Ah, PMS... three dreaded letters that can turn even the brightest day into a rollercoaster of emotions and physical discomfort. Although having a cycle is part of life, no one likes the cramping and hormonal issues that visit with Aunt Flo! Thankfully, essential oils can be a soothing remedy for those pesky PMS symptoms. So, grab a cup of herbal tea, get cozy, and let's discover the benefits of essential oils for your monthly struggles.
When PMS hits, finding your inner calm can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Known for its calming properties, powerful, feminine clary sage can help ease stress, anxiety, and mood swings that often accompany PMS - as well as that super uncomfortable cramping! Simply inhaling its delicate aroma or adding a few drops to your bathwater can work wonders in restoring emotional balance and tranquility.
Cramps can leave us wanting to curl up in a ball and hibernate until it's all over. Thankfully, clove bud essential oil is here to lend a helping hand. With its potent analgesic properties, this warm and spicy oil can provide topical pain relief from those dreaded menstrual cramps. Dilute it with a carrier oil and gently massage onto your lower abdomen for a soothing sensation that will have you feeling like yourself again.
Periods join us for a huge portion of our lives, so we may as well make friends with them! Aligning our schedules and energy with our menstrual cycles can help us lean in to this significant part of our lives, and frankincense essential oil makes a lovely addition to our monthly ritual of self care and love. A true multitasker that can offer comfort to both your mind and body, this ancient oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a valuable ally in relieving cramps and bloating. Diffuse to create a space of peace and presence, or add a few drops to a carrier oil and create yourself a special oil to massage in each month.
If you're tired of feeling like a passenger on a hormonal roller coaster, geranium essential oil might just become your saving grace. With its balancing properties, geranium oil can help regulate hormonal imbalances, reducing the severity of mood swings, irritability, as well as those delightful hormonal acne breakouts. Add a few drops to your diffuser or dilute with a suitable carrier oil for topical use.
Sleep disturbances are no strangers during PMS, leaving you feeling even more exhausted and irritable. Perhaps the most well known of essential oils, studies have shown that using lavender in aromatherapy can alleviate both physical and emotional discomfort. A few drops on your pillow or a pre-bedtime aromatherapy session can work wonders in promoting restful sleep, reducing anxiety, and relieving headaches—a triple threat in the battle against PMS.
Known for its mood-boosting properties, ylang ylang can help ease irritability, balance emotions, and help you tap into a space of calm and tranquility. Whether you add it to a massage oil to help alleviate menstrual pain, diffuse it in your living space, or simply inhale its intoxicating scent, ylang ylang is a delightful addition to your PMS self-care routine.