. Makes sense, agreed?

So, since Castor Oil contains ricinoleic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory1-4, it may support the natural reduction of water retention and swelling.

Castor Oil also supports detox by helping to…

2. Preserve glutathione status

Glu…tat…what?

Well, glutathione is the master detoxification agent of the body12. But, unfortunately, it can quickly be depleted mainly because of chronic diseases, including autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. 

Studies on rats have shown that Castor Oil is supportive of preserving glutathione levels13.  You see, glutathione is an antioxidant that pulls toxins out of your body, and that’s why we get depleted so quickly. 

Castor Oil also supports the elimination of waste from your body by…

3. Help move your bowels

lOne of the major processes of your body is your bowel movements. If you can’t eliminate (a.k.a go to the bathroom), you self-intoxicate.

Remember those anti-inflammatory prostaglandins that Castor Oil mimics? Well, these are the same ones that attach to the receptors of smooth muscle14 in the body, namely your gut and uterus.

So, this physical smooth muscle function moves things out of the body, and your Castor Oil Liver Pack helps stimulate it3,14 so you can go to the bathroom naturally and rid yourself of feeling backed up. Sounds wonderful, agreed?

Lastly, Castor Oil aids in maintaining your general wellness by helping your body…

4. Microbiome balance

The microbiome and bacteria in your gut are a mix of good and bad bugs. The balance of the two influences your well-being. So, when the balance is off, you feel unwell. Makes sense, right?Biofilm is a big bad barrier that bad bacteria can produce in the microbiome. It keeps the bad bugs in and the good bugs out. Unfortunately, this causes severe stress on the body, inhibiting cleansing and detoxification.Castor Oil is one of the only natural substances that can breakdown biofilm15,16,17, allowing your body to maintain a balanced ecology (environment). 
Smart Bowel movements with Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs

In combination with a good diet, adequate fluid intake (water/tea), flow (urine, poop) mindset, and exercise, Castor Oil Packs are one of the cornerstones to supporting your bowels.

All in all, starting with your tried and true Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver, you will be able to support… 

  • Gentle liver detox
  • Colon cleansing3,14
  • Lymphatic drainage2

However, not all Castor Oil Packs are made equal.

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

  • 100% pure
  • Organic
  • Extra virgin
  • Hexane-free
  • Bottled in amber glass

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

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

Try it for yourself to see!

You can also learn more about the best practices for your Castor Oil Pack with your FREE infographic. Would you love that?

Common questions

1. Why do I have to replace it after two months of regular use?

The traditional way of doing Castor Oil Packs was to use the SAME compress over and over and over. This was okay, before the industrial revolution when our environment wasn’t as toxic.

We now know that the increasing environmental toxicity impacts wellness. This is why it’s important to add fresh oil every time and replace your pack every 2 months for ease of use, comfort, and sanitation.
 

2. Why can’t I just drink Castor Oil or rub it on my skin?

Castor Oil orally is a stimulant laxative that causes cramping and makes you poop. Simply rubbing it on your skin and wearing a T-shirt overtop only gives you about 50% of the benefits. You need the pack to help move your body into a relaxed state via gentle compression to support liver detox, lymphatic drainage, and colon cleansing.

 

3. Why can’t I use organic bamboo or any old cloth?

ONLY use organic cotton, wool or linen! Other materials like ‘organic’ bamboo are highly processed with chemicals. Old clothing may be made with harmful dyes, bleach, and flame retardants that you don’t want to absorb into your body.

4. What if I’m on medications, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, IUDs, or supplements?

Castor Oil Packs are safely combined with any medication and supplement and may even help them work better. There are no known contraindications or interactions with medication, and they are safe to use with hormone replacements, TTC medicines, birth control pills, and IUDs.

5. Isn’t it messy?

That’s why we created this LESS-mess pack. It’s not entirely messless, but LESS messy than a DIY pack. Castor Oil does stain, so always wear an old T-shirt.

6. Don’t I have to add heat?

Extra heat isn’t necessary because it’s engineered to hold in your body heat naturally.

