Women have been using oils extracted from plants and herbs for centuries, for things like beautification and healing. Aromas can have a profound impact on your health as a woman. They work by stimulating the olfactory nerve, which is connected to the emotional part of the brain. Scents can immediately affect your emotions, mood, induce relaxation, ease pain and can help different bodily systems to function at their best.
Lavender is a favorite essential oil among women for its ability to promote clean skin and healthy hair. It also has an uncanny ability to boost mood and ease stress. It supports a healthy immune system and a properly functioning digestive system. It also can promote feelings of balance during your menstrual cycle. You can even use it at bedtime to promote restful sleep. There isn’t much this power packed essential oil can’t help you achieve. It can make us feel better and more able to face everyday challenges of life.
Frankincense has been used in rituals since the time of the Babylonians and favored historically in Ayurvedic medicine for many purposes, including female hormonal issues. It’s a fragrant essential oil that can promote a healthy reproductive system in women. It can help you feel more balanced during times of hormonal upheaval and encourage regularity in your monthly cycle. It can also develop feelings of comfort and ease during the time in a woman’s life when her reproductive system begins to ebb and help women develop a healthy immune system as they age.
Rose is my favourite oil for women’s health, this oil is made from steam distilled petals that are picked at dawn. I find it supportive to the nervous system and nurturing for the heart for different types of grief and loss.
Use it for womb massage for different gynaecological issues traditional uses include spasmodic/congestive dysmenorrhea and fertility. An obstetrician I worked with recommended that mothers were massaged in early postpartum with rose to support hormonal changes and uplift their mood.
Peppermint is well known for its cooling effects. Great for abdominal massage, or try a couple of drops in a cooling body mist during the menopause. Peppermint also stimulates the body, helping to boost energy levels and sharpen concentration. Put a drop on each temple for headaches or use in a foot bath to banish mental fatigue.
Inhaling the heady scent of ylang ylang is a bit like smelling a bouquet of jasmine flowers. Ylang Ylang is a great essential oil for middle aged women to wear for several reasons.
First of all, ylang ylang is wonderfully relaxing. Like lavender, it has a calming effect in the face of stress or depression. Secondly, it can help to regulate heart rate and blood pressure. For this reason, it may be especially helpful if your anxiety tends to result in a fast heartbeat.
Ylang ylang has a further use as well, and that is as an aphrodisiac. This benefit may be especially helpful for those in perimenopause or menopause who are struggling with their libido. Ylang ylang’s intoxicating aroma can do a lot to get you in the mood, and your partner may enjoy it as well.