Breast care with plants and botanicals

Breast care with plants and botanicals

Breasts aren't usually the first thing we think of when we say self-care or massage, but just like any other part of the body, the breast tissue and peck muscles need and deserve some TLC. The lymphatic system is greatly concentrated in our armpits and chest, so a breast massage is the perfect self-care after a long day-- especially if you wear bras. Massage can help move and drain stagnant lymph fluid to allow new blood to circulate in the area.

"The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body."
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There is no wrong way to preform a breast massage. Any contact will be beneficial to reducing stress, helping you connect with your body as well as stimulate your lymphs to aid you body's functions. Our society associates breasts with sex, pregnancy, or illness more than anything else, and so many of us have a disconnect there. Try this massage in a warm bath after work, adding oil directly to the skin and your bath water. Focus on connecting to your body's wisdom, the systems already in place to keep you strong, healthy, thriving!
There are lots of breast massage tutorials out there, including super helpful videos. Do what feels good, nourishing, sexy, and lucious for YOU. All of you deserves to be pampered.
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A botanical oil created specifically for breast massage is my favorite thing to use, though any oil will do. You can make your own infused oil using these amazing plant allies:

Cleavers- helps move stagnant or slowed lymph fluid
Calendula- to aid in lymph congestion and swelling
Violet- aids  lymph flow, cooling
Dandelion- clears lymph system of build-up waste  

Infused herbal lymphatic breast oil recipe:
1 part cleavers
1 part calendula
1 part violet leaf/ flower
1/2 part dandelion
Infuse in base oil (sunflower, jojoba, or evening primrose) for 4-8 weeks
Strain oil, add 1-10 drops of essential oil (cypress, rosemary, rose geranium)
Store in an airtight container, good for 12 months

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