15 Essential Oils To Relieve Period Pain

Oh joy. It’s that special time of the month. I feel achy, cranky, bloated. There’s a dull pain in my lower back, and abdomen. I grab the heating pad, Advil, fruits and chocolate, and get cozy in my bed. Recently, I’ve added a new addition to my period cramp relief ritual: essential oils! Normally I drop them into my humidifier or on my pillow, but I recently found out that you can use them to relieve period cramps as well!


I've compiled a list of essential oils that have been known to relieve painful cramps. I hope they provide you the same level of comfort, they provided me!


1. Lavender


I do not actually like the smell of lavender but it has beneficial properties that I greatly appreciate. Lavender reduces menstrual cramping and may also help with multiple PMS symptoms, from anger and irritability, to anxiety and fluid retention. Due to its relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties, not only does it encourage muscles to release tension, it also improves blood flow and helps reduce discomfort.


I've had the worst cramps since I got my copper IUD which is why I always use an arsenal of period-relief products on hand that I am so grateful for! SO to use, I recommend adding 12 drops of lavender oil with castor oil to your lower abdomen and back. Grab your heating pad and a hand towel so you don't get burnt and let the oil do its job! If you'd rather take it in the bath, you can add it to a magnesium-boosting epsom salt bath to ease the PMS pain.


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2. Sweet Marjoram


Sweet marjoram is like a mild oregano. Fun fact: It's used as sausage seasoning in Germany. I would recommend blending it with lavender to help the muscles relax and put a stop to all the cramping.


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3. Geranium

Geranium has a sweet rose-like aroma not only does it help with boosting your mood but it can be used as is, or blended with other oils for cramps.


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4. Clary Sage

Clary Sage is wildly popular and known for its ability to relieve menstrual cramps. It's easily accessible and is believed to be an antispasmodic agent. That means it reduces uterus spasms during cramps. To use, simply rub a drop or two on your abdomen, or add a few drops to your spa bath!


With a serene aroma that is nutty with earthy, fruity and floral notes, this oil helps to promote calmness and relaxation. Not only does it help with PMS symptoms, it calms an anxious and over-analytical mind. Because it can aid both emotional and physical discomforts Clary Sage has become every girl's go-to oil.


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5. Cinnamon Oil


We all know what cinnamon smells like. Not only does it smell delicious, cinnamon oil has been studied as a treatment for cramping, and was found effective at reducing uterine contractions.


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6. Clove Oil


Clove Oil has been used for tooth and gum pain, but recently it seems that it may help relieve pain all over the body. Pain in the abdomen in particular. It's even said to shorten the duration of your period and stop excessive bleeding known as menorrhagia. Additionally, it also helps to lower high blood pressure. 3 for the price of 1 !


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7. Rose Oil


This essential oil has a flowery, opulent fragrance with notes of sweetness and fruitiness.

Not only is it ultra feminine, it acts as a cure-all. It can act as natural laxative, to containing emmenagogues (a substance that triggers menstruation, which is great if your periods are irregular). In regards to PMS, rose oil can relieve cramps, fatigue, and nausea.


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8. Peppermint Oil


I already love the smell of peppermint oil, but it's even more amazing because it can relieve headaches, reduce inflammation, and give you a much needed boost of energy. Fluctuating estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can leave you feeling fatigued during your menstrual cycle. A little peppermint will do the trick!


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9. Copaiba


Copaiba essential oil application is different and interesting in that instead of traditionally rubbing it at the affected area, it is applied by adding a few drops under your tongue to ease menstrual discomfort. If needed, you can also apply directly to where it hurts.


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10. Roman chamomile


Did you know that aromatherapy was used as pain management by ancient Egyptians? And guess what one of their go-to oils was? That's right! Roman Chamomile! According to ancient wisdom simply add a few drops to a foot bath to help reduce the intensity of cramps.


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11. Frankincense oil


This oil reminds me of the holidays. It can be used in a warm bath or applied topically when diluted with other oils to relieve pain associated with inflammation.


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12. Cypress oil


This oil is most effective when it is inhaled. It aids in improving circulation and muscle relaxation. Relaxed muscles are what we all need when we're going through menstrual cramps.


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13. Ylang ylang


If you're stressed like mad during your period, ylang ylang will work best for you. This oil is a mood-enhancer, PMS-reducer, a mild sedative, and helps to reduce period-induced anxiety and depression. It's like an all in one!


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14. Vitex


Vitex is widely renowned as a period-reducer. Inhaling Vitex or applying it topically may help to reduced aches and soothe the senses in general.


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15. Fennel


The last of the bunch is fennel! Please note that fennel is NOT recommended for those with heavy bleeding. It is a diuretic and can reduce bloating, regulate PMS, and stop period pain. To use this place in a humidifier or personal inhaler.


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One more thing! We also recommend using a blend.


Try applying a blend of lavender, close, cinnamon, and rose to your abdomen 7 days prior to your period. It has been known to reduce the pain and duration of cramping, and even the amount of bleeding. Or you could just try the below doTerra Monthly Oil below! Feel better!! I hope this helps!


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Do you use essential oils to relieve cramping? What other pain busters do you use?



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