Saturday, April 25, 2015

TB: Nobody is more surprised than me ...

 ...that applying lavender essential oil to my nipples* actually appears to be getting rid of my recurrent blocked duct/ mastitis from hell that has lasted two months.  Things I tried that didn't work: heat, massage, antibiotics, more antibiotics, antibiotics and fluconazole together, pumping, moist compresses; and all those things at once plus echinacea, lanolin, all purpose nipple ointment, crying, and visiting the breastfeeding clinic in University Town.  But (knock on wood) two days of applying this have made the white spot go away by 80% and the pain by 90%.  I am still taking Antibiotic #2 so it could be the combo, but it was getting worse all week.

Now, I would normally regard this as crackpottery of the worst kind.  However, I tried everything else to no effect, so.... why not?  Also it was free because I cook with coconut oil a lot** and a friend donated 16 drops of lavender oil.  

This extremely unscientific treatment brought to you courtesy of the excellent Nicole, who posits that the oil penetrates the biofilm and kills it dead (hand wave, hand wave).  Just think how hard it would be to organize a RCT of primarily-nipple-involvement mastitis/blocked ducts with lavender oil.  I find that for once, I couldn't even care less about there being a plausible mechanism.

I still draw the line at homoeopathy, though.  A girl has to have some standards.

* 8 drops per tsp coconut oil; I have no idea if the carrier oil matters.  Probably anything semisolid would work.
** Because dairy is as poison unto me.

3 comments:

  1. Hooray! Nurse Cousin says the lavender oil by itself is effective, but she mixed lavender and tea tree oil when the mastitis got really bad.

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  2. Lavender is something else! Every time I hear of another use I think, yes, of course, but then I never remember it in the moment. Regardless, mastitis going away? YES!

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  3. HOLY SHIT 90% less pain! If crackpottery reduces pain, I will bathe in it. Brilliant.

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