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Fertility is a common problem among women nowadays. With a hectic lifestyle, stress and wrong diet, an increasing number of women are having trouble conceiving. The abuse of birth control pills further adds to the problem.
Infertility in women can occur due to many reasons, whether it is irregular ovulation, Fallopian tube blockage or cervical tube blockage. The age factor and habits such as smoking and drinking significantly reduce the chances of conception in women. However, not all infertility problems are severe. Some can be treated by making healthy changes in lifestyle and diet.
If you are waiting for the good news to arrive, you need to seriously look into your diet and start a healthy exercise routine. Losing weight can be a good way to start if you have been on the higher side of the scale. Besides all this, you can also include a few essential oils in your routine to combat your infertility problems.
Essential oils have long been used by humans to solve most of their skin and health problems. However, this knowledge though known to modern man, came into light in the 1930s and 1940s when aromatherapy began gaining importance as a potent way of solving health issues by using essential oils. There are quite a few essential oils which have been successfully able to boost fertility in women as well. Did we get you intrigued enough?
Here is a comprehensive list of essential oils which can boost fertility in women. So just go ahead, indulge in some aromatherapy and good news should not be far away.
1. German Chamomile Oil
German chamomile is extremely potent in reducing cysts and fibroids in the female reproductive system, which are the biggest roadblocks to conception. It is also a great stress reliever and has anti-inflammatory properties, that boost fertility in women.
How to use: 3 drops of German chamomile can be added to a carrier oil such as coconut oil and can be applied to the bottoms of the feet every night before bed.
2. Yarrow Oil
Yarrow has been used by ancient women to regulate their menstrual cycle. So if your irregular periods is what is stopping you from conceiving, yarrow oil will help you regulate them to a great extent. Additionally, it aids the muscles of the uterus to work efficiently.
How to use: To increase its effectiveness, yarrow oil is best advised to be consumed. Adding 2 drops of the oil into your daily cup of herbal tea will help to keep your reproductive organs in the top gear.
3. Rose Otto
Rose otto is known to strengthen the muscles of the uterus and regulate its working. It aids the uterus to accept the embryo and prevents the chances of a miscarriage. It also thins the vaginal mucus and helps the sperm reach the egg.
How to use: Rose otto oil can be used as an abdominal rub. Mix 2 drops of rose otto oil in 2 tablespoons of any carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil and apply to the abdomen area every day.
4. Damiana Oil
Damiana is most commonly used as an aphrodisiac. It boosts sexual libido in women and also helps reduce anxiety and depression which are associated with lovemaking. It also helps in regulating the menstrual cycle.
How to use: Damiana is widely available in the form of Damiana tea leaves. Drinking it twice a day is said to be quite helpful. Two drops of Damiana oil can be added to your regular cup of herbal tea and consumed twice a day.
5. Geranium Oil
Commonly known as women's essential oil, geranium helps to balance the female hormones and regulate the menstrual cycle. It also works well in reducing stress and is an ovarian and uterine tonic.
How to use: Use 4-5 drops of geranium oil in 1 tablespoon of almond oil to make the rub and use it in the lower abdomen area and the inside and outside of the right ankle. The right ankle is said to be an acupressure point for the female fertility organs.
6. Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage is known to increase oestrogen levels in the female body which increases the chances of pregnancy. It also has antispasmodic properties and helps regulate the menstrual cycle, along with being a stress reliever.
How to use: Clary sage is effective when used in a diffuser. Also, if you love long baths, 10 drops of clary sage added into your hot bath will give you all the goodness of the oil.
7. Patchouli Oil
The smell of patchouli is known to increase sexual libido. Its soothing smell also relaxes the muscles of the uterus and increases the blood flow into it.
How to use: 2 drops of patchouli can be used in a tablespoon of carrier oil like coconut oil. Apply the rub onto the bottom of your feet before going to bed every night. You can also carry patchouli with you and use it on a tissue and take a whiff throughout the day.
8. Ginger Oil
The warming properties of ginger promote the blood circulation to the reproductive organs in women. It is also is extremely potent in regulating the menstrual cycle and clearing up any cysts which are blocking the fallopian tubes.
How to use: Ginger can be used in herbal teas. Just 2 drops of ginger oil in a cup of your favourite brew can be consumed twice a day. Additionally, you can also massage ginger oil near your ankles before going to bed.
9. Fennel Oil
Fennel oil is said to be a blessing for women with PCOS. It is powerful in balancing the hormones, which in turn regulates the menstrual cycle. This essential oil is packed with oestrogen that is most effective in treating infertility.
