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Top 5 essential oils for women

I have been using essential oils for the past 5 years on a regular basis and would like to share my favourite 5 oils for women, from PMS, menstrual issues, childbirth, postpartum, menopause and libido.


Essential oils carry the “essence” of the plant and can used as fragrance, freshening our homes, for cleaning and for many physical, mental and emotional problems.



Rose

Beyond the enchanting beauty and soothing scent of roses, rose essential oil is extremely potent and expensive.


  • Eases menstrual discomfort

  • Decreases anxiety and stress

  • Lifts up your mood

  • promotes self-love and self-care

  • Good for skin health

  • balances hormones

  • Increases sex drive


To use: you can either inhale rose oil using a diffuser or dab it lightly on your chest, neck, and wrists. Be sure to blend it with a carrier oil first l before it touches the skin. You may also benefit from a rose oil massage or even hair oil. Also use in bath or in a diffuser.


Ylang Ylang

One of my favorites!! Ylang ylang is steam-distilled from the flowers of the ylang ylang tree. It has a beautiful floral fragrance and is widely used in cosmetics, perfumes and as an aphrodisiac.

  • Calms and strengthens the nervous system

  • fights depression

  • provides overall relaxation

  • works to boost libido 

To use: Add a drop or two of ylang ylang to a bath (even better if you're sharing that bath with your spouse!). Use ylang ylang in homemade moisturizer or even massage oil. Inhale its scent directly from the bottle or from your hands. Finally, diffuse it in the bedroom.

Geranium

Geranium essential oil is ideal for hormone balance because it acts as a tonic for the adrenal cortex.

  • helpful for finding and maintaining hormone balance for women in all stages — from puberty to sterility to menopause.

  • relieves fluid retention and reduces breast tenderness, if they are side effects of PMS.

  • provides emotional support as well and may be beneficial to use following labour or miscarriage

  • with an exotic aroma, geranium is a powerful aphrodisiac.


To use: Add several drops of geranium to bathwater during PMS, stressful times, or when you just need a boost. Add to almond oil for an uplifting massage oil. Combine geranium oil with other hormone-balancing or aphrodisiac oils. Geranium is hypoallergenic and non-toxic, so it may be used NEAT (undiluted), too.

Jasmine

My favourite one. I find the Jasmine scent heavenly and it is no wonder it has been used for women for centuries as it is an all rounder. I use it in almost all my homemade creams and oils. In Persian, jasmine means “a gift from God” and it is very expensive.


  • helps during PMS and menstruation, promotes healing of hormone-related imbalances like acne, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and other scars.

  • beneficial during childbirth, as jasmine may speed up delivery and provide pain relief.

  • useful in alleviating postpartum symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and low energy. It can also be used to increase milk supply.

  • decrease uncomfortable menopause symptoms (hot flushes, depression, energy levels)

  • Jasmine is a seductive, mood-enhancing oil. Another nickname is “queen of the night” because jasmine blooms and is harvested at night and also because it is a strong aphrodisiac.


To use: Diffuse 4 to 5 drops of jasmine or inhale directly from the bottle or your hands. Blend with a carrier oil or body butter and massage into scars or stretch marks. Use undiluted on the forehead, back of the neck, or insides of the wrists.


Clary Sage

The name comes from Latin meaning clear eyes or vision.

  • Supports hormonal balance

  • treats menstrual issues such as cramps and headaches,

  • relives symptoms of menopause (hot flushes), antidepressant, anti-inflammatory

  • promotes relaxation during childbirth

  • warming

  • nerve tonic

  • improves circulation

  • helps with restful sleep

  • helps the body deal with stress

  • aids in digestion

To use: Add a few drops to bathwater for a relaxing soak. Always dilute it with a carrier oil and rub into pain-inflicted areas, such as the back of the neck or lower abdomen.

NOTE: Do not use clary sage if pregnant or nursing, unless under the care of a midwife.


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