Essential Oils + Your Fertility
By Stephanie Moletti Murphy
As you move down the path toward pregnancy, essential oils can play a big role in supporting a woman, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
What is an Essential Oil:
Simply stated, essential oils are the extracted volatile, aromatic compounds found in plants. They may come from the flowers, leaves, stems, bark, roots, resin or seeds of a plant. They are highly concentrated – one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint. A little goes a very long way.
Essential oils have been used for centuries. We find references to their use in many ancient sacred texts. Today, they have a wide range of uses from cosmetics and food to natural health solutions. They provide a natural alternative to synthetic drugs, providing you with a first line of defense.
For the plant, its essential oils provide protection from disease and predators as well as enhancing its reproductive process. When we extract the essential oils from a plant, research has shown that we may receive similar benefits within the body.
Essential oils are produced by either steam distillation, whereby the microscopic oil sacks are lifted and separated from the plant. Or by cold pressing in the case of citrus peel or rinds.
Quality and Testing Matters:
When choosing an essential oil, sourcing, purity, quality, and rigorous testing is well essential. It’s important to understand how and where the plants were grown. Essential oils from plants grown in their native habitat without the use of chemicals produce the highest quality and most effective oils.
The distillation process is also an important aspect. It is critical that toxic solvents and chemicals are not utilizing in extracting the essential oils.
To ensure therapeutic qualities and pure essential oils, every batch of the oil must be tested and certified by a third-party testing entity. This ensures that the product in your hands is pure, potent, genuine and authentic. Testing guarantees the absence of toxins, contaminants and microorganisms and assures the presence of the necessary therapeutic qualities.
How to Use Essential Oils:
There are three ways to use an essential oil: aromatically, topically and internally.
Diffuse with a diffuser
Inhale from cupped hands
Inhale directly from the bottle
Wear an oil pendant or diffuser braclet.
* Aromatic uses can impact moods, open airways and cleanse the air.
When used topically, essential oils work fast, entering the blood stream within about 30 seconds of an application. Research has shown that every cell of the body is impacted by a topical application within 20 to 30 minutes.
Apply directly to an area of pain or concern
Apply to the back of the neck, forehead, under the nose or pulse points
Apply to bottoms of the feet or along the spine for a more systemic affect.
Using a carrier oil can help protect sensitive skin from irritation as well as help cover a
larger area of the body.
Internal uses assist the body’s natural detoxification processes as well as supporting and soothing the digestive system, mouth, throat, liver and urogenital tract. When using an essential oil internally, ensuring that the oil is CPTG (Certified Pure Tested Grade) is extremely important.
Put a drop under the tongue
Add a drop to a glass of water
Put a drop in an empty capsule and swallow
Add to foods and smoothies for flavor and therapeutic benefits
*Safety note: 1 to 2 drops of an essential oil is all that is needed for a topical or internal use. The body metaboloizes the oils as it does food. Using a small often every 2 to 3 hours for a systemic concern is the best way to support the body.
Essential Oils for Hormonal Balance and Fertility
There are infinite reasons that may lead to infertility in women and men. Working with a doctor to understand the cause and treatment options is vital. However, there is research that indicates the efficacy of essential oils in treating some fertility issues.
Stress is a major contributor to fertility concerns. Using essential oils helps to reduce the fear,
anxiety and tension that may accompany those on the path to pregnancy. Choosing essential oils with calming and/or uplifting effects such as Lavender, Wild Orange, Frankincense, Vetiver, Basil, Geranium, and Ylang Ylang can support you emotionally along the way.
Support the Body’s Natural Detoxification Processes:
The antioxidants in many essential oils may be effective in combating free radical damage within the body. Additionally, a variety of essential oils may assist in combating candida overgrowth, supporting the liver’s natural detoxification and generally supporting the body’s cleansing abilities.
Essential oils such as Lemon, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Oregano, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Ginger and Grapefruit can all support these processes.
Hormonal imbalance can lead to a variety of health concerns, including infertility. Essential oils like Geranium, Sandalwood, Thyme, Lavender and Clary Sage can help to regulate hormones. Additionally, supporting the liver’s ability to clean out “spent hormones” will also support more balanced hormones.
Systemic inflammation in the body can lead to a variety of health issues. Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties which may help to reduce inflammation within the body there by reducing the health issues associated with it. Essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties include Frankincense, Thyme, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Geranium, Jasmine and Neroli.
Essential oils have been used for centuries for their aphrodisiac properties. They may be beneficial in increasing libido for both women and men. Essential oils including Rose, Jasmine, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang and Neroli may all boost libido for both sexes.
Stimulate menstrual flow:
A variety of essential oils such as Clary Sage and Fennel can stimulate your menstrual cycle and support other menstrual issues that may lead to infertility in women. Additionally, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose and Geranium have proven effective.
With so many different ways to use essential oils, it can be overwhelming. I always recommend to start with a few and grown from there. Which oils are “calling out” to you? Are there a few oils that fall under various categories you want to explore? Let your intuition direct you.
When working with essential oils, it’s so important to have someone to hold your hand. Someone to point you in the direction of credible resources and fully explain safe and effective application. Find someone you trust and feel comfortable with to help you begin your oily journey.
I would be honored to assist anyone interested in connecting. I offer a free one-hour wellness consult via Zoom or Skype to anyone within the Goddess Momma Fertility Yoga community.
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Check out my interview with Susan on Goddess Momma Fertility Podcast