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polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos)

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Hormonal Balance, Menstrual Problems

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a result of hormone imbalance. The reasons are not understood but for some reason the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, become imbalanced and there is usually increased androgens or male hormones.  In PCOS, during ovulation, the egg(s) normally released do not mature and release, but instead form the small cysts that are a common symptom.

Other symptoms may include heavy bleeding during the menstrual cycle, irregular or lack of periods, difficulty in getting pregnant, depression, unexplained increase in weight, changes in hair growth, and acne or skin disorders.  Symptoms will vary greatly from individual to individual. This may be detected at any age during child bearing years and seems to run in families. If not addressed it leads to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and higher cholesterol levels.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Basil, Clary Sage, Cypress, Soothing Blend, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, (now A Women's Monthly Blend)

Essential oils based products: Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex

Also consider: Soothing Blend

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Long Term

  The root cause of PCOS is hormonal balance and the observations and suggestions by Dr. Hill on this are very important.  Go to Hormonal Balance

  Also Dr. David K. Hill in this presentation on Hormonal Balance gives this important observation, "Frankincense should also be considered for disorders of the uterus such as fibroid cysts, etc.  Use it to reduce existing abnormalities or consider it to prevent their formation.  Frankincense will also balance the endocrine system.  Use it by placing 2 or 3 drops under the tongue every night and every morning."

  The following is a protocol some have found helpful:

Use natural tampons without chlorine. Blend:

  8 drops Clary Sage

  8 drops Frankincense

  8 drops Lavender

  8 drops Cypress

  2 TBSP melted virgin coconut oil

Soak the mixture into the tampon.  Insert over night. 

Do nightly for one week, then switch for a week to:

  8 drops Frankincense

  8 drops Geranium

  5 drops Myrrh

  2 TBSP grape seed oil

For those unable to use tampons the blend may be administered with a syringe

 or applied topically to the feet and female reproductive reflexology points.

Symptom Relief

Pain and Cramps -

The following, applied topically or o the lower abdomen have proven successful: Soothing Blend, Basil or Basil with Clary Sage, (now A Women's Monthly Blend)

  Helichrysum internally in a capsule

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Pam - My 16 year old niece has crazy painful menstrual cramps.  We think that she may have ovarian cysts and/or endometriosis.  It runs in her family.  Should I just recommend Clary Sage?  Is there anything else I could be recommending?  Should I just have her apply the Clary Sage to her lower abdomen using some carrier oil?  

Lisa - I think the primary help for that is FM Assist.  I have used it with my daughter and it worked.  You may have to play with the dose to find the exact match.  Also the MJ Assist is for pain that may also work.  If you search the internet for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) you will find a lot of information where they are finding this imbalance may be linked to blood sugar abnormalities. It’s worth a try.  Our daughter has to watch her carbohydrates, which seems to help with less ovarian cysts, which cause the pain.

Tara - I have PCOS and my doctor has put me on a low dosage of Metformin. I found out a lot about how my body should be working from reading about it. I still have bad cramps but the MJ Assist has helped me a lot but you can't just take one and expect results instantly. I have taken 2 every 4 hours for my joyful 2-3 days of pain and drink a lot of water.


Annette – I really am having hormone problems. I was having periods every other week... literally. So the doctor put me on birth control medication, the lowest dose. I tried that for a month, and bled slow but constantly for a month, so they put me on the highest dose, and I bled heavy, cramped and felt horrible for a month. So I stopped them, and I quit bleeding, until I just started again after being off for 2 weeks. They said the next step is surgical, but I hate the thought of that. And my face has exploded with acne, I'm sure because of the hormone changes.

Pat – Have you read the material on Candida? There could be this problem as it does have a tendency to cause the bleeding. You could try the GI Cleansing Formula protocol and you could also try the organic tampons with Frankincense on them. This has worked for others.

Stephanie - Laura Jacobs in one of her webinars suggested Helichrysum internally.

LaReita - Another suggestion would be raw almonds.  I have heard in many different places that raw almonds help with the balancing of hormones. Not only that, but I know they are excellent for heart and colon too!

JRW - I just finished the GI Cleansing Formula followed with the Probiotic Defense Formula in an effort to fight off Candida that I have had for over a year and a half. One thing I noticed was for the first time since starting my menstrual cycle I had no PMS symptoms (no cramps, crankiness, insomnia, focus issues, etc) and very little back pain. It was the best period ever.

I would say the GX helped about 80%. I am going to do it two more times along with taking the LLW. If it is Candida (which really does make your menstrual cycle so much more worst) then you may need to do the GI Cleansing Formula a couple times too (I'm doing it 3 times total for extra reinforcement).


April - My friend's daughter has been diagnosed with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome). She doesn't have painful periods or anything, she is just very irregular. Her doctor wants to put her on birth control pills (she is 16) to regulate her period. I know Clary Sage works well, as does FM Assist, as does LLW. I would like someone to tell me which would be best to start with and how to apply, etc, please!

Editorial comment – there were no direct replies but later comments are included below.

Sherrie - I just thought I'd share my experience last night in case it may help anyone else.    I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  I have undergone fertility treatments, so I know what my ovaries can look like during ovulation from the ultrasounds. My ovaries produce cysts at times during ovulation.  Last night they were very painful as it is around the right time of the month for ovulation.  Being a purist, I don't take anything for this pain, but last night I thought about using the oils.  I applied a drop of Basil over each ovary and it greatly diminished the pain. Another couple of drops a couple of hours later and I was good to go!   I feel great today.  Hope this helps someone out there.

Dot – Awesome, I was going to suggest Helichrysum but Basil is much less expensive.

Gretchen - A friend of mine has the same experiences. I gave her Clary Sage and Basil. She applied Clary Sage to her lower back and Basil to her abdomen and the pain was gone. She didn't have the experience she had in the past of living through the pain until they popped either. She will continue to use these two oils if they come back. I also mentioned to her she could put the Basil on a tampon but she wasn't interested in that method.


Darlene - My 16 year old daughter has PCOS.  Does anyone have this and what oils are you using and how are you using these oils?

Pat – Here is a protocol that Kathy has had success with:


Use natural tampons without chlorine. Blend:

  8 drops Clary Sage

  8 drops Frankincense

  8 drops Lavender

  8 drops Cypress

  2 TBSP melted virgin coconut oil

Soak the mixture into the tampon.  Insert over night.  Do nightly for one week, then switch for a week to:

  8 drops Frankincense

  8 drops Geranium

  5 drops Myrrh

  2 TBSP grape seed oil

Bonnie - Thanks Pat, this is for a 12 year old who can't use a tampon. Any other suggestions? I had her using these oils topically but don't think there was much result, as I kind of expected.

Stephanie - What about mixing the oils with coco butter and making a little bolus and inserting it?  With a 12 year old that can be a little weird for her depending on how she reacts to things like that.

Pat - Also consider just use the same oils on her feet and the female reflexology point (ankles). There are other ways of inserting oils, Stephanie's idea is good also.


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