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Several scientific studies confirm that aromatherapy, using essential oils, can effectively treat and support women’s health from menstruation through to menopause. Essential oils are able to provide natural support for feminine issues, which affect mood, skin health, stress levels, and sleep.

And of course, along with its concentrated natural health benefits, essential oils exude the beautiful fragrance of earth’s most natural perfumes. 

Aromatherapy and Women’s Health

Numerous scientific studies confirm the complementary and alternative medicine of aromatherapy to treat and support symptoms of infertility and menstruation through to menopause.

There is ample evidence that essential oils can have a positive impact on your health and well-being.

Top 9 Essential Oils for Women’s Health

This quick guide will help you target your specific essential oils for health concerns.

#1 Clary Sage 

Clary Sage brings soothing to period cramps and mood swings and supports your hormones, reducing physical stress and hot flushes. It promotes labor in birthing mothers and alleviates infertility. Steam is distilled from the flower of the clary sage plant; this aromatherapy oil also helps with postpartum depression.

Blend with a carrier oil of choice then apply it down the spine, over the abdomen, at your temples, and on areas needing attention. For fast relief, add a few drops to a handkerchief and inhale and exhale the aroma softly.

#2 Lavender

Fragrant purple lavender essential oils are steam distilled from the buds of the flower, bringing calm and balance to your hormone levels, promoting emotional balance, and relaxing you, so you can enjoy a healthy night’s sleep. Lavender also helps to reduce signs of aging and is helpful with skin imperfections.

Gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin, carry the lavender-infused roller bottle with you in your handbag and apply it during the day or add a few drops to your diffuser to create a calm and relaxing environment. 

#3 Frankincense

Look younger, healthier, and more vibrant without spending tons of money. How so? Use the most royal of essential oils, earthy frankincense, with its piney balsamic fragrance. Derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree, frankincense contains properties beneficial for wound healing and tissue reconstruction, helping inflammation and acne to heal and lightening scars and stretch marks.

Apply frankincense, diluted with your favorite carrier oil, to your face twice daily to help retain a youthful look and age gracefully. An aroma that promotes peace and calm, it makes the perfect gift to present a friend or family with.

#4 Ginger

Warm, stimulating, and known as the ‘tonic root’ for over 5 000 years. The Indians and Chinese produced ginger to treat many ailments. Combined with a carrier oil for a homemade massage oil, use it to aid digestion and joint discomfort and to help eliminate motion sickness and nausea.

#5 Sweet Basil

A single drop of basil essential oil will flavor your recipes at home, or basil can be blended into a carrier oil to massage tired, sore muscles. For memory, focus, and relief from migraines and headaches, diffuse basil essential oils throughout your home or office. When you add basil to your daily regimen, applying it to your feet and across the back of your neck could help alleviate hot flashes, while at the same time lifting your mood. 

#6 Sweet Orange

Citrus oils are invigorating mood lifters when you need an extra boost to your morning. Its crisp, fresh aroma purifies the air with a diffuser. You can also use a roller on touch points on your body to ease anxiety and nervous tension.

eye | Longevity LIVEHelpful with symptoms of menopause, researchers in a 2014 study found that postmenopausal women who inhaled this essential oil experienced fewer physical symptoms, an increased pulse rate, and a rise in sexual desire.

#7 Combined Oils for Feminine Concerns

Self-manage and remedy your female concerns with the natural everyday support of essential oils. Make a roller bottle with 6-8 drops of each blend of essential oils and top up with a carrier oil. Apply throughout the day wherever you find yourself.

QUICK GUIDE LINE-UP

Ease Menstrual Cramps:

  • Peppermint (avoid while nursing)
  • Geranium
  • Clary Sage

Regulate Hormones:

  • Clary sage
  • Geranium
  • Frankincense
  • ylang ylang

Boost Fertility:

  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage

Reduce Hot flashes:

  • Clary Sage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint

 

#8 Perfume for relaxation and beauty

Rose Geranium offers a beautiful, relaxing aroma that is often added to women’s perfumes and body mists. It is best known for balancing hormones, reducing body odor, calming emotions, soothing cramps, and supporting healthy hair and skin.

Add a drop to your facial or body moisturizer and to your shampoo or conditioner. This will help balance oil production and moisturize your skin, so you can emerge fresh and fragrant, whatever your age or stage of life.

Create your own body mist by mixing your preferred essential oils with water or witch hazel in a glass spray bottle to keep close at hand.

#9 Ylang ylang helps treat sexual dysfunction

Aromatherapy and its tools, essential oils, help treat sexual dysfunction and relationship problems.

Research suggests that inhaling ylang-ylang essential oils is associated with feelings of euphoria and helps relieve depression. One study even demonstrated that applying ylang-ylang oil to the skin (with a carrier oil) can improve self-esteem.

According to Healthline, “While there’s no clear scientific link between ylang ylang and sexual experience, evidence suggests it can improve mental health. And because mood is linked to sexual experience, it’s possible that ylang ylang is a good essential oil for sexual stimulation.”

Safety Tips

Clearly, essential oils are very effective in managing women’s health issues only if used correctly.  According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the quality of essential oils on the market varies greatly, from pure essential oils to those diluted with less expensive ingredients. 

“And because there’s no regulation, the label may not even list everything that’s in the bottle you’re buying. That’s why essential oils should not be ingested. “

Also, never apply essential oils directly to the skin. It’s important to distill them with a carrier oil as not doing so can cause irritation and burning.

Here are some tips to help you shop for pure essential oils

  • Look at the label: It should include the Latin name of the plant, information on purity or other ingredients added to it, and the country in which the plant was grown.
  • Evaluate the company: Purchase products from a well-known and reputable aromatherapy company that’s been around for several years.
  • Choose dark-colored, glass containers: Pure essential oils are highly concentrated. They can dissolve plastic bottles over time, tainting the oil. Most companies package essential oils in small brown or blue glass bottles to protect the quality.
  • Avoid “fragrance oils”: Fragrance or perfume oils are made from essential oils combined with chemicals or entirely from chemicals. They’re not suitable for aromatherapy. Instead, look for bottles that contain a single essential oil in its purest form (100% essential oil with no other fillers).
  • Compare prices: Essential oils range in price, depending on how involved harvesting and production are. Within a line, there should be a wide variety of prices. For example, rose absolute or sandalwood oils will be more expensive. Sweet orange oil will be on the less expensive end. If you find a rock-bottom price for an expensive essential oil, it probably isn’t pure.

Closing remarks

Essential oils can lift your mood and make you feel good. For more information on how to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle, consult an integrative medicine expert.

The above content has been provided by SOiL.

References

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Menopause
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Em Sloane

I am an introverted nature lover, and long time contributor to LongevityLive.com. My role is to publish the information in a consumer friendly format, which we receive on the latest medical news, press releases and general information on the latest longevity related research findings.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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