I found it difficult deciding on a title for this blog post. The approach of using the word “problem” or “issue” did not sit well with me. There are so many perceived negative realities associated with being a woman. The main focus seems to always linger here. It seems women are “plagued” with menstruations, hormone imbalances and yeast infections. It is sometimes difficult to see a positive side to the female gender.
I am a “glass half-full” kind of person. I prefer to focus on what is amazing, natural, and even magical when discussing the workings of a woman’s body. The endurance and almost superpower qualities all women possess still amaze me. This point should never be discounted or forgotten. I am hoping to help alter the mindset established for centuries. We should celebrate that we are women and that we only face challenges. And we all know that challenges are surmountable.
Essential Oils for Today’s Women
Women have a huge advantage in today’s world. The pure and natural properties contained in essential oils are welcomed allies during every cycle. From the power of aroma to the relief with topical use, essential oils are an important ally. The added advantage is the prevailing health properties contained in each drop of essential oil.
Each of the following challenges merit their own blog post. I tried to select the more common ones to discuss and they are in no particular order of importance. As I write more blog posts, I will attempt to address other challenges as well. I just thought it would be useful to begin the conversation. At the very least, you can benefit today from the use of essential oils with your specific needs. OK, let’s surmount the top 5 challenges together, shall we?
1) Menstrual Cramps
The menstrual cycle vary amongst women, lasting 28 days on average. This cycle begins with the development of the egg and its release from the ovaries. The uterus also prepares itself to receive the egg in a fertilized state. If it remains unfertilized, the body sheds the lining of the uterus and the unfertilized egg, resulting in menstrual bleeding. This stage lasts anywhere between 2 to 7 days. This part of the cycle usually causes the greatest discomfort for women.
One of the chief complaints is the menstrual cramps that result from the body expelling the uterine lining. There are several essential oils that help to ease the discomforts during this time of the month. The most popular essential oil for cramps is Clary Sage EO, due to the antispasmotic properties. Its sedative components also help to regulate and balance the surge of hormones that can occur. Apply a drop or two topically to the abdomen as needed to reduce and ease cramping.
Geranium, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile EO are also popular choices due to the antihemorrhagic and antispasmotic properties they contain. The added benefit of their hormone balancing capabilities make these essential oils a powerhouse during this difficult cycle. You can easily add one or more of these oils in a roller bottle and apply directly to the affected area. Experiment with the different oils to find the best combination that work for you. Diffusing these oils will also lend support throughout the day if you are unable to apply topically.
2) Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS
Approximately 75% of women experience Premenstrual Syndrome. PMS symptoms vary from bloating, moodiness, emotional stress, acne, breast tenderness, headaches or depression, just to name a few. These and other similar symptoms commonly begin 7 to 10 days prior to the menstrual bleeding. Hormone imbalances, or how progesterone affects the body, are the usual factors that determine the severity and type of symptom that will affect each individual female.
Again, Clary Sage EO is at the top of the list to help alleviate the symptoms of bloating, cramping, or moodiness and irritability. For symptoms of depression, listlessness, aggression and lack of emotional control, Grapefruit EO, Bergamot EO, and Geranium EO can be very effective. A nice roller bottle blend to have on hand is a mixture of 4 drops of Clary Sage EO, 6 drops of Ylang Ylang EO, and 12 drops of Geranium EO in a 5mL roller bottle. Top off the bottle with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. You can apply this blend on the abdomen or lower back as needed. For emotional support, you can roll this blend on the pulse points on the wrists. Inhaling this magical blend will also provide a welcomed relief.
Another simple idea to prepare ahead of time is to add 3 drops each of Clary Sage EO and Geranium EO to a cup of epsom salt. Allow the essential oils to become infused into the salt. When PMS symptoms appear, add your blend to warm bathwater and indulge in a relaxing bath. Take the time you need to relax and allow the symptoms of PMS to drain away with the bathwater. You are welcome for this amazing tip.
3) Hot Flashes
It is not really known what causes hot flashes. It is believed that a drop in the production of estrogen in the body, accompanied by hormonal changes, to be the culprits. This symptom begins to surface as the menstrual cycle stops to happen. The awareness of a hot flash begins like a wave of a sudden, sweltering sensation. It can travel from one extremity of the body to the next. A rush of intense heat washes over you and can last anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute or two. The face and neck may even become flushed and sweaty. Ask any woman who have or are experiencing hot flashes. It is not a pleasant sensation at all.
