A recent clinical study shows that aromatic essential oil massage may provide pain relief for patients with primary dysmenorrhea. The results published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research shows this study assessed the effectiveness of blended essential oils on menstrual cramps for outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea (a gynecological medical condition of pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities) and explored the analgesic ingredients in the essential oils. The clinical trial was conducted by the Department of Applied Cosmetology, Hungkuang University, Taiwan.
Participants were randomly assigned to an essential oil group and a synthetic fragrance group. Essential oils blended with lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clary sage (Salvia sclarea) and marjoram (Origanum majorana) in a 2:1:1 ratio was diluted in unscented cream at 3% concentration for the essential oil group. All outpatients used the cream daily to massage their lower abdomen from the end of the last menstruation continuing to the beginning of the next menstruation. Both the numeric rating scale and the verbal rating scale significantly decreased after one menstrual cycle intervention in the two groups. The duration of pain was significantly reduced from 2.4 to 1.8 days.
In conclusion, aromatic oil massage provided relief for outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea and reduced the duration of menstrual pain in the essential oil group. The blended essential oils contain four key analgesic components that amount to as much as 79.29%; these analgesic constitutes are linalyl acetate, linalool, eucalyptol, and β-caryophyllene. This study suggests that this blended formula can serve as a reference for alternative and complementary medicine on primary dysmenorrhea.
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