It can be very stressful when you are desperately trying to conceive and it just isn’t happening. Even if everything else in your life is going perfectly and according to plan, an inability to get pregnant can really upset your emotional well-being and cause tensions between you and your partner.
A great way to help the stress to melt away is to give yourself a long soak in a hot bath with some of your favourite oils. But what if I told you that not only are essential oils good for stress relief but that they could also be helping to improve your chances of conception by the time your next monthly cycle comes around?
Aromatherapy, which is the considered and systematic application of essential oils to improve physical, spiritual and emotional well-being, can assist in treating a wide range of physical and emotional problems.
Aromatherapy can easily be used as a self-help tool .Here are some ideas on how to incorporate it into your self-care routines.
How to use essential oils
One of the easiest ways to use essential oils at home is in the bath. Run the bath first and then add the oils just before you get in – otherwise they will evaporate too quickly and you will get a diluted version. Add 5 -1 0 drops of essential oil to the water (depending on the volume of your bathwater and the desired strength of fragrance). Swish the water with your hand to mix in the oils before getting in.
Stay in the bath for 15 – 20 minutes to get maximum benefit.
[If you don’t want to, or are unable to get into a bath then you could just use a footbath. Use about 4 drops of oil in a foot-spa or bowl of warm water]
Although massage is always better when administered by someone else you can do self massage. Essential oils must always be diluted in a carrier oil. For every 10 millilitres of carrier oil add 3-5 drops of essential oil. The more common carrier oils are Grapeseed, Almond oil, and Jojoba.
Essential oils can be diffused into the air through dry heat, steam, mist or by fan assisted evaporation. Use an oil burner or aromatic diffuser to fragrance a room and spread the essential oil throughout.
Oils to Boost Fertility
There are several essential oils that may positively affect fertility by helping to balance hormones, reducing inflammation, reducing pain, boosting the immune system and reducing stress. Some of the best essential oils to use include the following:
Geranium: This oil is known as ‘the balancer’ and is particularly good for balancing the whole of your hormonal system and regulating your cycle. It also has the soothing effect of calming emotions and bringing you back to emotional balance. For women with endometriosis, Geranium may be especially beneficial.
Roman Chamomile: This oil is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is especially good for helping to reduce pain caused by cysts, fibroids or menstrual cramps. It is also another calming oil.
Sweet Fennel: Fennel is well known for its effects on the female reproductive system. It can help to regularise your menstrual cycle, particularly if your periods are scanty and painful. It can reduce the symptoms of PMT.
Yarrow: A detoxifying oil, Yarrow helps to relieve pelvic congestion and prevent inflammation. It is also beneficial for the urinary tract and can help to treat cystitis and other infections
Clary Sage: Influencing your oestrogen levels, Clary Sage helps your body to regulate its hormones naturally. It also has the added effect of being a libido booster, which can be important when failed conception efforts have started to affect enjoyment in the bedroom. This oil may also help with male infertility, treating hormone imbalances and impotence.
Cypress – can be useful if you have heavy bleeding during your period.
Ginger: This oil has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It also aids in the digestive system and supports healthy circulation.
Myrrh – Clears obstructions in the womb, regulates scanty periods, and contains phytoestrogens which help to regulate hormone imbalances
Ylang ylang– this oil is a well-known aphrodisiac. It acts as an anti-depressant and induces a feeling of calm and well-being. It energizes the reproductive organs, and brings about balance.
Rose Otto: An oil that helps relax the uterus and regulate your menstrual cycle, Rose Otto also has a libido enhancing effect and improves cervical mucus.