Aromatherapy for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition affecting a woman’s emotions and behaviour during certain days of the menstrual cycle, generally 5 to 11 days before menstruation begins. The main cause is unknown, but many researchers believe that it is linked to a change:

  1. Hormones- The increase in estrogen and progesterone that can cause mood swing, anxiety and irritability.
  2. Serotonin levels- A brain chemical that play a crucial role in mood states.

Premenstrual syndrome Symptoms

Common emotional signs of premenstrual syndromes are: Tension, anxiety, mood swing, irritability, appetite change and food cravings, poor concentration, insomnia and depressed mood. Physical signs for premenstrual syndromes includes headache, muscle pain, fatigue, abdominal bloat and breast tenderness.

Essential Oils for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Essential oil can help to relieve symptoms of PMS and relieve irritability. It can be used in warm compresses, soothing baths or adding them to diffusers for inhale.

Mood Swings & Depression:

Anxiety:

Cramps & Aches:

Digestive issues (e.g. food cravings):

Fatigue:

Dietary Considerations

-Limit salt and salty foods intake in diet to reduce bloating and fluid retention.

-Incorporate exercise into your regular routine to alleviate certain symptoms such as fatigue and mood swing.

-Keep a diary or record to identify the triggers of PMS symptoms to minimize them.

-Consult a doctor if the physical pain, mood swing and other symptoms start to affect your daily life.