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How to Use Aromatherapy Massage to Ease Your Period Pains

Don’t let your cramps stop you from doing what you want.


There’s nothing worse than being sidelined from spending Saturday afternoon with your family because of period pain — as if the bloating and the last-minute trip to the drugstore to stock up on tampons weren’t enough. But you don’t have to spend your hard-won weekend on the couch curled up with a heating pad while your partner and kids head off on a fun adventure. Research shows that certain essential oil combinations plus a massage could help ease your menstrual cramps — and who doesn’t want a massage?! Here, your recipes for a painless period.

Spiced Florals

Florals and spice can make everything nice. In one study, women who suffered from menstrual cramps received massages. In the week before menstruation, a test group of 48 women received daily, 10-minute abdominal massages with cinnamon, clove, rose, and lavender oils (diluted in sweet almond oil) in a 1.5:1.5:1:1 ratio. The placebo group of 47 women received massages with just sweet almond oil. In the first three days of menstruation, the women in the test group reported significantly less pain (in both intensity and duration) than the placebo group.

To recreate this, combine 3 drops of cinnamon oil, 3 drops of clove oil, 2 drops of rose oil and 2 drops of lavender in a small measuring cup (it should total about 0.5 milliliters). Then, add it to 9.5 milliliters of sweet almond oil. Massage it into your abdomen every day the week before you expect your period.

Pure Florals

Florals can be groundbreaking. Another study found that women suffering from menstrual cramps experienced a reduction in premenstrual pain when massaged with a blend of lavender, clary sage, and rose essential oils. The test group of 25 women received aromatherapy massages while the placebo group of 20 women received massages with almond oil only. A control group of 22 women received no treatment (unfortunately for them). In the week before menstruation, the test group members received daily, 15-minute abdominal massages with essential oils of lavender, clary sage, and rose in a 2:1:1 ratio and diluted in almond oil. Compared to both the placebo and control groups, the participants in the experimental group reported a significant decrease in the severity of their menstrual pain during the first two days of their period.

To try this at home, combine 2 drops of lavender oil with 1 drop each of clary sage and rose oils in a small measuring cup. Add it to 5 milliliters of almond oil. Then, massage it into your abdomen every day during the week before your expected period, using a gentle to moderate amount of pressure.

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