5 Natural Remedies to Soothe Breast Pain

02 February, 2021
Herbal remedies help soothe breast pain. However, if symptoms persist, it's best to see a doctor. How can you prepare them at home? In this article we tell you all about it.

It usually occurs because the mammary glands become more sensitive during hormonal changes. However, it can also occur as a result of inflammatory diseases and infections like mastitis.

Though some women may worry about the pain because they link it to breast cancer, entities such as the Breast Cancer Foundation point out that, in general, this symptom is not a sign of the disease. Most cases are harmless and don’t require specialist treatment.

However, if the pain is persistent or severe, it’s important to consult a physician for a more accurate diagnosis. From this, the professional can determine if pharmacological interventions are necessary or if it can be relieved with some basic care.

Natural Remedies to Soothe Breast Pain

According to popular wisdom,  certain remedies of natural origin may be useful to soothe this ailment. However, there is no evidence to support their efficacy. This being the case, their consumption is safe for most healthy adults, so you can try them without risk.

1. Witch hazel tea for breast pain

There is no evidence that witch hazel infusion can provide relief from symptoms such as sinus pain. However, research published in the Journal of Inflammation confirms that extracts of the plant have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

As such, it’s not surprising that topical application is beneficial when it comes to soothing breast pain. Fortunately, this plant has mild properties and doesn’t usually cause side effects.

A spoon of witch hazel for breast pain.

The witch hazel plant contains substances with anti-inflammatory effects, and seems to be useful for soothing sinus pain.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons of witch hazel (20 g)

Preparation

  • Bring a cup of water to a boil.
  • When ready, add the tablespoons of witch hazel.
  • Leave the tea to sit for 20 minutes or until it reaches a manageable temperature.

Use

  • Soak a cotton cloth in the tea and apply it to your breasts.
  • Leave it to work for 10 minutes, massaging continuously to gently warm up the area.
  • Repeat the process until the pain dissipates.

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2. Mallow tea

A publication in the National Center for Biotechnology Information notes that topical mallow preparations have been recommended to treat cracked nipples and breast pain. Although more evidence is needed, this plant is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of mallow (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Add the mallow to a cup of boiling water.
  • Leave it for 15 or 20 minutes.

Use

  • Soak a cotton cloth in the brew and apply it to the breasts.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes and repeat 2 times a day.

3. Flaxseed water

Flaxseed water is one of the consumable remedies of this list that helps control the symptoms of mastalgia thanks to its high essential nutrient content.

Although more studies are needed to evaluate whether it is indeed an effective therapeutic measure for this problem, a study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that it helps to reduce cyclic mastalgia.

Flaxseed seeds and oil.

Due to its omega 3 fatty acid content, flaxseed water has a slight anti-inflammatory effect that helps in cases of mastalgia.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Soak a spoonful of flaxseeds in a cup of warm water.
  • Cover the cup and leave it to sit for one night.
  • The next day, strain it and drink the gelatinous liquid.

Use

  • Drink on an empty stomach for at least 2 weeks.

4. Chamomile tea for breast pain

Most home remedies with chamomile are safe. Best of all, this plant has multiple applications that are worth taking advantage of. among them helping to reduce breast pain.

According to information published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, chamomile is a safe, well-tolerated and effective treatment for women with moderate mastalgia.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Add the chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Use

  • Soak a piece of cloth in the liquid
  • Apply, pressing lightly onto the breasts.
  • Alternatively, drink it as a tea 2 times a day.

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5. Horsetail tea

To date, there is no research linking horsetail consumption to relief of mastalgia. However, in popular culture it is said to be beneficial.

According to some accounts, consumption of horsetail tea may help reduce breast pain when its origin is fluid retention during menstruation.

As supported by a study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, this plant has diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in combatting fluid accumulation.

A bowl of horsetail for breast pain.

Horsetail is known for its diuretic properties and seems to soothe breast pain. However, there is a lack of evidence.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of horsetail (5 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Pour the teaspoon of horsetail into a cup of boiling water.
  • Cover the cup and leave it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

Use

  • Consume the tea 2 times a day, starting 3 or 4 days before menstruation.

Other things to keep in mind

Use of the above remedies can help soothe breast pain. In addition, the Mayo Clinic has other recommendations for coping with this ailment.

  • Use a comfortable bra, of the right size.
  • Increase water consumption.
  • Try relaxation therapies.
  • Avoid consumption of saturated fats, sugar and processed foods.
  • Reduce caffeine intake.
  • Limit salt intake.
  • Consume foods with vitamins A and E.

What if the breast pain is persistent? In this case it’s best to seek medical attention. In fact, it’s a good idea to consult a professional before taking the above-mentioned remedies.

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