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Rub this essential oil blend on your stomach—it might relieve cramps


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Did you know there’s an all-natural hack for showing your period pain who’s boss, once and for all? And the solution doesn’t reside in your medicine cabinet. In fact, one healthy brand contends that to fight cramps, you just need to consult your supply of essential oils.

Lola—the #girlpower-forward company behind the better-for-you organic cotton tampons—just announced its Cramp Care line, which features two new products: a daily supplement formatted to naturally relieve PMS symptoms and a cramp-soothing essential-oil blend that works just as well (if not better) when applied topically to your stomach as it does in your chic diffuser.

While the supplement helps manage everything from headaches and bloating to fatigue with the help of vitamin D, niacin, and folic acid, the essential oil blend is small enough that you can stick it right in your purse and use it as needed throughout the day. According to a press release, the roll-on bottle contains chamomile and geranium, which help improve blood flow and relieve premenstrual tension, all while getting rid of your stress with the aroma of lavender and ylang-ylang.

The roll-on bottle contains chamomile and geranium, which help improve blood flow and relieve premenstrual tension.

Lola’s new blend contains a slew of other body-boosting goodies—21, to be exact!—but you could reap some of the benefits by DIYing your own version with the two cramp-fighting stars: chamomile and geranium. (Though if you do decide snag this product, you can do so with ease of mind—it’s is free of parabens, synthetic color, alcohol, synthetic fragrance, you name it.)

So if period pain is getting you down, a little TLC via a soothing essential-oil tummy massage might be just what the doctor ordered.

Keep these essential oils in your bag for stress-free travel. Or, use these to help you fall asleep at night.