Cramps can range from zero to one-hundred on the pain scale, depending on the gal experiencing them. Here at EG, we feel you. PMS cramps are caused by prostaglandins which create contractions in the uterus- cringe!
Though essential oils might not directly affect prostaglandin levels, they may alleviate aches associated with a lady’s time of the month. When that time comes, we at EG turn to these handy oils-
Lavender: Lavender has a long history of acting as an analgesic when inhaled or applied topically. Also classically known for its powerful calming properties, Lavender is a great oil to have on hand when you’re feeling emotionally unbalanced.
Clary Sage: With its serene aroma that both soothes worry and calms an overactive mind, Clary Sage restores much needed emotional balance. High in linalyl acetate, Clary Sage may impart analgesic properties to the user, relieving cramps and other physical annoyances. Its ability to combat both emotional and physical discomforts that PMS brings, makes Clary Sage a girl’s best friend.
Vitex: Used in the form of an herb and essential oil, Vitex is widely used for PMS and PMDD. Inhaling Vitex or applying it topically may lessen aches, soothe uneasiness and uplift. We must warn that Vitex is believed to be an anaphrodisiac, though studies have not confirmed this.
Fennel: As a diuretic and emmenagogue, Fennel may reduce bloating, regulate PMS and put a halt on period pangs. Try using in a personal inhaler or add to a roll-on diluted at 2.5%. Note, Fennel is not recommended to be used by those with heavy bleeding.
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