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“I’ll sleep when I die”. This is a quote from an Instagram influencer that I follow Kenzie Brenna, on how she thought about her sleep (don’t worry, she’s now getting help!).  Do you think this way too?  Are your nights a living hell or a nightmare on Elm Street, instead of levitating with angels on a white, fluffy cloud? 

I used to feel this way.  I know exactly what it feels like when you lay there, trying to get into that deep restorative sleep that you know you so deserve… Or rather NEED to get into.  Because your body feels it and well, everyone keeps telling you, “You look so TIRED.”  Gee, thanks!  You actually are tired, exhausted, drained, deflated and slightly anxious about the daily rat race that you have been running.  Not to mention the intense cravings.  Oh boy! 

Your chest starts pounding, as the fluffy, white-as-snow sheep you are counting begin to trample in a stampede across your chest instead of jumping over the fence.  You toss and turn, get caught up in your sheets.  Tangled up just like the Disney princess’s hair.  UGH you get up, and think, “maybe if I pee”…  

You go to the bathroom, sit there (you just peed not too long ago) and a teeny, tiny trickle sprinkles into the toilet bowl, not enough to even wipe, you should just air dry.  Now you make your way back to the hell hole that has become your bed.  The dark hole that you fall into and can’t get out of.  You are tortured by the thought of trying to get to sleep.  Because it just seems like Mission Impossible.  If only Tom Cruise were there to help you get out of it.  Pre-Scientology.

Why do some people sleep so deep almost as though dead, and others fidget like corn being popped?

Sleep is one of the most important health practices that we must journey to learn how our own individual body best achieves it.  Yes, you read that right.  Sleep is very individual, it isn’t a one size fits all kind of thing. 

Individualized Sleep Patterns 

I remember when I was a kid growing up in a Spanish family, we always took naps.  My parents would put my sister and I down for nap.  My sister’s head would hit the pillow and before my mother and father could even give her a kiss, she was fast asleep, in Lala land.  I would wait my turn, chit-chat with my mother and father, get their kisses and think up excuses to keep them in the room talking with me because I didn’t like what came next. 

Wide awake I would stare at the ceiling, look over at my sister… she always looked so calm in her dreams.  We were sisters, from the same seed, yet so different.  I started planning ahead, leaving Marvel and Archie comics and Choose Your Own Adventure books under my bed, with a flashlight. 

So many factors can affect the natural flow of our bodies, and because we are all individuals, sleep is individual to each of us. 

Your Natural Rhythms 

We each have naturally engrained rhythms.  Ever hear someone say, “I’m such a night owl”?  There are very clear sleep types.  Dr. Micheal Breus, A.K.A. the Sleep Doctor, discusses in his book, The Power of When, four very clear-cut chronotypes: lions, dolphins, wolves and bears. 

 Biological response modifiers affect our sleep cycle

 Your probably familiar with the popular social references of being a ‘night owl’ or ‘morning glory’.  What’s your story?  Think of it like this.  Some people naturally go to bed early and wake up before the sun rises with the sounds of the birds chirping.  Others stay up late, longer into the twilight… perhaps our genetic line descended from the vampires of Transylvania?

Natural Rhythms of Nature 

Mother Nature also consistently shows us her rhythms.  You are all too familiar with the day and night cycle, that has in part been dictating your sleep cycle since you were born, and is very important to respect.  Light and darkness affect our melatonin and cortisol (stress hormone) levels.  When these are off, distressed and disordered sleep predominates. 

The day and night cycle is something called a biological response modifier. 

But guess what, it’s not the only one… there are many of them.  These biological response modifiers affect our sleep cycle.  So there could be things that you are taking, eating, drinking, or watching that are affecting why you’re so disappointed in your nightly practice that feels  more like an insane asylum instead of a sanctuary. 

Common Biological Response Modifiers

Also known as zeitgebers!  Love that name!  It’s German – one of the amazing languages I can speak, albeit not as good as before but I’ve still got it!  Das ist zehr gut! 

