Essential oils are concentrated liquids extracted from leaves, stems, petals, and other parts of a plant. They are called essential oils because they capture the “essence” of the plant (it’s scent or flavor).
Scents are powerful and can trigger memories or emotions and have an impact on the systems of the body. Try smelling freshly baked cookies without smiling. Essential oils can also improve our wellness and help in preparing the body for conception.
Because of their highly concentrated nature, most essential oils should not be ingested or swallowed. It’s also important to be aware that most need to be diluted in a carrier oil (preferably coconut, jojoba, or olive oil) before applying them to the skin. Some can be applied ‘neat’ which means without a carrier oil but it’s best to err on the side of caution and dilute them all. Smelling them is the fastest route of utilization.
Some of the benefits of essential oils include hormone regulation, relaxation, reduction of anxiety and depression, mood stabilization, and better sleep to name a few. Essential oils also influence the endocannabinoid system which not only modulates pain but also affects follicle growth, egg cell maturation, and secretion of hormones from the endocrine system. The endocannabinoid system also affects transport of the embryo through the fallopian tubes, implantation, formation of the uterine lining for the embryo to implant into and development of the placenta. This article looks at the most beneficial essential oils for fertility specifically.
Sandalwood can be beneficial to people for fertility. It has been said empirically that sandalwood increases testosterone in men which may improve libido and has been said to be an aphrodisiac for women. Sandalwood can procure and pass on nourishment and tonifies yin. Yin describes the functions of the body that are cooling, moistening, nourishing, and substantial. A lack of yin dries out the body and makes it hotter. This is reflected in low estrogen levels, thin uterine lining, and less cervical fluid.
Melissa is a rare and sought-after oil that Paracelsus called the “elixir of life.” It is particularly good at calming the nervous system and anxiety. It resolves stuck energy and clears heat in the Liver. This type is called the stuck type and they often get easily stressed and angered. They commonly experience migraines and other headaches, period pain, irregular menstruation, muscle tightness, nervous stomach, PMS, clotted menstrual blood and PMS. Melissa helps to move qi in the digestive system for nervous stomach, stops pain for menstrual pain and headaches.
Ylang-Ylang is an aphrodisiac. Its properties are cooling and moistening so it helps to improve the yin functions. Ylang-Ylang soothes the nervous system for nervous tension and insomnia. It also improves the function of the reproductive system overall. Helping with frigidity and impotence and a lack of pleasure and joy in sexual activity.
Rose is one of the oldest plants still in existence. It has both yin and yang properties. It tonifies the yin and moves blood to improve uterine blood flow and environment, improves the qi of the reproductive system to resolve irregular or painful menstruation, excessive menstrual bleeding, impotence, infertility, and lack of sexual desire. Its yang actions are demonstrated in Rose’s ability to free and awaken the spirit. It heals emotional trauma, and improves anxiety, depression, and deep despair.
Lavender is the most well-known and popular essential oil. Lavender, like Rose, frees and awakens the spirit and improves reproductive Qi. Lavender normalizes menstruation and in pregnancy can help promote labor. It modulates sexual energy, increasing it in lack of sexual desire and cooling it in excessive sexual appetite.
Each of these oils can be diffused, inhaled, or put in creams and lotions to be applied to the skin. We carry a spray that contains all these essential oils in one convenient bottle. You simply spray the essential oil formula around you, or you can spray it on your hands and inhale. If you would like to find out more let us know. You can purchase this from us while in the office or email us and we place an order for you. We only have a couple of bottles of the fertility formula in stock currently.
If you are ready to take control of your fertility and increase your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy. The benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine extends beyond fertility to offer lasting results. Call our office at 385-279-2410 to make an appointment.