3 Medicinal Fall Flower Suggestions For Breast Cancer

This fall use Echinacea, Lavender and Sage for your medicinal infusions to relieve anxiety and tension. These three medicinal garden flower suggestions are tailored to breast cancer health concerns. Our hope is that the information below inspires you, as jumping board of sorts, in creating your own unique dream medicinal healing garden. Each plant was picked based on its ease of cultivation and medicinal usefulness and versatility.

Echinacea
Purple coneflower is one of the most popular garden ornamentals with its showy purple flowers that attract all manner of butterflies and bees. Not only is it gorgeous, it is easy to grow—Echinacea is a decidedly unfussy plant, withstanding drought, disease and insect infestations. Purple coneflower (another name for Echinacea) roots, seeds, and fresh flowers are all medicinal, and can be made into a tingly tasting, immune-stimulating tea or tincture.

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Lavender
Lavender aromatherapy to help reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and mild depression. It is often referred to as a mood balancing herb that possesses a sedative and calming effect. It can also have an uplifting, refreshing and rejuvenating effect on the psyche.

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Sage
Growing the medicinal herb sage can be fun and emotionally therapeutic. Learn how to grow, harvest and dry sage as a breast cancer gardening therapy. Another therapeutic benefit of sage is smudging. Sage smudging is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition in which herbs are burned for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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Medicinal Herb Calendula And Its Therapeutic Benefits For Breast Cancer

Calendula For Breast Cancer Complementary TherapyBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Calendula blossom oil is a renowned, herbalist remedy for keeping breast tissue healthy. Using a Calendula hydrosol spray or using Calendula as a massage oil is known to excel at preventing, and with patience, possibly removing adhesions and scar tissue, even keloid scars. Keloid scars are the raised, hard scars with irregular edges which can be painful. Calendula also helps with post surgical adhesions, which differ from scar tissue and keloids. are bands of scar tissue that bind together. Calendula essential oil hydrosol spray is used to treat and lessen radiation-induced pain. It can vastly improve skin damaged by radiation. Some additional ways to use Calendula include herbal oils, salves and lip balm.

Calendula Herbal Oil
This medicinal oil is simple to prepare and has so many uses. The gentle, soothing, and healing oil is perfect for cradle cap, diaper rash, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, and sore or inflamed muscles. The oil can be used alone, or incorporated into salves, massage oils, lip balms, ointments, creams, and

Calendula Salve
A soothing and healing salve. Rub into sore or inflamed muscles, apply to minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, diaper rashes, stretch marks, chapped lips, chafed skin, bruises, and other skin irritations.

Calendula & Shea Butter Lip Balm
This nourishing lip balm is made from healing ingredients which soothe dry and chapped lips.
Calendula For Breast Cancer HealingCalendula Therapeutic Actions:

  • Circulatory specific for cleansing lymph by boosting immune resistance
  • Softens hard tumors and prevents tumors from metastasizing
  • Naturally promotes fibrin production over the surface of wounds
  • Offers emotional support
  • Lessens external bleeding, bruise or strain.
  • Aids repair from minor burns such as radiation burns
  • Helpful for insomnia
  • Dispels depression with its uplifting aromatic properties
  • Used in muscular spasms, tightness, and tension
  • Heals tissue loss from acute damage from wounds
  • Reduces irritability

Where to Find Calendula Products
If you cannot grow your own for the above uses or you prefer to purchase rather than make, consider purchasing Calendula products from Mountain Rose Herbs. Their quality and prices are unsurpassed.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange: Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Medicinal Herb Comfrey Has Many Therapeutic Benefits For Breast Cancer

Comfrey As A Complementary Therapy For Breast CancerBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Comfrey is a highly useful herb, best-known for its fast healing properties. Comfrey relieves pain and inflammation. Topically, comfrey may reduce pain in sore breasts. Comfrey strengthens tissues and helps them become resilient and flexible and is especially wonderful for breast self massage.

Breast Massage With Comfrey Oil Benefits
Infused oil of comfrey root (best) or leaves is one of the most amazing therapeutic massage oils. Regular breast massage with comfrey has many benefit such as:

  1. Stimulates lymph circulation in breast tissue.
  2. Helps eliminate abnormal cells and congestion.
  3. Become familiar with how your breasts.

Breast Pain Relief With Comfrey Cream/Poultice
Comfrey creams are helpful as topical treatments for burns, skin alterations and sore breasts. To use comfrey for breast pain, apply a comfrey poultice of the fresh, bruised leaves. It relieves pain in an hour.

Many healing effects of comfrey are attributable to allantoin, a compound shown to speed cell production both inside and outside the body. Comfrey works so quickly that many herbalists add antibacterial salves and oils to prevent sealing bacteria inside because it heals the surface faster then underneath the wound.