Zeitgebers entrain our bodies to do certain actions.  They have a biological effect to change how we react.  They are incredibly powerful, you may not even realize it.  Some, like the caffeine in coffee, you typically do notice.  But many sheepishly slide into your lifestyle, affecting how your body regulates hormones, happiness and your health without you even knowing.

So many things that we do on a regular basis are zeitgebers and a major way to ‘fix’ your health practice, and in turn, sleep soundly.  The key is to watch when and how you are exposed to these in order to better reset the balance in your body. 

It’s not that you have to avoid them completely, it’s just that you want to make sure to do them at the appropriate times of the day.  These messengers for your body to do certain things work based on the autonomic nervous system. 

They will either stimulate your nervous system into the stressed “sympathetic” state via cortisol and adrenaline, or will ease you into the rest and digest state, the peaceful “parasympathetic” state.  

Common zeitgebers (love writing and saying this out loud!) are:

All it takes is understanding and you have the magic mix.  Are you ready to become the maestro of magnificent sleep time? 

Manifest your sleep sanctuary, maestro!

So here is what to do:

  1. Learn the zeitgebers – sleep sirens, wake up wired! 
  2. Use them at the right time of the day, and stop when you need to.
  3. Practice health everyday and feel better – sleep hygiene and health practices. 

Back to Basics For Your Sleep Biology 

So what to do with all of these zeitgebers?  Sleep hygiene is imperative, but it’s not the only thing.  We must also look at what goes on during the day to really set ourselves up for success.  Some of the ‘sympathetic’ zeitgebers are great, like cardio and certain herbs, but should be avoided after 4pm and switched to ‘parasympathetic’ zeitgebers so the body knows it’s time to wind down.  We’ll talk more on this later in this article.

Create Your Sleep Sanctuary

Here are some tips for creating an environment in your bedroom that will help to ease you into Dreamland, where you can fly like Peter Pan, relax on a yacht in a sea full of tulips, or sing karaoke with a kangaroo.  There’s no limit to the possibilities your beautiful brain might concoct when it’s getting the sleep it needs!

1. Dark room

Darkness is a super important zeitgeber for sleep.  Darkness mimics nighttime, it’s very simple really.  Scientific studies done on rats and human subjects have shown that darkness promotes deeper, more rejuvenating and restful sleep.  Sleeping in an environment exposed to light may actually have negative effects on breathing and heart rate.

2. Only sex & sleep in the bedroom

Keep your bedroom as a sacred space for rest, sleep and love making. No Netflix and chill here – save that for your living room!

3. Turn off your wifi

Electromagnetic pollution such as wifi, cell phone towers and signals have been shown to disrupt our day night rhythms.  Many wifi routers have a timer setting that you can program to automatically turn off at a certain time in the evening and turn on again in the morning.  Put your phone on airplane mode and charge it in a separate room. 

4. Same routine every night 

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Regulation of the sleep cycle is benefitted by creating a “bedtime” routine within the ideal environment that you have created for your super sleep.  You want to create a pattern over time and with repetition and practice, your body will recognize the signals to shut things down and begin to drift off into sweet sleep.  This can be your beauty care and bathroom routine like washing your face and taking off your makeup (castor oil works amazing for this!), putting on your Queen of The Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™, reading a book.  Make it feel great for YOU. 

5. Cool your room

A cooler temperature in your bedroom mimics the natural cooler temperature of the evening as the sun goes down.  A room that is too hot will leave you restless and unable to fall into a deep sleep.  Keep it cool as a cucumber baby!

Successful Sleep Starts In The Daytime

Now when it comes to learning to balance your bedroom routine, this doesn’t happen only at bedtime.  It’s a whole day and night routine that builds up to the sleeping beauty sonata that you are looking for every night. 

Here are some quick tips for easy daytime sleep prep.

