Beat anxiety, cramps, and nausea with this potent balm.
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When PMS strikes, inhaling chocolate while ugly crying might be your first thought, but there are better routes to relief. See: This DIY essential oil balm from Essential Glow: Recipes & Tips for Using Essential Oils by Stephanie Gerber. When applied to your abdomen and lower back, it can help to reduce all those PMS symptoms associated with your monthly visitor. (Related: The Essential Oil DIY Remedy for Dry, Brittle Nails)
The recipe contains a slew of essential oils that can ease typical PMS symptoms. Ginger essential oil can be used as a muscle warming agent, the smell of cinnamon essential oil has been linked to lowered frustration and anxiety, marjoram and lavender essential oils can fight cramps (one study found that people who applied a blend of the two reported a shorter duration of menstrual cramp pain). And since we all could stand to feel more zen, the clary sage promotes relaxation. (These yoga poses might also help.)
PMS Relief Balm
- 6 tablespoons raspberry-leaf-infused oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 2 tablespoons evening primrose oil
- 36 drops clary sage essential oil
- 36 drops geranium essential oil
- 25 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
- 25 drops ginger essential oil
- 12 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- 5-ounce (150-mL) lidded container
- Bring 2 inches of water to a low simmer in a small saucepan.
- Put the raspberry-leaf infusion and beeswax in a medium heat-safe glass bowl. Place the bowl over the saucepan.
- When the ingredients have melted, remove the bowl from the heat. Add your evening primrose oil and the clary sage, geranium, sweet marjoram, ginger, and cinnamon leaf essential oils; stir.
- Pour the melted mixture into a clean, dry container and put the lid on. Let it sit until the balm is firm. Keep the finished product in a cool and dry spot.
- Enjoy your balm any time symptoms arise by massaging it directly onto your abdomen and lower back. Use within 8 months.