Poke Root Oil ~ my new breast oil

Using infused herbal oils is an easy and pleasurable way to keep your breasts healthy, prevent and reverse cysts, dissolve troublesome lumps, and repair abnormal cells. Breast skin is thin and absorbent, and breast tissue contains a great deal of fat, which readily absorbs infused herbal oils. The healing and cancer-preventing actions of herbs easily migrate into olive oil—creating a simple, effective product for maintaining breast health.
Add beeswax to any herbal oil and you have an ointment. The antiseptic, softening, moisturizing, and healing properties of beeswax intensify the healing actions of the herbs and carry them deeper into the breast tissues.
Whether you want to maintain breast health—or have had a diagnosis of cancer—infused herbal oils and ointments are soothing, safe, and effective allies.
******* I’m going to start using Poke Root oil. See below for the info

Poke root
That strange-looking weed with the drooping black berries that towers over gardens and roadsides throughout much of eastern North America is pokeweed—an old favorite of wise women dealing with breast lumps and breast cancer. If I felt a suspicious lump, I’d reach for poke root oil. It reduces congestion, relieves swelling, and literally dissolves growths in the breasts.

Jethro Kloss, author of the classic herbal Back to Eden, used freshly grated raw poke root poultices to burn away breast cancer. Caution: Fresh poke placed directly on the skin is strong enough to damage healthy tissues as well as cancerous ones.

The infused oil is also effective and far safer. A generous amount is gently applied to the lump, covered with a flannel cloth and then with a hot water bottle (no heating pads), and left on for as long as you’re comfortable. This is repeated at least twice a day. Poke root oil is too powerful for regular preventive care. Caution: Poke oil can cause a rash on sensitive skin. Ingestion of poke oil can cause severe intestinal distress.
Poke root tincture can be used instead of poke root oil. The properties are quite similar, though the oil is absorbed better and may be considerably more effective.

six tastes and emotions

The six tastes and their corresponding emotions are:
Sweet-satisfaction; contentment; fulfilled
Sour- discernment; insightful; heightened awareness
Salty-desire; zest for life; passionate
Pungent- extroverted; driven; ambitious
Bitter -dynamic; focused; cool-headed
Astringent- introspective; mental clarity; reflective; composed

If any one of these tastes is missing in the diet over a long period of time, or is present in excess, it can cause an emotional and physiological imbalance.


When lymph gets congested, you might experience tiredness, stiffness in the morning or stiffness that moves around the body. The skin can break out in an attempt to flush toxins through the skin that healthy lymph would otherwise manage. Sinus irritation, the inability to tolerate certain foods, environmental sensitivities, holding on to water in the hands and feet, and bloating around the belly are all signs of lymphatic congestion. During menstruation, the breasts can become tender and hold water, as the lymph drains the reproductive fluid.
Drink water, dry brush ~ the Linda way… and exercise



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The relationship between the growth of undesirable yeasts in the human body and a host of health concerns such as fatigue, digestive distress, muscle aches and brain fog are well documented (1).
Yeast killers have been developed by both pharmaceutical and herbal companies with little lasting success.
From the Ayurvedic perspective and a growing sentiment in the west, the proliferation of undesirable yeasts like Candida albicans is a result of the loss of good bacteria and good yeasts that naturally reside in the human body.
Stress, sterile foods and almost a century of killing bad bacteria with an overuse of medications has left the body with an irritated intestinal wall and a lack in the diversity and volume of good intestinal bugs.

Restoring Balance
Restoring balance to the gut wall starts by supporting the optimal health of the inner skin – the skin that lines the gut, the respiratory tract, the arteries and more. A balanced gut wall will nurture a healthy volume and diversity of good bugs.

Herbs for supporting the inner skin is turmeric. Turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family, has been used for thousands of years to support the function of the liver, boost bile flow and maintain the optimal health of the inner skin.
In one study, turmeric was shown to significantly support the body’s natural defense against undesirable microbes and yeast (2).

