from herbal medicine has ancient roots and history supporting women’s health throughout the lifecycle. It is enjoying
a resurgence of interest as women seek safe and effective options for their healthcare conditions.
Burns et al
(2000) published an eight-year evaluative study of 8,058 women using aromatherapy during labor and childbirth. The findings
indicated that aromatherapy was helpful for anxiety, pain and nausea during labor.
Women’s health and running are
areas where aromatherapy is especially well suited. The physical and emotional discomforts of PMS, menopause, infertility,
menstrual irregularities, childbirth, cancer treatment and stress can be improved with aromatherapy. A runners nagging
soreness, stiffness and pain with the desire to have a safe, external source of relief to carry in their
bag for immediate comfort can be accomplished with an aromatherapy lotion blend. Below are some examples of therapeutic
essential oils, helpful as single oils, or synergistically blended for enhanced effect.
popular oil for stress, headaches, anxiety, insomnia and depression
Geranium- calming and balancing for stress, adrenal support, PMS
and menopausal symptoms
sensual, exotic fragrance, calming irritability, anxiety and anger
Clary sage- exceptionally relaxing and balancing for emotional and hormonal
conditions, Infertility, PMS, Menopause
Chamomile- calming, helpful with menstrual cramps, aches, pains, insomnia, balancing for teenage-menopausal symptoms
Rose- "Queen of Flowers",
anxiety, post-partum depression, grief support
These essential oils are very safe used externally only and always
diluting 1-5 drops/tsp unscented lotion before applying to the skin for normal healthy adults. Special precautions must be
observed for individuals with high blood pressure, epilepsy, cancer, allergies and pregnancy to name a few. For best
results consult a professional knowledgeable about aromatherapy and your medical condition