Friday, March 28, 2008

Symptoms of Female Problems & Essential Oils


Symptoms of female problems is an old-fashioned (polite?) way to refer to the aches, pains, and issues related to the female medical problems that often result in referral to a gynecologist. As a middle-aged woman I hasten to add that I DO NOT consider the 'normal' signs of menopause to be a "medical problem". And, if I were twenty-three with the knowledge that it took me until my 50s to acquire, I would not go running to a 'specialist' for menstrual aches and pains. Today I would look to improved nutrition, stress management, and a number of alternatives to the old "go to bed with a bunch of pain-killer pills and a hot water bottle." YoungLivingEssentialOils or other 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils would truly be in my front line for pain management of any symptoms of female problems.

 Addressing all of the symptoms is naturally beyond the scope of this particular blog, but certainly PAIN is one that we can talk about in general terms.
First, understand that PAIN and other symptoms are just the signs of something not being right with your body. It is your body's way of telling you that it is going through a process of dealing with whatever has created the imbalance to its natural functioning and wellbeing. The symptoms are not the CAUSE of the problem for your body.
See your health care provider to get at what is underneath the symptoms. And take charge of your own wellness plan-- do some research. Educate yourself. Listen to your body. Make some changes that you know you really want to make and that your body is obviously urging you to make.

Pure essential oils are a gentle but powerful way to support the body's efforts to restore equilibrium and vitality. In other words, therapeutic-grade essential oils not only mask symptoms, but they actually assist the body's systems in their efforts to regain balanced wellness. Essential oils contain measurable high level electrical frequencies. Our body, when operating at a normal level of wellness and vitality, also measures with a high vibrational rate. If you think this sounds heeby-jeeby, ask a MRT or CKG technician to explain the science in a way that makes more sense to you.

So, if you inhale or apply or sometimes ingest a pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil (taking care to follow the Safety Guidelines)that high-frequency essential oil will literally amp up your body's vibrations. A dead body has no electrical frequency. A very ill person has a low frequency. Does this make sense?
So, while your body is choreographing its own little re-arrangement of matters, the essential oils can diminish the pain while they raise the frequency levels needed for optimum healthy functioning to be restored.
A dear friend of mine came out of the hospital after having a hysterectomy. She was still experiencing some pain and discomfort, and naturally, some anxiety around the lab tests that had not yet come back.

Essential Oils are invaluable for use for almost all of women's experiences of pain. I put together a little aroma kit for her to sample and left her to decide whether she wanted to follow up or try her own blends. My simple kit included the following blends (YoungLivingEssentialOils):
*RELIEVE IT
*PANAWAY
*LADY SCLAREOL
*A Blend for Relaxing Back Massage (scroll/read down to find formula)


RELIEVE IT is a general analgesic blend that I find very helpful anytime I have had minor aches or pains, everything from a bit of a sinus play-up to sharp pain in my foot. It is an organic mix of Spruce (picea mariana), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis). PANAWAY is a deep-tissue pain reliever and contains Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbuens), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), and Peppermint (Mentha piperita). A woman I knew found that if she 'layered' (put on over) the blend VALOR over the PANAWAY, the pain from her carpal tunnel wrist problem was entirely diminished. The Valor apparently helps the Panaway to penetrate the soft tissue at an extremely deep level. When using Panaway, dilute 1:1 with a vegetable oil (I suggest Extra Virgin Coconut Oil).

Some people are skin-sensitive to the oils, so do a test on the bottom of your foot before applying. You can diffuse or humidify with it, or add 2-4 drops to a 1/4 C. of Epsom salts in a bath (swirl around before getting in to the tub). Apply to location of pain, but avoid applying to mucus membranes, inside ears, on genitals, or getting into eyes. Use as a compress or drop Raindrop style along spine. As mentioned, Valor can be used to enhance the effects of Panaway, and so can Relieve It be used for additional analgesic effect.
One of the really effective functions of essential oils is for providing emotional uplifting. An essential oils blend in the kit that I gave my friend is called LADY SCLEREOL. The essential oils in this blend include: rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), orange (Citrus sinensis), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), sandalwood (Santalum album), sage lavender (salvia lavandulifolia), jasmine (Jasminium officinale), and Idaho tansy (Tanacetum vulgare). Along with the effectiveness of the essential oils in this blend to aid in balancing, the fragrance lends itself to being worn as a perfume.
And the final 'piece' of the Aroma-kit I sent my friend is a "Relaxing Back Massage" blend that I made from

  • 12 drops Bergamot Essential Oil,
  • 4 drops Geranium Essential Oil, and
  • 9 drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil

    This can be mixed with 50 ml of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (or other pure carrier oil) and used as an aromatic, totally pampering and uplifting back massage. This formula comes from Aromatherapy for Women: A Practical Guide to Essential Oils for Health and Beauty
    The reference guides that I have at home include the Essential Oils Desk Reference, Aromatherapy for Women, and The Fragrant Mind by Valerie Ann Worwood. They can generally be found at eBay as well as Amazon.

  • The following video is a presentation by my fave Aussie naturopath, Barbara O'Neill, on Hormonal Imbalance and the role it plays in preventing us from attaining full joy in our lives, and what we can do to change that situation using natural methods:


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