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

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We could call the moon the hormonal monthly master and our menstrual cycle is the proof.

What do I mean by that?

Are you menstruating on the new or full moon? Or in between?

Or maybe you’re a woman having been on an outside source of hormones, like the birth control pill, the morning after pill, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), as well as some antidepressants and anti-anxieties, which can have an effect on your hormones.

Let’s discover how your menstrual cycle is connected to nature and the moon cycles, showing how you can use a hormone balancing method called the seed cycling protocol to support your hormone balance…

…and the alternative “Single” Seed Cycling with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs for those with a sensitive gut and distinguished palate would prefer. Exciting, agreed?

So, to begin, the moon exists in a rhythm of cycles known as moon phases, which are connected to your hormonal clock1.

You see, using seed cycling or the alternative “Single” Seed Cycling protocol, for those with sensitive guts and distinguished palates for hormonal balance, you can support your period along with the moon’s timing. Sounds amazing, agreed?

“But how can this be done naturally?”

So how does the moon play a role in hormone imbalance and menstrual cycle regulation?

Let’s take a closer look at the moon’s role in your period’s cycle regulation.

You may have heard, in holistic, spiritual Shaman circles, the moon has been attributed to two-period cycle patterns. Women may or may not fall into an exact representation of this, but many do.

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Those that do not fall into this are typically because they’re consuming outside sources of hormone therapy, like the birth control pill, the morning after pill, HRT, and some anti-anxiety and antidepressants, that take over the natural rhythms.

This can, in some cases, severely hormonally unbalance and create an out-of-sync reality with many natural rhythms.

Pattern 1: New Moon Menstrual Period or White Moon Cycling Mothers

In Shaman circles, she represents the ‘fertile female’, who ideally ovulates at the full moon and bleeds on the new moon.

These women are the procreators and mothers of society. One of their largest desires is to bring children into the world so they can nurture and guide them. Everything in their lives is focused on this child-rearing goal.

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These New Moon Menstrual Period or White Moon Mothers are often in their prime years of reproduction and their cycles are synced with the moon. Some infertility holistic specialists use this wisdom, and the seed cycling protocol, (which will discuss in more depth), to regulate women’s cycles according to this new moon menstruation cycle if the couple is trying to conceive.

Just because you don’t cycle to the new moon menstruation, doesn’t mean you can’t have kids. This is simply a generalization taken from clinical practice, but everyone is unique and again, there are typically no steadfast rules, just pattern observations.

When couples work at hormone cycling using the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver Kit, this practice helps both partners cycle together, as men can also cycle with the moon2, using the “Single” Seed Cycling method with Castor Oil Pack for Liver Kit.

These women often self-actualize, career-wise, much later in life, since their first stage of actualization is their role as a mother. This makes them excellent entrepreneurs after child-rearing years when the kids have flown the coop.

They are experts at multitasking, and managing many things at once, a skill they curated during their child-rearing phase of life. Makes sense, agreed?

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Pattern 2: Full Moon Menstrual Period – Red Moon Medicine Woman

The Full Moon Menstruation or Red Moon Medicine Woman, in Shaman circles, is the second-period cycle pattern and is the sage medicine woman who ovulates at the new moon and bleeds on the full moon.

These women are usually the teachers, medicine women, artists, healers or doctors, who spread their vast knowledge to their communities.

The Red Moon Medicine Woman has often chosen to not want children, early on. Not the case for all, as many go on to have healthy births. But for the majority…

“I didn’t want babies,” said Oprah Winfrey when interviewed. “I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children.”

This isn’t to say the Red Moon Medicine Woman will never want children of her own or that the White Moon Mother is having an excess amount of children.

You see, both are simply anecdotal and traditional patterns that can be used by integrative and functional medicine practitioners like chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists and health coaches to better understand nature’s role in hormone balance. That makes sense, right?

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Seed cycling and the moon

They are interesting concepts, yes, offering deeper insight into hormone balancing, becoming an additional tool in the practitioner’s toolbox. Any help from nature, as long as it doesn’t cause any harm, is a tool we’re always willing to use and learn from. Would you agree?

It’s another tool used by integrative and functional medicine practitioners.

Based on mother nature’s genius, seed cycling has been used in correlation with moon cycling, but, in itself, this protocol that includes ingesting different kinds of seeds on different weeks of your cycle, is great in theory but not so much in practice as it can be problematic for the majority of people, especially patients.

And we must recognize that no matter how “healthy” a substance is that you take in, if too high a dose and repetitively, it can become toxic, making food no longer a medicine but a poison.3

So, in order to avoid the repetitive practice of eating the same foods and developing gut inflammation, the Queen of the Thrones®️ Castor Oil Pack “Single” Seed Cycling practice allows you to seed cycle for hormone balance support without eating seeds. Interesting, right?

