Got PMS? Essential Oils to the Rescue

Essential Oils for PMS

Essential Oils for PMS

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!