Q: Hi Charlotte, I've noticed that a week or so before my period, my anxiety seems to skyrocket and I get so bloated too. I struggle to sleep and alongside the inevitable cramps and food cravings, I feel mentally exhausted as my mind seems to be working overtime. Do you have any suggestions for how I can stay more balanced during the luteal phase of my cycle? 

Hormones play a key part in our overall health. Hormone imbalances can affect us mentally, physically and emotionally. Incorporating adaptogens such as ashwagandha into your lifestyle can help your emotions feel more balanced. Adaptogenic herbs directly affect your endocrine system which is responsible for your hormones. Your cells will react by making more or less of certain hormones to balance everything. Is a stimulant of the adrenal cortex, which produces a number of different corticosteroid hormones.

This is why geranium essential oil can be helpful to relieve premenstrual tension, menopause and hormonal imbalances. It is very effective for bloating and swelling prior to or during menstrual cycle. Geranium has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system and can be very useful in reducing fluid retention through its regulating action.

To ease any cramps and/or bloating run a bath, pop in a few drops of Geranium and try to unwind. The warm bath water will help to diffuse the oil around the bathroom, and should will help to ease an anxious mind too.