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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Essential Oils Effective for PMS Symptoms

From the KTIV Channel 4 Health Beath:

Women, you know what it's like. The bloating, cramping, and heightened stress of PMS. But there's good news, it's all about to get a lot easier. Women are slipping off their shoes. Exposing their toes and tummies, all to fight PMS. Patient Tricia Northam says, "I did it every night before bed and it made a big impact."

Tricia Northam says nothing really treated the tired and tender symptoms, so her doctor recommended aromatherapy. Essential oils, in their purest form, are tailor-made to each person's symptoms. An aromatherapist says, "For the swelling and tenderness and a little bit of sweet margarine because you tend to have muscle aches and pains." The oils are rubbed into the feet and heels and along the lower back and abdomen. It's a practice Doctor Kathy Alvarez says really works. Dr. Alvarez says, "It's a chemical that's taken into the system, goes to the brain center and can affect everything from your cognition to your actual chemicals in the body."

Tricia is proud of her PMS relief treatment, and now shares her secret with others. She says, "I know there's a lot of old science behind it but it definitely works."

Some of the essential oils used in the PMS treatment are geranium for bloating and roman chamomile for cramping and lower back pain. Scientists also did a study and found that scented lotions are not as powerful as actual aromatherapy oils.

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We'd like to add that there are a great many essential oils that may lift the spirits and relieve anxiety as well, in a addition to relieving symptoms directly. These primarily include the aromas of Lavender essential oil, along with many of the citrus oils. The scent of lavender works well for many folks just to bring a sense of calm when you may be more suceptable to chaos in the home, whereas the citrus oils have an array of effects depending on the oil. Orange and tangerine are both very uplifting and cheerful, Bergamot is a little more calming while still being uplifting, and Petitgrain and Neroli both are used for sublime serenity. The aromatic effects of essential oils are quite personal, so we suggest trying small amounts of each oil and experiencing which oils work best for you!

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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