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Monthly Ordeal With Nausea, Dizziness, Cramps


Author: Ryane T.
Date: 01-15-2015
Views: 4,065
Word Count: 378
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10415-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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While I love being a woman, sometimes I almost wish I didn't have a uterus... or at least undergo so much pain from being a woman. Out of all of the female members in my family, I have been known to have the worst cramps and period symptoms.

For years I have been told to either take birth control (even though I know that can add risk for cancer and toxins due to long-term exposure) or gain weight naturally. (I am a 5'8", 115-pound, 23-year-old who has a high metabolism, and everything I eat goes nowhere).

While my weight and stature may seem as a blessing to some, every time my period arrives I wish I had a different body... no exaggeration whatsoever. Despite these recommendations from my gynecologist, these two methods have not worked very well.

Over the past year I have been experimenting with my diet, and I have reduced my intake of sweets and fatty foods the week before my period arrives. And usually my constant vigilance about my period symptoms tends to work. However, this past holiday season it was really difficult to resist the excessive holiday treats and comfort food. You just can't!

So... when my period finally arrived on New Year's Day (OH HAPPY DAY), it was a rude awakening. I was on the floor in the fetal position in the bathroom from cramps, and the room was spinning because I was dizzy and nauseous. Plus, I was home alone and really had no one to help me get meds. In sum, it was a really excruciating experience.

Finally when I was able to gain some strength, I walked to my kitchen to get the Peppermint essential oil and make a batch of chamomile tea. I kid you not... after one whiff of Peppermint oil, the nausea was all gone. The cramps had lifted. I was stunned, and I even tested it out by walking around my house just to make sure that I did not imagine myself on the floor 10 minutes prior to my relief.

Now I know that when that time of the month arrives again, I will be sure to keep my handy-dandy Peppermint oil just in case. Now I can simply say that being a woman isn't so bad after all.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: menstruation-/-period,menstrual-cramps — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: hormones — "Therapy with beta-caryophyllene [present in many essential oils] may present a promising novel, non-toxic therapeutic option for patients with endometriosis."Link
3.Associated topics: hormones — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
4.Associated topics: abdominal-pain — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
5.Associated topics: menstruation-/-period,abdominal-pain,menstrual-cramps — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
6.Associated topics: hormones — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
7.Associated topics: abdominal-pain — "A 4 weeks treatment with peppermint oil improves abdominal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.... The symptoms evaluated were: abdominal bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain at defecation, passage of gas or mucus, and urgency at defecation."Link
8.Associated topics: hormones — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link

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