For a lot of women, menstrual cramps can be painful to live with.

Sure, there are plenty of over-the-counter options to ease menstrual discomfort. However, there are also natural remedies. Essential oils have been supporting people for centuries, and providing PMS relief is just another benefit.

It’s important to note that not every woman experiences PMS symptoms during her cycle. There are also a variety of factors – diet, stress, sleep, etc. – that can influence the severity of your symptoms each and every month.

For me, after I got my IUD removed and started to use the Daysy Fertility Monitor to track my personal fertility cycles, I also started to experience symptoms of PMS. My body has been going through a lot to regulate my hormones and I am so thankful to have natural tools to support this process.

In addition to cramps, some other common PMS symptoms include: mood swings, tender breasts, nausea, fatigue, and headaches. Thankfully, there are all sorts of oils to help with those ailments!

Essential Oils for Menstrual Cramps

HOW ESSENTIAL OILS HELP

These plant-based powerful little bottles might just be the relief you’re searching for when it comes to finding natural PMS and cramp-related relief.

Every single month, your uterus contracts to start the process of expelling of your uterine lining. This action is what causes painful cramps and overall discomfort in your body.

Thankfully, due to the anti-inflammatory nature of certain essential oils, you can use essential oils to ease the pain during this uncomfortable time.

THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MENSTRUAL CRAMPS

1. LAVENDER

This oil is commonly known to aid in sleep issues, but lavender is also a great tool for period pain relief. Due to it’s relaxing properties, it can encourage muscles to let go and release some tension. Also, it’s a great oil to help improve blood flow which will, in turn, help reduce discomfort.

Adding lavender to your magnesium-boosting epsom salt bath would be a great way to naturally ease PMS pain.

2. CLARYCALM®

This proprietary doTERRA roller bottle blend is my personal favorite for natural PMS relief. Not only is ClaryCalm® designed for daily use to help encourage the regulation of hormones, it’s incredibly calming when it comes to that time of the month. I feel a difference within minutes of application.

I simply roll this blend over my lower abdomen daily and use as needed throughout the day when on my period.

3. COPAIBA

One of doTERRA’s newer oils, copaiba is a powerful tool for soothing tension within the body. Due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, just a few drops under your tongue can help ease menstrual discomfort. If needed, you can also apply directly to where it hurts.

4. DEEP BLUE®

This cold and warming proprietary blend is my go-to for instant relief when it comes to discomfort. Just one application and you can feel the blend heat up and then cool down. It’s so soothing! I am a big fan of the Deep Blue® Rub because it’s easier to apply to my abdomen than a regular oil bottle.

5. CLARY SAGE

Believe it or not, clary sage has natural antispasmodic properties which makes it a great choice for period pain relief. It’s known to be a natural pain reliever and can even ease stomach troubles commonly associated with PMS. It’s also renowned as a great oil choice to help re-balance hormones that might be out of whack.

Simply rub a two drops on your abdomen as needed or add a three drops to your lavender and epsom salt bath!

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ESSENTIAL OIL ROLLERBALL RECIPES FOR PMS SUPPORT

Feeling a little crafty? It’s easy to make customized rollerball recipes to support your individual needs. All you need is fractionated coconut oil aka FCO plus a few 10mL rollerballs. Also, evening primrose oil is another great carrier oil option as it has natural hormone-balancing properties.

Check out some natural PMS relief recipes below!

MENSTRUAL CRAMP
SOOTHING BLEND

9 drops lavender
4 drops clary sage
4 drops marjoram
top with FCO

PMS BLEND
BITCH-BE-GONE

10 drops grapefruit
5 drops geranium
5 drops ylang ylang
3 drops lavender
top with FCO

FEMININE SUPPORT
ALL-AROUND OIL

10 drops clary sage
10 drops frankincense
5 drops lavender
5 drops copaiba
top with FCO

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR YOUR PERIOD

In general, there are three ways to use essential oils: aromatically, topically, and internally.

For the sake of period pain and menstruation, you will most likely be using oils internally and topically. Copaiba would be a great oil to take internally (just two drops under your tongue), while all of the rollers are meant to be applied topically.

It’s very important to note that not all essential oils are of the same quality. I only condone the use of doTERRA essential oils and explain why below.

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WHERE TO GET ESSENTIAL OILS

It’s important to note that not all essential oils are created equally. Like most supplements on the markets these days, there is little to no regulation around the labeling and testing that goes on.

only use doTERRA essential oils in my personal and professional life. Here’s why:

  • Highest third-party testing standards of any oils on the market
  • Co-Impact sourcing model helps support farmers and communities around the world
  • Complete transparency with test results
  • Only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils available
  • Trusted at over 100 hospitals around the country

OTHER NATURAL REMEDIES FOR CRAMPS AND PMS

Are essential oils not cutting it? Thankfully, there are some other natural remedies that can help to ease your menstrual pain.

1. HEMP CBD OIL

CBD has been an absolute life-saver for me when it comes to the first two days of my period. Especially when paired with two of doTERRA’s Copaiba soft gels.

Personally, I use and trust the brand Soul Addict. Their organic hemp is grown in the US on the founder’s family farm. You can just feel the love that goes into Laura’s product. Save 20% on your first order with discount code SA_carley20 – enjoy!

Read my full Soul Addict review.

2. HEATING PAD

A good ol’-fashioned heating pad could be your best friend this time of the month. The applied heat can encourage relaxation throughout your lady parts. Plug in and chill, lady.

3. MAGENSIUM

Whether or not it’s in supplement form or in absorbed during a hot bath via epsom salts, adding in magnesium during your period can help. Magnesium works by relaxing the nervous system and the smooth lining of your uterus.

I’ve started taking magnesium nightly and am blown away at how much it helps me in other ways! Including digestion and migraine pain.

4. CYCLE-SYNCING

Using the protocol from Alissa Vitti’s book, Woman Code, it’s completely possible to use diet and lifestyle to improve your monthly PMS symptoms. I’m also a huge fan of learning about my cycle by using her app, MyFLO.

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