Breast pain is not uncommon. It varies in severity and frequency and for some women, it can be quite troublesome.
It is estimated that about 70% of women experience persistent breast pain at some point in life and it occurs most often between ages 30 and 50.
And while breast cancer can indeed cause pain, the pain is usually due to another issue, such as our cyclical hormone changes that are completely normal.
Other possible causes may include breast structure, using certain medications or fatty acid imbalance
Furthermore, it may be worsened by different psychological factors, such as PMS, anxiety, stress and mood changes.
If these are things that typically trigger your discomfort, the various properties of essential oils have been shown to significantly improve mental health which is closely connected to physical health.
But essential oils also work on a physical level (1).
Therefore, these 5 essential oils for breast pain make it quite possible to target your discomfort on multiple fronts, thanks to their potent and versatile therapeutic properties.
The key is to choose the right essential oils and this is why we’ve created this detailed list, with instructions on how to get the most out of each oil.
These plants are most often found in the Mediterranean region and the oil is a common choice in aromatherapy primarily because of its relaxing and calming effects.
However, it also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving), sedative, anxiolytic and antispasmodic properties – all of which play a role in this oil’s ability to alleviate breast pain.
On a mental level, lavender oil is one of the best essential oils (certainly top 3) at relieving the stress, anxiety, and moodiness which usually accompany breast pain.
Physically, its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties have been found to be extremely effective at reducing most forms of physical pain whether the application method is topical or aromatic (2).
Furthermore, it can also help to improve circulation.
This circulation boost ensures that the breast tissues are getting sufficient nutrient and oxygen-rich blood, which is necessary for breast tissues recovering from injury and illness.
This oil may also promote proper lymph node function, and aid with balancing hormone levels.
To take advantage of the wide array of therapeutic advantages that lavender oil provides, dilute 4-5 drops with about 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil, and massage it into your breast tissues.
You should also inhale the aroma of lavender, not only because it works on your mental clarity, but its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects properties are also absorbed through our olfactory systems.
Simply add two drops to a cotton cloth and then breathe in with the cloth about one inch from your face.
Alternately, you can also inhale directly from the bottle or diffuse in your bedroom.
This versatile oil is rich in active phytochemicals and omega-3 fatty acids; both of which promote greater physical and psychological wellness.
The pain-relieving effect of this oil is largely due to the menthol content.
The menthol has a cooling effect to alleviate inflammation and discomfort in the breasts by inhibiting certain neurons which shuttle pain impulses away from the site (3).
Menthol also helps the tenderness by dilating blood vessels within the area, thereby increasing blood flow which brings more oxygen and nutrients into the area.
Combine 4 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and apply the mixture directly to your breasts to benefit from the cooling sensation this oil provides. Massage it into your breasts slowly to promote comfort and pain relief.
You can also use an essential oil diffuser to put the scent of peppermint into the air for easy inhalation.
Pour three drops of this oil onto a cotton cloth and slowly inhale the scent to help with pain and give you an energy boost (peppermint oil is an energizing essential oil). Put the cloth about two inches from your nose when you do this.
The use of this oil and resin go back to biblical times for an array of sacred religious celebrations and rituals; and in modern times, it has been studied extensively, especially for its potential anti-inflammatory effects.
In fact, the anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense oil are so potent that there are published and ongoing studies showing evidence that they may even inhibit some cancer cells.
The boswellic acids present in this oil contribute to its health benefits. These acids are a type of essential molecule that helps to relieve breast pain and tenderness.
Overall, frankincense oil also has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and sedative properties, all of which contribute to its pain-relieving potential.
Like most of the oils listed so far, topical application (with dilution) is the suggested method when using frankincense oil.
You can also add two to three drops to an unscented lotion to use this oil this way.
If you want to get creative, you can run a warm bath and add 8 to 10 drops of this oil to the water. Relax in the bath for approximately 20 minutes to reap the pain-relieving benefits. This can also reduce stress levels.
It contains numerous compounds that may help with this, including menthone, myrcene, alpha-pinene, limonene, and linalool.
Geranium oil has been shown to have healing effects on the mind and body due to its anti-depressant, antispasmodic and sedative properties.
Inflammation and hormonal imbalance are among some of the most common reasons that women experience breast pain.
This oil may help to regulate your hormones to help with the breast pain that comes with menopause and premenstrual syndrome.
Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil may alleviate breast pain associated with infections and injuries since inflammation occurs when these issues are present.
There are several ways to use geranium oil to help reduce breast pain.
Add two to three drops of this oil to an unscented moisturizer and massage this mixture into the breasts to alleviate pain and encourage better blood circulation.
Use an essential oil diffuser to put the aroma of the geranium oil into the air.
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This oil is known for its ability to help balance hormones.
Many people use this oil to balance their thyroid hormone and the cortisol hormone levels.
Another common hormone targeted by this oil is estrogen and regular use of clary sage oil may help to alleviate insomnia, anxiety, breast pain, hot flashes and other symptoms related to an estrogen imbalance.
In fact, one study by a Taiwanese university found that a blend of lavender, clary sage and marjoram essential oils significantly reduced menstrual pain with daily use between periods (4).
This oil has anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, analgesic and antimicrobial properties and these properties contribute to this oil’s ability to alleviate breast tenderness and pain.
The most common way to use clary sage oil is to apply it directly to your body.
You can dilute about 4 drops with a carrier oil and rub the concoction into your breasts. To help achieve the hormone-balancing benefits, place a drop of this oil on each of the pulse points on your body.
You can also breathe in this oil to help alleviate breast pain by simply sniffing the bottle or diffusing the oil your bedroom.
Essential oils have long been used as a natural and effective intervention for all types of bodily pain.
These oils can help to significantly improve the physical discomfort in your breasts, as well as improve your mental health by reducing stress and boosting your mood and mental clarity.
However, knowing the cause of the ache is essential for maintaining your general health so it is still important to consult your doctor, especially if the pain persists or gets progressively worse.
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