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

Can the solar eclipse affect hormones?

The moon’s influence on human behavior and physiology has long been a topic of speculation. From the impact of full moons on moods to lunar cycles affecting menstrual patterns, the connection is undeniable. 

However, what about the often-overlooked solar eclipse? Could it also sway our hormonal balance?

With the eagerly awaited solar eclipse of 2024 on the horizon, it’s worth delving into the potential relationship between this celestial event and our body’s hormone levels.

What exactly is a solar eclipse?

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A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, temporarily obscuring the sun’s light—a spectacle that has captivated civilizations throughout history.

But does this cosmic display have tangible effects on our bodies, particularly our hormones? While scientific research linking solar eclipses to hormonal changes is limited, there is potential for a connection.

One intriguing aspect is the influence of solar eclipses on melatonin production. Melatonin, known as the “sleep hormone,” regulates our sleep-wake cycles and plays a vital role in maintaining our body’s circadian rhythm. Some speculate that the sudden darkness during a solar eclipse could disrupt melatonin levels, potentially leading to temporary sleep disturbances or mood alterations.

Can the solar eclipse affect the menstrual cycle?

Now, what about the menstrual cycle? Can a solar eclipse impact it? While direct scientific evidence is lacking, some individuals claim to notice changes in their menstrual patterns coinciding with celestial events. 

Stress, diet, exercise, and overall health all play significant roles in hormonal balance, often overshadowing any potential effects of celestial events like solar eclipses.

While the solar eclipse of 2024 promises to be a mesmerizing spectacle, its impact on our hormones remains largely speculative.

Golden Turmeric Elixir for Hormonal Harmony

This Golden Turmeric Elixir is not only a tribute to the sun’s energy during celestial events like solar eclipses, but also a potent drink for supporting inflammation and hormonal balance. Its warm, grounding properties make it an ideal companion for meditation or reflection on the connection between our bodies and the cosmos.

Queen of the Thrones turmeric elixir for hormonal harmony

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • A pinch of black pepper (to enhance turmeric absorption)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil (for healthy fats and to aid absorption)

Instructions:

  • Warm the Milk: Begin by gently warming the coconut milk in a saucepan over low heat. Avoid boiling to preserve the nutrients in the milk and spices.
  • Mix the Spices: In a small bowl, combine the turmeric, cinnamon, ginger powder, and black pepper. Mix these dry ingredients until evenly blended.
  • Combine: Once the milk is warm, whisk in the mixed spices, ensuring there are no lumps. Keep the heat low and stir gently to infuse the milk with the spices.
  • Add Sweetness and Fat: Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the honey (or maple syrup) and coconut oil, mixing well until both are fully dissolved.
  • Serve Warm: Pour the golden turmeric elixir into your favorite mug. If desired, give it a final stir to create a frothy top.
  • Enjoy: Sip slowly and mindfully, envisioning the drink’s solar energy nourishing and balancing your body’s hormonal system.

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

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

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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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Can I use Castor Oil during pregnancy?

Can I use Castor Oil during pregnancy?

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Can I use Castor Oil during pregnancy?

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

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

Est. reading time: 15 minutes

Within a mother’s heart lies hidden stories of incredible strength, shared in the lullabies sung to nurture the hopes, dreams, and the tiny life growing inside. 

Pregnancy is a canvas on which life flourishes, a journey marked with unfading symbols of love and sacrifice. However, behind the soft glow and beauty of motherhood lies the unspoken toll it takes on a woman’s body. Can you relate?

On the hunt for relief and support, mothers-to-be turn to remedies like Castor Oil, seeking solace from the stretch marks, tiredness, and the telltale signs of this beautiful journey etched upon their skin.

 But with this come questions of uncertainty… 

 Is it safe?… How can it be used? … 

 With so much conflicting information, where do you begin? This blog will aim to answer those pressing questions, finding ways for you to find comfort in Mother Nature’s nourishing touch.

Can I drink Castor Oil while pregnant?

queen of the thrones risks of drinking castor oil during pregnancy

In the whirlwind of advice and home remedies, the idea of drinking Castor Oil in late-stage pregnancy is sure to come up in conversation. It’s a question that’s likely to cross the minds of many expectant mothers searching for relief, as it’s thought to be a quick way to induce labor… 

We get it, those last few weeks of pregnancy can feel like an eternity, right? And you might be tempted to try anything to kickstart labor… But, before you reach for that bottle of Castor Oil, let’s talk about the potential dangers.

