Caused by uterine spasm during menstruation, the frequency and severity of period pains are often also associated with diet and underlying emotional factors.
The soothing effect of lavender, combined with its excellent analgesic and antispasmodic properties, makes it an excellent remedy for period pains.
Gently massage the abdomen and lower back with 6 drops of lavender in 2 tsps carrier oil.
Hot compresses (or a hot water bottle) to which a few drops of lavender have been added placed on the abdomen can help relieve pain.
Relaxing in a hot lavender bath eases pain and also soothes away stress and tension.
Other oils of benefit: chamomile, clary sage and marjoram (best used in combination with lavender).