3. Massage with essential oils
Another way of harnessing the power of essential oils over pain is to massage them directly into the skin of the affected areas. Choose your oils (see below), and try one of these massage techniques to help relieve the pain. Lie on your back and place the palms of your hands in the center of your belly. Start to âdraw’ large circles with your hands, as you press your abdomen lightly. Repeat this 30 times.
Another massage technique to use is to place the middle and index fingers of both hands over your navel. Press on your abdomen. Then âdraw’ a heart, moving upwards, sideways and downwards, finishing the shape below your belly button. Then begin to move your fingers up again. Repeat 20 to 30 times.
If you feel pain in your lower back, try placing your hands on your back, right beneath your ribcage. Start moving your hands downwards while applying pressure, until you reach the tailbone. Repeat this move about 30 times. Try rubbing the lower part of your abdomen with both hands about 30 times. That can really bring a lot of relief, as can kneading your belly with your knuckles for 30 to 60 seconds at a time.
There are many essential oils you can use to help with your period cramps. For example, the essential oils of nutmeg, ginger, valerian, lavender, peppermint, chamomile and clary sage all have a strong anti-spasmodic action. They are therefore very helpful for the muscular cramps that accompany menstruation. Other oils that can provide relief include lavender, rose, melissa, geranium, neroli, rosemary, and cardamom. Always remember to dissolve essential oils in a carrier oil such as evening primrose oil. Only use 4 or 5 drops of oils to 5 teaspoons of base oil.