Does it feel like you’re in a constant state of stress, as if you’re stuck in a pressure cooker that’s about to burst?
Or maybe you’re feeling unsettled in your own skin because you can sense there’s a change coming around the corner, but you’re scared because you’re not prepared. If this is you, you’re not alone. Feeling this way is no coincidence because it can mean that a spiritual transformation is about to happen.
Let’s dive in so you can get to the bottom of what tension could be telling you! Sounds good, right?
Bottom line: there are huge energetic shifts in the universe colliding so you can begin your transformation.
It’s Quantum Leap time: A.K.A time for your spiritual transformation!
The Flower Full Moon kicked it off on May 25th and it was also an eclipse of the moon, symbolizing powerful change. It was Buddha’s anniversary of birth, enlightenment and death (resurrection)! Big changes, right?
If you are familiar with the christian faith, June 3rd in the Catholic Churches is the celebration of Corpus Christi, the body of God.
The entire practice is based on the internalizing of His flesh, with the Eucharist of His passions for His pains he endured for our salvation, as my spiritual director John O’Brien SJ states. Powerful. Right?
Remember the last supper, “This is my body.” Amazing, agreed?
Not to mention, Mercury went into retrograde on May 29th until June 22nd and there will be another eclipse coming too.
All signs point to a Quantum Leap, which can cause you to feel unsettled and that’s ok.
Good for you for recognizing this so you can…
Welcome the natural spiritual transformation that’s waiting for you.
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Remember to celebrate even the small things so you can revel in all the good things life has to offer you, even when you feel tension.
Because the energies are strong and colliding…
If you’re feeling unsettled in your career
If you’re wanting to move more into your vocation
If you’re frustrated with your body (can’t sleep, can’t poop, stressed)
If you’re feeling abandoned and alone, remember that…
You’re not alone, we’re in this together.
We’re in this with the planets, the birds, butterflies, the waves, bumblebees, the bananas, dragonflies and deer, because we are interconnected. We are one.
The planets and nature run our internal clocks. Amazing, right?
Always remember, it’s just a phase. Maybe you need a new battery, or a shine. Maybe it’s Castor Oil Pack™ time. Does this sound like you?
Share this with your loved ones. Let’s connect with our universal body clocks, because we’re in this same symphony together.
May I invite you to follow me over on Instagram at @medical.mystic? You can tell me your mantra when the planets all collide in your world. Would you love to connect?
I know what you are thinking, another claim to beautiful skin—you have tried all of the celebrity endorsed and ‘top rated’ face masks, scrubs, acne cleansers and wrinkle creams at the beauty counter and haven’t noticed a difference. Well, trust me honey, you are not alone!
The problem is that the majority of these products contain toxic, under-researched chemicals, scents and perfumes that actually cause long term damage to your system, not to mention make a substantial dent in your wallet.
A Bit of History
Castor oil is a versatile, safe and natural oil that was used for beauty preservation by Mediterranean Goddesses, Roman Empresses and Egyptian Queens, all of which were known for their striking beauty. The legendary Queen Cleopatra even used castor oil as part of her beauty regime!
It is the ‘miracle oil’ that does it all! It replaces your cleansers, toners and even your night time moisturizers. In fact, if you look at the products you are currently using, you will likely notice that castor oil is the main ingredient—so why not cut out the crap (literally!) and just use this ‘miracle’ oil as nature intended.
Aging is caused by a lack of circulation to the area; your blood flow constricts and there is a loss of nourishment to the skin, which is why we often see fine lines start to form near the gentle skin around the eyes. We want to bring more blood flow, reduce inflammation and nourish the area—that’s anti-aging 101!
Castor oil has no negative side effects and contains important skin-nourishing nutrients like omega 6 and 9, vitamin E (a known anti-aging vitamin!), amino acids, flavonoids1 and glutathione2 which is important to keep us ‘looking young’. It is antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, which makes it super beneficial for acne, dry, and aging skin.
The thing that places castor oil on the throne as the queen above others, is it is the only oil that contains ricinoleic acid. This divine component of the oil is super anti-inflammatory3, ultra moisturizing and has a molecular weight that allows it to pass through the first layer of skin (the epidermis) into the deeper layer (the dermis) where our blood and lymphatic vessels lie. This makes it the very best carrier oil for essential oils too!
As castor oil is an exceptional emollient and is nourishing, it also helps to alleviate dark circles, puffiness, redness and the fine lines around the eyes. It is used to enhance growth and thickness of eyebrows and eyelashes.
