Premenstrual Emotional Symptoms – Using Lavender Aromatherapy
Two of the best known essential oils utilized in aromatherapy, rosehip oil, and lavender oil can provide a host of advantages for both the skin and the body. However, research indicates that personal care items containing these oils can alter hormone action in the body. The findings are published in the February 14 edition of Archives of Internal Medicine. Lead author, Dr. Sarah E. Krebs, is an assistant professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa. She has previously researched the effects of aromatherapy on female fertility.
“The findings are not very surprising considering the lavender’s proven use as a fragrance for many years,” said Krebs. “What is a bit surprising, however, is the discovery that some of these properties may be beneficial for treating women with endometriosis.” Endometriosis is a medical condition in which endometrial tissues, making up part of the uterine lining, grow in places other than the uterus. A number of substances, mainly estrogen, trigger the overgrowth of the endometrial cells. The effects of the estrogen on the endometrial cells can range from an increased risk of pre-menstrual syndrome to a heavier menstrual cycle.
The latest study published by Krebs and her team examined the effect of seven different essential oils on high blood pressure. The researchers had previously reported that lavender oil increased arterial dilation but did not influence blood pressure. In this study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the researchers examined the effect of lavender on hypertension. Of the seven oils, only one–lavender–was shown to have an effect on hypertension. The other five oils significantly worsened the blood pressure of the test subjects.
But lavender oil isn’t the only essential oil that has been studied for its ability to stimulate hair growth. The essential fatty acids found in lavender are also being studied for their ability to increase the thickness of hair and to prevent hair loss. Some research has shown that lavender scent may help prevent baldness. The scent has also been shown to increase skin elasticity. It may be that the anti-aging qualities of lavender oil can help to delay the onset of age-related hair loss.
In another study published in the same journal, this author and his co-workers examined the effect of three essential oils on high blood pressure. All three oils significantly reduced the systolic blood pressure of the test subjects. The most significant finding was that those who had the highest levels of the fatty acids in their bodies were the least affected by the treatment. Lavender Oil was the only essential oil that significantly increased the low blood pressure condition.
A second study published in the same journal found that the essential oil lavender was helpful when combined with Rosemary and eucalyptus. The combination of these herbs helped reduce the number of blisters during and after a surgical procedure. Blisters are often an indicator of severe blood loss during surgery. This could have very important implications for tissue repair and healing after a surgical procedure.
There is considerable evidence that regular use of lavender oil for premenstrual emotional symptoms has a calming effect on many women. The scent relaxes the facial area and adds a fragrance to the air. Many women report a relaxing effect on the entire body, including the digestive system. One study reported that premenstrual women who used lavender regularly reported having less nausea than those who did not regularly use lavender oil.
In addition to the studies above, there is also a study published in Clinical Nursing Research, which reported that premenstrual women who took lavender aromatherapy were less likely to have a miscarriage. It is unclear why this occurred, but it may help to explain the finding in the first place. Since miscarriage is one of the leading causes of death among women, it would be wonderful if this were able to be prevented in the majority of cases. The use of lavender aromatherapy may help prevent this possible tragedy!