Why drinking Castor Oil can be risky?

You’ve probably heard the rumors- some people swear by drinking Castor Oil to induce labor. The idea is that it works by irritating your bowels that causes contractions of the intestines and uterus.

But here’s the thing: It’s risky business.

Drinking Castor Oil during pregnancy puts you and your baby at risk, and it should ONLY be done under the supervision of your doctor or midwife.

Even if it’s taken in late-stage pregnancy as a support to induce labor, it can cause  stomach cramps, and a one-way ticket to diarrhea town.

Not exactly the glamorous entrance into labor you had in mind, right?

Castor Oil during pregnancy may cause preterm labor

While there are many natural remedies available, it’s important to be aware of any potential risks associated with them. Castor Oil is a natural product that has been used for centuries for various purposes, including inducing labor1 Castor Oil is known to stimulate the bowels and cause contractions in the intestines. Once released in the intestine, it binds to receptors in the smooth muscle cells of the intestinal walls, causing them to contract and move waste through the colon2.
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This is why Castor Oil is often used as a natural laxative, and when used during pregnancy may lead to uterine contractions, increasing the risk of premature labor and delivery, which can be dangerous for both mother and baby.

It is always best to consult with your healthcare provider before using any natural remedies during pregnancy.

Castor Oil’s star ingredient: Ricinoleic acid

Castor Oil’s magic comes from ricinoleic acid, a unique fatty acid that is not found in many other vegetable oils. It has been found to have anti-inflammatory3, analgesic, and antibacterial4 properties.  This makes it a popular choice for a variety of uses, from promoting hair growth to relieving constipation. When applied topically, it can help hydrate and moisturize dry skin, and may even help the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!  With its many benefits and versatile uses, it’s no wonder Castor Oil has been a staple in natural medicine for centuries, agreed?
Queen of the Thrones ricinoleic acid in Castor Oil

However, to be on the safe side, since it’s unclear whether the topical use of Castor Oil could promote uterine contractions, it should be avoided during pregnancy altogether.

Can a Castor Oil Pack be worn during pregnancy?

Castor Oil Packs are a wonderful approach to natural self-care, and are ideal for supporting gentle liver detox, lymphatic drainage, balanced inflammation and deeper sleep (just to name a few!).

However, whether you’re a long time Castor Oil Pack user or you’re new to this wonderful self-care practice, you will have to put your beloved Castor Oil Pack aside for the duration of your pregnancy.

Why is this? Well, because Castor Oil is widely used by midwives to stimulate labor when consumed orally5, it is unclear if topical application has the same effect. To err on the side of caution, it is best to avoid Castor Oil Packs during pregnancy to limit any potential risks to you or your baby.

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How to use Castor Oil Packs postpartum

Congratulations, Momma! You made it to the postpartum period, which is a testament to the strength and resilience of your body after 9 months of nurturing new life. It’s natural to feel a bit lost in this new chapter, especially when it comes to postpartum care.

Are you wondering how or where to get started with Castor Oil Packs now that your pregnancy is over? You’re not alone, and you’re in the right place!

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Postpartum is a crucial time for new mothers, and it’s important to prioritize self-care during this period

A Castor Oil Pack worn on the pelvic area is a natural way to support your body’s recovery process, and bring you some much-deserved comfort!

Wearing a pelvic Castor Oil Pack may help your organs reset by supporting inflammation balance6 and circulation via nitric oxide promotion7. They’re also great for relaxation and stress-relief (every new momma’s dream!)

The Queen of the Thrones® Pelvis & Hips Castor Oil Pack is like a comforting warm hug for your pelvic area that deeply deserves some tender loving care.

As always, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before trying any new postpartum care routines.

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Conclusion

Thanks for having this heart-to-heart chat with us about navigating Castor Oil during pregnancy. While a supportive practice to enjoy daily, it’s important to remember to put your beloved Castor Oil Packs and Castor Oil aside for the duration of your pregnancy. 

Thankfully, you can begin to look forward to creating a postpartum self-care routine that is natural and safe once your baby arrives with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs.

Don’t forget to download your Postpartum Guide on Castor Oil Packs!

Don’t forget to download your Postpartum Guide on Castor Oil Packs!

Wishing you warmth and wellness during this special time.

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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  2. 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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  4. Al-Mamun MA, Akter Z, Uddin MJ, Ferdaus KM, Hoque KM, Ferdousi Z, Reza MA. Characterization and evaluation of antibacterial and antiproliferative activities of crude protein extracts isolated from the seed of Ricinus communis in Bangladesh. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Jul 12;16:211. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1185-y. PMID: 27405609; PMCID: PMC4942971. 

