Since I first started using essential oils I was interested in how they could help with the fun monthly side effects of being a woman. From cramps to the emotional roller coaster, I read which oils would help me feel my best.
Here are the big names in essential oils when it comes to PMS relief.
When anyone complains of anything related to their period I immediately think; Clary Sage. Use of the Clary Sage flower for natural medicinal uses dates back to the ancient Greeks! This oils promotes emotional balance with hormone like components that help balance estrogen prodiction, clams anxiety and is great for soothing menstrual cramps.
How to use:
Diffuse or apply over heart or bottoms of feet to promote emotional balance and calm anxiety. Mix with coconut oil or another carrier oil and rub over abdomen or take internally to relieve cramp discomfort.
Lavender helps encourage blood flow which can help with headaches and cramps that come with PMS. It helps calm feelings of stress and depression that often accompany your flow
How to use:
Diffusing throughout the house, especially at night to help you sleep, is a great way to calm stress. Rubbing on the nape of your neck and temples helps relieve tension and headaches.
Derived from the star shaped flower and pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, this oil is known for it’s sedative properties that can help calm your mind and your body. It’s antispasmodic qualities help calm cramps and it’s also been proven to help lower blood pressure.
How to use:
Dilute with a carrier oil and rub on the bottom of your feet, or take internally to promote hormone balance. Inhale from palms or diffuse to help ease anxiety.
Chamomile is practically synonymous with calm. This sweetly floral oil soothes the systems of the body, relaxing your mind and self. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help soothe sore muscles helping reduce cramps.
How to use:
Dilute with a carrier oil like coconut and gently rub onto abdomen or add a few drops to a warm bath along with lavender to feel both the emotional and physical benefits.
Geranium’s sweet rose scent aides in emotional balance, relaxing the mind and body. It helps balance hormones and reduce symptoms of PMS even boosting the appearance of clear and healthy skin (period acne be gone!).
How to use it:
Massage with a carrier oil over abdomen to reduce cramps and aches or place one drop under the tongue to help with hormone balance. Diffuse aromatically for a calming effect or rub one drop over the heart.
Other dōTERRA products perfect for your period:
dōTERRA has more to help you with your PMS ailments than just oils!
ClaryCalm is an original dōTERRA blend of essential oils, and gives a calm soothing effect during your cycle. This topical blend is already mixed with a carrier oil so you can apply on the go and provides a cooling effect to the skin and help balance emotions. Rub onto your abdomen for a calming massage or any area of the skin for a cooling effect when hormones are wacky.
Phytoestrogen Essential Complex
This complex comes in veggie cap form and is geared for women from early teens through menopause. The Phytoestrogen Essential Complex is a “blend of standardized plant phytoestrogens that support hormone balance gently and naturally. It also includes concentrated flax seed lignans to promote healthy metabolism.” (doterra.com) Regularly taking this blend will help balance hormones and minimize emotional mood swings and uncomfortable effects of PMS.