Essential Oils for Menopause
Menopause is the transition that women go through when their ovaries stop producing eggs. Her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. Symptoms of menopause, which usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55, include heart pounding or racing, hot flashes, night sweats, skin flushing, and insomnia. Some women may also suffer from decreased interest in sex, possibly decreased response to sexual stimulation, forgetfulness, headaches, irregular menstrual periods, mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety, urine leakage, vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse, vaginal infections, joint aches and pains or irregular heartbeat.
Most doctors prescribe hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms. Women on hormone replacement therapy have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. To avoid these risks there are other alternative natural options to treat menopause symptoms.
Aromatherapy using essential oils is one of the most effective natural healing solutions to treating menopause symptoms. Combining lavender, geranium, clary sage, and the unique properties of vitex essential oil along with peppermint to cool hot flashes and rose and sandalwood to calm emotional swings can make menopause an easier transition for women.
Lavender is usually used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications. As an essential oil, lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. During World War I hospitals used it to disinfect the floors and walls. Lavender has many other uses. It can soothe and heal insect bites and burns, repel insects, soothe headaches and aid in sleep and relaxation.
Geranium oil, or Pelargonium distillates also has many uses. Like lavender, geranium oil is a natural insect repellent. It is also used as a flavor in cooking or baking. Geranium oil is also used as a treatment for acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, lice, ringworm, ulcers, breast engorgement, edema, poor circulation, sore throat, tonsillitis, PMS, menopausal problems, stress and neuralgia.
The combination of clary sage, Vitex agnus castus and peppermint can also help relieve menopausal symptoms. Clary sage helps reduce anxiety and fear, menstrual-related problems such and PMS and cramping, and helps with insomnia. The essential oil Vitex agnus castus works well in balancing women’s hormones. A studey conducted by the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy showed a remarkable improvement of PMS symptoms in women using this essential oil. The women involved in the study stated that this oil worked better than any over the counter remedy for PMS. Vitex agnus castus works directly with the pituitary, helping normalize progesterone levels.
Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness Store now carries aromatherapy products including essential oils and oil diffusers. Aura Cacia, a well known leader in aromatherapy has a wonderful product, Cool Hottie, which combines all of the essential oils mentioned above to help simplify life’s transitions.
Essential oils may well be the ultimate gift from nature. Made from the aromatic essences of plants, they have a remarkable ability to affect a person’s well-being and improve the environment around them. Explore the many essential oils offered by Aura Cacia at Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness Store, that can help you achieve physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.
About This Author
Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, manages Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness Store, and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge.