With so many massaging oils available, it's impossible to deem only one the best for breast massages. But you can choose according to need. Should you find yourself in need of massaging oil for your breasts during or after pregnancy, during any kind of breast exam or treatment, or to maintain a beauty regimen, choose pure essential oils. If you want to treat wounds or surgical scarring, choose a vitamin-infused mineral oil 1.
Pure and Essential Oils
Pure essential oils are composed of natural ingredients that come from nuts, fruits, flowers, herbs and certain kinds of wood. Essential oils will not block air or moisture, allowing skin to breathe and remain soft and conditioned. Both medical and holistic health practitioners recommend breast massages right after an exam. Immediately following no abnormalities, massage olive or sunflower seed oil into the skin, circulating the blood and pressing out the lymphatic metabolic waste. For pregnant women, a routine essential oil massage may keep the breast tissue soft and liquids circulating. However, breastfeeding mothers should avoid scented oils to protect their babies when feeding. Though not endorsed by the medical community, aromatherapy oils such as cedar wood and lavender may help you relax and are popular among some holistic practitioners who believe aromatherapy is a deterrent against cancer.
- Pure essential oils are composed of natural ingredients that come from nuts, fruits, flowers, herbs and certain kinds of wood.
- Though not endorsed by the medical community, aromatherapy oils such as cedar wood and lavender may help you relax and are popular among some holistic practitioners who believe aromatherapy is a deterrent against cancer.
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Mineral oils are manufactured from petrolatum compound ingredients, meant to serve as a barrier. They don't blend into the skin or react with other substances to produce moisture; they sit on the skin locking in the air and moisture your skin already has. These kinds of oils are very good to treat surgical wounds after an augmentation or mastectomy. A mineral oil infused with vitamin E will block additional air and moisture from interfering with the healing properties of vitamin E. However, unless there is a wound that needs dressing, avoid using oils that block air and moisture from your breast area when massaging 1. Breasts need the right combination of air and moisture to prevent rashes and skin blotches.
- Mineral oils are manufactured from petrolatum compound ingredients, meant to serve as a barrier.
- A mineral oil infused with vitamin E will block additional air and moisture from interfering with the healing properties of vitamin E. However, unless there is a wound that needs dressing, avoid using oils that block air and moisture from your breast area when massaging 1.
Clearing Up Scars
If you have healed scar tissue or stretch marks, use cocoa or shea butter infused with vitamin E. These oils and vitamin E have epidermal healing properties to clear up scar tissue, stretch marks and blotches.
Allergies and Sensitivities
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Food allergies prevent some people from enjoying nut and fruit oils. Consult with your physician regarding specific oils or conduct a patch test before use. Always smell a massage oil before rubbing it into your skin. Aromas sometimes give a delayed negative reaction. At first smell, an oil may be delicious and soothing but can later cause nausea.
- Food allergies prevent some people from enjoying nut and fruit oils.
- At first smell, an oil may be delicious and soothing but can later cause nausea.
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