Today’s edition of The Powers of Aromatherapy focuses on massage for menstrual pain using essential oils at 3-5% dilution.
This area is well-researched and exceptional in the collective evidence that is available. The six studies outlined in our infographic include comparisons with: plain oil massage, synthetic fragrance massage, conventional analgesics and no intervention at all. One cross-over study is featured. In a cross-over study the treatment and placebo groups are switched for the second part of the trial.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325408/5 (open access)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/PMC3…/pdf/ECAM2013-742421.pdf (open access)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/PMC3…/pdf/ECAM2012-187163.pdf (open access)
In every case, aromatherapy massage was significantly more effective. We can therefore conclude that there is solid evidence for using aromatherapy massage in alleviating menstrual pain.