Essential Oils for Menopause
The word menopause means the end of cyclical menstrual bleeding and occurs on average at 50 years of age. There is a slow decrease in ovarian activity with, as a result, hormonal imbalances for as long as 5 years before menstrual bleeding finally stops. During this period, abnormalities of ovarian activity occur. Menopause is believed to happen when there are no longer any eggs in the ovaries.
During ovaries active life span each ovary contains about 200,000 eggs and each month one of these eggs will produce two female hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.
The most common symptoms of menopause are:
- Hot flashes
- Atrophic vaginitis
- Inability to concentrate.
A disruption of in control of body temperature results in hot flushes and sweating, especially at night, causing disturbed sleep with fatigue the next day.
The skin turns dry, fragile and sensitive. The female hormones normally exert a slight anti-inflammatory effect, and when they disappear, there is an increase in rheumatic pains and aches, backaches and headaches.
But it is important to remember that menopause is not a disease. It is a natural process. Most of the unpleasant side-effects can be minimised, if not eliminated.
Menopause and Aromatherapy
Every woman’s experience is different, and aromatherapy can assist to minimise the problems concerning mental and physical health.
The aromatherapy massage is considered very nurturing. A range of oils for application includes:
Sweet fennel contains natural phytoestrogens (plant-based compounds that mimic estrogen in the body).
Geranium is known as a great hormonal balancer.
Rose helps to tone the uterus and feel feminine and nurtured.
A spray of lavender, peppermint, cypress, and clary sage would be useful for hot flushes. Another option will be rose or lavender hydrosols.
Many women are reluctant to take replacement hormones for many reasons. Fortunately, aromatherapy offers natural alternatives. Oestrogenic oils, such as clary sage, fennel, hormone-balancing oil such as geranium, all help to maintain hormone levels in the body.
Many menopausal women feel that their femininity is fading, and Rose, again, genuinely helps many menopausal problems, as well as being antidepressant, aphrodisiac, excellent oil for older skins, all of which boosts morale.
Taking good care of the body is advisable with the help of potent botanical oils providing healing actions on both levels, physical and psychological.
It is recommended taking supplements of evening primrose oil, as they provide gamma linoleic acid which the body needs to make oestrogen. It is also advised not to forget a healthy diet and a reasonable amount of exercise.
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