Studies show that around 85% of women deal with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. The ups and downs a woman can experience in one month are enough to leave your head spinning! One moment you may feel happy and energetic, and then the next, you are feeling blue and lethargic. It is a natural, normal part of most women’s lives, but it doesn’t have to rule your world. Many women have been turning to medications to help with the aches and pains associated with PMS. But you don’t have to pop pills every month when there are so many great natural remedies for these symptoms, which is why more and more women are turning to essential oils. Below are our top 5 essential oils to help make your PMS symptoms less of a pain.
This herbal oil can truly be a woman’s best friend during their time of the month. Clary Sage is incredible for improving many challenges that arise with PMS.
Mood: Amazing for stress relief and irritability, this oil helps to balance hormones and reduce mood swings. Clary Sage has even shown in studies to reduce Cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and improve thyroid function. Inhale this oil when you are feeling anxious or grouchy.
Cramps: Clary Sage is antispasmodic. This means that it can calm spasms, which is perfect for cramping. Apply topically with a carrier oil to relieve period cramps.
We already know that Lavender is considered the “Jack of all trades” oil, so of course, it is going to be useful when it comes to monthly symptoms. This versatile oil is very soothing for both mind and body.
Stress: Lavender is the number one oil for easing anxiety and helping you relax. This can be super helpful when feeling overwhelmed and full of emotions during that time of the month. It is also beneficial to help you sleep when dealing with insomnia.
Pain: Lavender is a great anti-inflammatory oil. Research has shown that it can help to reduce pain from cramps when applied topically. Dilute with a carrier oil and massage onto abdomen as needed.
This beautiful floral aroma is more than just a pretty scent. Geranium is a wonderful tool for premenstrual symptoms due to its ability to help balance hormones.
Mental & Physical Relief: A study of 120 women showed that use of Geranium essential oil improved both mental and physical anguish during PMS. Additionally, they reported even greater relief when combined with abdomen massage. Another benefit of using this oil on your abdomen is that it can help reduce water retention. Apply Geranium oil with a carrier to the lower abdomen daily leading up to menstruation. You can also add this oil to a relaxing foot soak with Epson salts to help minimise swollen feet.
Skin: Geranium is amazing at balancing skin’s sebum. This is very advantageous when breakouts arise during PMS. Add Geranium essential oil to your all-natural, unscented face soap and use daily.
This sweetly intoxicating floral oil is a calming and comforting tool when experiencing PMS.
Relaxation: Ylang Ylang is a sedative oil known to help reduce blood pressure. It can aid in calming the central nervous system and encourage feelings of peace while helping you unwind. Inhale when in need of a little R&R.
Romance: Most people associate Ylang Ylang with aphrodisiacs, and this essential oil also works its magic when period symptoms have you feeling anything but sexy. Simply inhale or diffuse this oil to help you get out of your funk.
This minty oil is useful in so many situations, and of course, that translates to a woman’s monthly visitor.
Headache: Many women tend to have headaches when experiencing PMS. Peppermint oil is an incredible aid for reducing the pain caused by headaches. Apply topically with a carrier oil to temples in a circular motion.
Nausea: If you get nausea during your period, Peppermint oil can help. Simply inhale this fresh oil as needed to alleviate that queasy feeling.
Energy: Most women feel physically drained during their time of the month. Inhaling Peppermint oil will help give you a much-needed boost of energy.
Now that you know some useful and beneficial essential oils for symptoms of PMS, and how to use them individually, let’s discuss how to use them together. When you use essential oils in conjunction with other oils, it creates a synergistic effect. All of this adds up to a powerful PMS remedy.
Mood Mender Diffuser Blend
2 drops Lavender essential oil
1 drop Clary Sage essential oil
2 drops Bergamot essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil
Add all of the oil drops into your diffuser with 100 ml of water and run for 20-30 minutes to help alleviate a negative mood.
Cramp Crusher Massage Oil
2 oz Carrier oil
15 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Clary Sage essential oil
8 drops Geranium essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients together and store in a glass bottle. Massage onto your abdomen as needed for menstrual cramps.
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