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Painful Menstrual Cramps – Essential Oils for Dysmenorrhea

Aromatherapy can be very helpful in alleviating the pain and anxiety of menstrual cramps. Dismenorrhea (painful menstruation) may include symptoms such as headache, fatigue, bloating, even nausea, vomiting and / or diarrhea.

Dysmenorrhea can be treated with a variety of medicines, including painkillers, tranquillizers, anticonvulsants, prostaglandin inhibitors and contraceptives. However, these drugs may result in many unacceptable side effects and may produce. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils obtained from plants. If properly used, essential oils are very safe therapies for menstrual cramps without adverse side effects.

In a Korean study, reported by Han, Hur, Buckle, Choi, and Lee in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 67 female college students attended the study when a menstrual pain score of 6 or more was 10 points scale, non-systemic or reproductive disorder, and did not take oral contraceptives. Women were randomly assigned to an experimental group, a placebo group or a control group.

The experimental group received aromatherapy from lavender essential oils (Lavandula officinalis ) (] Salvia sclarea and Rosa centifolia ) 1 week before the start of the menstrual period and the first day of the menstrual period. The aromatherapy contains 2 drops of lavender oil, 1 drop of clary sage oil and 1 drop of rose oil, mixed with 5 ml of sweet almond oil.

Subjects in the experimental group received 15 minutes of aromatherapy in the form of abdominal massages in a quiet room. The placebo group received a 15-minute abdominal massage only using almond oil in the same environment and for the same time as the experimental group. The control group did not receive any therapy. Each subject continued its usual habits and reported the menstrual cramp intensity and the severity of dysmenorrhea on the first and second day of menstruation. None of the subjects reported side effects during the study.

The intensity of menstrual cramps was significantly lower in both the first and the second day of menstruation than in the aromatherapy group than in the placebo group or in the control group.

The authors conclude that aromatherapy effectively reduces the severity of menstrual cramps and dysmenorrhea with locally applied lavender, clary sage and rose oil. It is recommended that aromatherapy is a safe, cost effective and viable part of care for women with dysmenorrhea.

There are other essential oils that are well suited to relieve pain caused by menstrual cramps, but what a nice combination they have chosen for this research study. If you choose to try this combination or anything else, make sure the selected oils are only the highest quality essential oils of therapeutic quality.

This article is for information only and is not intended to diagnose or treat medical issues. The doctor's advice and care was recommended for health problems. Aromatherapy is intended for supplementary care with healthcare providers, not as an alternative to supply.

  • Published On : 4 years ago on March 24, 2018
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