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DIY 5 Minute Organic Face Cleansing Routine With Castor Oil | Firmer, More Radiant Skin That Costs Just Pennies A Day!

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.

The Science

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… The castor oil pack and 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:

  1. Place a clean face cloth under warm water (hot enough to touch but not to burn).
  1. 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. 
  1. In the palm of your hand place a dollop of 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.
  1. Allow the moisturizing, nourishing goodness to absorb into your skin for a minute or two.
  1. Then splash your face with warm water—this helps to pull debris out and pushes the oil into your skin. 
  1. 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! 

Throw on your Queen of the Thrones™ beauty eye mask and you are now ready for bed!

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!

References

(1). 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.

(2). Holm T, Brøgger-Jensen MR, Johnson L, Kessel 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. PMID: 24260265

(3). 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 

(4).Hafezi SA1, Abdel-Rahman WM1. The Endocrine Disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA) Exerts a Wide Range of Effects in Carcinogenesis and Response to Therapy. Curr Mol Pharmacol. 2019 Mar 6. doi: 10.2174/1874467212666190306164507. [Epub ahead of print]

(5). Kim H1, Oh S1, Gye MC1, Shin I1,2. Comparative toxicological evaluation of nonylphenol and nonylphenol polyethoxylates using human keratinocytes. Drug Chem Toxicol. 2018 Oct;41(4):486-491. doi: 10.1080/01480545.2017.1391829. Epub 2017 Nov 10

(6). Amar SK1, Goyal S2, Srivastav AK3, Chopra D3, Ray RS2. Combined effect of Benzophenone-2 and ultraviolet radiation promote photogenotoxicity and photocytotoxicity in human keratinocytes.Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2018 Jun;95:298-306. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2018.04.003. Epub 2018 Apr 4.

Yoga to Feel Good, Not Look Good

Dr. Marisol doing yoga pose

As the call of the crickets chirp away in the dewiness of the morning, I make my way into my yoga studio. The sun isn’t up, no sparkle on the horizon, only a fresh, crisp, cool breeze that hugs and stimulates my body. It makes me feel alive even though my mind and body aren’t totally awake yet.

Why do I wake up at 4:44 in the morning, to do this practice while the world sleeps?

Do I do it because I want to look good? Often people think that I do this to stay in shape, or keep my svelte appearance. 

But the reality is I don’t do it for this at all. At the end of the day, that won’t give me the motivation to wake up when I do, or to feel the way I do. I need stronger, deeper, more authentic motivation. 

Read on to find out why a yoga practice will be one of those health practices that will change your life forever. Just ask those that live and breath by it, like some of my favorite inspirations @findingmorgantyler and @gypsyon__

My First Yoga Experience 

I remember the first time I did a yoga class. It was amazing. But I did it once and didn’t do it again. Why? Mainly because at this time in my life I was only interested in what would keep the weight off. I wanted my body to be toned, ripped and looking good in a bathing suit. And I thought that meant torturing my body with hours of working out and doing things that didn’t feel great, but made a quick gain. 

What I didn’t understand was that looking good means nothing and feeling good is EV-ERY-THING. When you feel good, you look good. 

But what happens when the things you do to look good stress you out? Over-exercising, cardio out the kazoo, hyper-focus on calorie counting, categorizing good food vs. bad food, feeling guilty for f*cking up… 

It can feel like life is not really worth living. You get discouraged and give it all up, then get ‘back on your grind’ a couple weeks later. Your body falls in and out of this yo-yo pattern and your spirit is left with disillusionment and loss of hope.  

Image of yoga mats and feet in a yoga class

But don’t worry – there is a light at the end of the tunnel! You see, when you get into what really makes you happy, you realize that it’s not the size of clothing you wear or what you look like on the outside. The only thing that matters is that you love yourself and understand that all the love you need lives inside of you. 

Not understanding this was like being asleep in my life. I was Sleeping Beauty Aurora, and the Prince Charming that finally woke me up was actually ME, connecting with myself. 

Why Should You Do Yoga?

The reason yoga is my predominant form of exercise is because I do it to feed my soul, rest my mind, connect with my physicality and the inner and outer movements of my temple. 

In yoga, I find my daily balance.

In yoga, I find my daily peace.

In yoga, I find the value in persistence and progress. 

Day by day, practice by practice, yoga has added enormous wealth and richness to my life. 

