Essential Oils For Menstrual Cramp Relief and Menstrual Cycle Problems

If you want to use aromatherapy for menstrual cramp relief, commonly recommended essential oils include:

  • Clary sage
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Melissa
  • Roman chamomile
  • Rose
  • Marjoram (also useful for menstrual headaches)

Use the oils in these ways:

  • Massage: Add 6 to 8 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Gently massage your abdomen, lower back, and hips.
  • Relaxing warm bath: Add 4 to 8 drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil or milk and stir into bath.
  • Inhalation: Diffuse an oil with an aromatherapy diffuser. Or make an aromatherapy inhaler to carry with you.

Also see suggestions for PMS relief.

Massage Blends For Menstrual Cramp Relief

While a professional massage is great, self-massage is also helpful.

  • 12 drops lavender
  • 8 drops ginger
  • 4 drops marjoram
  • 4 drops Roman chamomile
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil


  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops geranium
  • 2 drops marjoram
  • 2 drops Roman chamomile or clary sage
  • 1 drop ginger
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil (use infused oil of yarrow, if you can find it)


  • 8 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops chamomile
  • 2 to 3 drops angelica or cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil

Aromatherapy Bath Blends

For an aromatherapy bath blend to ease menstrual cramps:

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops chamomile
  • 3 drops marjoram
  • 1 drop cypress
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Mix essential oils into honey. Stir into a warm bath.

If you have a problem with water retention, use the following blend in a warm bath:

  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 3 drops cypress
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil or milk

Menstrual Cycle Problems

If you have irregular menstrual cycles for no known medical reason after checking with your doctor, here are two essential oils blends that might help.

  • 4 drops basil
  • 8 drops fennel
  • 3 drops rose or geranium
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil


  • 3 drops yarrow
  • 8 drops clary sage
  • 6 drops chamomile
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil

Blend oils. Massage onto lower abdomen and back.

Loss of Periods (Amenorrhea)

Do not use this blend if you might be pregnant.

  • 3 drops fennel
  • 3 drops marjoram
  • 3 drops basil
  • 1 drop myrrh
  • 3 tablespoons carrier oil

Combine oils. Massage into lower back and abdomen.

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