Just published in the 'Evidence Based Complementary Medicine' journal was a double-blind, placebo controlled study showing aromatherapy abdominal massage relieved symptoms of menstrual pain.

Lavender Essential Oil Lavender: The quintessential calming essential oil.

The recipe used contained lavender, rose, cinnamon and clove, based in almond oil. Here's what we would recommend:

3 parts Lavender (any)
1 part Rose Otto (any)
1/4 part Cinnamon CO2
1/4 part Clove CO2

Based at 5% in Almond oil. To calculate, there are 30 mls in each ounce of Almond oil, so 5% is a total of 1.5mls of essential oil.

Rose Rose Essential Oil Shown To Have Anti-Stress Effects

This works out to about:
.85ml Lavender (about 30 drops)
.35ml Rose Otto (about 12 drops)
.15 Cinnamon CO2 (about 5 drops)
.15 Clove CO2 (about 5 drops)

Massage on abdomen once or twice daily

Hope this helps!

Below is the abstract of the research...

The effect of aromatherapy abdominal massage on alleviating menstrual pain in nursing students: a prospective randomized cross-over study

Department of Maternity and Gynecology of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35516, Egypt.


Dysmenorrhea is a common cause of sickness absenteeism from both classes and work. This study investigated the effect of aromatherapy massage on a group of nursing students who are suffering of primary dysmenorrhea. A randomized blind clinical trial of crossover design was used. In the first treatment phase, group 1 (n = 48) received aromatherapy abdominal massage once daily for seven days prior to menstruation using the essential oils (cinnamon, clove, rose, and lavender in a base of almond oil). Group 2 (n = 47) received the same intervention but with placebo oil (almond oil). In the second treatment phase, the two groups switched to alternate regimen. Level and duration of pain and the amount of menstrual bleeding were evaluated at the baseline and after each treatment phase. During both treatment phases, the level and duration of menstrual pain and the amount of menstrual bleeding were significantly lower in the aromatherapy group than in the placebo group. These results suggests that aromatherapy is effective in alleviating menstrual pain, its duration and excessive menstrual bleeding. Aromatherapy can be provided as a nonpharmacological pain relief measure and as a part of nursing care given to girls suffering of dysmenorrhea, or excessive menstrual bleeding.