My “TOP TEN” essential oils for Women
Sometimes you don’t know what’s good for
you and how good you can feel. 😊
What do I mean by that? I suffered some mild PMT for years, bloating/digestive issues and troubles getting to sleep. Nothing too major that would necessitate me going to the doctor but still bothersome. All that changed when I started to incorporate doTERRA essential oils into my daily life.
For relief from PMS/menopause, pain relief during childbirth, hormone imbalance, low libido, sleep/relaxation, emotional rollercoaster sessions – all the life stuff that happens to us all you need to know how these top 10 essential oils for women can really empower you to be at your best.
Here is some science before we get stuck in – essential oils when inhaled activate your brains hypothalamus (controls hormones, energy and drive). Simply put different essential oils trigger different responses in the brain, which, in turn, directs your nervous system to, say, chill out or spring into action. Citrus oils will cause an increase in serotonin the “happy hormone” so have these going in the winter months or when you feel a bit down is a good idea.
This essential oil comes in as number one for women. Clary sage comes from the Latin word clarus, meaning “clear”. It has hormone regulating properties, specifically for oestrogen, and can also provide relief from uncomfortable menstrual symptoms and a low libido. Next time you have cramps, rub a mixture of clary sage essential oil mixed with a carrier oil on your stomach – it works. Clary sage essential oil also calms the nervous system, particularly during stress and depression. It even promotes relaxation during childbirth. I use it at night time in an Epsom salts bath or a few rubs on the soles of my feet with the blend Clary Calm
This is a great blend for when you are feeling anxious – a few drops between your hands and breath in deeply it will settle the nerves. It is the “oil of abundance” and great for when a scarcity mindset kicks in. This is an energising mood-boosting oil and will uplift you. It is great in massage blends for your lymphatic system – for cellulite for example. I like blending in with peppermint in the am and frankincense in the pm in my diffuser. Wild Orange
Frankincense, sometimes called olibanum, is an earthy essential oil that can be amazing for grounding yourself and reducing stress and anxiety. Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect. I love it though for its anti-aging properties – it is simply amazing for skin care. You will see a difference – one drop in your moisturizer is all it takes. No need for expensive creams when you can “pimp” up! it really helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
Frankincense essential oil is also used to support your immune system and also for its anti-inflammatory properties. I use it in a blend for sore joints/muscles. This is an invaluable essential oil – a little goes a long way. Frankincense
Geranium essential oil is great for adrenal health, which is essential for women who suffer from adrenal fatigue — which occurs when the adrenal glands are exhausted and unable to produce proper amounts of hormones due to chronic stress. This oil can help you hugely. This is also a skin care oil which smells great – add it to your skin care products. Geranium essential oil also relieves fluid retention and reduces breast tenderness, if they are side effects of PMS. Make a special massage oil – this is a heart chakra oil and is known as the “emotional healer” and smells great. Geranium
Not one you probably think of, but Basil packs a serious punch. It is also a great oil for adrenal fatigue, and I layer it with wild orange over my adrenals every am after my shower. Basil essential oil is also amazing for when you feel a cold coming on because it’s anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It’s also an expectorant, which means it helps treat coughs and open your airways for easier breathing. I love it though for muscle aches and pains. I also use it in my kitchen – a drop in my casseroles and in olive oil dressings – great in a kale salad. Basil
Lavender – you cannot go wrong with this oil. Renowned for the relaxation properties but it has so much more to offer. This oil will sooth frazzled nerves and calms you down fast – a few drops onto your temples will help you relax fast. Lavender essential oil is also a great anti-inflammatory and helps calm the skin. Try adding a few drops to your moisturizer, potentially even in conjunction with melaleuca/tea tree oil – especially if you have skin irritation or acne or eczema. Lavender
Everybody loves the Balance blend – and with good reason. It grounds you really fast – great way to get centered and focused for the day ahead. The aroma is warm & woody due to Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile being in the mix. Spruce, one of the oils in dōTERRA Balance, was used by Native Americans for health and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can ease anxious feelings, while Frankincense provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions. Start your morning with some Balance and your body, mind and spirit will thank you. A firm favourite. A few drops behind your ears is a wonderful midday relaxing experience. Balance blend.
Melaleuca or Tea tree essential oil is simply amazing – good enough for a Princess good enough for us – Meghan Markle must have!
It is the versatility of the oil that makes it stand out – skin issues, shaving cuts, insects’ bites, pimples and blemishes. Tea tree oil is also great for other skin infections, like athletes’ foot or fungal infections on your nails, as well as annoying dandruff and scalp irritation. For dandruff relief, just add a few drops to your shampoo! It has the highest anti-bacterial punch of any of the essential oils – it you use public pools or suffered from verruca this oil will really help. Melaluca is a powerful as a “cleaner” – body and home. Look at my other blogs re green cleaning. A powerhouse of an essential oil. Melaleuca.
Ok so I am cheating on this one, but I have grouped these together as they are great in your water especially if you struggle with getting the correct amount of water. Hydration is important for everything especially if you use essential oils. I use 1 to 2 drops in a pint of water. Lemon is great in the diffuser when you need to focus on mental tasks – it is the oil of focus as it keeps you energized and alert, while also keeping your anxiety levels down.
Lemon essential oil is also great for cleaning, and you can easily make your own cleaning solution to use at home – see my green cleaning blog if low tox cleaning is important to you. Peppermint will wake you up and boost your memory. Ginger is great for bloating and digestive issues – you can use in combination with peppermint. Get in touch with me re how to do this. A bonus aspect is that sugar cravings are significantly reduced. Ginger is also great in the kitchen – I add to stir fry greens and soups. Ginger is good is you feel queasy, take a sniff of the potent oil and see how your symptoms began to diminish and hopefully disappear altogether. Lemon.
This is another left field choice – Cypress essential oil. It is the oil of flow and motion and I love combining it with wild orange in the diffuser. It has unique healing properties for women in relation to PMT cramps and mood swings. Cypress benefits the circulatory system by regulating blood flow and stopping bleeding. It is also very calming as well as uplifting fresh aroma – a woodsy, evergreen scent. Pregnant women should not use cypress essential oil – always check indications when using essential oils. Education is pivotal. Cypress essential oil is great for healing wounds and infections, so it’s a must for mothers to have on hand for everyday emergencies. Cypress.
Final note – please contact me re using these oils – it is important you educate yourself on dosage/dilution and contra indications.