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Essential oils to help treat menopause symptoms

Essential oils to help treat menopause symptoms

menopauseMenopause. Sigh. So many women dread the onset of menopause that they call it a bad word. The symptoms vary from person to person and most women find them hard to deal with. So what should you do to make it easier on yourself? As I will have to go through it soon myself, I have spent a lot of time researching this topic and here is some of what I learned:

One of the most interesting things I found out in all of my research is that Vitex Berry is the hands down best oil to use for menopause.

Vitex Berry (AKA Agnus Castus) is relatively new to the essential oil world. It has a long history of use as a tincture and as an infusion when treating menopause. Due to a renewed interest in its properties, Vitex Berry is now being distilled into an essential oil. “Unlike any other oil, it actually improves progesterone levels, or more correctly it creates proper estrogen-progesterone balance….”(5) It is considered by the aromatherapy community to be “…a highly effective and safe agent to equilibrate progesterone and estrogen levels, significantly easing PMS and menopausal complaints.” (4)

Best oils

  • In general oils: Vitex Berry, Cypress, Fennel Seed, Geranium, Jasmine, Rose, Clary Sage, Nutmeg, Sage, Bergamot, Coriander, Thyme, Juniper Berry, Tarragon,
  • Hot flashes: Clary Sage, Lemon, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lime
  • Essential oils for emotional ups and downs: Roman Chamomile, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli
  • Essential oils that affect estrogen and balance hormones: Vitex Berry, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Clary Sage

Older woman exercisingFirst things first

Exercise, exercise, exercise. If you aren’t already, start today. If you are, keep it up. Do something fun. Something that you enjoy, otherwise it won’t happen.

Eat a good diet. Yes I know. That is common advice. However, it is vital that you put into your body the right types of energy producing fuel to give your body the best chance to move through menopause as swiftly and smoothly as possible. It also helps prepare your body for the upcoming years as you age. And the more you do it, the more you will crave the right foods.

  1. Get enough calcium. Eating and drinking two to four servings of dairy products and calcium-rich foods a day will help ensure that you are getting enough calcium in your daily diet. Calcium is found in dairy products, fish with bones (such as sardines and canned salmon), broccoli, and legumes. An adequate intake of calcium for women aged 51 and older is 1,200 milligrams per day.
  2. Pump up your iron intake. Eating at least three servings of iron-rich foods a day will help ensure that you are getting enough iron in your daily diet. Iron is found in lean red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and enriched grain products. The recommended dietary allowance for iron in older women is 8 milligrams a day.
  3. Get enough fiber. Help yourself to foods high in fiber such as whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Most adult women should get about 21 grams of fiber a day.
  4. fruits-vegetables-milk-and-yogurt_w725_h474Eat fruits and vegetables. Include at least  1 1/2 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables each day
  5. Read labels. Use the package label information to help you to make the best selections for a healthy lifestyle.
  6. Drink plenty of water. This will help you stay hydrated. It’s impossible to determine how much water we all need, because this depends on many factors, such as how much you eat, the climate you live in, and how active you are. As a general rule, drinking eight glasses of water every day fulfills the daily requirement for most healthy adults.
  7. Maintain a healthy weight. Lose weight if you are overweight by cutting down on portion sizes and reducing foods high in fat, not by skipping meals. A registered dietitian or your doctor can help you determine your ideal body weight.
  8. Reduce foods high in fat. Fat should provide 25% to 35% or less of your total daily calories. Also, limit saturated fat to less than 7% of your total daily calories. Saturated fat raises cholesterol and increases your risk for heart disease. Saturated fat is found in fatty meats, whole milk, ice cream, and cheese. Limit cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams (mg) or less per day. Also try to limit your intake of trans fats, found in vegetable oils, many baked goods, and some margarines. Trans fat also raises cholesterol and increases your risk for heart disease.
  9. Use sugar and salt in moderation. Too much sodium in the diet is linked to high blood pressure. Also, go easy on smoked, salt-cured, and charbroiled foods — these foods contain high levels of nitrates, which have been linked to cancer.
  10. Limit alcohol intake. Women should limit their consumption of alcohol to one or fewer drinks a day. (10)

Older woman & daughterPoints of interest

  • Every woman’s experience with menopause is different. You might find you experience it more like your mother did but that isn’t always a guarantee. You should know what the possible symptoms will be but don’t freak out over them.
  • To use Vitex Berry, you can just put 1 drop a day on your wrists or your temples. Usually takes about 6-12 weeks to see the full effects.
  • H.R.T. (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is a subject that always comes up in any discussion of menopause. If you are considering them, please consider carefully and make sure you know all of the pros and cons before you decide. Definitely consult with your doctor but also do your own research. It is a very personal decision so make sure you have all the information so you can make an informed decision.
  • Supplements of Evening Primrose oil can be good to take because they contain gamma linoleic acid, which the body needs to make estrogen. Also take calcium+Vitamin D supplements because you are at a much higher risk for osteoporosis. Other supplements to look into  are Omega-3 and Iron, if you aren’t getting enough from your diet.
  • Many women feel like their femininity is fading, once they can no longer have children. Others find their libido flourishes at that stage. If you are feeling less inclined to romance, Rose is the best oil to use to feel feminine and loved again. It is an aphrodisiac as well as an anti-depressant and helps with many menopausal problems.  Other possibilities can be found in the article The Art of Romantic Aromas. You can also click on aphrodisiac in the tagged section at the end of this article.
  • Stay busy. If you’re retired, don’t sit around all day. Find something interesting to do to keep yourself occupied. Spend time with friends and loved ones. Do fun things with your partner. Volunteer, start a new hobby, learn something different. One woman I know decided this was the time she was going to learn how to drive a motorcycle and take a cross country trip. She had a ball.
  • Remember that the person who loves you most is the one who can help you the most so make sure you treat that person better than you treat anyone else.
  • When dealing with menopause, the best ways to use the oils are through massage, a bath, and/or diffusing.
  • Biggest thing to remember: This too shall pass! For most women, menopause symptoms do not last the rest of your life. Your body will adjust and you’ll start feeling normal again.