Of course you must always work on cultivating a healthy inner body ecosystem through nourishing foods and through digesting those foods well, and secondly by making sure that you are getting good quality, restorative deep sleep so that your body can renew… Castor Oil Packs™ and the Beauty Sleep Eye Kit™ are two tools that should be staples in your practice to support this.
But your facial care routine can to be radically revamped too! Get rid of the old washes and astringents and let’s cleanse our beautiful faces with a wash that is non-drying, replenishing, redness-reducing and excellent at removing impurities.
Nightly Cleansing Oil Face Wash
Remember your mother always telling you to never go to bed without cleansing your face and removing your make-up? Well, she was right! Just like how we shower mostly everyday, the gentle skin of our faces is exposed to the harsh elements and needs to be cared for as well.
Most of us wash our faces with harsh solutions using soap and antibacterials which strip our faces of their natural oils, leaving them prone to bacteria and dryness. When you strip your face of these oils, often your body responds by increasing the production of oil and sebum, complicating the problem further. But when you wash with castor oil, it preserves your skin’s natural moisture barrier and lifts impurities.
Here’s how to do a nightly cleansing oil wash for your face using castor oil:
Place a clean face cloth under warm water (hot enough to touch but not to burn).
Drape the cloth on your face to steam and open up your pores, wiping away any debris or make-up residue that may have accumulated over the day.
In the palm of your hand place some Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil™ (approx.1 tsp), and gently rub it between your clean palms and blot all over your face. Try to concentrate on any areas where you may have make-up such as the eye area.
Allow the moisturizing, nourishing goodness to absorb into your skin for a minute or two.
Then, splash your face with warm water—this helps to pull debris out and pushes the oil into your skin.
Using the same face cloth, warm it up again, and wipe in an upward motion to remove all of the excess oil and residue.
That’s it—5 minutes and DONE!
You will notice your skin is firmer, plumper and as soft as a baby’s bottom after doing this cleanse. Unlike other cleansers where you are cautioned to ‘avoid your eye area’, castor oil is super safe and actually has health benefits for your eyes!
The next morning, you’ll only need to refresh your skin with purified water.
Not all Castor Oils are the Same…
Just a reminder that not all castor oil is created equally—your castor oil should always be organic, cold-pressed and extra virgin, as well as hexane-free, 100% pure and ALWAYS packaged in a glass bottle.
Castor oil’s unique chemical structure makes it a magnet for toxic lipophilic components of plastic such as BPA 4, slip agents 5, or UV filters 6. For this reason, please never use castor oil that comes in a plastic bottle, and if you have any, throw it away! Since ricinoleic acid has the ability to pass the epidermis and enter the dermis where our blood and lymph vessels lie, we definitely do not want toxins here!
So now you know that not only is castor oil a great addition to your pharmaceutical cabinet, it also has a well-deserved place in your beauty regime too!
We would love for you to take a picture of your face before and again in a few weeks to see if you notice a difference for yourself!
Don’t forget to share this with your friends on social media, through email and like us on Facebook, Instagram and on YouTube to learn more about how to join the movement so that we can all have an improvement!
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In 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic threatened the world population which was at about 1.8 billion people. 500 million people (about 1/3 of the population at the time) were infected.
Mass graves had to be dug around the world as a result. Since then it seems we have been living in a state of fear and on high alert, for not IF but WHEN the next deadly mutated virus will hit again.
The fear is even propagated and heightened because of our fixation; as evidenced in all the TV shows and movies about pandemics and zombie holocausts, like Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman, Contagion, and AMC’s The Walking Dead.
There have always been accounts of flu outbreaks. Remember SARS, the plagues of leprosy that stained faces, and those vanishing populations like the legendary Spanish flu of 1918?
The Spanish flu was the perfect example of what happens when a mutated virus meets malnourished, stressed, injured and inflamed soldiers, who jumped on boats at the end of the war to get home, and brought with them more than big hugs for their family – they brought the virus back to their homeland.
These soldiers lived in less than sanitary conditions. Food options were limited to those that lined an aluminum can or those that were dried, requiring the simple addition of water (if you could find water, that is).
With limited hydration and good quality food the body suffers, plus add insult to injury of the severe mental stress that accompanies war-torn locations and PTSD, that many soldiers suffer from. I’m sure that not much can compare to living through that. Their physical bodies were wounded, inflamed and tossing and turning in their sleep.
In essence, they were the perfect debilitate jalopy, the very best vehicle to propagate this deadly virus around the world.
