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 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 contributing to her crowdfunding campaign at iFundWomen.com/projects/hormonology.

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