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The Most Useful Essential Oils For Menstrual Cramps And PMS

essential oils for menstrual cramps and pms

Our Favorite Essential Oils For Menstrual Cramps And PMS

We are all familiar with that unwanted discomfort that arrives before the dreaded ‘time of the month’ whether it be fatigue, bloating, skin issues, emotional changes, breast tenderness, cramps, or all of the above Oh, the joys of being a woman!

essential oils for menstruation and pmsIn the avoidance of turning to generic painkillers and medication, there are many different ways these symptoms can be reduced and eased in a more natural way. The menstrual cycle is a natural occurrence after all, with 75% of menstruating women experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Essential Oils are some of the most recommended natural remedies for menstrual cramps and PMS.

How Can Essential Oils Help?

In brief, Essential Oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties, most commonly Essential oils are used in holistic treatments to improve physical, mental and emotional health in a non-medical or surgical way.

The specific type of oil used is dependent on the symptoms experienced. The presence of menstrual cramps and PMS comes from your individual hormone balance, which can depend on multiple variants including your genetics, diet, stress levels, and more. So, making sure the balance of your hormones is regulated will likely reduce symptoms such as hormonal acne and cramping, creating a happier, pain-free existence.

And that is undoubtedly a positive thing!

Our 5 Favorite Pain Stopping Essential Oils

PictureType Of OilWhat It TreatsPrice
Clary sage essentail oilClary OilAnti-anxiety, reduces cramps, balances hormones and reduces pain.Find On Amazon
Rose essentail oil Rose OilAntidepressant, reduces cramping, anti-anxiety, reduces stress, increases libido.Find On Amazon
Lavender essential oilLavender OilReduces menstrual cramping and pain.Find On Amazon
Geranium essential oilGeranium OilReduces menstrual cramps, eases pain, relieves stress, balances hormones.Find On Amazon
chamomile essentail oilChamomile OilReduces cramps, eases pain, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant. Nickname is "herbal Aspirin".Find On Amazon

Types Of Oils

Naturally balancing hormones can be achieved through the use of many different types of oils including Clary Sage Oil or Rose Oil. These two have the benefit of improving irregularity in menstruation, allowing you to have a timely 28-day cycle without the worry of not knowing when ‘Aunt Flo’ will make her visit this month.  Also, Clary Sage Oil use is recommended to alleviate symptoms of menopause, which is certainly information worth noting for when that time comes!

Essential Oils for menstrual cramps, in particular, include LavenderChamomile, and Geranium Oils. Lavender Oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that assist in more effective blood flow, reducing abdominal cramps as well as the psychological effect of soothing your emotions if your mood is sometimes impacted by your menstrual cycle (mine certainly is as I’ve been reminded on many occasions) – bonus!

Along with the anti-inflammatory properties of Lavender Oil, Chamomile and Geranium Oils are popular for their soothing properties and aid the relaxation of muscles relaxation and release of tension.

Other highly recommended Essential Oils for PMS include CinnamonTurmeric and Peppermint Oils. These Oils are natural methods of reducing cramping, bloating and intestinal stored gas, whilst having a cleansing and toning effect on the stomach. The temptation to opt for Advil is becoming less appealing by the minute! 

 How To Use Essential Oils

When it comes to the use of Essential Oils for PMS, there are two methods which are equally as effective and can be used individually or a combination of both.

You may want to try both to see what works best for you.

First, Massage Therapy is highly effective for pain relief and the reduction of cramps. Plus, who doesn’t want a massage? Massaging a few drops of your chosen oil, either on its own or combined with a carrier into the lower abdominal for a duration of two to five minutes has been found to significantly reduce menstrual cramping and abdominal pain. Carrier oils are great ways to dilute the very condensed and powerful essential oils. These include coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oils and more.

Why not take total advantage of this technique, surround yourself with some relaxing music, grab your partner, light a candle and have some well-deserved ‘ME time’ on a monthly basis … I think this is definitely something I could get used to.

Alternatively, Aromatherapy is most commonly achieved with a diffuser to release the scent of your chosen oil into the air continuously. Diffusers are pleasant to have in your home and easily purchasable online without breaking the bank. Our favorite diffusers are listed below.

Our Favorite Essential Oil Diffusers!

PictureBrandWhy We Like ItPrice
Essential oil diffuserInnoGearThis sleek design will make any home look like it's in a fashion catalog! It also holds 200 mL of water, allowing it to diffuse much longer than most modelsFind On Amazon
Rhada essentail oil diffuserRhada BeautyThis bright and colorful diffuser holds even more water at 500 mL lasting 8 hours in high mode and 17 hours in light mode!Find On Amazon
Deneve essential oil diffuserDeneveA small diffuser that's easy to hide from view, this diffuser is great for anyone who already has too much clutter. Plus, it's extremely quiet and surprisingly strong!Find On Amazon
Essential Oil DiffuserURPOWERThe most classic of oil diffusers, this model is a best seller for a reason. For anyone starting out with essential oils, this is the way to go.Find On Amazon
Essential Oil DiffuserSimwayThe most unique diffuser we have found, this rock will hide the fact that you are an essential oil! For those who love rocks, or love unique products, we definitely love this one.Find On Amazon


However, if you would rather not use a diffuser, it is more than adequate to simply put a few drops into your cupped hands and inhale the aromas in that manner. Similar to the massage therapy technique, it is possible to use multiple Essential Oils at once, if desired.

Fear Your Period No Longer!

To say I’m looking forward to next month and the presence of the symptoms of PMS may be a slight overstatement, but I am definitely going to make it a more bearable and manageable experience through the use of some of the above Essential Oils.

If the delightful scent of a spa treatment room isn’t attractive enough in itself, the endless benefits of incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle and daily beauty routine are undeniable; not just in the week or two leading up to menstruation, but on a continuous basis. I love the flexibility and variety attached to the different oils for individual purposes, as well as having an alternative remedy to painkillers and other medication.

The discovery of the use of Essential Oils for menstrual cramps and PMS is certainly enlightening and it’s about time to we fought back and give Mother nature a taste of her own medicine!

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After finishing her masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Michelle wanted to share her love of plants and all things medicinal. With her knowledge of Chinese herbs and household plants, she decided to create a site sharing her love of indoor plants.

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