Essential Oils for Fertility
The adorable chubby cheeks, the soft coos they make, the sweet scent of their hair, and the loving feeling you get when holding them in your arms. Babies are incredible blessings that most people desire at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, making that dream a reality is much harder for some and it can be overwhelming and frustrating when it just isn’t happening.
It is reported that up to 1 in 6 couples worldwide will experience some sort of fertility issues. In general, doctors will not even consider it a problem until the duo have tried to conceive for at least 12 months on their own. At that point, tests will be run on both people and they will determine what the issue is. For the most part, it is split on who may have the issue; with about 55% of the cases being on the woman’s side and 45% of that man’s. It is very helpful to know what the problem is so that it can be addressed correctly, even when you choose to help the process along naturally. Essential oils have been used for balancing hormone levels for many situations, so why should fertility be any different? Let’s take a look at how we can use these amazing plant extracts to aid in the dream to start a family.
For Women’s Infertility
Geranium is a wonderful oil for balance in all aspects. It can be very helpful when it comes to balancing female hormones. Oftentimes, the reason women are having difficulty conceiving is because of hormonal imbalance. Geranium Essential Oil supports the adrenal cortex which encourages the release of regular estrogen levels. This could help regulate menstrual phases, ease PMS, and may even give relief with uterine problems. In addition, Geranium is an amazing oil for stress and anxiety which is often another issue that arises when you are having a hard time getting pregnant. It can provide a calming yet uplifting effect when you are feeling down. Lastly, Geranium oil can even be used as an aphrodisiac by promoting feelings of intimacy and sexuality creating a bond between the two people. This oil can be a great addition for a couple’s massage.
This herbal oil is incredible at balancing estrogen production. Many fertility issues stem from estrogen levels not being ideal such as PCOS and endometriosis. Also, it is common for infertility to come from thyroid levels being off. Clary Sage Essential Oil can aid in regulating thyroid hormones. In studies, this fantastic female oil has proven to reduce cortisol levels by 36% and improve TSH levels. It is also great for improving mood by combatting depression and stress. One study found a direct link of high stress levels to the ability to get pregnant. Women with the higher levels of the stress enzyme, alpha-amylase were twice as likely to be infertile. So, because Clary Sage is beneficial for both hormones and for stress, it is a perfect choice for a woman when trying to conceive. Adding Lavender Essential Oil to Clary Sage could be even better because of its ability to calm and balance as well.
Normal progesterone levels are also very important when you need your body in prime shape to start a family. Thyme Essential Oil has high levels of phyto progestins (plant based progesterone) proven to naturally balance progesterone levels which is incredibly helpful for both men and women. One study showed that use of Thyme oil reduced the number and size of ovarian cysts for women dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This can be advantageous for women who suffer from PCOS and are having difficulty conceiving due to cysts on the ovaries.
Fennel Oil is helpful for women trying to increase fertility for two reasons. First, it is phytoestrogenic meaning it can mimic estrogen in the body at low levels which can encourage hormonal balance and may help promote menstruation. Second, it has shown in some preliminary studies that it may help increase the number of ovarian follicles which help release the egg. This is good news for women who may not always release an egg each month or for those that are reaching advanced maternal age. In addition, recent research has shown that the chemical components of Thyme oil might help reduce pain during heavy periods.
For Men’s Infertility
Low testosterone is a common reason for men to have infertility issues. Even though there are not a lot of scientific studies to back it up, Sandalwood Essential Oil is said to help boost testosterone levels. This could be beneficial for men with a low sperm count. What we do know for sure is that Sandalwood is amazing at helping fight stress and encourage more sleep which is super helpful when trying to maintain good levels of testosterone. In addition, this soft and sensuous oil is the perfect choice for a couple’s massage as it is known to be an incredible aphrodisiac for men and can improve low libido.
This grounding oil is outstanding for calming the mind, helping discourage fear, and relaxing the body. All of these things are important when preparing yourself to have a baby. Frankincense can absolutely aid in reducing the stress that comes with worrying about the pressure you may be under. On top of that, animal studies have shown that Frankincense just might be helpful in improving sperm mobility and density. Experts think this may be because of Frankincense’s ability to increase the hormones of spermatogenesis in the pituitary gland. More research is needed, but in the meantime, it can’t hurt to use this spectacular oil.
Other Essential Oils to Consider
Jasmine Absolute: great at combating depression, promotes reproductive health, and helps improve libido
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: promotes feelings of love and comfort, reduces anxiety levels, enhances sensuality
Lavender Essential Oil: creates overall balance, reduces stress, may regulate menstrual cycle
Chamomile Essential Oil: anti-inflammatory for pelvic pain including fibroids and cysts, normalizes central nervous system
General Female Fertility Health Oil
4 oz Glass Bottle (Pump if available)
10 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
10 Drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
5 Drops Thyme Essential Oil
5 Drops Fennel Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients together and pour into the glass bottle. Massage onto the lower abdomen twice daily from the first day of menstruation until ovulation. Discontinue use for second half of cycle until you get your period again or become pregnant.
Date Night Diffuser Recipe
100ml Water in your Oasis Diffuser
1 Drop Frankincense Essential Oil
2 Drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
1 Drop Jasmine Absolute
1-2 Drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
Add all ingredients into the diffuser and turn on. Use to help set a romantic and relaxing tone for men and women.