  5. Moradi M, Niazi A, Mazloumi E, Lopez V. Effect of Castor Oil on Cervical Ripening and Labor Induction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pharmacopuncture. 2022 Jun 30;25(2):71-78. doi: 10.3831/KPI.2022.25.2.71. PMID: 35837141; PMCID: PMC9240406.

  6. 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 

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Red Wine, Resveratrol & the Gut

Red Wine, Resveratrol & the Gut

Red Wine and the gut by Queen of the Thrones

Red Wine, Resveratrol & the Gut

Written by: Marisol Teijeiro N.D. (inactive)
Medically reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 10 minutes.

What is Resveratol?

Did you know that the pinot noir grape is so weak that it actually has to produce a fungus on its skin in order to survive? So, the problem with drinking red wine isn’t necessarily alcohol, but the fungus that grows on the skin of the grape itself. It is a product of fermentation that gets into the body and upsets the microbiome.

Who doesn’t love to have a nice relaxing glass of red wine after a long day? And sure, it’s alcohol, but it’s okay because red wine is good for you, right? Well, my friends, this may be true (in small doses!) because even though NO amount of alcohol is good for you, red wine pleads a case because it contains the powerful antioxidant, resveratrol.

Resveratrol does many wonderful things for the body, specifically in the gut, which makes it an excellent nutrient for people with digestive conditions.

Resveratrol in Red wine by Queen of the Thrones

I wanted to talk about resveratrol because, well hey, everyone loves a good glass of red wine, right? One of the first questions you probably have before starting a cleanse is, “Really?? Do I have to give up red wine??” And the answer is yes, ideally

Although, I’ve recently discovered a way to prepare it that makes it okay to enjoy on a cleanse, albeit in very minute dosages, for a therapeutic effect. I’ll spill the beans on how exactly to do this later on in this post.

Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts as a powerful antioxidant in our bodies. It’s not only found in grapes and red wine, but also in smaller amounts in blueberries, tomatoes, peanuts, dark chocolate, and apples.

Resveratrol Concentration in Grapes

The grape is an interesting fruit with the pinot noir grape being the ‘weakest’ grape that grows well in Oregon, Italy, and France (legendary here!), yet it has the highest antioxidant content, specifically resveratrol1. Pinot noir is thought to be the healthiest of red wines.

Pinot Noir

Believe it or not, the weaker the grape, the stronger the antioxidant. In red wine, it’s pinot noir grapes. In terms of juice, it would be the Concord grape. They actually have one of the highest nutritional profiles but they are incredibly sweet too (which means high in sugar).

The way grapes mix their sugar and antioxidants makes our food choices a bit tricky. They’re super healthy, which is great. But it also means we need to be careful about how much we eat to find the right balance. So, when you’re grabbing that glass of red wine or a serving of grape juice, just keep in mind this mix of good stuff and things to be cautious about. It can help you make smarter and more balanced decisions for your diet.

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Concord Grape Diet

Have you ever heard of the old grape diet? Where you basically eat nothing but grapes for three days…

Stay with me, as there actually might be something to this. When reading Genesis (the first chapter of the Bible), and in the biblical days to cleanse, they would basically not consume anything for the first 3 days. So you could do a grape juice fast for the first 3 days, along with water and green tea to help clean up your system (and also take in a ton of powerful antioxidants).

What Does Resveratrol Do?

What does resveratrol do by Queen of the Thrones

Resveratrol may help women lose weight and maintain healthy estrogen levels2 3. Estrogen dominance is a problem that can lead to gain weight, which can cause your body to produce more estrogen.

It basically becomes a  a vicious cycle of gaining weight and having high estrogen, which causes symptoms like breast tenderness, moodiness, depression, and anxiety. Causing you to feel like you’re all over the map… Can you relate? It is not a fun condition to be stuck in and resveratrol may be helpful with these symptoms.

Resveratrol in the Gut

So, what does it do for the gut?

Flavonoids are very important in keeping the gut mucosal membrane lining healthy4.

If the gut lining isn’t strong and healthy, it weakens the barrier, making it hard for the gut to protect the body from outside food. It’s crucial for the gut barrier to stay strong for optimal functioning.

Maintaining a Healthy Gut Lining

So, we need to work on strategies to help keep this barrier closed and strong, agreed? What closes the barrier most profoundly? Relaxation! That’s right, NO STRESS! When you are stressed, your body is in the sympathetic state, and cortisol is pumping. In this state, your gut mucosal membrane lining is weakened, or “leaky” as it is often called.

Leaky Gut was a huge term in the 80s and 90s and people still use it – also known as leaky gut syndrome. Now, a leaky gut is, in a sense, a stressed out person who has holes in their intestines, meaning their barrier is no longer working. .

