Essential oils have been used to treat a variety of ailments for centuries. They can reinforce your immune system, treat various ailments and can even restore the balance of your hormones. They are quite versatile, and are nowadays commonly used to treat menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms in women.
There are plenty of ways in which you can use essential oils – you can either rub them topically on your skin, diffuse them or mix them with Epsom salts for a relaxing bath. Whatever you choose, essential oils certainly have a positive effect on menopause.
Menopause and hormone replacement therapy
Menopause is a period in women’s life when they lose the ability to reproduce and their ovaries stop producing estrogen. In general, it occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. The usual treatment for menopausal symptoms nowadays is hormone replacement therapy, but in the past women didn’t have this kind of therapy at their disposal, so they relied on natural remedies in order to reduce the symptoms. According to studies, hormone replacement therapy isn’t even the most effective solution against menopause – in fact, it can increase the risk of several serious diseases and conditions including stroke, breast cancer and dementia as well.
Menopause manifests through a variety of symptoms which include hot flashes, night sweats, voice changes, mood changes, muscle loss, irregular periods, weight gain, brittle bones, sleeping problems, hair loss, vaginal dryness and pain during sex. Besides hormone replacement therapy, doctors recommend a variety of drugs which can treat specific symptoms during menopause, but instead of relying on them, you should try to take on menopause whole.
Essential oils vs. conventional menopause treatments
If you’d like to skip the side-effects of hormone replacement therapy, you can safely use essential oils to get through menopause easier. Although they certainly require more research before anything can be concluded, essential oils can certainly soothe your body and mind during this difficult period. We suggest consulting with a naturopathic doctor first in order to see which essential oils work best in your case.
Below you can see a list of essential oils that can help reduce the symptoms of menopause and calm down your body and mind. These essential oils will restore your hormonal balance and regulate the production of certain hormones in your body, which will help you get through menopause easier.
The so-called Abraham’s balm oil (chaste berry) can improve your mood and stop the irregular periods.
Rose oil will strengthen your uterus, reduce vaginal dryness and improve your mood.
The pine oil can reduce the risk of osteoporosis and prevent bone loss.
Lavender oil can improve your mood, reduce hot flashes, promote relaxation, balance your hormones and reduce the risk of heart palpitations and headaches.
Geranium can balance your hormones and treat most of the symptoms related to menopause. It has anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties which can calm down your brain.
Clary sage oil
The clary sage oil can lower stress, treat PMS pain, reduce hot flashes and balance your hormones.
All of these oils can be diffused in order to get the most benefits out of them. You can find essential oil diffusers in any online health store. The oils can also be used topically, but they first need to be diluted with a carrier such as jojoba or coconut oil. If you’re dealing with everyday headaches, you can massage peppermint oil on your forehead in order to soothe the pain.
Here’s a list of essential oil blends that can regulate your menstrual period and treat PMS symptoms:
Menstrual massage blend
Mix ten drops of peppermint, 5 drops of cypress, 10 drops of nutmeg and 5 drops of lavender oil with 30 ml. of coconut or jojoba oil, then massage the blend on the painful areas of your body for some much-needed relief.
PMS hormonal balance blend
Mix a drop of geranium and ylang ylang oil each with 2 drops of clary sage oil and massage the mixture on your back and abdomen to balance your hormones.
PMS bath blend
Mix 2 drops of geranium, 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of chamomile and 5 drops of clary sage oil with a bit of Epsom salt and a tablespoon of coconut or jojoba oil and add the blend to your bath. Soak in it for 40-50 minutes in order to relieve the symptoms of PMS.
Cautions and risks
Although essential oils are natural, they aren’t safe for everyone. The quality and dosage vary from person to person, and taking them orally could result in various problems. Some essential oils can irritate your skin, which is why you need to try them on a smaller area first. In order to prevent allergies and potential problems, we suggest including an essential oil in your routine one by one, or contact your doctor for best results. Avoid using more than the recommended dosage provided by the manufacturer, and always consult with a doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Tips on balancing your hormones
Your lifestyle has a significant impact on your overall health and your hormones. The quality of the food you eat, your physical activity and the amount of time you rest can positively or negatively affect your hormones, which is why it’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle. Sleep 7-8 hours overnight, learn how to relax, be more active and eat a healthy diet in order to keep your hormones in balance and treat the symptoms of menopause.
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