Menstrual Cramps? There's An Essential Oil For That.

Menstrual cramps tend to be experienced by most wild women at some point in their cycle. TCM (and Organic Olivia) states that menstrual cramps are simply caused by the liver not being able to detox fast enough. If you have intensely painful cramps, consider looking into a liver flush, or some sort of liver detox. Milk Thistle is a great way to support liver detox as well! Try taking a tea or supplement to aid in detox. If you experience minor menstrual cramps that are more annoying than debilitating, lavender essential oil is your new best friend. 

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are created by distilling down plant extracts into potent oils. These oils are then used in aromatherapy from massages to room diffusers and inhalation. I find lemongrass and lavender essential oil very calming and generally keep a bottle around when I need a little pick me up. I also use peppermint when I'm traveling to stay alert. 

Essential oils are a great addition to any holistic home. They provide natural remedies for stress relief, pain and calming of our nervous systems. In our world that is overstimulated, to me these essential oils are just that: essential.

What Is Aromatherapy?

Have you ever smelled something, then immediately it brought up a memory of a person, place or thing? This is partially how aromatherapy works: it activates a part of the brain associated with smell. Because aromatherapy is so calming, it's a great way to reduce stress and improve your overall health and wellbeing. 

What I love most about essential oils and aromatherapy is there is a use for every single essential oil. Plus, essential oils are natural and generally inexpensive, depending on the plant, without nasty side effects. 

Natural Healing > Pharma

If you've been reading Die Vibrant for awhile, or you downloaded the free Die Vibrant Manifesto for natural healing and wellness liberation, you'll know that natural healing is preferred over pharma. It's easy to grab a bottle of ibuprofen. But as I've said, and I'll say it again: nature has provided us with amazing healing herbs and plants to help us with almost every ailment. I always opt for natural healing and encourage you to do the same. If you experience intense and painful cramps, look into detoxing your liver, or try milk thistle extract. Don Brown, N.D. wrote a nice article on Needs.com about Milk Thistle Extract for liver detox. Here's an excerpt:

"Milk thistle extract, with its active component silymarin, is nature's own liver supporter and protector. Already an established herbal treatment for conditions such as alcohol-related liver disease and chronic hepatitis, it has proved itself to optimize the function and maximize the detoxifying and cleansing potential of the liver." 

If you experience more annoying cramps, then opt for lavender essential oil or heating pads. 

How To Use Lavender Essential Oil To Ease Menstrual Cramps

Before spreading the essential oil on your skin, test to make sure your skin is cool with the oil undiluted. Personally, my skin is fine to put lavender essential on directly; however, not all essential oils are safe to apply to the skin undiluted. Always make sure you know what you're putting on your body and test it first. If you aren't sure, or you have sensitive skin, look up the essential oil to see if it needs a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut.

Next, spread the lavender oil over the area that's cramping the most. Feel free to dilute with a carrier oil if that feels good. It's also helpful to inhale the oil directly from the bottle, or putting a few drops in your hands, rubbing them together, then inhaling the aroma. Smell the oil as often as you need throughout the day. And that's it!

What I love about plant-based living is there is an answer for every symptom and ailment: we simply need to figure out what it is by asking ourselves the right questions. Next time you experience cramps, give lavender oil try before opting for ibuprofen or other pharma. You'll realize there are lots of alternatives to expensive and damaging pharma that are a lot nicer to your body and make you smell nice, too!

Have you tried lavender oil for menstrual cramps before? Leave a comment with your experiences and other suggestions for menstrual cramps if you have them!

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