Medicinal plants for breast tenderness

In my previous article “Why do women get sore breasts” I described different reasons why breasts get tender and important key signs to look for. I compiled a list of my favorite herbs to help you to improve these imbalances. Breast pain, tenderness and swelling are symptoms commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome or be experienced by peri-menopausal women. It is the result of hormonal changes and rising levels of progesterone. During menopause the levels of oestrogen decreases and progesterone increases resulting in sore breasts.

Avoiding stimulants such as coffee, sugar and alcohol can prevent discomforts. The application of medicinal plants along with massage can have a tremendous effect in balancing the hormones and improving soreness. Some of them have been used as folk remedy for centuries.

Calendula flower

Calendula_officinalis31For maximum effectiveness, infusing the slightly dried calendula flowers in coconut oil ( organic if possible ) or even in sweet almond oil or sunflower seed oil. Let soak for a week before using .
Calendula Oil brings new life to dry and wrinkled skin and is highly recommended for self breast massage. 



Castor oil ( Ricinus communis )

Castor oil , is also super effective in the treatment of breast tenderness.
This oil is commercially extracted from the seeds of the castor bean. A plant considered poisonous,  it was more often recommended as a remedy by the psychic healer Edgar Cayce, known worldwide as the “father of holistic medicine” in the 1920s.  At that time, the oil was already used in dissolving nodules and prevention of tumor growth.  According to Dr. Cayce, poison is not present in plant oil and when it is taken internally, castor oil acts as a strong and effective laxative.
The most common application of castor oil today is through a hot compress.

How to prepare a compress of castor oil:

A_view_of_Castor_oil_plant_1Place a cloth or flannel saturated in castor oil in the oven until it is fully heated .

Wrap the heating pad in a plastic and cover it with layers of   towels to keep it warm
Apply to skin (breasts ) and maintain as long as possible.
In extreme cases,  the pads are continually applied day and night .
If the person has small lumps ( small nodules ) within, apply the castor oil at room temperature using two adhesive tapes.
Apply morning and evening ( before bedtime)

Comfrey root ( Symphytum officinale )

Comfrey_perfect_350Another medicinal plant widely used in folk medicine is the oil of comfrey root. This oil is a specific remedy for those people who have sore breasts.  It is a wonderful oil for self breast massage .

The comfrey leaf is one of my favorite especially when used after childbirth as a bath for better healing and recovery from episiotomy.
Both the oil and comfrey ointment, strengthen the tissues and helps them to become more resilient and flexible.  Several cases have been documented of deep and persistent old wounds and even ulcers that  healed quickly with little scarring.

The external use of comfrey root,  even for a prolonged period of time does not cause any damage to the body and is considered safe.

For maintenance and better breast health and to prevent discomforts, consume plenty of fiber, such as fruits, vegetable, legumes like lentils, black beans and whole grains.
According to studies done by the University of Medicine of Tufts in Boston, Mass. They found that women who have a diet high in fiber excrete more estrogen in the blood which helps to improve breast pain.

When you ‘re in the shower, soaping your breasts and massage them gently from the center of your chest toward your armpits. This improves blood circulation and drainage of lymph, the clear fluid that carries infection-fighting agents via your body.

For more information about breast health call Guiomar at 416 986 9270 or send an email to

This information is for educational purpose only. Any concerns please consult with your physician.

Guiomar Campbell

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Guiomar is a performing artist and an Integrated Health Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in depression and anxiety disorders. She has a degree in nursing and obstetrics from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. She received her diploma in shiatsu therapy in 1995 and a diploma in acupuncture in 1999 at the Shiatsu School of Canada where she worked for 15 years as a shiatsu instructor in the diploma program. She is a member in good standing of College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Guiomar specializes in men and women’s reproductive health, gynecology, pregnancy and post partum care. She also has lots of experience treating digestive issues, migraine headache, and insomnia.

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