The symptoms of PMT are various: on a physical level these may include fluid retention, tender breasts, headaches, nausea or a swollen abdomen; while on an emotional level symptoms commonly include depression, sudden mood swings, weepiness or unpredictable behaviour. Considering the overall ‘harmonizing’ or ‘balancing’ effect of lavender on the whole system, it is a very useful aid for women who suffer from PMT, both physically and emotionally.
A married woman aged 26 found that she could no longer put up with her terrible PMT. Her moods were awfully black, she was very irritable, suffered from cramps in her abdomen and lower back, and of vomiting I blended the following oils for her: chamomile, lavender, geranium and melissa (to be used in the bath and in a massage for two weeks before her period). She has now had four periods and says that both mentally and physically it has been a huge success.
Use lavender in baths and in a vaporizer during the 10 days prior to menstruation, and throughout the duration of the period.
A regular massage treatment with lavender can be very helpful.
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For self-treatment, mix 6 drops of lavender oil in 1 tbsp light carrier oil such as grapeseed, and apply gently to the abdomen and lower back.
A nutritional approach to PMT has been developed over the past few years with excellent results. Supplements of Evening Primrose Oil, vitamin B6 and the B complex have all proved invaluable.
Other oils of benefit: rose, geranium, chamomile, neroli and clary sage.