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Aromatherapy for Women's Health

Updated on October 29, 2010

Women's Health

The female body goes through many changes, and in order to relieve the symptoms and side effects of these changes, you can naturally create comfort.

There are many different essential oils that you can use as aromatherapy to help ease discomfort, pain, and emotional imbalances.

Aromatherapy for PMS

About a week or two before menstruation, women may experience PMS symptoms ranging from mood swings, constipation, weight gain, fluid retention, breast soreness, and headaches. The symptoms caused by PMS are caused by hormonal changes in the body, so if you can control the hormones, you can better control your symptoms.

  • Geranium and clary sage can help regulate the hormones.
  • Bergamot, clary sage, geranium, and rose can help relieve stress and irritability.
  • Lavender and chamomile can relieve stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
  • Peppermint and lavender will help relieve headaches.
  • Ylang-ylang can help relieve irritability, anxiety, and anger.

  • Chamomile, clary sage, and lavender will help relieve pain from menstrual cramps.
  • Grapefruit, juniper, and lemon will help relieve bloating.

Aromatherapy for Menstruation

Menstruation isn't always the least painful or comfortable experience in a woman's life, so using essential oils and aromatherapy to help reduce the discomfort can be a great relief.

  • Cypress, clary sage, chamomile, jasmine, and peppermint, can aid in cramping

If you're trying to keep your period regular, whether it be because of stress, or some other emotional factor, aromatherapy can help this as well. The aromatherapy treatments can help keep stress, anxiety, and emotional strain on the body minimized and balanced so that your menstruation is kept regular.

Now, if you've reached the age of 18, and you have not had a period, you should consult your doctor.

  • Lavender and Ylang-ylang can aid in relieving anxiety.
  • Cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, lavender, lemon balm, mandarin, rose, and Ylang-Ylang can aid in relieving stress.
  • Clary sage, chamomile, and geranium will help provide a calming and relaxing state.
  • Basil, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, rose, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang have anti-depressent properties.
  • Chamomile, clary sage, and lavender will help relieve pain from menstrual cramps.

Aromatherapy for Pregnancy

While pregnant, it is very important that you keep your health up and your stress down. A good way to accomplish this is to try aromatherapy.

  • Bergamot and Sandalwood is helpful for cystitis during pregnancy
  • Chamomile and geranium (ok after 3 months) helps soothe muscle aches
  • Grapefruit, lavender, and mandarin will aid with fluid retention
  • Tangerine prevents stretch marks
  • Cypress (ok after 5 months) and mandarin will help aid leg and ankle swelling
  • Lemon can relieve morning sickness
  • Petitgrain is helpful to deal with pre- and post-partum depression
  • Chamomile, frankincense, lavender, neroli, rosewood, tangerine, and ylang ylang can be used as a relaxant and sedative

Oils to Avoid While Pregnant

Jasmine (OK during labor)
Clary sage (ok during labor)
Sweet marjoram
Cypress (ok after 5 months)
Avoid any essential oil that is known to thin the blood or cause cramping or contractions.

Aromatherapy for Menopause

The last major change to a woman's body is menopause, which is the point at which the body stops ovulating. The average age for menopause is about 50, but some women start in their 30s or 40s. Because each woman is different, the symptoms and the degree of the symptoms are different. The basic menopause symptoms include hot flashes, depression, shortness of breath, night sweats, headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, anxiety, and loss of bone mass.

Because every woman is different, conventional treatment may not be good for you, especially as hormone replacement therapy has a high risk of blood clots. A safer and more natural treatment of menopausal symptoms is aromatherapy.

  • Rose will help tone the uterus
  • Clary sage, cypress, geranium, lavender, neroli, and rose will help balance hormones
  • Sweet fennel is a natural oestrogen
  • Ginger, nutmeg, and peppermint will help relieve fatigue
  • Patchouli and cardamom will help relieve irritability
  • Jasmine and neroli can relieve the feeling of femininity loss
  • Clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, melissa, orange, peppermint, pine, sandalwood, and thyme will help relieve hot flashes
  • Patchouli and lavender will aid mood swings.
  • Ginger and lemon will help reduce the risk and severity of osteoporosis
  • Chamomile has been reported to aid balancing the symptoms of teenage-menopause

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician. If you have any questions, please consult your doctor to find the best method to soothe your symptoms of PMS, pregnancy, or menopause, or assist in fertility concerns.


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