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

Main types of Castor Oil by Queen of the Thrones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natural ways to induce labor

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

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

Queen of the Thrones natural ways to induce labour

Spicy foods and pineapple

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

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

Walking and movement

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

Acupressure and reflexology

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

Relaxation and visualization

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

Warm baths and aromatherapy

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Natural Solutions for Holistic Breast Wellness

Natural Solutions for Holistic Breast Wellness

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Natural Solutions for Holistic Breast Wellness

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

Est. reading time: 6 minutes.

I used to look at my breasts in the mirror, pulling one up and comparing it to the other. I would wish so hard to have perky, stand-up-here breasts instead of pendulous, way down-there-puppies with sparkling, multicolored stretch marks.
  Weight changes and overnutrition in my youth never gave me the opportunity to have perky, perfect breasts. Instead, I went from flat to fat and then stretched out to swinging and saggy. Breasts define our femininity in many ways, we feel sexy because of them and un-sexy in spite of them. I recall getting intimate with my husband and being so ashamed to get naked in front of him. I apologetically told him I needed to be honest with him and tell him that my breasts sagged, instead of being heralds of fertility and proud of them with pomp and circumstance. I felt deflated because of them just like they were deflated. Turns out he didn’t care. He actually knew, and had been staring down my top for a while and loved what he was seeing – without me knowing!

Why are breasts such a big deal?

Breasts are bold, they stick out from our bodies. They are the first thing that enters the room, the first thing in many cases that get noticed.

Men obsess about them, maybe because they have mother and latching issues, or maybe because they just adore the difference between male and female bodies.

Whether you think your breasts are too large or too small, they are a source of shame for many. It’s time to take this inappropriate thought pattern and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

It’s our time to be proud of all of our shapes and sizes and stretch marks. Be proud of the pleasure they bring us, from foreplay to feeding our babies.

Breast judgments

My first encounter with the dangers of judgments made on breasts wasn’t my own, but actually my mother’s. When she was a dashing young lady, she had gone to the doctor’s office to have her yearly check-up and breast exam.

Upon taking off her shirt to be examined, the doctor gasped at how large her breasts were (super inappropriate FYI, in this day and age but this was back in the 60s). My mother, being incredibly shy about her sexuality, was immediately embarrassed, turned red as a lobster and searched to get dressed immediately.

 So shocked was she by this judgment that she never had another breast exam again, until it was too late.

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Judgments can damage our psyche, we don’t know how our words will fall on the ears receiving them. Judgments serve no purpose either, except pain. After all, no one asks the doctor to comment on how large they are, but rather how healthy they are.

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My mother’s breast cancer

Forty years later, my mother waited until blood came out of her nipple and a mass so large it was hard to avoid, came cauli-flowering out of her breast. With two doctors as daughters, we couldn’t believe that she had let the shame of an event that happened so long ago, impact her life now.

 

The diagnosis – stage 4 breast cancer. Devastating, with little to no time to act.

Because of this experience, I got over my breast bullsh*t and got into owning one of the most beautiful, female, flourishing features of my health.

Importance of breast exams

For this reason alone, every single woman in my naturopathic practice would get a yearly breast exam, done by our skilled naturopath assessment hands.

But some of us don’t have access to a doctor who is experienced or willing to do a breast exam, especially since now the recommendation is to avoid breast exams.

 

In countries where breast cancer is diagnosed at advanced stages, it is valuable to have patients understand breast self-examination as well as to be examined1.

So this is extremely valuable. My mother was fortunate, even though she was at the extreme case, she survived with a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy as well as naturopathic medicine. Her cancer was so far advanced that it was an impossibility to only do the natural route.

Self-examination is invaluable

The comment  I used to get in my clinical practice time again is that most women don’t know what normal feels like. They feel that their breasts are lumpy and bumpy (a sign of estrogen dominance, or low iodine).

But let me tell you, the first time I did a breast exam I thought exactly the same thing! How was I going to identify anything going wrong if I can’t notice anything different?

Do you know what changed it? Practice, my friends, practice is the mother of all skills.

