Nix period pain with aromatherapy

/Nix period pain with aromatherapy

Nix period pain with aromatherapy

My HormonologyAccording to a just-released study in the journal Evidence-Based Alternative and Complementary Medicine, massaging your abdominal area with a blend of cinnamon, clove, rose and lavender essential oils in a base of sweet almond oil for 10 minutes once per day throughout your premenstrual Week 4 reduces cramp pain and menstrual bleeding, leading to an easier period.

As the researchers explain, there are lots of reasons why this is so effective: The pleasant scents of the oils lower stress, which reduces pain; the abdominal massage with essential oils may improve blood circulation, which decreases cramping; and the oils have their own effects—lavender calms uterine muscle spasms, clove increases circulation and has a mild painkilling effect and cinnamon reduces the production of certain pain chemicals.

To make the blend used in the study, mix 1.5 drops of cinnamon, 1.5 drops of clove, 1 drop of rose and 1 drop of lavender into 95 drops of sweet almond oil. (You can read the .pdf of the full study here.)

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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