Essential Oils for Managing Menstruation

Unfortunately there is no magic pill or oil that will completely wipe out all symptoms of PMS. So we will do what we can to ease the pain, discomfort, bloating, fatigue, anxiety, depression, heachaches, cramps, mood swings and acne, this oh so wonderful monthly gift brings us.

There are pills and creams and products galore to help us try and fight this uphill battle that is menstruation. However, in the midst of trying to numb the pain with all of these synthetic and chemical products, we lose sight of the fact that menstruation is a natural shift of hormones, so we should be aiding that shift in the most natural way possible, Essential Oils.

Single Oils

Lavender

Helps reduce pain levels which can aid in calming menstrual cramps. Great for people suffering from migraines and insomnia. Apply to the back of the neck, temples, and anywhere you are experiencing pain. Dilute with coconut oil.

Clary Sage

Balances hormones, calms uterine contractions (cramps), aids insomnia. Apply to the back of the neck, rub over abdomen with coconut oil.

Fennel

Helps reduce cramping, supports healthy estrogen levels and supports healthy ovaries. Apply over abdomen with coconut oil.

Peppermint

Fighting fatigue is a huge part of the monthly cycle. Peppermint is a great energy booster, and it also helps reduce headaches and migraines. Apply to the back of the neck, temples, and bottoms of the feet. Dilute with coconut oil. Also great to diffuse throughout the day.

Wild Orange

An amazing mood booster when increased feelings of anxiety, stress and depression arise from PMS. Apply to wrists, neck, back of neck. Inhale in hands or diffuse.

Neroli

Powerful for relaxation, racing brain and negative thoughts. Great for menstrual cramps and estrogen imbalances. Aids insomnia. Inhale in hands, diffuse, apply over abdomen

Ylang Ylang – Supports healthy libido and hormone balance. Aids adrenal and mental fatigue as well as calming anxiety, frustration, stress and fear. Apply to bottoms of the feet, abdomen or pulse points. Inhale in hands or diffuse.

Rose

Helps regulate irregular menstrual cycles, supports uterine health and relieves cramps. It also is a great mood booster as it has antidepressant properties. Apply over abdomen, bottoms of the feet and back of neck. Inhale in hands.

Blends

Women’s Monthly Blend – This blend helps to balance hormones, calm cramps and mood swings. It also aids heavy periods and low libido. The oils in this blend are Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot, Palmarosa, and Vitex.

My Recipe For Calming Cramps

To ease the pain of my uterine cramps I have been using a simple recipe and massaging it onto my abdomen a few times a day, whenever I feel like I need it. I squeeze some coconut oil into my hand and add one drop each of Lavender, Clary Sage and Fennel or Marjoram. I rub the excess oil onto my lower back because that area is also affected during my menstruation. All of these oils have powerful pain reducing and hormonal balancing properties. They also contribute to the health of my reproductive organs.

How I Combat Low Energy & Mood Swings

  1. All day everyday I will diffuse a blend of Peppermint, Wild Orange and Ylang Ylang
  2. I apply the Peppermint Roll On to the back of my neck, sides or my neck and bottoms of my feet. I find this really wakes me up and gives me the energy I need to get tasks done!
  3. A drop of Lemon in my water! This is great for overall health in so many ways but in this case I use it to fight fatigue

In The End…

You have to keep in mind that the effects of menstruation on the body can only be managed, they will never just go away. You also have to keep in mind that different oils will work better for me than for you! I encourage you to try different combinations and find one that helps you the most. This is simply a guide, a reference point, for you to discover what oils align with you. I hope this post helped in guiding you to which oils you should try to make that time of the month a little easier!

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