Pain Relieving Massage Oil for Menstrual Cramps – by Katie Vance

Essential Oils for Menstrual Cramps

For many women, including myself, painful menstrual cramps are a monthly reality.

Sometimes the pain just won’t go away no matter what I try. I’ve tried drinking more water, over-the-counter medications, changing my diet, exercising, and still no relief.

Before having children, I could take it easy on the worst days. Now that is impossible! We are always on the go and I am always on my feet. I need relief… pronto!

I’ve also struggled with hormone imbalances since having my children. That can make each month an emotional roller coaster with the full spectrum of PMS symptoms.

Painful cramps, emotional stress, and overwhelming fatigue make me one scary mama.

That is why I turned to the experts. Believe it or not, there is a lot of research on aromatherapy massage and dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps). Quite a few researchers have conducted studies on the use of essential oils for menstrual cramps and cycles.

Essential Oils for Menstrual Cramps

One study used lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), and marjoram (Origanum majorana) essential oils for menstrual cramps. Participants massaged a 3% cream on their lower abdomen starting at the end of the last menstruation continuing to the beginning of the next menstruation. Results show a significant decrease in pain. I’m not sure why this study was conducted from the end of menstruation to the beginning, but I suspect it is because the recipe includes clary sage essential oil. While some women report that clary sage essential oil can bring on a heavy menstrual cycle, there is really little to no evidence to support this claim.

Another study used a similar method with lavender, clary sage, and rose essential oils for menstrual cramps and menstruation. This study also found aromatherapy massage to be effective.

One more study used inhalation of lavender essential oil. This study found that smelling lavender essential oil can help reduce pain associated with menstrual cramps.

After reading all of these studies, it was time to put them to the test. For the past three months, I have been using the following roll-on blend and have noticed significant improvements in the severity of my PMS symptoms. I won’t call it a miracle cure because I certainly do experience some symptoms, but I have noticed that they are less intense.

Note: Of course, before using any natural remedy, you should consult a qualified healthcare practitioner. If you are experiencing difficult menstrual cycles, first consult your OB/GYN to make sure there isn’t a more serious underlying condition.

DIY Pain-Relieving Massage Oil for Menstrual Cramps

Ingredients

  • 3 drops clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
  • 1 drop geranium (Pelargonium x asperum) essential oil
  • 10 mL avocado oil
  • 1 – 10mL roller bottle

Instructions

  1. Add essential oils to roller bottle.
  2. Fill the rest of the way with avocado oil and secure cap.  Shake well to blend.
  3. Roll (or massage) on abdomen one time daily during menstrual cycle. (I generally start 1-2 days before my cycle or whenever I start to feel cramps).

Notes & Substitutions

This recipe is at a 3% dilution ratio because it is meant to be used for a short period of time. Up to 7 days maximum.

Another essential oil that could be substituted into this recipe is rose absolute essential oil. While it is very expensive, rose absolute works wonders for those going through menopause or who have significant mood swings.

This recipe can be used in a roller bottle or as a massage oil, but the essential oil part (clary sage, lavender, and geranium) also make a wonderful diffuser blend. Simply add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy for 15-30 minutes. Enjoy some quiet time, prayer time, or meditation while the oils diffuse.

For Your Aromatherapy Oils go to The Green Lady Eco Store www:thegreenladyecostore.co.uk

Katie Vance

  • About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, blogger, aromatherapist, soapmaker, and lover of all things DIY. She blogs at The Wise Wife. You can also find Katie on Google+.

Pain Relieving Massage Oil for Menstrual Cramps was written by Katie Vance.

NEW GIFT SERVICE FROM THE GREEN LADY

We have so many lovely goodies in the shop I thought we could make gifting a bit easier.  We have some lovely jute bags which you can use to fill with eco-friendly, natural treats for your friends and family. From bamboo hair brushes, toothbrushes, flannels and socks, Faith in Nature shower gels, shampoos, and handwash, plus soya candles and aromatherapy oils; we have plenty to choose from for your nearest and dearest.  If these are a bit too ‘pretty’, we also have a selection of jute wash bags too might be more suitable for the man in your life. For him there is beard balm and oil, Faith in Nature for men, Bamboo socks etc etc. Whilst stocks last gift purchases of £20 or more will receive a jute bag or wash bag FREE OF CHARGE to create a unique gift experience.  Shredded wood available to complete the look.  Come and make your choices! Please note wash bag contents shown are for example purposes.

Frozen Mint Lemonade

Frozen Mint Lemonade

This frozen mint lemonade recipe is super refreshing and easy to make! cookieandkate.com

Meet your summer refresher! When I found this frozen mint lemonade on a menu, I couldn’t resist. I knew on first sip that I would have to recreate it for you.

This ice cold drink is the epitome of refreshing. It’s infused with fresh mint flavor and offers a light, balanced blend of tartness and sweetness. It’s also super easy to whip up in your blender.

mint and lemons

If you’re wondering if this frozen treat tastes good with a splash of bourbon, a) I like you, and b) I can confirm that it does indeed. I think it would also be great with vodka or gin.

If you’re looking for more recipes, check out my summer potluck roundup and July recipe picks!

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LOOK – HEALTHY HAIR, ECO FRIENDLY BAMBOO HAIR BRUSHES & COMBS – NEW INSTORE TOMOROW

From tomorrow the Green Lady is thrilled to be able to offer her customers a range of Bamboo Healthy Hair brushes and combs to use alongside our wonderful Faith in Nature shampoos and conditioners to bring out the best in your hair.

