Violet Leaf Oil and Balm for Fibrocystic Breasts

Violet Leaf BalmMy fibrocystic breasts have become a big problem for me since I’ve reached pre-menopause.  Especially certain times of the month.

According to the Mayo Clinic and many other sources, these signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breasts may include:

  • Breast lumps or areas of thickening that tend to blend into the surrounding breast tissue
  • Generalized breast pain or tenderness
  • Breast lumps that fluctuate in size with the menstrual cycle
  • Green or dark brown non-bloody nipple discharge that tends to leak without pressure or squeezing
  • Breast changes that are similar in both breasts
  • Monthly increase in breast pain or lumpiness from mid-cycle (ovulation) to just before your period

Of course, if you’ve found a lump or having any discomfort in your breast, it’s wise to see your doctor immediately.

I see my doctor every year, and she offered no help for my painful breast.  So, I started researching natural ways to help.

What I discovered was really very simple, and right under my nose.  Yes, the humble violet.

Violets

Infused Oil

Collect fresh, unmarked, violet leaves.  If dirty, rinse in a bowl of pure water.  Pat dry with a paper towel.

In a cool area out of direct sun light, lay the leaves on a dry paper towel or cloth one inch apart.  I like to use my kitchen table to dry all my herbs.  That way, they are always in sight, so I’ll remember to check on them.  Turn the leaves every day, for 2-3 days.  They will be crunchy when dried.

When dried, pack your leaves in a sterilized glass jar.    There’s no certain amount of leaves, it’s just what you can find, but a handful of dried leaves is a great start.

Pour a carrier oil to cover the leaves.  I like to use sunflower , hazelnut, or evening primrose.

There’s three ways to infuse your leaves.  They are:

  1. The long method – place the jar in a dark place, shake every day for 2-6 weeks (The best way, but it’s a long wait
  2. The short method – place your jar in a pot with 2 inches water, simmer water on low for an hour, replacing water as needed until properties are extracted (on low because you don’t want water droplets to form on the inside of the jar, not good)
  3. Another short method – this is the one I like, place the jar on an electric candle warmer for a few hours, stirring a few times, don’t let it get too hot

Is It Ready?

When your oil turns a beautiful herbal green, it’s ready.  Pour the oil through a filter, such as a coffee filter or cloth.  Warm oil drains better.

You can use your infused oil now!  Rub it on your breast for relief…

But…

If you don’t like the oily feel, make a balm instead.

Balm Recipe

3 oz. infused oil from violet leaves

¼ oz. beeswax (to start with)

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Melt infused oil and beeswax using method 2 or 3 above.  To test its consistency, dip a cool spoon in the warm mixture and let cool.  If you want it thicker, add more beeswax, a little at a time, until it’s perfect.

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Pour into tins, plastic balm pots, or whatever you have available. Let cool, and use whenever your breasts are tender.  Makes approx. 6 oz.

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Seem easy?  It is!  Get started making something herbal today.

 

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