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.
In fact, I created a free training that covers this topic in-depth.
In this 80-minute class, discover how essential oils can be used to manage the root causes that contribute to pelvic organ prolapse (fatigue, poor posture, coughing, constipation, etc) as well as the symptoms that occur for many women with prolapse (discomfort, mood issues, and more). I even address an oil blend that may help with collagen production… Ideal for those of us with connective tissue conditions such as prolapse!
No time to watch? Here are some of the highlights that I cover in the above training.
Carrying excess weight and/or having weak pelvic floor 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). Click here and here for two scholarly articles about using Peppermint for improving exercise performance. Try applying diluted peppermint to the back of your neck for a boost of energy, or adding 1 drop of doTERRA’s certified pure, therapeutic grade peppermint EO to a large glass of water and drink before your next workout.
Furthermore, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Peppermint, and Wild Orange are proven cravings-busters. Diffuse for 15-20 minutes to curb your afternoon cravings and provide a boost of energy and cheer.
Prolapse, in particular, can cause pelvic discomfort, back pain, and often pelvic region tightness/tension from “holding” all day long. Diffuse Lavender and Clary Sage to help lower stress levels and begin the “unwinding” process. Take a bath with Epsom salts and your favorite essential oils, or apply doTERRA’s PastTense Tension Blend to your low back and inner thighs, and rest with your hips propped up on a pillow or small cushion (supported bridge) at the end of a long day.
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 Cheer, Motivate, 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. Examples include Thyme, Oregano, Lemon, Frankincense, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), and doTERRA’s OnGuard blend. Create a customized rollerball blend with any combination of these oils and apply to your throat and chest several times per day when seasonal threats are high, or diffuse OnGuard for 15-20 minutes every morning. Less coughing and sneezing = less leakage and less pelvic floor pressure.
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 the following essential oils when my digestion is sluggish: Cilantro, Juniper Berry, Tangerine, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lemon, and doTERRA’s Zendocrine blend.
Digestive enzymes can also be helpful for individuals dealing with constipation! Below I share a video that shows doTERRA’s TerraZyme digestive enzyme complex working its magic on oatmeal. Grains and fibrous foods tend to make me gassy, bloated, and sometimes constipated… TerraZyme has been an incredible aid (in my personal life) when it comes to managing these hard-to-digest foods.
I personally use doTERRA oils and products and stand for 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.