Tender. Painful. Ropy. Lumpy. Achy. Huge.
Do any of these words remind you of how your breasts (or chest) feel the days, or weeks, leading up to your period?
Probably one of the most common PMS symptoms, fibrocystic breasts (or chest) can range from mild and barely noticeable all the way to extremely painful making it hard to exercise, be sexual, wear certain clothes, or even feel like moving.
This cyclic tenderness and enlargement of your breasts or chest is so common that it's basically considered to be a variation of normal.
But for those who get more extreme symptoms, they can be a major issue.
Thankfully, there is SO much you can do to ease your symptoms.
Listen to this episode to learn:
- how changing your perception of your breasts (or chest) can change your whole relationship with this part of your body
- why a breast (or chest) self-love practice of some kind is important
- how to tell if you have fibrocystic breasts (or chest) and when you need to go get checked out for cysts or lumps you're noticing
- possible causes, including both scientific research + natural therapeutic perspectives
- nutritional, herbal + lifestyle strategies to support different systems of your body to ease your symptoms (including your lymphatic system, detoxification, elimination, hormone balancing, and more)
- the reasons I believe self-massage is essential
Briden, L. (2018). Period repair manual: Natural treatment for better hormones and better periods. Greenpeak Publishing.
Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical herbalism: The science and practice of herbal medicine. Healing Arts Press.
McQuade-Crawford, A. (1997). Herbal remedies for women. Prima Health.
Osouli Tabrizi, S., Meedya, S., Ghassab-Abdollahia, N., Ghorbani, Z., Jahangiry, L., & Mirghafourvand, M. (2021). The effect of the herbal medicine on severity of cyclic mastalgia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Complement Integr Med. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2020-0531.
Romm, A. (2018). Botanical medicine for women’s health (2nd ed). Elsevier.
Stachs, A., Stubert, J., Reimer, T., & Hartmann, S. (2019). Benign breast disease in women. Dtsch Arztebl Int., 116(33-34), 565-574. doi: 10.3238/arztebl.2019.0565.
Trickey, R. (2003). Women, hormones and the menstrual cycle: Herbal and medical solutions from adolescence to menopause. Allen & Unwin.
DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.
Trusted sources for bulk herbs:
- Mountain Rose Herbs* (globally-sourced organic and wild-crafted herbs)
- Pacific Botanicals (California-grown and globally sourced herbs)
- Banyan Botanicals (Ayurvedic herbs)
REGIONAL, FARM-BASED COMPANIES
- Zack Woods Herb Farm (VT)
- Healing Spirits (NY)
- Sawmill Herb Farm (MA)
- Oshala Farm (OR)
- Meetinghouse Farm (ME)
- Sonoma County Herb Exchange (CA)
* affiliate link (I would only ever become an affiliate for a company I already trust and buy from myself, you can always google it and get there on your own if you'd prefer not to use my link)
Sign up to receive regular herbal womb wisdom-filled love notes and podcast updates straight to your email box.
You can always unsubscribe if you're not into it. Your privacy is paramount. I'll never share your info with anyone. Pinky swear.