First Posted May 2015
The month of May was said to be named after Maia, the Greco-Roman goddess of spring, renewal, and fertility. When most people think about fertility, they think about pregnancy and childbirth. When I think about fertility, I think about creativity, and how it seems to ebb and flow throughout my life. For women, our innate wisdom, intuition, and creativity are gifts that first start to blossom as girls, then later, as we grow into women, these gifts change and evolve from life experience as well as when we “cycle” from one month to the next.
Every month women experience the physical and emotional changes as the hormones estrogen and progesterone, shift in their bodies. According to author, Dr. Christiane Northrup “Ovulation represents mental and emotional creativity at its peak”. We, as women, need to embrace our creativity, our wisdom, and our nurturing spirit. We are not more or less than men, just different.
Our bodies are very wise. They let us know if we don’t take care of ourselves. During the Luteal phase of their cycle, (a few days before your period), a lot of women experience PMS, stress, or irritability.This is the time most women’s tolerance for other people’s “Stuff” tends to be low (or non-existent). Our irritability is a gift that many don’t recognize. It may help us to notice if things are out of balance or if boundaries need to be set. This is our body’s way of taking care of us, self-care at a subconscious level.
During the Luteal phase, many women feel tired physically and emotionally. It a good time to slow down, rest, maybe journal or meditate, to pay attention to your feelings and to nurture yourself. A good way to do this is by diffusing essential oils. One that I like to use is Geranium, (Latin name Pelargonium Graveolens); it is a perennial, shrubby plant that originated in South Africa. In the 17th century, it was introduced into Europe, where it hybridized. Around 1880, Geranium plantations were planted on Reunion Island, (east of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean). Geranium essential oil is also produced in China and Egypt. (The Chinese variety is similar to the Reunion variety, but the Egyptian variety smells quite different). Geranium is an uplifting and balancing essential oil that is good for its regulating effect on the nervous system. Geranium helps to ease hormonal tension & irritability, stress as well as anxiety. Try diffusing it or when diluted, apply topically to your abdomen and/or your pulse points.
As women, I think that it is important to honor all of the phases of our life. The media definitely put a negative spin on what is a natural part of being female. I think that we need to support and mentor other each other and respect each other’s life choices, instead of making it a competition. We need to return to building communities of Wise Women.
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace Medical Advice…Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
Avoid using Geranium essential oil in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
Always dilute for topical use. It may irritate sensitive skin.
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- Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion, an imprint of Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
- Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
- Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014
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