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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Women and Their Health

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Although there are no specific essential oils for women only, some oils especially useful for women's concerns include:

  • Rose is an overall women's tonic that you can use for all gynecological problems.
  • Bergamot is useful to relieve water retention and depression and to help get rid of yeast.
  • Clary sage is useful for depression (including postpartum), PMS, and menopause (some sources suggest avoiding long-term use of clary sage if you have fibrocystic breasts or uterine fibroids).
  • Geranium promotes hormone balance and can help with PMS, menopause, and yeast.
  • Marjoram is helpful for headaches, menstrual cramps, and constipation.
  • Lavender is an overall balancing oil. Use it for skin care, shock, and stress.
  • Roman or German chamomile may help with PMS, migraines, or frayed nerves.
  • Tea tree is the best yeast remedy and also useful for herpes and cystitis.
  • Neroli can help with insomnia, depression, anxiety, and stretch marks.

Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

In addition to the information on this page about yeast infection, cystitis, and fibroids, see the following pages for more information about essential oils for women:

Essential Oils For Yeast Infection

Essential oils for women to use for a vaginal yeast infection or vaginal thrush include geranium, juniper, lavender, sandalwood, or tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia).

Massage: Add up to 8 drops essential oil to 4 teaspoons carrier oil. Gently massage your lower back and abdomen. 

Bath: Add 4 drops of one essential oil to a warm bath or use one of the following blends:

  • 6 drops lavender
  • 4 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil or milk 


  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops tea tree
  • 3 drops myrrh
  • 1 drop sandalwood
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil or milk

Caution: See your doctor if you see no improvement in three days.

Also, consider a systemic yeast eradication program. Vaginal yeast is often a symptom of yeast overgrowth throughout the body.

Essential Oils For Cystitis

Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder. The most common type is a bacterial infection, called a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Essential oils: tea tree, sandalwood, lavender, bergamot, geranium, juniper

Massage: Add up to 8 drops essential oil to 4 teaspoons carrier oil. Gently massage your lower back and abdomen. 

Bath: Add 4 drops of essential oil to a bath or use one of the following blends:

  • 3 drops sandalwood
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil or milk


  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 5 drops sandalwood
  • 5 drops tea tree

Caution: See your doctor if you see no improvement in three days, or if you have backache, fever, or blood in the urine.

Sources for yeast and cystitis info: Aromatherapy Massage and Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home.

Note: Interstitial cystitis is a different condition, requiring different treatment.

Essential Oils For Fibroids

You can use essential oils for fibroids in a compress placed on your lower abdomen, in a sitz bath, or for abdominal massage.

The first recommendations from the Essential Oils Desk Reference are cistus or lavender essential oil used in a warm compress on you lower abdomen daily. Other recommendations are frankincense, Idado tansy, oregano, pine, or helichrysum essential oil.

You can also try ginger, marjoram, rose, rosemary, or juniper essential oil. 

How do you choose an essential oil for fibroids? Understand the properties of the essential oil, understand your body and what's going on with it, and experiment using caution. 

Another option is a sitz bath for fibroids. You can add several drops of non-irritating essential oils to the sitz bath to stimulate pelvic circulation. Uterine Fibroids—How You Can Help Yourself  provides a Chinese Medicine view, which includes essential oils in your bath.

You can also add any of the recommended essential oils for women to a massage oil for abdominal massage. Here's a video of a simple abdominal massage:

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