Eighty-five percent of menstruating women have at least one PMS symptom monthly, often painful abdominal cramps. Certain essential oils can help ease discomfort by lowering series 2 prostaglandins, substances that cause muscles to cramp. Make this easy PMS-relieving combination oil; it also fends off headaches, nausea, and irritability.

makeĀ» Combine 12 drops lavender, 6 drops marjoram, 4 drops chamomile, 4 drops ginger, 3 drops Indian frankincense (boswellia), and 2 ounces vegetable oil.

useĀ» Apply oil as often as necessary over painful areas, including abdomen and lower back.

*Adapted from The Little Book of Aromatherapy by Kathi Keville (Crossing Press, 2009).