I have been eyeing essential oil roller balls for menstrual cramps for a while now. They look like practical and compact tools to store nearby or in my bag when cramps strike unexpectedly. I also would not mind adding another means to my repertoire.

When it comes to cramping solutions at home, things like using heat and physical activity remain the most popular. However, there is some evidence that essential oils can be useful tools. A very small study published in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research found that patients with primary dysmenorrhea (or menstrual cramps) who massaged a mixture of essential oils of lavender, clary sage and marjoram diluted in an unscented cream in the abdomen from the end of a menstrual period to the beginning of their next menstrual period experienced relief. Another study showed that inhaling lavender might help relieve some menstrual cramps symptoms.

Of course, this does not mean that it is a cure for terrible cramps. Everyone is different in their response to home remedies, and if you experience bad menstrual pain, always consult a doctor for their advice. It is also a good idea to check with a doctor before incorporating essential oils into your routine, as some essential oils are not considered safe for people with certain health conditions or people of certain ages.

Essential oils can also be particularly irritating to the skin, so if you choose to try them, you will be sure that they are diluted. It is typically recommended to test them on a small piece of skin first to ensure no irritation.

If you are ready to try essential oils, rolling balls make the process a little easier because they are premixed and often already diluted in a carrier oil (though you should always check the ingredient list!). Going forward, check out four that I am interested in adding to my shopping cart.