Ladies, we all know that every month many of us are troubled with such things as cramps, PMS, mood swings, back pain and a myriad of other not so pleasant symptoms. Then as we grow older those things can turn to other lovely symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Unfortunately, these things are a way of life for some of us, but there are ways to find relief from these symptoms without having to take over the counter meds such as Advil or Midol. Following are some helpful recipes and tips to help with those times of month when life may not be very pleasant.
Here is a great article from Wellness Mama.
Natural Remedies for PMS & Cramps
Here is Lea's recipe for emotional balance.
(emotional balance during hormonal times)
To a 5ml bottle add:
35 drops Clary Sage (Slavia sclarea)
30 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata/Citrus nobilis/Citrus tangerine)
20 drops Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum)
10 drops Vanilla (Bourbon) (Vanilla plantifolia)
5 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
You can use 5-10 drops of this blend in a diffuser, 1 drop on a diffuser pendant, or 15 drops in an inhaler.
You can also add it to hydrosols at a 1-2% dilution and spritz on the neck during a hot flash.
You could add it to a roller bottle in a 2% dilution and use as a perfume, as well as apply typically for cramps.
Cramp & PMS Balm
This balm can help reduce cramps, help with mood and help you feel much more calm.
Start with a body butter base of your choosing.
Combine in a 4 oz. Mason jar.
15 drops Sweet Marjoram EO
15 drops Clary Sage EO
15 drops French or Bulgarian Lavender EO
10 drops Geranium EO
10 drops Peppermint EO
5 drops Eucalyptus EO
5 drops Clove EO
PMS & Cramp Inhaler #1:
2 drops Bergamot
4 drops Clary Sage
3 drops Frankincense
2 drops Peppermint
4 drops Geranium
PMS & Cramp Inhaler #2:
5 Ylang Ylang
4 Clary Sage
PMS & Cramp Inhaler #3:
4 drops French or Bulgarian Lavender
3 drops Geranium
2 drops Sweet Marjoram
2 drops Roman chamomile or Clary Sage
1 drop Ginger
**Please Note: Any of the inhaler recipes can be changed into a roller ball recipes, but please be certain that you are using no more than a 2-3% dilution. More info on dilution here.
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Hydrosols are wonderful for cooling and can be used as it or blended together as a body spray for even more benefits. You can learn more about hydrosols here.
* Here is a great recipe from Aromahead for a cool spray.
Hot Flash Relief
In a 4 ounce bottle combine
3 ounces hydrosol of your choice
1 ounce witch hazel
9 drops each
French or Bulgarian Lavender
Shake well prior to use, spray face, arms & chest as needed for relief, shut eyes if spraying on the face.
- From Pub Med: Effect of lavender aromatherapy on menopause hot flushing: A crossover randomized clinical trial.
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Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website, and its sister website, LearningAboutEOs, is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and the UEOS App. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.
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