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Essential Oils Foot & Menstrual Cramps

Author: Maggie C.
Date: 05-24-2009
Views: 5,208
Word Count: 261
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 3571-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 3

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One day my two-year-old started to cry and complain that his foot hurt. My husband, the king of the psycho-somatic solutions for our kids' imagined and real bumps and bruises, reached for the first thing he could grab to use as the "no owie juice". This ended up being the same bottle of the oil mixture that I use to treat our son's diarrhea. It contained 4 drops of Ginger and 4 drops of Rosemary in 2 tablespoons of Olive oil. He made a big deal out of rubbing a few drops on his foot, and soon he was laughing and playing again.

That night, our toddler woke up screaming in pain and pointing to his foot. I massaged it for 5 minutes or so and that helped a little, but then I ran down to get the oil. Within a few minutes, he was asleep again.

The next day I looked up Ginger and Rosemary, and sure enough, they are both good for relieving cramps! An accidental discovery that has helped us time and time again since that night.

Since then I have learned that many toddlers will occasionally get painful foot cramps, especially at night, and parents are advised to massage the foot for 20-30 minutes or so and the child will eventually fall back to sleep. My solution using essential oils is much faster!

I also gave some of it to a friend to use on her menstrual cramps, after doubling the amount of oil that I used in the carrier oil, and she said it worked very well.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: 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: foot-cramps,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
3.Associated topics: menstrual-cramps — "[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

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