Nurturing Self-Love and Holistic Well-Being: A Comprehensive Guide to Breast Care
Written by: Joanna Teljeur B.A.
Reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Est. reading time: 7 minutes
“Many doctors over the centuries came to understand that emotions are deeply implicated in the causation of illness or in the restoration of health.
They did research, wrote books and challenged the reigning medical ideology, but repeatedly their ideas, explorations and insights vanished in a sort of medical Bermuda Triangle.
The understanding of the mind-body connection achieved by previous generations of doctors and scientists disappeared without a trace, as if it had never seen daylight.”
– Dr. Gabor Mate, MD
Have you ever thought about how our society and culture views breasts? While mammary glands seem to be the focus of sexuality, they actually embody much more in our collective psyche.
What are we talking about? Well, the breasts represent fertility, nurturing care, self-love, motherly love, giving, and the list goes on. But the common theme here is love and self-care. So how does this tie-in with breast issues? Stay with me…
The root of your breast issues
According to Louise Hay, breast issues often stem from a, “refusal to nourish the self”1. As women, we tend to focus so much on the care, love, and welfare of others and leave self-care as our last priority. Can you relate?
Think about how often you put your needs last. Take a minute and consider how much genuine love and care you direct inward. Are you constantly giving too much to others? Are you always putting others’ needs before your own? If this is you and you struggle with good breast health, be sure to take time to give your body and soul the nurturing it deserves.
Of course it’s easier said than done, but try to find sustainable ways to look after yourself at least as much as you do others, and you might begin to notice some positive changes begin to take place.
Care for your body, and your soul will shine. And remember, your breasts are your amazing companions on your life journey! They deserve not only physical care but also a touch of spiritual and energetic nourishment.
So, grab a comfy blanket, brew a cup of your favorite tea, and join me on an exploration of holistic breast care that will leave you feeling absolutely radiant, both inside and out.
What to avoid for breast wellness
Let’s start with the everyday substances that you’re likely to encounter. You can really make some positive changes for your breasts, and your well-being in general, by making a few adjustments to certain daily exposures. So, whether it’s eliminating dietary substitutions or toxic chemicals, here are a few tips to get you started.
It’s a crazy-looking term, right? But basically, xenoestrogens are foreign estrogens found in many everyday items including some food containers, skincare products, and even building supplies. They disrupt your hormones and have been linked to breast cancer 2,3. When possible, try to avoid industrial pollutants, pesticides, and non-organic meat and dairy.
2. Minimize or avoid alcohol
Who doesn’t enjoy a drink at the end of a stressful day? It’s understandable, but you might want to keep alcohol consumption on the moderate side of moderate, or just try to avoid alcohol altogether.
Why ditch the tipple?
A 2013 study found that moderate alcohol consumption can be linked to a 30-50% risk for breast cancer4. So, while a drink now and then might be enjoyable, your breasts will appreciate a little less hooch.
3. Avoid the overuse of antiperspirants
Part of having a healthy body and healthy breasts is also having healthy cleansing and detox systems. It’s important to allow your body to sweat, and this means avoiding antiperspirants as much as possible.
Most antiperspirants contain aluminum, which has also been studied in relation to breast cancer, though more research is needed in this area2. Still, if this cannot be avoided, you can try an “armpit detox” routine.
Holistic and spiritual practices for breast wellness
So, if you’ve tried all the conventional approaches and want to tap into some other methods for breast care, you can always turn to more spiritual and holistic methods. If it sounds too strange or woo-woo, no worries because you’re not alone.
However, consider this: Ancient cultures understood that the mind, body, and soul couldn’t be separated. They knew that, to keep the body in balance, they had to treat the entire system, and that meant the mind and soul in addition to the physical body. Fascinating, agreed? So, let’s take a look at a few holistic ways to support better breast wellness.
Crystals: Energetic Allies on Your Journey
The world of crystals offers a magical playground for your energetic nourishment. And when you seek the calming embrace of certain crystals like rose quartz or moonstone, you may be giving the girls some positive energetic juju.
Here’s what to do: During meditation, hold these crystals close to your chest, or wear them as talismans throughout the day to infuse your being with their calming energies.
Remember, your breasts are located right in the center of your 4th or Heart Chakra which is the focal point for feelings of love, gratitude, empathy, compassion, self-love, and forgiveness.
When this Chakra becomes blocked or stagnant, dis-ease and illness can follow. So look for pink or green stones – the colors of the 4th Chakra – to infuse the mystical into your breast health routine.
