The use of essential oils for fertility may come as a surprise to some, but this is a time honored, science based method. This is because essential oils can treat hormone imbalances, regulate the body’s natural rhythm and decrease stress. Clinical infertility is defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after a full year of trying and no less than one in six couples seek medical help for infertility at some point.
What is Female Infertility?
Female infertility is characterized by a menstrual cycle that’s too long (35 days or more) too short (less than 21 days), irregular or completely absent. These symptoms can point to a lack of ovulation, which can make pregnancy difficult to achieve.
Essential Oils for Female Fertility
Frankincense is widely used for fertility issues as it’s great for treating hormone imbalances. Research has shown that frankincense increased implantation rates and overall fertility in rats during a controlled study. Frankincense, otherwise known as the King of all Oils, can regulate menstrual cycles and promote ovulation. Frankincense goes wonderfully with other essential oils, such as clary sage or ylang ylang, for fertility.
#2 Clary Sage
Clary sage is considered one of the best oils for infertility issues. It helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and balance hormones. As a bonus, it works well as an antidepressant. Take note that clary sage should be used only until ovulation, and then not again until the last trimester because it is a uterine tonic.
Geranium is another essential oil that’s great for balancing hormones, regulating cycles, and for treating endometriosis and improving fertility. It doesn’t only work well for infertility, it smells amazing.
What is Male Infertility?
Male infertility generally is due to low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or a lack of adequate flow of sperm. Injuries, chronic health issues and lifestyle choices can also play a role in male infertility.
Essential Oils for Male Fertility
A delicious-smelling blend of sage, lavender, peppermint, fennel and basil can regulate prostate function and balance male hormones. Certain citrus oils support a healthy liver and digestive system, which leads to effective detoxification, an important factor in hormonal balance. Some male essential oils for fertility include:
Grapefruit, which supports proper liver function and is stimulating to the lymphatic system.
#2 Sweet Orange
Sweet Orange helps relieve stagnation in the liver, stomach and intestines, all of which must function properly for hormonal balance and ideal fertility.
Bergamot is grounding and cleanses the liver of toxins.
Woodsy, masculine essential oils often support a healthy immune and endocrine system, healthy adrenals and kidneys. Here are some of the best ones to try.
Cedarwood is tonifying to the kidneys and supports healthy adrenal function.
Spruce supports the endocrine and immune systems, may increase testosterone levels and helps the body deal with stress.
Vetiver is an aphrodisiac and is a tonic to the reproductive system.
There are many oils that are great for male or female infertility. A great way to use these oils is to place them, alone or in a blend, in a roll-on bottle with a carrier oil such as jojoba, almond or fractionated coconut oil and roll the mixture around the insides of your ankles, wrists and the sacral vertebrae at least twice a day. These oils can also be diffused into the air with a diffuser and a small number of them can be digested, as long as they are completely pure and pharmaceutical grade oils. Oils that are okay to ingest include frankincense, peppermint, and grapefruit.