1. Zip up the zeitgebers so you can zen out! 

Stop any major biological response modifiers by 4 pm at the latest.  Some of my patients have even needed to cut them out at noon, because the effects are felt by their bodies longer than others.

Special note on how our body processes these zeitgebers:  It is very individual.  Some of us are very slow to detoxify, which is basically the process of clearing out molecules.  Some can have caffeine after 4 pm, and others must cut it off before 12pm or they won’t sleep.  The key is body connection, always be listening and conscious of how different stimulus affects you.  

2. Balance your hormones for sleepQueen of the Thrones® eye mask for a restful sleep.

Wear an eye mask to bed – This is a simple way to stimulate production of melatonin from the pituitary gland.  Some people think it’s the blocking of light that orchestrates this, but the other part of it has to do with compression around the eyes, which actually triggers the release via the nervous system.  The key is to use an eye mask with very soft, tactile and nurturing material, like the one included in the Beauty Sleep Brow and Lash Kit™.

Blue light blocking glasses – If you have excessive exposure to artificial light (such as computer or cell phone screens), blue light blocking glasses such as these are a great tool to wear after sundown to protect the brain and begin the pump of melatonin. 

3. Stress reduction with stimulation of oxytocin 

Castor Oil Packs – At night, or anytime of the day you feel overstimulated, throw on your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™, trust me.  The biggest reason I love Castor Oil Packs so much is their effect on practicing the peaceful, parasympathetic state.  When worn before bed they are an incredible preparation for a deep and recharging sleep. 

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The packs stimulate oxytocin, the love and connection molecule.  It is the most powerful and mighty hormone that actually reduces the stressed state.  That’s right.  Your Castor Oil Pack feels like a hug, just like the hug machine created by Temple Grandin.  This is the smaller version that you can access in the comfort of your own home. 

If you consistently feel very stressed during the day, have you had your hormones tested?  They can be tested via the Dutch Hormone Test. When daytime cortisol is very high, it can be helpful to start your Castor Oil Pack™ practice earlier in the day.  I’ve had patients do it in the morning, that’s actually where I started because my daytime cortisol was so high.

Typically you want to do your pack before bed to wind down, and those sheep you’re always counting will carry you away on a fluffy white cloud into Never-Neverland.

Unwire your wifi – With exposure to wifi, we begin to see changes in plant’s biology.  In a study done on rats, hormonal issues with the adrenal glands were observed as well as stress mediators in the brain, the producer of melatonin, oxytocin and all other sleep aids.  Best to turn your wifi off at night and leave your cellphone/computer in another room.

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Grateful Practice – Grateful practices are an incredible way to calm your nervous system and augment your natural progesterone and GABA.  When you are grateful, it’s impossible to be in a negative mood.  The more you practice gratefulness during the day, the better you will feel and sleep.  Use the Queen of the Thrones® Grateful Dung™ Bracelet as a daily reminder.

Aromatherapy – I love using Queen of the Thrones® Eau de Throne™ for the organic essential oils of lavender, clove, rosemary and lemon.  These essential oils, when sprayed after you poo, have a calming effect on your nervous system and gut.  They balance you out and help you feel good.  You can also spray it in your room or on your pillow at night, or use in an essential oils diffuser.

All of the awesome health tools discussed in this article are included in the Queen of the Thrones® Queen Kit™ for your own unique self-care ritual.

Life Is a Stage, Set It

Not sure if you’re noticing here, but we are using, smell, touch, thought, sound and all of the senses to engage the relaxed state.  The more senses that you can engage during the day and night, the better your sleep will be. 

Life is a stage and the more you ensure to set the stage properly, the result is you will be able to serenade yourself into the sleep of a lifetime.

These are all non-supplemental practices that engage your behaviour, mindset and senses to serendipitously fall into a deep sleep.

Surrender to the fact that you have to be in charge and design your destiny when it comes to your sleep.  If not you will fall to your fate, and sleep should not be fated.  It is undeniable and the most important part of your day.  Respect it and do your duty to be the best you can be.  Time to drift off into your deep recharge!