At home, many countries were ravaged by war, and once again, we see malnourished mothers and children who were stressed out and overworked. Trying to make ends meet and manage a household; the perfect receptacle to welcome the gift from their loved ones returning from war.
Likely to Get Sick | Conducive Conditions for Disease
What conditions are ideal for diseases like influenza to flourish in? Think of it this way; our body is no different than a garden, or an ecosystem.
This is contrary to popular belief where many define the body as a machine. A machine can get pieces taken out of it. An ecosystem cannot; when one aspect is ripped out, it can be devastating to the entire system.
There is one thing that is notorious for throwing off the beautiful balance in the ecosystem of our body. This one thing is STRESS, and in our bodies, this causes the “dis” in dis-ease.
Here are a few of the many possible types of stress:
Nutrient deficiency stress
Inflammatory and immune stress
Mental and emotional stress
The list goes on and on…
We know that when we are weak and devitalized from repetitive, non-ceasing stress we are more prone to sickness. This is why influenza typically affects elderly populations, children and those with “dis-ease” or immune-compromised conditions more often.
Notice the spelling of “dis-ease”.
The meaning of the prefix ‘dis’ is a body or system that is not in balance.
This is the same as a garden. One that lacks proper nutrients in the soil, adequate sunlight, water, or love messages won’t grow and is likely to develop infestations and disease.
It only makes sense that the Spanish flu reached such staggering proportions and infected 1/3 of the world’s population at the time.
The true epidemic, in my opinion, may not have been one of the virus, but rather the overall state of health of the population of the world at the time.
How about them apples? They should have been eating more!…
It was World War I, after all. Living in that time would mean constantly feeling an inner sensation of imbalance, that the ‘dis’ could come upon us at any time, and stress became programmed into the makeup of our bodies. Stress was the norm, not the exception as it should be.
Why We Focus On The Bug
You may be familiar with Louis Pasteur, who in the 1800s popularized the idea of The Germ Theory and made it mainstream. The bug (virus, bacteria, yeast, parasite, etc), became the enemy to attack. Kill it and life is good. It was widely accepted as the main tenet that permeates medicine to this day; including in cancer treatments with the bug being our own tissues.
But what most aren’t privy to, is that at the same time, Claude Bernard was promoting and proving the terrain theory, or physical vitalism. He postulated that the body is an ecosystem and that an ecosystem in health, has a vital force and can beat all disease1.
The difference, it was said, was that Pasteur had friends in high places that moved his philosophy forward. These have served us well, as we have learned an incredible amount about the bug and how it affects an unhealthy body. On the other hand, vitalism went backstage once Bernard was out of the picture.
However, there is hearsay that Pasteur, on his deathbed, recanted his theory and said: “Bernard was right, it’s not about the bug, it’s the terrain”.
Why We Should Focus on Terrain, Vital Force, and Physical Vitalism of The Body
The ancient doctors of the past, Hippocrates, Galen, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors always searched for ways to support the system as a whole. They focused on the foundation, the pillars that would create health.
This is the mechanism of wellbeing, of positioning for success in spite of what is going on around you.
You really can’t control what is happening around you but one thing is for sure, you can control what you do.
A healthy, well-balanced body with a solid foundation is in the right position to overcome anything that may come its way. This was the work that Bernard was so passionate about.
If you have ever seen a naturopathic doctor, functional medicine doctor, or any other holistic healer, this is the premise of their work.
A resilient, strong, balanced foundation in the body prevents all disease.
The reality is that it’s about both the bug and the terrain, and keeping them in balance.
Balance means we want a little bit of acute stress, not longterm constant stress as that becomes damaging, but a little goes a long way2, because it is actually protective, especially to the digestive tract and gut.
As Hippocrates stated:
“All disease begins in the gut”
How to Prevent the Flu (From a Functional Perspective)
Our goal then is to support the foundation, which begins in the gut. To keep the body and its foundation well supported every day so that it can be healthy.
Here I introduce to you The Original Cleanse™. The formula used by the ancient doctors who knew the vital importance of making sure that a system can:
Bloat less and digest well
Stress less and feel well
The simplest of functions and by far the most important is to feel better and be resilient against anything that comes its way.
The doctor dresses the wound and God [nature] heals it.3
As such, they would use the simplest of therapies such as a compress in the areas that needed help, in order to invigorate the vital force within to heal! Just like you do with a bandaid for a boo-boo.
Why do you think it’s so natural to simply put a bandage on it, or wrap it up? It is literally instinctual to us that it will help us heal. This is why they call it The Original Cleanse. It’s part of our origin story. It is that which will help us regain faith in our healing.