They’ve lost the integrity of the barrier, and things that are not supposed to get through, do, causing things to leak through that are not in the size they should be. When this happens, the body can’t recognize them which causes irritation and allergies.

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Stool Transit Time

Did you know that stool transit time can actually dictate the number of allergies you have? The less that you go, the more allergies you may have5. Interesting agreed?

The duration it takes for stool to move from the mouth to the anus (or anal transit time), is influenced by stool transit time. Understanding your transit time provides various insights into your body’s functions and conditions.

You Are What You Absorb

Now, resveratrol helps with keeping the gut lining integral. It’s actually imperative to it. In supplement formulas, I add in resveratrol all the time and I make sure people are getting it from their diet as well.

Benefits of resveratrol for your organism by Queen of the Thrones

What’s even more important is that people are absorbing and digesting things well. We need to optimize the absorption capacity in our guts in order to really reap the health benefits of resveratrol in our food, drink, and supplements.

Food Hygiene 

Resveratrol is awesome to get from red wine, although the bacteria and fermentation products make it not-so-great on a cleanse. So how do we get around this?

Alternatively, we can use grapes, but we need to wash them well. I’m going to teach you how to wash them to reduce the bacterial load.

Now, I don’t want to get into the hygiene hypothesis… The thing is, this isn’t something you need to do long term, just until you establish a healthier barrier and a healthy microbiome. When the microbiome is functioning well it can tolerate more bacterial load. Makes sense, right?

So, we need to give our microbiome a chance to reset itself within the body, which could take 3-6 months, a year, or even 2 years… It depends how weakened it is and it depends on how compliant you are.

Resveratrol in other dietary sources by Queen of the Thrones

To Reset Your Gut, You Have 2 Options

  1. You can reset it by a little wee bit at a time which takes a long time, OR…
  2. You go all in! Change your practice step by step for the fast win.

    The second option makes more sense! Agreed?

    So, in order to reset the environment, we need to clear what is coming in, allowing the body to rebalance in its own natural way. When we allow it the space to do what it needs to do – that is digest, absorb and eliminate, we support this process that much more. 

    My favorite tool to do this with is Castor Oil Packs.

How Do Castor Oil Packs Help You Reset Your Gut?

1. Relaxation

Parasympathetic tone, practicing the pause. How do we get more of the relaxed state as opposed to the stressed state?

Castor Oil Packs are like the escape button for your nervous system, which is more related to the pack rather than the actual oil. That’s because when the pack sits on the skin, it stimulates receptors in the skin of the nervous system.

Did you know that tactile soft-touch actually helps to support that area7. This soft, pleasurable touch also stimulates hormones, like oxytocin – the love and connection hormone, as well as dopamine8 – the pleasure hormone of the brain. 

2. Inflammation & Alkalinity

Wherever there is inflammation there is acidity, so reducing inflammation increases alkalinity. The enzymes of our bodies cannot work without alkalinity. Our enzymes need proper pH to function well, and Castor Oil Packs may help support this environment and balance inflammation.

Moreover, Castor Oil has been shown to be as effective as capsaicin for pain relief (without the irritating effect)9.

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs help to reduce Inflammation and Alkalinity

3. Maintain Glutathione Levels & Support Detox Pathways

There are not many ways to get glutathione, our super important detoxifying compound. You can take glutathione supplements, but they haven’t been shown to be super effective. You can also get it from whey protein, but this is an issue for a lot of people with allergies and sensitivities. A third way to get it is from rooibos tea, green tea, or red raspberry leaf tea to improve glutathione in the gut.

Supplementation with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and magnesium can help with glutathione levels, however, most of us are already very deficient in magnesium so the body will first use the magnesium for what it needs, before converting it to glutathione. Sometimes it can be dose-limiting too, because of the potential laxative effect of magnesium.

IV and injection is another way of getting glutathione, but this requires going to a clinic every time, which isn’t very convenient, agreed?

A Castor Oil Pack worn on the liver may help with the recycling of glutathione. There was a study done on rat lenses where they put the lenses in a dish of glutathione solution, and one in a dish of Castor Oil. The glutathione levels were actually maintained BETTER in the Castor Oil solution10.

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4. Support the regulation of bowels

Transit time is very important. Without a normal transit time, you may experience problems with your microbiome, allergies, and toxins recirculating in the body. Normal transit time for men is around 1.7 days, and for women it is higher at 2.3 days11.

Why is it higher for women? Women have more hormones that play a role in their transit time. If progesterone levels are low, it can contribute to a slower transit time.  Castor Oil Packs are thought to help support regular movement of your bowels, which, in turn, may help your digestion transit times.

