Take your breast health into your own hands
Transform the feeling of fear into empowerment by taking your breast health into your own hands, literally.
Breast massage directions
Pump a few drops of breast care oil into the palm of your hand and gently massage it onto the breast.
Begin with a small circular motion around the nipple then spiral outwards towards the armpit.
We especially like to use the oil after a bath or shower when the skin is warm but you can use this breast care oil any time of day.
The aroma of pure essential oils is very soothing and can help to ease tension and stress.
Pregnancy & breastfeeding
This oil is very beneficial for use during pregnancy and lactation. As your breasts change and grow. The use of this breast care oil through massage can help reduce any soreness associated with the changes.
This nourishing oil can also be applied to the expanding belly as it keeps the skin very soft and supple which can help to avoid or reduce stretch marks.
It’s especially great when the skin is itchy, as the application of this oil can relieve the itchiness.
Whilst lactating and breastfeeding, this oil is very beneficial if nipples become sore from an incorrect latch or after cluster feeding.
Massage into breasts lightly after feeding and allow the soothing oil to absorb into the nipples and surrounding breast tissue. If needing to breastfeed again, gently wipe away any excess oil from the nipple area with a warm damp cloth beforehand.
Why breast massage is a good idea
1. Breast massage triggers the release of oxytocin which relaxes the body and mind, creating a feeling of wellness.
2. Powerful anti-aging hormones prolactin and estrogen are released.
3. Post-surgical scars soften and their appearance improves with massaging.
4. Toxins from breast tissue can be reduced by increasing lymphatic drainage.
5. It can also help to reduce PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and the occurrence of cysts.
“If we know our breasts personally, it is easier to notice subtle changes.”
6. Increase pleasure and sensitivity by creating new neural pathways.
7. Lactating mothers can stimulate milk production.
8. Increased self-confidence and enhanced healthy relationship with the body. Discover a whole new level of self-love, acceptance, and joy.
9. It helps to maintain the health of the breasts and can relieve constriction in the chest caused by muscle tightness.
10. Regular breast massage is a wonderful way of getting to know the breasts and can alert you of changes in your breast tissue, so you can take fast action to heal.
Little bits you may want to know
What is a breast made of?
Female breasts contain different types of fibrous, fatty, and glandular tissue;
- Fibrous, or connective, or supportive tissue is the same tissue that ligaments and scar tissue are made of.
- Fatty tissue fills in the spaces between fibrous and glandular tissue and largely determines your breast size.
- Glandular tissue includes breast lobes and breast ducts.
Non-fatty tissue is referred to as fibroglandular tissue. There are also bands of flexible, supportive, connective tissue called ligaments which stretch from the skin to the chest wall to hold the breast tissue in place. Muscle plays an important role too. The pectoral muscle lies against the chest wall underneath both breasts, giving them support. Blood vessels provide oxygen to the breast tissue and carry away waste.
What are lymph nodes?
Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped organs that help fight infection and are found throughout the body. They produce and filter a colourless fluid called lymph, which contains white blood cells known as lymphocytes (immune cells involved in defending against infections and such diseases as cancer).
Lymph vessels filter and carry lymph fluid from the breast to the lymph node. Clusters of lymph nodes near the breast are located in the armpit (known as axillary lymph nodes), above the collar bone, in the neck, and in the chest.
What are breast cysts?
Breast cysts are round or oval structures filled with fluid and are typically a benign cause of breast lumps. There are various types of cysts, which include simple and complex. A simple cyst is just filled with fluid and is always benign. A complex cyst has fluid and solid elements so if blood or any unusual cells are present in the fluid, further testing may be required to rule out breast cancer.
Breast cysts usually affect women before menopause, aged between 35 and 50. However, they can also affect women of any age, even young girls. Women who are past menopause and taking hormone therapy are also at risk.
What are the causes of breast cysts?
Each breast is made up of lobes of glandular tissues arranged like daisy petals. The lobes are further divided into smaller lobules that produce milk. Breast cysts develop when fluid accumulates inside the breast glands. Breast cysts can be classified by their size, i.e. micro-cysts, or macrocysts:
Micro-cysts are too small to feel but can be seen on mammography or ultrasound
Macro-cysts are large and can be felt and can grow to about 1 to 2 inches in size.
The exact cause of breast cysts is not known, but medical professionals believe they are triggered by menstrual hormonal changes. During the menstrual cycle, estrogen causes fluid to be produced. Excess estrogen in your body can stimulate the breast tissues which may cause breast cysts.
What the symptoms of breast cysts?
Breast cysts can be found in one breast or can affect both breasts.
The symptoms include:
- Breast pain and tenderness
- Clear, yellow, or dark brown nipple discharge
- Smooth and easily moveable oval or round lump on the breast
- Increased breast size and tenderness around the breast
Even though this is a benign condition, you may still worry about breast cancer. Having breast cysts doesn’t increase your risk of breast cancer, although it is still important to check with your GP if you notice any changes in your breasts.
This oil has been designed to work in harmony with and initiate the body’s natural healing abilities.
It is not proclaiming to be a cure for diseases or medical conditions.
Always consult your doctor or GP with any issues.