Ladies, rather than dread our monthly cycle, let’s embrace it as a time to take care of ourselves. Forgive yourself for being tired and rather go to sleep early. Put off that project, don’t clean for a few days (trust me, it can wait), and sip a cup of warm Chai tea with cinnamon instead.
Rather than using OTC drugs or medications that have side effects, try treating the days leading up to and during with special care and consideration. You may find immense relief using essential oils for PMS and period symptoms.
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There are a few essential oils every lady needs: Clary Sage, Lavender, and Cedarwood. You may also consider Juniper Berry or Dragon Time. Dragon time (contains Clary Sage) by Young Living is:
‘a blend of calming and soothing essential oils, including clary sage, which contains natural phytoestrogens – the perfect choice for women’s emotions…’
- Clary Sage is the best base essential oil for all PMS and period symptoms such as bloating, moodiness, and cramps.
Added to a massage oil or used in a compress, clary sage eases muscle and nervous tension and pain. Its relaxing action can reduce muscle spasms and asthma attacks and lower blood pressure. Especially good for female ailments, it helps one cope better with menstrual cramps or PMS and has established itself as a premier remedy for menopausal hot flashes. It may be a gentle hormonal stimulant. Improve your complexion by adding it to creams, especially if you have acne or thin, wrinkled, or inflamed skin. 
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- Lavender is a go-to stress reliever, but did you also know it may ease bloating symptoms? It is relaxing when in aromatherapy and blends well with Clary Sage for topical use. Juniper may also ease bloating symptoms and can aid in de-toxifyng your system. 
- Cedarwood is a grounding and connecting oil. I use it in aromatherapy to connect with my feelings and keep a ‘level head.’ Cedarwood is also an oil that is relatively inexpensive.
- I keep track of my cycle with a smartphone application but many rely on a calendar. I prefer to wait until symptoms start but you can start a few days prior.
Clary Sage and Lavender Oil
- 10 drops Clary Sage and 4 drops Lavender essential oil. Mix with 1 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut or sweet almond) and carry with you in a roller ball.
- Rub on lower abdomen and lower back up to 3 times per day. Will help with cramps, backaches, and mood. I have found much cramp relief with Clary Sage and Lavender use.
Lavender and Cedarwood Aromatherapy
- Diffuse 5-7 drops Cedarwood and 4-6 drops Lavender essential oil to relax before bedtime or boost mood if feeling anxious, moody, or unstable.
Hormonal Headache and Nausea Relief
- Add 1 drop peppermint oil (use glass bottle or mug) to glass of water for digestion and bloating. Could also use 1 drop lemon essential oil or squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon juice in water for detoxifying and diuretic use.
- Massage 1 drop peppermint oil into temples and along jawline.
- Massage 1 drop peppermint oil with 1/2 tsp. carrier oil and massage into shoulders to ease tension.
- Take several deep, cleansing breaths (in and out, pay attention to your posture and the rise and fall of your stomach and lungs). Get some fresh air if possible. Take a light walk.
- Chew on ice if nausea persists. Chewing ice helped me greatly with pregnancy related nausea as did inhaling fresh lemon juice. I’ve continued to use this for period related nausea.
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise. Both will help with mood, hormone regulation, and rid your body of excess water.
- Studies have shown that B vitamins, especially B6 and B12, may relieve PMS symptoms but it’s best to get them from diet as they are water soluble (eliminated in urine).  B6 may help fight depression and increase energy levels. It’s found in beef, salmon, eggs, poultry, avocados, bananas, whole grains, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
- Magnesium may help with PMS. Did you know that dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) contains magnesium? So do Epsom Salts. You can draw up an Epsom salt bath to absorb some magnesium and relieve sore muscles. This www.pubmed.gov study indicates that magnesium may help symptoms. 
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine. I personally cannot avoid a morning coffee (talk about ‘dragon time,’ but I do stay hydrated and skip the urge for a mid-day caffeine fix and opt for caffeine free or lightly caffeinated green tea instead.
- Avoid sugar. Sugar is inflammatory and causes spikes in blood glucose levels. It’s best to avoid it. If you have a sweet craving, try dark chocolate in coconut or vanilla Greek yogurt.
- Drink tea. I like Chai tea in the evening with organic cinnamon. Cinnamon ‘may’ help reduce inflammation according to some studies.  Drink lemon water daily, decaffeinated green tea, or water with 1 drop peppermint essential oil to ease with digestion leading up to your period.
- Add probiotics. If you have excess bloating or digestive woes consider adding a quality probiotic supplement to your diet or eat yogurt daily. It will contribute to a healthy gut bacteria balance.
As always, love yourself. Love your body and the amazing things it can do. Take some time to pamper yourself each month.
Do not use Clary Sage or Juniper Berry if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant or nursing. Consult your physician prior to using any essential oils or dietary supplement if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, nursing, or are on any medications for any illness. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to cure or diagnose any diseases.
- Kaville, Kathy. ‘Aromatherapy Clary Sage.’ Accessed October 3, 2015. Www.Howstuffworks.com
- Axe, Josh Dr. ‘Juniper Berry Essential Oil.’ Accessed October 1, 2015. www.draxe.com
- FYI Living. ‘6 Foods to Ease PMS.’ September 25, 2011. www.huffingtonpost.com
- Facchinetti F1, Borella P, Sances G, Fioroni L, Nappi RE, Genazzani AR., ‘Oral Magnesium successfully relieves premestrual mood changes.’ August 1991. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
- Web MD Article. ‘Cinnamon Health Benefits.’ Accessed October 3, 2015. www.webmd.com