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This post is for women, but if you are a man and you want to learn something to help any of the women in your life, feel free to read on. I won't be going into any kind of gory details, so you can skip the horror face from reading the title! I promise!
I was scared to give up my pain relievers
There has been one area of my life, that going natural and medicine free, has been a problem. That's during the time of the month that Aunt Flo decides to come out and visit. I have Endometriosis and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, and because of this, my periods are VERY painful. I am talking the kind of pain that has me curled up in a ball in bed, wishing it would just be over with already. I was terrified to give up my use of Advil. I don't use it for anything else during the rest of the month, just for those first three days, when the pain is unbearable. Even just using it that small amount. once a month was really starting to wear on my guilty conscience.
Essential oils and herbs can help a TON to relieve the pain
During all of the reading that I have been doing for my Master Aromatherapy Certification, I have been learning all kinds of ways to heal the body, just by using essential oils. The most interesting information that I came across was that essential oils are being used to help alleviate the pains and symptoms that MANY different women experience. I got really excited! Could this be the answer to my problems? I decided to pick out the essential oils that I had, for the problems that I was experiencing and added them to a little bit of coconut oil. I massaged the oil combination onto my abdomen and lower back several times a day, and I felt a great deal of relief! It was AWESOME! I combined that salve with some of Cramps-B-Gone Tea, and I was able to feel so MUCH BETTER! This is my new monthly regimen to help ease all of the pain and symptoms that I end up going through, WITHOUT the use of Midol, Advil, or Tylenol.
Aunt Flo's Soothing Salve
For this recipe, I tried to pick out common symptoms that most women are feeling; pain, depression, hormonal imbalances, muscle pains, and more! This recipe makes 8 oz. of salve. I usually fill four 2 oz. containers with this recipe.
- 3/4 olive oil (I usually use my Muscle Mender oil here! It contains arnica, which is known to help to take down inflammation and coconut oil has been a proven healer in many different areas, including female health and uterine contractions.)
- 1/4 cup beeswax pastilles
- 30 drops MRH geranium essential oil or PT geranium eo (this is essential to this recipe, geranium essential oil is one of the main oils that works with female issues. It helps regulate hormones, relieve endometriosis pain, among other things!)
- 40 drops MRH lavender essential oil or PT lavender eo (calming, relaxing, natural pain reliever, and helps to regulate estrogen)
- 25 drops MRH roman chamomile essential oil or PT roman chamomile eo (is great for calming, relaxing, relieving irritability, and stressful congestive pain.)
- 25 drops MRH clary sage essential oil or PT clary sage eo (is not only great for fertility but also helps women regulate, lightens the mood, and helps to relieve depression.)
- 30 drops MRH bergamot essential oil or PT bergamot eo (helps to brighten the mood and relieve depression)
- 40 drops MRH ginger essential oil or PT ginger co2 (a natural anti-inflammatory that helps with pain relief, cramps, and spasms)
- 60 drops MRH clove bud essential oil or PT clove bud eo (this is great for inflammation and soreness)
- 1/2 tsp. vitamin e (optional, a natural antioxidant)
- In a double boiler (or a glass/pyrex measuring cup sitting inside of a pan that has about 1 inch of water in it) melt the coconut oil/olive oil along with the beeswax. When the ingredients are fully melted and combined, remove from heat.
- Allow mixture to cool just a tad, and then add essential oils and vitamin e (if using). Allow to cool and harden before use. This recipe makes approximately 8 oz. (or one cup). I usually pour my salves into 2 oz. flat tins.
TO USE: Massage a small amount of the salve onto your abdomen, lower back, legs, and even sore breasts whenever needed!
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