And what if you find lots of lumps and bumps? Make your way to your doctor and get checked out. It never hurts to be extra cautious.

There are many things you can do at home now to support cystic & lumpy breasts

Most of these strategies deal with reducing the amount of estrogen in your body:

1.Reduce your alcohol intake3

2. Reduce your theophylline intake, in coffee, tea and chocolate

3. Wear an eye compress to bed to naturally support melatonin which is a powerful anti-cancer hormone in the body4

4. Of course, do a Castor Oil Pack daily, because it may help with cleansing and detox5, microbiome balance6 7 8, inflammation9, and stress reduction10 11, which all impact your hormonal balance.

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So get to know your boobies! I know I’ve got saggy breasts, and sometimes they really do look like sacks! But I love them because they are me 100% and I get to know them regularly so I can keep them a part of me for the long haul. They are my twins after all, and I can’t get another pair just like these (no judgment if you’ve had yours changed, just love!).

Do you know the difference between then and now? Now I love my breasts, I treat them better every single day because I have learned that they are an important part of who I am. They share my story.

I also want to share a quick recipe with Castor Oil for boob and lymphatic wellness. Castor Oil has a long history of use for breast cancer. In fact, Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine was advocating it as a treatment in 460 BCE, as was another medicine man of the time, Galen in 200 BCE12.

Would you love to learn how to support your breasts in a soulful, energetic way? Download this free step-by-step guide and learn how to refocus your energies for happier breasts and a more centered you:

How to use Castor Oil to support breast & lymphatic wellness.

https://queenofthethrones.com/wp-content/uploads/202How to Use Castor Oil to Support Breast and Lymphatic Wellness
  1. Mix organic Castor Oil from a GLASS bottle with baking soda until it becomes a paste.

  2. Add 2-3 drops of organic rosemary essential oil.

  3. Rub into your armpits and over your breasts.

  4. Leave on for an hour or more then rinse off.

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.1. rev Med. 2011 Sep;53(3):118-20. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.05.001. Epub 2011 May 8. The role of clinical breast examination and breast self-examination. Miller AB1, Baines CJ.

2. Kendra J. Royston, B.S.1 and Trygve O. Tollefsbol, D.O. Ph.D. The Epigenetic Impact of Cruciferous Vegetables on Cancer Prevention. Curr Pharmacol Rep. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 Feb 1. Published in final edited form as: Curr Pharmacol Rep. 2015 Feb 1; 1(1): 46–51. Published online 2015 Jan 25. doi: 10.1007/s40495-014-0003-9

3. Terryl J. Hartman,1 Julia S. Sisti,2,3 Susan E. Hankinson,2,3,4 Xia Xu,5 A. Heather Eliassen,2,3 and Regina Ziegler6 Alcohol Consumption and Urinary Estrogens and Estrogen Metabolites in Premenopausal Women. Horm Cancer. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2017 Feb 1. Published in final edited form as: Horm Cancer. 2016 Feb; 7(1): 65–74. Published online 2016 Jan 4. doi: 10.1007/s12672-015-0249-7

4. Giuseppe Di Bella,1,* Fabrizio Mascia,1 Luciano Gualano,2 and Luigi Di Bella Melatonin Anticancer Effects: Review Int J Mol Sci. 2013 Feb; 14(2): 2410–2430. Published online 2013 Jan 24. doi: 10.3390/ijms14022410

5. 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.

6. Andrade IM1, Andrade KM2, Pisani MX1, Silva-Lovato CH1, de Souza RF1, Paranhos Hde F1.Trial of an experimental castor oil solution for cleaning dentures. Braz Dent J. 2014 Jan-Feb;25(1):43-7.

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

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

9. Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Lukong KE1. Understanding breast cancer – The long and winding road. BBA Clin. 2017 Jan 27;7:64-77. doi: 10.1016/j.bbacli.2017.01.001. eCollection 2017 Jun.

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Why Am I Constipated? It Isn’t Just About Food

Why Am I Constipated? It Isn’t Just About Food

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Why Am I Constipated? It Isn’t Just About Food

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

Est. reading time: 6 minutes.