Some recipes

This kind of thing is always useful. Here are a few recipe’s to help you get started. Once you start working with the recipe’s, you will soon be able to figure out variations you can put together for yourself as well. For more recipes click on menopause in the tagged section at the end of this article.

Menopause-FlashesHot Flash Formula

  • 10 drops Clary Sage
  • 11 drops Geranium
  • 7 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Sage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons each Jojoba and F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Store in a dark colored glass bottle. To use as a massage, massage a teaspoon of the formula into neck, shoulders, and abdomen. Can also use 2 teaspoons in a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. To soften skin and remove impurities, dissolve 2 teaspoons of  formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath.  (3)

Day and Night Sweats Formula

  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 10 Drops Lime
  • 5 drops Sage
  • 5 drops Thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons each Jojoba and F.C.O.

Store in a dark colored glass bottle. To use as a massage, massage a teaspoon of the formula into neck, shoulders, and abdomen. Can also use 2 teaspoons in a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. To soften skin and remove impurities, dissolve 2 teaspoons of  formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath. (3)

menopauseTHOUGHTFULWater Retention and Bloating Formula

  • 5 drops Fennel Seed
  • 5 drops Juniper Berry
  • 15 drops Lemon
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons each Jojoba and F.C.O.

Store in a dark colored glass bottle. To use as a massage, massage a teaspoon of the formula into neck, shoulders, and abdomen. Can also use 2 teaspoons in a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. To soften skin and remove impurities, dissolve 2 teaspoons of  formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath. (3)

Circulatory Problems Formula

  • 10 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Rose
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons each Jojoba and F.C.O.

Massage daily. Always massage in the direction of the heart. If it’s the legs that are affected, massage from feet to thigh; if the hands, massage from fingers, up the arm; and if the whole body is affected, massage front and back of torso. (3)

Menopause Comforter

  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 1 tablespoon Apricot or Macadamia Nut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Borage, Evening Primrose, or Rose Hip Seed oil

Store in a dark colored glass bottle. To use as a massage, massage a teaspoon of the formula into neck, shoulders, and abdomen. Can also use 2 teaspoons in a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. To soften skin and remove impurities, dissolve 2 teaspoons of  formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath. Use to help you in situations when estrogen is dominant. (8)

Sunshine flower Uplifting Blend

  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Myrrh
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 4 drops Fennel Seed
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 1 tablespoon Apricot or Macadamia Nut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Borage, Evening Primrose, or Rose Hip Seed oil

Store in a dark colored glass bottle. To use as a massage, massage a teaspoon of the formula into neck, shoulders, and abdomen. Can also use 2 teaspoons in a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. To soften skin and remove impurities, dissolve 2 teaspoons of  formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath. Use this blend during times of hormonal imbalance or depression. (8)

Warming Blend

  • 4 drops Black Pepper
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 3 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 tablespoon Apricot or Macadamia Nut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Borage, Evening Primrose, or Rose Hip Seed oil

Store in a dark colored glass bottle. To use as a massage, massage a teaspoon of the formula into neck, shoulders, and abdomen. Can also use 2 teaspoons in a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. To soften skin and remove impurities, dissolve 2 teaspoons of  formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath. Use to help energize your libido. (8)

And finally

Using essential oils when treating menopause is two-fold. First, the properties of the different oils help to relieve your symptoms and calm your emotions. And second, and equally important, you are giving yourself a gift of love. You are bringing to yourself a lovely scent as well as a bit of pampering. That gift will help you more than anything else you can do.

Let’s have some suggestions from others here. What have you done to help relieve your menopause symptoms? What advice can you share with the rest of us? Which recipe are you planning to try out first? Let us know in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

Older woman cooking

References:

  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  2. Aromatherapy for Women: A Practical Guide to Essential Oils for Health and Beauty by Maggie Tisserand
  3. The Complete Book of Essential OIls & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  4. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
  5. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  6. The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia: A Concise Guide to Over 385 Plant Oils, by Carol Schiller & David Schiller
  7. http://suite101.com/article/essential-oils-for-the-menopause-a163486
  8. The Aromatherapy Companion, by Victoria H. Edwards
  9. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis
  10. http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/staying-healthy-through-good-nuitrition
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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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kehler1949
kehler1949

Candi  - Thank you so much for your newsletter.  The format is awesome since I am relatively new to essential oils.  I will definitely share and order products.

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