The first thing you smell when you walk into my house is lavender. I know it has tons of amazing calming benefits, but I douse all of my property in this essential oil mostly because it’s been found to repel insects (read: spiders). Bugs might loathe the spicy scent, but I’m certainly obsessed with it.
And now, I’ve found even more reason to love it! Pretty much everyone is aware that lavender is supposed to help you calm down, and this effect is amplified during your period. Your menstrual cycle causes your hormones to go all over the place which causes you to stress, become anxious, and endure panic attacks – all in a lovely cycle that you have to experience for about a week. But, if you sniff lavender essential oil, this can help calm you due to a compound in it called linalool. This compound causes certain genes in your body to reduce their activity which then stops them from going nuts, and this allows you to get off the crazy train which none of us want to be on in the first place (Lictherman, 2014).
And, according to a study from 2012 mentioned in an article from Healthline, using a lavender essential oil mix as an aromatherapy massage oil actually reduces pain from cramps. That’s right, all you have to do is massage this oil onto your pelvic area about ten minutes once per day the week before your period to lessen cramps. Lavender provides a nice smell which lowers your stress levels and therefore lowers your pain levels. Massaging this oil stimulates blood circulation which cuts down on cramps. In fact, lavender Is known to calm uterine muscle spasms (Lictherman, 2014).
In case you’re wondering what this heaven-sent lavender mix is, here’s the recipe: 1.5 drops of cinnamon essential oil, 1.5 drops of clove essential oil, 1 drop of rose essential oil, 1 drop of lavender essential oil, and 95 drops of sweet almond essential oil (Lictherman, 2014).
But wait, there’s more! Lavender can help you sleep better. Since it induces your body to be calm, it slows your heart rate which makes you sleep deeper and longer – just breathe in this essential oil for about 20 minutes before you go to bed, and you’ll be set (Lictherman, 2014). Nothing like sleeping straight through that crazy time of the month!
Finally, for those of you that get migraines during your period (or any other time, really), inhale lavender for about 15 minutes when you think a migraine might be beginning. Lavender will work its magic and calm those blood vessels down in your scalp that cause migraines (Lictherman, 2014).
I think it’s safe to say that lavender is a miracle plant helping with everything from repelling spiders to keeping you sane during that time of the month – and now I have more reasons to tell people who visit my home just why everything in it (including me) is drenched with lavender essential oil.
Every girl knows the feeling when she starts her period. The whole world comes to a sudden stop and thoughts of what the next several days will contain. Everything from mood swings, bloating, cramps, fatigue, and the fear of sneezing or laughing a little too hard and feeling the rush of the red waterfall. All of this inspired the creation of My PMS Kits. Our goal is to give every women the tools, advice and treats she needs to make that week flow a little smoother. Using this kit will help protect everyone from shark week.