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15. Andrade IM1, Andrade KM2, Pisani MX1, Silva-Lovato CH1, de Souza RF1, Paranhos Hde F1.Trial of an experimental castor oil solution for cleaning dentures. Braz Dent J. 2014 Jan-Feb;25(1):43-7.
16. Badaró MM, Salles MM, Leite VMF, Arruda CNF, Oliveira VC, Nascimento CD, Souza RF, Paranhos HFO, Silva-Lovato CH. Clinical trial for evaluation of Ricinus communis and sodium hypochlorite as denture cleanser.J Appl Oral Sci. 2017 May-Jun; 25(3):324-334.
17. Salles MM, Badaró MM, Arruda CN, Leite VM, Silva CH, Watanabe E, Oliveira Vde C, Paranhos Hde F. Antimicrobial activity of complete denture cleanser solutions based on sodium hypochlorite and Ricinus communis – a randomized clinical study.J Appl Oral Sci. 2015 Nov-Dec; 23(6):637-42.

 

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    Top 5 Self-Care Gifts for Natural Wellness Lovers

    Top 5 Self-Care Gifts for Natural Wellness Lovers

    Top 5 Self Care Gifts for Natural Wellness Lovers by Queen of the Thrones

    Top 5 Self-Care Gifts for Natural Wellness Lovers

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

    Est. reading time: 7 minutes.

     

    Self-care gifts are an excellent way to convey your love and care for anyone. It shows that you’re thinking of them, and they should also take a moment to think and care for themselves.

    These natural wellness tools also make great gifts for the overworked practitioner, stay-at-home mom, determined athlete, or the self-care aficionado in your life. Self-care is for everyone, right?

    Would you love tried and true gift ideas for natural health and wellness? You’ve come to the right place because here are the five best natural wellness gifts for the holiday season.

    Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil and Castor Oil Pack

    The best part? You won’t have to scramble at the last minute to find something your friends and family will use and adore.

    Let’s start here: can you think of anyone in your life who’s complained about feeling bloated, tired, ‘bunged up’ or perhaps feeling stuck in their own body?

    All signs point towards a lack of lymphatic drainage and flow. Now, you might be wondering… “Is there a simple natural wellness tool to help enhance lymph drainage and flow?” Yes!

    5. The Castor Oil Dry Brush Kit supports lymph drainage

    Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Dry Brush Kit supports lymph drainage

    You see, dry brushing has been commonly used in Ayurveda for centuries as it has multiple health benefits. It’s a relatively simple technique to improve blood flow, metabolism, and energy, while reducing cellulite.

    Dry brushing supports lymphatic drainage1 and detox. It also offers physical exfoliation by sweeping away dry, flaky skin.

    Plus, dry brushing stimulates receptors in the skin that connect to your nervous system which may be beneficial for your mental health.

    If you dry brush when you wake up in the morning it’s almost like an alarm clock for your body, because dry brushing helps to gently stimulate cortisol, your alert hormone, at the time of the day when cortisol is naturally supposed to rise.

    To enhance the benefits of dry brushing, it can be combined with Castor Oil, aka the Palm of Christ, as it’s packed with skin-loving nutrients like vitamin E, omegas, and polyphenols2 that hydrate and nourish your skin and further support lymphatic flow.

    Simply apply a thin layer of Castor Oil to your skin before dry brushing for enhanced benefits. So easy, agreed?

    Get them together with the Queen of the Thrones ® Castor Oil Lymphatic Dry Brush Kit! Your kit comes with an easy to hold circular brush with bamboo bristles as well as a 3.38 oz (100ml) amber glass bottle of 100% pure, certified organic, cold-pressed, hexane-free Castor Oil.

    Now that we’ve talked about waking up, what about falling asleep?

    Sleep problems are far too common, agreed? The next natural wellness tool will have you and your loved ones covered!

    4. Sleep helper: Castor Oil Eye Compress Kit

    You might be wondering, how can a Castor Oil Eye Compress improve sleep?