It isn’t a good time, sitting, waiting, wishing for something to manifest. In fact, it is totally painful. Yes, I’m talking about constipation. It affects millions around the world and is the most pressing health condition that exists today. Why then, are there not better ways to solve this ever-pressing problem? (pun intended)

Many people think that constipation simply has to do with food. Of course, food is a huge factor. Not eating enough fiber or drinking enough water can contribute to constipation. And if we eat foods that we are sensitive to, the body often responds with bloating and constipation. But there are a number of other factors that contribute to this agonizing issue which we will explore in this article.

How the body poops

The gut operates under a principle of pressure and lubrication. Without these, you cannot poo! This is why consuming a substantial amount of fiber helps you go to the bathroom. The fiber simply creates the pressure needed to push stools along your digestive tract and allows for the lower sphincter to relax so you can go poo. Fluids also help create pressure and have the double purpose of lubricating the digestive tract. Another key source of lubrication for the gut is the consumption of healthy fats.

The Psychology of Constipation

Without proper pressure and lubrication, there is a high chance of constipation. However, it is not this simple. Constipation is not only about food, it is mediated by a variety of other mechanisms

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Hormonal Constipation

Hormones are another influencer of constipation. Thyroid issues can cause the metabolism to move at an incredibly slow rate, processing food and nourishment very slowly, and expelling it in the same manner1.

Estrogen dominance, which is an epidemic these days, also causes constipation2. High progesterone is required to have healthy bowel movements. When there is no stress, progesterone levels are higher, allowing the lower sphincter to work properly.

Nervous System Constipation

Stress is the other highly notable factor in constipation3. If you’re stressed, not only are you low in progesterone, but also in the minerals that help with relaxation and laxation such as magnesium and vitamin C.

Lifestyle Constipation

Your lifestyle can also contribute to constipation4. Movement of the body is required for movement of the bowels! Makes total sense, right? In order for the smooth muscle of the bowel to contract properly, regular exercise and movement is required5.

Emotional Constipation

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the picture of constipation is correlated to being unable to let things go. You may have a tendency of holding onto things and not working through them. If you hoard, on either a physical or emotional level, you likely have issues with constipation. The body tends to freeze and slow down its activity to protect you. 

3 Simple Fixes to Support Constipation

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1. Analyzing Your Poo

If you learn how to read them, your poops can become your FREE daily oracle for the state of your health. They can help you decipher which factors are contributing to your constipation, and from there you can take the necessary steps to improve it.

Did you know that there are more than 50 Shades of Poo? Not really, but it sounds pretty cool, just like the movie 50 Shades of Grey. There are many colors, however, and it’s important to know which ones are normal and which ones could be a medical emergency.

Download our other free infographic, the 50 Shades of Poo, so you can find out what you should be looking for in the bowl. I promise you will be blown away by this one simple measure of poo yet there are so many more!

Analyzing Your Poo helps to identify causes of constopation according to Queen of the Thrones

2. Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Packs are an amazing tool for constipation. In a study done in a home for the elderly, Castor Oil Packs were compared to conventional laxatives and found to be just as effective. The amazing thing is, there was no harsh urgency to run to the bathroom, as you get with laxatives.

Castor Oil Packs work on the physiological aspect of constipation, but they also indirectly help to balance hormones. Castor Oil Packs have a long history of use for supporting hormonal problems, including estrogen dominance and hypothyroidism. They may help with detoxification in the liver via glutathione7, which helps the liver to clear out excess hormones.

Castor Oil Packs work on the nervous system element of constipation by improving relaxation and balancing stress8,9. Another bonus of using Castor Oil Packs is that they may help with inflammation10,11, which can be yet another contributing factor in constipation12. Get started on your Castor Oil Pack practice today with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack for Liver Kit.

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3. The Three Legged Stool

Now we know that constipation is about so much more than just food, but since the bowel runs on the principle of pressure and lubrication, it is still an important factor to support. We call this formula the ‘Three Legged Stool for Bowel Movement Success’.