Stones to support the 4th Heart Chakra
- Milky Quartz
- Pink Calcite
- Rose Quartz
The Castor Oil Connection: A Ritual of Renewal
But for a more direct approach, try Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs for Breasts. They’re made with an inner layer of 100% organic cotton flannel, an outer less-mess layer, and easily slip inside an old bra for your simple self-care practice. If you experience breast pain, known as mastalgia, you may benefit from Castor Oil applied to your breasts because of its inflammation-balancing properties 5.
Oils and Massage: Connecting to your heart center
Self-massage is a wonderful, relaxing practice, but breast self-massage offers some truly amazing self-care benefits.
Imagine that your palms are conduits of warmth and love, gently massaging your breasts in tender, circular motions. Close your eyes, feel the energy radiating from your hands, and visualize it infusing your chest area with a sense of serenity and love. This is more than a massage; it’s an intimate connection between you and your body, a sacred dialogue of love.
With Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil as a carrier, you can add a few drops of essential oils of frankincense, pine needle, or geranium, to take your breast massage to new heights. Why? Because these three essential oils were shown to help suppress breast cancer cell viability, migration, and invasion.6
As you apply these oils to your chest, imagine them carrying messages of healing and tenderness, anointing your body as the sacred temple it is.
Try this amazing breast oil recipe. Not only is it wonderful for supporting your beautiful breasts, but it’s an olfactory delight that will soothe you into a wonderful state of relaxation.
Breast Oil Blend with Queen of the Thrones® Organic Castor Oil (Besa’s recipe)
This herbal oil blend combines the benefits of Organic Castor Oil with the aromatic goodness of geranium, pine needle, and frankincense essential oils. The provided ratios ensure that the essential oils are used in safe and appropriate amounts.
- 1/4 cup Queen of the Thrones® Organic Castor Oil
- 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil: Floral scent that helps balance emotions
- 5 drops Pine Needle Essential Oil: Provides a fresh, invigorating aroma that promotes a sense of clarity
- 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil: Calming, resinous scent known for its skin-supporting properties
- In a clean glass container, measure out 1/4 cup of Queen of the Thrones® Organic Castor Oil.
- Using a dropper, add 5 drops each of geranium, pine needle, and frankincense essential oils to the Castor Oil. These essential oils bring their unique aromas and benefits to the blend.
- Gently stir the mixture with a clean utensil to ensure that the essential oils are evenly distributed within the Castor Oil. Avoid vigorous stirring to prevent excessive aeration.
Application: Patch test before using. Can be applied to dry or slightly damp skin. Massage a small amount of the blend onto the desired area using gentle, circular motions. This blend can be used for a breast massage, or as a moisturizing body/massage oil.
Storage: Store the oil blend in a sealed glass container at room temperature in a dark place to help preserve the potency of the essential oils. Ensure the lid is tightly closed after each use.
Notes: This blend is intended for external use only. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have any medical conditions, consult a healthcare professional before using essential oils. Always perform a patch test before using the blend on a larger area of skin. In rare cases, a hypersensitivity reaction may occur, in which case discontinue use. Always consult your healthcare professional to ensure this or any practice is right for you. The provided essential oil ratios are considered safe, but if you have sensitive skin, you can start with fewer drops and adjust to your preference.
Tea Time: Sip Your Way to Inner Harmony
Tea isn’t just a beverage; it’s a comforting balm for your heart and soul. But sipping certain tea may give you the extra benefit of supporting the health of your breasts! Let’s take a look.
Made from ground green tea leaves, Matcha contains antioxidant substances that may help support breast health. Interestingly, Matcha contains even more antioxidants than blueberries or goji berries! Plus, one study found that green tea leaves contain EGCG and quercetin that seem to have an “anticarcinogenic effect on estrogen receptor-positive and negative breast cancer cells”.7
Holy Basil has been seen as a sacred plant since ancient times. It’s also known as Tulsi, which translates from Hindi as “the incomparable one” – which seems to be true especially when you look at its potential to support breast health.
A study found that Holy Basil may help slow down breast cancer growth and keep breast cancer cells from proliferating8. So, if you’re looking for an afternoon cuppa, by all means, pour yourself a mug full of Holy Basil tea.
As humble as it may sound, Lemon Balm has been used as a soothing tonic for frayed nerves for hundreds of years. It’s also been used for its digestive and sleep-inducing properties. But in more recent times, this aromatic wonder has been shown to have chemical properties that prevent breast cancer progression 9.
Tapping into Holistic Healing
Have you ever heard of Tapping? Also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), tapping is exactly what it sounds like. You literally use your fingertips to tap on specific locations on your body. It’s believed to help release blocked energy or Qi that, if left stagnant, could lead to dis-ease and illness.
At the same time, by encouraging the flow of Qi you can support lymphatic drainage which is always a benefit to your body’s detox function. Amazing, don’t you think?
So when it comes to breast health, you can incorporate these spiritual and energetic practices for a holistic approach to full body wellness.
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