10 benefits of castor oil for hormones, digestion, and more!

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Why castor oil is your perimenopause bestie! Become less bloated, more energetic, less overwhelmed!

Have you ever found something and thought…dang, if only I had known about this sooner?! I’ve been hearing about castor oil for years. When I would hear the words, “castor oil pack”, for whatever reason, I was intimidated picturing some weird plastic bag filled with castor oil that I would place on my abdomen.

 

Turns out, it’s nothing like that and my only regret is that I didn’t begin sooner. I’m breaking it all down for you today so you don’t wait as long as I did!

 

I’ve seen an uptick in my estrogen dominance, which is so prevalent in perimenopause, over the past year and half that has caused frustrating bloating, tender breasts, and other unsavory symptoms.  But a simple castor oil pack changed everything! 

 

Within the first week I noticed a marked improvement in my stomach when I would wake up in the morning. You do NOT have to wear it over night (I’ll give full instructions in a moment), but I did and I was blown away at what I experienced.

I want to first cover some benefits, then go a bit deeper into a few of them, then tell you exactly how and when to use it. 

  • Hormonal imbalances (PCOS, menopause, estrogen dominance, etc.)
  • Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, indigestion, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease
  • Insomnia and other sleep problems
  • Stress reduction, anxiety, depression, ADHD
  • Period regulation, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breasts
  • Thyroid issues (hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, nodules, etc.)
  • Liver cleansing and detox, fatty liver
  • Inflammation, arthritis, joint pain
  • Great for skin, eyelashes, and eyebrows

So if you want to:

  • Poop Better
  • Sleep Better
  • Balance hormones better
  • Bloat less 
  • Have less overwhelm

…keep reading!

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Bloating

Have you ever been so bloated, you look like you’re 6 months pregnant?

 

Castor oil can actually help you get a flatter tummy over time. It helps to improve digestion and reduces gas and bloating. Not to mention it helps regulate bowel movements, reduce inflammation, improves detox and balances stress.

 

The frequency of your bowel movements can indicate different issues within the body. The daily ideal bowel movement should be the unique length of your wrist to your elbow. Now this can be in one big stool or 1-4 smaller stools that approximate this length.

 

Whether you’re going too much or not enough, castor oil packs are a legendary health ritual that help to regulate your bowel movements naturally.

Hormones

Estrogen dominance is a multifaceted issue that requires a comprehensive approach to healing. One of my favorite tools to help balance estrogen dominance, which, as I mentioned is something I’ve dealt with for the past 2 years, are castor oil packs, because they work on so many different areas of the body.

Here’s how:

  1. They improve our glutathione levels, a powerful antioxidant that gets rid of excess estrogens, toxins, and byproducts of plastics (like BPA)
  2. They regulate bowel movements and provide relief from constipation so excess hormones can leave the body
  3. They reduce inflammation
  4. They help to break down biofilm
  5. They reduce cortisol by switching our body into the rest and digest state

This is why a castor oil pack is one of the first things that anyone with a hormone imbalance should try. 

Increase of Nitric Oxide

Nitric oxide is a powerful anti-aging, antioxidant nutrient in the body that opens blood vessels and helps to keep you young!? 

 

Amazingly, castor oil packs help increase this powerhouse nutrient in our bodies. Nitric oxide is also very helpful in getting rid of Candida in the body, so this practice is a MUST-DO for microbiome health.

Candida

Have you ever heard of Candida overgrowth? It’s when yeast grows out of control in your system and causes symptoms like: 

  • Bloating so big you feel like a pressure cooker about to explode 
  • Gas (that always seems to happen at the WORST times!)
  • Constipation that feels like you’ve got bricks in your intestines
  • Foggy brain and troubles concentrating
  • Skin problems like acnes, rashes, dryness, redness and itchiness
  • White coating on tongue, especially in the morning
  • Yeast infections
  • Urinary tract infections

 

Uncomfortable… sluggish… toxic… If you’ve ever been constipated you know how awful it feels. Being able to eliminate waste from our bodies is crucial to feeling good and healthy. We have to be able to get rid of the junk we don’t need or else it gets reabsorbed and recirculated through our systems!

The reason it’s so effective is that the active component of castor oil (known as ricinoleic acid) is anti-inflammatory, and it stimulates our prostaglandin receptors that help to move the smooth muscle of the uterus and intestines.

 

Possibly the most important benefit of wearing a castor oil liver pack is that as soon as you place it onto your body, it moves you into the parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ state. We get stuck in “fight or flight” state (the state of stress), that just compounds and adds to problems going to the bathroom. 

 

The pack stimulates the release of feel-good hormones like dopamine and oxytocin (A.K.A. the love molecule) which promotes deeper sleep and relaxation. Oxytocin naturally decreases our stress hormone (cortisol), and when cortisol is low, our levels of progesterone are naturally higher (progesterone is needed for healthy bowel movements and good hormonal balance!) 

Detox

To effectively detox we must support our master detoxification agent, glutathione. 

 

We are constantly exposed to thousands of toxins – in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the products we put onto our bodies. We can run but we can’t hide, these toxins are bound to enter our system and glutathione helps to move most (if not all) of these harmful substances OUT.

 

It can become depleted very easily in the body, and unfortunately there aren’t many food sources or ways to get more of it. Castor oil has been shown in studies to effectively preserve glutathione levels, improving the elimination of toxic substances and keep your detox mechanisms running smoothly.

Microbiome

Think of the gross stuff that clogs the drain of your sink, the plaque that forms on your teeth or the slimy coating you find on stones in ponds. Now imagine this inside your gut.

 

There aren’t many natural substances that have the ability to break down this gunk, but castor oil is scientifically proven to be one of them! 

How to use it:

 

Put 1 Tbsp of oil on the cloth side of your pack, place over liver, thyroid, abdomen, or eyes (I wear my liver one over my abdomen or liver) depending on which pack you get. Be sure to wear an old t-shirt over it to prevent stains. Even though the pack is meant to keep the oil from leaching out, once it’s used a number of times it can get a bit messy. 

 

Wear for one hour or overnight. That’s it. 

 

Get a discount when you buy $59 or more by going to lisaloufitness.com/oilpack and use the code LISALOU

 

I can’t wait to hear all of your success stories so please send them in to me once you start this new healthy habit!

 

Love you!

Lisa

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About Lisa…

I’m passionate about helping you achieve energy, joy, and fun over 40 so you can live your most confident years, yet.
 
My heart and mission is to help women of all ages start living a bold, intentional life right where they are!
 
My heart for your health stemmed from years of figuring out how to help my own. 
 
With a combination of a poor family health history, combined with autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, and congenital heart defects, I was motivated to make significant shifts to give myself the best chance of a life lived vivaciously, boldly, confidently, and energetically!
 
And because I want all of that for you, I’m passionately walking in my purpose of helping you create all of that and more for yourself! 

More about Lisa…

  • 30+ years in the health & fitness industry 
  • Mom and wife living in Louisiana 
  • Alternate for NBC’s Dancing With Myself
  • Bachelors degree in Health
  • Master’s in Exercise Science
  • Certified NASM personal trainer
  • Nutrition Coach
  • IWHI Integrative Women’s Health Coach
  • 2 time former gym owner
  • Former e-How.com fitness presenter

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