Today I was going through my notes and stumbled on a topic that I haven’t addressed on this blog. I really enjoy this information and think it is very important. I talk so much about toxic exposure and one area we often neglect in cleansing and care is our breasts. This post is to share a few simple ways to maintain breast health.
The Importance of Lymphatic Flow and Breast Health
Breasts are made up primarily of fat and lymph tissue. Lymphatic tissue is the natural waste and toxin removal system. Lymph does not pump though, so it is our job to encourage the flow. Unfortunately, we wear tight, underwire bras and use antiperspirants that impede the flow. This is something we accept and do from the onset of puberty and often daily throughout our lives.
Have you ever removed your bra at the end of the evening and had indentations from your underwire? Here’s a little bit about the anatomy of the breast. We have neurolymphatic points under our breasts. On the right side is one for the gallbladder and liver and the left for the stomach. Wearing a metal, covered in plastic, wire on top of those points can really interfere with their natural processes.
Commercial antiperspirant/deodorants are also damaging to our lymph system and quite the norm in our society. Antiperspirants are formulated with known carcinogens and neurotoxins such as aluminum, phthalates, propylene glycol, parabens, and formaldehyde.
Supporting Lymph Drainage
So instead of wearing constrictive, underwire bras, opt to be braless as often as possible and purchase bras that are wire free, soft, and non-constrictive. There are a ton of options these days, even for well-endowed women like myself.
Another great, simple thing to do is a lymph massage. I do this in the shower and lather up (with non-toxic soap) and massage the breast from nipple to armpit and armpit to elbow. The lymph tissue is encouraged to drain out of the armpit area and away from the chest. I do the same thing again at the top of the breast from the nipple to collarbone.
A powerful detox technique is called pfluffing. Pronounced like fluffing, and is simple and quite effective. The video explains and demonstrates it very well. Correcting posture is also a great way to encourage lymph drainage. We often round our shoulders forward and our armpits lose their natural hollowing shape.
There are several yoga poses that will support breast health. I will often practice holding my arms overhead, allowing my shoulders to settle into their sockets, and hollow my armpits by rolling my shoulders forward. The hollowing shape is very obvious in a mirror.
About 15 years ago, in my early 20’s I found a large lump. I was still breastfeeding my oldest son at the time and had some inconclusive results via ultrasound. Immediately the specialist wanted to remove and biopsy and I looked for alternative opinions.
Breast thermography was recommended to me, and I have chosen it over mammography as my method for early detection. It is the right call for me. The benefits are that thermography non-invasive, and radiation free. The link explains the hows and whys nicely.
DIY Recipes to Support and Maintain Breast Health
Many women have trouble finding a natural deodorant that does the trick. There are a lot of alternatives and I have found the few that are effective for many people. If you are having trouble finding a natural version that stops the odor, an armpit detox may be for you.
An armpit detox removes the chemical buildup from antiperspirant use, can reduce perspiration, and neutralize natural odor. Detoxing the heavy metals and other chemicals is important to maintain breast health.
DIY Arm Pit Detox
1 Tbs. Betonite Clay
1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1-2 tsp. water
Mix together, apply to armpits, allow to dry then wash off in shower.
Another effective way to detox armpits is to use one of the Young Living deodorants applied at night all along the lymph areas at night before bed.
Also, adding the supplement Multigreens can majorly neutralize odors. It supports the body’s alkalinity which reduced body odor.
6 Tbs. Arrowroot Powder
3 Tbs. Shea Butter
2 Tbs. Coconut Oil
1 Tbs. Baking Soda
2 Tbs. Bentonite Clay
10 drops essential oil of your choice ( I use Cedarwood and Lavender) (where to buy)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the shea butter and coconut oil. Slowly add in essential oils.
In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the whipped ingredients in 1/3rds until incorporated. The mixture will look like a dough. Roll into a ball and store in a small mason jar.
Some people really enjoy just a coconut oil and baking soda mixture, however I am really sensitive to this combination and need the other ingredients.
This serum recipe is fantastic and contains a lot of essential oils to support and maintain breast health. I apply after my shower focusing on the areas stimulate during my shower massage.
Breast Supporting Serum
Empty 15 ml essential oil bottle or 4 oz mason jar
Fill about halfway with carrier oil of choice (I use Young Living V6 or Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil)
10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Cypress
10 drops Orange
10 drops Ylang Ylang
10 drops Grapefruit
Mix together and apply a few drops after shower to support lymph drainage and breast health.
These are the tips and tricks I have found over the years to keep the girls healthy and happy, lol. If you have not started using essential oils, understand how to get 24% off.