PMS is something most people don’t want to discuss (especially men!). But, the fact is that fluctuating hormones during Pre-Menstrual Syndrome can have physical and emotional effects on women. It can cause pain, bloating, exhaustion, and irritability, just to name a few symptoms. Fortunately we have essential oils, wonderful-smelling essences to help get us through that difficult time of the month.
The School for Aromatic Studies says, “it’s estimated that about 85% of women experience PMS symptoms each month, and at least 20% of women say period pain hinders them from performing daily activities. … If you feel like you’ve tried it all, incorporate essential oils and ritual into your self-care routine for greater relief.” Here are a few essential oils that they recommend:
“Clary Sage … works as an antidepressant and sedative. … It helps manage symptoms of menstrual cycle irregularities, PMS, and menopause. In fact, clary sage has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and moderate peripheral analgesic activity, making it a go-to oil to apply topically for easing period cramps.
Petitgrain (is) a mood uplifter that also calms. … It boasts anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory benefits. … Inhalation has been shown to balance the autonomic nervous system, so reach for this oil not only to help with cramps, but also manage irritable emotions and mood volatility.
Geranium … embodies feminine energy. A known anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce symptoms of PMS and hot flashes. In fact, geranium inhalation has been clinically demonstrated to decrease anxiety and blood pressure. … It helps assuage mood swings and agitation.”
If you find yourself with the discomfort of PMS, try the following blends mentioned in my Aromatherapy for Women’s Health class:
Crampy – Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
No Energy – Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) (a relative of Petitgrain), and Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
On Edge – Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium), and Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)
If these don’t work – bring on the dark chocolate!