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Inhaling Aromas Alleviate Menstrual Issues


Author: Tammy O.
Date: 01-14-2014
Views: 1,839
Word Count: 167
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 9254-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 4

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My oldest daughter suffers monthly with headaches and nausea, often leading to vomiting and consequently spending the first day of her cycle in bed. Supplements her ND recommended have been somewhat helpful, but they didn't provide complete relief. So, I finally got around to ordering Clary Sage essential oil to see if that might help. I was doubtful.

When her time rolled around again, she told me she felt those symptoms coming on and asked what she should do to head them off.

Rather than heading for Advil, I picked up the bottle of Clary Sage, opened it and started to hand it to her. She was probably about 6-7 feet away from me at the time, but before I even took the two steps to get to her, she perked up and very excitedly said she already felt better! Literally, all I did was open the bottle!

So, this has become our go-to remedy that helps our daughter function normally, and happily, at the start of her monthly cycles.


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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: aromatherapy, emotions, inhalation, menses, menstruation, period, scent, smells.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: premenstrual-syndrome-(PMS),menstruation — "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: premenstrual-syndrome-(PMS),menstruation — "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: premenstrual-syndrome-(PMS),menstruation — "[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
4.Associated topics: menstruation — “The main constituent of the essential oils of Fennel and anise, anethole, has been considered to be the active estrogenic agent... [and has] been reputed to...increase milk secretion, promote menstruation, facilitate birth, alleviate the symptoms of the male climacteric, and increase libido."Link

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