We hope that you enjoy this beautiful documentary about the fig tree [ficus carica] & its elaborate ecosystem as much as we did!
“Healing with medicinal plants is as old as mankind itself.”
Of the plants, flowers, and herbs that have been used since the beginning of time to assist in healing; those with emollient properties offer incredibly simple & accessible healing uses. Emollient herbs go far beyond almond, echinacea, slippery elm, and arnica; however, these four herbs are user-friendly and relatively easy to find in your local & specialty markets.
What are emollient herbs?
Emollient herbs are used externally to soften and soothe the skin. It is generally understood that mucilage rich herbs often offer the best emollient properties. Emollients have the capability of breaking up dead skin and restoring moisture..
Popular in skin care formulations, emollient herbs such as almond, slippery elm, comfrey, and arnica can often be found alone or a component of such healing blends. Such herbal treatments are highly beneficial for skin dis-eases like dermatitis, eczema, & psoriasis
There are numerous means in which one may prepare and administer emollient herbs. External washes, poultices, and ointments are just a few ways to incorporate these herbs into your own healing regime.
ALMOND [prunus amygdalus]
A popular plant used internally & externally almond lends itself to an array of applications. Externally the sweet variety of this emollient herb is great for hair & skin application. Relieve dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, & even remove makeup.
ARNICA [arnica montana]:
Used as an ointment arnica, helps to promote the healing of wounds, bruises, and irritation. Arnica may also be used as a compress on the stomach to relieve abdominal pain.
COMFREY [symphytum officinale]
Externally comfrey may be used to assist in healing wounds, bruises, sores, and insect bites. The hot pulp of the rootstock makes a good external application for bronchitis, pleurisy, as well as for the pain & inflammation of pulled tendons.
SLIPPERY ELM [ulmus fulva]
It is said that there is “no superior in the line of poultices, used either alone or combined with other herbs” than slippery elm. Slippery elm may be applied externally as a remedy for inflamed skin & wounds. It has popularly been used to make rectal & vaginal suppositories.
Slippery elm poultices are often used as a carrier or base for herbs such as wormwood, goldenseal, comfrey, and more.
petal like, glandular clusters
each breast has anywhere from 15-20 lobes, which are composed of lobules
small milk producing glands
smallest functional unit of the breast
[acini are aggregated into lobules]
a terminal duct arising from each acinar cell
small tubes which, bring milk to the nipple
a small projection in which, milk ducts terminate & secrete milk
filters along the lymphatic system
a filtration system, that removes bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, & other unwanted substances from the body
a tubular structure carrying blood through the tissues & organs
connective tissue in the breast that help support the bulk of the breast tissue
So what does this even mean?
It means that our breasts require just as much attention as other parts of our body, if not maybe a bit more. We must reconnect & redefine our relationship with our breast, free of societal influence. Such an intricate yet subtle system requires consistent, gentle, & loving care. Here are a few things you can do right now to pamper yourself & give thanks for your beautiful breasts!
After a healing bath or shower, massage your breasts with healing oils such as;
coconut oil, sesame seed oil, apricot oil, olive oil, or castor oil.
Drink 8-24 ounces of fresh green juice daily or as often as you can
Indulge in several ounces of purified water daily
[half of your body weight in oz. is usually a good place to start]
Walk around [in a private & safe space] top-less, allowing your breasts to breathe & be free for at least 20 min. daily
Gently dry-brush your breasts & entire body for lymphatic stimulation
Investigate foods & herbs that fit your lifestyle & diet that promote as well as support holistic breasts health
Find ways to relax & reduce stress in your life
What are some of your breasts-care rituals?
Please share with us in the comments below!
Beyond The Shock Of The Title
Chapter Two from the "Beyond The Shock" series presented by the NBCF that captures breast anatomy in a nut shell & touches briefly on breast cancer
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Join us during the month of October as we recognize & delve deeper into breast health, care, & awareness. As a company that creates healing elixirs for dis-eased breast, we thought that we would take this time to further educate ourselves & the community we serve about holistic breast health.
: the healing agenda :
holistic breast wellness & care
topical healing elixirs
herbal tea healing elixirs