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Last summer, I searched extensively for a way to balance my hormones and my cycles. I came across the term “seed cycling” and figured I would try it out. Unfortunately, I discovered an issue with seeds and nuts, so I discontinued seed cycling after about a month. I had not seen any improvements yet (it can take about 3 months to see changes).
Then again this spring I revisited this idea as I desperately longed for a solution for my cycles. Although my health has significantly improved thanks to GAPS, eating nutrient dense, fertility promoting foods has not been enough for my cycles to normalize.
Of course I still needed to limit my seeds, so I sought an alternative way to support cycling. There is Lunaception, which I think is a fantastic idea! I would love to do it, but my living situation makes it difficult to practice.
It hit me while listening to a webinar on supporting hormones with essential oils: I could use them in the same way that seed cycling in used!
Many essential oils support general hormone balance, and others contain either phytoestrogens or pytoprogesterones. I also dug a little deeper, and found this post from Holistic Health Herbalist about which essential oils can help for certain concerns.
Using the information I found, I created two blends of essential oils for myself: a follicular blend and a luteal blend. And I really have seen a difference! The first month I used the follicular blend, I was well into a cycle with no sign of ovulation.
Almost immediately, I started to produce cervical mucus and ovulated right around the full moon. After switching to the luteal blend, my luteal phase was lengthened by a single day. While this might not seem like much, my luteal phases had been shrinking over the past several months. Any lengthening is significant!
The next round of essential oil cycling happened without anything happening, which made me worry that the first round had just been a coincidence. However, as soon as I switched back to the follicular blend for a third round, the mucus showed up and soon I ovulated! My luteal phase was even longer this time.
Essential oil cycling is really working for me. Reproductive hormones are a fickle thing, and it can take several months to notice a difference when you are working to support healthy levels and cycles. But it is possible!
Goals of Essential Oils Cycling
Both blends contained essential oils to help balance hormones levels: geranium, frankincense, and ylang ylang.
The follicular blend also contains oils that support the production of estrogen: clary sage, fennel, and coriander. In my personal blend, I also include oil that support cervical mucus and ovarian health. This past year my cervical mucus has been mediocre, and I either ovulate late or not at all. Therefore, these are very important functions for me to support! Someone with relatively healthy cycles may do find with just the base blend. This blend supports the body as it prepares for ovulation.
The luteal blend supports the production of progesterone with thyme and marjoram. I also included one of the ovarian health support oils. I avoided the oils that support cervical mucus production since mucus should dry up during this phase. This blend supports a healthy luteal phase – whether you are looking to sustain a pregnancy or have a longer safe period when trying to avoid pregnancy with NFP.
During the first half of the cycle, the follicular blend is used, and the luteal blend is used during the second half of the cycle. As I will detail later, the cycling can also follow the moon for those with very irregular cycles.
Base Oils for Essential Oil Cycling
Geranium – Supports hormonal balance and function; supports the effects of other oils
Frankincense – Has a calming effect, and generally supports cellular function; supports the effects of other oils
Ylang Ylang – Energizes reproductive organs and supports natural hormone balance
Clary Sage – Promotes natural estrogen production
Fennel – One of the most effective pytoestrogenic oils
Coriander Seed – Contains pytoestrogens and supports vaginal lubrication
Thyme – Contains phytoprogesterones
Marjoram – Contains pytoprogesterones
Basil and Rosemary – Support ovarian health
Cardamom and Cedarwood – Support detox pathways and help promote healthy cervical mucus
Melaleuca, Myrrh, and Lemon – Support uterine health
Essential Oils Cycling Recipes
25 Clary Sage
10 Coriander Seed
5 Ylang Ylang
5 Ylang Ylang
How to Essential Oil Cycle
Apply the blends by massaging into the bottoms of the feet twice daily. One of these applications could be substituted by rolling the blend onto the abdomen before doing Self Fertility Massage. These blends are safe to use when trying to conceive.
For those with regular cycles: Use the follicular blend starting the first day of your period. After ovulation, switch to the luteal blend.
For those with irregular cycles: Sync your essential oil cycling with the moon. Begin using the follicular blend on the new moon, and continue it until the full moon. Switch to the luteal phase starting on the full moon until the next new moon.
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