Essential oils have so many diverse uses! It can be hard to sift through them to find the one that you need for any given symptom. Turns out, there are a few power essential oils that seem to do double duty. Or triple. Or more! So, I have organized the symptoms into three sections: Uterine, Physical, and Emotional. Uterine symptoms consist of cramps, excessive bleeding, irregular cycles, etc. Physical includes any other kind of bodily symptom like headaches, bloating, and food cravings, generally the ones that you may experience other times of the month too, but just happen to suffer through more during your period. Emotional would be anxiety, depression, irritability, etc. I would say that the most important group though, is the Uterine group, because if all of these symptoms happen (or happen more) because you are menstruating, then they are somehow caused by what is happening to your uterus. Therefore, if you can get your uterus into balance, chances are all of the other symptoms will be lessened too.
Also, let’s start off with a few things:
- I am not a doctor, nor have I been professionally trained or certified in essential oils. I’m just really good at research and I like using them myself!
- I have not included the applications or warnings associated with these oils. Some are only for external use, some MUST be diluted, some aren’t safe during pregnancy (though if you’re here you probably don’t have that concern… just sayin’). So please take a moment to research the best application of the oil you choose.
- Do some research on your brand of essential oil. If you can buy it in Wal-Mart or a drug store… *squinty face* dats sketchy ‘kay? Personally, I like Eden’s Garden brand because they seem to have the best quality for the price. While DoTerra and Young Living may or may not be a higher quality, they are significantly higher cost, and I’d rather use more of an affordable oil than skip it altogether because I’m paying a multi-level marketing company for their more popular product. Eden’s Garden sells online directly to the consumer, has free shipping on all of their oils, and has a great variety. They also have a great page that explains their quality and why they can get away with lower prices. I’ve been very happy with them thus far and have purchased 15+ oils from them
- There are many causes for our menstrual issues. Essential oils are one tool we have available to help fight it. There are many other ways that may be more effective or may be a great thing to combine with your essential oil therapy to help with these issues, but today we are only focusing on oil side.
- Our bodies are all different. Your symptoms may be caused by different imbalances than someone else’s, so if one essential oil isn’t working for you, just try a different one. Repeat until you figure out what your specific body needs. It is missing something, and it’s your job to find it! Just because your friend has miracle results with a certain essential oil, you try, and it doesn’t work, does not necessarily mean that the oil doesn’t work, it probably just means your body has a different deficiency than hers!
- There is a great deal of merit in applying/using the essential oils you pick daily! This means inbetween your periods, not just during. So again, don’t give up just because you slathered your belly with lavender and clary sage in the middle of super intense cramping and saw no results. Consistency will help your body be getting what it needs throughout your entire cycle not just the menstrual phase.
- Remember: Extreme menstrual imbalances require lifestyle changes to alleviate. Essential oils may give you quick relief for your symptoms, but the true value lies in getting whatever imbalance is causing your intense reactions back into balance. Essential oils are great for this too, just give it time!
- Essential oils don’t just have one use, so many are repeated in several sections. If there is one you are curious about, do some research on it. You may find that it covers multiple symptoms and you don’t actually need 3 different essential oils to fix whatever you’re dealing with.
Part 1 – Uterine Symptoms
Cramping, Excessive Bleeding, and Irregular Cycling
While these may all seem like individual issues, they are very interrelated. If you only read one part of this article, let it be this part! These essential oils will probably be the most important ones for you to use to combat PMS and other menstrual issues. Alright, are you ready for me to get all sciency? *Puts on ridiculously oversized nerd glasses* Let’s begin.
A note on cramping: the main cause of menstrual pain is the contraction of the uterus, which pinches blood vessels around the area, resulting in pain from the lack of oxygenated blood to the muscles. Oils that are good for circulation and blood flow are a great assest here, as are oils that calm the body, lessening the intensity of the cramps to start with.
