If you are someone that experiences a lot of severe PMS symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, headaches, cramping, mood swings, and hot sweats, you might be able to treat them naturally with essential oils. Essential oils come from herbs, leaves, plants, and flowers, so they are completely organic, as long as you get pure essential oils.
This blog post will guide you through the process of reducing your PMS symptoms with the help of pure essential oils.
Bloating, fatigue, cramps, cravings, and mood swings — most women experience the wide array of PMS symptoms at some point in their lives. Helping balance hormone levels and combatting the physical and mental symptoms that arise during the menstrual cycle, essential oils provide an affordable, all-natural option to period relief.
Bergamot, a yummy additive to tea, also provides amazing calming effects, helping lower blood pressure and alleviate stress. Bergamot may sound like a strong scent, but it is actually much lighter than you might imagine. Most people have had candles or other essential oils with bergamot, and didn’t realize it. Trust me, you will enjoy this scent!
Known for its natural ability to curb irritability and anxiety, chamomile may also help alleviate cramping due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Naturally, you can also use it to relax when you are going through your monthly cycle. It is a great tea to drink at night when you can’t sleep due to cramps or other PMS symptoms, and just really good to have on a daily basis for various symptoms.
Considered one of the best essential oils to support period health and hormonal balance, clary sage reduces stress hormone levels, aids in restful sleep, and helps to ease menstrual pain.
A powerful topical pain reliever, frankincense can be used to relieve premenstrual cramping and breast tenderness. Frankincense may also help to alleviate stress and anxiety. This is another essential oil that doesn’t smell like it sounds. It is actually more of a fruity and citrus scent – so it is definitely worth a try.
Geranium oil is thought to reduce fluctuations in hormonal levels, which can help to calm the skin, reduce feelings of fatigue, and balance the mood. There are many floral scents that are light and great for when you are dealing with PMS symptoms, along with rose, lavender, and jasmine.
Ginger has long been used as an effective remedy for nausea and indigestion. When used topically in massages or soaks, ginger essential oil can help to reduce abdominal cramping and decrease anxiety. Use a blend with ginger, or add some ginger to a cup of tea to ease your stomach and relax when your PMS symptoms get to be too much.
Long used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating pain symptoms, Jasmine is a great choice for those seeking relief from cramps, fatigue, and mood swings. This is also good to go with floral and citrus scents, if you might find it in a blend that has already been put together.
A versatile essential oil, lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties help improve blood flow, easing cramps and headaches that are sometimes symptoms of PMS. Lavender’s well-known calming effects may help relieve stress, insomnia, and symptoms of depression.
Used topically, peppermint is an effective method for reducing pain from cramping. When ingested, peppermint can help with the symptoms of bloating and nausea that sometimes accompany PMS.
Thyme supports natural hormonal balance by aiding in the balancing of progesterone levels, which helps to lower stress and counter sleeplessness and mood swings.
Ylang-Ylang helps with sleeplessness, reduces anxiety and depressive mood swings, lowers blood pressure, and its antispasmodic properties reduce cramping.
How to Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used in a variety of different ways to unleash a multitude of benefits. Some essential oils may cause skin irritation, so take care when applying essential oils topically to always dilute the oils with a carrier such as coconut or olive oil. To use oils as an aromatherapy agent, use a diffuser or add a few drops to a soaking tub or hot bath. Most essential oils can be taken internally — ingested as teas, tinctures, or added to edibles. Be sure to obtain food grade oils for internal use.
For PMS, if you want to use them when relaxing in bed, consider just putting them in an essential oil diffuser. This will allow you to just sit back and relax while smelling the wonderful floral, citrus, and woody scents, and also using aromatherapy for all of its health benefits.
If you want to take a bath and use essential oils in there, just make sure you have diluted it, as even in bath water, the direct contact with your skin might be a bit too much.