Castor Oil Packs and Thyroid Wellness
Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
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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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What can Castor Oil do for Thyroid Wellness?
Do you think or know you have a thyroid condition like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ Disease, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, or nodules, because every day you struggle with debilitating symptoms like:
- Weight gain
- Brain fog
- Skin rashes
- Insomnia and sleep problems
Does this sound like you?
It’s frustrating trying to manage all these symptoms, isn’t it?
Well, instead of adding yet another supplement, what if you added a self-care tool that can work its magic from the outside in? An ancient practice that naturally supports your body and thyroid in a gentle, soothing way? This would be a dream come true, agreed?
Well keep reading because in this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Castor Oil Packs and how they may support thyroid wellness.
What are Castor Oil Packs?
Castor Oil Packs might sound like the latest wellness trend, but actually they’ve been around for a long time. In fact, Castor Oil was used by the Ancient Egyptians, and it’s been a wellness practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for centuries.
It wasn’t until the early 1900s that Edgar Cayce popularized the use of Castor Oil Packs in North America and made them part of the foundation for naturopathic and functional medicine.
But on a very basic level, a Castor Oil Pack is a compress made from organic cotton soaked with Castor Oil and applied to the body. Well, as you can imagine, these early DIY packs were pretty messy especially because Castor Oil is so rich and thick and can easily stain fabrics! Not surprisingly, Castor Oil Packs eventually lost their appeal.
But Queen of the Thrones® updated this practice for the 21st century!
That’s right! We designed a Castor Oil Pack that can be used conveniently with less mess and organic materials.
And our Castor Oil Packs were designed to fit your Liver, Pelvic, and Thyroid region comfortably so that you can wear them for longer periods of time during the day or night.
The Queen of the Thrones® Thyroid Pack, for example, is made with organic cotton and fits comfortably around your neck. The gentle pressure it provides may help calm the body since it has a warming and soothing effect. This allows the organic, hexane-free Castor Oil to penetrate deeply into the skin which may help balance inflammation1. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?
Better still – This humble practice may help support energetic flow to your thyroid to help balance hormones; something your thyroid does naturally!
Castor Oil Thyroid Packs may also help slow down or even reduce the appearance of aging skin on your neck!
And if that weren’t enough, Castor Oil Packs integrate especially well with everything you are already doing as part of your self-care routine. In fact, because the Packs can support your thyroid directly, you might not need to take as many supplements. Just think of the money you can save!
Bear in mind that most medical doctors and labs only test for one thyroid hormone: TSH, but there are two other hormones that need to be measured and analyzed in order to get the full picture of your thyroid function.
Unfortunately, some restrictive health insurance policies don’t cover the cost of full thyroid exams, leaving many people begging for a test that measures T3 and T4.
But, you can ask your provider to write an order for you that you can then take to any lab testing facility in your area.
You can ask for blood panels that include important metabolic markers like:
- CBC (complete blood count)
- Liver and kidney enzymes
- Mineral and acid base balance
- Inflammation markers
- And a full thyroid panel
So, now that we’ve established what Castor Oil Packs do, let’s get into how they may support your thyroid.
How do Castor Oil Packs support your thyroid?
Like your liver and other organs, your thyroid operates at its full potential only when you are relaxed and the rest of your body is balanced.
So, when you wear your Castor Oil Thyroid Pack you’re not just supporting your thyroid, you’re supporting other systems and organs as well, because every system in your body is connected.
When worn daily, they may naturally support your hormones, help balance inflammation, and enhance circulation via nitric oxide promotion2, 3.
More specifically, the softness and weight of the pack provides gentle pressure over the thyroid area. Just like pressing the escape button on your computer, the Castor Oil Pack instantly calms your system with gentle compression. In fact, regular daily practice may help retrain the parasympathetic state or rest-and digest mode.
This may help promote your ‘love and connection’ hormone oxytocin4, 5, similar to when you get a big warm hug. And speaking of relaxed states, oxytocin naturally reduces cortisol (your stress hormone)6.
Plus, thyroid packs may also stimulate specific dermatomes and Chinese meridians that are thought to support organ function.
But now that we’ve covered how thyroid Castor Oil Packs may be supportive, you might be wondering:
Who should wear a Castor Oil Pack for Thyroid?
Well, the short answer is anyone may benefit from these packs. They aren’t contraindicated with any condition or medication – unless you’re pregnant, in which case you should not use Castor Oil or Castor Oil Packs at all, just to be safe!
A Castor Oil Pack may be a wonderful complement to your self-care routine if you have a thyroid disorder or condition, such as:
- Thyroid Cancer
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Grave’s Disease
- Thyroid nodules
- Swollen thyroid
- Hormonal imbalances
- Throat problems like hoarseness
Please always reach out to your doctor first before starting any new practice.
How do you wear a Thyroid Castor Oil Pack?
Easy! Just follow this two-step process, and make this part of your daily, self-care routine!
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.
Step Two: Place the soft cotton flannel side of your Castor Oil Pack over your thyroid (at the front of your neck) and tie it in place with the soft, adjustable straps.
Then, wear your Castor Oil Pack every day for 1 hour or more. Just don’t wear it to bed because the adjustable strap could be uncomfortable during sleep and may be a choking hazard.
The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Thyroid is an easy natural addition to your self-care routine.
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