Essential oils soothe during PMS and menopause
Since ancient Egypt, women have had an affinity for aromatic herbs and flowers. Today, aromatherapy offers pure essential oils distilled from these plants. They can help soothe and harmonize when the endocrine system is challenged, such as during PMS and menopause.
Four essential oils for women
Massage therapists often use essential oils in their sessions. Oils can also be inhaled or used in baths. The following four oils are particularly recommended for women.
Cypress. A “woody oil.” Soothing and relaxing. Recommended to balance the female reproductive system, it can help relieve menstrual difficulties as well as hot flashes. Geranium. A universal oil. Helps in skin care, and is said to smooth wrinkles. A positive effect on the adrenal glands helps relieve both nervousness and depression, making it good for both menopause and PMS.
Lavender. The most versatile oil of all. Calming to skin, it reduces inflammation and puffiness. Effective against acne and headaches. Good for impatience, irritability and insomnia. Massage into the abdomen to relieve menstrual pain.
Rose. Next to lavender in versatility. Used widely in skin care, it is moisturizing for all types of skin. Has a positive influence on the heart and circulation. It regulates menstruation and is an emotional aid during menopause. Spiritually uplifting.
Women’s body blend
Combine 10 drops lavender, 6 drops lemon and 5 drops cypress. For massage, add to 1 ounce pure vegetable oil, such as almond or grapeseed. To inhale, use in a spritzer, adding the blend to 3 ounces of distilled water. Or use in a commercial diffuser.
The experience of aromatherapy can be soothing, but remember essential oils are powerful. Use caution, experimenting with only a few drops of any new oil. If you are pregnant or nursing, seek the advice of an aromatherapist before using essential oils.