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With alluring aromas and multiple benefits in each bottle, the best essential oils for menstrual cramps can save the day when you're feeling uncomfortable. Some oils are thought to help with an array of menstrual discomforts, from helping to ease pain, alleviate menstrual headaches, and even reduce the symptoms of PMS, while other essential oils stand out for targeting a specific concern. Knowing which oils to use or add into a custom essential oil blend can help bring faster relief for exactly what ails you.
A slew of essential oils "are analgesic, antispasmodic, circulatory [stimulating] and sedative in nature, which helps to alter pain perception and pathways," Jean Liao, certified aromatherapist and formula designer for Way of Will, tells Bustle. To ease menstrual cramps, she recommends trying: cinnamon (no more than 0.5% as it can cause skin sensitivity) clary sage, lavender, or rose.
For heavy flow days, Liao says the best essential oils for heavy periods are lavender and clove. "Especially clove, research shows that clove in a massage oil blend decreased pain and menstrual bleeding," Liao says.
Essential oils are also useful before your period starts. "PMS is a combination of many symptoms," Liao says. "Studies show that by applying these calming and sedative oils help to lessen the stress and anxiety experienced during PMS." For anger and irritability, she says studies show that lavender, clary sage, and geranium provide relief. For anxiety or fluid retention: lavender and geranium. For sadness: rose, geranium, or clary sage. To treat multiple symptoms at once, consider making a custom essential oil blend.