Friday, August 5, 2011

Lessening Painful Periods via Aromatherapy: A blend for women

By Christi R. Pugh for Nature’s Gift Link

One of the most challenging & enjoyable requirements of my coursework for aromatherapy certification with The Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy has been the casework/research studies which must be completed regularly. Over the course of a year some twenty must be submitted & I found it interesting to come up with blends for various issues, some emotional, others physical. One of the challenges later in the course was blending for multiple issues, seeking common oils to address up to three issues.

A friend in her early 40s came to me complaining of very painful periods. She had been to see her gynecologist and had tests run which showed nothing out of the ordinary but she knew her periods were much heavier & more painful than usual & that it was ongoing over several months. She asked me to formulate a blend to help with the pain and the cramps, and I also wanted to address the regulation of menstrual flow.

The blend I came up with is a 10% dilution of 1 oz using Evening Primrose as the carrier oil because it is so good for women’s issues including regulation of menstrual flow, & 60 total drops of essential oils:

-Lavandin Grosso Essential Oil, 20 drops (spasm/cramps, pain relief, regulates flow, inflammation)

-Steam Distilled German Chamomile, 20 drops (spasms/cramps, regulates flow, inflammation)

-Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, 10 drops (spasms/cramps, pain relief-analgesic)

-Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil, 10 drops (antispasmodic/cramps, regulates flow, slightly sedative)

I need to mention my client cannot use any over the counter pain relievers like naproxen sodium or acetaminophen due to an unusual allergy, so she was desperate and dependent upon the blend to offer as much relief as possible. Also, she does not care for Clary Sage, Vitex or Rose Oils, so while they are often cited for women’s blends, I felt it best not to use them since she dislikes them so much. If cramps are a real issue & the client can tolerate Clary Sage, it is one of the best oils to use in conjunction with Sweet Marjoram for cramps that accompany menstruation.

Application is skin-safe as a rub on the abdomen, belly, and/or lower back. It is stored in a Pet plastic cobalt bottle with disc lid for ease of use.

I am happy to report the blend has helped lessen the pain & ease some of her symptoms, particularly on the first day of her period which is usually the worst day for her, and can even affect her ability to go to work. She is now using it regularly during her menstrual cycle & while she is still having harder periods than usual, she is seeing marked relief. Note that she is also addressing the issue via other holistic means. The blend is meant to be used at the time of menstruation while other modalities may be used every day to address the issue long-term.

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