Words by Sharon Wood, Illustration by Paola Milani
Ladies, have you ever wondered why sometimes in the short cycle of a month you feel like you could achieve anything, yet only a handful of days later you’re feeling lost and lacking motivation? It’s not because you are lazy, slack or incapable: it’s because you are in a particular phase of an amazing journey. This journey is your menstrual cycle and you experience it each month. As women, we travel through four phases each month. These phases impact many different aspects of our lives including energy levels, optimism, focus, determination and perseverance.
Women all around the world, including USA’s 2019 World Cup Winning Football team are using the menstrual cycle as a tool to improve performance in sport, career and relationships. Emgoddess is a program helping women to use the four phases of the menstrual cycle to achieve more. It combines a simple charting method and the use of essential oils to support you through the four phases, and to highlight the strengths each phase brings. By implementing the Emgoddess charting method and using the essential oil blends, you can support yourself through different times of the month, as well as boost your self-esteem and love who you are each day. Each essential oil blend aligns with each phase of the menstrual cycle.
The Four Goddess Phases
Daphne is in the follicular phase (pre-ovulation), around days 6 – 12 of your cycle.
In the Daphne phase, you are feeling generally lighter both physically and emotionally. This phase is filled with enthusiasm, joy and energy. This phase is the time to sit down and write your goals, start that new exercise plan or whatever it is you’ve had on your list. This is a time when you can have a lot thrown your way, and you are able to take it all in your stride.
This phase is inspired by the goddess Daphne: a young, beautiful nymph. She was a huntress and delighted in woodland sports and the spoils of the chase. Many lovers sought her, but she spurned them all and asked her father if she could always remain independent and unmarried.
Early in your cycle you want the vibrant and energetic oils to boost your focus, keeping you motivated and uplifted. Use essentials oils like lemon, bergamot, rosemary and basil.
This blend of lemon, bergamot, rosemary, Atlas cedarwood, nutmeg, mandarin, basil and petitgrain pure essential oils embody the spirit of the goddess Daphne, keeping you on track and unstoppable.
Demeter surrounds ovulation, around days 13 – 17 of your cycle.
As you journey through your cycle after Daphne, you enter the Demeter phase. This is a shorter phase and one where you can feel more balanced and less intense.
Demeter is inspired by the energies of goddess Demeter. Demeter was the goddess of agriculture, grain, harvest and fertility. The Earth Mother, Demeter, has long been associated with human fertility.
This phase is one of motherly love, selflessness and practicality. Demeter is nurturing, loving and accepting of everything around her. She is non-judgemental and extremely protective about the giving and receiving of love. She has a strong sense of self-worth and is happy, content and competent.
Demeter is softly feminine and radiates love. A people magnet, friends gravitate to her for her warmth, understanding, and even some good advice.
Restore peace, tranquillity and come back to your centre with lavender, sweet orange, clary sage, geranium, vetiver, patchouli and German chamomile essential oils. Be enveloped by goddess Demeter’s embrace and succumb to feelings of calm and balance.
Persephone is around the pre-menstrual phase, around day 18 – 28 of your cycle.
Moving into the Persephone phase brings with it a level of intense emotion. This passionate and somewhat feisty phase can become impatient and frustrated at the lack of results or gentler progress that is made during the Demeter phase. Persephone provides the energy to power you forward.
Before menstruation, when you are in Persephone you may be a little touchy. Although some of us can be irritable and rash, it is also an amazing time to be passionate and creative. Using essential oils in a vaporiser is a great way to support yourself through this time.
This pure essential oil blend of bergamot, sweet orange, Atlas cedarwood, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, patchouli, clove bud, black pepper and rose absolute expands your awareness and harnesses your inner power. Become invincible.
Hecate is day 1 – 5 of your cycle, the time around menstruation. Hecate is a time for leaning back from action as you are often feeling physically and mentally tired. During the high energy phase of Persephone, it’s easy to forget those things important to our wellbeing such as good diet, relaxation, sleep and exercise. In Hecate you may feel a little low and want the world to slow down.
This blend of grapefruit, clary sage, frankincense, juniper, lavender, fragonia, Australian sandalwood, lemon, patchouli, geranium, cypress and Atlas cedarwood pure essential oils boosts your inner strength and deepens your intuition.