For the longest time, medical professionals have attempted to find a ‘cure’ for menopausal symptoms. However, that one ‘magic pill’ to cure menopause remains undiscovered as of now. Many medical professionals prescribe medications that help manage menopause symptoms. These can work for some, but not every perimenopausal woman is able or interested in taking medication. Certain homeopathic treatments potentially can alleviate the severity of symptoms, making menopause more bearable. One such solution is essential oils for menopause, which are often used in aromatherapy.
How To Use Essential Oils for Menopause
During menopause, women experience low levels of estrogen in the body. Since estrogen is essential for regulating various body functions, low levels can significantly impact one’s quality of life.
Essential oils can be used in two ways:
- Inhaled directly or through a diffuser
- Diluted with a carrier oil and applied to the skin
Research indicates that women who used essential oils as part of an aromatherapy massage experienced a greater reduction in the severity of menopausal symptoms. Hence, here are a few effective essential oils for menopause symptoms.
- Bergamot relaxes the body and mind
- Lavender and clary sage support libido and stabilize cortisol levels
- Wild orange and peppermint alleviate fatigue by energizing the mind and body
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doTERRA – Wild Orange Essential Oil – 15 mL
Cold pressed from the peel, Wild Orange is one of doTERRA’s top selling essential oils due to its energizing aroma and multiple health benefits.
Essential Oils for Hot Flashes
Hot flashes feel like lightning, like a burst of heat that rushes through your body. Clary Sage could be a natural remedy. It is advised to rub 3 drops of diluted clary sage oil on the back of your neck and also all over your feet.
You might also want to try to spread a few drops on a tissue and inhale & exhale it softly. With this exercise you let the oil enter your body through your nose and it might even have an antidepressant-like effect.
You may also want to try peppermint oil, which may reduce your overall discomfort during hot flashes. Please add no more than two drops to your napkin or tissue. Otherwise, it can be extremely overwhelming. Hold the tissue to your nose and breathe slowly.
Basil aromatherapy may boost your mood and estrogen levels. Thus, it can be helpful against hot flashes too. The ultimate hack is to apply it to your feet and the back of your neck.
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Essential Oils for Vaginal Dryness
One of the biggest changes women experience is vaginal dryness. Changes you can ecpect include a thinning of the skin in and around your vagina, as well as a loss of elasticity. Also, you may see color changes as well. Thus, women often turn toward lubricants to help moisten that area. Keep in mind it is important to consult the ingredients list of lubricants, as some commercial lubricants add to the problem of vaginal dryness or irritation. Using coconut oil may be an effective way to reduce dryness for some women. However, coconut oil may alter your vaginal pH, thus increasing your risk for bacterial imbalance.
You can add essential oils to help soothe the surrounding tissue. However, it is not a good idea to use these in your vagina. The following essential oils may be beneficial.
- Frankincense soothes mucous membranes
- Lavender has soothing and anti-inflammatory effects
- Cape chamomile reduces itching and acts as an anti-inflammatory
- Rose encourages adequate tissue regeneration
- Sandalwood relieves itchiness, irritation, and moisturizes the tissue
Essential Oils for Anxiety
Geranium essential oil has proved helpful in providing menopausal women with relief when they deal with hormonal changes. For an immediate effect, you can inhale it by putting a few drops on a napkin. It can also help in keeping the skin hydrated. Add a couple of drops to your hot bath for a relaxing effect. It promotes an antianxiety and antidepressant effect.
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Disclaimer: this is not medical advice, does not take the place of medical advice from your physician, and is not intended to treat or cure any disease. Patients should see a qualified medical provider for assessment and treatment.