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Aromatherapy Massage for Menstrual Pain

Aromatherapy Massage for Menstrual Pain

Which colorful expletive haven’t women used to describe period cramps? Dysmenorrhea, which even sounds like a cuss word, can get the best of an otherwise pain-tolerant woman and have her reaching for the extra-large bottle of Advil. However, recent research points to a safer and more pleasant choice: Aromatherapy massage.

A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that women lessened the discomfort of their cramps by more than 50 percent when they massaged their abdomens with almond oil infused with two drops lavender, one drop rose, and one drop clary sage oils. So why did the aromatherapy work?

“These oils were chosen because they have been traditionally used for their anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties,” explains Valerie Cooksley, RN, an author, certified aromatherapist, and cofounder of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy. “They have been used effectively throughout the ages for easing menstrual pain and cramping.”

Essential oils of chamomile, basil, carrot seed, frankincense, jasmine, and rosemary also may put a stop to period pain.

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By Einav Keet, Natural Solutions magazine

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3:32AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

Thank you :)

6:11AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

I am going to try it!

12:38AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thank God not an issue for me!

11:40AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Yup, will definitely be trying this out, thanks for the tip.

3:14AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

I tried it is a great

4:23AM PDT on May 3, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

9:15AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

I'm getting more interested in clary sage... Sounds like it's one of the more useful oils.

2:51PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

thank you

2:50PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Great thanks for posting.

2:50PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Great thanks for posting.

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