Premenstrual syndrome: aromatherapy for healthy emotions

aroma pamper partyWomen are like the moon – constantly experiencing change. This ‘change’ many women dread is marked by arrival of monthly ‘cycle’ or menstruation, which can literally be a pain and play havoc with your emotions.  However, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) has only recently been recognised as a real medical condition, yet it is estimated that approximately 40% of women suffer from this condition every month.

Does feeling irritated and short-tempered resonate with you? Apart from the many typical physical symptoms many women have to regularly endure (cramping pain in pelvis and lower back, fluid retention and breast/ankles/ abdomen swelling, headaches or migraines, nausea, aches and pains in the upper legs, sinus problems, acne flare-ups, tiredness) there are other important emotional and psychological symptoms associated with PMS, which are truly capable of wrecking your personal life if they go untreated for too long.

Menstruation often brings along an emotional rollercoaster so the incentive to find a long-term relief to these problems is quite high, especially when the symptoms are likely to also have a negative impact on your relationships. I’ve had several reports from female clients talking about how they live with PMS emotional symptoms and how they go through depression spells, stress/anxiety, anger, mood swings and snappy moods. All these affect their behaviour, performance and relationships on a daily basis. If you seem to be in a bad and low mood more often than not and are taking it out on your friends, family or partner for no apparent reason, now, it’s time to nip it in the bud… and little did you know that aromatherapy may be the answer you have been looking for.

PMS discomforts can be eased by helping balance your emotions with the help of aromatherapy. Regular massage with essential oils can keep female hormones in check and shape! As opposed to some conventional medicines for PMS available in the market, a massage with essential oils has no side effects or risk of addiction. These oils not only contain natural chemicals with therapeutic properties but they can also deeply influence our physical imbalances, psychological well-being and our spiritual equilibrium. They act on holistic principles having a positive effect on our main, body and soul.

An effective all-rounder ‘female balance’ essential oil blend I would recommend is made up of clary sage, geranium, neroli and chamomile.  Your aromatherapist would prepare and apply it to the skin via gentle massage  ideally a week prior to the expected arrival of your period and/or even during menstruation as a good preventative measure and perhaps a solution to your disruptive ‘monthly crisis’. Clary sage has in fact been used for centuries to alleviate female conditions. It is very rich in antioxidants and contains sclareol, a diterpene alcohol very similar to the chemical structure of the hormones produced in the human body. Therefore, clary sage has a balancing effect and stimulates our bodies to produce more hormones. In addition, those of you who wish to gain relief from the emotional and psychological symptoms of PMS go for ‘hormone balancer’ essential oils such as geranium, rose, jasmine and even exotic ylang ylang. This synergy blend helps relieve premenstrual conditions and smoothly navigate the menopausal period. Geranium is very effective in successfully treating female hormonal imbalance and autonomic nervous system (ANS) imbalances due to its alcohol geraniol chemical composition. ANS stimulates hormonal production and response. Jasmine alleviates anxiety and stress, balances hormones and uplifts your mood. Ylang ylang balances hormones for progesterone imbalances and Rose, the highest frequency essential oil, affects every cell on a molecular cellular level to enhance frequency and to bring the body into harmony. Hormone balancing essential oils clean out and reset the cell’s hormone receptor sites. These also provide the proper levels of hormones and improve endocrine glands’ health so that the body can improve hormone production naturally. Balanced hormones influence every function in our body, drive our feelings and improve our daily life.

Now, suffering with PMS emotional symptoms yourself? Aromatherapy uses a natural and holistic approach to improve your menstrual life. Do contact me on for more information on how aromatherapy can help your condition or to arrange a consultation and treatment.

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