Perhaps the most exciting research being done regarding yeast balancing is with a yeast called Saccharomyces boulardii, which was originally sourced from the mangosteen and lychee fruits.
While it is known that certain probiotics have been shown to support the health and integrity of the gut wall and a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria and yeasts (3), Saccharomyces seems to take the word “probiotic” to a new level. In fact, Saccharomyces boulardii has been given the name “immunobiotic,” indicating its ability to support a healthy immune response to undesirable microbes and yeasts in the gut (2).


1. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Sep 15;26(6):767-78. Review article: yeast as probiotics — Saccharomyces boulardii.

2. FEMS Yeast Res. 2010 Aug 1;10(5):570-8. Epub 2010 Apr 23. PMID: 20528949

3. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2009 Feb 2. PMID: 19187507

Lymphatic Breast Class

~~~~~ This is the info I give at my lectures~~~~
Learning to massage your own breasts is easy, effective, safe, and a powerful way to enhance the health of breast tissue.

Breast tissue is made up of fat, glands, blood vessels, milk ducts, connective tissue, nerves and a lacy network of lymphatic vessels. The lymphatic fluid leaves the breast through this network of lymphatic vessels called lymph nodes. These lymph nodes are linked throughout the body and act as a major line of defense against the spread of disease in the body. When lymphatic vessels and nodes become restricted through lack of physical movement, or clothing that is too tight, the body’s defense system begins to break down and disease can set in.

Wearing a bra and not massaging our breasts daily set us up for breast health problems. Behind the breast itself is the chest wall comprised of the pectoralis muscles and the rib cage muscles, called intercostals, which assist in breathing. With tension and stress, these muscles become quite tender to the touch.

There has been research recently supporting the correlation between under wire bras and increases in breast cancer in women. The under wire, as well as a bra that fits too tight, impedes the body’s ability to move lymph through the breast tissue, as well as diminishes blood flow and nerve function. Lymphatic Drainage Massage has been proven to assist in promoting healthy breast tissue, reduce fibroids and cysts. Lymph Drainage relieves the pain and discomfort associated with PMS or from compression from bras, relieving the pain and tension from stress in the muscles of the chest wall. It assists in healthy tissue regeneration and scar reduction following surgery, and as a logical proactive step against cancer and other diseases.

Important breast actions to do each day.
1. Anywhere there is a red mark on your body from clothing, socks, shoes, rings, glasses, etc….massage those marks.
2. Wash your breasts in the shower with clock wise and counter clock wise strokes.
3. After your shower, look at yourself in the mirror. Look at your breasts from the front, sides, and back. Also bend over and look at your breasts hanging.

Important breast actions to do weekly.
Massaging your own breasts only takes about 5 – 15 minutes.
For lymphatic drainage, it takes very little pressure to move lymph through the breast tissue. Always use the pads of your fingers or your palm and work only within your comfort zone.

To begin…. follow the grooves of your ribs from the sternum, beginning just below your collar bone, and move outward toward your arm pit. Your fingers will easily locate the “indents” between your ribs. In the middle is your sternum or breast bone. On either side of it you can feel the ribs and then the “valleys” between them. Place your fingertips in these valleys. Gradually shift your position working your way down the sternum, following the rib grooves out as far as is comfortable. Repeat on the other side.

Gently massage by kneading each breast, using lifting and slight compressive movements. Include moderate pressure compressions to move out the stagnant fluids from the breast.

Finishing.. move the lymph from the center of your breast outward to the sides of your breast and underarm. Use the flat pads of your fingers with a broad contact to gently, but firmly, stretch the breast tissue with light to medium pressure directed away from the nipple. Visualize your breast as a pie. The outer part is the crust and you are moving the lymph to that area.

Close by applying very, very light touch to the breast, smoothing the tissue away from the nipple toward the armpit.

Linda D Cloward
Lymphatic Drainage LMT #MA46425 MM#26778
Email~ Cloxahatchee@aol.com
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