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The Common Unknown Causes of Anxiety and How to Fix Them

Anxiety is the body's natural response to stress

Anxiety is crippling.  You know what I mean by this if you have ever lived through dealing with anxiety.  It grabs a hold of you, paralyzes you.  Puts pressure on your chest, prevents you from grasping a cool, clean breath of fresh air.  Your mind may race… “Am I going to die?”, you ask yourself.  It’s unlikely that you are going to die, but at that moment that is exactly what you feel and no one can change your mind, because it just FEELS too REAL.  Too dangerous to be abnormal. 

An example from my life of what anxiety can do…

On a recent trip to Florida, my family and I were having the time of our lives (minus our daughter who just got her first real job so she couldn’t escape).  Suddenly, on the daily news we start hearing about the impending doom of a category 5 hurricane headed straight toward us.

Anxiety is like a storm in your mind

We start investigating, Googling, watching different news outlets…  Little by little, I start feeling more uncomfortable in my body. 

I text all my friends that live in Florida or were traveling there.  All is well, they either have a  central house or were already back home safe.  They wish me safe travels, and to those living in Florida, I say ‘stay safe’. 

My body begins to feel off, unraveled.  We go to get extra groceries, just in case.  I buy way, way, WAY too many olives and stock up on cans of sardines and smoked oysters because I don’t want to starve. 

And then we go to get water, the ultimate life-giving substance.  Keep in mind, now we have already been to five other stores, and forgot to check on water.  When we get to the water aisle…

The reality, urgency, fear, looming disaster, and unraveled sense, smacks us straight in the face and says,

“REALITY CHECK!!!!!”

There is no water.  Just one small case that a couple is fighting over.  I grab my husband’s hand and urge for us to go.  We need this more than anything and there is none left.

My stomach feels as though it’s in my throat.  I clench his hand tightly.  I’m pretty sure he can see the fear on my face. 

He knows I can see some on his, too.  We pay. 

We get to our car, and try more stores.  We find water.  There is a limit of three bottles per person. 

I can’t be picky and get my Mountain Valley Spring glass bottle variety.  I get what I get, because this is better than nothing.

External vs. Internal Forces that Create Anxiety

I pray for those affected by any hurricane because it is a horrifying reality to live with, and for me it proved to be the perfect example of a fear of my family’s NEEDS not being met. 

This real life natural disaster is an example of all the outside forces that can create anxiety within us. 

Certain things, we have absolutely NO control of… 

So our only choice is to just let it go. 

The things that are in our control… 

 Take control. Act as needed, be present, and always have a Plan B.

The problem with anxiety is that on top of this, it can also be a matter of:

  1. The chicken laid the egg first, OR;
  2. The egg cracked into a chicken first

We can’t always distinguish whether it was a life event that threatened our feeling of safety, or something internal that is unraveling our senses. 

So we ask ourselves this. “Why do I live with this?”

Anxiety is common in our day and age.  With all the demands placed upon us, to perform, to be perfect, to do everything.  Who can live or even keep up to those standards?

Plus, it propagates itself.  A little anxiety can turn into a full-blown anxiety attack in no time.  Many times, without any warning at all.  By that point, there is no turning back.  It is like the tropical storm that suddenly becomes a category 5 hurricane.  It is completely debilitating, destroying everything in its path. 

Anxiety is a feeling of being worry and fearful

I’ve been there, more times than is comfortable and I’ve seen my patients suffer with it in my clinic, grossly affecting the quality of their lives and those of their present and future families. 

Small Amounts of Anxiety Are Normal

There is nothing more heartbreaking than when you feel like your body, mind and soul are working against you. 

An unknown philosopher once said,

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. 

If you are anxious, you are living in the future. 

If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

So granted, you are a forward thinker.  The fear of the unknown gets to you.