5. Break down Biofilm

Biofilm is basically a sticky coating of glycoproteins and hyaluronic acid, a matrix created by bacteria from their waste products. It’s no different than what surrounds all of the cells of our body. It’s like an extracellular matrix made for bacteria to keep them safe from evil enemies on the outside.

The only problem is that these bacteria are actually the evil enemies to us, because they are inoculating a gut that should be healthy. They’re straight up con artists, which is why I call them “conbiotics”. You see, bacteria is really good for us, and “commensal” bacteria is actually awesome!

Commensal bacteria create vitamins for us, like the ever important B vitamins, as well as L-butyrate and short-chain fatty acids which help to heal the gut lining. It’s amazing what they do for us! But unfortunately, the bad guys can create gas that basically slows our transit time down, like hydrogen disulfide and methane gas12.

 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver helps to break down biofilm

For this reason, it’s super important to address our biofilm. There aren’t many natural substances that have the ability to break it down. Castor Oil is one of these natural substances, also helping to stimulate nitric oxide passageways!

And because nitric oxide is a gasotransmitter, which is basically a gaseous messenger molecule involved in signaling to open up blood vessels, it is believed to help balance inflammation. They’re calling it one of the newest anti-aging molecules. Red wine, grapes, and beets are all food sources of nitric oxide.

Did you know that you tend to go to the bathroom more often when you have higher levels of progesterone? Ladies, right before your period do you find that you are going to the bathroom more frequently? This is because your progesterone levels spike just before menstruation, causing your transit time to speed up.

Castor Oil Packs are such a simple practice that work on these 5 foundational functions…

1. Relaxation

2. Inflammation

3. Antioxidant status

4. The bowels

5. The microbiome

This supports everything, from absorbing, digesting, working well, and eliminating where it needs to. 

Get your own super easy, 2-step Queen of the Thrones® Liver Castor Oil Pack.

Gut Lining and Hormones

Resveratrol basically acts like an antioxidant that helps support the gut lining, and at the same time balances out hormones. Our gut lining is very dependent on our hormones, and resveratrol helps in the detoxification of estrogen.

When you have better-balanced levels of estrogen, you will have sufficient levels of progesterone that help you go to the bathroom well and maintain a regular transit time.

Dietary Intake of Resveratrol

1. Royal Red

If you’re on any kind of cleansing diet you want to do it the smart way and pasteurize it. Pasteurization, according to Louis Pasteur, was done via a flash-fry method. So basically you boil water, add it to red wine then cool it down immediately. Plus, it’s a great way to get rid of the majority of bacteria and fermentation products that may be in red wine, causing problems for the body.

Try to avoid South America and Californian wines, because they’ve been shown to have high levels of toxicity in them. Organic wines from the European Union-Spain, Italy, France, and Pinot Noir are best. Wines from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Oregon are also good options.

Queen of the Thrones recommends a dietary intake of resveratrol for better gut health

How to Flash Pasteurize Red Wine:

Looking to enjoy your red wine in a healthier way? Here’s your Red Wine Recipe below! 

    1. 1. 1 oz red wine
    2. 4 oz boiling water
    3. Throw in 5 ice cubes
    4. Sip and enjoy!

      And there you have it,  a nice cider that I like to call it the Royal Red! Another option is to add carbonated water and ice for a spritzer type drink

Queen of the Thrones Royal red recipe

Grape juice is another option for dietary intake of resveratrol. As mentioned before, Concord grapes have the highest antioxidant content. With grape juice though, water it down because it’s very sweet, therefore very high in sugar!

2. Grapes

Good ‘ole grapes are also a great way to get resveratrol into your system. But, remember what we talked about in regards to the fungus that they produce to protect themselves? We need to wash it off with a handy dandy acid-cleansing wash.

How to make an Acid-Cleansing Wash

You will need:

  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 1/4 part hydrogen peroxide
  • 5 parts water
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Step 1: Put grapes into a bowl.

Step 2: Add the mixture of liquids and drop in the baking soda. (You can also do this with any dried goods like rice, grains, and legumes.) This step takes off the bacterial load and grapes are super important to do this for.

So the next time you reach for your glass of red wine, I hope you will see it in a whole new light. 

Make sure to practice your Castor Oil Pack for Liver so you can help your body absorb the awesome benefits of resveratrol, and use these food hygiene tricks to limit the amount of bacterial load coming into your beautiful temple.

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2. Bagchi D1, Das DKTosaki ABagchi MKothari SC. Benefits of resveratrol in women’s health. Drugs Exp Clin Res. 2001;27(5-6):233-48.

