Solace is a blend of sage and peppermint hydrosols, the water-soluble result of distilling for essential oil. We use hydrosol in our blend so that it can be safely applied to your skin, ingested, and inhaled.
A number of studies have shown the impact that sage can have on hormones. One study showed that cortisol levels in participants were reduced by 36%, and serotonin (a neurotransmitter linked to mood) levels increased after inhalation of sage oil. Other research has shown that sage can improve thyroid hormone levels, and balance estrogen in your body by distributing it evenly. This is a big deal because so many issues women face are in part due to excess estrogen, and so many things in our food and environment can raise estrogen levels. Research has also shown aromatherapy to be effective for relief of menstrual cramps. In fact, some preliminary research found aromatherapy massage which included sage to be more effective on menstrual pain than acetaminophen.
Peppermint may come as some surprise, as it isn’t typically used for PMS or other issues around menstruation. But peppermint oil has been shown to have an impact on hormones that impact mood, so it’s use can help your emotional healing, which in turn can help keep those hormones stable. Headaches often accompany hormonal shifts, and inhaling peppermint can help reduce this pain. In fact, one study showed that use of peppermint oil had the same impact as taking 1000 mg of acetaminophen, without the potentially dangerous side effects that come with the use of too much of the drug. Peppermint can also help you keep a clear head instead of succumbing to the “foggy brain” that so often accompanies hormonal imbalances.
Uses for “Solace” include spraying on skin as a cooling mist, adding to a bath for hormone balancing effects, or diluting with water for ingestion.