Cramps, bloating and moodiness: these monthly period symptoms are a part of life for many women from puberty until menopause. But there are plenty of home remedies that can help, from exercise to herbal supplements. And one of the most popular is essential oils.
In fact, a couple of studies have found that a topical blend of essential oils can help reduce the severity and duration of PMS cramps. A combination of lavender, clove, cinnamon and rose was shown to balance prostaglandin levels that help ease pain and a massage with the same blend on the lower abdomen was found to be as effective as taking an acetaminophen.
Another great option for alleviating period pain is clary sage oil. Also known as 'girl's friend', this soothing oil is a natural mood enhancer, PMS calmer and has antispasmodic properties, which can relieve abdominal tension and discomfort.
Coriander seed oil can also be helpful as it is both anti-inflammatory and circulation boosting. This helps to warm the uterus and increase blood flow, which may alleviate the aches and cramps that are a common symptom of PMS. You can add the above oils to a carrier oil (such as coconut, olive or jojoba) and then massage on to your skin, or use in a diffuser. Alternatively, you can try Amrita's A Woman's Balance Roll-On Relief which is pre-diluted with these oils so you can apply directly to the abdomen. Please note, it is important to use essential oils correctly as they can be strong and cause irritation if applied undiluted. Check out our guide How to Use Essential Oils for more information on how to dilute them and how much you should be using.