Sorry guys, this one is just for the ladies. In this weeks DIY, we’re going to focus on woman’s health including PMS, Menopause, Cramps, UTIs, Heavy Periods and the essential oil recipes every woman needs and can use (*at least once a month for some ladies) to help them.
I’ve had it pretty easy until…..
Growing up I never had PMS or a cramp or tender breasts, I barely knew I was getting my period until it showed up. Brace yourself….and that was only for about 3, very light, days. I know, you hate me, but wait, it all comes full circle. At 33, I began to get the most awful pains I’ve ever felt during my period, which was now at least 7 days, and a nightmare. I was diagnosed as having uterine fibroids. Since I had my tube tied (I only had one because of an ectopic pregnancy), I was given the option of a partial hysterectomy. Being told I wouldn’t go through menopause, I agreed to the hysterectomy. I was in and out of the hospital in 6 hours, the fastest hysterectomy my OB/GYN ever performed (YAHHH ME LOL). I didn’t know then, that 5 years later I would be going into full blown menopause.
It’s as bad as they say it is
I’m 38 years and I’m going through menopause. Looking back, I probably starting going through perimenopause within 3 months of getting the operation. During this time, I had 2 different spinal surgeries, surgery on both hands, and then I broke my leg, so I probably didn’t notice LOL. Oh boy, do I notice now. The hot flashes, constant cold hands and feet, headaches, trouble sleeping, and the MOOD SWINGS. I am seriously insane with the mood swings. One minute, I’m Snow White, happily sweeping the kitchen, the next minute, I’m the evil stepmother, demanding someone to sweep. WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SWEEPS AROUND HERE!!! Seriously, it’s bad but not as bad as the severe crying over nonsense. I cried the other day over basketball. Like worse than Kristen Bell cries over getting a sloth for her birthday LOL (I love her.)
The #1 Essential Oil for PMS and Menopause
There are a ton of essential oils that help with all woman’s health issue but the #1 oil for PMS and Menopause is Clary Sage*. Sniff it from the bottle, put it in personal inhalers*, use it in a Diffuser* or a roller blend. You could even make a linen/body spray with distilled water. Either way you choose to use it, it will help. But like I said, there are other essential oils that help as well for both issues. I’ll break them down separately and then I’ll give you some amazing recipes that are good for all skill levels.
Essential Oils for PMS
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender, Roman Chamomile
Essential Oils for Menopause
Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender
Some helpful hints(& disclaimers) before the recipes
1 tsp = 5ml (1/6 of an ounce)
1 tbsp.= 15ml (1/2 of an ounce)
Roller bottle=10ml (1/3 of an ounce)
1 oz.= 30 ml
Disclaimer-see my disclosure page for full term but here are the cliff notes. Please do not use any remedy I mention on this page in place of medical care. These recipes are in my opinion the best to try, that is not to say that every recipe on this page is magic. Some may help and others may not work as well. Always use common sense when working with essential oils. They are potent and you only need the amount of drops stated. Some of the products mentioned are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission and you pay the same amount-Win/Win. Enough with all that, let’s check out the recipes.
Essential Oils Recipes for PMS
Roller Bottle recipe for general PMS (can be used every 2 hours for up to 7 days)
6 drops Clary Sage (great for emotional support and general discomfort)
4 drops Bergamot (uplifting)
2 drops Cypress* (eases stress)
I use these Roller Bottles*, they are amber which is good because you don’t want light getting into any essential oil recipe. Also, they have a metal roller which glides on smoother and easier. For those of you who have never made your own rollers, just pop the top of the roller bottle off (the plastic part). Once filled, used the palm of your hand, holding the bottle tightly (so it doesn’t go flying), and pop it back in. Then screw the cap on all the way and it will be ready to use. Give the bottle a gentle shake before each use. Roll on wrists, back of neck, and lower abdomen.
Personal Inhaler Recipe
You could also use this recipe made with personal inhalers*. The benefit of a personal inhaler is that only you can smell it (with a roller other people may smell the oils.) This could be used at school, work, or around kids (some co-workers, classmates, teacher, or even your kids might not enjoy the smell of the oils-just like some people like a certain perfume and not others.)
8 drops Black Pepper (stimulating for times of low energy)
4 drops Bergamot (eases anxiety and depression)
2 drops Birch (also amazing for emotional support)
The personal inhalers come in 3 pieces: the tube (which will have the outer shell already screwed on), the cotton wick, and the cap. Simply take whatever tube you want to use, place the cotton wick inside, add the drops to the cotton, and snap the cap into place. Remove outer shell and give it a sniff. Inhalers can be used for all kinds of aromatherapy recipes. They are easy to take along with you anywhere and I even make them for my kids when they have sleep or anxiety issues.
Essential Oil Recipes for Menopause
I use two different rollers, one for daytime and one for at night and right before bed
Daytime Roller Recipe
3 drops Juniper* (fights fatigue)
6 drops Fennel* (stimulates estrogen productive & for fluid retention)
4 drops Geranium* (balances emotions & hormones)
Night Roller Recipe
5 drops Lavender (irritability, stress, & sedative)
5 drops Clary Sage (hormone support & sedative)
3 drops Cypress* (hot flashes, night sweats, sedative)
Rub on wrists, back of neck, lower abdomen, or lower back.
Here are a couple bonus recipes for other Woman’s issues
Heavy Periods-5 drops of Geranium in 1 tbsp. of carrier. Rub all on the lower abdomen and lower back.
Severe Cramps-5 drops Roman Chamomile in 1 tsp. carrier. Rub all on the lower abdomen and lower back.
UTI-4 drops Cedarwood* and 4 drops Begamot in 1 tbsp. of carrier oil. Rub the mixture on lower abdomen over bladder (wear an older t-shirt because the oil may stain) then immediately cover with a hot water bottle or heating pad. Drink tons of water and at least 2 glasses of cranberry juice (not cocktail.) Cedarwood is a strong diuretic so it will make you urinate (ALOT) but that is a good thing. It helps push all the bad bacteria out and flush out the infection. I can’t tell you how many people this remedy has worked for. Again, let me state that this should not take the place of a doctor’s recommendation but if you want to save yourself a co-pay and give this a try first. I’m telling you-IT WORKS!!
So there you have it ladies (and guys who show your wife–good job.) I hope you will give these recipes a try and tell me what you thought of them? If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. And I will be back next week with something new for you to try!!