Lavender Essential Oil for Period Pain

Effectiveness

Lavender essential oil rates as a possibly effective treatment for period pain (primary dysmenorrhea). There are more than 3 studies which confirm its effectiveness in reducing period pain.

Dosage and Directions

People in studies applied 3 drops of lavender oil to the hands or a piece of cotton and inhaled the scent once daily or every 6 hours for the first 3 days of menstruation.

Safety

Lavender essential oil rates as possibly safe. There are more than 5 studies which confirm its safety.
 

Adverse Reactions

Orally, lavender oil may cause gastrointestinal upset.
Topically, use of lavender can cause allergic contact dermatitis.
 

Interactions

Barbiturates. Be cautious with this combination.
Benzodiazepines.  Be cautious with this combination.
Chloral hydrate.  Be cautious with this combination.
CNS depressants.  Be cautious with this combination.
Pentobarbital (Nembutal). Be cautious with this combination.