Menopause is a natural biological process that usually occurs in women between the ages of 45-55 as oestrogen levels decline. The symptoms experienced during menopause can disrupt day-to-day activities, and women may find themselves tackling things such as hot flushes, mood changes and insomnia. It’s safe to say menopause isn’t the most effortless transition.
However, there are ways to minimise discomfort. Other than speaking with your GP, you can also incorporate natural remedies as part of a daily self-care routine.
The importance of self-care during the menopause
Self-care involves taking active steps to maintain and boost your well-being. Good self-care practices can help relieve stress, increase energy, build strength and allow a good night’s sleep.
Practising daily self-care becomes even more critical when your body is undergoing changes that can affect you both physically and mentally. By learning to meet your needs, you’re far more likely to experience a smoother, more manageable journey through menopause.
How aromatherapy can support you during the menopause
If you’re struggling with menopause - or perimenopause - incorporating aromatherapy into your everyday self-care routine can help support your well-being and enable you to feel more balanced.
Essential oils are plant-based, and some contain phytoestrogens - plant-based substances that behave similarly to oestrogen. Some experts believe that essential oils containing phytoestrogens may help balance hormones and relieve symptoms such as mood changes and hot flushes.
5 Essential oils to help relieve menopause symptoms
Clary Sage Oil: Clary Sage is traditionally the most popular essential oil to help relieve menopause symptoms. Clary Sage can help regulate your hormones, stabilise your mood, and even fight depression and anxiety.
Lavender Oil: The hormone level changes experienced during menopause can cause problems with your sleep and lead to feelings of depression. Lavender oil can help to relax you and balance out your hormones.
Basil Oil: Basil oil is a great essential oil for combatting hot flushes -the sudden feelings of warmth most intense over the face, neck and chest. Basil oil contains an oestrogen hormone-like component aiding your body in its transition.
Peppermint Oil: Just like Basil oil, Peppermint oil can also help with hot flushes; many apply it (mixed with a carrier oil) to their neck and spine as soon as a hot flush starts. Peppermint oil helps relieve cramping and boosts energy for women in the peri-menopause stage.
Ylang Ylang: Perhaps best known for its evocative aroma, Ylang Ylang can uplift your body and mind whilst relieving stress and tension. It can also help raise low libido.
A Bonus oil - Geranium Oil: Inhaling Geranium oil can help manage mood swings and relieve stress. Geranium oil is good for dry skin, too; putting a few drops into your bath can help smooth and soothe your skin.
How to use Essential Oils to help relieve menopause symptoms
There are various methods in which essential oils can be used to help relieve menopause symptoms.
You can place 3-5 essential oil drops into a diffuser, apply via a roll-on to your pulse points, or use a spray. Massage proves popular; however, you must remember to mix your essential oil with a carrier oil, such as Jojoba or Coconut oil. Alternatively, you can inhale your chosen essential oil directly by placing a few drops onto a clean tissue.
Whether you’ve yet to reach this life milestone, are in the peri-menopause stage, or are in the midst of menopause, the self-care tips provided here can support you through your journey.