As working city women, the grind truthfully never steps. We’re almost always working, which can make it hard to relax and to fall asleep at night; it feels like we always have a deadline to meet or a pitch to think about. We need some help relaxing, which is where these 2 essential oils come in. They’re shown to relax our nervous system and help us deal with PMS, which is really all we’re looking for these days. Dr. Josh Axe originally recommended them to us, and when we heard model Shanina Shaik loves them, too? We knew we had to try them out. Read below for the best ways to use clary sage and evening primrose oil….
Clary Sage Oil:
Clary sage is considered to be one of the top essential oils for hormones, especially in women. Clary sage essential oil has antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a nerve tonic and sedative with soothing and warming components. In women, clary sage works to regulate the menstrual cycle by balancing hormone levels naturally and stimulating the opening of an obstructed system.
A 2012 study using clary sage demonstrated the positive effects of aromatherapy as a painkiller during the menstrual cycle. Study subjects either had an aromatherapy massage or took the pain suppressant acetaminophen. The females in the aromatherapy group had their abdomens massaged using clary sage, marjoram, cinnamon, ginger and geranium oils in a base of almond oil. And after 24 hours, the researchers found that the reduction of menstrual pain was significantly higher in the aromatherapy group than in the acetaminophen group.
For cramps, try rubbing 2 to 3 drops of clary sage oil combined with a carrier oil (like almond or coconut) on the lower abdomen and then applying a warm compress for 2 to 5 minutes to alleviate pain.
Evening primrose oil:
Evening primrose is a plant native to North America that has yellow flowers that bloom only in the evening—hence its name. Women around the world take evening primrose oil to naturally treat PMS symptoms because of its essential fatty acid content, especially of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid.
Women with PMS have been shown to have trouble converting linoleic acid (another essential fatty acid) to gamma linolenic acid, and since evening primrose oil contains significant amounts of GLA, researchers have studied it as a natural way to reduce PMS symptoms. To date, several double-blind trials have demonstrated how supplementing with evening primrose oil can help reduce PMS, especially for women who experience monthly breast tenderness as of one their symptoms.
Shanina Shaik loves it, too! Here’s what she had to say about the miracle oil: “I like to take a women’s multivitamin by Swisse and an evening primrose oil vitamin, which is amazing for your skin.”