    Well, the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Eye Compress Kit was created so you can help gently reset your sleep-wake cycle and support your circadian rhythm.

    How does it do this? Wearing the Eye Compress when you go to bed at night naturally promotes your sleep hormone, melatonin3-4 so you can fall asleep easier. Then, because of the light color of the compress, it allows sunlight in to wake you up in the morning.

    Plus, like we talked about above, once you’re awake, you can greet the day with your Castor Oil Dry Brush to stimulate cortisol and further support gently resetting your sleep-wake cycle.

    Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Packs support a healthy life quality

    The best part? The combination of Castor Oil and your Eye Compress allows it to function as a weighted, warm compress to help promote oxytocin. Castor Oil is a great source of moisture and hydration, soothing and rejuvenating tired-itchy eyes7 due to its natural antihistamine properties8.

    Castor Oil Eye Compresses are also commonly used to relieve styes in the eyes, supporting relief from inflammation9. It may also result in the reduction of dark circles and wrinkles around your eyes.

    Are you wondering… “Is Castor Oil good for eyelashes?”

    And the answer is “Yes”. The fatty acids that make up Castor Oil are believed to be extremely nourishing to the skin and hair follicles, and it helps naturally promote nitric oxide15, which increases circulation. Regular application of Castor Oil may help with thicker, longer eyelashes and eyebrows.

    So, while your loved one is falling asleep, they’re also giving their eyelashes and eyebrows nourishment and care.

    To further promote relaxation, your loved one can include an aromatherapy experience by simply spraying essential oils in the room.

    And using organic home fragrance oils is an excellent aromatherapy option.

    3. Great for aromatherapy: Eau de Throne®

    Queen of the Thrones Eau the Thrones is made of  a blend of organic essential oils
    Eau de Throne® is a pure blend of organic home essential oils of lavender, rosemary, clove, and citrus (limonene) that neutralizes odors and purifies the air in your home and bathroom while promoting relaxation and healthy digestion.

    Who wouldn’t want to leave the throne (the toilet) with an odor they are proud to own?

    Organic home fragrance oils not only smell amazing but also have additional health benefits. Some of these essential oils can neutralize bacteria, calm the nervous system, and support digestion.

    Eau de Throne® includes…

    • Lavender: Acts as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, calmative, and antioxidant action10.
    • Rosemary: Supports hormone balance, circulation, and digestion. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-cramping, and antioxidant11.
    • Clove: Improves digestion, reduces gas and bloating, and fights infection12.
    • Limonene(terpene from the lemon peel): Supports healthy digestion and works as an antioxidizing and anti-inflammatory agent13.

    You can spray it in your bathroom after going number 2, your living room before having guests over, in your gym bag, or use it as part of an at-home spa day.

    So, Eau de Throne® is an excellent choice for aromatherapy and essential oil lovers.

    Additional tip: Aromatherapy is a natural stress reliever and a great choice for someone who’s stressed. After all, we want our loved ones to be happy and stress-free, right?

    Stress not only affects your mental health but can also cause physical symptoms, including hair loss or thinning14.

    Fortunately, Castor Oil can also support healthy hair.

    2. Castor Oil Hair Growth Kit: Practical tool for hair and scalp care

    The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Hair Growth Kit nourishes, hydrates, and repairs hair deeply from your roots to tips, making it a great natural wellness gift

    One of the major benefits of Castor Oil for hair growth17 is that it helps naturally balance the microbiome18-19-20 of the scalp, and may help reduce inflammation of hair follicles dandruff relief.

    Castor Oil Hair Growth by Queen of the Thrones is the most recommended health solution for your hair and scalp

    And that’s not it…wouldn’t it be great to enjoy an easy, relaxing ‘hot oil’ hair treatment with less mess and no heating required? The Hair Wrap does this for you by holding in your natural body heat!

    The Hair Kit is great for those dealing with hormonal hair loss, including PCOS and thyroid disorders.

    We’ve talked about Castor Oil for hair care, what about skincare, and what’s going on beneath?

