Dear EG: Can Essential Oils Improve Fertility?
Infertility is the irregular function of the male and female reproductive system, and according to the National Infertility Association, it affects 10% of the population. The physical and emotional aspects of infertility can be difficult. When trying to conceive, many want to go the natural route and turn to essential oils for support. So, can essential oils improve fertility?
It is known that essential oils affect the reproductive system. According to “Aromatherapy for Health Professionals,” a survey of 120 aromatherapists carried out by Wong (1995), in conjunction with Aromatherapy Quarterly, regarding the personal effects of essential oils on therapists using essential oils in treatments, revealed that they took place on many levels. Of the 120 therapists surveyed:
- About 28% of the women surveyed felt some effect on their reproductive system, but most did not know whether this was due to the essential oils or the other factors
- Most experienced positive effects such as a decreased PMS, period pains and menopausal symptoms, including a more regular menstrual cycle
- Clary Sage was mentioned many times in this context
One major aspect in being able to conceive is having a regular menstrual cycle. Having an irregular cycle is generally a symptom of infertility. Registered Aromatherapist, Beverly Hawkins states that EOs are known to support a regular menstrual cycle, specifically Clary Sage, Fennel, Yarrow, Cistus, Myrrh, Rose, German and Roman Chamomile.
It is believed that essential oils can support fertility, or factors that affect fertility such as the emotional and physical aspects of trying to conceive. At this time, much of the information that supports this theory is based on anecdotal evidence rather than scientific studies. However, Edens Garden remains hopeful as studies and trials in the area of infertility develop.
From comforting and uplifting to adding spiciness to a couple’s relationship, essential oils are a great addition to one’s journey to pregnancy. We had all of these aspects in mind when we developed this supportive pre-pregnancy blend. Try adding it to your daily regimen and remember never to lose hope.
35 drops Clary Sage
25 drops Cistus
24 drops Geranium
21 drops Rose
20 drops Fennel
To a 5 ml bottle, add the oils above. Beverly Hawkins suggests adding pre-pregnancy oils to a lotion (formulated to have additional ingredients such as EOs added), and applying to the lower back, abdomen and inner thighs. A 2-3% dilution rate, applied twice a day is recommended.
Price, Shirley and Len Price. "Power and Safety." Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2012. 53. Print.