Essential Oils for Menopause
Going through menopause can really affect a woman physically and emotionally. The range of symptoms that result from this life change vary but most often include hot flashes, low libido, mood swings, and trouble sleeping. The hormonal fluctuations could really keep you from feeling like yourself. And the worst part about it is that this phase of your life could last a whole decade! This means that it is very important to find a healthy way to control the issues so you can go on being the strong and wonderful woman that you are. Many people believe that they need to turn to hormone replacement therapy, but Essential Oils can actually help tackle many of the problems naturally.
Seriously though, Clary Sage oil is really a woman’s best friend. This amazing herbal oil benefits a woman in all stages of her life, and especially when dealing with menopause. Great for balancing emotions, Clary Sage can help ease irritability and anxiety and improve your mood. In fact, one study showed that menopausal women experienced anti-depressant effects after inhaling Clary Sage Essential Oil. In addition, the results of smelling this oil also reduced the stress hormone (cortisol) levels by 36%, which in the long term can prevent weight gain as well. A drop in estrogen production causes many menopause symptoms including hot flashes. Clary Sage helps balance estrogen levels. When used as a preventative measure, it can help lessen the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
This peppy oil is a great addition to your collection when you are experiencing the many signs of this transitional stage. Brain fog, lack of focus, and exhaustion often accompany menopause; and Peppermint Essential Oil is the perfect choice for fighting these issues. This powerful and uplifting oil can encourage energy, clear thinking, and even boost your mood! Simply inhaling Peppermint can enhance focus, alertness, and concentration. Studies have shown that it can even help with accuracy of memory and improved exercise performance. Another way that Peppermint can be super helpful during this time is to use it as a cooling method. When those hot flashes do break through, this menthol containing oil is amazing for putting out that fire. A simple spray made of Peppermint oil and water could really cool you down when used topically during the flash.
Two huge issues that arise during menopause are mood swings and insomnia. Lavender oil is incredible at combating both of these. As you probably already know, Lavender Essential Oil is one of the best choices for calming. It is one of the most researched oils and has proven to soothe the central nervous system, regulate heart rate, and reduce blood pressure. In cases of insomnia, Lavender has shown in studies to improve quality and duration of sleep, as well as better mental and physical health and daytime wakefulness. In situations of unease and mood stability, Lavender has proven in studies to greatly improve anxiety in postpartum mothers and dental patients. In addition, neuroimaging has shown that inhalation of Lavender has a relaxing effect (especially on women). To take advantage of this incredible oil, simply diffuse at night or add a few drops to an unscented lotion and apply at bedtime.
This floral oil is very similar to Rose but much more affordable. Geranium Essential Oil is another wonderful oil that is really beneficial for women in general, but could definitely be useful for symptoms of menopause. Geranium, like Lavender, is great for stabilizing mood and promoting emotional wellness. It is also a good choice when dealing with low libido. A blend of Geranium, Lavender, Fennel, and Rose oils showed in a 2017 study that aromatherapy can increase the sexual function of menopausal women. In a separate study, when Geranium oil was used in a weekly massage, it decreased pain, depression, and hot flashes for women in this age group. Because of these results, one of the best ways to use Geranium Essential Oil is to apply topically daily mixed with a carrier or lotion.
Menopause Management Massage Oil
Mix all ingredients together and pour carefully into the bottle. Apply topically daily to abdomen or use during a massage to help manage menopause symptoms.