Aromatherapy and essential oils seem to be constantly growing in popularity. You’d be hard- pressed to find a home without some type of diffuser these days, and that’s for a good reason. Aside from making your home smell amazing, the essential oils used in aromatherapy offer a wide variety of health benefits to those who use them. There are also a number of wonderful benefits of aromatherapy specific to the fairer sex. Below is a a list of the top five healing benefits of aromatherapy that every woman should know. There are a number of essential oils and diffusion methods that work wonders for menstrual cramps and other symptoms of PMS, including headaches, nausea, bloating, and break outs.
Clary Sage oil is a must have in any PMS tool kit. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as for soothing and rejuvenating irritated skin, exactly like you’ll get from a hormonal break out. As with all essential oils, inhaling the scent will give you some of the healing benefits, but if you really want to get rid of cramps or acne, the best way is to massage it into your skin. Before you rush off and start applying any essential oils, you should know that you should never, ever, apply them directly to your skin. These oils are concentrated, and your skin is a delicate organ. If you want to massage away your cramps or breakout, please be safe and dilute your oils into a carrier oil like fractionated coconut or avocado oil.
You only need a few drops, around three to six, of your desired essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil to enjoy the full health benefits. It’s also recommended that you always spot test before applying a new oil or carrier, even though something is completely natural that doesn’t mean your skin isn’t sensitive to it. Safety first ladies!
Black Pepper essential oil is another secret weapon when it comes to crushing cramps. Black pepper oil increases circulation, raises your body temperature, and helps to balance out your hormones, even when they are at their craziest. You can enjoy all the anti-PMS benefits by applying or inhaling black pepper oil.
If PMS has you feeling moody, weepy, and out of sorts, Lavender oil is here to save the day. Not only is this lovely scent a great stress reliever, its calming effects are extremely potent for mood regulation which can be a real life saver when you’re dealing with crazy emotions but you still have to get on with your day. Keep this soothing scent nearby with a healing crystal diffuser, as an ointment, or in a spray.
Lowers stress and anxiety (even during pregnancy!)
Everyone can benefit from reduced levels of stress and anxiety, but aromatherapy has proven to be a safe effective treatment for anxiety during pregnancy and even labor! A study conducted in 2014 found that a foot soak containing rose essential oils helped reduce anxiety among pregnant women in labor! If you prefer something more portable, there are plenty of great options for essential oil diffusing jewelry that also uses healing crystals. Lavender, valerian, jasmine, rose, and chamomile are all great aromatherapy options for reducing stress and anxiety.
Manage menopause symptoms
Menopause is nobody’s idea of a good time. Aches, pains, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings are just the tip of the iceberg. Thankfully, aromatherapy can help you manage some of the worse symptoms. Geranium, Rose, and Sage oils should all be part of you menopausal tool kit, helping to regulate night sweats, hot flashes, estrogen loss, the emotional challenges you face going through such a hormonal rollercoaster. A few drops in your diffuser, a carrier oil of your choice, or your favorite healing crystal jewelry will do wonders for you!
Whether you are on your period, pregnant, going through menopause, or the victim of a bad burrito, aromatherapy can do wonders for nausea. Oils like Peppermint, Lavender, and Valerian Root are all recommended to soothe a queasy stomach and help you get on with your day. If you are dealing with severe nausea, a dab of essential oils blended with a carrier on your wrist can go a long way. Diffuser bracelets and necklaces are also a great solution if you don’t want to put the oils directly on your skin but still want the soothing results.
While everyone could do with a boost of energy, its more often women that suffer from conditions like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Since the cause of conditions like Chronic Fatigue aren’t fully understood yet, treatment options are sometimes a bit lacking. This is where aromatherapy can come in handy. Inhaling or applying essential oils like orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and peppermint can pick you up and give you the boost you need to make it through the day.
Aromatherapy is a girl’s best friend.
Please note that while essential oils and aromatherapy have many benefits for women and people in general, some oils are incredibly dangerous and even deadly to your furry family members. Diffusing scents such as Cinnamon, Clove, Anise, Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Juniper, Pine, Sweet Birch, Thyme, Tea Tree, Pennyroyal, Yarrow, and Wintergreen can have serious unintended side-effects for dogs and cats. This isn’t an extensive list, so please do your own research before introducing a new essential oil into your home.
If you are looking for a way to use all your favorite oils without any risk to your beloved pets, consider checking out essential oil jewelry that you can wear at any time during the day safely. Otherwise make to sure your pets aren’t around while diffusing at home or that you’re using the right oils.