Extreme or chronic stress can have a profound negative effect on your hormones. This includes the hormones involved in your monthly cycle. Stress can affect the length and regularity of your cycle, the severity of your symptoms, and how well you emotionally handle your body’s changes.
MEDITATION is a beneficial practice to partake in throughout your cycle, especially in the area of reducing stress. The attention to breathing, posture, and focus that comes with meditation can help you feel emotionally grounded and physically balanced, which in turn can help lessen stress and its negative effects on the body.
Meditation and Essential Oils make a powerful combination, as they complement and enhance each other.
Essential Oils that come from Trees make great choices while meditating. They are calming and grounding and bring to mind the strength and consistency of deep roots, sturdy trunks, and healing resin. You can diffuse them or mix with Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply topically before meditating.
Some Essential Oils that people love to diffuse while meditating include:
• Clary Sage
You can also swipe Rose, Neroli, or Jasmine on the back of your neck or pulse points before meditating. These three floral oils come in 10 ml roller bottles and are already diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil. They are perfect to use as personal fragrances and enhance calmness, focus, and a clearing of the mind.
Exercises, especially various forms of stretching, is often part of a meditation routine. If you enjoy this sort of activity, performing poses that gently stretch your abdominal muscles can help ease menstrual cramps.
If you would like to use Essential Oils to enhance your meditation or exercise activities, check out a special trio of blends designed with these practices in mind. They are calming and grounding and can be used when meditating, whether or not you include any kind of exercise in your meditation sessions.
The Enlightening Blend (made up of Grapefruit, Lemon, Osmanthus, Melissa, and Siberian Fir Essential Oils) promotes feelings of happiness, clarity, and courage. It encourages you to challenge yourself in setting and meeting your goals. CAUTION: Contains Citrus Oils; avoid sunlight and UV rays after applying topically.
The Steadying Blend (consisting of Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Black Pepper, and Patchouli Essential Oils) promotes feelings of completeness, calmness, courage, and moving forward.
The Centering Blend (featuring Bergamot, Coriander, Marjoram, Peppermint, Jasmine, and Rose Essential Oils) promotes feelings of self-acceptance, trust, harmony, and fluidity. The Bergamot used in this blend is FCF, so you don’t need to be concerned about photosensitivity.
• Apply several drops to diffuser jewelry or lava diffusing rocks.
• Apply to ankles, base of spine, and bottoms of feet to promote feelings of completeness and calmness.
• Enjoy the aromatic benefits of these blends whenever you are feeling scattered or uprooted.
• Use during exercise, while meditating, or any time during your day.
CAUTION: Certain stretching positions should not be used during your menstrual week, due to the conflict in energy flow between such poses and what the body is trying to accomplish during menstruation.
NOTE: In this context, “Meditation” means only taking time to get away from noises and distractions and allow time for deeper thought. No other religious or metaphysical meaning is intended or implied.
QUESTION – DO YOU PRACTICE MEDITATION OR STRETCHING EXERCISES?