If you are a female, I’m certain you know about cramps. But are you familiar with clary sage and how it is used for cramp relief without medication?
First, allow me to introduce you to clary sage.
Clary sage has been around for centuries. As a source of natural phytoestrogens, it stimulates the body to produce more hormones bringing around a balancing effect. (However, the presence of phytoestrogens makes it unsuitable for use during pregnancy)
Although it has a sharp scent, it actually has a quieting effect on the emotions and is said to bring clarity.
When used with massage, clary sage has been found to reduce abdominal cramps.
I decided to put a clary sage massage to the test. Could it really work to relieve cramps?
Cramp Relief without Medication
First, you need:
A 1/3 ounce roller ball bottle
Carrier oil such as avocado, jojoba or almond oil
clary sage essential oil (here’s where I get mine)
Fill your roller ball with the carrier oil. Add 4 drops of clary sage essential oil.
Lie on your back in a quiet place.
Start at the belly button and use the roller ball to draw several circles on your abdomen in a clockwise direction slowly moving out.
Set aside the roller ball bottle and continue to massage in a circular motion pressing down gently. Continue for one minute.
THE VERDICT: This method absolutely worked for me. I tried to inhale deeply while massaging and applied pretty good pressure since that is what I found soothing.
And if you want a little something-something extra to help soothe your cramps, I’d suggest lying with a heating pad on your back at the same time.
This method does have it’s limitations. It’s not really practical for when cramps strike in the middle of work, or school, or Target, since there is no place to lie down and massage.
However, once you have performed the massage, the scent of the clary sage will still linger on your skin. The small whiffs that I inhaled throughout the day brought instant, calming relief. I kinda loved it.
Please try it for yourself. I’d love to hear your results.