For some women, menopause has little to no symptoms. But many women experiencing menopause present with such symptoms as:
• Mood swings
• Hot flashes
• Lack of sexual desire
The use of some essential oils may help ease some of these symptoms and make going through menopause easier.
Lavender Essential Oils for Menopausal Symptoms
The exotic scent of lavender has been used for generations to relieve anxiety. Many women have used lavender through the years for its calming effects without the oil being a sedative. Lavender enters into the bloodstream when it is applied to the skin or when it is inhaled and can aid a person to have less anxiety and a more restful sleep.
Lavender also has other uses such as relaxing restless people, calming individuals with dementia, reducing inflammation and relieving migraines.
Chamomile Oil for Menopause
Chamomile’s delicate floral and apple scent has been used for thousands of years to treat a plethora of ailments and can be especially useful when used for the symptoms of menopause. Specifically, chamomile oil has calming and soothing effects. Inhaling the aromatic oil has been known to provide users with stress relief, uplifting the depressed person and reducing anxiety. Many women using chamomile oil find it to be gently relaxing and calming. A menopausal woman should try taking a cup of chamomile tea or inhaling the essential oil to help bring sleep at night.
Mints, especially peppermint oil, may be better known as giving relief from gastric distresses, but they also help in lessening menopausal symptoms. Many menopausal women have discovered that inhaling peppermint oil scent reduces the discomfort of hot flashes. Simply place two drops of the oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma in slowly.
Clary sage oil contains sclareol, geraniol, alpha-Terpineol and other naturally occurring ingredients that offer humans relief from a plethora of menopausal symptoms such as:
• Depression. Clary sage oil has been used for years to improve a person’s mood and is helpful when used for mood swings.
• Muscle cramps and headaches. This oil eases muscle cramps and soothes headaches.
• Lack of sexual desire. One of the properties that clary sage is most famous for is being an aphrodisiac for both men and women. Clary sage is said to work by influencing hormones and improving sexual desire and performance.
• Irritability. When experiencing menopause related irritability, try using the aroma of clary sage, inhaled or massaged into the body, as well to prevent any dizziness that may accompany this time of life. If a person feels nervous, hysterical or filled with anxiety, inhale the aroma of clary sage to experience its calming effects.
• Sleep problems. A regular symptom of menopause is insomnia or trouble sleeping.
• Inflammation. When suffering from menopausal aches and pains, massage the affected area with a small dose of clary sage oil mixed with a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil.
• Clary sage may prevent post-menopausal uterine problems by influencing hormone levels.
Clary sage is potent oil and should be used with caution or according to directions. Also, the effects of clary sage are enhanced when combined with citrus oils, lavender, pine, sandalwood or jasmine oils.
Thyme oil increases progesterone production. This increase in progesterone helps women experiencing menopausal symptoms by balancing their hormone levels. Once the menopausal woman’s hormone balance is achieved, women notice fewer hot flashes, weight loss, better sleep and a reduction of hot flashes.
These oils naturally treat the symptoms of the change of life and ease some of the condition’s more uncomfortable feelings that accompany the condition. Use the descriptions above to decide which oils to try next and enjoy the aroma and relief that using essential oils can bring to your life.