Essential oils and the Menopause
Research has shown that essential oils can help with relief from the symptom of menopause.
So lets define what essential oils are, they are the active ingredients from plants and herbs that have been known to affects our body chemistry. Many have a long history and are easily available at sensible prices, they also last a long time as we are only using a few drops at a time.
When used in their pure form they are at their most potent so it is always a good idea to do a patch test with the particular oil on the skin to make sure that the oil is compatible with your body chemistry.
Many menopausal symptoms are difficult to manage in that they can involve severe fatigue and hot flushes making it difficult to carry out our normal day-to-day tasks.
Hormone replacement therapy can be effective, however, women can may well have a whole range of reasons why they may decide not to embark on this course of treatment. Menopausal symptoms can occur from 30 years of age onwards but they typically affects women in their 40’s and 50’s.
There are several essential oils that can be effective the three most common are Lavender oil, Clary Sage oil and Peppermint oil. Though a whole range of other essential oils such as Citrus oils Basil oils and Geranium oils have been noted as having significant effects.
For the condition of hot flushes essential oil can help, they are usually used by adding a couple of drops to a tissue and gently inhaling the vapours. Sometimes cramping may have continued into menstruation peppermint oil can assist and ease that cramping.
Essential oils – Clary sage oil
Clary sage is also known to help with not only menopausal symptoms but may also have an affect in resetting hormonal cycles. Clary sage oil is also sought to have an affect in slowing down osteoporosis where bone strength and bone development is affected.
The Clary sage oil is diluted with a carrier oils such as sweet almond oil and rubbed into the back of the neck. It can also be effective by rubbing into your feet.
Clary oil can also be inhaled by adding a few drops to a tissue breathing in and out this method of use for the Clary sage oil is also repeated to have some anti-depressant qualities.
Essential oils – Lavender oil
Lavender oil has been shown to help with balancing hormones but more specifically capable of easing discomfort in the perineal area. (Just to be clear this the area between the anus and the genital areas). One drop of diluted lavender oil diluted with a carrier oil, can be added to a compress and applied for up to 30 minutes. Any over sensitivity obviously requires removal of the compress and cleaning the area with water
The feelings relaxing feelings that lavender oil can promote have long been recognised as able to improve sleep and insomnia if these problems exist then lavender aromatherapy might well be worth investigating.
Essential oils – Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil can help particularly during those uncomfortable hot flushes, breath in a couple of drops on a tissue. If you suffer from ongoing persistent cramping which is also called Dysmenorrhea, you should consult your doctor but peppermint oil has been known to relieve this sort of cramping.