I shared my favorites for PMS and cramps remedies before but I received many questions about essential oils for hormonal balance lately and wanted to share some experience with this as well.
Essential oils can be very powerful and effective when used correctly, but because their power they also carry their share of the risks . Consult a qualified health professional before using essential oils or any other resource, especially if you are pregnant or have a health condition.
What is PMS?
premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a name that refers to a combination of symptoms that women may suffer from a week before menstruation. It is estimated by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that almost 85% of women suffer from some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. ( 1 ) These symptoms may include:
- stress or anxiety
- Changes in mood or depressed mood
- changes in appetite and food cravings
- Difficulty sleeping
- change in sexual desire
- pain in your muscles or joints
- fluid retention
- breast tenderness
- digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhea
Fortunately, PMS symptoms begin to dissipate once menstruation begins. The problem is that often it starts another set of menstrual symptoms such as abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, back pain and headaches.
Essential oils for balancing hormone
Many women have great success with the use of essential oils for hormonal balance and to relieve cramps, PMS and other symptoms. In many cases, the use of essential oils safely (topically and diluted) can help alleviate the struggles of premenstrual syndrome and even help balance hormones over time.
is important to note that many of these oils should not be used during pregnancy (and no oil should be used during pregnancy without consulting a health professional). Some essential oils can cause uterine contractions and cramps during pregnancy.
In researching essential oils for hormonal problems of women, there were several essential oils that often were recommended, especially clary sage, lavender and mint. There are many others (including geranium, fennel, Roman chamomile, bergamot, grapefruit, rose, ylang ylang, cypress and rosemary), but I will focus especially on these oils (2) and peppermint, as they seem to be rather investigated to provide relief of symptoms for hormonal women.
most of the essential oil companies renowned carry their own brand of hormone balancing oil mixtures for women. Almost all of them include clary sage as its main oil for hormonal imbalances of PMS and women and with good reason. Sage is a source of power when it comes to helping women. It is wonderful to relieve pain, reduce feelings of stress and improve hormonal balance (that sums all our PMS / menstrual problems right there).
How does the sage to maintain hormone balance?
Clary sage has unique hormone as components that help balance estrogen production in the body. Studies show that sage reduces PMS and menstrual cramps. ( 2 3 ) In fact, it is so effective in relieving pain, another study showed salvia be very effective in also pain relief during labor (again, see a health professional). ( 4 )
lavender is one of the most thoroughly researched essential oils. It has many beneficial properties including help balance hormones, which provides pain relief (cramps particularly abdominal associated with PMS and menstrual symptoms) and decreased feelings of stress and depression, soothe the stomach, and relief headaches.
one of the most frustrating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or hormonal imbalance is the emotional feeling or sometimes suddenly depressed, often for no apparent reason. Research shows that inhalation of lavender can relieve some symptoms of depression and emotional premenstrual syndrome. ( 5 ) Just inhale lavender for 10 minutes you can begin to reduce these symptoms. ( 6 7 )
personally, I prefer to use essential oils aromatically by spreading them in the air. This is not only typically much safer than using topically or internally, but it can provide many of the same benefits (and often smells wonderful). I have reviewed some of the best oil diffusers found to disperse essential oils into the air in this post .
The use of a diffuser would be a perfect way to inhale lavender in order to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Sage and lavender are a wonderful combination is spread in the air to relieve stress or can also be used individually.
Although peppermint is not typically used for premenstrual syndrome or menstrual problems oil, many women suffer from headaches during the premenstrual or menstrual periods of his month. Peppermint oil is known to significantly reduce the intensity of headaches. ( 10 )
In fact, in one study, it was found that peppermint oil to be as effective in relieving headache as 1,000 mg of acetaminophen, but without any adverse reactions. ( 11 ) can also help lift the brain fog that many of us have in some of our most hormonal times of the month ( 12 ).
Many manufacturers sell oil mint oils in a roll on the applicator that can be applied to the forehead. I prefer make my own roll of headache stick so you can control the strength of essential oils and make sure they are not too strong for the skin.
How have used essential oils for hormonal balance
As I mentioned, I prefer to use essential oils topically (diluted) or aromatically for issues related to hormones or to any other purpose. Essential oils can be so powerful that this is often all that is needed to get the benefits and reduce the risk of allergic reactions and other problems that can occur when essential oils are used undiluted or taken internally.
These are some of the ways I like to use essential oils for hormonal balance …
Blend Bath PMS
I add 3 drops of sage, 2 drops of chamomile, 2 drops of geranium and 2 drops of lavender to a warm bath. The mixture of these oils with 1/4 cup Epsom salt before adding to the bath will help keep the oil floating on the surface of the water and benefits include magnesium .
PMS hormonal balance Blend
PMS is largely influenced by the imbalance of hormones and neurotransmitters which is caused by hormonal fluctuations before menstruation. Because of this, improving the balance of hormones and neurotransmitters can help relieve the symptoms of other problems of the female hormone and premenstrual syndrome.
aromatherapy A simple formula is 2 drops of sage oil, 1 drop of geranium oil and 1 drop of ylang ylang.
“sage oil Clary can promote the release of dopamine in the brain and, therefore, help lift the spirits. It also modulates the level of estrogen in the body. Geranium oil influences the release of adrenal hormones and also reduces fluctuations in hormone levels. “(13)
menstrual Blend Massage
use 6 drops of lavender, 3 drops each of sage and 3 drops of oil pink. This mixture of oils then you can rub on the abdomen, back or whole body.
essential oils have been used therapeutically for centuries, but we are only beginning to see the data published in so many civilizations have already known. Hopefully, more studies will be conducted in the future and what we will be able to get a better understanding of the best ways to use these oils in our daily lives.
Do you use oils to help manage PMS or menstrual pain? What oils have you found to be effective and how are they used?