  • Fiber (pressure) – We are drastically deficient in the amount of fiber we are eating. The recommended dosage is 30 grams of fiber per day. On average, North Americans consume only 4-5 grams per day. Great sources of fiber are vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Chia seeds are also excellent because they are high in calcium as well as fiber
    • Fluid (pressure and lubrication) – Our bodies are 80% water. Water is the universal solvent, so it moves and cleanses. Ideally, you want to consume 30ml/kg (or 2.2 lbs) of body weight each day, and more if you are exercising.

    • Fat (lubrication) – Fat is like lubricant to your colon. Avocado (fiber and fat), olive oil or coconut oil are all amazing lubricating fats.

    So, bottom line, pooping is dependent on so much more than just the foods you are eating. Digestion and elimination function is mediated by hormonal and nervous systems in the body, as well as your lifestyle and emotions.

    Would you love a quick and easy recipe to help support colon cleansing and bowel movements? It incorporates what we like to call “ The Three Legged Stool” of…

    1. Fiber (pressure)- Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber that help to bind and move toxins out of the body, plus they’re rich in calcium.

    2. Fluid (pressure and lubrication)- The water in this recipe adds some fluid while softening the coconut oil so it can settle into your baking sheet.

    3. Fat (lubrication)- Coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats that act like a lubricant to your colon.

     

    Paleo Peppermint Bark Recipe

    Paleo peppermint bark ingredients by Queen of the Thrones

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tbsp of chia seeds 
    • 2 tbsp of softened coconut oil
    • 1 tbsp hot water
    • 2 drops of peppermint oil 
    • Optional: Stevia for enhanced sweetness 

    Directions:

    1. Mix or blend all ingredients together and pour into a baking sheet. You may add stevia for enhanced sweetness.
    2. Freeze overnight.
    3. Once frozen, break apart into pieces to enjoy and keep the rest in the freezer.

    Get ready to embark on a journey of deliciousness and well-being with “The Paleo Peppermint Bark”! It’s a recipe that not only supports your colon health but also brings joy and excitement to your taste buds. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive into a world of flavor and rejuvenation!

    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. Anant D. Patil Link between hypothyroidism and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2014 May-Jun; 18(3): 307–309. doi: 10.4103/2230-8210.131155 PMCID: PMC4056127PMID: 24944923

    2. Ji-Eun OhYong-Woon KimSo-Young Park, and Jong-Yeon Kim Estrogen Rather Than Progesterone Cause Constipation in Both Female and Male Mice. Korean J Physiol Pharmacol. 2013 Oct; 17(5): 423–426. Published online 2013 Oct 17. doi: 10.4196/kjpp.2013.17.5.423 PMID: 24227943

    3. Yu-Ming ChangMohamad El-Zaatari, and John Y Kao Does stress induce bowel dysfunction? Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2014 Dec 1. Published in final edited form as: Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Aug; 8(6): 583–585. Published online 2014 May 31. doi: 10.1586/17474124.2014.911659 PMID: 24881644

    4. Rong HuangSai-Yin Ho, * Wing-Sze Lo, and Tai-Hing Lam Physical Activity and Constipation in Hong Kong Adolescents. PLoS One. 2014; 9(2): e90193. Published online 2014 Feb 28. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090193 PMID: 24587274

    5. Harvard Health Publishing Harvard Medical School Constipation and Impaction. Published: March, 2016 https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/constipation-and-impaction-a-to-z

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    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.

    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)

    10 Grady H. Immunomodulation through castor oil packs. The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. Volume 7 Jan 1 1998; 7(1): 84-9

    11 Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8.

    12 Marjan Mokhtare, 1 Rahele Alimoradzadeh, 2 Shahram Agah, 3 ,* Hossein Mirmiranpour, 4 andNiloofar Khodabandehloo The Association between Modulating Inflammatory Cytokines and Constipation of Geriatrics in Iran. Middle East J Dig Dis. 2017 Oct; 9(4): 228–234. doi: 10.15171/mejdd.2017.78 PMID: 29255581

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    Top 5 Self-Care Gifts for Natural Wellness Lovers

    Top 5 Self-Care Gifts for Natural Wellness Lovers

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

    Top 5 Self-Care Gifts for Natural Wellness Lovers

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

    Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer B.A

    Est. reading time: 7 minutes.

