Let's face it babes - perimenopause is an inevitable milestone for every woman, and while it may be unpleasant, there’s no avoiding it. During menopause, many women report experiencing uncomfortable symptoms (34 symptoms of menopause) like insomnia, hot flashes, and night sweats.
For the longest time, medical professionals have attempted to find a ‘cure’ for menopausal symptoms, it remains however difficult to find that one 'magic pill'. Many medical professionals prescribe medications that help in managing symptoms. These can work for some, but not every perimenopausal babe is comfortable committing to those.
Certain homeopathic treatments potentially can make alleviate the severity of symptoms, making menopause more bearable for women. One such solution is essential oils, which are often used in aromatherapy.
How To Use Essential Oils for Menopause?
During menopause, women experience low levels of estrogen in the body. Since the hormone is essential for regulating various body functions, low levels can significantly impact one’s quality of life.
Essential oils can be used in two ways:
Inhaled directly or through a diffuser
Diluted with a carrier oil and applied to the skin
Research indicates that women who used essential oils as part of an aromatherapy massage experienced a greater reduction in severity of menopausal symptoms. Hence, here are a few effective essential oils for menopause symptoms.
Bergamot relaxes the body and mind
Lavender and clary sage support libido and stabilize cortisol levels
Wild orange and peppermint alleviate fatigue by energizing the mind and body
Essential Oils for Menopause : Hot Flashes
Hot flashes feel like a lightening speed of heat that rushes through your body. Clary Sage could be a nautral remedy. It is advised to rub 3 drops of diluted clary sage oil on the back of your neck and also all over your feed.
You might also want to try to spread a few drops on a tissue and inhale & exhale it softly. With this excercise you let the oil enter your body through your nose and it might even have an antidepressantlike effect.
You may also want to try peppermint oil, which may reduce the overall discomfort during hot flashes. Please add no more than two drops to your napkin or tissue. Hold the tissue to your nose and breathe slowly.
Basil aromatherapy is considered as an estrogen level and mood booster and can be helpful against hot flashes too. The ultimate hack is to appply it to your feet and the back of your neck.
Essential Oils for Menopause : Vaginal Dryness
One of the biggest changes women experience is vaginal dryness, when the skin surrounding the area grows thinner and loses elasticity, whilst changing color as well. Most commercial lubricants are an ineffective option because their ingredients simply add to the problem of dryness.
Using coconut is an effective way to reduce dryness. You can add essential oils to help soothe the surrounding tissue. The following essential oils will prove beneficial.
Frankincense soothes mucous membranes
Lavender has soothing and anti-inflammatory effects
Cape chamomile reduces itching and acts as an anti-inflammatory
Rose encourages adequate tissue regeneration
Sandalwood relieves itchiness, irritation, and moisturizes the tissue
Essential Oils for Menopause : Anxiety
Geranium essential oil has proved helpful in providing menopausal women with relief when they deal with hormonal changes. For an immediate effect, you can inhale it by putting a few drops on a napkin. It can also help in keeping skin hydrated. Add a couple of drops to your hot bath for a relaxing effect. It promotes an antianxiety and antidepressant effect.
Disclaimer: this is not medical advice, does not take the place of medical advice from your physician, and is not intended to treat or cure any disease. Patients should see a qualified medical provider for assessment and treatment.