Mastitis, an infection of breast tissue, is most common in women breast feeding in the first three months after birth. The bacterial infection comes from the bacteria entering in the milk ducts of the breast thru small cracks in the skin of the nipple. The bacteria source may be from the baby or from the surrounding skin. Although less common, women not breast feeding may also develop mastitis. Especially susceptible would be those with compromised immune systems from other health issues.
The inflammation in the fatty tissue of the breast can be accompanied by redness, warmth, swelling, and/or lumps and can be quite painful with fever, chills and extreme exhaustion. Although the symptoms can be very uncomfortable the common advice is to continue breast-feeding, the infection will not be detrimental to the baby.
Essential oils, with their antibacterial properties, may be of assistance. The oils Basil and Frankincense along with the blend Protective Blend have helped others. They can be applied topically directly to the affected area or taken internally. For topical application consider using a carrier oil especially around and on the nipple. For internal use oils can be put in capsules or for drinking oils may be mixed with juice. Others using the oils at the outset have begun with application of oils as often as every hour with 1 or 2 drops of each oil, then reducing the frequency in the following days.
As with any infection mastitis should not be considered lightly. If there is any question consult a qualified medical professional.
Use Frankincense, Protective Blend and Basil, rub generously on the affected area and the bottom of the feet. Repeat every hour the first day and every 2 hours the second day. Be aggressive and consistent.
Also take 2-4 drops each Frankincense and Protective Blend internally in a capsule every two hours. Stay away from the hot compress. It will spread the oil but it will also spread the infection.
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