     

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

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

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

    Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil and Castor Oil Pack

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

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

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

    5. The Castor Oil Dry Brush Kit supports lymph drainage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4. Sleep helper: Castor Oil Eye Compress Kit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    3. Great for aromatherapy: Eau de Throne®

    Queen of the Thrones Eau the Thrones is made of  a blend of organic essential oils
    Eau de Throne® is a pure blend of organic home essential oils of lavender, rosemary, clove, and citrus (limonene) that neutralizes odors and purifies the air in your home and bathroom while promoting relaxation and healthy digestion. Who wouldn’t want to leave the throne (the toilet) with an odor they are proud to own? Organic home fragrance oils not only smell amazing but also have additional health benefits. Some of these essential oils can neutralize bacteria, calm the nervous system, and support digestion.

    Eau de Throne® includes…

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

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

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

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

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

    Fortunately, Castor Oil can also support healthy hair.

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

    The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Hair Growth Kit nourishes, hydrates, and repairs hair deeply from your roots to tips, making it a great natural wellness gift One of the major benefits of Castor Oil for hair growth17 is that it helps naturally balance the microbiome18-19-20 of the scalp, and may help reduce inflammation of hair follicles dandruff relief.
    Castor Oil Hair Growth by Queen of the Thrones is the most recommended health solution for your hair and scalp

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

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

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

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

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

    Queen of the Thrones Castor Oil Fascia Massage Roller Kit support smoothing out cellulite and lymph massage
    Fascia Massage Rollers appear to be everywhere, from gyms to the shelves of your local big box store. The most common use of the Castor Oil and Fascia Massage Roller is to support smoothing out cellulite, lymph massage, and scar tissue breakdown. Like Gua sha, a Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Fascia Massage Roller Kit can also be used for sore muscles and migraines. Bonus tip: you can enhance your experience by putting your Roller in the fridge or freezer.

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

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

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

    Now for the pièce de résistance…

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

    We saved the best one for last! This BONUS natural wellness gift option is the most exciting gift as it is the one practice we can’t live without. You see, the Castor Oil Pack for Liver has been used in self-care for centuries to support liver detox, lymphatic drainage23, colon cleansing24, hormonal balance, and gut health.
    Castor Oil Pack for Liver by Queen of the Thrones is the ideal health tool for liver detox

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

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

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

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

    Are you a practitioner, health coach or wellness influencer? If you’re interested in recommending our easy-to-use tools and practically applying them in your health and wellness professional practice, in clinic, or online with the people you serve, you can join now!

    Click here for references

    1. Thompson, B., Gaitatzis, K., Janse de Jonge, X. et al. Manual lymphatic drainage treatment for lymphedema: a systematic review of the literature. J Cancer Surviv 15, 244–258 (2021).

    2. Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus cmmunis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827. PMID: 29084706

    3. Rong-fang Hu, Xiao-ying Jiang, Yi-ming Zeng, Xiao-yang Chen, You-hua Zhang. Effects of earplugs and eye masks on nocturnal sleep, melatonin and cortisol in a simulated intensive care unit environment. Published online 2010 Apr 18. PMID: 20398302.

    4. Khoddam H, Maddah SA, Rezvani Khorshidi S, Zaman Kamkar M, Modanloo M. The effects of earplugs and eye masks on sleep quality of patients admitted to coronary care units: A randomised clinical trial. J Sleep Res. 2022 Apr;31(2):e13473. doi: 10.1111/jsr.13473. Epub 2021 Sep 12. PMID: 34514653.

    5, 26. 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.

    6, 27. Francis S, Rolls ET, Bowtell R, McGlone F, O’Doherty J, Browning A, Clare S, Smith E. The representation of pleasant touch in the brain and its relationship with taste and olfactory areas. Neuroreport. 1999 Feb 25;10(3):453-9. PMID: 10208571.

    7. Goto E, Shimazaki J, Monden Y, Takano Y, Yagi Y, Shimmura S, Tsubota K. Low-concentration homogenized castor oil eye drops for noninflamed obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction. Ophthalmology. 2002 Nov;109(11):2030-5. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(02)01262-9. PMID: 12414410.

