Aromatherapy for Fertility
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on August 4, 2009 by Paulina Nelega, RH
The Egyptians and the Ancient Greeks were the first people to realize the benefits of using scented candles, diffusers as well having scented baths. Hippocrates, who is often touted as the Father of Medicine, came up with the idea of spraying the entire city of Athens in order to help purge the city of a plague.
Many years later, in 1930, the basic principles of aromatherapy were created by Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, quite accidently really: He burnt his hand and had immediately applied lavender oil onto the burn. His hand healed completely. This incident caused Dr Gattefosse to rethink the everyday uses of other scents and oils.
In 1964, a French doctor names Jean Valnet, wrote a book detailing his evidence on how certain oils were effective disinfectants and aided quick healing if they were applied to the skin.
This book led to further experimentation with different oils that were used under different situations. Professor Paolo Rovesti, for example, used Jasmine, Sandalwood, and Lemon Oil to treat depression, and to treat anxiety, he tried Cypress, Orange Leaf, Lime, and Rose.
There is even a historical note on a young child who had developed cancer. Her doctor gave her some rose oil to smell which reduced her pain dramatically.
Aromatherapy can also help in conception and fertility, by improving reproductive health and reducing stress. In fact, aromatherapy has three uses when utilized for fertility. Firstly, to relieve stress which is either caused by work or by the heart-wrenching obsession that every women has when dealing with infertility and trying to become pregnant. Secondly, aromatherapy helps to regulate a women’s menstrual cycle which, in turn, strengthens their reproductive system. Thirdly, aromatherapy can also work as a wonderful aphrodisiac!
The most common form of aromatherapy is found in essential oils, which are extracted from plants, trees, fruits and a variety of flowers. There are approximately 150 different essential oils that are obtainable with their own unique therapeutic and antiseptic properties. These essential oils need to be of the most pure, natural form in order to be beneficial.
Rose, lavender, peppermint and lemon are botanical oils that are most commonly used in aromatherapy. When they are inhaled, they fire up the olfactory nerves which then manipulate the brain and nervous system and alleviates any pain, anxiety, or depression that is felt by the patient.
When using aromatherapy for fertility issues, those essentials that are the most beneficial are:
Rose: One of the most common essential oils that can be found today is Rose oil. Experts believe that using essential oil of Rose whilst trying to conceive can actually help in regulating a woman’s reproductive system.
Geranium: This essential oil actually has estrogenic properties that are used to remedy hormonal imbalances. Geranium oil is a very calming oil that can be paired with Rose oil to obtain maximum results.
Balm: This essential oil is also known by the name of Melissa and works to relieve menstrual irregularities. Balm Oil also contains soothing properties that help to improve a woman’s mood.
Tranquil Oils: There are a variety of other essential oils that have relaxing properties, such as lavender and jasmine. These oils enhance relaxation by calming the nerves and increasing the libido.
Just as there are many different essential oils, there are also many different ways in which to use them. However, since they are concentrated, essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin.
Other methods include:
Scented Baths: Having a bath with scented essential oils can be very relaxing and help prepare your body and mind for a good night’s rest. It is best to use 5 to 10 drops of your chosen essential oil added to a warm bath to obtain the full benefit. However, essential oils can be diluted in a base oil, such as grape seed oil or jojoba oil, before being added to your bath water, especially if you know that you are sensitive to your chosen essential oil.
Massage: Your favorite essential oil should first be diluted into your favorite base oil. Once diluted, the oil can be used as a massage oil. Massages done with great-smelling scented oils can act as a perfect aphrodisiac.
Using an Oil Burner: Essential oils can also be used in specially designed oil burners. Simply use 3 to 4 drops of your favorite essential oil in an oil burner. Breathing in the scented aroma will help you relax.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan