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Aromatherapy: a natural approach to period pain relief

By Kirsten Pirie 17 March 2017


Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and has been used for many conditions including period pain and irregular cycles.

Let me use a couple of former clients for as examples.

Client A hadn’t had a period for months and came for a treatment one Friday morning.  As a qualified Aromatherapist, I work with a synergy of three Essential Oils in carrier oil (predominantly Sweet Almond).  Upon consultation, two of the oils I chose were important hormonal oils – Geranium and Cypress to be included in her blend.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) creates homeostasis in the body and is harmonising and cleansing on all levels.  It is a hormone regulator, helping with mood swings etc.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) regulates the menstrual cycle and is also our “transition” oil -ie ending of a relationship or think Menopause.  Also an effective fluid restrainer (stops production of fluid). Therefore great for those of you who retain fluid every month!

She rang me about four hours after the treatment, having got her period (albeit very light). 

Client B – a real sceptic- suffered from extreme clotting and abdominal pain with period – I gave her a blend to rub on her abdominal/sacral area (not a massage treatment).  She reported back that the pain had been significantly reduced using the blend.  For such cases, I use Geranium, Cypress (see above) and Clary Sage.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) is used for all menstrual disorders and promotes Oestrogen secretion.  It is an effective anti-spasmodic – so much so that it is recommended for use during labour!  Also helping accelerate labour.  It is an emmenogogue (promotes menstruation) so obviously is not used during pregnancy. 

I have personally used the above blend and find that menstrual pain diminishes or is eradicated within 15 or 20 minutes of application.

It is recommended that an aromatherapy blend not be washed off for a minimum of four hours post treatment  - the long it is on, the more effectively it works in the bloodstream.  You may even find you notice benefits even days later.




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