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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. Use one of the following blends to massage your abdomen, lower back, and upper thighs.

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

or

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

or

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

Aromatherapy Bath Blends

For an aromatherapy bath blend to ease menstrual cramps:

  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 1 drop cypress essential oil
  • 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 essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops cypress essential oil
  • 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 essential oil
  • 8 drops fennel essential oil
  • 3 drops rose or geranium essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil

or

  • 3 drops yarrow essential oil
  • 8 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 6 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 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 essential oil
  • 3 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 3 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 drop myrrh essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons carrier oil

Combine oils. Massage into lower back and abdomen.

Sources

Aromatherapy for Dummies

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Healing With Aromatherapy

Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home

I suggest Young Living essential oils.



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