Comfrey Therapeutic Actions:

  • Recommended for external use
  • Acts as an antibacterial and anti- fungal treatment
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Eases pain
  • Stop swelling
  • Stimulates cell growth
  • Very soothing to the skin
  • Inhibits further damage to tissues especially for radiation burns
  • Stimulates the production of cartilage, tendons and muscles
  • Active ingredient chlorophyll rejuvenates old cells and promotes the growth of new cells
  • Leaves or roots applied as ointment or oils treat bruising, wounds, tumors, muscular pain, and dermatological conditions]
  • Aids healing of inflammation and burns

Comfrey Warning!
When taken internally, comfrey can cause severe liver damage. Several studies have shown that comfrey contains toxic compounds called pyrrolizidine alkaloids or PAs, which can cause severe liver damage. Animal studies have also shown that these chemicals lead to the development of liver tumors.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

How To Harvest & Prepare Medicinal Roots: Dandelion, Burdock and Yellow Dock

Harvesting Medicinal Roots For HealingBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Spring and Fall are both times to harvest medicinal roots used for breast cancer healing. The roots will differ slightly in chemical composition, and Fall may yield larger ones. But it is important to remember that both are valid times to gather. We need to be mindful of what plants we harvest, when, where, and how much. While harvesting leaves may not be so harmful, harvesting roots and flowers threatens a plant’s potential for regeneration and establishment, which in turn shapes how our ecosystems function and thrive into the future.

Roots make up a significant portion of our more potent plant medicinals. Roots carry the life force of the plant. Medicinally, it works the same way for us. So, let’s dig these medicinal roots; dandelion, burdock and yellow dock!

Dandelion Root

Benefits
Dandelion leaves act as a diuretic, increasing the amount of urine your body makes. The leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system. Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University of Windsor, has been studying the anti-cancer potential of dandelion root extract for almost two years. Researchers discovered that repeated treatment with low dose dandelion root extract was effective in killing most of the cancerous cells.

How To Harvest
Before you try to pull a dandelion root, know this. You can’t. They will most often break off. Instead, we must dig down and around the whole plant to get most of the root. You’ll only need a small shovel. Or, if you have a digging fork, that can also be used.

Burdock

Benefits
Burdock root is bitter. Because of this quality, burdock is used as a “bitter” which can help with digestion and appetite. Science is beginning to support its traditionally known role as a “blood purifier”, as evidence now supports its ability to rid the liver of environmental and chemical toxins.

How To Harvest
Burdock roots grow at least 12 inches or more in length and about 1 inch thick. Preferably first year roots are dug – first year burdock will not have a seed stalk. Grieve (1996) suggests that they should be dug in July. Waiting until after the first frost will make the roots starchier and sweeter.

Burdock roots accumulate toxins so be absolutely sure you’re wildcrafting well away from roadsides, industrial sites, and areas that have been sprayed.

Yellow Dock

Benefits
The roots are quite bitter. Traditionally, yellow dock has been used as a laxative, alternative, and a mild liver tonic. Yellow dock is also used for iron deficiency anemia. Perhaps because it is a vegetable source for iron, it is better digested and tolerated by most women.

How To Harvest
Yellow dock roots are at least 8 to 12 inches long much like dandelion roots and about ½ inch thick. We have quite of few dock species. Yellow dock has the “crisp” leaves with curly edges. In fall their tall greenish inconspicuous flower stalks turn a reddish-brown. First year plants don’t make flower stalks. If in doubt, a little bit of a dig will reveal its yellow-orange roots which is confirming.

Processing Your Medicinal Roots

First step: Wash and dry. Scrub off the dirt without soap. Wipe dry or air dry your roots but don’t leave them out for many days. They will shrivel, get rubbery, and lose their quality.

Second step: Cut up or grate your roots. Cut up dandelion and yellow dock for tincture. You will have to grate and dry burdock root to add it to soups and stews. (Dry in oven, it gives a nutty taste when cooked.)

Third step: Dry roots or prepare your tincture with fresh roots. Drying roots:  cut up the long roots so you can use portions of the root later. Dry roots on a tray in your oven by turning on the oven briefly to 200F and then turning it off. Leave the oven door open to allow for air to circulate. It is much easier to cut or grate fresh root, by the way, than waiting until after they are dry. Take the time to cut or grate them up.

Store your dried roots in an air tight container. Well dried roots won’t rot. If your roots become moldy, they can only be used by the compost pile.

How To Make Tinctures

  1. Fill a glass quart jar ¾ of the way with fresh roots or half way with dried roots.
  2. Cover with a good quality 80 proof vodka.
  3. Label your jar.
  4. Shake jar every day.
  5. Some herbalists say that a tincture is ready after one full cycle of the moon. So, this is 4 to 6 weeks.
  6. To use your tincture you can strain out your roots and store your tincture in a labeled jar.

Taking medicinal herbal extract could interfere with regular chemotherapy, and we urge patients not to mix the natural remedy with other cancer drugs without speaking to a doctor first.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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