Menopause has become an increasingly (and somewhat alarmingly) early onset syndrome for the modern woman, and is occurring as early as mid 40’s in some societies. This is directly related to our 21st Century lifestyle, as communities living without the modern-day stresses (pollution and processed foods, ‘treated’ water supply and pharmaceutical medications), generally do not exhibit premenopausal symptoms until the late 50’s. Some communities find it completely normal to be having last pregnancies in the early to mid 50’s (see research into high altitude communities in the Andes).
Symptoms like hot flashes (heating of the dermal and subdermal layers), headaches, confusion, depression, weight gain and irregular menstruation can all be associated with a high level of toxins in the direct environment and direct dietary intake. While there is also the case for genetic sympathies making everyone’s case unique, in many cases there is no need for drastic medical action before lifestyle changes and subtle therapies are explored as an alternative to toxic hormonal injections and invasive surgery.
Some of the natural techniques for re-balancing the hormones and re-calibrating the metabolism can include a holistic approach utilizing plant therapies (herbal remedies, plant essences, essential oils), dietary improvements, massage and acupressure.
Essential Oils can be combined with massage and psychological techniques to bring about physical, emotional and mental relief from pre-menopausal symptoms. A few suggestions are listed below:
Clary Sage - a uterine stimulant, it can help to regulate healthy bleeding and the natural detox of the uterus and female gonads. As a dilution in a simple massage oil used daily, it can be applied as a gentle rub after each shower on the abdomen and feet.
Rosemary - a circulatory system stimulant, it can assist with sluggish blood flow and increase alertness. (do not use if you are currently suffering with high blood pressure or similar - seek relaxation techniques first and use Lavender to calm energy levels) Use as a dilution in massage oil on the abdomen and feet, and/or in a vapouriser/diffuser each morning.
Peppermint - a cooling and pain relieving oil (analgesic) to provide relief from hot flashes and menstrual cramping. Apply as a dilution (with Clary Sage & Rosemary is great) massage oil to the abdomen and sacral spine area including the hips to relieve discomfort from pre-menstrual tension and menstrual cramps.
Apply in a dilution mist to the skin after showering. Apply one drop neat to the pulse points at the wrists, behind the ears, back of the neck, temples and top of the head to promote cooling. Breathe in deeply to assist with alertness and centering the energy of the body.
Geranium - the all-purpose balancer for skin, hormones, emotions and energy. This is a strong floral and herbaceous aromatherapy tool that can be used in small amounts as a pleasant and effective additive to all massage oils and pulse point blends. Apply to the soles of the feet and tops of the feet as a nightly ritual to restore balance.
Grapefruit - an uplifting oil to dispel negativity and promote brightness of mental, emotional, psychological outlook. Banishes depression and has a sweet, floral citrus note that is like a ray of sunshine. Vapourise or diffuse a few drops each day to set up a great mental framework. Apply as a dilution massage oil to the abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs to help drag toxins out of the dermis and subdermal layers. (depurative) Massage those areas vigorously after showering and wear loose clothing.
Other Oils - Neroli and Rose are also selected for their high vibrational energy and ability to lift the spirit.
A Womens Health Set is available with the five oils plus more as a Custom Order.
Australian Bush Flower Essences – ‘Woman’ Essence, a blend containing Billy Goat Plum, Bottlebrush, Bush Fuchsia, Crowea, Five Corners, Mulla Mulla, Old Man Banksia, Peach-flowered Tea-tree, Pink Flannel Flower, She Oak. “Harmonises any emotional imbalances during menstruation and menopause. It allows a woman to discover and feel good about herself, her own body and her beauty.” www.ausflowers.com.au
Bach Flower Essences by Magic Earth Mumma – ‘Happy Trails’ (available as a Custom Order), a blend containing Bach Flower Essences to assist with all forms of travel in Life. Scleranthus improves focus, concentration, balance, rhythm, precision and flexibility. Star of Bethlehem reduces the impact of all forms of shock. Walnut protects by improving the control of our personal boundaries and therefore increases the strength of our Aura. A magnificent protective essence enabling us to be immune to outside forces. Clematis improves perception and concentration, while increasing our awareness of all our senses, including our 'sense of Purpose'. Impatiens improves our ability to empathise and be gentle. It increases alertness, independent thinking and patience.
Black Cohosh is a traditional treatment for menopausal, pre-menopausal and menstrual issues.
Chasteberry (Vitex) is also a traditional treatment that has received a lot of attention and clinical trialing to verify its ability to balance hormones and assist in reducing menopausal symptoms.
Maca is used to give more energy, balance hormones and provide an intense nutritional hit. Use it with Ginseng if desired to make a powerful metabolic stimulant drink along with raw Cacao.
Yarrow (Milfoil) is used primarily as a women's herb because it can help with irregular menstruation during any time of life. Use it daily for any time when regular functions of the reproductive organs become inconsistent, painful or absent. It can assist with congestion, headaches, running nose, weeping eyes and other symptoms put down to 'hayfever' too.
Chamomile is the cure-all due to it's ability to soothe digestion, relieve pain from inflammation and provide a sedative effect on the nervous system.
Peppermint is able to reduce fever and inflammation and provide a calming and soothing effect to the body (digestive and nervous system) and emotions. It's also delicious and can help to smooth out the taste of a bitter herb concoction.
Yarrow, Chamomile and Peppermint are part of the 'Unravel' Herbal Blend from Magic Earth Mumma.
Less - red meat, alcohol, soda/sugar drinks, sugar, processed foods (including bread and pastries etc)
More - cold pressed oils high in fatty acids (eg: olive oil, flaxseed oil, macadamia oil, coconut oil, hempseed oil), sulphurous veges (radish, rocket, cabbage), plant food choices in general, clean water (not tap water unless well filtered).
Using a combination of methods alongside environmental changes can make the best and most effective treatments. Seek professional healthcare advice if symptoms persist or become acute.
Senior Holistic Feng Shui Practitioner, Reiki II Practitioner, Bach Flower Therapist, Holistic Health Therapist, Plant Therapy Practitioner.