Someone recently emailed me, asking, “any essential oil recommendations for pelvic floor issues? Stress incontinence during exercise? Would love to go back to running.” Great question.
There is no essential oil (that I know of) that can magically cure incontinence or other pelvic floor issues (wouldn’t that be nice???!!!)…
However, essential oils can do a LOT when it comes to addressing the underlying root causes of pelvic health concerns such as incontinence and even prolapse.
For example: We know that carrying excess weight and/or having weak pelvic floor/core muscles can contribute to incontinence. Prolapse too. Strengthening the core and pelvic muscles and attaining (or maintaining) ideal body weight is super important for pelvic health! Essential oils (EOs) to the rescue!!! EOs can improve exercise performance (i.e. peppermint), open your airways to help with cardiovascular activities (i.e. doTERRA’s Breathe respiratory blend), and provide energy if you need a “boost” (i.e. citrus oils).
Feelings of low-mood, lethargy, apathy, and/or a lack of motivation will affect your posture. Poor posture negatively affects your pelvic floor health, essentially “squishing” your abdominal and pelvic contents and contributing to incontinence and/or prolapse. Aromatherapy is a proven mood-booster, and blends such as doTERRA’s Citrus Bliss and Elevation are natural mood enhancers. When your mood is lifted, your confidence lifts and your posture improves. In turn, your pelvic health improves. Less pressure on your pelvic organs = less bladder leakage.
If you’re feeling tense and stressed out which can make you rush-rush-rush all day long — including PUSHING to urinate to get it done faster (which is VERY hard on the pelvic floor and will exacerbate incontinence and/or prolapse issues) — then relaxing blends and single oils such as lavender and/or clary sage can be helpful. When you relax, your breathing also becomes deeper and slower. Deep, slow, diaphragmatic breathing (as your natural resting state) is essential for pelvic floor health.
If you find yourself getting sick all the time and coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose (etc.) — all of which can result in bladder leakage if you have incontinence — then you can use EOs to support your immune system when seasonal threats are high. Examples include thyme, oregano, and doTERRA’s OnGuard blend. Less coughing and sneezing = less leakage.
Finally, if you have constipation, there are certain oils and herbal supplements that doTERRA offers that can be extremely helpful for alleviating these symptoms. Having a full colon that pushes on your bladder — not to mention straining on a regular basis if constipation is your natural state — can absolutely contribute to incontinence (and prolapse as well), and so YES… oils (and supplements) can be helpful for that.
I personally use doTERRA oils and products and stand behind their purity and effectiveness. I love that they promote the use of essential oils *as a part of an overall healthy lifestyle* and not as a single “magic bullet” cure.
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