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3 Powerful Essential Oils to Relieve Menstrual Pain

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Photo by Luis Galvez on Unsplash

Photo by Luis Galvez on Unsplash

A natural remedy for persisting menstrual pain

Considered a hundred times more powerful than the plants from which they’re extracted, essential oils possess analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and other properties that translate to several health benefits.

This explains the growing popularity and effectiveness of aromatherapy as a mainstream alternative to traditional massages in promoting healing, relaxation, and general wellbeing.

If you are a man or you are a woman that reached menopause, let me remind you of how menstrual cramps can make you writhe like a fish on a hook. For over 2 years, I was a victim to very painful menstrual cramps. On some days, you want to just punch the wall

Although there is a host of essential oils that can be used individually or in combination to help relieve PMS and cramps, here are three of the best essential oils to help you get that much-needed relief from menstrual pain:

  1. 1. Clary sage essential oil

Clary sage is an essential oil effective in the relief of menstrual and abdominal pain among its other analgesic properties. This thick essential oil is extracted from the herb, salvia scalerea, not to be confused with sage oil, an extract of the leaf Salvia officinalis.

Clary sage oil helps with hormonal balance, especially of estrogen levels, and its antispasmodic properties help relax the abdominal muscles and relieve menstrual pain. Clary sage oil is also known to have a calming effect on body and mind; it eases stress, anxiety or tension.

To use it, add a few drops of clary sage oil to a carrier oil or blend it with other essential oils like chamomile and massage the abdomen area. However, don’t get overly generous with your usage of clary sage oil; use it sparingly. You might also want to note, rather sadly, that Clary sage should not be used along with alcohol intake.

  1. 2. Chamomile essential oil

A very gentle, soothing and calming essential oil, Chamomile oil has been found to possess anti-inflammation properties that mainly originate from the flavonoid and terpenoid pigment it contains. Chamomile oil comes in two variants: German and Roman Chamomile. Go with the latter.

In addition to menstrual pain, Chamomile oil relieves a range of other pains and inflammation including back, joint and muscle pain and also helps alleviate digestive disorders.

To use, add chamomile to other carrier oils like olive oil, or as mentioned earlier mix it with clary sage to increase potency, and massage the abdominal area. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle as a form of aromatherapy but massaging will make you feel better because psychologically you know that you are applying a pain reliever directly to the pain area.

  1. 3. Lavender essential oil

Yes, as you probably already suspected, Lavender Oil was going to have to feature on a list like this. For the popular and versatile essential oil that it is, Lavender indeed comes packed with a range of health and other benefits, including relief from migraines, headaches, sore joints, muscle, and other bodily tensions and pains.

Lavender oil is highly effective in relieving menstrual discomfort and pain when used for aromatherapy massage, and this has been proven in several studies. Lavender helps stimulate menstrual blood flow and eases muscle tension thanks to its antidepressant properties. You can also add Lavender to other carrier oils like olive or coconut oil, as well as rub a few drops of it between your hands and inhale.

Overall, a combination of one or more essential oils is ideally more effective in relieving menstrual pain than application of just one oil. Also, you may need to do a patch test for a couple of hours before applying the oils to a wider surface area of your skin.

For enhanced relief, do a warm compress after applying a few drops of the essential oil to your abdomen, instead of just going with the plain massage. In parting, it should go without saying that you should consult with a health professional for cases of severe or extreme pain but rarely will menstrual pain result into the need to see a Doctor.


Mallaury on September 20, 2018:

Essential oils are so powerful! Lavender and clary sage are amazing for period pains. They're even great for use during labor!

Linda Janssen on September 20, 2018:

nice ..who would have though oils would help

Holly on September 19, 2018:

I love using oils for things like this!!

Maria on September 19, 2018:

Thank you! I've changed my diet to help ease menstrual pain as well.

Christa on September 19, 2018:

I’ve been reading so many accounts of the healing benefits of essential oils. I really need to start using them!

Joanna Stephens on September 18, 2018:

Ooh, yet another wonderful use for essential oils! Awesome!!

Lup Wai on September 18, 2018:

Oh, I didn't know Lavender relieve menstrual pain! Today I learn something new from you! Great list and info here!

Esther Muwombi (author) from Uganda, Kampala on August 22, 2018:

Kasia, yah, do put a compress and you will be surprised how lavender works magic to your belly. Try it and let us know. Thanks for passing by.

Sara on August 22, 2018:

It's amazing how much essential oils can help with pain! I actually make a salve using peppermint oil to help when my menstrual cramps are too intense. The menthol works it's magic and I feel better so fast (it works wonders when your tummy hurts too ^^).

I'll have to give these others oils a go too and see how they work for me! Thank you tons for sharing

Kasia on August 22, 2018:

Oh I definitely suffer with this. I do have lavender oil but I haven't tried putting a compress with it on my belly. I need to try it.