Luckily, essential oils can offer relief in several different ways. One protocol in dealing with these annoying sensations is the following: Apply 1-2 drops of Peppermint EO and Balance Grounding Blend EO topically to the back of the neck twice daily. In addition, the application of 1-2 drops of Clary Sage EO to the forearms in the morning, then 1-2 drops on the ankles in the evening, complete this protocol. This will help to regulate the hormonal fluctuations and provide relief in a very pure and natural way.
When in the midst of a hot flash, apply 1-2 drops of Peppermint EO to the back of the neck and the roof of the mouth for a rapid cooling down sensation. As for those troublesome night sweats, here is a roller bottle idea you don’t want to miss. In a 10mL roller bottle, combine 20 drops of Clary Sage EO, 10 drops of Lavender EO, and 5 drops each of Peppermint EO and Frankincense EO. Fill the remainder of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil. At bedtime, apply this blend to the bottom of your feet, along the spine, as well as on the neck and wrists. Enjoy!!!
4) Yeast Infections
At one point or another, 3 out of 4 women will suffer the discomfort of a yeast infection. The symptoms vary from itching, swelling and soreness around the vagina, burning sensation when voiding, slight odorless discharge, and painful intercourse. A yeast infection occurs when there is an imbalance of the bacteria and the yeast, resulting in additional yeast cell production. The longer the infection remains untreated, the more intense the symptoms become. Essential oils play an important role in reducing and eliminating the symptoms and discomfort.
Melaleuca EO and Oregano EO contain significant antifungal and antibacterial properties that are perfect for infections of all sorts. Thyme Essential Oil is another important oil that is often overlooked when deciding on a course of action. It also carries antiviral constituents that can boost the body against the fight of infections. For relief of itching and external discomforts, prepare a topical blend of 4 drops of Oregano EO, 6 drops of Cinnamon EO, 8 drops of Clove EO, and 9 drops of Cassia EO into a 10mL roller bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Apply to affected area as needed.
For internal relief from a yeast infection, you can prepare a suppository with virgin coconut oil (solid), and add one drop each of Melaleuca EO, Oregano EO, and Thyme EO. Combine all ingredients into the shape of a large pill and refrigerate or freeze until solid. To use, insert into the vagina to combat the infection. You can also simply apply a few drops of Melaleuca EO, or Frankincense EO to the tip of a tampon and insert. Take a veggie cap filled with 2 drops each of Cinnamon EO and Clove EO and ingest three times per day. All natural and effective methods in dealing with this type of infection.
5) Bladder Infections
Bladder infections, also known as urinary tract infections, occur more frequently amongst women. A woman’s urethra is much shorter than a man’s. It is also located close to the anus and vagina, increasing the possibility of an infection. The bacteria E.coli is the common culprit for these types of infections. Symptoms will present in the form of frequent trips to the bathroom, burning sensation when passing urine, cloudy or bloody urine, as well as pain or cramping in the lower back or abdomen. It is important to treat a bladder infection quickly to avoid more severe complications.
The protocol in using essential oils is the following: In a 5mL roller bottle, combine 2 drops of Sandalwood EO, 6 drops of Purify Cleansing Blend EO, 4 drops of Juniper Berry EO, and 5 drops of Lemongrass EO. Add Fractionated Coconut Oil to the top of the bottle to complete the blend. Every twenty minutes or so, apply this blend to the affected areas, such as the lower abdomen, back, or over the kidneys. Continue application throughout the day until the pain subsides. In addition, consume one drop of On Guard Protective Blend EO twice daily in water or veggie cap. Continue this protocol for three days past the disappearance of the symptoms. Be sure to drink plenty of water during this time to help rid the body of the bacteria and toxins.
A final thought
Essential oils are amazing and they can lend support for many types of issues and ailments. This does not mean, however, that they replace conventional medicine. If at any time your symptoms worsen, please seek the advice of your medical practitioner. As a first line of defense, essential oils play a vital role in your health. I love the proactive avenue they provide, often eliminating the more aggressive treatments, with the use of this pure and natural alternative approach. It is still prudent to remain attentive to the signals you are receiving from your body. Your health will thank you.
What other challenges are you facing? Let me know if you would like me to address a particular topic of interest. I would love to hear from you.