Spring Flora Breast Massage Oil

This is an excerpt from my article Awaken Your Inner Waters: Alterative Plants for Lymph & Breast Health featured in the Spring 2024 edition of Botanical Anthology. Our herbal magazine, featuring remedies, recipes and projects with plants for the spring season, can be purchased as a digital version here and as a printed version here.

Spring Flora Breast Massage Oil

Alteratives are plants that open the channels of elimination and assist the body’s natural detoxification processes. Violet leaf, calendula, and red clover are lymphatic alteratives, meaning they specifically support the lymphatic system in moving and draining lymph.

A regular practice of breast massage can aid lymphatic movement and support healthy breast tissue as well as offer an embodied ritual for connecting with your own tissues, rhythms, and cycles.

Pint size mason jar
½ c violet Leaf, dried
½ c calendula flowers, dried
½ c red clover flowers, dried
2 c carrier oil of choice
Clean linen towel or clean, old cotton shirt
Fine mesh sieve

In a coffee grinder, coarsely grind the herbs and put them into your jar. Pour your oil over the plants, ensuring that it covers the plant material by at least an inch. Make sure to label your jar with the contents and date. Let your oil infusion sit for 4 weeks, then strain it into a fine mesh sieve lined with the linen or cotton material. Squeeze as much oil out as you can, then bottle and label it.

· If you do not own a coffee grinder, you can also break up the flowers with your hands.
· Carrier oil suggestions include sunflower, olive, or jojoba oils.

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