Discover the most useful essential oils for women- and why
In this article I’m going to walk you through 3 top essential oils for women to use and why, PLUS 5 more essential oils that I recommend for women. These oils are particularly useful for women who experience PMS, pregnancy, menopause, stress and anxiety. So, basically 99% of women can relate to at least one of these categories!
#1 Rose (Rosa damascene)
First of all, rose is one of the most expensive oils on the planet. Some reasons for this include such factors such as:
• extremely low yield of the flowers ( 5 tons of flowers to make 1 liter of essential oil!)
• supply and demand
• region of export (Morocco, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Egypt)
• its botanical origin ie., hybrid or individual species
Benefits of rose oil:
• excellent for all skin types, it is often used in skin care.
• rose has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, too.
• female reproductive problems- endometriosis, infertility; anything to do with periods
• abdominal cramps
• circulatory conditions
• premature aging of skin
• depression, anxiety
• stress & tension and all related conditions
What you need to know about rose
I get asked about the difference between rose absolute and rose otto regularly. Here’s the lowdown:
• solvent extracted
• mainly used for perfumery
• steam distilled
• practitioners generally use rose otto for therapeutic treatments, especially for women
Both are very expensive. Both have a highly potent aroma, and may be used sparingly, allowing your investment to stretch further.
Rose is known as the queen of oils for women. Safety: Pregnancy friendly after 4 months.
My #2 Choice for women
Geranium (Pelargonim graveloens)
Benefits of geranium
• mainly used for balancing hormones and supports adrenal function
• used for various menopause symptoms
• useful for dealing with PMS
• Helps alleviate stress
Side note: geranium is also an effective insect repellent
Safety note on geranium
• Caution: for topical use: highly diluted as this oil may irritate sensitive skin.
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
Petitgrain is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree. I’m pleased that petitgrain is becoming more known in the essential oil world.
This oil is a serious contender when it comes to helping women.
Benefits of petitgrain
• used to ease anxiety
• helps treat acne
• mental fatigue
Above all, petitgrain smells wonderful, too.
Safety: Pregnancy friendly after 4 months.
Women’s trio kit from Nature Notes provides my top 3 oils in one kit.
This kit is available in Canada for $50
Nature Notes Women’s Trio Kit contains Geranium, Petitgrain and Rose absolute (in jojoba) available for $50.
5 More top essential oils for women
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
If it seems like lavender is the most widely used essential oil on the earth, that’s because it is. It blends with almost every other oil and is often the first course of treatment for most problems. As a result, lavender is one of the world’s most popular and well known essential oils.
Safety: Lavender is pregnancy friendly after 5 months and children friendly.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
If you are peri-menopausal or going through menopause, peppermint just might become your best friend. It’s cooling action is pretty instant and can provide relief during hot flashes. It is also very effective for easing tummy upsets and other digestive problems.
Safety: Peppermint is not super pregnancy friendly, (try spearmint instead) and using it when nursing will likely dry up your milk supply. Just FYI.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Main uses for women include inhalation of ginger to combat nausea- either morning sickness or motion sickness. It can be used to manage pain, and also used for sore throat and/or sinus and respiratory issues.
Safety: Ginger may be irritating to your skin, so use it topically highly diluted into a carrier oil.
Clary sage (Salvia sclarea)
Historically clary sage is a “go-to” oil for women. It is used for headaches, anxiety, and anything relating to the reproductive system. It has even been used for hysteria (yikes!) and throat infections. This oil is covered in more detail in the Aromatherapy for Women online course.
Safety: Clary sage is not pregnancy friendly, but may be used during late stages of labour.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
This oil is most noted for women to help reduce cellulite and for weight loss. Furthermore, it is a lymphatic stimulant. Grapefruit is also widely used in skin care as an astringent, and for treating congested skin.
Safety: Grapefruit is pregnancy friendly, and child friendly. Most grapefruit oils are considered photo-toxic, except for pink grapefruit.
Quick Essential Oil blend for menopause
If you are enjoying this time in your life, congratulations. If you’re dealing with a lot of other menopausal symptoms, this one’s for you. Maybe I might just become your new best friend!
4oz spray mist bottle
- 20 drops lavender
- 20 drops geranium
- 10 drops peppermint
Add the essential oils into the empty bottle. Fill to the shoulder with distilled water, or better yet, peppermint hydrosol. Shake before each use. I keep mine beside my bed…
Resources for women
Interested in learning more about aromatherapy for women?
Aromatherapy for women (online learning)
Sneak a peek at the online course that covers all the major issues for women:
3. Infertility & miscarriage
4. Pregnancy, labor and childbirth
6. Weight management
Women all over the world have signed up for this course! You can take it too. For more details on the curriculum GO HERE
Essential oil blends for women
If you live in Canada, Nature Notes has several products that are made with women in mind.
Softly EO blend 5ml $15
Delicate Strength EO blend 5ml $14
Mellow EO blend 5ml $15
Rose Body Oil 120ml $40
Rose Hydrosol 60ml $10
Are you looking for Rose Absolute or Rose Otto? Both are available from Nature Notes as a custom order. Contact Deanna for current pricing. (Sorry, available in Canada only.)
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to take the place of medical diagnosis or care. Above all, if you have any conditions, including pregnancy, consult with your care provider before using any essential oils.
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