What I practice each day is an alchemy of the most important aspects of healing.

It’s my morning yoga wake up call, Grateful Dung™ practices before I eat, and peeking after I poo with Eau de Throne™. These practices consistently keep me conscious, present in the here and now, and tuned in during the day. My castor oil pack and Beauty Sleep Eye Kit are the tools I use in my nightly wind-down. These practices are the foundation of what keeps me vibrant, alive, balanced, and shining with my own light. 

Why Hot Yoga?

I always do hot yoga in the mornings, and the heated room really cranks up the benefits for the body. Here are a few reasons why I simply can’t live without it now: 

1. Induces sweating (like a sauna)


Sweating helps to cleanse your body. My practice often leaves my yoga outfit smelling funky, like a vat of chemicals have been dumped on it (chemicals that were stored in my body!). 

2. Calms the mind


I practice a type of yoga which is the same sequence of movements every time. They become automatic. I always know what’s coming next, so my mind can relax completely. You don’t have to do this type of yoga in order to get this benefit, it’s just my personal preference. The more you practice yoga, the more you’ll notice how refreshing it is for your mind.

3. Moves internal organs 


Yoga brings movement and flow to the digestive tract so we can digest, absorb and eliminate well. It massages hormonal organs like the thyroid, liver and adrenal glands.

4. Teaches valuable lessons to live by


Perseverance, commitment, kindness, understanding… yoga has taught me to be gentle with myself and where my body is at. It keeps the body limber, lean and with very few “physical ailments”.

5. Deep breathing


Yoga involves consciously focusing on inhaling all the good, and exhaling/letting go of that which does not serve us. It helps to get oxygen flowing to all the nooks and crannies of your beautiful temple.

There are so many benefits that you don’t get with other types of exercise. Now I know you’re wondering, what does it feel like? 

Let me tell you, you do not need to be Gumby to excel in yoga. You begin, just begin, exactly where you are at.  

What To Expect From A Yoga Class

Let me walk you through a typical yoga class for me. 

We begin by sitting cross legged; breathing, realigning, and setting an intention. 

This simple act reinforces the value of setting a goal. “Begin with the end in mind,” as Stephen Covey says in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  A dream without a map is just a dream, but with a map it can become reality. 

Breathing exercises begin the class. I breathe through my throat, opening up my fifth chakra. This chakra is one most often blocked in women, the one that aligns with the thyroid. The most common reason this chakra becomes blocked is because we often do not speak our mind. 

As I inhale, I fill in my belly as big as Buddha’s. 

I raise my arms over my head, and like the diagnostic needle of a Geiger counter, I swing back and forth, realigning my spine, tuning my body in to its natural rhythms. I give in to its natural ebb and flow, like the ocean. 

The class is usually 1.5 hours, but I do the express, only one hour. I’m busy, and I practice self care in many ways, so I devote a dedicated amount of time to everything daily. Castor oil packs, a sleep routine with my Beauty Sleep Kit, grateful practices and mindset training, everything is penciled in on my daily schedule. This maintains my foundation, my life and my happiness. I grow and glow because of it! 

The first half of the class is standing, helping you ground deeply into Mother Earth. I feel my legs extending down into the ground, like thick deep roots effortlessly making their way through the moist soil. I think of my feet, legs, thighs, and buttocks tightening as I squeeze and push deep into the ground, rooting myself for this practice. 

The imagery in the class makes me happy. Instructions to fold into a smiling Japanese ham sandwich, makes me giggle internally, a great feat when your stomach is smooshed up against your thighs, your head buried in between your shins. 

There are more poses named after animals in this sequence than there are in the jungle! One of the most powerful poses is the eagle. It stretches and aligns the shoulders and hips, the supportive joints of the body holding strong, like the four corners of the world. The point of the pose is to contract certain areas, restricting blood flow for a time, then as you release the pose, your circulation flushes in, nourishing all of the stabilizing joints. I feel powerful as I stand calmly after this pose, serene and focused like an eagle.

As I move into needle, grounding into the floor, I get distracted. My body is leaning forward, one leg stabilizing me, the other in the air. The skin on my belly hangs down, like a sack of potatoes, or better yet, a deflated, wrinkled, leathery balloon. A delightful sight now, but in my past was an utter nightmare to me. Something that I felt belonged only on Elm Street. Something that had me feeling so bad about who I was, as if I was a monstrous murderer, all because I had a little too much skin. 

