Believe it or not, you have more options for your health care than conventional medicine would have you believe.
Read on to learn more about the three types of ovarian cysts, the best essential oils for ovarian cysts and how to use them.
Imagine going to the doctor because of extreme period pain. You have been putting this off for as long as possible, but the pain has gotten too much to bear, and you want answers why. The test results have come back with a diagnosis of ovarian cysts.
Ovarian cysts are precisely what their names say: cysts found on or inside your ovaries. Ovarian cysts are caused by hormones and hormonal imbalances. It's worth noting that nearly every fertile woman is going to have cysts a lot more than we're told.
Every month, a cyst-like structure called a follicle will make its appearance. Typically, a few cycles later, these follicles will decrease in size and then disappear on their own. These are functional cysts and are generally painless. There's no need to treat functional cysts unless they last over six months or get inflamed as they are typically a sign that all systems are healthy.
Three Types of Ovarian Cysts
There are three types of ovarian cysts that cause problems. They are teratomas, cystadenomas, and the ever-dreaded endometrioma.
Teratomas are your best-case scenario in these cases. They are rarely cancerous. Teratomas form from embryonic cells and typically contain a variety of interesting tissue inside.
When biopsied, not only can you find the eponymous skin cells inside, but hair and teeth can also be found inside! The primary concern with teratomas is that they are collecting such objects. They can get very large, increasing the chances that your ovaries will be moved out of their place and possibly even contorted. This can and does cause severe pain in your everyday life, especially when you are ovulating.
Cystadenomas come in a variety of types, but the most common of them is serous cystadenoma.
Serous cystadenomas make about 60% of the non-functional cysts diagnosed. These cysts are on the external “face” of your ovaries and are usually one of the easiest to locate. They typically filled with watery fluid and have very smooth walls.
Cystadenomas can also grow to a large size, but unlike teratomas, there are several other risk factors. Cystadenomas are known to calcify, which will make them rock hard, and the pain is akin to gall or kidney stones.
This is also the group that holds cystadenocarcinoma, which is a severe and terrifying diagnosis. This malignant tumor makes up 80% of all its kind and makes up a horrifying 25% of all diagnosed ovarian cysts. These are the ones that begin with symptoms that make them feel like it's just a pad period, so often they get overlooked.
Women fear endometriomas good reason. These are when your uterine lining grows outside of your uterus. The diagnosis for endometriomas is typically how endometriosis is discovered and diagnosed.
Sure, your uterine lining will continue to act as normal in the uterus – thicken, break down, and exit. But, with endometriomas, you're getting this tissue with no way of escaping safely. It will build up and break down, but stay in the area.
Since the rest of your body doesn't know how to deal with this process, much less your ovaries, this will irritate. Eventually, they leave scarred tissue, and there is a possibility that your organs are affixed to your bones.
As any woman who has endometriosis can tell you, this is exactly as painful as it sounds. Endometriosis has been extremely understudied and is still being researched to this day.
All these cysts are related to your estrogen cycle and the natural buildup during your period. This is why birth control is often prescribed to help regulate your estrogen and your cycle, so the cysts begin to shrink. Medical research says birth control is an effective method to ease symptoms.
There are a variety of reasons you may choose to not go with birth control. In the states, a good majority of medical insurances will not cover birth control, making this an out-of-pocket expense.
Some women are trying to get pregnant when they discover ovarian cysts. Others are against birth control due to hormonal reasons or have a more personal reason not to want to go the route of birth control. As such, they research other methods of controlling the pain. As a result, birth control has a popular new adversary: essential oils.
Essential Oils for Ovarian Cysts
Some skeptics will argue that results are psychosomatic, but there are specific essential oils to help with ovarian cysts. But, before you decide on your course of action, talk to your doctor about waiting a few months. This is called watchful waiting. Many ovarian cysts are benign and go away on their own.
If you decide to use essential oils, you should know a few necessary things. Most essential oils are potent anti-inflammatory substances. They can relieve pain, swelling, and even help the cysts to dissolve.
How to Use Essential Oils for Ovarian Cysts
The best way to use essential oils for ovarian cysts is to rub or massage the diluted essential oil into your skin, right over where the pain is.
To make your skin absorb it a little better, take a warm (but not hot) compress or a heating pad and place it over the area you applied your essential oil. This can be done daily if you so choose, and the results have proven to be generally better if you do. But, you can choose to do it only as needed to control the pain yourself without medicine.
Even if you do not have ovarian cysts, aromatherapy abdominal massage can soothe menstrual pain. They are also great for your PMS symptoms or general aches and pains, and they can decrease the amount of menstrual bleeding.
Using Essential Oils in the Bath
This method works by taking your essential oil and pouring enough into Epsom salts until absorbed by the salts. And then you use the Epsom salt in a bath.
This will infuse your bath water with essential oil and prevent the oils from laying useless on top of the water. Naturally, when you bathe, the water and oil will absorb into your skin and get to the affected area slowly.
What Essential Oils Should You Use?
Chamomile has been used for centuries for its ability to calm upset stomachs. It has been proven to relax, and it seems to be useful in the reproductive system as well. Any woman who drinks chamomile tea during their period can attest to this truth.
One extremely popular blend for ovarian cysts is frankincense. Frankincense is one of the most expensive essential oils because it is a potent oil. It can be used for a variety of ailments with full reliability. Frankincense can shrink at a higher rate than other essential oils and may even destroy them entirely.
Frankincense is an excellent oil to use with a carrier oil. Otherwise, it can be overpowering to many people, and frankincense is one of the most expensive oils to use – a 15ml bottle can cost you $75! To keep your cost down, use a carrier oil.
A lot of people with endometriosis will use Frankincense because it typically offers quick relief, which has appeal during an episode.
Ginger and Cardamom
A good mixture is ginger and cardamom. It has a spicy scent that packs a powerful punch against inflammation, which can reduce a good amount of pain.
Geranium and Cypress
Also consider geranium or cypress oils in your blend, especially if you are looking for a lighter scent. Geranium, at least, is very good at rounding out other scents.
For temporary relief of symptoms, consider mixing peppermint into your blend. It's a strong scent on its own and a strong oil. But it’s one of the few oils whose results are nearly immediate, so it will effectively relieve pain until the rest of your blend can kick in.
You also need to use a carrier oil because essential oils are very concentrated substances. Always dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil. I like to use up to 10-15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. But you can and should start with a lower concentration initially.
When you choose your carrier oil, rub it into a thin area of your body, such as your wrist or the inside of your elbow. If the oil has absorbed into your skin to your liking by the time you count to ten, walk outside and observe it. A good carrier oil will heat up only slightly in full sun. If it gets more than a warming sensation, your skin has not absorbed it enough or will not be friendly with you when it comes to heat.
Once you have picked your carrier oil, you can now look into the active oils. Carrier oils are extremely useful for helping blended oils become…well, blended. This is a good time to experiment with mixing some of the essential oils you have heard about.
Essential Oil Recipe for Ovarian Cysts
Here is a recipe for the pain to use externally.
Peppermint essential oil: 5 drops
Frankincense essential oil: 5 drops
Cardamom essential oil 2 drops
Ginger essential oil 2 drops