Essential Oils for

Women's Health

What's your favourite use of essential oils? Is it for cleaning or creating a more aromatic environment in your home? What about using this powerful plant power to help us with our hormones? The beauty of essential oils is there is so much healing power and such a variety of ways we can use this plant power to help women's health and in each phase of a woman's life. From PMS symptoms, anxiety, stress, irritability, skin issues, fertility, insomnia, night sweats and menopause, essential oils have the power to allow therapeutic healing through our skin and our olfactory senses.

Since essential oils are 80x more potent than herbs, it's important to note they can be used therapeutically to address specific health issues for women. So let's dive in and take a close look at some of our favourite essential oils for women's health, starting with Lemon Balm.

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm essential oil has a lovely citrus scent. Due to its sedating effects, this essential oil can be used topically with a carrier oil to help relieve menstrual cramps and headaches, easing digestion, preventing insomnia and relaxing the nerves. In addition, it helps to stimulate the liver, which is vital when we are looking at hormone health. Lemon Balm also has gut-loving health benefits, helping to ease nausea, colitis and IBS symptoms often associated with the gut-mind connection and adrenal imbalances through our vagus nerve response.

Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil is fantastic for helping to relieve nervousness related to adrenal imbalances, as well as stimulating to help circulatory issues relating to cold hands and feet and fatigue, symptoms often associated with thyroid imbalances. In addition, rosemary essential oil can also relieve PMS pain and headaches often associated with the onset of a period.

Add a few drops of essential oil into your all-natural shampoo (i.e., a couple of drops on your hand mixed with the shampoo). Or create your own after shampoo rinse using apple cider vinegar, water and a few drops of rosemary essential oil.

Sage

Sage essential oil is native to the Mediterranean, and while as a herb, it's used commonly in cooking, as an essential oil, it's pretty powerful. Sage is a beautiful fragrant essential oil. When used topically with a carrier oil, it can help minimize or prevent night sweats often associated with menopausal symptoms or hormonal imbalances. With a change in hormones over a woman's life, sage can also help clear up sluggish skin and firm skin tissue - and yes, we're talking cellulite here. And bonus - sage also helps to fight off emotional stress! Who couldn't use some of that these days, right? Try adding a few drops to your oil diffuser to help lift your mood!

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is such a lovely fragrant oil used in so many healthy, beauty and home products helping to create that chill vibe. Lavender is commonly known for its relaxing therapeutic properties. This includes helping to manage anxiety and stress by enabling us to relax and helping to shift the body into a parasympathetic state where the body heals and functions optimally. Unfortunately, in severe cases where women have been dealing with these symptoms for years, high cortisol levels may be present in the body. The overall effect of high cortisol levels can impact sleep, weight, metabolism, blood sugar levels, skin, fertility, PMS symptoms and trigger menopause symptoms.

Using lavender essential oil on the skin for personal care, in a diffuser, in a bath or as shower pucks, as a room spray mixed with water can have a powerful effect to help calm the body and improve relaxation to support healthy adrenal function.

Peppermint

Peppermint is well known as a digestive aid. The incredible power of using peppermint as an essential oil is that it can be used with a carrier oil to target specific areas relating to women's health. For digestive issues, often rooted in emotional stress or gut imbalances, peppermint essential oil can be used topically over the abdominal/stomach area to help with heartburn, indigestion and PMS pain. When rubbed over the temples, it can help with headaches and migraines, often leading up to the start of a menstrual cycle for women. Rubbed on the wrists or inhaled, it can help prevent nausea and or morning sickness during pregnancy and is one of the few essential oils which can be used during pregnancy. When there are inflamed joins or sciatica pain during pregnancy or other times in women's lives relating to hormones changes, peppermint essential oil can also be rubbed on these areas.

Marilia Pereira CNP, RNCP, ROPH

Marilia is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Culinary Nutrition Expert and Certified Reflexologist. You can follow her on Instagram at @fleurishwithmarilia