Developed "Out-of-Body Experience" Irritability
Author: Nikki S.
Skill: Yoga Instructor
Word Count: 223
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10463-OR
Scientific Studies: 10
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After having my third child, I developed PMS symptoms I'd never had before... primarily extreme irritability. We're talking "out-of-body experience" irritability. I would see myself screaming for no reason at my family, but I couldn't control myself.
My OBGYN prescribed Prozac for the second half of each cycle. It worked wonders, but it also gave me heartburn.
I began searching for essential oils that could replace my prescription. Dragon Time essential oil blend seemed the logical choice, but I also read that Basil essential oil helped with hormone-related irritability.
Once my prescription ran out, I decided to not renew it. I had had enough of the heartburn! I bought both essential oils and started the following routine on the same days that I would have taken the Prozac:
I mix in my hand 4 drops of Dragon Time and 2 drops of Basil, rubbing it all over my lower abdomen and lower back. I then rub 2 drops of Dragon Time and one drop of Basil together on both sides of my ankle and repeat on the other ankle. I do this in the morning and at night.
Though essential oils are not a substitute or replacement for Prozac, they work just like the prescription but without the killer heartburn. And I smell like black licorice from the Fennel essential oil in the Dragon Time. LOL.
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|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.||Valerian improves the sleep of insomniacs after benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal. "Valerian subjects reported significantly better subjective sleep quality than placebo ones...."||Link|
|4.||"[T]he lavender fragrance had a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression in women college students."||Link|
|5.||"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|
|6.||"Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."||Link|
|7.||"Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."||Link|
|8.||"The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."||Link|
|9.||"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|
|10.||"A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."||Link|
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