That Time of the Month? Calm PMS with These Proven-to-Soothe Essential Oil
The menstrual cycle is a sacred part of womanhood. But, when that time of the month comes around, fluctuating hormones cause havoc and make it feel more like a curse!
If you pop painkillers, carry a hot water bottle around and tell your family to stay away from you for several days each month -- we can help.
We will give you back control each month by telling you about our top 5 essential oils to soothe PMS.
What is PMS?
PMS -- or premenstrual syndrome -- occurs after ovulation in the monthly cycle when hormonal changes and fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone prepare the body for menstruation. These hormonal changes also affect mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters like serotonin. Cue the mood swings, acne breakouts, fatigue, painful breasts, back pain, cramps, digestive upset, insomnia and irritability.
Luckily, essential oils have a long history of use for soothing the body and mind -- they are perfect for supporting you through your cycle.
The Best Essential Oils to Soothe PMS
Try these essential oils for safe and natural PMS relief.
1. Woolzies Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage is a floral, fruity, herbal oil that takes the top spot on our list -- it's a must-have for PMS. It balances out-of-whack hormones and also has a calming, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect that can soothe emotional and physical symptoms of PMS.
2. Woolzies Rose Essential Oil
Intoxicating rose essential oil is another favorite to combat PMS. This sweet, floral oil encourages emotional balance and reduces inflammation and pain. It also brightens up and soothes skin ravaged by hormonal fluctuations.
3. Woolzies Lavender Essential Oil
Rich, herbaceous lavender oil may be the most well-known essential oil. It helps with a wide range of PMS issues because it's so versatile -- it is anti-inflammatory, stress-reducing, pain-relieving and sleep-inducing. Plus, soothing and antimicrobial properties make it a secret weapon against hormonal breakouts.
4. Woolzies Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
We love ylang ylang essential oil because the powerful floral oil has pain-relieving, antispasmodic and antidepressant properties. It can soothe headaches, cramps and sadness caused by PMS.
5. Woolzies Wintergreen Essential Oil
Sweet, minty wintergreen essential oil is profoundly energizing and uplifting. It boosts circulation, reduces pain and clears the mind, making it one of the best oils to soothe PMS cramps, fatigue and headaches.
Bonus Oil: Woolzies Good Mood Blend
The Woolzies Good Mood Oil Blend is a delicious floral blend that contains lavender, clary sage, cypress, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils. Use it aromatically and topically during that time of the month to reduce tension and balance mood swings.
The Best Ways to Use Essential Oils for PMS + Recipes
The best way to use essential oils to relieve PMS is by inhalation, massaging the (diluted) oils into the skin and soaking in an aromatherapy bath.
Here are a few simple recipes to give you some inspiration.
Pain Relieving Massage Blend
Combine 4 drops clary sage oil, 3 drops lavender oil, 2 drops rose oil and 2 tablespoons almond carrier oil. Apply some of this oil onto your lower abdomen and lower back and gently massage it in for pain relief and relaxation.
Energizing PMS Diffuser Oil Blend
To relieve tension and hormonal headaches and boost energy, add 3 drops wintergreen oil and 2 drops lavender oil per 100ml of water to your oil diffuser.
Calming and Mood Enhancing PMS Bath Salts
Make soothing and uplifting bath salts by combining 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup pure sea salt, 1/4 cup carrier oil and 25 drops Good Mood Blend. Mix this well and store in an airtight jar.
Add ¼ cup of these salts to a warm bath to reduce pain and tension and lighten your mood.
Let us know; do you have a favorite essential oil for PMS relief?