As menopause approaches, women often witness irregular periods and heavier or lighter flows. Hot flashes are common during this period, which usually lasts for 30 seconds to ten minutes, accompanied by shivering, sweating and skin reddening. Symptoms often vary among women. Some women experience endometriosis and painful periods, while others stand at high risk of having heart disease, which is probably due to aging than menopause. Other symptoms of menopause include vaginal dryness, mood swings, night sweats, fatigue, breast pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, hair thinning, and loss of vaginal elasticity.
Menopause is an entirely natural and biological phenomenon and requires no particular treatment. The symptoms, however, can be managed traditionally through hormone therapy. This requires taking doses of estrogen in the form of pills, gel, or creams. Essential Oils are alternative therapies you can use in managing symptoms of menopause. They provide relief to menopausal symptoms and help the body with imbalances. You can use essential oils for both post menopause and pre-menopause symptoms.
Essential Oils guide for Menopause
Essential Oils for boosting Estrogen Levels
Essential oils like cypress, geranium, lavender, thyme, rose and clary sage contains components that can mimic estrogen and can prove helpful during menopause. Popular in this list is clary sage oil and is often recommended by aromatherapists because it contains sclareol, the most common estrogen-like substance. Using Clary Sage can help slow down the development of osteoporosis (bone degradation), often caused by the decline of estrogen levels in the body. Clary Sage has a fruity aroma and can help relieve cramps, soothe anxiety and alleviate the pain of childbirth.
How to use
You can blend Clary Sage oil with peppermint oil or lemon oil to get relief from hot flashes. You can rub the diluted essential oils on the back of your neck, on your feet, or on fatty areas where hormones are produced and stored. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of the oils to a napkin and inhale directly.
Essential oils for Hot Flashes and Sweating
Peppermint oil tops the list of the best essential oils for night sweats and hot flashes. It contains menthol, a component that triggers a cool feeling wherever it is applied. The skin absorbs this oil easily and spreads the cooling effect around your body. When you experience hot flashes and intense sweating, applying peppermint oil will provide substantial and instant relief. This oil can also help relieve cramps and stress, and boost the immune system. Other oils like lemon, orange, grapefruit, thyme, roman chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium and clary sage can help provide natural relief to hot flashes during menopause.
How to use
Immediately when you notice the sign of hot flashes, add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to a napkin or tissue and inhale gently. You can also dilute 10-12 drops of peppermint oil with 30ml (one ounce) of distilled water to make a peppermint hydrosol spray. Carry this around and spray on your neck, face and head (avoiding eye contact), when you feel any sign of hot flashes.
You can dilute any of the listed essentials with a carrier oil and massage on your feet or the back of your neck. Do not use undiluted to prevent skin irritation. Additionally, to use aromatherapy for menopause, you can use the oils with a diffuser.
Essential Oil to balance hormones
You will find oils like Neroli, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender and Geranium beneficial for balancing body hormones and alleviating menopausal symptoms. The oils—Geranium especially—are used in many anti-aging creams. Geranium oil will not only aid in balancing hormones; it helps fight depression, night sweats, and anxiety.
You can use Geranium oil by adding two drops to your napkin and inhaling. You can also add it to your bath water to get a relaxing bath.
Essential Oils for Vaginal dryness and Elasticity
Oils like frankincense, lavender, sandalwood, Helichrysum and Rose oil can help to lubricate and soothe your vaginal tissues. They have rejuvenating effects on the skin and can help to liven a dry skin tone. You can add vitamin E oil to improve the elasticity and strength of the vaginal walls. They will also heal skin abrasions caused by dry vagina during sexual intercourse.
Usage: Dilute any of the essential oils with coconut or olive oil and rub on your vagina twice daily. Note: it is better to dilute it too much than too little.
Essential Oil for Emotional Disorders and Insomnia
Lavender, Clary Sage, Ylang-ylang, and Roman Chamomile oils are all excellent for boosting moods and balancing emotions. They possess excellent analgesic and antidepressant properties that will not only calm your nerves but also make you relax.
Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, Valerian and Lavender oils are sleep-inducing oils that will prove helpful when you go through hormonal changes. You will discover many benefits in using Lavender oil with your diffuser.
Essential Oils for Pain Relief
If you experience headaches, backaches, or breast pain, you can use rosemary, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, or marjoram oils to get substantial relief.
Dilute any of the oils and rub on your temples, feet or the back of your neck.
How to use essential oils for menopause relief
The common method of using essential oils is by applying them topically or using with a diffuser. Before topical application, it is important that you dilute your preferred essential oils with a carrier oil to minimize its potency effects and make it last longer on the skin. Another way to use essential oils is adding them to warm bath water and soaking yourself in the water for 30 minutes.
Using essential oils with a diffuser allows the body to enjoy their benefits through the olfactory passages. Inhaling essential oil molecules triggers the limbic system (the seat of emotions) in the brain. Alternatively, you can add essential oils to your body lotion.
Essential Oil Recipe for Menopause
Recipe 1 – Night Sweat blend
- 10 drops of thyme oil
- 10 drops of clary sage oil
- 20 drops of lemon oil
- 20 drops of grapefruit oil
- 2 ounce of fractionated coconut oil
Mix the above ingredients and use for body massage or with a warm bath.
Recipe 2 – Menopause lotion
- 1 drop of jasmine oil
- 1 drop of angelica oil
- 2 drops of clary sage oil
- 5 drops of geranium oil
- 6 drop of lemon oil
- 2 ounce of body lotion
Mix the ingredients and use as a body lotion or massage oil. Apply at least once daily.
Recipe 3 – Hot flash body spray
- 3 drops of peppermint oil
- 3 drops of rose oil
Add these oils to 100ml of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray on your face, chest, and neck whenever you experience hot flashes. Ensure you store away from sunlight.
Natural Treatment for Menopause
Diet: To balance body hormones and alleviate menopausal symptoms, you should include plenty of mineral and essential fats in your diet. Foods that can help are organic fruits and vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, Natto, phytoestrogen foods, probiotic foods, and high fiber foods. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water.
Importantly, avoid packaged foods, conventional meat, refined oils, fried foods, carbonated drinks, added sugar and alcohol.
Manage Stress: At this stage, it is important that you manage stress properly to prevent escalation of menopausal symptoms. Ways to relieve stress include exercising, aromatherapy, meditation, spending more time with nature and building close relationships.
Ensure you get sufficient sleep: Studies have shown that stress and insufficient sleep can result in high cortisol levels, low concentration, lower immunity, weight gain and anxiety. Ensure you get between 7-9 hours of sleep daily.
Symptoms of menopause often vary with various individuals. It is a natural stage every woman must go through; however, the physiological and emotional effects can sometimes prove difficult. Using an Essential Oil for menopause can be very useful managing the symptoms and struggles. Talk to an expert aromatherapist or your physician if you have additional concerns.