Clary sage is a popular oil for cramps in women.
In The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, author Salvatore Battaglia writes:
"Clary sage is one of the most important essential oils as a remedy for women…. Clary sage is known for relieving menstrual cramps due to its spasmolytic and analgesic effects on the uterus."
He also says clary sage oil remains important for women during childbirth and menopause.
The science of this popular oil for cramps
From a scientific standpoint, the benefits of Clary Sage are mainly due to two components that help soothe muscle spasms:
Linalool and linalyl acetate can individually relieve cramps. And when they appear side by side (like in Clary Sage!), They reinforce each other. We call this working in Synergy.
This is a recipe for cramp oil with clary sage and three other popular oils for cramps: Roman chamomile, catnip, and bergamot. (Bergamot also offers the linalool-linalyl acetate synergy!)
Clary Sage Synergy Cramp Oil
- 30 ml jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 7 drops of clary sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea)
- 5 drops of catnip essential oil (Nepeta cataria)
- 4 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile)
- 2 drops of bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia)
Make this mixture in a 30 ml bottle.
Combine your jojoba and the essential oils in the bottle and gently shake to mix all of the ingredients. Massage it into your stomach as needed when you have cramps.
Soothe about the other oils in this cramp recipe
Linalool and linalyl acetate aren't the only natural ingredients that can relieve cramps. So I coated the recipe with a few other cramp oils to take the relief to the next level!
Catnip essential oil
Catnip Contains oil Nepetalactones, that can calm your mind and body as one. (The more peaceful your mind, the more tension your body can relieve.) This is why catnip is often included in anti-anxiety recipes.
Nepetalactones have also been shown to reduce inflammation, which means they can relieve pain.
Roman chamomile oil
Roman chamomile is a traditional and popular oil against cramps!
It is rich in Ester, A chemical family of molecules that can release muscle tension and relieve cramps. I love using Roman chamomile in any mixture for the belly. It has a knack for relieving everything from cramps to nausea and indigestion. If your stomach needs support often, Roman chamomile can become a good friend for you.
Note: German chamomile is not always a substitute for Roman chamomile. The two oils are very different. Learn more about their differences.
Have you tried any of these popular oils for cramping?
I would love to get to know your experience! Share them in the comments. You could help someone else looking for guidance.
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Battaglia, S. (2003) The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Second Edition). Brisbane, the international center for holistic aromatherapy.
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