I am so excited about today's post, you guys! For several weeks, I have been gearing up to do a series of posts during the month of November and today is the first in the series. As most of you know, I am a firm believer in the effectiveness of essential oils, and this month I have partnered with Eden's Garden to bring you a different synergy blend each week for the entire month. Many of you are interested in using oils but are often unsure of what oils to blend together, so I have chosen 4 blends that most of us would find helpful in their life at one time or another and eliminate the guesswork from the equation. You can thank me later. Now let's get started!
Before I introduce today's blend, I first want to tell you a little bit about Eden's Garden. Eden's Garden was born out of the realization that so often, what we need for wellness has been provided for us in the form of Earth's bounty. What is often untouched by man, can prove to be a source of great healing and create a wholeness within. Eden's Garden CEO Grace Martin started her the company with the dream of giving people access to quality 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. One of the things that I find incredibly magical is that Eden's Garden has never spent money on marketing but rather allowed their products to speak for them in the way of amazing feedback and continued use by new and devoted customers. I have tried many different brands of essential oils before finding Eden's Garden. For me, it's about finding that perfect balance of quality and affordability, and I have found that with this company. Now, time to bring on the first blend. Drumroll Please.......
I would like to introduce you to every ladies best friend for at least a week out of each month, Gal Pal. I picked this blend to introduce first because it's one of my all time favs. When PMS is an issue, women can use all the help we can get, right? When I started using Gal Pal, my husband was a fan of the scent but wasn't yet a believer in essential oils. As time went on and he began to notice that each month he became less and less fearful that his life was hanging in the balance for a few days every month and soon became a believer. Gal Pal is a blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, and Vitex. The beauty is that diffusing it into the air brings a calm to that fire in your gut that is just hoping that someone pisses you off so you can rip them a new one (I'm sure there is a different blend for that), and at the same time when mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the abdomen is a very cooling feeling that makes you less inclined to want to rip out your uterus. All kidding aside, in the past I used Clary Sage alone for PMS related issues, but when I discovered Gal Pal I realized there is power in number and the mixture each oil brings a whole new level of Zen to my life. What role does each of these single oils play in the grand scheme of things? I'm going to tell you.
- Clary Sage- This essential oil is one of the top oils used in the support of balancing hormones. When applied topically it can relieve menstrual cramping and also aids in the relief of hot flashes. If I had to pick a single oil for the purpose of combatting all things associated with PMS, this would be my go-to single.
- Lavender- We all know that Lavender is a staple in anyone's essential oil collection because it is great for so many different things. Lavender is very calming and relieves the mind of stress and anxiety which can come in abundance during pre-menstruation.
- Bergamont- The citrus smell of Bergamont has a natural uplifting aroma and aids in the overall sense of wellbeing. As with Lavender, it aids in a restful sleep giving way to a more focused and less foggy start to the day.
- Chamomile- While Chamomile calms the body and decreases stress, it also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce premenstrual pain.
- Cedarwood- The Earthy aroma of Cedarwood is helpful in keeping you grounded during a time that can often feel like you are internally going haywire. Cedar trees are known for their strength, and as women, we sometimes need to be reminded of the strength within.
- Ylang Ylang- This essential oil is often used to treat depression and mood swings. I don't know about you guys, but I'm a Moody Judy during PMS. Just ask my husband who is thrilled to not find himself chopped up in my freezer this month. I kid!
- Geranium- Here is your water weight hero! Geranium essential oil stimulates the lymphatic system to reduce the build-up of fluid called edema. This fluid can cause swelling and breast tenderness which can be extremely uncomfortable for some.
- Fennel- Also used as a diuretic, Fennel will also aid in relieving fluid retention as well as balancing hormones. In additional to PMS, Fennel is often used to treat menopausal problems. I personally use Fennel during meditation as well.
- Carrot Seed- Provides an overall uplifted feeling and when added to a carrier oil is fantastic for stressed skin.
- Palmarosa- The citrus meets floral scent of Palmarosa can be helpful when dark moods hit for no apparent reason, or for good cause, as it helps to balance the nervous system.
- Vitex- As someone who feels pretty knowledgeable in regards to essential oils, I have to say that Vitex isn't something I had in my single oil repertoire. It is said to aid in restful sleep as well as assist in overall balance.
Listen you guys, PMS is a pain in every sense of the word. As women, our systems are very complex, and we all experience different symptoms during our cycle. Think about it. We are many things to many people every day. In the course of a day, I am a mom, writer, housekeeper, nurse, therapist, and wife. Sometimes wearing that many hats can be very difficult, and we need a little help to keep us balanced. I encourage each one of you to put yourself first from time to time and put your overall health and wellbeing at the front of the line, because if you aren't feeling your best, who else is going to wear those hats for you? You are important and well worth it. Live, Love, and Grow Roots.