3. Rupali Sharma,1 Neel Kamal Sharma,2 and M. Thungapathra1 Resveratrol regulates body weight in healthy and ovariectomized rats Nutr Metab (Lond). 2017; 14: 30. Published online 2017 Apr 14. doi: 10.1186/s12986-017-0183-5 PMID: 28413432

3. Rupali Sharma,1 Neel Kamal Sharma,2 and M. Thungapathra1 Resveratrol regulates body weight in healthy and ovariectomized rats Nutr Metab (Lond). 2017; 14: 30. Published online 2017 Apr 14. doi: 10.1186/s12986-017-0183-5 PMID: 28413432

5. Johan Bohlin,1,* Erik Dahlin,1,* Julia Dreja,2 Bodil Roth,1 Olle Ekberg,2 and Bodil Ohlsson1 Longer colonic transit time is associated with laxative and drug use, lifestyle factors, and symptoms of constipation Acta Radiol Open. 2018 Oct; 7(10): 2058460118807232. Published online 2018 Oct 22. doi: 10.1177/2058460118807232 PMID: 30364803

6. Lewis SJ1, Heaton KW. Stool form scale as a useful guide to intestinal transit time. Scand J Gastroenterol. 1997 Sep;32(9):920-4.

7. 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.

8. 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. ( Dopamine release, Limbic System of brain- Fatty Meal Satisfaction)

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10. Holm TBrøgger-Jensen MRJohnson LKessel L.Glutathione preservation during storage of rat lenses in optisol-GS and castor oil. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e79620. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079620. eCollection 2013.

11. Johan Bohlin,1,* Erik Dahlin,1,* Julia Dreja,2 Bodil Roth,1 Olle Ekberg,2 and Bodil Ohlsson1 Longer colonic transit time is associated with laxative and drug use, lifestyle factors, and symptoms of constipation Acta Radiol Open. 2018 Oct; 7(10): 2058460118807232. Published online 2018 Oct 22. doi: 10.1177/2058460118807232 PMID: 30364803

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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”? 

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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.

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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

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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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  3. Al-Mamun MA, Akter Z, Uddin MJ, Ferdaus KM, Hoque KM, Ferdousi Z, Reza MA. Characterization and evaluation of antibacterial and antiproliferative activities of crude protein extracts isolated from the seed of Ricinus communis in Bangladesh. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Jul 12;16:211. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1185-y. PMID: 27405609; PMCID: PMC4942971.

     

  4. Arslan GG, Eşer I. An examination of the effect of castor oil packs on constipation in the elderly. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Feb;17(1):58-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 May 18. PMID: 21168117

     

  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

     

  6. Kozhimannil KB, Johnson PJ, Attanasio LB, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM. Use of nonmedical methods of labor induction and pain management among U.S. women. Birth. 2013;40(4):227–236. doi:10.1111/birt.12064 PMID: 24344703

     

  7. 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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How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil and vaginal dryness

How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

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

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

Est. reading time: 7 minutes

In our lives, there are chapters that remain unspoken, hidden in the shadows. One such chapter is the silent struggle of many women- the battle against vaginal dryness and atrophy (thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls).

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil and vaginal dryness

It’s a topic wrapped in whispers, yet its impact on our lives can be profound… 

Can you relate?

Thankfully, in the midst of these struggles, there’s a natural remedy that offers a gentle, comforting approach- Castor Oil.

This blog touches on the emotional and physical aspects of vaginal dryness and atrophy, sharing with you the nurturing touch of Castor Oil for your mind and body.

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy and dryness are more than just medical terms; they’re experiences that can significantly impact a woman’s life, both emotionally and physically.

Emotionally, it can feel like a silent struggle, often shadowed in shame or embarrassment. It affects self-esteem, body confidence, and even intimate relationships… 

The physical aspects are equally challenging. 

Vaginal dryness can lead to irritation, discomfort, and even painful intercourse1, while vaginal atrophy can make daily activities like sitting or walking painful.

It’s like living with a constant reminder that your body is changing, and not in a way you’d hoped for. 

But here’s the beautiful part: while these conditions can be challenging, they don’t define who you are. They’re chapters in a much larger story, and with the nurturing qualities of Castor Oil, relief and empowerment can still be within reach.

Is vaginal dryness common?

Queen of the Thrones what to know about vaginal dryness

If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one dealing with vaginal dryness, it’s time to take a collective sigh of relief- you’re not alone.

Believe it or not, vaginal dryness is far more common than you might think. In fact, it’s a pressing issue that women of all ages can experience, although it becomes more common as we get older.2

What’s to blame? Hormonal changes, especially during menopause, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. But, vaginal dryness can also be triggered by factors like stress, certain medications, or even emotions.

