Monthly Ordeal With Nausea, Dizziness, Cramps
Author: Ryane T.
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Testimonial ID: 10415-OR
Scientific Studies: 3
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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.
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: dysmenorrhea, hormonal, menstrual, premenstrual, cycle.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"[T]he level and duration of menstrual pain and the amount of menstrual bleeding were significantly lower in the aromatherapy group than in the placebo group. These results suggest that aromatherapy is effective in alleviating menstrual pain, its duration, and excessive menstrual bleeding. Aromatherapy can be provided as a nonpharmacological pain relief measure and as a part of nursing care given to girls suffering of dysmenorrhea or excessive menstrual bleeding."||Link|
|2.||"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|
|3.||"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|
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