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The EG Guide to Women’s Wellness + Essential Oils

The EG Guide to Women’s Wellness + Essential Oils

Essential oils are a fantastic way to support physical and mental health. Big, small, old, young — anyone and everyone can use these oils to enrich and enhance their everyday lives. In today’s blog, we hone in on essential oils that can benefit women, in ways specifically tailored to their needs. With the support of a physician, aromatherapy can be a fulfilling way to integrate natural wellness into any woman’s life. Below is our guide to incorporating essential oils, complete with common milestones, habits and ailments in the lives of women.

PMS/Menstrual Cramps

No two women are alike, which is why we specially formulated two different blends,PMS Ease andGal Pal, to cover all the bases. Gal Pal includesVitex, a powerhouse essential oil for women that has proven to reduce PMS and menopausal symptoms in women. PMS Ease containsCopaiba,Ginger andPatchouli, making it ideal for easing cramps and side effects such as indigestion, upset stomach and nausea.

PMS Ease and Gal Pal are recommended for those unsure about contraindications and effects of single essential oils on the body. A little goes a long way for many of the single essential oils in these blends, so we’ve taken the guesswork out of blending and included the perfect amount to fit your needs.

When experiencing cramps, make a 1 to 5% (depending on the severity of discomfort) dilution of PMS Ease with a carrier oil of your choice. A 1% dilution would amount to 1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil, 2% is 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil, and so on. Apply the mixture to your lower abdomen and gently rub in circles. The lower back is also a good place to apply for pain relief.

When experiencing moodiness, apply diluted Gal Pal orClary Sage to the pulse points on your wrist and neck.

Hint: Check out our dilution guideshere andhere.

Hint hint:Gal Pal andPMS Ease are also available pre-diluted as aroll-on.

Menopause

Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms can be relieved in much the same way that PMS is. There are, however, certain essential oils that can be better suited to specific symptoms.

Hot flashes are an unwelcome reality of menopause. Fortunately, we know just the essentials oils for this occasion. To combat hot flashes, choose from:

For best results, use these essential oils in a refrigerated concoction. We recommend replacing Rose Bergamot in theDIY Face Mist with a combination of these oils, or adding essential oils to a carrier oil at a 3-5% dilution and keeping it refrigerated (72 essential oil drops into a full bottle of carrier oil is a 3% dilution).

When experiencing menopausal sleeplessness, Gal Pal may be your best bet, as the presence of Vitex can support sleep while taming other side effects of menopause.

Fertility

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. While essential oils cannot make a woman more fertile, they can encourage regulation of the menstrual cycle, increasing the chances of conception. It is believed that essential oils can support 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.

From comforting and uplifting to adding spiciness to a couple’s relationship, essential oils are a great addition to one’s journey to pregnancy. These aspects were in our mind when we developed this supportive pre-pregnancy blend. Try adding it to your daily regimen and remember never to lose hope.

35 dropsClary Sage

25 dropsCistus

24 dropsGeranium

21 dropsRose

20 dropsFennel

To a5 ml bottle, add the oils above. Try adding pre-pregnancy oils to a lotion or carrier oil before applying to the lower back, abdomen and inner thighs. A 2-3% dilution rate, applied twice a day, is recommended.

Pregnancy

Educating yourself about essential oils during pregnancy can be difficult, as there isn’t a lot of information available on the subject. It is very important that you only use essential oils that are safe during pregnancy, and generally limit your essential oil use. It’s important to note that the following safety tips are not comprehensive, so feel free to email our in-house aromatherapist ataaa@edensgarden.com with any questions you may have.

Safety Tips for Pregnant and Nursing Women

  1. First Trimester: It is not recommended that you use essential oils in the first trimester, as this is considered the most delicate time in pregnancy.
  2. Amount of Use: It is recommended that you use essential oils sparingly. Less is more.
  3. Dilution: It is recommended that you dilute at 1% for topical application so as not to overwhelm your system.
  4. EOs to Avoid: It is important to know which oils are regarded as unsafe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. For example, solvent extracted oils, or absolutes, are not recommended to be used during pregnancy.
  5. Diffusion: It is recommended that you do not diffuse for long periods of time, and that your diffuser is in a well-ventilated area. For example, try opening a window while your diffuser is running.
  6. Aromatherapist: It is highly recommended that if you choose to use essential oils during pregnancy and breastfeeding that you work with an aromatherapist who specializes in essential oil use during pregnancy. Most medical doctors do not have experience in using essential oils and should not be relied on for aromatherapy advice.
  7. Stay Educated: It doesn’t hurt to research essential oil safety. If you have the time, readAromatherapy in Midwifery Practice by Denise Tran. This book is a good read for expectant, pregnant and nursing mothers using essential oils.

Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant and Nursing

Essential Oils to Use With Caution (suggested to use alternatives, occasional exposure acceptable)

Essential Oils Safe for Use During Pregnancy

Synergy blends to try:Align,Aromance,Awake & Aware,Balance,Citrus Cream,Energy Boost,Good Night,Relaxation,Simply Citrus,Sleep Ease,Stress Relief,Sweet Ambiance,Tranquility,Aches & Pains,Bee Happy,Breathe In, Breathe Out,Calm ‘Em Down,Focus, Focus, Focus,Germ Ease,Head-A-Sore-Us,Healthy Hero,Ouch Ease,Pollen Buster,Up & At ‘Em,Shoo Fly,Sleepy Head,Sniffles & Sneezes,Soothe & Smooth,Tummy Aid,Bergamot Key Lime,Cedarwood Spruce,Chamomile Lavender,Grapefruit Pink Pepper,Lavender Magnolia, Rose Bergamot,Vanilla Ylang Ylang

Top 3 Picks for Common Ailments During Pregnancy

Stretch marks: Geranium, Frankincense, Helichrysum- italicum

Heartburn: Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, Petitgrain

Sleep: Lavender, German Chamomile, Sweet Marjoram

Morning sickness: Ginger, Spearmint, Lemon

Soreness: Black Pepper, Frankincense, Copaiba

Headache: Sweet Marjoram, Spearmint, Lavender

Nursing

    As with pregnancy, using essential oils while nursing is all about moderation and caution. Cautionary use typically means occasional inhalation or diffusion is safer than topical use. Topical applications should be diluted to 1%. Note, an oil listed as safe for breastfeeding does not mean it's safe for infants. Use an essential oil inhaler or topical use for yourself only, avoiding any application to the chest or breasts.

    Top 3 Picks for Common Ailments During Nursing

    Stress: Juniper Berry, Bergamot, Clary Sage

    Physical fatigue: Lemon, Spearmint, Turmeric

    Mental fatigue: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon

    Soreness: Black Pepper, Turmeric, Copaiba

    Cold: Frankincense, Fir Needle, Tea Tree

    Chafing: carrier oils like Argan and Avocado

    Memory

    Memory loss or forgetfulness is a common occurrence, especially as we age.Women are no strangers to multitasking, so any boost from essential oils is much appreciated.Researchers found that 1,8 cineole inRosemary essential oil directly enhanced mood, memory and cognitive performance in volunteers. A similarstudy revealed that Peppermint essential oil (high in menthol and menthone) likewise was shown to boost mood and cognitive function. By inhaling or diffusing the following essential oils, you could very well improve your own mental capacity.

    Skincare

    Many women are conscious of the irregularities in their skin health. From childbearing to hormonal fluctuations to aging, it seems that a constant, exasperating battle is at hand. Below are some of the likely culprits of women’s skin woes — and the essential oils that may help.

    Hormonal Acne

    Unlike regular acne, hormonal acne cannot be fixed by simply washing your pillowcase or switching your face wash. It typically appears around the same time every month. Possibly later in life (well beyond the teen years), and can appear as painful cysts along the lower face. The first plan of action, in this case, would be trying to regulate hormones with the help of the following essential oils:

    Inhale or diffuse the blends (or a combination of single oils) to target the source of hormonal acne. For the skin itself, antiseptic oils like Tea Tree, Niaouli and Manuka can work wonders when combined withTamanu orRosehip carrier oils.

    Scarring

    Scars are a reminder of physical battles we have fought, but that doesn’t mean we want everyone to see them. By making a serum using the following carrier oils and essential oils, the appearance of a scar can be drastically reduced.

    Any treatments on the face should be diluted to 1% or less. It is easier to treat a closed, healing wound to prevent a scar than it is to make a current scar disappear. Creating a roll-on with the carrier oils and essential oils using ourempty roll-on bottles is an easy and convenient way to apply.

    Hint: Check out our roll-on dilution guide  here

    Cellulite

    Cellulite is caused by a variety of factors including genetics, hormones and stress. Don't let airbrushed magazine ads fool you; about 80% to 90% of post-adolescent females have at least a little cellulite. Create a sugar scrub or serum with the following essential oils to fade and reduce those pesky lumps.

    Hint: OurCellulite synergy blend has all the oils you need and smells great too!

    Hint hint: Try theGrapefruit Pink Pepper salt soak as an exfoliator

    Aging Skin

    Aging is not a health issue, it’s a natural part of life. While we celebrate the joy that each year brings and remind ourselves that we are never defined by a number, we can still take care of our skin and keep a youthful, radiant glow using pure essential oils. Below our some of our favorites:

    Combined with Evening Primrose or Rosehip carrier oil, these essential oils have the power to keep wrinkles at bay.

    Mood

    It’s no secret that aromas can stimulate an emotional response. Boosting your mood can be as simple as inhaling any aroma that you find favorable or reminiscent of a joyful time. Citrus oils also tend to be the go-to oils for a happier mood. Lavender, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Peppermint and Lemon in particular have consistently been shown to improve mood.