In fact, if the impending doom of the threat of a landing hurricane doesn’t cause you to become unraveled, to be cautious, safe-guarded and ready to act with your Plan B, I’m not sure that you are human.  This is a normal and healthy reaction to stressful external factors.  It is when these feelings and sensations spiral out of your control that it becomes an issue.

I know there is also those that have more to lose than others, those that have nothing.  But in reality, our world shouldn’t be about losing, but about living better. 

A Mind that Won’t Shut Off

And so you feel your mind is the home to a hamster of the future, wearing his Star Trek spandex uniform and travelling at warp speed on a wheel in your brain, which no matter how hard you try counting sheep in bow ties springing through freshly cut grass in a field of bright, shining, unstinting glory, you simply can’t quiet down. 

You’ve tried meditation, fish oils, eating well, breathing exercises… yet it feel like none of it ever works.  Or if it works, it works until the placebo effect wears off and you’ve lost faith that you can ever overcome this prison that you’ve been placed in against your will. 

And all you want to do is sleep…

“Just Breathe”

You know that you think too much, you need to quiet your mind, be more in the present, in the here and the now and as everyone around you says, “Just breathe”. 

But common’, seriously, have ever tried to do that when you are in the grips of hyperventilating and your hands are cramped up due to your out of whack electrolytes flowing through your body because you are just TRYING TO BREATHE? Learn about meditation to cope with anxiety with Dr Marisol ND, Queen of the Thrones®

Deep breathing makes you feel more anxious, and meditating gives you these weird tingling sensations that scare you even more… just catapulting you into aggravation, like nails on the chalkboard of your anxiety.  So while these words of advice may be sage to those living outside the world of anxiety, in it, they feel like the worst advice in the world ever.  Hands down and a high five on that one!

FYI, anxiety pretty much makes it impossible to take those sage words of advice and do something about it. 

So, if there is no way to respond to it while in the killer claws of tetany and anxiety, what is one to do? 

The Gift Within Your Grind

Prevention is key, get ON TOP of it.  Get ahead of it, and train yourself to be able to do the things you need to do before it happens, and most importantly, learn to work with your gift. 

Right about now you’re probably saying, “Whoa. How can you sit there and tell me that this anxiety, this jail cell in my mind, is a gift? How dare you. Stop lying.”

Look, I, like you, have lived it, and I’ve been fortunate enough to turn it around with the right know-how and tools.  Am I perfect?  No way, far from it! Have I never suffered from it again?  Not even close to the truth!  Now, however, I know how to prevent it and I’ve trained myself with the right tools that when it begins to loom over me, I deal with it before it goes too far, before the pressure starts to set in, like the buildup of air in your ear canals as you are beginning to descend in an airplane. 

You swallow and think,  “Shit, I gotta go to the bathroom.”  Perfect timing, as always.

Like a hurricane on the edge of the Florida Peninsula, we sit on the edges of our seats unsure of what will happen in the next five days, weeks or months.  You need to prepare yourself with your Plan B.  In reality, what I have found is that anxiety is actually a gift.  It’s like a super spider-sense, a radar that gives you the feeling that things just aren’t right.  That something is wrong, and you absolutely have to fix it to move on.  Or leave it and start new. 

Common Unknown Triggers of Anxiety

So before we get to how to fix it (I’m going to share my step by step plan), I want to share with you some common triggers that had me in a state of panic for the greater part of my life.  These weren’t by any means the only ones, but when I addressed these aspects that most doctors won’t even look at, they were life-changing for me.

Now I’m sure you know all the common triggers of anxiety:

  • Overworking
  • Stress
  • Genetics (“My mom had it, too!”)
  • A health condition
  • Medication
  • Unhealthy food

But did you know there are other unlikely and overlooked reasons that could be causing the problem?

Here are the most unknown yet common reasons for anxiety outside of what you normally hear.   The reason I know these so well is that these were my triggers from an early age that sent me catapulting into a vicious cycle of anxiety.

