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Learn the Benefits of Self Massage and Herbal Oils For Maintaining Healthy Breasts

A woman’s beauty care routine normally consists of maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. What about your breasts? Do you know how to care for them? Whether small or large, your breasts are unique and enhance the beauty of your body. They symbolize divine truth, nurturance, pleasure and love. We appreciate the way our breasts look in a low neckline dress, their delicate bounce and delightful curves. Breasts are precious jewels so let’s learn how to keep them healthy.

Breast Cancer is a huge epidemic. Many women don’t touch their breasts for fear of finding a lump. Some women are hesitant because they are unfamiliar with the anatomy and function of their breasts to be comfortable palpating the tissue. About half the women I talk to don’t do self-exams because their breasts feel too lumpy. The medical community stresses the importance of early detection and mammograms, however there is little awareness and education about how we can enhance the health of our breasts naturally.

The aim of this article is to alleviate the fear of touching one’s breasts and to provide a natural and therapeutic modality that will be nurturing, supportive and be beneficial in maintaining breast tissue health.

First, let’s dispel some of the fears that women have regarding lumpy breasts! Lumpy breast tissue is generally a benign disorder called fibrocystic breast condition or ANDI (Aberrations of Normal Development and Involution) and signifies lumps or thickenings that are a result of normal changes during hormonal changes and breast development. It is most often a result of diet, especially caffeine intake and in chinese medicine has a strong correlation with emotional stress.

Second, let’s approach breast care with knowledge, personal responsibility and empowerment by understanding the structure and function of breast tissue.

Circulation: The vital link to breast health

Breasts are filled with fluid-rich lymphatic pathways. They have no inherent musculature and require circulation for optimal health. Many factors can affect the DNA of healthy cells compromising breast health. For example emotional stress, environmental pollutants, preservatives in our foods lowers our immunity. Fatty breast tissue are a waste receptacle for toxins in the body. If the lymph system stagnates due to stress, tight bras, poor posture or trauma the immune fighting T-cells will have difficulty taking out the accumulated debris from the breast tissue making it a perfect breeding ground for cancer cells. Massage enhances circulation and prevents the buildup of stagnant lymph fluid.

Lastly, let’s acknowledge our breasts. Whether social stigmas, emotional trauma, surgery, our personal perceptions have distorted in some way how we feel about our breasts, we need to reclaim our bodies by sending positive, healing energy and love to our heart center and breast area.

How Self-Massage and Herbal Oils can Enhance Breast Health?

Gently massaging the breasts increases oxygen and nutrients and helps keep the tissue clean of impurities. Self-breast massage is an important therapeutic modality for easing or preventing breast related conditions and may offer a measure against breast cancer.

Benefits include:
* Alleviates premenstrual discomfort associated with breasts
* May help reduce fibroids and cysts
* Ease lumpiness of fibrocystic breasts
* Balancing effect on the hormones
* Improves breast size and shape
* Increased oxygen and nutrients
* Eases lymphatic congestion
* Makes skin soft, supple and resilient
* May help reduce scars and stretchmarks
* Encourages familiarity with one’s breasts
* Promotes relaxation, relieving internal tensions
* Deeper appreciation and acceptance of one’s body
* Encourages lymphatic circulation for post-surgery healing

Herbal Oils are certified organic herbs infused in cold pressed organic olive oil. The healing actions of the herbs migrate into the oil creating a simple, effective product for maintaining breast health.

Benefits include:
*Strengthen and add resiliency to the breast tissue
*Aids in enhancing lymphatic circulation
*Relieve internal tension
*Offers anti-inflammatory properties
*May help in dissolving troublesome lumps and cysts
*Gives skin a soft, supple, radiant glow.

Remember when doing your self-breast massage you want to use an oil that contains nourishing organic herbs that have a special affinity for the breasts to enhance the fluidity and feel of the breast tissue. Breast Caress offers a perfect blend of organic herbs, oils, and aromatherapy, inspires self-awareness of one’s breasts and body and offers an opportunity for women to love and nurture themselves. The more care and gratitude we give to ourselves, the greater the correlation to our good health.

The Importance of Breast Health For Pregnant Women

For women who are newly pregnant it is important for you to understand your breasts are about to change.

These changes are perfectly normal and healthy and indicate that your body is changing so that it can produce milk and provide for your infant once it’s born.

So its important not to be overly concerned when these changes take place.

An increase in breast size – Some women’s breasts increase several cup sizes during pregnancy. Other than requiring a larger bra size, there’s not much wrong with this. Breasts swell when they start to produce milk.

Breast tenderness – Since your breasts are changing in multiple ways, it’s understandable that they would feel tender. If they increase in size, they may feel heavy, too.

Strange feelings and sensations – tingling sensations or slight soreness can be experienced normally by some women.

Pregnant women will often experience surges in their hormones which will create unusual feelings within the body. These are to be expected but it is fine to consult a doctor if you are at all concerned.

Nipples become darker – the areola may become slightly darker as you begin to produce milk.

Leakage of milk from the nipples – while embarrassing this is a normal part of the whole process and shouldn’t raise any concerns.

Development of lumps – When your breasts change so rapidly, lumps can form. Most of these are harmless. Cysts, which are just fluid-filled sacs, are very common.

Galactoceles are another type of lump, and these are caused by milk-filled sacs. Fibroadenomas are build-ups of fibrous tissue. Almost all of these lumps are benign, however you should get them looked at by a doctor.

If you discover a new lump, be sure to show your doctor. There is only a very slim chance it is a tumor but it is better to be sure.

While you’re dealing with all of these changes, there are things you can do to minimize discomfort. While painkillers are discouraged, you can improve your breast comfort by wearing the right bra.

If your bra is too restrictive it will increase your discomfort. Follow these tips for making sure your bra is fitted correctly:

- Your breasts should bulge out of the bra cups or out of the sides of the bra; push-up bras may have cleavage, but it shouldn’t bulge over the edges of the cup.

- It shouldn’t feel too tight or too loose.

- The straps fit should fit correctly. This means they don’t move when you lift your arms and they don’t cut into your shoulders.

- The band under your bra cups that clips behind your back should stay level. If the back band sits much higher than it does in the front, then your bra is the wrong size. The back strap shouldn’t be up by your shoulder blades.

Managing Your Breast Health

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, second to skin cancer. Keeping yourself aware of the changes in your body could help you to reduce your chances of losing your breast, or your life, to this serious disease. More than two-hundred thousand women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States alone. In fact, every three minutes another woman receives this devastating and life-altering diagnosis.

Knowing how to spot the differences in your breast and when to contact your doctor can help to save your life. Every woman should know what healthy breasts look and feel like. This can be detrimental to spotting that lump that could be cancerous.

Women should make it a habit to undergo mammograms every year after age 40. Those who have a family history of breast cancer or who have had problems themselves in the past are often advised to have more frequent examinations to ensure that no problems arise even before the age of 40. It is imperative that all women realize that early detection is key in diagnosing and surviving breast cancer. Monthly self-exams should be performed by women of all ages.

Things to look for in your self-exams include a change in shape or size. Any discharge that is considered abnormal. For instance, those not currently breast feeding should have no discharge. If you notice a blood tinged liquid coming from your breasts you should report this to your doctor immediately.

Be sure that you follow through with any changes that you notice in your breasts and surrounding areas. Remember that knowing your body is crucial in noticing early changes and stopping breast cancer before it has the chance to destroy your life. Check with your doctor for more information on how to spot changes in your breasts and when to schedule your next mammogram.