Thursday, January 17, 2008

Aromatherapy Concentrate for Painful Periods

10 drops rosemary essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops sweet marjoram essential oil

Put the essential oils into a dark glass bottle and shake well. For the following applications, dispense using a pipette or eye dropper (available from pharmacies).

How to use this Concentrate?

Bath: Add eight drops of the concentrate to your bath.

Massage: 25ml sweet almond oil, 10 drops of the concentrate. Immediately after your bath or shower, smooth a little of the oil into your abdomen, then do feather-light stroking with your fingertips downwards over the abdomen for about five minutes.

This movement will help alleviate pain and congestion. Ideally ask a friend or partner to do the feather-light massage for you. This will enable you to lie back and relax with your knees bent (supported by cushions) to ease any pain in the lumbar region.

Hot Compress: For some women, this method is the most effective. Put about a liter of comfortably hot water in a basin, then add five drops of the concentrate and swish around to disperse. Soak a hand towel in the water, wring out the excess and apply to the abdomen. Cover the compress with a dry, folded towel (or use a sheet of cling film) to conserve the heat. As soon as the compress cools to body temperature, reapply if necessary
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