Constipation

Believe it or not, constipation can be one of the most unknown common causes of anxiety.  The potential roots of constipation are plentiful, but let’s just consider the why.  Here, it is going to blow your mind, like a hurricane blows the roof off a house (bad analogy here, I apologize).

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Stools are the byproducts or ‘trash’ that your body needs to eliminate out.  If they are not eliminated, the same thing happens as when you leave the trash from your house composting in your garage after missing garbage day. 

The stink builds up, those brain-numbing, barf-producing gases of decomposition, the growth of maggots and bugs attracted to the putrid smells.  It isn’t a pretty sight and you can imagine seeing this would make you anxious too.  Now imagine if this was happening INSIDE your body. 

Ughh… Bad, bad tummy ache…..

So pooping is paramount.  It was in this vital aspect of my life that three of my roadblocks were found. 

Three Common Causes of Constipation That Lead to Anxiety

1. Food Sensitivities

A large portion of my life, I lived with constipation so bad that it took over my life.  Little did I know that a large part of this was caused by food sensitivities.  These irritate the body so badly that it becomes constipated.  Dairy is one of the most common causes of childhood constipation.  I was extremely sensitive without knowing it and was consuming dairy daily.  To my surprise, I also learned that healthy foods could be sensitivities because absolutely everyone is unique and can be sensitive to foods that are typically touted as superfoods.  For me, it ended up being broccoli, almonds, and rice! 

2. Electromagnetic Frequencies

It turns out years later I started learning how these invisible fields disrupt (in certain people more than others) natural body rhythms, much like lights, but worse.  I am definitely one of these people.  Our digestive tract is intimately distracted by these invading waves and can seize up, leaving you with a load too many.  Behind my house growing up there was an electrical substation that spanned as far as the eye could see, which fed all the Northern Ontario mines their electricity.  

Electromagnetic Frequencies can be a trigger factor for anxiety

3. Hormonal Havoc

I have dealt with hormonal derangement like a lot of us have.  A little too much hair here, not enough there.  Too many curves here, not enough there.  Basic-bi*tch here, Debbie-downer there.  I was diagnosed with PCOS and estrogen dominance.  My periods were controlled through birth control and chemicals.  Not sure if you know it, but when this pattern of high estrogen, high androgens, and low thyroid occurs, there is often a reduction in progesterone, which is the anti-anxiety hormone. 

The Big Changes In My Life

As I began to realize that all of these things were affecting me and further perpetrating my anxiety, I made some massive changes in my life.  For years, I was doing everything ‘right’.  Taking the right supplements, seeing a naturopathic doctor, exercising, eating the right foods (or so I thought!)…

So what I didn’t need was even more supplements.  I needed to support the foundation of my health, to make what I was already investing in work even better. 

I had heard about castor oil packs for about 15 years at this time.  I had been told to do them more times than I can count on my hand or care to tally-up because I am just plain old embarrassed. 

You see, if had I started this practice years before, I wouldn’t have dealt with this crap, this bullsh*t, this paralyzation for so long.

My Castor Oil Pack Revelation 

Alas, now is the time.  So I thought to myself, what was wrong and why I didn’t want to do castor oil packs in the first place? 

  • Messy
  • Too many steps 
  • The unknown about how they really work – like do I have to wear that piece of cloth with it?
  • Is this just another snake oil? Will it overpromise and underdeliver?
  • I really don’t believe that this sh*t works… how could it?
  • Can’t I just rub the oil on my belly instead of this complicated DIY process? (NOO!)

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ best remedy to cope with anxietySo there I was, doing everything ‘right’ but I was still struggling with my health.  I became so sick that I couldn’t get out of bed for a week.  I hit my lowest point and I was desperate to get out of bed and live again.  So I did it. 

I took an organic cotton non-bleached bag I had gotten at a trade show, cut the straps then sewed them on differently, added in an organic cotton hand towel and made my very first castor oil pack. 

These packs did one major thing that led to supporting the 5 pillars of the foundation of my health.

They gave me back the FAITH in my body, that it could heal. 