The top essential oils that come up in research on these are:
- Clary Sage – This is basically the raspberry tea of essential oils. It is widely know as an oil specifically for women’s reproductive health. While it does have other applications, this seems to be the main use. Clary Sage has a calming and balancing effect on the emotions as well as on the physical body. It also is effective at reducing blood pressure, as well as widening blood vessels and increasing circulation and oxygenation. Generally this oil is used aromatically or topically, particularly on the abdomen. For more information on this oil see: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-clary-sage-essential-oil.html
- Marjoram – Acts as a muscle and nerve relaxer, and also increases blood flow while lowering blood pressure. This oil is great for irregular periods, and other such menstrual imbalances. Also helpful with mood swings. Can be used for digestive issues as well, such as gassiness and stomach cramps, as well as constipation. For more information: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-marjoram-essential-oil.html
- Geranium – Yet another great oil specifically for the menstrual cycle. Geranium has circulatory benefits as well as being a good anti-inflammatory. This oil is also a hormone balancer! It is a diuretic too, making it helpful for water retention. Bonus: some people use this oil as a deoderant! For more information: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-geranium-essential-oil.html
- Lavender – Calming and balancing. If you’ve ever smelled lavender you probably have experienced it’s almost instant emotionally calming properties. This oil also works on calming your muscles and muscle spasms, so it is useful for cramps too! And it has circulatory benefits too! This is the only oil that isn’t frequently listed specifically for menstrual issues, however this is probably because it has such a cure-all status, with so many uses. For more information: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-lavender-essential-oil.html
Some less common but still effective oils include:
- Cypress – Helps reduce excessive menstrual bleeding, good at regulating the menstrual cycle, and helpful for soothing cramps. Also beneficial to liver health, acts as a natural deoderant, has diuretic properties, and helps with respiratory issues.
- Chamomile – Calming, just like you’d expect! If you’ve ever had chamomile tea you can imagine that this oil is helpful for it’s calming properties. You may not have expected though that these carry through to helping ease your stomache, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory and relieving muscle spasms!
- Cinnamon – Helpful specifically with cramping and menstrual issues. Is also good for indigiestion & upset stomach, pain relieving, blood circulator and purifier.
- Fennel – Helps balance hormones! Specifically helpful for menstrual issues. Also works as a digestive aid, helps with constipation and water retention, and works as an antispasmodic.
- Myrrh – Balances hormones, stimulates uterus and helps with mood swings. Anti-inflammatory and aids in circulation.
- Rose – Hormone balancing, regulates excessive bleeding. Mood lifter. Helps with stomach issues and constipation.
- Juniper Berry – Antispasmodic. Also helpful for an upset stomach. Also a diuretic, so helpful with water retention.
- Clove – Pain relieving, stimulates circulation and purifies blood.
- Basil – Pain relieving, stimulates circulation, helps with vomiting and nausea, as well as digestion and constipation. Has a fair amount of magnesium, which may also further help with the pain relieving quality.
- Spanish Rosemary – Increases circulation, relieves muscle pain. Anti-inflammatory. Mood regulating.
- Lemon – Anti-inflammatory.
Part 2 – Physical Symptoms
Please note that applying essential oils to your face will probably require a carrier oil, (some people use a carrier oil for any oil application which is very smart especially for your first time using an oil.) For a good carrier oil to use on your face, I would suggest Jojoba, Carrot Seed, or Evening Primrose.
- Helichrysum – Expensive but extremely healing for the skin.
- Lavender – Calms and heals skin.
- Tea Tree – Antiseptic and astringent! Great for oily or infection prone skin.
- Rosemary – Reduces redness like Lavender, very healing to skin. Reduces oiliness.
- Frankincense – Great for wound healing and scarring.
Many of the essential oils mentioned earlier are also good for breakouts, including: Clary Sage, Geranium, Myrrh, and Rose. Please note that there are this is a very short list, but I would consider these some of the most important oils for skin healing.
Bloating, Constipation, Digestion Issues and Water Retention
- Peppermint! – This oil is very powerful for these issues, and many people take peppermint capsules, a small pill containing a few drops of the essential oil for stomach upset. Can even help manage IBS! Read more about this here: http://www.ibstales.com/peppermint-oil.htm, or check out these DoTERRA Peppermint Beadlets(Affiliate Link)
- Cinnamon – Indigestion and upset stomach.
- Fennel – Helps with digestive issues. Constipation.
- Marjoram – Useful for digestive issues, such as gassiness and stomach cramps, as well as constipation.
