How Essential Oils Changed My Life
I have really bad PMS. Living in the modern world, I have no time to think about period pains as no one will ever take me seriously unless I live in Japan or Indonesia, where I can apply for menstrual leave- sigh!
As a former journalist, I was always on the run and rarely positioned at the office. Which means I had no other option than to depend on any acetaminophen or ibuprofen to soothe my period pain. But at some point, even these became useless.
My busy schedule meant I couldn’t find the time to make a visit to the doctor as I barely even had time to sleep or eat.
Some of my friends suggested I carry a rechargeable heating pad in my bag, which I did, but it was really bulky and honestly, it was quite heavy to carry around as I have to move frequently.
My prayers were heard when my sister introduced me to an essential oil which I instantly rejected because I believed that every oil is the same and the only difference between them is their smell. But, I was completely wrong.
To start, she gave me lavender oil, peppermint oil, clary sage oil and lemon oil. She even gave me a travel USB diffuser to use with my laptop, car, office or bring along when I have to travel.
It was smaller compared to the rechargeable heating pad so I told myself, why not?
My sister advised me to combine all of them or use them one by one when my period pain comes.
I took 3 – 4 drops of each oil and rubbed them under my tummy area where the culprit lies. It gave me an instant hot feeling — almost the same as a hot oil (I read that it’s best to keep yourself warm when you have period pain)- but it does not smell anything like hot oil.
So I decided to place a heating pad in the same area afterward, and for the next 20 minutes, goodbye period pain!
Since then I’ve fallen in love with essential oils. I combine everything with a carrier oil and my favorite combination is peppermint combined with lavender and clary sage.
What is a carrier oil? Carrier oils are naturally derived from plants and have a neutral smell. Unlike essential oil, they are not volatile which makes them an excellent medium for dilution and application.
Some of the popular carrier oils are grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil. My all-time favorite is coconut oil as it reminds me a lot of tropical summers!
To combine it, first you need to measure your roll-on bottle – you can buy it from Amazon or any local store at a real bargain price. Half of your bottle should be filled with a carrier oil and then add 6-8 drops of each lavender, peppermint and clary sage oil into the same bottle. Shake them and voila, you have your own homemade hot oil for period pain that smells like lavender.
I made 2 or 3 batches of the same oil and I put one inside my handbag, one in my room and one at the office.
I’m not only using essential oil to treat my period pain but using them in my everyday life. I combine lavender, rosemary and coconut oil to treat my tangled hair and I use peppermint combined with lemon and rub it on my neck, chest, nose, and backbone to relieve flu symptoms.
I also add 3-4 drops of lemon oil into my water bottle. This oil calms your stomach and relieves nausea. Besides using it for my drinks, I diffuse the oil to reduce headaches.
Essential oils are a good substitute if you prefer home remedies rather than depending on pharmaceutical painkillers.