That I could be free of the imaginary – yet very real to me – cage in my body.  It was like I’d found my way to the eye of a hurricane, feeling at peace, with the energy of the winds rolling around me, empowering me.

As I learned more about the mechanism of action of Castor Oil Packs™, to my amazement, the scientific research showed that it supported these 5 fundamental pillars of health:

F: Function of the Digestive Tract – Studies have shown that castor oil packs help to relieve constipation1 and improve the smooth muscle function2 of the digestive tract, in turn supporting better absorption and elimination.

A: Antioxidant Support – Castor oil has been shown to effectively preserve glutathione levels3, which is our body’s master detoxifying agent responsible for moving out toxic substances and heavy metals.  It is also a source of topical nutrients like vitamin E, Omega 6 and 94 and nitric oxide5.

I: Inflammation Regulation – Castor oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory6, making it excellent for reducing core inflammation, supporting the digestive process and reducing pain and discomfort.  Inflammation is known as the ‘silent killer’ and it’s important to do everything we can to reduce it in the body.

T: Tension and Stress Reduction – This is where the organic cotton compress part of the castor oil pack practice comes into play.  The soft compression of the pack on the skin stimulates sensory receptors that help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, our ‘rest and digest’ state.  The compress promotes production of our feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine7, as well as our love and connection hormone, oxytocin8.

H: Host Microbiome Balance – In our bodies and on our skin are trillions of bacteria, both good and bad.  The good bacteria you probably know as probiotics, and the bad bacteria I like to call conbiotics™.  When conbiotics™ run rampant in our systems (like con artists) they can create a protective layer called biofilm that is very difficult to break down, and makes it nearly impossible to kill them and get them out of our bodies.  Castor oil is one of the only natural substances that can break down this biofilm9 10 11, ultimately helping to restore a healthy microbiome balance.

FAITH is the acronym for the 5 fundamental pillars of Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ health benefits.

Out of all these wonderful benefits that castor oil packs support, in my opinion ’T’ is the most important.  Tension and stress inhibit our bodies’ natural ability to cleanse, calm and poop.  All these things affect everything else. 

And for this to happen you the need the castor oil pack, you can’t get this effect alone with just the oil.  It does not work that way. 

The pack is like the foundation of your house, built out of cement and secured to the ground.  Not perfect, in times of hurricanes, but supportive enough to get you through and keep you safe and resilient in the long run.  You know they got your back. 

I am admitting, I forgot to bring my castor oil pack on this holiday in Florida.  It’s usually the first thing I pack!  I was only able to get a pack on the very last day of my trip, when I visited our Queen of the Thrones™ warehouse. 

My body had felt the anxiety of the impending hurricane, and sure enough by the middle of our trip, my nights were restless, full of tossing and turning.  I simply felt awkward in every position I laid, unsure, did I have to pee, or was I just a wee bit irritated?  Who knows.  Toward the end of our trip, my anxiety was building like the incoming hurricane, from tropical storm to a dangerous category 5.

And you know what relieved it?  Pooping, shortly after I put my castor oil pack on. 

In your future plan, meditation, mindfulness, positive stimulus, supplementation, dietetics, exercise and yoga will all be included.  But enough is enough.  You can only do one thing at a time and when an unexpected hurricane hits, prevention tactics like your castor oil pack will be your best friend.

It’s time to start here, with the foundation.  Have FAITH in your body’s incredible ability to heal.

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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@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.


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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 receptorsProc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184.Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109PMID: 22615395

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Troubleshooting with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

Dr. Marisol ND wearing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

Our Queendom has been buzz, buzz, buzzin’ with everyone sharing their awesome experiences with their Castor Oil Packs! There’s also been a few bumps in the road along the way, but no worries – we’ve got you covered! This is why I wanted to take the time to share some troubleshooting tips with you for our amazing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™.

 

Castor Oil Pack Leaking

Has leaking been a problem for you? Oil getting through to the outer layer and staining your clothes and bedsheets? Here are the most common reasons this happens with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™.