Olivia Garden Professional Brushes & Combs Made from Bamboo

These beautiful tools are from a range created by Olivia Garden who have been serving the professional hairdressing industry since 1967, and today they hold over  55 patents making its products widely popular with hairdressers in more than 102 countries. In 2016 the large paddle brush below won Instyle Magazines Best Beauty Buy award. Each high quality tool is individually wrapped just waiting for you. These are top quality products, don’t miss out!

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WHAT TO USE INSTEAD DURING PLASTIC FREE JULY

Here are a few neat ideas that we have in stock to help with the Plastic Free July challenge

Living Naturally Solid SoapNut Shampoo in Beer & Bay and Lemon & Avocado

Luxuriously soft Bamboo facecloths and Bamboo toothbrushes

Earth Conscious’ wonderful solid deodorants. Vegan and cruelty free in Citrus and Lavender

Bamboo reusable coffee cups

Plus, of course, we offer an Ecover Refill Station enabling you to bring along your empty washing up bottle, fabric conditioner and laundry liquid for us to refill for you – more plastic saved from landfill, or if you prefer we can offer you Eco Laundry Eggs and Soapnut shells for a completely natural laundry solution.

PLASTIC FREE JULY IS COMING – ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

Joining the challenge is quite simple…choose to refuse single-use plastic during July. 

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it.
​You’ll be joining a million+ people world-wide from 130 countries in making a difference.

YES, I accept the challenge!

 

Ecoegg Laundry Eggs Explained! – to win one Like & Share this post on our FB page – winner randomly selected at 300 Likes!

THE NATURAL DETERGENT BREAKTHROUGH

  • Completely replaces washing detergent
  • Long lasting
  • Dermatologically tested
  • The award winning Laundry Egg is a complete replacement for washing detergent. Just pop it in the drum of your washing machine – no powder, liquid, tablets or gels required.

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IT’S FINALLY HERE – OUR ECOVER REFILL STATION!

After what feels like a monumental wait we have finally taken delivery of the necessary stands enabling us to offer our customers ECOVER REFILLS.

We are now able to refill your empty Ecover bottles as follows:

NON BIO LAUNDRY LIQUID 1.5 litres at £5 per bottle (new bottles also available at £6.99)

FABRIC SOFTENER 500 ml £1.00, 750 ml £1.50, 1 litre £2.00, 1.5 litres £3.00  (new bottles of 1.5 litres also available at £3.55)

WASHING UP LIQUID 500 ml £1.05 (new bottles of 500 ml also available at £1.55), 1 litre £2.10 (new bottles of 1 litre  also available at £2.40)

 

 

 

CHANGE TO OPENING HOURS FOR THIS WEEK ONLY

A big HELLO! to our customers and supporters.  This week we are attending the One Planet Norwich Festival event at The Forum . It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet with lots of like minded people and spread the word about The Green Lady Eco Store. So, since even we can’t be in two places at once, our weekend hours will be 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. for both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May. If you are that way come along and see what’s happening, I can highly recommend it for kids of all ages.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wifi Card Payment Terminal Now Active!

The Green Lady Eco Store is delighted to let their customers know that we now have installed a shiny new Wifi card payment terminal to replace our previous telephone signal device.  Our location meant a previously intermittent service, but no more! Worry not, you can now shop until you drop and pay by card.  Hurrah!

GRAND OPENING OF NEW GREEN LADY SHOP – 8th April 2017 11.00 a. m.

Good News!

The Green Lady is very pleased  to announce that she has a BRAND NEW GREEN LADY SHOP! Set within the beautiful Moulton St Mary Garden Centre, Near Acle, Norfolk, the shop contains a hand picked selection of  products for you, your home, and your family which wont damage the environment or be detrimental to your health.

The shop is the culmination of the previous years’ work attending venues out and about around the County.  Here the Green Lady can present to you these wonderful products for you to pop in and buy whenever is convenient to you.  You will find all the usual Green Lady wares, shampoos, conditioners, dental care, etc., plus some noteable additions.  For example, we now stock a delightful range of aromatherapy oils, soy candles, and Badger Sleep Balm (no badgers involved), plus a great deal more.

In addition, once I am in receipt of the necessary stands from Ecover, (expected mid April) we will be offering a unique service to this area.  Basically you will be able to buy your Ecover Fabric Conditioner, Laundry Liquid, and washing up liquid here and next time you can bring your empty bottle back to refill it!  Every time you do that you save yet another plastic bottle from entering landfill.  Every little bit helps!  This is something I am very proud to offer.  Watch this space for the filling station arrival!

I look forward to welcoming you to my shop very soon, and when you do, please do tell me if there is anything you would like to see there.  Do you have a favourite eco product you can’t get locally? Let me know and I will look into it.  You are my customers, and I want to serve you with your eco needs!

Regards

Michele Watts, The Green Lady

 

Transport Mum to the Island of Rhodes this Mothers Day with Athena’s Treasures Gift Sets

From the beautiful island of Rhodes comes a wonderful range of natural, organic, hair and body care products named after the Goddess Athena.  Made from natural Greek organic olive oil and extract of olive leaves from the Greek Islands.

These take you back to summers spent in the sun on the Greek beaches and strolling among the tavernas breathing in the aroma of the local flora.  Mmmm, wonderful!  The nearest thing you can get to a Greek holiday without stepping on a plane!

The products of the series Athena’s Treasures, created in 2008, are a result of multiannual research in modern laboratories by specialized technicians and cosmetologists,  using the latest devathenas-treasures-shelveselopments in the science of cosmetics. They are not tested on animals!

I am pleased to say that I am now one of only 3 UK distributors of this range, along with Aloe Treasures and Argan Treasures.

Why not make your Mum a Greek Goddess for Mothers Day.

Click Here and quote code Green Lady

Or see them Saturday 24th March at the Vegan Market, Quaker Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich.

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