Thursday, 8 August 2013

How To ... Use Chamomile Essential Oil for Menstrual Problems and PMS

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Chamomile for
Menstrual Problems and PMS


Chamomile a great herb to help with anxiety, restlessness, cramping and even digestive problems experienced before and during the menstrual cycle.  Some woman also report it to be helpful for cyclical mastalgia, or painful breast associated with the menstrual cycle.  It is also reported to help with PMS.


Menstrual Cramps


During menstruation the body releases a hormone called prostaglandins, which causes the uterus to contract in order to help the uterus shed its lining. Researchers believe that this hormone is one of the main causes of menstrual cramps.

Dysmenorrhoea  - Painful Periods

This is a relatively common problem and the symptoms can vary.  It is caused by cramp of the uterine muscles. 

Menorrhagia - Heavy Bleeding

Abnormal heavy bleeding, but is particularly common around the time of menopause.

PMS

PMS  (Premenstrual Syndrome) is a term used to describe a wide range of symptoms which effect women in the second half of the menstual cycle. Symptoms can include anxiety, irritability and mood swings, bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue, headaches, skin problems and weight gain.  Aromatherapy is highly effective and has helped many sufferers.

Chamomile is an excellent essential oil due to its properties and can ease anger, irritability and help balance mood swings.

How to use Chamomile Essential Oil

You may experiment with different formulas to find the right combination for you, but here are a few to help.

Baths:

For Painful Periods:
2 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
2 drops of Clary Sage
2 drops of Moram Essential Oil

For PMS (anger/irritability):
2 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil
2 drops of Geranium
2 drops of Ylang Ylang

For PMS (depression):
2 drops of Bergamot
3 drops of Clary Sage
1 drops of Rose

For PMS (fatigue):
2 drops of Carrot Seed
2 drops of Grapefruit
2 drops of Lemon


Compresses:

For Painful Periods:
Recipe 1
Chamomile 
Majoram

Recipe 2
Clary Sage
Rose

Recipe 3
Lavender
Peppermint


Massage Oil:
Specially effective then massaged on the abdomen and lower back area.

For Painful Periods:
20ml Carrier Oil
2 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Cypress
2 drops Marjoram
1 drop Rose

For  Heavy Bleeding:
20ml Carrier Oil
2 drops Chamomole
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Geranium
1 drop Yarrow

For PMS Mood Swing:
20ml Carrier Oil
3 drops Chamomole
1 drop Palma Rose

Make a Chamomile Tea:
Add 2 teaspoons of dried Chamomile flowers to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for at least 5 minutes. If you are using a package of Chamomile tea bags, then follow the directions as stated on the box. Honey or sugar can be added for taste. 

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