Painful cramps, emotional stress, and overwhelming fatigue. Sound familiar?
Sometimes the pain just won’t go away no matter what we try. I’ve also struggled with hormone imbalances since having my children. That can make each month an emotional roller coaster with the full spectrum of PMS symptoms such as becoming the exorcist.
That is why I turned to the experts. Believe it or not, there is a lot of research on aromatherapy massage and dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps). Quite a few researchers have conducted studies on the use of essential oils for menstrual cramps and cycles. This is what led us to trying the below recipe for which I am so thankful for every month.
Clary Sage: this plant is our namesake. It’s a powerful plant that is packed with antibacterial properties, reduces stress, is a natural antidepressant, calms menopause symptoms, and brings an overall sense of calm and clarity. In fact, the name itself is derived from the Latin word clarus, meaning “clear.”
Lavender can be used in a myriad of ways to treat insomnia, nervous tension, anxiety, and headaches. The antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and analgesic properties also are incredibly handy in cleansing skin. When applied topically, diluted lavender essential oil has shown to be a source of fantastic pain relief.
One of Clary Sage’s most widely reaped benefits is the alleviation of menstrual cramps and hormonal change effects. PMS symptoms such as bloating, mood swings, and compulsive eating can be calmed by Clary Sage aromatherapy. Place a few essential oil drops in your diffuser and even use a steam facial to quell anxieties. Many people can experience moderate to severe cramping when on their periods, and may resort to popping pills or laying out-of-commission on the couch with a heating pad. However, you can use Clary Sage essential oil on your abdomen for cramp relief!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Add essential oils to roller bottle.
- Fill the rest of the way with avocado oil and secure cap. Shake well to blend.
- Roll (or massage) on abdomen one time daily during menstrual cycle. (I generally start 1-2 days before my cycle or whenever I start to feel cramps)
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it is not recommended to use Clary Sage, as it can cause uterine contractions. As always, consult with your health care practitioner if you have any questions.