While period pain is all too real for those suffering from it, it’s only now getting attention from the medical community. Recent research recognises that one in five women will experience pain so severe it mimics that of a heart attack. Despite this, doctors advise against popping painkillers as part of your pain relief remedies.
Taking NSAIDs can cause ulcers, reflux and inflammation which over time can create serious internal damage. It’s worth exploring pain relief options that won’t leave side effects, such as essential oils.
Can Essential Oils reduce pain?
Did you know that oil has been scientifically proven to provide relief during your period? A paper published by in the Pain Research and Treatment Journal on the effectiveness of aromatherapy in reducing pain reveals that it has “a significant positive effect” on relieving pain and is most effective when used to treat gynecological pain. So how can one unlock the pain-relieving benefits of essential oils and which ones are best for this purpose?
The best Essential oils for your Period Pain symptoms
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is a popular essential oil for a reason, as it seems to have positive applications for every condition under the sun. Its anti-inflammatory properties can soothe your uterus from cramping and inflammation. To get the maximum benefit of this essential oil for your menstrual period pain, gently massage the warm oil into your lower belly and back. Make sure you use a carrier oil if indicated. You could even try an aromatherapy massage using Lavender oil to help ease the pain.
Peppermint Essential Oil
It’s natural to feel drained and exhausted during your period. If you need a pick me up, sprinkle a few drops of peppermint oil in your bath or onto a loofah when showering. It will increase your energy and alertness and if massaged into your skin could help ease your cramping and inflammation, while being pleasantly cooling.
Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger is great for when you have a cold and it also has mild pain-relieving properties when ingested. Make sure that you only use food-grade essential oil if you plan on consuming it. Try adding a few drops to ginger or green tea and sipping it slowly.
When experiencing severe period pain, you should always seek out professional medical assistance to make sure you aren’t experiencing a more serious underlying condition such as endometriosis or Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS. Once you do, you can safely explore all your pain relief options, including essential oil.