Castor Oil Packs and Thyroid Wellness

Castor Oil Packs and Thyroid Wellness

Queen of the Thrones Thyroid Pack

Castor Oil Packs and Thyroid Wellness

Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N. Christine Ruggeri Victoria Williams
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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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Castor Oil packs have been used for thousands of years, but today Queen of the Thrones® has transformed the ritual into a convenient practice that can help support your self-care practice.

What can Castor Oil do for Thyroid Wellness?

How do Castor Oil Packs support thyroid health

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:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Brain fog
  • Heartburn 
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • 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! 

Thyroid Testing

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?

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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:

  • Goiter
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Hypothyroid, 
  • Hyperthyroid 
  • 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.

 

How to apply a Queen of the Thrones Thyroid Pack

The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Thyroid  is an easy natural addition to your self-care routine.

Ready to get started?

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

 

  1. Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8 PMID: 11200362
  2. 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
  3. Izzo, Angelo. (1996). Castor oil: An update on mechanism of action. Phytotherapy Research. 10. S109-S111. 
  4. Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17. PMID: 12571120
  5. 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
  6. Uvnas-Moberg K1, Petersson M.[Oxytocin, a mediator of anti-stress, well-being, social interaction, growth and healing]. Z Psychosom Med Psychother. 2005;51(1):57-80. PMID: 15834840
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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?

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs improve Gut health and Absorption

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. 

Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Pack are the best remedy for Hormone Imbalance

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!

Click here for references

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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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.

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.
Medically 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 ready?

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 health…

…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.

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.

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?

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?

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?

Seed cycling and the moon

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 without eating seeds. Interesting, right?

Would you love to know how you can hormonally cycle with the moon using the “Single” Seed Cycling Protocol?

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 or become a wholesale partner, contact us at: royalty@queenofthethrones.com

If you loved this blog, you’ll also love…

  1. Does the Moon Make your Hormones go Crazy?
  2. Two Science-based Reasons why not to Prescribe Seed Cycling
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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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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.