    You know, tense neck muscles, cellulite, and tender knots. Is there a simple way to support this? Yes! Your tried and true…

    1. Castor Oil Fascia Massage Roller: Body & skincare tool for pain-relief

    Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Fascia Massage Roller Kit support smoothing out cellulite and lymph massage
    Fascia Massage Rollers appear to be everywhere, from gyms to the shelves of your local big box store. The most common use of the Castor Oil and Fascia Massage Roller is to support smoothing out cellulite, lymph massage, and scar tissue breakdown.

    Like Gua sha, a Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Fascia Massage Roller Kit can also be used for sore muscles and migraines. Bonus tip: you can enhance your experience by putting your Roller in the fridge or freezer.

    Plus, by applying Castor Oil before using your Roller, due to its anti-inflammatory properties21-22, the Oil combined with the Roller…

    • naturally engages enhanced circulation
    • supports lymphatic drainage
    • releases tension and stress

    In turn, hormone balance, fertility, and gut health are supported when the flow has been restored to your body. Amazing, agreed?

    Now for the pièce de résistance…

    The all-in-one tool: Castor Oil Pack for Liver

    We saved the best one for last!

    This BONUS natural wellness gift option is the most exciting gift as it is the one practice we can’t live without.

    You see, the Castor Oil Pack for Liver has been used in self-care for centuries to support liver detox, lymphatic drainage23, colon cleansing24, hormonal balance, and gut health.

    Castor Oil Pack for Liver by Queen of the Thrones is the ideal health tool for liver detox

    It calms the body down like a weighted blanket. Hundreds of testimonials speak to how it’s a game-changer to feel better, sleep better, feel less stress25-26-27-28 and poop better29.

    Plus, it’s a key foundational practice for all stages of life (except during pregnancy), as the liver is the hub of cleansing and detox in your body30, which we all need to truly thrive.

    Are you curious to know how and why the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack works? We have the answers for you in this blog post.

    That’s it, that’s all on the top 5 tried and true gift ideas for natural health and wellness using the ancient practice of Castor Oil.

    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!

    Click here for references

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    2. 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

    3. 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.

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    11. Aruoma OI, Spencer JP, Rossi R, Aeschbach R, Khan A, Mahmood N, Munoz A, Murcia A, Butler J, Halliwell B. An evaluation of the antioxidant and antiviral action of extracts of rosemary and Provençal herbs. Food Chem Toxicol. 1996 May;34(5):449-56. doi: 10.1016/0278-6915(96)00004-x. PMID: 8655093.

    12. Chaieb K, Hajlaoui H, Zmantar T, Kahla-Nakbi AB, Rouabhia M, Mahdouani K, Bakhrouf A. The chemical composition and biological activity of clove essential oil, Eugenia caryophyllata (Syzigium aromaticum L. Myrtaceae): a short review. Phytother Res. 2007 Jun;21(6):501-6. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2124. PMID: 17380552.

    13. Astani A, Schnitzler P. Antiviral activity of monoterpenes beta-pinene and limonene against herpes simplex virus in vitro. Iran J Microbiol. 2014 Jun;6(3):149-55. PMID: 25870747; PMCID: PMC4393490.

    14. Thom E. Stress and the Hair Growth Cycle: Cortisol-Induced Hair Growth Disruption. J Drugs Dermatol. 2016 Aug 1;15(8):1001-4. PMID: 27538002.

    15. Mascolo N1, Izzo AA, Autore G, Barbato F, Capasso F.Nitric oxide and castor oil-induced diarrhea.J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1994 Jan;268(1):291-5. PMID: 8301570

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

    20. Salles MM, Badaró MM, Arruda CN, Leite VM, Silva CH, Watanabe E, Oliveira Vde C, Paranhos Hde F. Antimicrobial activity of complete denture cleanser solutions based on sodium hypochlorite and Ricinus communis – a randomized clinical study.J Appl Oral Sci. 2015 Nov-Dec; 23(6):637-42.

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

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    Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@queenofthethrones.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.