So, if you’re navigating this challenge, know that you’re part of a larger community of women who have walked this path. Afterall, vaginal dryness isn’t just about the physical symptoms; it’s also about the emotional weight it carries, agreed?

Did you know that more than 75% of women experience vaginal discomfort as a result of hormonal changes during menopause?3 

Furthermore, almost 17% of women aged 17 to 50 may encounter painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness.4

 Approximately 60% of women going through menopause experience vaginal dryness as a symptom.5 This is a significant portion of women in this stage of life, and it can greatly affect their overall well-being.

Perhaps you’re navigating the postpartum stage of your life, is this you? After childbirth, vaginal dryness can affect up to 43% of women6, further adding to the already uncomfortable transition you’re experiencing as you care for your newborn and begin your own recovery.

But were you aware that vaginal dryness can be caused by other means, including certain medications? It’s true, certain medications such as some antidepressants and antihistamines can contribute to this uncomfortable symptom7.

Stats like the above make it clear that vaginal dryness is not an isolated problem to feel shame or embarrassment over, but rather an issue that affects women across the world.

Vaginal atrophy symptoms

Vaginal Atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis’, is a common but often under-discussed condition.

Symptoms can include:

    • Painful intercourse due to insufficient lubrication
    • Continuous vaginal dryness 
    • Thinning of the epithelial lining 
    • Vaginal spotting, caused by small tears 

Additionally, women often report urinary urgency, frequency, nocturia, and incontinence as well.8

According to research, nearly 70% of women experiencing symptoms choose not to discuss them with their healthcare provider. 

This is primarily due to feelings of embarrassment or reluctance to talk about their symptoms, seeing them as a natural part of the aging process.9

The impact of vaginal atrophy on daily life is undeniable, but you don’t have to suffer in silence with natural remedies like Castor Oil.

Natural relief for vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness affects many women at various stages in their lives. It often leads to unpleasant symptoms like we touched on above, and can have a serious impact on a woman’s quality of life.

While yes, there are several available creams and medications available at your local pharmacy to try and support these symptoms, there’s one natural remedy that is gaining traction for its potential benefits in addressing vaginal dryness– Castor Oil.

Castor Oil is derived from the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis), and has a long history of use in traditional medicine for various ailments. Known for its moisturizing and emollient properties, Castor Oil has increased in popularity for its ability to support vaginal dryness and more.

How can Queen of the Thrones Castor oil can help-with vaginal dryness
How Castor Oil can help:

1. Moisturization: Castor Oil is rich in fatty acids10, which may help bring moisturization to dry, irritated vaginal tissues. Applying a small amount of organic Castor Oil to the external genital area may help relieve discomfort with dryness.

2. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The ricinoleic acid in Castor Oil is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties may help ease inflammation11 and itching caused by dryness, leading to improved comfort and overall well-being.

3. Antimicrobial Effects: Castor Oil also has antimicrobial properties12, which may help maintain a balanced vaginal flora, which is beneficial in preventing dryness-related infections and irritation.

4. Circulation Support: Castor Oil is known to promote nitric oxide, an antioxidant that supports blood flow12. And when combined with a Castor Oil Pack in the pelvic area, you may be helping to bring more circulation to this region. This may help stimulate the body’s natural lubrication production.

It is important to note that not all Castor Oil is created equally. Be sure to do your research before you get started. 

For your peace of mind, Queen of the Thrones® Organic Golden Castor Oil is always:

    • 100% organic
    • Extra-virgin
    • Hexane-free
    • Cold or Expeller-pressed
    • Always bottled in amber glass

Best uses of Queen of the Thrones Castor oil for selfcare

Conclusion

Vaginal dryness isn’t just a physical issue; it has a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being. It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin, and confident in your body.

So, as we wrap up this discussion, let’s not forget to acknowledge the emotional side of this common concern amongst women. These uncomfortable symptoms can cause self-esteem issues, making you hesitant to engage in intimate moments, or even diminishing your overall quality of life.

It’s a vicious cycle, agreed?

And because physical discomfort can lead to emotional distress, symptoms like vaginal dryness can become exacerbated.

While Castor Oil isn’t a magic wand, it is certainly your natural ally, offering support on your journey to wellness. When you take the time to support these symptoms, you help to enhance your emotional well-being.

Sounds good, right? Plus, feeling physically better can often translate into a more confident and positive outlook!

Special note: Castor Oil is for topical use only. Always consult with your healthcare professional if vaginal dryness is a persistent issue, or before beginning any new practice you may be unsure of.

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