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Essential Oil Relief For Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps are one of the most common gynecological complaints among the female population. Some estimates suggest that over 80% of college-aged women suffer from monthly pain. But as uncomfortable as they are, you don’t always have to reach for over-the-counter pain relievers….here is a alternative from Mother Nature herself! :-)

Kaitlyn writes……

I have had horrible menstrual cramps ever since I can remember! There were many days in high school and college where I would be stuck in bed because the pain was so intense. I found out last year that I have relatively minor endometriosis which accounts for the pain I have. It’s nice to know the cause but that doesn’t help me when I’m writhing in pain on my bed every month! It is no fun. I’ve learned that I have to take pain medication before the cramps even start. I usually end up taking a lot more ibuprofen than I would like for those few days every month.

This past month it finally occurred to me that I need to find a more natural way to deal with the pain! I have no desire to end up with stomach ulcers from all the NSAIDs. So Jillee and I came up with a natural remedy using essential oils I wanted to share with those of you who are sick of suffering every month.

Menstrual Cramp Pain Relief Blend 

Add the essential oils to the roller bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil.

Massage the blend onto the lower abdomen as needed.

Heating Pad

Another great way to use this blend is in a homemade heating pad! Click here to get the instructions for making your own heating pad. If you already own a rice bag (or something similar) you can add the blend of oils listed to the rice in your bag before heating.

All of the oils in this blend work together to relieve painful cramps, but clary sage is definitely the star of the show! Clary sage is actually an antispasmodic so it works to stop cramps in their tracks. It can also help with bloating, mood swings and food cravings. Try diffusing it when you have especially bad PMS or during your period to help with mood swings.

If you need immediate pain relief from cramps and don’t have the oils on hand to make this blend, I recommend using either peppermint or birch on your abdomen. Both are great pain relievers!

What is your go-to remedy for relief from painful cramps?

What essential oils do I use?
Have a question about essential oils? Curious about what brand of essential oils I prefer? Find the answers in my Essential Oils FAQ!

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  • Currently soaking in a peppermint bath and it’s amazing how much better you feel within seconds of hitting the water. Your muscles instantly relax!

  • I used to get vomiting and nausea with mine. I didn’t know until years later that it was actually migraines. The doctor put me on a medicine that ended this. Sorry, I can’t remember what is was. I just hope the headaches don’t come back, now that I’m approaching menopause.

  • Great topic! That clary sage does wonders– and all my female friends swear by fennel as well. I bet adding that to this blend would kick it up 10 notches as well! :) Of course, I say all this from knowledge of the mainly woman-dominant industry of natural health haha :)

  • I am so bummed, I can not use clary sage during my period, for me and a small amount of women it actually increases bleading. I had some of my worst periods until I figured out clary sage was making bleading and cramping much worse.

    • Excuse the testosterone stepping in, but that really bites! I had a friend who had the same issue and she used fennel as an alternative. She said it worked fairly well! :) Maybe give that a try instead of the clary sage?

    • Make the blend without the Clary Sage. It will still work wonderfully. I had bad cramps and swollen/tender breasts each month until I started using essential oils. I initially just used geranium by itself, and it still helped tremendously. I just put a drop over each ovary each day of my period. Also, try increasing your magnesium intake. It helps relax smooth muscles. Real cocoa (not candy) and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of magnesium.

  • I use digest on my belly with a fractionated coconut oil and lavendar and Clary sage. I experience digestive with my time. So the ingredients in digest really help.

  • I was having horrible cramps a few days ago. A friend of mine suggested layering on lavender and peppermint. Cramps were gone in seconds! What a relief!

  • Thank you for this recipe!! My granddaughter has a terrible time every month. She has pain and nausea, won’t eat, and her face turns ghostly white. I am making some of this today.

  • I’m glad to see something like this posted. I’m one of those who. Can’t just get my period quietly. I remember back in high school having to decide what classes I could afford to miss, because of the cramps. I usually use the heating pad at home, thermacare heat packs are great if you have to work. They finally diagnosed me as having fibroids. It would have been nice to have some of these remedies years ago.

  • Thanks for this, especially about addressing PMS. My 25-year-old daughter becomes an absolute witch for days and days around her period. Can you write a bit more about how to use clary sage for this purpose, or is the above recipe meant to deal with it as well as cramps? A few years ago I read about using supplements/herbal remedies for severe mood swings related to the monthly cycle, but cannot remember where or what now. Does anyone have some suggestions/experience of this? Thanks so much.

    • I would strongly suggest seeking out the help of a Naturopathic Doctor. Try Googling one in your area. My son had some serious Gastrointestinal issues a few years ago. Nothing was helping him and regular Drs. just kept switching the pharmaceuticals they were giving him to relieve his symptoms. He missed about 3 months of school. It wasn’t until we sought out more natural health solutions that we were able to get to the roots of his health concerns, not just put a bandage on his symptoms. We now utilize a mix of Western & Eastern medicine to address our family’s health needs and we couldn’t be happier!

    • Yes, the blend is made for treating cramps as well as PMS :-) But if you are just looking to treat the PMS, then you can diffuse clary sage on its own!

    • I don’t sell the salve, but all the ingredients in the list can be clicked on and purchased :-) Then you’ll have ingredients to make other salves with too! And don’t forget you can get 10% off with the coupon code “JILLEE”

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