Aromatherapy – A Natural Way to help deal with period pains


Most women know what it is to have painful periods at some time, and up to 50% have reported that such severe pain disrupts lives, Aromatherapy can be a natural way to help deal with period pains.

What causes it?

As part of the regular monthly cycle of a woman, the body prepares for a possible pregnancy by building up the lining of the uterus. If at the end of this session, no pregnancy results, this food must be shed (that period), to be replaced by a new one. To remove feed womb goes into recession (cramps), similar to, but not as severe as seen in infancy. It is this contraction that cause pain in the period. During the recession, the blood vessels in the wall of the uterus compressed, temporarily reducing the supply of blood, and therefore oxygen, to the womb. This triggers the release of chemicals, some of which produce pain and others (called prostaglandins) that stimulate even stronger decline. Level of pain experienced depends on the strength of contractions

Some women are fortunate and feel only mild pain or dull ache. Others experience cramps that violence has a serious impact on their quality of life. Severe pain period known as dysmenorrhoea. Pain period may be worse when we’re feeling particularly emotional or stressed, or when we are also experiencing pain from other causes. Menstrual pain usually become milder after a woman has given birth to her first child.

How to reduce period pain naturally

Many women who experience dysmenorrhoea are reported using painkillers. If however, you want to try a more natural way to reduce the pain of time, here are some suggestions:

  • Stress may increase period pains so try to minimize stress at this time. Certain essential oils are known to help reduce stress, try taking a hot bath with four drops of one of the following essential oils (geranium, neroli, Palma rosa and / or Clary Sage) (or you could try a combination). You can also add oils to heated pad (add oil, by heating) or a hot water bottle and place it on the lower abdomen or back (be careful not to burn the skin).
  • Aromatherapy massage. Recent studies have found that a gentle massage with two drops of lavender (Lavandula officinalis), one drop of clary sage (Salvia sclarea) and one drop of Rose (Rosa Centifolia) oil to 5 ml of almond oil significantly reduced the severity of menstrual cramps compared with women who received no treatment and those who received massage with almond oil only.
  • Constipation can also increase the pain period, so it is important to maintain regular bowel movements at this time. Eating lots of fiber and drink lots of water, especially as some women get dehydrated at this time.
  • It has also been reported

  • Regular exercise, such as swimming, walking or cycling, to reduce period pain, it can, of course, also to avoid constipation.

When there are periods of pain not normal?

Severe pain period should always be investigated to check whether there is another cause can be treated. Usually, if you have had a severe pain period from bleeding first began, it is less likely that a particular cause will be found. However, conditions such as endometriosis can sometimes cause severe pain from an early age (though the pain usually worsens with every monthly cycle). Other causes severe pain period, the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease, and sometimes narrowing of the cervix.

The best guide is to first try to find a simple way to manage the pain that works for you. If this does not control the pain, or the pain begins to interfere with your life, prevent you from working or dealing with daily tasks, then talk to your doctor.


  • Han SH, Hur MH, Buckle J, Choi J, Lee MS. The effect of aromatherapy on symptoms of dysmenorrhea in college students: a randomized clinical trial with a placebo. J ALTERN Add Med 2006; 12 :. 535-41
  • Worwood VA. The Fragrant Pharmacy. A complete guide to aromatherapy and essential oils. Bantam Books, 1996.


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