Essential Oil Recipe for Menstrual Cramps

    Recipe Type - Massage Oil

Research shows that this essential oil recipe for menstrual cramps can reduce both the intensity and duration of the pain.

The study used a combination of lavender, clary sage and marjoram. Half of the patients massaged a cream containing the essential oils into their abdomen daily from the end of one menstruation to the start of the next one. The other half used a cream containing artificial fragrances.

The patients using essential oils had a significant decrease in the intensity of their pain. In addition, the duration of pain was reduced from an average of 2.4 days to 1.8 days. And this was just a short term study – it’s possible that long term use could provide even greater benefits.

This recipe uses the same oils in the same ratios and dilution as the cream used in the study. The only difference is that in the study, the oils were diluted in a cream, whereas this recipe dilutes them in a carrier oil.

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Ingredients

4 drops Lavender
2 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Marjoram
20 ml Carrier oil of your choice

Warnings - Clary Sage oil is best avoided during pregancy.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the oils in a dark glass bottle

  2. Mix well

  3. Massage into your abdomen once a day from the end of your period to the start of the next one

The study above didn’t use the oils while the participants were menstruating. However other studies have used essential oils for period pain while the participants were menstruating and have also shown benefits. I use this blend during my period and find I get more relief that way than if I only use it between periods.

Note that in order to get exactly the same dilution and ratio of oils as was used in the study, I’ve made this a 20 ml recipe instead of a 10 ml rollerball recipe. If you want to use a 10 ml rollerball, you have a few choices:

  1. Combine 4 drops of lavender, 2 drops of clary sage and 2 drops of marjoram in a dropper bottle, shake well then add 6 drops of this blend to your 10 ml rollerball bottle and fill the rest with carrier oil. This will give you a rollerball recipe that has exactly the same dilution and ratio of oils as the cream used in the study. If you plan on using a lot of this blend, you could also make a larger amount of the master blend by combining 20 drops of lavender, 10 drops of clary sage and 10 drops of marjoram in a dropper bottle then using 6 drops of this blend in your rollerball bottle.
  2. OR Add 2 drops of lavender, 1 drop of clary sage and 1 drop of marjoram to your rollerball bottle and fill with carrier oil. This will give you a recipe that still has the same ratio of oils as the original recipe but is at 2% concentration instead of 3%

If you don’t have marjoram, try 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of clary sage in a 10 ml rollerball. Lavender and clary sage are probably the two most commonly used essential oils in menstrual pain recipes and while the addition of marjoram could give an added boost, lavender and clary sage alone can also be very effective.

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