Menopause is a stage in a woman’s life in which menstruation as well as fertility come to an end since the estrogen and progesterone production is significantly reduced. This process is usually experienced by women in their 40s or 50s.
Menopause may start even earlier in women who were treated from cancer or who had to surgically remove the ovaries. It is widely accepted that menopause has started when there has been no menstrual period for 12 months. There isn’t any test that can determine when a woman will experience her menopause. Besides, this time is conditioned by many different factors.
In the following lines you are going to read about the menopause sympoms, causes, as well as the best essential oils that can be used for managing the symptoms.
What symptoms occur during menopause?
Although menopause is a completely natural process in a woman’s lifespan, many women cannot handle it properly due to a variety of unpleasant simptoms. These include hot flashes, night sweating, mood swings, irregular periods, insomnia, vaginal dryness, loss of vaginal elasticity, back and breast pain, headache, incontinence and sometimes gaining weight. The symptom that most women experience is hot flashes. A decrease in estrogen levels is responsible for this extremely unpleasant symptom. Hot flashes involve the warmth which is felt through the body. It may also include redness and perspiration.
Menopause cause the blood vessels to open and constrict, which leads to this feeling of warmth. Another unpleasant menopausical symptom is mood swings. Women often cry and panic or experience a sudden fear that goes over quickly, all that without any apparent reason.
Other common symptoms are anxiety, depression and increased stress levels. Possible complications after menopause include cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. All these symptoms can be experienced in the years before menopause starts, that is, in the period of perimenopause.
Why does menopause occur?
Menopause occurs because your reproductive hormone levels (estrogen and progesterone) naturally decrease starting from the late 30s. Due to certain surgical procedures including uterus and ovary removal, menopause may start earlier. After this procedures your hormonal changes are likely to occur suddenly, whereas in the natural process of menopause the hormone levels change gradually over a few years. Menopause can be induced by radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well.
Although menopause symptoms are often unpleasant, they can be controlled since it’s a normal process in a female’s life. One of the natural remedies for treating menopausal symptoms are essential oils.Let’s find out which essential oils are the best to use in order to relieve these symptoms and how they can be used.
What are the best essential oils for dealing with menopausal symptom?
If you need a relief of your menopausical symptoms, but you wouldn’t like to use traditional medicines, you can opt for essential oils as they make wonders when it comes to menopause symptoms relief. They are made of different plants. All these essential oils treat menopause symptoms, not causes, because a decreased hormone production by a female body is a completely normal process.
There are certain essential oils that effectivelly treat each of the menopause symptoms.
Best essential oils for night sweats and hot flashes. In order to treat these common menopause symptoms, you can opt for peppermint oil and citrus oils, such as orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit. Other favourites in this group are clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus and geranium.
Peppermint oil is the first on this list since its cooling effects are absorbed and distributed throughout the whole body. However, it isn’t suitable for applying to your face since it’s too strong. You can use lavender instead if you want to cool your face.
Pour 30 ml of water in a spray bottle and add 10 to 12 drops of your favourite essential oil. Shake before each use.
Best essential oils for mood swings. If emotional breakouts are your main problem during perimenopause or menopause, ylang-ylang, chamomile and lavender are the best options for you since these oils may combat those irritable mood swings and help you relax. However, when it comes to these oils you should know that you may feel sleepy after you use them.
If you can hardly fall asleep during menopause, which happens as a consequence of hormonal disbalance, you may try lavender, sandalwood, Roman chamomile or valerian. Remember, the better you sleep, the more stable your emotions will be during the day.
Best estrogen-like essential oils. Essential oils from this group mimic estrogen, a female sexual hormone that the body produces much less when it reaches menopause. This is the cause of almost all the unpleasant symptoms we have already mentioned. Estrogen-like essential oils mimic estrogen and they replace its functions in your body. That’s why they fight against many of these symptoms. However, these essential oils cannot be used as a long-term estrogen replacement. The only thing they can do is to relieve the unpleasant symptoms that may occur during menopause for a short term.
Lavender, rose, clary sage,cypress and thyme are among the best estrogen-like essential oils.
Best essential oils for vaginal lubrication and elasticity. In order to deal with vaginal dryness and loss of its elasticity, which are common problems that you may face when you enter menopause, you can use one of the two recipes we offer in the following lines.
The first recipe: Mix one drop of clary sage oil with coconut or olive oil. Apply this mixture to your vagina twice a day.
The second recipe: Soak chickweed in coconut or olive oil. Leave it for five or six weeks and then you may start applying it to your vagina. Remember to always use one drop of oil per tablespoon.
Other essential oils that make wonders for vaginal lubrication and elasticity are lavender, sandalwood, rose, helichrysum and frankincense.
Best essential oils for pain relief. If headaches, back and breast pain are your menopausal issues, try peppermint, German and Roman chamomile, sweet marjoram, rosemary, lavender, and thyme. You can use lavender, sweet marjoram and chamomile at night since they have sedative effects, and all the rest during the day since they act like stimulants.
Best essential oils for hormone regulation. As for balancing your hormones and relieving most symptoms of menopause, lavender, neroli and geranium are the best essential oils.
Best essential oils for energy. Lack of energy is another common symptom of menopause. You can boost your energy levels by using eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint, basil, black pepper, and nutmeg.
How can you use essential oils for menopause?
Since essential oils are natural extracts, only a few drops are enough to make wonders for your health and well being. In the following lines you will read about how you can use them in order to quickly combat the unpleasant menopausal symptoms.
Spray. Add 1 ounce of wodka, two ounces of water and two to ten drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Mix all the ingredients and shake before spraying. Since essential oils may stain, don’t spray them on wooden surfaces.
Massage and/or bath oil. Add a mixture of eight drops of any essential oil and 15 ml (a tablespoon) of carrier oil to warm water if you want to use it as bath oil. You can use this mixture for massaging as well.
Inhalation. Moisten a handkerchief, tissue or cotton ball with a few drops of your favourite essential oil and inhale if you want to get a quick symptom relief.
Body moisturizer. You can make your body moisturizer by mixing five to eight drops of any essential oil you like and 15 ml (a tablespoon) of a lotion or cream that is unscented or carrier oil, such as sweet almond or apricot kernel oil. Apply this mixture twice to three times a day.
Milk bath. You can also make milk bath using essential oils. Take ½ cup of milk, add 8 drops of your favourite essential oil to it and pour this mixture in your tub filled with hot water.
Are essential oils safe to use?
Before you decide to calm your menopausal symptoms by essential oils, always consult your doctor, especially if you take any medicines since these oils may affect some of them. Since essential oils may lead to various allergies, you should find out whether you are allergic to some substances.
Allergies and mild skin irritations are possible side effects of essential oils. Always follow the instructions for use. For instance, some oils are to be diluted in water before use. Don’t spray essential oils in areas in which there isn’t proper ventilation.