Yoga taught me acceptance of where I am at right now. 

The Fear of Starting Yoga

When I first started yoga I was well covered up, always wearing a baggy shirt and long pants, in a room that is heated to 40 degrees plus. I felt so intimidated to bear all. So uncomfortable in my own skin, almost alien. 

I learned in yoga to be vulnerable. I learned to accept where I am at. I also learned this from following incredible women and leaders empowering women to step into their skin, no matter what it looks like or where they are at. @thebirdspapaya, @findingmorgantyler, @gypsyon__, @mikzazon, @kenziebrenna and @iamtulin are all women who have influenced my journey of acceptance.

The bottom line is this. On your yoga mat, you are safe. You are home. This is the place for your private inner practice, shared with a community that holds you and lifts you up. We all need community and connection to be happy. Yoga has given me this too. 

It took a long time for me to transition and be able to look at myself exposed in short shorts and sports bra. I just couldn’t in the beginning because I was living in fear of what others would think as I folded over myself and let my skin hang.

Why did I care what others thought? Because that is how we are trained. 

When I prescribe yoga, my patients often tell me, “I can’t do it because I can’t stretch, I’m so stiff!” But with yoga, that is exactly the point. The reality is they are not really worried about this, this is simply an excuse for their true feelings. They think that if they can’t do the poses perfectly that they will feel judged, isolated and alone. But it’s the total opposite in a yoga class!

That’s why it is call it a ‘yoga practice’, and not a ‘yoga perfect’!!!

Finishing Your Yoga Practice

Tortoise pose is the most activating and energizing of all the postures. Ironically, it requires the least amount of energy. To build energy, you must get calm and center yourself. The position is on your knees folded over, with hands in prayer position. 

This pose is like the castor bean. The protein meal that is left over after oil production can kill you, but the oil can heal you. This is the magic alchemy and natural state of all things created by Mother Nature. She calls it as she sees it, there is always a balance between dark and light, light and dark.  

As you end your practice on the floor, lying in dead man’s pose, the effects of what you did start to sink in. An hour of intense focus under harsh circumstances, yet you feel balanced, clean, in tune… you feel BETTER. 

I always lie in dead’s man pose for about 10 minutes after my practice to soak in all the final ‘goodness’. It always make me think; you have choice in life. Choose you, choose your health practices. Get yourself to a studio like mine @midtownyogakw or follow someone that inspires you in your yoga practice – @findingmorgantyler is my favorite. 

It’s your time to actively own your health practice, so you are one step closer to owning your throne!

All the love and light in the world. 

Quick Fix for Better Sleep and Tired Eyes | Nightly Castor Oil Beauty Routine

You know the saying, “there’s plenty of time to sleep when I’m dead”? I used to use this as an excuse to justify my erratic sleeping habits. When I was in naturopathic college I would stay up all hours of the night studying, or working late hours as a waitress to pay the bills. Coffee was literally my lifeline – if I couldn’t have it, I couldn’t make it through the day. Period. Does this sound familiar? 

I would be foggy and groggy in the mornings, trudging around like a zombie until I had my cup of Joe. Then in the evenings, it seemed as soon as the sun went down I had a miraculous bout of energy that wouldn’t allow me to fall asleep. So I’d toss and turn, becoming tangled up in my sheets worse than an old telephone cord! I came to dread those long, desperate hours, feeling so exhausted but unable to drift off into Dreamland.

That’s when I learned about the simplest of sleep practices that totally changed the game for me. Gracias a Dios!

Eye Masks for Better Sleep

I learned that wearing an eye mask to bed helps us get a deeper, more restful sleep. The eye mask blocks out all light and promotes melatonin production1 in the body; our sleep regulating hormone! 

The soft compression of the eye mask over the face also supports hormones that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy and relaxed, like oxytocin2 and dopamine3

I was absolutely blown away by how much this simple practice helped me sleep. 

Castor Oil for Beauty Sleep 

Around this time was when I began falling in love with castor oil and castor oil packs. Through research, I quickly learned that castor oil was a beauty staple in Egyptian and Greek cultures, and that Cleopatra herself used it to enhance her eyes. I found that castor oil was commonly used as a treatment to help  eyelashes and eyebrows grow, and found it in the ingredient list of dozens of lash growth serums.

