some of the many
holistic uses of breast milk
(other than your child's most important food of course!)
*Eye infections: Squirt in an open or closed eye. If the eye is closed have the person lie back, squirt it, then open his or her eye. Do this four or more times per day.
*Plugged eye ducts: Squirt into the eye crease at the nose. Do this four times one day and two times the next.
*Conjunctivitis ("Pink Eye"): Same as Plugged eye ducts, but continue with four times daily until the crust is gone.
*Sties: Same as Conjunctivitis.
*Sore/cracked nipples: Rub into nipples and air dry.
*Scratches: Squirt and air dry, bandage, etc. as normal.
*Scrapes: Same as scratches.
*Burns: Same as scratches.
*Gouges: Same as scratches.
*Diaper rash: Squirt and air dry.
*Mosquito bites: Squirt on bite and rub in. Stops the itching.
*Ant bites: Same as mosquito bites.
*Ear infections: Squirt or pour into sore ear. Can also then follow with warm (not hot) olive oil and garlic.
*Acne: Wash face with water, then follow with breastmilk squirted on to a cotton puff and apply all over face.
*Sore throats: A squirt of breastmilk, either directly or applied from a sterile plastic cup.
*Stuffy noses: Squirt into nose and suction or squeeze out as you would with saline.
*Contact lenses: If you have an irritant under your lens and forgot your eye drops, take it out, hand express to get a nice little stream going to rinse contact off.
*Eye puffiness and redness: Express breastmilk and pour over eyes. Does as good of job, if not better, than tea bags!
*Cold sores/Fever blisters: Express a small amount of breastmilk onto clean finger and apply immediately to cold sore. Ends pain and helps speed the healing process.
*Chicken pox: Use as you would Calamine Lotion or other ointment.
*Chapped lips/skin: Express a small amount onto fingers and wipe over lips or skin. Do not rub it in...leave a little wet. (This feels great on chapped lips and it normally only takes a day or two to clear!)
*If you have an older child/spouse who is ill, give them some breastmilk. It's a great immunity boost!
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Soap from your own breast milk!!
It doesn’t matter how long it’s been in the freezer, and it keeps for years!
(may shrink a bit due to a small amount of dehydration)
Try the adapted recipe below!
32 (4-ounce) bars
3 lbs. vegetable shortening
17 ounces dark olive oil
18 ounces Safflower oil
6 cups cold/cool breastmilk (breastmilk may be previously frozen and thawed....and you can use any amount of breastmilk you like and substittute the rest with goatsmilk, just make sure to have 6 cups fluid).
12 ounces pure sodium hydroxide (lye)**
1 ounce Borax
2 TBS honey
(you may also add essential oils and/or dry medicinal herbs)
3 or 4 trays Ice Cubes
Stainless steel pans
wooden or stainless steel spoons
newspaper to cover counter tops
Please wear gloves, and I also recommend a mask with a filter, as well as protective eye-wear due to the chemical process involved and the use of lye.
Use only stainless steel pans for making soap - DO NOT use aluminum, as this will produce another dangerous chemical reaction.
Before begining, be sure your kitchen or other workspace is in a very well ventilated area.
Melt the vegetable shortening in a sauce pan and add the oils. Bring tempeture up very slowly until all the shortening is melted, being careful not to over heat or scorch the oils.
Plug your kitchen sink and fill half way with water and three or four trays of ice cubes, then put the cold breastmilk in a sauce pan, and place the sauce pan into the water.
You *must* keep the milk cool when you add the lye to it or the lye will burn it and make it unusable (and rather smelly!)
Slowly stir in the sodium hydroxide, constantly stirring, and occasionally circulating the outer ice water. The lye is going to heat the milk up as you stir it in, avoid breathing these fumes! Adding the lye should take at least 5 minutes, as going any faster will burnout your milk. If you accidentally splash any on yourself, rinse immediately!
Once combined, continue to stir the milk/lye mixture for a few more minutes and then remove from the water bath. The milk/lye mixture will become more and more yellowish in color, which is perfectly normal.
Add the honey and borax to your melted oil which should still be warm but not hot (between 110F and 120F).
Very slowly and carefully pour the milk/lye mixture into the pan of oil, stirring constantly until completely mixed together.
Process this mixture in a blender (half full at a time) running the blender at whip speed for a minute at a time, and then pour off into a clean container. Process everything through the blender process a second time, and this is when you could add your essential oils, or dry herbs, an ounce at a time depending upon the desired strength.
Once the mixture has been blended twice, it will be ready to pour into a mold to turn into soap...or "saponify". If you don't have a soap mold, a mold can easily be made out of a cardboard box lined with plastic wrap that's been lightly coated with oil, or freezer paper in a wooden box.
I usually let my soaps rest eight weeks (two moons) before cutting, and then let rest another 24 hours before wrapping (if I do wrap...usually I just "band" with cardstock paper writting the EO or herb blend on them) though some folks cut their soaps sooner if they are to be used right away.
** These days lye is created from powdered limestone, though long ago it was also made from things such as chicken manure or human urine... but my favorite form is wood ash. If you're interested about making lye for soap from wood ash, the following is a great web-site: http://journeytoforever.org/biodiesel_ashlye.html