    Beyond general mood, the following list narrows down a few common variations of emotions and their recommended essential oils.

    Grief & Sadness

    Calming

    Aphrodisiac

    Anger

    Confidence

    Circulation

    As women age, they find themselves at the mercy of reduced circulation due to hormonal changes. Pregnancy can also have unforeseen consequences on our circulation, often leading to varicose veins and fluid retention. Not to mention, the physiology of the female body keeps our core temperatures hotter than men’s, leaving colder extremities such as hands and feet. Try adding the following essential oils to a carrier oil at a 1-3% dilution and massaging the problem areas.

    Varicose Veins

    Fluid Retention

    Overall Circulation

    Lymphatic Circulation

    Sleep

    According to the 2002 National Sleep Foundation, 63%of women experience symptoms ofinsomnia, compared to 54% of men. This leads to a higher likelihood of daytime sleepiness. The first step to overcoming sleeplessness is the introduction ofsupportive sleep habits. Essential oils make a great addition to a bedtime routine, so try diffusing the following oils or applying them diluted to your pulse points (wrist and neck). Feel free to try a variety, as each person can react differently to the constituents found in these oils.

    Synergy blends to try:Good Night, Sleep Ease, Sleepy Head, Sound Asleep, Chamomile Lavender, French Lavender Sage

    Stress/Anxiety

    More than 40 million adults in the United States suffer from stress, and more than 6.8 million American adults haveGeneralized Anxiety Disorder. Aromatherapy has long been touted for its stress-relieving properties, and those already immersed in the world of essential oils deeply understand how valuable aromatherapy is in reducing stress. It is important to keep in mind that essential oils cannot cure anxiety, but aromatherapy can complement treatment. The following essential oils have been found to help calm nerves and curb anxious thoughts.

    Synergy blends to try: Align, Joy, Tranquility, Anxiety Ease, Stress Relief, Relaxation, Quiet Time, Balance, Be Still, Hope, Meditation, Worry Less

    Headaches

    Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, and nobody is spared from the experience. From migraines to tension headaches, essential oils may help ease the pain. Inhalation and spot treatment at the source of pain (neck, temples, along the jaw, are ideal ways to target headaches.

    Migraine

    It is important to note that each individual is different, and some people may be overly sensitive to essential oils while experiencing a migraine. Try inhaling to make sure you do not have a reaction. If essential oils exacerbate your symptoms, discontinue use.

    Tension Headache

    TMJ pain

    Hangover

    Synergy blends to try: Head Ease, Muscle Relief, Massage Therapy, Aches & Pains, Align

    Self-Care

    There are numerous studies about the importance of self-care but wellness sometimes gets overlooked in the busyness of life. Self-care is about building a life you’re proud of while giving yourself a break. Don’t forget to reward and nurture yourself with these self-care tips.

    Hair Growth

    For ideal use, add these essential oils to an unscented shampoo base made for adding essential oils. You can also add 6 drops of essential oil into 1 oz of a shampoo of your choosing (shelf life: 1 week).

    Hair Health

    By reducing the appearance of dandruff, increasing circulation and overall strengthening hair, these oils are sure to upgrade your haircare routine.

    *Avoid getting essential oils in your eyes for your safety. Flush eyes with carrier oil if this does occur and seek medical attention.

    Nail Care

    After a long day or busy week, a manicure can be a self-care solution to stress. Although we would never discourage you from a little pampering, those mani-pedis may make your nails brittle and susceptible to breaks. Try out some of these tips to keep those nails happy!

    1. Soak your fingers (or toes) in warm water for 10-15 minutes. Add a littleJojoba oil to the water for extra nourishment.
    2. For faster results, keep your nails short by filing them often. Only use an emery board on the top of your nails and file in a single direction to prevent snags.
    3. Massage either a body oil or essential oil/carrier oil combo of your choosing into your cuticles and fingernails and leave on overnight.
    4. Wash your hands and repeat steps until you get the desired results.

    Our suggestions for nail care

    Shaving

    One of the key tips for shaving is to make sure you exfoliate before breaking out the razor. A carrier oil makes a great shaving cream, and be sure to follow up with moisturizer. We’ve listed our favorite suggestions below.

    Makeup Remover

    While we don’t recommend using essential oils to remove makeup (we don’t want any eye-rubbing after all), we still offer the perfect carrier oils to massage into your face to remove impurities.

    If you do decide to use essential oils and promise you won’t use them on your eyes, then feel free to soak makeup pads in a solution of Tea Tree and Lavender with a carrier oil of your choosing. A 1% dilution is ideal.

    And there you have it — our (hopefully) comprehensive guide to women’s wellness with essential oils. Feel free to leave comments below about anything we may have missed or any questions you have!

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