The Healing Powers of Breast Milk
If you thought breast milk is only for babies, you’ve got a lot to learn about the healing powers of breast milk.
Breast milk may be the most powerful natural substance on the planet. The incredible benefits of breast milk for babies and mothers begin at birth and extend throughout a lifetime. Breast milk is, of course, the most nourishing and beneficial nutrients for babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants are given breast milk for at least one year of life and recognizes the benefits of prolonged breastfeeding too.
Breast milk is so phenomenal because it offers a range of hundreds of nutrients including amazing antibodies that help protect babies from illness and disease immediately and for their whole lives. These antibodies have powerful healing properties that prevent and treat infection and inflammation. That’s why breast milk is quickly becoming popular beyond its initial use of nourishing babies. The healing powers of breast milk make it an extraordinary remedy for many minor health problems for children and adults.
Today we’re sharing some of the exceptional uses of breast milk other than feeding your baby. Fresh or frozen breast milk will work beautifully. Try rubbing breast milk on affected areas several times daily for great results.
Baby Rashes and Skin Conditions: Babies sensitive skin is more susceptible to rashes and outbreaks but breast milk can help heal these skin issues. Diaper rash caused by yeast, baby acne and eczema, dry skin on a baby’s head called cradle cap, circumcision wounds and heat rash can all be remedied with breast milk.
Cuts and Bites: Scrapes, scratches and cuts can benefit from the antibacterial properties of breast milk. Breast milk helps these skin lacerations heal faster and with less risk of infection. Additionally, breast milk is terrific for easing soreness and redness from mosquito and other insect bites as well as bee and wasp stings.
Eye Infections and other Eye Issues: Breast milk can be combined with liquid eye drops to help clear up conjunctivitis or pink eye. The antibodies help fight these and other viral eye infections. Babies tend to get clogged tear ducts as their eyes are still very immature during infancy. Breast milk can help open ducts. Here’s another interesting use for eyes: add breast milk to your contact solution to moisturize and cleanse your lenses.
Dry and Cracked Skin: Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and general dry skin can improve with the ultimate natural nourishing moisturizer, breast milk. In winter months when skin and lips are dry, cracked and flakey, apply breast milk for faster repair. Also, breast milk is excellent (and very convenient) for healing cracked, sore nipples after feedings.
Ear Infections: Ear infections are all too common in infants and toddlers. Breastfeeding is a proven way to reduce risk of ear infections, yet they are still very common in infants and toddlers. Applying 3 to 5 drops of breast milk to the entrance of the ear canal can help resolve ear infections in children and adults.
Burns and Itchiness: As an anti-inflammatory, breast milk can relieve pain and swelling from burns, sunburns and other skin irritations. Cold breast milk is the best way to soothe both red and inflamed skin so use chilled or frozen milk for burns. Also keep breast milk in mind for reducing irritation from chicken pox.
Congestion: In children and adults, breast milk can help clear nasal passages. Squirt a few drops in each nostril to reduce sinus congestion. This is a much better alternative than many medications that have a range of side effects.
Glowing Skin: Under-eye bags, acne, fine lines and age spots don’t necessarily require expensive creams and serums. Try all-natural breast milk as Mother Nature’s best formula for beautiful, youthful skin. Also, use it as a daily cleanser by applying it all over the face and then washing it off just like soap.
Sore Throats: Breastfeeding can help soothe a sore throat in a baby or toddler. In adults, gargling breast milk and allowing it to coat the throat can assisting in relieving a tender, raw sore throat.
Next time you are in need of a natural remedy, think about the incredible healing powers of breast milk!