Treating the symptoms of the menopause naturally
Menopause is a natural milestone in women's lives however, it's often accompanied by unpleasant symptoms such as hot flushes, lack of libido, anxiety, chills, joint pain, weakness, and low mood. Some woman experiences severe emotional and psychological symptoms and complain of feeling depressed, exhausted and even confused.
Many women use HRT (Hormone replacement therapy) to help relieve these symptoms but this can have side effects and there are still some questions about the long-term effects. Some women, due to family history and genetics are unable to use HRT, especially if there is a history of breast cancer. An increasing number are seeking natural alternatives such as essential oils to support them at this difficult life stage. These oils have been used for centuries to support women during this time of change. Always dilute the essential oils into a carrier such as a Coconut or almond oil, 6 drops of essential oil blend to 15ml of carrier:
Hot flushes are a quick sensation of heat that pulsates throughout your body. Rub three drops of diluted clary sage oil across the back of your neck or all over your feet.
Alternatively, add a few drops to a tissue so that the oil enters your body through inhalation.
During this time, bone breakdown exceeds bone development, which is the cause of osteoporosis. Some women are prone to osteoporosis due to the decline of oestrogen production.
Clary sage is also thought to help slow the advance of this condition
Peppermint oil may also reduce your discomfort when experiencing hot flushes. Add a few drops to a tissue and breathe in slowly.
If you are still experiencing cramping at this time then dilute a few drops of peppermint into a carrier oil and rub clockwise around the tummy.
Lavender may help balance your hormones and promote feelings of relaxation and help improve the quality of your sleep. During this time, insomnia and other sleep-related problems are common. Add a few drops of lavender onto your pillow just before bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.
Geranium used as an essential oil has also been found to help menopausal women manage hormonal changes. It also has anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties, One to two drops may be inhaled from a tissue for immediate stress relief. Geranium is also helpful for dry skin. Consider adding a few drops to the water during a relaxing, hot bath. The water will dilute the oil and prevent it from causing any irritation or inflammation.
Basil is believed to increase oestrogen levels and help improve mood. Add basil into your massage blend to help against hot flushes. Basil can be particularly effective if diluted into a carrier oil and applied to feed or rubbed across the back of the neck.
Sweet orange oil is said to have a number of health benefits for women experiencing symptoms of menopause. It can relieve the physical symptoms and help uplift the mood. This can help lower blood pressure and encourage oestrogen.
Orange also has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with aches and pains associated with menopause.
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