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

My Hormonology

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 menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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