    8, 9, 22. 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.

    10. Shi JL, Tang SY, Liu CB, Ye L, Yang PS, Zhang FM, He P, Liu ZH, Miao MM, Guo YD, Shen QP. Three new benzolactones from Lavandula angustifolia and their bioactivities. J Asian Nat Prod Res. 2017 Aug;19(8):766-773. doi: 10.1080/10286020.2016.1264394. Epub 2016 Dec 14. PMID: 27967214.

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

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

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

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

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

    17. Coonen. L.P “Herodotus on Biology”. The Scientific Monthly. Vol. 76. No. 2, 1953. Pp.63-70. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/20629

    18. Andrade IM1, Andrade KM2, Pisani MX1, Silva-Lovato CH1, de Souza RF1, Paranhos Hde F1.Trial of an experimental castor oil solution for cleaning dentures. Braz Dent J. 2014 Jan-Feb;25(1):43-7.

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

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

    21. 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

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

    24, 29, 30. Holm T, Brøgger-Jensen MR, Johnson L, Kessel L.Glutathione preservation during storage of rat lenses in opti-sol-GS and castor oil. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e79620. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079620. eCollection 2013. PMID: 24260265

    25. 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

    28. Löken LS, Wessberg J, Morrison I, McGlone F, Olausson H. Coding of pleasant touch by unmyelinated afferents in hu-mans. Nat Neurosci. 2009 May;12(5):547-8. Epub 2009 Apr 12. PMID: 19363489.

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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.

    Is Liver Detox the Missing Piece to Your Autoimmune Flares?

    Is Liver Detox the Missing Piece to Your Autoimmune Flares?

    Gluten and dairy sensibilities by Queen of the Thrones

    Is Liver Detox the Missing Piece to Your Autoimmune Flares?

    Written by: Amanda Runnels, NTP, RWP, AIP Certified Coach.
    Medically reviewed by: Melanie Swackhammer, BA

    Est. reading time: 9 minutes.

     

    Have you wondered where those mystery autoimmune flares come from?

    If you struggle with autoimmune disease, you know how debilitating a flare can be, right?

    You may even find yourself in the same boat that I’ve been in a time or two – weeks of feeling amazing and totally able to take on the world, just to find that one morning, out of nowhere, you wake up and feel like a truck has run you over. Can you relate?

    When it comes to autoimmunity, there are multiple triggers that can send us into a flare and often with little warning. It can feel like a bit of a puzzle figuring out what’s triggering yours!

    What comes to mind when you hear “autoimmune trigger”?

    Well, when managing an autoimmune disease, it’s important to learn what your triggers might be.

    If you’ve been at this for awhile, you probably already have a few that pop into your mind when you hear “trigger”. Maybe it’s:

    • Stress
    • Gluten
    • Sugar
    • Sleep
    • Nightshades
    • Environmental toxins
    • Inflammation
    • Leaky Gut

    Do any of those ring true for you? They do for me, too!

    I want to share with you, though, that there is something even deeper that could be setting you up for a flare – if not stalling your progress altogether.

    Is your inflammation of the liver sabotaging you?

    The liver is one of the hardest-working organs in the body. It carries out more than 500 vital functions – at the same time, all day, every day! So, it’s extremely important that we give our liver as much T.L.C. as possible. Makes sense, agreed?

    Some of its most critical functions in the arena of autoimmunity are bile production, hormone clearance, and detoxification.

    Let’s break each part down just a bit:

    Bile production:

    Bile is a necessary ingredient when it comes to an important topic…poop.

     

    You see, without proper bile production, dietary fats will not get broken down appropriately, and eventually, this leads to the bottleneck of constipation.

    If you aren’t pooping…you aren’t eliminating waste, and this helps to create the setup needed for some of those classic triggers…leaky gut, and inflammation.

    Hormone Clearance:

    Estrogen is one of the main hormones that the liver clears from the body.

    You see, if estrogen isn’t being effectively removed from circulation by the liver, it becomes elevated. When estrogen is elevated, it is thought to increase inflammation which then causes the immune system to move into overdrive.

