Can essential oils help?
According to the Mayo Clinic on line:
Amenorrhea (uh-men-o-REE-uh) is the absence of menstruation — one or more missed menstrual periods. Women who have missed at least three menstrual periods in a row have amenorrhea, as do girls who haven’t begun menstruation by the age of 16. The most common cause of amenorrhea is pregnancy. Other causes of amenorrhea include problems with the reproductive organs or with the glands that help regulate hormone levels. Treatment of the underlying condition often resolves amenorrhea. Amenorrhea can occur for a variety of reasons. Some are part of the normal course of a woman’s life, while others may be a side effect of medications or a sign of a medical problem.
Some women who take birth control pills may not have periods. When oral contraceptives are stopped, it may take three to six months to resume regular ovulation and menstruation. Contraceptives that are injected or implanted also may cause amenorrhea, as can some types of intrauterine devices. Stress, Low Body Weight and Excessive Exercise are also factors that should be considered. Obviously this can be a complex problem and it makes sense that a proper diagnosis should be undertaken by a qualified physician.
On the other hand, we know that essential oils have a long history of being used to help regulate the menstrual cycle. They are also wonderful for dealing with stress and emotional concerns. As humans we are more than just a set of physical symptoms. We have emotions and feelings which contribute to everything that happens to us and these should be supported as well.
So which essential oils should we consider?
Some of the oils that are traditionally considered to be helpful in promoting menstrual flow include: Achillea millefolium (Yarrow), Cistus ladanifer (Cistus), Foeniculum vulgarevar.dulce (Sweet Fennel), Chamaemelum nobile (Roman Chamomile), Matricaria recutita(German Chamomile), Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh), Juniperus communis(Juniper Berry)Mentha x piperita (Peppermint), Origanum majorana (Sweet Marjoram),Rosa damascena(Rose), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) and Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage).
The application method most often used is topical application of the blend (diluted in a cream, lotion or oil base) to the lower back, abdomen and inner thighs. This is a gentle approach and may take some time to effect a change therefore it is recommended by most sources that the blend be applied daily over an extended period of time.
Every aromatherapist has their own favourite synergy and I’ve included a couple here, however, I do believe that customizing the blend to meet the individual’s own unique needs is always the most effective way to go.
In her book, The Fragrant Pharmacy, Valerie Ann Worwood suggests a synergy of 4 drops Yarrow; 15 drops Roman Chamomile, 11 drops Geranium to be diluted in 50 ml carrier oil. Massaged over the abdomen and lower back every day for at least two weeks. She also has a protocol of alternating hot and cold baths. Add 6 drops of one essential oil to each bath. Alternate 10 minutes in the hot bath, followed by 5 minutes in the cold bath. Repeat three times. She says she particularly likes using clary sage, geranium and fennel. Remember that essential oils do not dissolve in water so add an equal number of drops of emulsifier, or if you don’t have an emulsifier add an equal number of drops of liquid soap to disperse the essential oil droplets through the water.
In her book Aromatherapy for Vibrant Health and Beauty, Roberta Wilson suggests diluting 8 drops clary sage and 6 drops myrrh in 60 ml carrier oil for a Flow-Inducing Oil; and 8 drops chamomile, 6 drops clary sage, 4 drops geranium, 3 drops coriander, 2 drops fennel, 2 drops jasmine and 2 drops vetiver in 60 ml carrier oil for a cycle-regulating oil.
Don’t forget to add the appropriate essential oil to address any emotional or stress concerns as well.