The fact is wearing a compress, such as a castor oil pack, eye mask or bandage, stimulates the receptors of the skin that transfer information to the nervous system to put the body into the relaxed state.
The skin provides the ‘on’ switch to the relaxed state by promoting the hormone oxytocin4, which reduces cortisol (the stress hormone).
So the reason soldiers in World War I were so susceptible to the Spanish flu, was simply that wounds (whether an actual wound on the skin, emotional wound, or a misbalance in the immune system), don’t heal under stress5. It’s an impossibility. The system needs a calm, relaxed state that is flooded with oxytocin6 to heal.
Wounds occur when the “equilibrium between synthesis and degradation has been shifted toward degradation”7.
The Natural Law of Balance
The body follows a natural law of balance, otherwise, dis-ease predominates. The Original Cleanse works on setting up the foundation so there can be balance and no dis-ease. It is the simple practice of wearing a castor oil pack and eye mask with castor oil to bed every night.
My first experience with the castor oil pack was transformational, and later clinical experience with thousands of patients proved the same result. And it’s why I’m here telling everyone about them.
For my patients and I, the first thing The Original Cleanse did was bring back FAITH in our ability to heal and feel better. It helped us to believe that balance could be achieved again, despite many failed attempts.
Very appropriately, I use the acronym FAITH to describe the five main foundations of health that Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ support, which help to prepare it for any bug that comes its way.
F: Function of the digestion, absorption, and elimination
Research demonstrates that castor oil enhances prostaglandins8, nitric oxide9 and stimulates capsaicin-sensitive sensory neurons10 in the presence of acute glucocorticoids (the hormones of stress), which actually has a protective effect on the gastric lining, thus improving its function.
Castor oil can enhance defensive mechanisms such as gastric acid as well as digestive enzymes, that serve as a barrier for bugs entering the body.
Castor oil packs have been shown to improve the frequency of elimination11, and via prostaglandin stimulation of smooth muscle and nitric oxide electrolyte shifting, reduces food sensitivities thus relieving the immune system.
A: Antioxidant support
Castor oil is a source of vitamin E, omega 6, omega 9, and the end result of what you get from fish oils12. It has also been shown to preserve levels of one of our most important antioxidants, glutathione13, which is required for detoxification in the liver. Wearing a castor oil pack over the liver supports circulation and flow to this area, allowing it to cleanse more efficiently.
I: Inflammation & Immunity
Inflammation must be reduced in the body to make space for healing. Castor oil is a strong anti-inflammatory14 and wearing a castor oil pack is an excellent way to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. Castor oil packs have also been shown to support white blood cells of the immune system15 which protect our terrain from the bug.
Stress is another key factor that must be reduced in order for healing to take place. Castor oil packs create a gentle compression that helps to move the body into the parasympathetic state16 and that stimulates feel-good hormones like dopamine17 and oxytocin18. Wearing a sleep mask helps to further support the reduction of stress by improving sleep via melatonin production19.
H: Host Microbial Balance
As mentioned earlier, the terrain is just as important as the bug. Part of the terrain of the body is the trillions of bugs (microscopic bacteria), known as the microbiome. A healthy balance of good bugs and bad bugs is a key player in the balance of our digestion, hormones and immune system function. Castor oil packs support the microbiome by helping to breakdown biofilm created by bad bugs202122.
The Original Cleanse for Physical Vitalism
The Original Cleanse is a nightly practice that only takes 2 minutes, and helps to strengthen and balance the terrain of our bodies so that they are prepared for the bug, should it come-a-knockin’.
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Prepare your castor oil pack by applying 1-2 tbsp of oil in the center of the soft cotton side of the pack, then tie it onto the body over the liver.
Step 2: Pour a dollop of castor oil into the palm of your hand. Use an applicator brush to apply castor oil to eyelashes and eyebrows, then dab the remaining oil into the delicate skin around the eyes. Cover with the eye mask and go to sleep.
That’s it! The Original Cleanse revitalizes, strengthens and balances your body as you sleep.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.
1 Normandin S1. Claude Bernard and an introduction to the study of experimental medicine: “physical vitalism,” dialectic, and epistemology. J Hist Med Allied Sci. 2007 Oct;62(4):495-528. Epub 2007 Jun 18.
2 Filaretova LP.[Contribution of glucocorticoid hormones to gastroprotection]. Usp Fiziol Nauk. 2014 Jan-Mar;45(1):44-56.[Article in Russian]
10 Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8
11 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.