- Ginger – Digestion, nausea, constipation.
- Grapefruit – Water retention, appetite.
- Clary Sage – Bloating
- Rose – Constipation, digestion.
- Geranium – Water retention.
There are so many essential oils that combat fatigue! Any scent that wakes you up will do, but these are some highly recommended ones:
- Citrus scents – Orange & Lemon are very energizing!
- Peppermint – Wakes you up!
- Evergreen scents – Pine, Juniper, White Fir, etc. Similarly to Peppermint, these wake us your senses!
- Grapefruit – This is a great appetite suppressant as well as helping with weightloss!
- Peppermint – Also an appetite suppressant/craving kicker.
- Citrus oils – (Orange, Lemon, etc…. yeah the grapefruit oil above fits in this category, but it’s a little more potent for this specific issue.)
- Cinnamon – Helps sugar metabolise.
- Ginger – Helps your cells release extra fat.
- Peppermint – I recommend using a blend of essential oils with peppermint in it for headaches, and then applying it to the temples and back of the neck. Basically all around your hairline excluding your forehead. This makes the peppermint less strong and caustic on your skin but still effective and you get the benefit of the other oils it is cut with.
- Lavender – Calming, has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties.
- Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory and sedative properties.
- Basil – As a muscle relaxant, this is great for tension headaches. (Headaches caused by tight muscles and stress.)
For further information I recommend: Essential Oils 101: Using Essential Oils for Headaches by Nourishing Treasures
Low Sex Drive
While many different essential oils can help with this, some classic aphrodisiacs might be just what the doctor ordered!
- Ylang Ylang
For some more interesting option check out: How to Increase Libido Using Essential Oils & Aromatherpy by EFT.
For the most part here you can use the oils listed in the uterine section, as this is pretty much a direct symptom. Also, any oils that are anti-inflammatory are a good option. If you must have a list to start from though…
- Clary Sage
So in summary…
Some symptoms have very specific oils associated with them, such as peppermint with headaches. However, many essential oils are good for a wide range of symptoms so I apologize for the repetition. Also, do not consider this an exhaustive list. If you stick mainly to the oils in Part 1, many of these symptoms could lessen automatically, but I thought it would be helpful to have a troubleshooting of other physical symptoms too.
Part 3 – Emotional/Mental Symptoms
- Lavender – Told you it’s good for everything! Very calming and soothing.
- Chamomile – Calms and soothes.
- Frankincense – Promotes relaxation, deep breathing, annd calms anxiety. Also encourages the mental release of past problems (let it go!)
- Patchouli – Balances emotions and encourages positive feelings.
- Clary Sage – Reduces anxiety and depression.
- Rose – Aids in stress reduction, improves mood.
- Vetiver – has a tranquil, grounding quality.
- Clary Sage – Reduces depression and anxiety.
- Ylang Ylang
Foggy Brain/Trouble Focusing
- Frankincense – Helps with concentration.
- Rosemary – Aids in memory
- Peppermint – Sharpens senses.
- Orange – Inspiring and mood lifting.
- Cypress/Juniper/White Fir – Wakes you up, plus they smell like the forest! To me, that’s inspiring and focusing in itself!
- Bergamot – Relieves irritation and anger.
- Chamomile – Soothes, comforts, and calms.
- Patchouli – Soothing. Grounds and stabilizes mind.
- Lavender – Calming
- Citrus – Brings happiness
*Most of these oils are interchangable and will actually help with all three symptoms: Anxiety, Depression, and Irritability. All of these oils either calm you down or lift you up, so decide what you need: A grounding, calming of your emotions to help you stay in control, or a happy, bright, lift in your emotions to put some pep in your step! =)
Periods suck. There are a ton of essential oils out there and they can be hard to navigate through. Hopefully this helps you narrow it down some, but do know that this is by no means a comprehensive list of everything that is available to you. If it’s still a little overwhelming, go back to the first part, and pick an oil or two and start rubbing some on your abdomen or feet every day and see if your next period is a little more manageable! =)
If you have any success stories with these oils or any I’ve not mentioned, please comment and let me know! Also, why not check back in a month and give us a progress report! =D
With much love and sympathy (especially for your lady parts and sanity),
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