The Best Essential Oils for Women + Tackling Taboos

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and as such I thought it would be a good time to schedule a female-specific “Essential Oils for…” post. Some women have particular health concerns relating to menstruation and all that comes with it and some women experience shame around having or discussing these issues. Today I’m talking about period taboos and then I’ll go through the best essential oils for women to help alleviate these menstruation-related symptoms.

The Best Essential Oils for Women + Tackling Taboos

The stigma surrounding menstruation and other topics relating to women’s health is unhelpful and unnecessary. The International Women’s Day campaign theme this year is #BeBoldForChange, so I want to be bold by talking openly about this “taboo” topic. In fact, everything lined up perfectly for this post because I happen to be menstruating right now. I also experience the majority of PMS symptoms each month.


If the average woman is menstruating for one out of every four weeks, that’s a quarter of her life (during menstruating age). That’s a huge percentage of her time. Then she may be experiencing PMS for a week or two prior to menstruation. Now we’re up to at least half of her life being affected by this. And with women making up half the world’s population, it is happening around all of us constantly. Yet no one talks about it. How is this possible?


I was excited when the Olympic swimmer from China was open about being on her period while competing, and I felt proud of a woman on her period who ran a marathon in London while free bleeding to raise awareness. My hope is that women will continue to shake off any shame they may be experiencing around menstruation. And today I want to help by providing practical solutions to relieve some of the potential physical and emotional discomfort that can accompany it.


Essential oils for women to…


Alleviate menstrual cramps – chamomile, jasmine, lavender, sage

Combat PMS and PMT symptoms – chamomile, geranium, lavender

  • Manage feelings of anxiety – bergamot, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, ylang ylang
  • Treat depression – bergamot, jasmine, lavender, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang
  • Alleviate headaches – chamomile, lavender, peppermint, spearmint
  • Combat Fatigue – peppermint, spearmint, patchouli, rosemary, sage, vetiver
  • Reduce Stress and Tension – bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, lavender, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Treat amenorrhoae (lack of menstruation) – cinnamon leaf, fennel, sage

Reduce excessive menstruation – rose

Relieve menopausal symptoms – fennel, geranium, jasmine, rose


Note: Some of these conditions are a piece of a larger health issue. Be sure to see a doctor if your symptoms persist. Essential oils are not meant to be a replacement for necessary medical treatment.


Methods of Use



Massage – about 7-25 drops of essential oil to 25 mL of carrier oil

Bath – add 5-10 drops into water for a bath

Compress – add 5 drops to 1 cup water, soaking and ringing out a cloth, and placing that cloth onto your abdomen



Diffuser – this will put the essential oils into the air

Buddha’s Breath – check out the simple and quick buddha’s breath method


And if anyone can recommend to me a natural remedy for tender and sore breasts as a part of PMS, I’d really appreciate it.


You may also be interested in 4 Important Reasons to Switch to Cloth Pads (or other reusable alternative).


What essential oils do you use to support women’s health? How will you be bold for change?

PS – You too can make these amazing salt dough vulvas – they’re from Crafting with Feminism by Bonnie Burton.

The Best Essential Oils for Women + Tackling Taboos

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7 Comment

  1. Reply
    March 8, 2017 at 4:55 am

    What a great post, Grace! Not only is it awesome that you are tackling another taboo topic again – I’ve also never thought of using essential oils for pms and cramps! So far, the only listed EOs I own are lavender, rose and peppermint – but that’s a start, right?

    Thanks for your inspiration. You are actually making me want to change my blog content from food / fitness to more natural remedy & self care related posts! 🙂


    1. Reply
      March 8, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Maisy! I love getting comments from you. 😀 Lavender, rose, and peppermint are definitely a great start – those essential oils are very multi-functional so you can use them for all sorts of different things.

      1. Reply
        March 9, 2017 at 7:07 am

        My pleasure : ) I’m actually really excited to try some more EO DIYs even though I don’t really know were to start 😀

        1. Reply
          March 9, 2017 at 9:52 am

          If you search through the “essential oils” tag on my site (here:, I think that most of my recipes are pretty beginner-friendly and informative. 🙂

          1. Maisy
            March 10, 2017 at 7:37 am

            Great, I’ll take a look! Thanks 🙂

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    March 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Grace with three women in the house we are always in menstruation mode. My girls are really affected by PM symptoms. I will need to look into essential oils to give them some relief.

    1. Reply
      March 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Oh, wow! I can imagine that would be challenging. I hope that some of these essential oils will help them get some relief.

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