Natural remedies for Perimenopause
We all know that as a women, ‘the change’ is inevitable!
We have all heard of Menopause, but there is also a stage before that (we are lucky right?!) – and this stage is called ‘Perimenopause’
So as women, this is ‘stage’ before the actual ‘stage’!!
Perimenopause, what exactly is it?
It’s your body’s natural transition into producing less estrogen. The menstrual transition is marked by your body’s adjustment to the new hormone levels, and for many women it can mean some less than ideal symptoms.
As your ovaries produce less of the estrogen hormone, your periods become irregular.
You may notice that you are starting to skip periods, your periods become lighter or heavier.
Eventually, your monthly cycle will stop all together. Once you’ve gone a year without having a period, you are considered to have reached full menopause.
Perimenopause, (also known as menopause transition), usually begins several years before actual menopause.
This is the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier for some!
I know for myself, it started in my late 30’s. I had no idea what was going on at first! My heart would race, I would suddenly feel internally HOT (and not good looking hot, hot as in OMG where is the ice bath?!), and the night sweats! Wow, they are INTENSE!
Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1 to 2 years of Perimenopause, this drop in estrogen speeds up. At this stage, many women have menopause symptoms.
How Long Does It Last?
For women the average length of Perimenopause is 4 years (yay, not!), but for some women this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years – can you imagine?!
So what are some signs that you could be going through Perimenopause?
Women in Perimenopause will typically have at least some these symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Worse than normal PMS
- Low or lower sex drive
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex
- Urine leakage when coughing or sneezing
- An urgent need to urinate more frequently
- Restless sleep
Please be sure to seek medical attention for any changes in your body! I am not a doctor and professional advice should always be sought out!
There are many natural remedies that can help you support your body through this ‘change of life’.
One way is with Essential Oils, and this is a method that I use daily with great results. In a moment we will look at some of these oils to use!
In addition to using Essential Oils, you may also feel better (I know it can be hard, but even just cutting down the below will help) if you do things that enhance your general well-being, such as –
- Cut down on the caffeine and sugar
- Stop smoking
- Get more sleep and try going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day
- Drink less alcohol
- Get to a healthy weight and stay there
- Have enough calcium in your diet
If you aren’t interested in prescribed medications to help you manage your symptoms, you may choose to consider alternative solutions. Some Essential Oils have been found to provide relief, and I can personally say that I have had amazing results.
I have chosen below the top Essential Oils that I have personally used and find these to be the most beneficial –
During your menstrual cycle, apply to abdomen to experience a soothing and calming massage and to help with bloating and pain. This blend is also great for hot flashes, apply to the skin for a cooling, soothing effect.
The oils in this blend particularly Clary Sage help muscle spasms therefore are great for cramping.
Peppermint provides a cool, tingling sensation that can help cool you down in the event of a hot flash. Apply it to the back of the neck and temples when needed.
It also helps with achy joints, headaches, tummy upsets and it can give you an energy boost, too!
Lavender has long been used in aromatherapy to promote feelings of relaxation and support healthy sleep.
Lavender can also promote feelings of relaxation and help improve the quality of your sleep. During this time, insomnia and other sleep-related problems are common. You may find it beneficial to add lavender aromatherapy to your nighttime routine.
Geranium has been found to help menopausal women manage hormonal changes. One to two drops rubbed into the palms of the hands may be inhaled for immediate stress relief. Geranium is also helpful for dry skin. Consider adding a few drops of the diluted oil to the water during a relaxing, hot bath.
Research also suggests that this essential oil has anti anxiety and antidepressant effects.
5. Basil –
If you’re looking for ways to increase your estrogen levels or to help improve your mood, consider adding basil aromatherapy to your daily regimen.
Basil can also be helpful against hot flashes when diluted and applied to your feet or rubbed across the back of your neck.
It is the only citrus fruit to contain melitidin and brutieridin which has been proven to have anti-cholesterol effects similar to statin drugs.
Bergamot essential oil is great to be used for a lot of the symptoms of Perimenopause and menopause.
Bergamot essential oil can help with balancing your hormone levels and also blood sugar levels.
It is great for mild anxiety which can sometimes come with hormone fluctuations. The flavonoids in the essential oil can act on the glands to stimulate the production of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. The oil can help you to relax.
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Love Melissa, Health & Wealth X
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