Navigating monthly hormonal ups and downs can be a difficult task. One day you may be feeling happy, confident, and fun… but the next day you begin to feel moody, tired and irritable. It can be a vicious cycle, and unfortunately, it’s one that women have to deal with for most of their lives!
It is reported that nearly 85% of women experience some form of PMS. Premenstrual Syndrome is natural and normal, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to combat the symptoms that come with this monthly downer. There are many holistic options to remedy the situation.
Essential oils can be a good friend during this roller coaster ride. Many oils will virtually sit next to you on that ride, hold your hand, and tell you it’s going to be ok. There is a wonderful synergy and balance offered by essential oils that helps create a harmony in your body. In addition, essential oils are considered to be a complimentary therapy. This means that most of the time, it is safe to use them with other natural therapies and medicine.
Clary Sage oil is honestly a woman’s best friend! This herbal oil can help stabilize so many types of hormones women possess. It is beneficial during PMS because it promotes steady estrogen levels. But it also has shown in studies to reduce Cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and improve thyroid function. It has an anti-depressant effect and it can help lessen the pain of cramping. This oil is definitely a must have for any and all women!
Fennel essential oil is an anise scented oil that is known for its potential to have an estrogenic effect. Although there are still many studies being done to understand the concept of phytoestrogens or estrogen from plants, we do know that fennel is helpful in balancing female hormones. It is also a great choice for alleviating upset stomach or nausea that may come with the arrival of “Aunt Flo.” Fennel is traditionally used to control hunger, so when those period cravings hit, Fennel is there is to help you put down that chocolate bar.
Everyone knows Lavender is an amazing oil to help calm, soothe and reduce stress. So, of course, it is a perfect option for premenstrual syndrome. One of the hardest parts of dealing with PMS is feelings of sadness or depression…. Lavender to the rescue! This multi-functional oil is well known for its ability to reduce these feelings. Research shows that inhaling lavender for just 10 minutes can help alleviate the emotional stresses of this time of the month. Lastly, lavender can also be helpful for reducing the pain you may feel from cramps
This floral oil is a scent from Heaven. Its sweet smell is known to bring a sense of comfort and boost self-esteem. Ylang ylang also helps reduce blood pressure levels, calm anxiety, and induce feelings of relaxation. It is an anti-inflammatory, so when applied to the lower abdomen, it can lessen cramping to boot. This lovely oil should definitely be in a woman’s arsenal.
Tarragon essential oil is an emenagogue. This means that it has the ability to stimulate blood flow, which can be helpful for women who have suppressed menstruation. It generally helps to maintain the health of the female reproductive system. This herb is also known for calming the nervous system and encouraging sleep, which can be incredibly beneficial during insomnia caused from PMS. Tarragon may also aid in digestion too. Is there anything this oil can’t do?
In conclusion, when riding the waves of PMS, essential oils should always be at your side. There are so many wonderful therapies they have that benefit a woman during her time of the month. Why suffer when you can utilize some of nature’s magic?