Cycle Scent Series: Sniff away common menstrual cycle-related issues with aromatherapy

/Cycle Scent Series: Sniff away common menstrual cycle-related issues with aromatherapy

Cycle Scent Series: Sniff away common menstrual cycle-related issues with aromatherapy

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Want a happier, easier monthly cycle? It’s as easy as breathing in pleasant scents!

Numerous studies over decades show that aromatherapy–inhaling aromas to prompt beneficial changes in your brain or body–is backed by actual evidence.

Scientists explain it’s because when you breathe in aromas, you’re actually inhaling microscopic particles that get absorbed through nasal passages into your bloodstream, where they then exert certain effects.

I’ve rounded up aromatherapy research that shows how specific scents can help you make every day of your cycle better. Here’s what to sniff:

Rein in menstrual cramp pain by breathing in lavender

Tame stress with the scent of black tea

Quiet cravings with peppermint and reduce appetite with olive oil aromas

Get better premenstrual sleep by inhaling jasmine

Ease premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms with fragrant Damask rose

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About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope apps and Female Forecaster app. She teaches how hormones impact a woman's moods, health and behavior in talks and workshops.

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