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Self-Care for PMS Symptoms – Essential Oils and Herbs

Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a collection of symptoms that may include painful cramping, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue and irritability, mood swings including depression and more. According to information on the Mayo Clinic website, an estimated 3 of 4 women suffer from some form of PMS symptom. Symptoms tend to peak when a woman reaches her late 20′s or early 30′s.

There are a number of self-care options using herbal or nutritional supplements. Research also indicates that saffron can boost your mood, by having antidepressant effects and thus helping to alleviate some PMS symptoms. Researchers believe that saffron may actually boost your level of seratonin, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter which helps to elevate your mood. The website Eating Well has a series of healthy recipes using saffron that in addition to being tasty, may have the added benefit of helping to alleviate symptoms related to PMS.

I also recommend various essential oil blends to my clients. Each of these blends may provide some relief of symptoms related to PMS. I presented these blends during my recent workshop, Essential Oils for Women’s Health.

Hormonal Balance

• 2 drops Clary Sage
• 1 drop Geranium
• 1 drop Ylang Ylang

This is a good blend for menopause discomfort, hot flashes, PMS and general female hormone balance. Clary sage releases dopamine in the brain, and some people experience a joyous almost euphoric response. It balances estrogen and helps balance the central nervous system. Geranium gently stimulates the adrenals, which play an integral part during menopause and hormone fluctuations. Combine the essential oils with 1 ounce of base or carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil). Rub over the abdomen and lower back. Use this blend in subsequent months before the start of your period.

Breast Health

• 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil
• 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

This is a very simple blend that may be used daily. Combine essential oils with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (I prefer to use fractionated coconut oil) and massage into breasts.

Menstrual Cramps

• 3 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
• 3 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
• 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil
• 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil

Combine the essential oils with 1 ounce of base or carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil). Rub over the abdomen and lower back. Use this blend in subsequent months before the start of your period.

My clients who have used these oil blends report relief and improvement of their symptoms with regular use. As always, please consult with your physician if you suffer from these symptoms. But, it is always good to know that there may be self-care options available for PMS.



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