As a new mom, self-care can seem like a distant daydream in a far-off land with rainbows and butterflies. You’re always jumping from one thing to the next, making sure everyone is fed and dressed, bathed and loved. Some days it seems like you don’t even have time to go to the bathroom. And when you do… yikes! You sit for what seems like hours, pushing to no avail. Ain’t no FitMama got time for that!
You want everything to be taken care of, to be perfect. You are literally superwoman in the way that you care for your family, you even manage to eat your veggies and sneak in a couple FitHiit work-outs each week. So why are you feeling so crappy? Why haven’t you been able to lose the belly bloat and get that flat tummy you used to have?
Don’t worry – you’re doing everything right! You ARE superwoman, you just need a secret weapon to make life that much better and easier. Read on and I’ll spill the beans!
Postpartum Secret Weapon – Castor Oil Packs
After pregnancy, our bodies can feel totally out-of-whack. Bloating, gas, depression, indigestion and constipation are all very common postpartum. I mean, your body just grew a tiny human that completely depended on it for nourishment, growth and safety, how incredible is that?! Now it’s working on readjusting and rebalancing itself. This can take time, and some extra TLC.
Castor oil packs are a health practice as old as time that have been used all around the world from Egypt to Rome, China to India, and were popularized in North America in the early 1900s by famed bedside healer Edgar Cayce. They are an at-home treatment that involve placing an organic cotton flannel with castor oil onto the body.
They help bring the body into balance by supporting the five foundational pillars of health and healing. They’re like a secret weapon that make your healthy diet, exercise plan and supplements all work better and FASTER.
If you’ve never heard of a castor oil pack, watch our video below to learn more about this legendary health practice and what it can do for you! (insert video what is a castor oil pack below)
Castor Oil Packs Help Restore FAITH In Our Bodies
You’re probably thinking, how can this simple treatment of placing a flannel with castor oil onto my body actually help me?! As mentioned before, the packs support the five foundational pillars of feeling great, that are clinically practiced and scientifically researched. They help us regain FAITH in our bodies’ ability to heal, which just so happens to spell out the five pillars that they support!
F is for: Function of the Digestion, Absorption, Elimination Processes
Indigestion and constipation are so common postpartum and can be very discouraging, time-consuming and SUPER uncomfortable. Constipation is related to the inability to let go. As a mom this can be difficult, you always want everything to be perfect and to go exactly according to plan. But let’s get real – no one is perfect, and there will be a perfectly imperfect ebb and flow to motherhood that we need to learn to simply let go, and ‘go with the flow’.
Castor oil packs have been shown to be as effective as laxatives at relieving constipation, but with no negative side effects1. They also improve smooth muscle function2, allowing for smoother digestion and enhanced absorption. The packs will have you landing bowel movements to brag about in no time! This means less time on the toilet and more time with your beautiful fam!
A is for: Antioxidant Levels
Antioxidants are crucial during pregnancy to help clear toxins out of your system to protect your baby and also aid in their development. It’s important to build these levels up postpartum so that your liver can do its job with no problems! Castor oil packs support crucial antioxidants like glutathione3, vitamin E4 and nitric oxide5.
I is for: Inflammation Regulation
A little bit of inflammation is good, but when it gets out of hand it’s like a raging forest fire in California! Inflammation is very common postpartum as our insides work on returning to their normal state. We can feel this constant bloat that never seems to go away, that last little bit of pregnancy ‘fluff’ that you can’t seem to get rid of. This is typically due to core inflammation.
Just like water is needed to extinguish a forest fire, our body sends water to areas of high inflammation to quell the irritation. Castor oil packs help to reduce inflammation6 and regulate this response, helping you get a flat tummy!
T is for: Tension and Stress Response
Have a baby they said, it’ll be fun, they said. Ah the joys of motherhood. Totally worth it, but totally stressful. And as if all this extra stress of caring for another human wasn’t enough, 15% of new mothers experience postpartum depression and another 80% experience a less severe form known as the ‘baby blues’7.
