Wondering how to heal mastitis without antibiotics?
Here are my tried and true natural remedies to stop the pain fast.
But, hold on.
Always check with your doctor before using natural remedies if you have allergies or other health concerns.
What is mastitis? Here are 5 signs to look for:
5 Signs of Mastitis
- fever as high as 104
- local redness, hard tender inflamed area
***Fever is usually the key indicator here.
5 Herbal Treatment For Mastitis
If you are experiencing recurrent breast infections, you may want to be evaluated for adequate nutritional intake. Have your vitamin levels checked and don’t be afraid to increase them to reduce mastitis and possibly postpartum depression.
#1 Have your doctor check for vitamin deficiency:
- Vitamin c
Also, extreme exhaustion or sleep deprivation is so common.
#2 Along with good nutrition, consider adding an adaptogen to support your immune system during this stressful time.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
- These tinctures are considered safe adaptogens during breastfeeding
Milk ducts can become inflamed, tender, and distended creating a ‘plugged duct’, In mastitis, the plugged duct is accompanied by infection.
#3 My favorite homeopathic remedy for mastitis is Phytolacca
Personally, I liked to take homeopathic medicine when I had mastitis. Along with Echinacea, this helped resolve the inflammation within minutes. If you are having these symptoms, consider Phytolacca as a remedy. Click here to purchase.
Dosing: Take 2 tablets, wait 20 minutes, take another 2 and you should see improvement.
“For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses. One of the most commonly used remedies for mastitis, especially where the pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy. The patient may feel heavy with flu-like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.” ¹
#4 Echinacea Tincture
Boost your immunity with Echinacea tincture.
In Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years, Susan Weed recommends a dose of a 1/2 drop for every pound of body weight (so a 130 lb woman would take 65 drops).
According to Kellymom.com, this dose can be taken up to 3-5 times per day. Susan Weed says even up to 12 times per day is fine and may be effective.
Dosing: 20-30 drops, 3-4x day
#5 Ashwagandha Tincture (Withania somnifera)
Known as a Category 1, safe adaptogen during breastfeeding, Ashwagandha can help reduce stress and ease the anxiety that may be causing the inflammation during breastfeeding.
You can purchase a tincture here.
Dosing: 20-30 drops, 3-4x day
6 Tips to avoid mastitis
- Use compresses of hot water, ginger root or chamomile infusion.
- Apply a poultice of freshly grated raw potato 2-3x day.
- Take 1/2-1 tsp. of Echinacea tincture every 2-4 hours.
- For high fever, drink teas of elderflower and spearmint.
- To reduce muscle tension drink teas of lemon balm, chamomile, and catnip.
- To relieve pain tinctures of crampbark, passionflower, and hops tinctures can promote sleep and relieve pain.
Now that you know my favorite natural remedies for mastitis, comment below and let me know your concerns.