Although there are still no conclusive reports on what really causes pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS, the role of the ovarian hormone called prostaglandin is slowly being established as its most probable cause. Studies indicate that a certain prostaglandin called PG2 can initiate some of the symptoms of PMS. The onset of headaches, nausea, water retention, breast tenderness and bowel changes before a woman's period can be attributed to this hormone. PG2 was also proven to induce mood swings, irritability and alcohol craving.To help ease these problems, aromatherapy experts generally suggest using cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger and thyme to lower the level of PG2 in the body. In alleviating the other symptoms of PMS, women's rights
experts agree on the following suggestions:
The use of essential oils of chamomile or lavender can help relieve menstrual cramps due to their relaxing and analgesic properties. The essential oils of melissa or marjoram can also be effective in reducing these symptoms.Headaches can be prevented by inhaling lavender, melissa or marjoram essential oil.Prevent water retention by using essential oils of carrot seed, grapefruit or juniper.For depression associated with PMS, the use of clary sage can be extremely beneficial. Other essential oils of choice are jasmine, neroli and ylang-ylang. These oils are considered to be very effective antidepressants and can provide a soothing relief to frayed nerves.
The cessation of a woman's menstrual cycle or menopause is usually associated with a number of discomforting symptoms. That is why most women usually dread the onset of this phase in their lives. Among the most common symptoms associated with menopause are hot flashes (or flushes), skin and vaginal dryness, thinning hair,
fragile bones (osteoporosis), anxiety and depression. To help relieve these symptoms, the following suggestions can be of great help:The dryness of the skin and the vaginal walls can greatly benefit from a rejuvenating massage oil or cream. Geranium and lavender oils are highly recommended for this purpose.