Using Aromatherapy to Help Reduce PMS Symptoms
Some Essential Oils May Help Reduce the Symptoms of PMS
Using Aromatherapy to Help Reduce These PMS Symptoms
Bloating is an uncomfortable symptom of PMS. To help reduce bloating, try a compress using essential oils of cypress or juniper. Both cypress and juniper are believed to have diuretic properties. An aromatherapy treatment using either of these essential oils may help reduce the uncomfortable feeling of fluid retention.
Headaches can result from the physical and emotional tension that can come with PMS. For tension headaches, inhaling the aroma of chamomile and lavender essential oils can help to calm a stressed mind and relax tense muscles.
Migraines are another type of headache that may present as a PMS symptom due to hormonal changes. Peppermint and rosemary are two essential oils that are specifically recommended for helping to alleviate the symptoms of a migraine headache.
A common symptom of PMS is irritability. Setting aside a few moments to relax in a warm aromatherapy bath may help alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and mood swings. Prepare the aromatherapy bath with a few drops of chamomile and rose essential oils.
Both the chamomile and rose essential oils have calming properties which are especially helpful to reduce the irritability symptom of PMS.
4) Digestive Upset
Many women suffer from digestive upset with the onset of PMS. Ginger and mandarin essential oils are recommended to help relieve constipation, while peppermint and geranium essential oils may be helpful in alleviating the effects of diarrhea. Depending on the symptom, choose the appropriate essential oil and apply with a warm compress to the abdomen.
5) Tender Breast Tissue
One of the more painful symptoms of PMS is tender breast tissue. To help reduce the pain from swollen breasts, try applying a cool compress of eucalyptus and geranium essential oils. Both essential oils contain pain-relieving and decongestant properties that may help reduce the pain and swelling of tender breast tissue.
Using Aromatherapy Safely to Help Reduce PMS Symptoms
Aromatherapy can be very beneficial for relieving symptoms of PMS. However, aromatherapy may not be recommended for everyone. Only your licensed health care provider can decide whether aromatherapy is safe for your particular situation.
Concentrations of essential oils may vary depending on the products you use: always follow the application and usage instructions provided with the specific product you purchase. Make sure to pay attention to the requirements for base or carrier oils and other particular usage instructions before attempting to use an essential oil aromatherapy product.