Oil Application

Make sure to use a small amount of oil (1-2 tbsp, you can eyeball it) and use the sides of your pack to gently blot it around in the MIDDLE of the pack, avoiding the seams at all costs! When oil reaches the seams it will leak through to the outer layer. Another option is to put the Castor Oil directly on your body and rub it in, then place your pack over top.

Storage

Your Castor Oil Pack should be stored with the inner layer facing upwards or with all of the sides facing upwards.

Heat

Adding heat can cause the oil to become more runny, leaking towards the seams and onto the outside of the pack. Heat is used in natural medicine to slow things down, so if you have a tendency more toward constipation, heat isn’t the best option, whereas with diarrhea and cramping it can be a nice compliment to your treatment.

Stains

Castor oil is an incredible substance that does so many wonderful things in the body. It’s been affectionately named the ‘divine oil’ and the ‘magical oil’ over the centuries, but as amazing as it is, it is unfortunately very sticky and WILL STAIN FABRICS.

Oily mess is part of the package when it comes to doing Castor Oil Packs. For this reason our packs are not completely mess-free, they are LESS messy than the traditional DIY way. Which, if you’ve ever tried packs the old way, I’m sure you can attest to! In fact this is one of the most common things we hear from our Queendom, is that people are just amazed by how much easier our packs are and how they’ve revolutionized this sacred health practice for them.

We always recommend wearing an old T-shirt when doing your pack just to be safe. And if you want to be extra careful, lay down a towel in bed. This beautiful oil loves to make a mess, but it loves to help your body even more!

 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ Fit

The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™ have been in the works for over 10 years. I’ve tried many different designs and different materials, and tested them all on myself and some with patients. The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack is a culmination of all of these years of developing the best pack possible, carefully designed with only the healthiest and best quality materials to make the treatment quick, easy, less-messy and toxin-free.

Our Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ is designed in the shape of an infinity symbol, because this was the best shape to allow the pack to caress the natural curves of the body. (Plus it’s totally symbolic of infinite health!) All bodies are beautifully unique shapes and sizes – so if you’re finding that the pack isn’t fitting you quite right, here’s some troubleshooting tips.

Too Big

For people with a very tiny torso, the strings can be wrapped around the back of the body and tied over top of the outer layer of the pack to make it fit more snug.

Too Small

For people who find the pack a bit too snug, 2 packs can be used, and the straps can be tied over top of each other. This covers more internal organs, making the treatment more comprehensive!


Castor Oil Pack Cleaning

As mentioned above, castor oil is a very penetrating substance that is difficult (if not impossible) to get out of fabrics. According to the bedside healer Edgar Cayce who popularized castor oil packs in the early 1900s, a pack need not ever be washed. As you’ve probably noticed, with regular use of your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ it will become fairly saturated with oil after about 7-15 uses and this can cause it to feel heavy or leak to the outer layer, in which case most people choose to wash their pack.

If you haven’t seen my edutainment video on how to clean your pack, check it out below. My fairy godmother will show you how! 😉

A common question we get about the packs after cleaning is below.

Sticky Oil Shimmer on the Outside After Cleaning

This is absolutely normal after washing. I’ve personally found the dishwasher to be the most effective method of cleaning to get as much oil out as possible, but the key is to always use an old tea towel to roll up the pack and really blot and wring out the oil on the outer layer.

With daily use, your Castor Oil Pack™ will have a life span of about 3 months, sometimes more, sometimes less. Over time, it will naturally start to discolor and eventually break down. When it’s time for a new pack, just head on over to our website for a Refill Castor Oil Pack Compress 

If you have any other troubleshooting questions, comment below or email our customer service team at care@drmarisol.com and we’ll do our best to help! I’m so proud of this amazing royal community we’ve created, and this movement for everyone to have improvement! Together we are changing the world and revolutionizing this sacred health practice! Lots of love!

 

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@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.