When you’re caring for a brand new life, it can be hard to find time to do the regular things that combat depression like exercising or being out in nature. This is why castor oil packs are so amazing. They are like a big hug for your body8 and help it shift from the stressed out state into the relaxed, parasympathetic state (A.K.A. the rest and digest state) in a matter of minutes.
This is, in my opinion, the most important action of the packs. Everyone has stress in their lives, new mothers especially. In addition to training our parasympathetic tone, the packs also promote the production of feel-good hormones, like dopamine9, which makes us feel satisfied and helps regulate our emotions. Castor oil packs also stimulate oxytocin10 (our love and connection hormone) which is released after giving birth, during breastfeeding and after orgasming! Oxytocin also helps with postpartum weight loss because since it makes you feel fulfilled, appetite is reduced11.
H is for: Host Microbiome Balance
As I like to say, the greatest wealth is gut health. Dysbiosis is a common culprit when it comes to gas, bloating and indigestion. It feels next to impossible to do exercises that support core weakness postpartum when things in your gut just feel off and uncomfortable.
Castor oil packs can help! Castor oil has been studied for its incredible ability to break down biofilm12 13 14 (a mucus-like barrier that bad bacteria create to protect themselves) and when we can break this down, we can get rid of the bad guys and make room for awesome probiotics (good bacteria)!
The microbial balance in the gut also plays a key role in mood balance, as the majority of our body’s serotonin is manufactured in the gut. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in our happiness, and low levels of it have been linked to postpartum depression15.
How To Do a Castor Oil Pack
If you’ve ever been prescribed a castor oil pack before, did you do it? My guess is you didn’t – or maybe you tried it once and never again. The reason this incredible health tool has fallen out of popularity in recent years is because of the inconvenience it was to prepare.
You’d have to go out to different shops, gathering all of the materials you need. Then you’d have to makeshift your own pack, heat it in the oven, somehow attach it to your body and lie down and relax for an hour, careful not to get castor oil on anything because it stains like crazy. What new mom has time for that?!
I created the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack to make the treatment quick, super easy, and less-messy. It only takes 2 minutes to prepare and easily ties onto the body so you can wear it while you’re doing laundry, cooking dinner or even better – during the night as you sleep.
Check out our quick video below for exactly how to do a castor oil pack.
Castor Oil and Pregnancy
You may have heard of midwives using castor oil as a tool to induce labour16, often having the mother drink a castor oil and orange juice cocktail to get things moving. Though it’s unlikely that the topical treatment of castor oil packs would have the same effect, for this reason it is not recommended to use castor oil packs during pregnancy.
They are an excellent support post-pregnancy for our FAITH foundations, and the topical application of castor oil is also great for stretch marks, scars and softening of the skin postpartum! Castor oil is the most nourishing and emollient oil that is basically a superfood for our skin, providing vitamin E, Omega 6, Omega 917 and more!
Many women also have gallbladder issues after having babies, where they have trouble absorbing fats. The healthy fats in castor oil can be absorbed topically and potentially improve fat absorption! Castor oil packs have also shown to naturally reduce cholesterol18.
Castor Oil and Breastfeeding
This practice isn’t recommended during pregnancy but is perfectly safe to use while breastfeeding. Remember, the packs help with oxytocin production, our let-down hormone, so they support this beautiful mechanism of the body and keep you in good flow.
Watch our video below to learn more about the outstanding benefits of castor oil and castor oil packs. (insert video benefits of castor oil packs below)
Castor Oil Quality
One very important thing to note when talking about castor oil is the quality. When using castor oil on your body, first of all, you want to make sure it is bottled in glass. Castor oil is an excellent carrier oil and if it is bottled in plastic, it can absorb toxic components like bisphenol A (BPA)19, UV filters like benzophenones20 or slip agents like nonylphenol21 which can disrupt the immune, nervous, hormonal and digestive systems. Secondly, you want to make sure it’s certified organic, hexane-free, cold-pressed and extra virgin (like Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil).
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