How to use: Fennel oil is mild and can be used directly on to the skin. Take a few drops of fennel oil onto your fingertips and gently massage in the area just below your abdomen. This can be done every day after bath.
10. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense is mainly used to relieve stress but works wonderfully for conception as well. When our body is stressed, it releases a hormone called cortisol. Our body uses all the reserves of progesterone in order to make this hormone. So if there are low levels of progesterone, there are low chances of pregnancy as well. Frankincense reduces the level of stress in the body and curbs the production of cortisol so that the body can use progesterone for what it is meant for - pregnancy.
How to use: Frankincense is most effectively used in a diffuser.
11. Jasmine Oil
Jasmine oil increases the overall health of the female reproductive organs and aids in pregnancy. It is aphrodisiac in nature and can uplift your mood with its floral smell. It is very expensive but extremely effective.
How to use: Jasmine oil is strongly scented and calming. Use a few drops of the oil in other carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage it on the fertility points of your body such as your ankles and the area just above your wrists.
12. Lavender Oil
Lavender is beneficial for women with endometriosis. It also helps regulate the hormones and balance their levels which aid in pregnancy. The wonderful smell of lavender essential oil also brings about a soothing effect on the mind.
How to use: Lavender essential oil is best used in a diffuser. You can also add 10 drops of the oil into your daily bath water.
13. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is known to enhance the production of cervical mucus which helps the sperm reach the eggs on time for the fertilisation to take place. Also, it helps in managing PCOS and increases the chances of pregnancy in women with the condition.
How to use: Eucalyptus oil can directly be used to massage on the fertility points of the body and the bottom of your feet just before going to bed.
14. Calendula Oil
Calendula is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also highly effective in reducing uterine congestion and ovarian cysts. It helps the uterus sustain a healthy pregnancy by regulating the hormone levels of the body during pregnancy and reduce the chances of a miscarriage.
How to use: Calendula is excellent when used for abdominal massage. Mix 3 to 4 drops of calendula oil in a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil and massage this on your lower abdomen area.
15. Ylang Ylang Oil
Ylang Ylang oil charges up your reproductive organs and put them into action. It acts as an aphrodisiac and also helps in balancing the reproductive hormones.
How to use: Ylang ylang is one of the essential oils with an amazing smell. It can be used on a diffuser or directly massaged on to the lower abdomen and back areas for it to work directly on the reproductive organs.
16. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood oil is essentially helpful in increasing sexual libido in women. It also works as a great stress reliever and helps in strengthening the uterine muscles.
How to use: Sandalwood can be massaged directly onto the skin in the lower abdomen or can be used in a diffuser.
17. Rose Oil
Rose oil is excellent in increasing reproductive health in women. It will help boost your sex drive due to its aphrodisiac properties. Rose oil possesses soothing properties as well which helps to relieve stress.
How to use: A long hot bath in water that is diffused with 10 to 15 drops of rose oil will not only uplift your mood but also stimulate sexual desire.
18. Tarragon Oil
Tarragon oil is known to be effective in regulating your menstrual cycle. It is also known to reduce menstrual cramps and regulate blood flow to the uterus. Tarragon along with other essential oils can help in reducing cysts as well and improve the chances of fertility.
How to use: A few drops of Tarragon oil can be massaged on the bottoms of the feet and above the ankles.
19. Myrrh Oil
Myrrh is essential in clearing any obstructions in the uterus and naturally increases the chances of pregnancy. It also helps to thin the cervical mucus. Regular use of Myrrh can improve your menstrual cycle and help regulate it.
How to use: Myrrh can be mixed with a carrier oil and used to massage the body, giving attention to the abdomen area. Mix 5 to 6 drops of the oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil and use it to massage your body.
20. Anise Seed Oil
The warming qualities of anise can help increase the blood flow to the uterus and also help in the smooth functioning of the reproductive organs. It helps to increase the pregnancy hormones and creates a perfect condition inside the body to conceive and sustain a healthy pregnancy.
How to use: Anise seed oil can be used in herbal teas to achieve best results. Add 3 to 4 drops of anise seed oil in your regular cup of noncaffeinated tea and drink it twice a day.
Essential Oils – A Word Of Caution
While all these essential oils can be extremely effective, most of the oils should not be used during ovulation. Also, the essential oils are highly concentrated, which can cause irritation and redness on the skin. Therefore it is better to do a patch test before applying on your skin and also dilute them in carrier oils as directed above.
Though essential oils are effective, there are many oils that interfere with the certain type of medications. For example, if you are suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure, it is better to take the advice of your doctor before using these essential oils.