As many as 93 percent of women experience menstrual cramps, and up to 26 percent of women experience severe pain, some studies suggest. Research from a South Korean school of nursing shows that massaging an aromatherapy blend of lavender, clary sage and rose essential oils onto the abdomen just before and during a woman’s menstrual period provides relief from cramps.

The full research report of  “Aromatherapy Massage Relieves Menstrual Cramps,” ran in the print edition of MASSAGE Magazine’s April 2007 issue.

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