9 essential oils for PMS symptoms

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12 November 2019

9 essential oils for PMS symptoms

Essential oils can be used in many different ways. Simply adding a few drops to your bath can be a great way to relax! In this blog, I'll be offering advice on which essential oils could help to soothe your PMS symptoms, including:

  • Lavender
  • Clary sage
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rose
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Roman chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove.

Each of these essential oils are known to be used for various purposes, such as soothing inflammation or reducing pain. Let's take a closer look at how these can help with symptoms of PMS...

Lavender

You have likely heard of lavender essential oil before. You may have even used it to scent your pillow or taken a relaxing lavender bath. Well, it turns out that lavender can relax your muscles as well as your mind!

Research has found that massaging lavender oil onto your abdomen can help to relieve menstrual cramps,1 and can also help to balance your mood during this time of the month.2 So, this could be a good one to have to hand if you regularly suffer from period cramps and mood swings.

Dilute a few drops of the oil in another carrier oil (like coconut or olive oil) and massage it onto your stomach to relieve cramps. Make sure to do a skin test before using essential oils on the skin – dab a small patch of diluted oil onto your skin and wait 24 hours to see if any reactions occur. If not, you should be good to go!

Clary sage

Clary sage is another calming essential oil that can be beneficial if you suffer from PMS, and one that can be helpful later in life when you reach the menopause, too!

As this is an antispasmodic, clary sage can help to relieve cramping pains in your stomach, as well as reducing back ache that can come along with PMS. Again, diluting this with a carrier oil and massaging the affected areas can help.

Our qualified aromatherapist, Helen says:

"Clary sage helps to balance hormone levels in the body so this essential oil can be great for mood swings too."

Peppermint

Peppermint oil is invigorating and energising, which can be exactly what you need if you're suffering from fatigue and lack of motivation during PMS. If you're feeling down in the dumps, inhaling some peppermint oil can give you a nice little mood lift.

Peppermint is also traditionally used to relieve nausea and bloating, which makes it extra useful for those who struggle with digestive issues during their period. I'd recommend massaging some diluted peppermint oil onto your stomach, or drinking some soothing peppermint tea.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus can be another energising essential oil thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. As we know, inflammation can be lurking behind many PMS symptoms, including stomach cramps, achy muscles and skin flare-ups.

So, this is an important thing to tackle if you are looking to reduce the severity of your PMS symptoms, and eucalyptus may be able to help.


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Rose and Ylang-Ylang

Both rose and ylang-ylang essential oils are calming and can work to reduce stress and anxiety by soothing the central nervous system.

Using these individually or incorporating them into a blend can be helpful if you suffer from stress and anxiety. Stress can exacerbate PMS symptoms and make day-to-day life even more difficult at this time of the month, so these two essential oils could come in useful.

Roman chamomile, cinnamon and clove

Another good combination of essential oils for PMS is Roman chamomile, cinnamon and clove. I've covered the benefits of cinnamon for period cramps previously, explaining how its anti-inflammatory properties could be useful for easing painful periods.

Clove and Roman chamomile are also considered to be anti-inflammatory. Clove has traditionally been used to reduce pain, while Roman chamomile is an anti-spasmodic which can help to ease nasty period pains.

Incorporating these essential oil blends into your routine can be a great natural way to ease PMS symptoms.

As I've mentioned above, you can dilute the oils with a carrier and either massage them onto the affected areas or even ask your partner to give you a relaxing massage, especially if you are experiencing back pain.

Another great way to ease PMS symptoms is to unwind in a warm bath scented with your favourite oils. Not only can this help to relax your mind and reduce stress, the heat can also be great for reducing period cramps. Bring a good book or listen to some gentle music and take some well-deserved "me" time.

 

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25709705

2 https://bpsmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1751-0759-7-12

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