This makes total sense! Castor oil improves circulation to where it is applied via nitric oxide stimulation4, so when applied to the lashes and brows it ensures that the hair follicle is getting a good blood supply. Castor oil is also anti-inflammatory5 and provides nourishment for the skin and hair follicle like vitamin E, polyphenols and omegas6. It’s antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant.

These properties also make it the perfect anti-wrinkle eye cream. The oil is exceptionally emollient and nourishing for the delicate skin around the eyes and can help with dark circles, puffiness, redness and fine lines.

Watch this video below of my friend Kitty Martone and I talking about our Nightly Castor Oil Routine, including how to do a castor oil face wash.

Is Castor Oil Safe Near the Eyes?

There is a wealth of research supporting the use of castor oil in the eye as a treatment for dry eyes7 8 9  and prevention of cataracts10. In a study done on rat lenses, castor oil was shown to preserve levels of glutathione exceptionally well11 (glutathione is one of our most powerful antioxidants!).

So castor oil is 100% safe and even beneficial to use in/around the eyes. This made me adore it even more because we have to be so careful with the products we use around our eyes – always read ingredients carefully!

Pair It With Your Castor Oil Pack

The most important part of my nightly castor oil sleep routine is putting on my castor oil pack. It immediately relaxes the nervous system1213, getting it ready for a deep night’s sleep.

Quality of Castor Oil

I just want to quickly note that not all castor oil is created equally. You want to use the best quality, especially when using it near the eyes. Castor oil should be certified organic, cold-pressed, 100% pure, hexane-free, extra virgin and ALWAYS packaged in a glass bottle. If you have castor oil in a plastic bottle, throw it away! Castor oil can absorb toxins and there are many compounds in plastic such as nonylphenol14 and benzophenones15 that can mess with our hormones, immune and nervous systems.

Sweet Dreams, Sleeping Beauty!

So this became my bedtime routine. I dab a little bit of castor oil in the palm of my hand and apply it to my lashes and brows with an applicator brush. Then I dab the excess oil around my eyes, put on my organic cotton eye mask and crawl into bed, easily drifting and dancing off into Dreamland.

I’ve never slept better in my life, and I’m always being complimented on my bright, beautiful eyes!

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References

1  Rong-fang HuXiao-ying JiangYi-ming ZengXiao-yang ChenYou-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. doi: 10.1186/cc8965

2   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.

3   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.

4    Mascolo N1, Izzo AAAutore GBarbato FCapasso F.Nitric oxide and castor oil-induced diarrhea.J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1994 Jan;268(1):291-5.

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

6  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.

7  Goto E1, Shimazaki JMonden YTakano YYagi YShimmura STsubota K. Low-concentration homogenized castor oil eye drops for noninflamed obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction. Ophthalmology. 2002 Nov;109(11):2030-5.

8  Maïssa C1, Guillon MSimmons PVehige J. Effect of castor oil emulsion eyedrops on tear film composition and stability. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2010 Apr;33(2):76-82. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2009.10.005. Epub 2009 Dec 6.

9  Jean-Sébastien Garrigue, 1 Mourad Amrane,1 Marie-Odile Faure,2 Juha M. Holopainen,3,† and Louis Tong4 Relevance of Lipid-Based Products in the Management of Dry Eye Disease J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2017 Nov 1; 33(9): 647–661. Published online 2017 Nov 1. doi: 10.1089/jop.2017.0052 PMCID: PMC5655476 PMID: 28956698

10  Mary Fu, BA, MA Jennifer Brusewitz, ND Castor Oil & Age-Related Cataract – A Case for the Therapeutic Order NDNR Posted May 1, 2018 in Anti-Aging

11   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.

12   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.

13   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.

14   Kim H1, Oh S1, Gye MC1, Shin I1,2. Comparative toxicological evaluation of nonylphenol and nonylphenol polyethoxylates using human keratinocytes. Drug Chem Toxicol. 2018 Oct;41(4):486-491. doi: 10.1080/01480545.2017.1391829. Epub 2017 Nov 10

15   Amar SK1, Goyal S2, Srivastav AK3, Chopra D3, Ray RS2. Combined effect of Benzophenone-2 and ultraviolet radiation promote photogenotoxicity and photocytotoxicity in human keratinocytes.Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2018 Jun;95:298-306. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2018.04.003. Epub 2018 Apr 4.