    For someone with autoimmunity, we want the opposite…the immune system needs to calm down, not ramp up.

    Liver Detoxification:

    The liver is the body’s primary filtration system. Amazing, right?

    With help from the kidneys, intestines, and lymphatic system, it cleans toxins from the bloodstream and turns them into waste which we then eliminate…it all goes back to that topic of poop!

    But when the liver is under stress, its ability to filter toxins out is compromised. So, those toxins remain in circulation and not only create cell damage, but also increase inflammation.

    Importantly, it is also believed that toxins may impair the thymus, a vital player in the immune system that provides protection against the development of autoimmune disease.1,2

    So, keeping the liver happy is a huge puzzle piece in supporting overall health AND diminishing autoimmune flares!

    Would you love to know how you can use Castor Oil Packs to support liver detox?

    Wanna know how you can show your liver some love with liver detox?

    Of course you do! You’re a smart cookie…otherwise, you wouldn’t be researching ways to take charge of your health!

    There are lots of ways to support your liver and help it perform its job of detoxing. One of the most powerful, yet simple ways that I’ve found is the Castor Oil Pack for Liver, and Queen of the Thrones® makes it easy (and clean!) to use.

    Absorbed through the skin, castor oil helps to accelerate the removal of toxins through better bowel movements, stimulate bile flow, move the lymphatic system and decrease inflammation.3, 4, 5

    So, this is why I use and recommend Queen of the Thrones®️ Castor Oil Packs for Liver to my clients; to date, it’s the easiest, cleanest delivery method I’ve found for using Castor Oil Packs!

    Plus, I know the quality of Castor Oil I’m getting is superior – all organic and no junk diluting it! Sounds wonderful, agreed?

    I also recommend a few other easy-to-incorporate supports:

    1. Eat your (bitter) greens!

    Veggies like dandelion roots and greens, arugula, radicchio, mustard greens and burdock are great supports for the liver.

    2. Add in liver-loving foods and consider an anti-inflammatory diet.

    Bone broth, beets, artichoke and garlic are a few go-to foods for supporting the liver. If you have a diagnosed autoimmune condition, you might consider a therapeutic diet such as the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP). This has been instrumental in my own healing journey.

    3. Reduce toxic exposure.

    Removing plastics from your kitchen is a great place to start eliminating toxins. Cleaning up your personal care and home care items is important, too; the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a fantastic source for rating the toxicity of your personal and home care items.

    4. Incorporate “adjunct” liver detox strategies.

    I’m a huge fan of infrared sauna sessions for stimulating liver detox. I use these in conjunction with my Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Liver Pack and dry brushing (not all at the same time).

    Other great strategies to include are movement, Epsom salt baths and lymphatic massage.

    Putting together your autoimmune “puzzle”

    With autoimmunity, some days can feel like “optimal health” is a giant jigsaw puzzle that’s been dumped out onto the floor. Does this sound like you?

    But, as you begin to pick those pieces up and put them together, you might find that one is missing and that the picture just isn’t coming together… and it could very well be that your liver needs attention. It’s ok, you’re still in the right place.

    So, I say start supporting liver detox simply with a method that’s been proven to be effective. Strap on a Queen of the Thrones® Liver Castor Oil Pack and get to detoxing! Your liver will thank you!

    Author Bio:

    Amanda believes that the rest of your life can be the best of your life! She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Restorative Wellness Practitioner and AIP Certified Coach who focuses on women’s health and issues related to autoimmune disease. Diagnosed in 2014 with multiple Autoimmune disorders, she knew she had to make the decision to be proactive about her health and learn new ways of doing things.

    Amanda quickly implemented dietary and lifestyle changes including using the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol, enhanced liver support and stress reduction; within months, she began seeing and feeling improvement in her health. Inspired by her own experience, she’s made it her mission to tell others that it’s possible to live your best life, even with an autoimmune disease! You can find her autoimmune adventures as well as her catalog of anti-inflammatory recipes at www.unrefinedjunkie.com or connect with her socially at @unrefinedjunkie

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