Aromatherapy & menopause
As you know I love aromatherapy. The benefits on your mental and physical well being are incredible. It can benefit your life in so many ways.
I often say by adding aromatherapy into your medicine cabinet can make such a difference to any aches and ailments you may have.
The menopause is just one more time in the life of a woman. This is when hormones can make things difficult.
We can all experience hormonal fluctuations at various points in our journey of life.
During puberty, they can cause unfamiliar urges, skin problems and make us irritable.
Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when their body changes.
It is marked by the ending of ovulation and menstruation. This is caused by falling levels of the female sex hormone oestrogen. This process happens gradually with periods becoming less frequent before stopping altogether.
The perimenopause is the transition period. This can start several years before the menopause.
This usually starts in a woman’s 40s and is the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less oestrogen. The perimenopause ends when the ovaries finally stop producing eggs.
The average age for UK women to reach the menopause is 52, but it can occur much earlier.
If it occurs under the age of 45 it is known as premature menopause.
Symptoms of the menopause
The hormonal and biological changes that occur in the lead up to the menopause can result in women experiencing a number of unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms. These include hot flushes, night sweats, disturbed sleep, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, mood swings, weight gain, dehydrated skin, bladder weakness, vaginal dryness and loss of libido.
Of course, many have heard of HRT and this is the most common solution. However, there is much controversy surrounding this.
Many people turn to natural remedies as an alternative. Of course, this includes aromatherapy, which can be helpful in keeping your body balanced. As well as leading a healthy lifestyle and eating a balanced diet.
Recommended essential oilsThere are an array of essential oils available to help ease menopausal symptoms. These include: Lavender, Basil, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Jasmine, Rose and Peppermint. That is just to name a few.
How does aromatherapy help?Many people suffer from disturbed sleep due to night sweats. If this is you, you may find Basil particularly useful. Basil helps balance hormones and helps if you are feeling fatigued and unable to concentrate during the day. Clary Sage is noted for its’ ability to help balance hormones too and is indicated for sweating and hot flushes. Sage is also known to help hot flushes and night sweats too. Personally, I believe Geranium to be an excellent choice when feeling irritable or experiencing from mood swings. Lavender is always a good oil to blend others with and due to it’s relaxation benefits it can really help aid sleep, ease headaches and reduce hot flushes. Ylang ylang is amazing for balancing hormones, aiding relaxation and also combatting a low libido.
MassagesOf course, I am bound to say that one of the most pleasant ways to experience essential oils is to have a monthly aromatherapy massage. When you book with myself. I will ensure that the oils are blended following an in-depth consultation.
AlternativesA fantastic alternative to a massage is the use of essential oils in a soothing, warm bath.
It is advisable to add no more than a total of 5 drops of essential oil to the bath water, ensuring that the oils selected have a pleasant aroma, and are indicated for use taking into account any contraindications.
Some women may also like to add the essential oils to a base oil or cream, which can be applied both morning and night.
This will not only ensure a beautifully moisturised skin, helping to alleviate a common problem of dry skin.
However, some experts believe that the best way for the oils to enter the body is through inhalation. Add a few drops of essential oil on a piece of tissue sniffed regularly throughout the day is an excellent method of use.
You could also use a diffuser when you are home. I can help you with this…
Please talk to me and I am happy to recommend oils to you, or even come and purchase some oils from me and we can blend them.
We are ultimately be guided by your nose and I would always say choose oils that appeal to you the most.Of course we want the therapeutic benefits too, but if you really do not like a smell I would not recommend it. The reasons for this is these will be the ones your body will respond best to. These can be blended with a base product such as a bath oil, moisturising cream or massage oil.
Blend 1: 3 drops Geranium, 2 drops basil, 1 drop Lavender
Blend 2: 2 drops Sage, 3 drops Lavender, 5 drops Ylang Ylang
Using essential oils to help manage the symptoms of the menopause is one of the most pleasant ways in helping to maintain some comfort during this difficult stage.Please book in for a massage where we can discuss how essential oils and massage can benefit you. I hope you can see how beneficial aromatherapy can be for this massive event in a woman’s life. Please contact me to book in, even if it is just for a chat. The way aromatherapy can change your life is phenomenal. It is a like a secret that I am dying to share with you. The more people that have this in their lives the better. Try it now and start seeing and feeling the benefits instantly.
That is all for now
I will be bringing you more blogs each month.
My aim is to share tips with you about looking after yourself. Simple things you can introduce into your life, that can have a big impact.
Of course I will also be keeping you up to date with what I am up to with Just the Tonic Beauty & Retreats.
Take care, for now
Lots of love