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Video: How To Use Essential Oils For Cramps

Video: How To Use Essential Oils For Cramps

How To Use Essential Oils For Cramps

Do you have menstrual cramps? Essential oils can be very helpful! They help support the systems of the body when used in conjunction with lifestyle changes and a natural fertility health program. They may not be all that you need, but are one useful tool! This video was shared live. Download the Instagram App to watch our live broadcasts!

Women with dysmenorrhea or “difficult menstruation” have been shown to produce seven times more prostaglandin F2 alpha than women who do not. When the prostaglandin F2 alpha is released into the bloodstream in high levels, it causes the uterus to spasm. Women know uterus spams as menstrual or period cramps.

There are three different categories of essential oils that you can use to help with cramping:

  • Antispasmodic oils that cause spasms to stop
  • Hormonal that support hormonal balance
  • Analgesic oils that are known to reduce pain

How To Use Essential Oils

You first dilute them. This means you will dilute the essential oil with a base oil such as almond, grapeseed, or jojoba oil. Lotion can work too. To help relieve menstrual cramps and reduce pain, consider using a 5-20% dilution on the lower abdomen. The higher the percentage dilution the stronger the formula will be. This is not something you would use every day for a month. It would only be used when experiencing cramps.

Important notes: You do not want to apply most essential oils directly onto the skin, especially the analgesic oils. They can burn the skin, but are very effective and strong. These are not essential oils to be used while actively trying to conceive, during the two-week wait or while in first trimester. These are to be used during your period while you are having cramps.

Here is a dilution chart to follow:

1 ounce of carrier oil:

  • 1% dilution: 5-6 drops of essential oils total (for babies, children, and in pregnancy)
  • 2% dilution: 10-12 drops of essential oils total
  • 3% dilution: 15-18 drops of essential oils total

When using 1-ounce carrier, you would add 100 drops of essential oil if going for a 20% dilution. If you wanted a 5% dilution, you would add about 25 drops total of essential oils to 1 oz. of carrier oil.

2 ounces of carrier oil:

  • 1% dilution: 10-12 drops of essential oils total
  • 2% dilution: 20-24 drops of essential oils total
  • 3% dilution: 30-36 drops of essential oils total

To make your blend:

  • Get a 1 oz bottle, blue or amber glass is preferred
  • Shake up your essential oils
  • Add essential oil drops to the bottle
  • Pour in the carrier oil
  • Shake gently to mix

Applying your essential oil blend:

Note: You do not need to use these internally for menstrual cramp relief.

Essential Oils to Consider


Clary Sage
Roman Chamomile


Clary Sage


Sweet Marjoram
Black Pepper

An example blend that you could make would be something like: chamomile, peppermint, lavender, clary sage or fennel, ginger or sweet marjoram. It does not matter what you use from the list, pick whatever you have on hand, making sure that the total number of drops is between the 5-20% dilution. You should enjoy the smell too!

I hope you find this helpful and that you have something to reach for on your next cycle when you have cramps. Let me know how it works for you.

Additional resources mentioned in this video:
Natural Remedies for Painful Menstruation
Enhance Overall Fertility with Evening Primrose
5 Essential Oils Considered Safe In Pregnancy
Aromatic Internationals
Ananda Apothecary

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Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    This article appears to focus on topical application of essential oils for menstrual cramps. Can you recommend any for use internally or aromatically?

    • Dear LindaG,

      Topical application is very effective, as is to use the essential oils “aromatically”. It isn’t suggested to use them internally (we don’t support this).