10:56 am - 12/08/2011

Cedarwood as emmenagogue?

Hello VagPag :)
I am researching essential oils for a project--and all my resources say it must be avoided in pregnancy/can be used as an emmenagogue to induce/regulate the menstrual cycle.

Does anyone know any specific ways it has been used as an emmenagogue? Like recipes, etc? Tea sounds weird for cedarwood...rubs or creams I'm thinking?

I haven't found anything yet. Any other imformation people might have on emmenagogue essential oils would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! :)
kelsietrpt 8th-Dec-2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, you should never ingest ANY essential oils. I would imagine that it would have an external application--perhaps massaged into the belly/uterine area, perhaps to stimulate contractions? I know I've done this with pennyroyal oil before. You have to be very careful not to get it near your delicate vaginal tissue, though. From what I can find in my books, that IS how it is used--as a rub to stimulate blood flow. I like to put it in my mop water when I clean the house, but that's for the smell and the anti-bug properties. :)
may_third 8th-Dec-2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Well, there are a few essential oils that can be used internally. I put a few drops of peppermint on my tongue when I get stomach aches and it always helps me out :) Particularly curious about these emmenagogue oils though, as I am studying to become a doula. I love essential oils and all their uses! That's a great idea to put it in mop water, I bet that leaves your house smelling amaaaazing...Anyway I thought sister zeus's website might have something on cedarwood but I didn't end up finding anything. How did you use pennyroyal? Did you use a carrier oil? Any info on how you did that would be great! :)
kelsietrpt 8th-Dec-2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
I mixed my pennyroyal with grapeseed oil as a carrier. I HAVE used it directly before--both as a bug repellent and as an emmenagogue--but I find that it can make my skin feel prickly that way. :) I used about a dime sized amount of grapeseed oil and about ten drops of pennyroyal, warm it between my hands, and gently massage it into my uterine area. I have used the pennyroyal several times, actually, and in most cases, I definitely get crampy and start my period within a couple of days (after using the oil a few times). In one case, I reacted VERY strongly to it--within five seconds of application, I doubled over with horrible cramps and had to get in the fetal position on the floor. Within three minutes, I was bleeding. Pretty remarkable, really--it definitely speaks to its potency. I have used a few EO's internally--a couple of drops of clove oil in warm water as a mouthwash, for instance, when I have canker sores (though I'd never swallow the clove oil). I just like to be cautious! :)
kelsietrpt 8th-Dec-2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'll just add here that the ten drops of pennyroyal to a blob of grapeseed oil was probably NOT the safest dilution, but I've been using pennyroyal on my legs and arms for years to repel mosquitoes and I've never had any obviously ill effects...I would be hesitant to recommend it, though.
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