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Breast Health with Castor Oil

Category: Healing Touch
Posted: 2009-04-17 02:06

A growing number of breast thermography clinics are recommending women use castor oil when performing their monthly breast exam. Its viscous nature allows for a more accurate exam and encourages health in the breast tissue. Women will want to look for a certified cold pressed and hexane*-free quality, preferably l'Originelle or Gold (organic) brand as these alone are of a quality that leaves no sticky/gummy residue on the skin. (see note below)

Applying castor oil on the breasts increases lymphatic circulation, breaks down adhesions, and increase immune cell activity in the tissues.

Castor oil's unique molecule, ricinoleic acid (an omega fatty acid). promotes T11 lymphocyte production and can accelerate the healing of infection and sooth discomfort.

Massaging the breast with castor oil can help excessive body fluid return to the lymphatic system.

Also, breast massage with castor oil is frequently used to increase milk flow in lactating women. It is effective in soothing sore, irritated/inflamed nipples of breastfeeding women; working faster than any commercial salve. No concern for trace amounts of castor oil left on skin when baby is nursing.

Note: a growing number of natural product stores across Canada are carrying this quality of castor oil. For your convenience, I have tracked down the website for l'Originelle and Gold castor oils.


Vitamin F and Your Skin

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2009-04-09 15:25

With vitamins, we have almost an alphabet-full! But vitamin F, hmmmm, that was a new one for me.

Vitamin F is compossed of two essential fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. There are two basic categories of EFA's (essential fatty acids): omega-3 and omega-6. The body is not capable of manufacturing EFAs, however, arachidonic acid can be synthesized in the body from linoleic acid.

Fatty acids are needed for normal growth and behaviour of healthy cell membranes as well as balanced hormone levels and properly working immune system.

EFAs also play an important role in the regulation of cholesterol levels. To our skin, EFAs bring suppleness and, the much sought, youthful appearance. Hair becomes shinier too!
A deficiency of EFA's can contribute to eczema and hair loss.

You can eat EFAs by including these in your diet: flaxseed oil, walnuts, sesame and sunflower seeds, avocados, salmon, tuna, evening primrose oil, and grapeseed oil.

You can let some EFAs soak into your skin by chosing a vegan, natural line of skin care products. This is how I discovered vitamin F!

The Palm'Hydra line of body care blends vitamin rich oils into a nourishing cream that does a body good - from the OutsideIN!
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