How Can I Use Essential Oils To Support My Body and Ease My Pelvic Pain?
Guest post by Victoria Smead
Victoria Smead MSN, APN, FNP-C, is a Family Nurse Practitioner and essential oil educator in a northwest suburb of Chicago. She enjoys mentoring and inspiring others on their journey to natural and holistic well being. Victoria provides essential oil consultations via webcam or in person in the Chicago land area.
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A natural solution to many healthcare issues is something that many of us yearn to find. Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, although their uses are not well known today. The use of essential oils dates back to 4500 BC where they were used for religious rituals and medical applications. Essential oils were among the first “medicines” we had and continue to be used in homes today. The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Essential oils are the life-line and immune system for a plant. The tiny molecules are distilled or cold-pressed in order to be tested, bottled, and sold for personal use. The tiny molecules pack a powerful punch when it comes to supporting the body and easing health issues and ailments. They can be used therapeutically in three ways: aromatically by diffusing the oil into the air, topically by putting one to two drops in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil, and applying it directly to the affected area, and lastly, internally by placing a drop under the tongue, adding to a glass of water, or into an empty capsule, which is then swallowed. Always follow all directions on your bottle.
It is important to know that internal use should not be done with all essential oils and should be used carefully. You must find a brand that has been approved for internal use and states it on the bottle. *doTERRA Essential Oils have been tested for purity and potency as well as internal use.
Now for what you all have been waiting for… How can I use essential oils to support my body and ease my pelvic pain? Many essential oils support the body to help immune function, metabolism, and overall well-being. To list a few that have been studied for their great support with pain are: thyme, lavender, clary sage, and marjoram. These essential oils specifically, have been found to support the body when there are times of need such as pain during menstrual cycles or for pelvic discomfort experienced by men and women.
A study from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research found in a randomized, double-blind clinical trial that a blend of essential oils served as an analgesic component to as much as 79.29%. The three essential oils, lavender, clary sage, and marjoram, used in a 2:1:1 ratio was diluted in an unscented cream and applied daily to the lower abdomen from the end of menstruation to the beginning of the next cycle. The decrease in duration of pain was reduced from 2.4 to 1.8 days in people with primary dysmenorrhea (painful periods). A similar study was conducted where participants used thyme essential oil internally to ease inflammation and pain. Those who were studied concluded that the essential oil had similar effects to that of ibuprofen.
The trials and studies go on and on. Everyday a new use for essential oils is tried and the results are amazing. Here are a few ways that you can give these oils a try in your home and with your body:
- Place two drops of peppermint oil in the toilet, sit over it for a few minutes and while you’re there take some deep breaths. The pelvic floor will relax as the vapors from the oil surround your body.
- Lavender and Geranium are two oils that are great for strengthening the mind-body connection as well as promoting relaxation. Place a drop of each in your hands and rub your palms together. Place you hands up to your nose and take a few deep inhales. While you are breathing, actively relax your pelvic floor muscles (the opposite of a kegel) with each exhale.
- Similar to the study described above, a combination of lavender, clary sage, and marjoram, used diluted in an unscented cream or carrier oil, can be applied daily to the lower abdomen, inner thighs, or groin area to support male and female pelvic discomfort.
The road to finding holistic and natural solutions to your chronic issues can be an overwhelming journey but incorporating essential oils into your daily regimen can help to create a balance to help support you life and your future well-being.
** The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA essential wellness products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
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