How to make an oil infusion
How to make an oil infusion
How to make an oil infusion

For many women, the menstrual cycle can bring a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including cramps, bloating, and mood changes.


Most women experience some level of pain during their periods. If you suffer from menstrual cramps, you know how debilitating they can be. While over-the-counter medications can help, they can also have side effects. Essential oils offer a natural alternative that can help to balance menstrual cycles. Many women regularly use essential oils to ease away discomfort and to support them throughout their periods.


Essential oils are derived from plants and can be used in a variety of ways, including topically, inhaled through a diffuser, or added to a warm bath. Here are some essential oils that can help with period symptoms:



Peppermint Oil


Peppermint essential oil can help with bloating and digestive issues that can occur during menstruation. Massaging peppermint oil diluted in a carrier oil into the lower abdomen and lower back can help you manage menstrual cramps - the cooling sensation and the massaging action can help you feel more comfortable. 


Peppermint Oil



Peppermint essential oil can help with bloating and digestive issues that can occur during menstruation. Massaging peppermint oil diluted in a carrier oil into the lower abdomen and lower back can help you manage menstrual cramps - the cooling sensation and the massaging action can help you feel more comfortable. 



Clary Sage Oil


Clary Sage is incredibly popular for supporting women during menstruation, it is known to help with symptoms of PMS including mood swings, irritability, and bloating This essential oil is believed to help balance hormones and reduce menstrual cramps. It has a calming effect and can also help improve mood swings.


Clary Sage Oil



Clary Sage is incredibly popular for supporting women during menstruation, it is known to help with symptoms of PMS including mood swings, irritability, and bloating This essential oil is believed to help balance hormones and reduce menstrual cramps. It has a calming effect and can also help improve mood swings.



Lavender Oil


Known for its calming properties, lavender essential oil can support woman struggling with PMS and can help instil feelings of calm and serenity. It may also help with menstrual cramps and headaches.


Lavender Oil



Known for its calming properties, lavender essential oil can support woman struggling with PMS and can help instil feelings of calm and serenity. It may also help with menstrual cramps and headaches.



Ylang Ylang Oil


Ylang Ylang essential oil has a calming effect and it can help manage PMS symptoms, including mood swings, irritability, and fatigue. It can help with tension and promote a sense of calm. It may also help with menstrual cramps and improve mood.


Ylang Ylang Oil



This essential oil has a calming effect and it can help manage PMS symptoms, including mood swings, irritability, and fatigue. It can help with tension and promote a sense of calm. It may also help with menstrual cramps and improve mood.



Geranium Oil


Geranium rose oil essential oil has been used traditionally to balance hormones and promote emotional equilibrium. This harmonising oil can help instil a sense of wellbeing and calm, making it helpful for managing mood swings.


Geranium Rose Oil



Geranium oil has been used traditionally to balance hormones and promote emotional equilibrium. This harmonising oil can help instil a sense of wellbeing and calm, making it helpful for managing mood swings.



Rose Oil


Rose oil is known for its soothing and calming properties. Rose oil can help with balancing hormones and help manage PMS symptoms, including cramps and mood swings.

It has a calming effect with diffused and inhaled which can help relax the body and mind.


Clove Oil


Clove Bud is a powerful essential oil that can help with menstrual cramps. Clove oil contains a compound called eugenol, which has natural pain-relieving properties. When diluted and applied topically, clove oil can help reduce the intensity of menstrual cramps and provide relief.


Cinnamon Oil


Cinnamon bark oil contains cinnamaldehyde, which has been shown to have powerful properties that can help with managing menstrual cramps. These properties can help reduce the severity of menstrual cramps and ease discomfort. Cinnamon bark is incredibly powerful so we recommend only using 1 drop per 150ml of carrier oil.


Ginger Oil


Ginger has a subtle warming sensation and can be beneficial for women dealing with painful periods. When diluted and applied topically in a massaging motion, ginger essential oil can help boost circulation and promote relaxation in the muscles, providing relief from the discomfort of menstrual cramps. 



Rose Oil



Rose oil is known for its soothing and calming properties. Rose oil can help with balancing hormones and help manage PMS symptoms, including cramps and mood swings.

It has a calming effect with diffused and inhaled which can help relax the body and mind.



Clove Oil



Clove Bud is a powerful essential oil that can help with menstrual cramps. Clove oil contains a compound called eugenol, which has natural pain-relieving properties. When diluted and applied topically, clove oil can help reduce the intensity of menstrual cramps and provide relief.



Cinnamon Oil



Cinnamon bark oil contains cinnamaldehyde, which has been shown to have powerful properties that can help with managing menstrual cramps. These properties can help reduce the severity of menstrual cramps and ease discomfort. Cinnamon bark is incredibly powerful so we recommend only using 1 drop per 150ml of carrier oil. 



Ginger Oil



Ginger has a subtle warming sensation and can be beneficial for women dealing with painful periods. When diluted and applied topically in a massaging motion, ginger essential oil can help boost circulation and promote relaxation in the muscles, providing relief from the discomfort of menstrual cramps. 




The most effective way to use these oils is to apply them topically. Add a couple of drops of essential oils to your favourite carrier oil and massage into the lower abdomen and back, temples and back of the neck.


For menstrual cramps, mix a few drops of the oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, and massage onto the lower abdomen and back. You can also add a few drops of the oil to a warm bath or use a diffuser to inhale the aroma.


We’ve created a simple period cramp relief balm that you can make in just a few minutes with minimal ingredients that you can apply to your lower abdomen and back to ease discomfort during your period.


To make our period cramp relief balm you will need:

7g beeswax

19g of a carrier oil, something light and fast absorbing like sweet almond, grapeseed or fractionated coconut are all good options

20 drops of essential oil – choose some of the oils listed above for the most effective relief.


Here are a couple of options you could try:

Peppermint

Clary Sage

Lavender


Cinnamon

Ginger

Geranium rose


Melt the beeswax then combine it with the carrier oil. Mix in the essential oils then pour into a suitable container to set.


Once it’s set, you can apply it to the affected areas whenever you need relief from the discomfort of period cramps.



It's important to note that essential oils should be used with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Some oils can cause adverse reactions or interact with medications, and pregnant women should avoid using certain oils altogether. Incorporating essential oils into a self-care routine can be a beneficial way for women to support their health and wellbeing during their menstrual cycle.


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