How to relieve painful periods with essential oils?

Period pains are very common for many women. Fortunately, there are natural solutions to relieve them! Essential oils are a very good solution to relieve painful periods.

Why use essential oils to relieve period pain?

The painful periods affect a large number of women. Hot water bottle, medication, gentle physical activity, acupuncture, drink herbal tea during your periodThere are many techniques to relieve these pains.

First of all, what are we talking about when we talk aboutessential oils?

An essential oil is in fact an aromatic, oily liquid that contains molecules that each have specific actions. Essential oils are obtained by the process of distillation of plants, flowers or even bark or roots.

Essential oils work very quickly on pain. During a pain crisis, it is possible to take the oil in one go and feel the relief, but if the pain is more continuous, it will be necessary to take the oil several times and at intervals.

In general, essential oils will have an effect on pain (relief) but not on the regulation of menstrual pain during cycles.

What are the best essential oils for painful periods?

There are many different essential oils, all with different properties (here are some of them):

  • the oil of clary sage: it is an antispasmodic oil. It will also stimulate the production of estrogen
  • tarragon oil is also an antispasmodic oil, it allows to relieve menstrual pains rather quickly.
  • Anise oil, for its part, mimics the action of estrogen, which soothes spasms and relieves menstrual pain.
  • Ylang-ylang oil: this oil is known to be soothing and anti-inflammatory. It relieves spasms.
  • Fine lavender oil: lavender is known to be soothing, anti-inflammatory, and to relax the muscles. It helps to calm menstrual cramps and premenstrual contractions.
  • Finally, the last oil that we can advise you is the exotic basil oil. This oil is an antispasmodic oil which comes to attenuate the painful periods.

It is up to you to find the oil that suits you and with which you feel the most positive effects on your period pains!

How to use essential oils to relieve period pains?

After choosing the essential oil that suits you, it's time to use them. There are several ways to use essential oils and enjoy the benefits of the plants.

Diffusion or inhalation

This is one of the most used techniques. You simply put your head over a container with a mixture of hot water and your essential oil. This technique is calledwet inhalation. However, there are some precautions to take when using this method. Not all essential oils are meant to be inhaled, some are toxic to the respiratory tract.

In addition, you must respect the dosage indicated by your doctor otherwise there may be risks of :

  • burns to the respiratory tract but also to the lungs
  • you can also have allergies
  • or an asthma attack

If you have any doubts about the use of any essential oil, you can ask your doctor.

You can also use essential oils in a hot bath.

Application on the skin

Essential oils can also be applied to the skin directly. But, before using them, it is imperative to mix them with a fatty substance such as an oil or a vegetable butter for example.

As for the use in inhalation, certain essential oils should not be used in direct application on the skin, they can be irritating, or photosensitized. They can also cause allergies.

Oral use

Some oils can be administered by ingesting them directly. Be careful, this is only the case for some oils! Ask your doctor or therapist for advice if you want to use an oil by mouth. Consumption of essential oils by ingestion can have serious consequences if they are not actually adapted to this dosage:

  • liver damage
  • burns at the level of the mouth
  • burns in the digestive system
  • intoxications
  • allergies

DIY home recipes with essential oils for your painful periods

Here are several recipes based on essential oils, to make at home against painful periods. These are real grandmother's remedies for menstruation !

Vegetable oil against menstrual cramps

For this first recipe from, you will need several things:

  • a 30ml bottle
  • 1 ml of tropical basil essential oil
  • 4 ml of ylang ylang essential oil
  • 1 ml of essential oil of clove
  • 24 ml of vegetable oil of apricot

Simply mix all these oils in the bottle. It is best to use a tinted bottle with a dropper.

Then, simplyapply 10 to 20 dropsdirectly to your lower abdomen and massage until the oils have completely penetrated your skin. You can repeat this up to a maximum of 6 times a day.

If you want more immediate effects, you may prefer more frequent applications (every 15 to 20 minutes for 1 to 2 hours). The most important thing is not to exceed 6 applications per day.

It is also possible to take advantage of the virtues of this mixture byinhalation, by applying the material to the inside of the hands, inhale deeply for 5 consecutive breaths.

Oil to use in case of local pain during menstruation

There are several essential oils that can relieve local pain during the period.

For this recipe from, you will need:

  • Clary sage essential oil
  • Anise essential oil
  • Jojoba vegetable oil

Simply pour 30 ml of Jojoba oil into a bottle. Then dilute 2 ml or about 60 drops of clary sage oil and the same amount of Anise oil.

Concerning the dosage, you just have to apply 3 to 4 drops of this preparation on your lower abdomen (directly on your skin), and this every morning and every evening. The application of this mixture can be started 15 days before the beginning of your period.

Otherwise, in case of local pain and for a quick action, mix 1 drop of clary sage essential oil, always with jojoba oil. All you have to do is massage your stomach with this preparation. You can do the same thing with Roman chamomile essential oil and sweet almond vegetable oil.

FAQ for back pain during menstruation

Which essential oil to relieve lower abdominal pain?

There are many essential oils that can be used to relieve pain in the lower abdomen. For example, you can opt for clary sage essential oil.

Which essential oil to relieve ovarian pain?

Anise oil mimics the action of estrogen, it can relieve spasms. For a long-term action of menstrual pain, you can make mixtures of essential oils, like those mentioned above in the article, and apply them 14 days before the arrival of your period.

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