As a Holistic Therapy Practitioner and Aromatherapist we continue our development each year to ensure we are keeping up with new information and techniques.
My most recent extra Holistic Therapy development course was in Menopause (facilitated by Jo Kellett – From the Seed). Menopause was of course covered in my original training, however it was good to do it again and focus solely on how the Aromatherapy Essential Oils can help with some Menopausal Symptoms.
Menopause – From the Greek – Menos = Month Pausos = Ending. “A naturally occurring phase of a women’s life, not something to be fixed or altered, just embraced.” That quote got me thinking – how many women embrace the change?
For a great many women, the feeling of embracing Menopause is an alien concept because it often represents that a woman is past her best, dried up, invisible and alone. Now I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that as I tend to focus on the positive side. Think of the wisdom we have, we tend to be happy within ourselves and know ourselves more and also as we get older we are free from the burden of what others think of us.
However going through the Menopause can be difficult as there are a lot of symptoms that we have to deal with for example…
– Sleep Disturbances
– Inability to concentrate/forgetfulness,
– Mood swings
– Changes in cycle
– Loss of Libido
– Vaginal Dryness
– Hot Flushes and Night Sweats
Aromatherapy Essential Oils can help with many of the above. I would always recommend that you see a fully qualified Aromatherapist for a full consultation, they will then recommend the oils that are best for you. The oils are blended and administered by massage. You’ll feel wonderfully relaxed after and the Essential Oils used will be doing their work as you relax.
You can also use Essential Oils at home by using an Aromatherapy diffuser, or burner, popping some into a bath and soaking or making up your own blend with a vegetable carrier oil base (such as Sweet Almond Oil). Such a treat to relax and unwind in this way.
There are a host of Aromatherapy Essential Oils that can be used but for ease of purchase I’ll talk about the most well known ones…..
Lavender – use a drop on your pillow at night to help you sleep and be less anxious
Clary Sage – good for loss of libido, hot flushes and night sweats
Chamomile (Roman) – good for headaches and migraines, sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, skin irregularities
Frankincense – irregular menses, Anxiety, Exhaustion, good for mature skin
Geranium – a hormone regulator, mood swings, hot flushes, anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion
When blending these oils into a Carrier base so that you can use it on your skin, start with 20mls of Sweet Almond Oil (or any other vegetable based oil) and put up to a maximum of 10 drops of Essential Oils in total. It’s best to choose 3 essential oils to work with. I’d advise to rub around the neck and chest area, lower back, the inside of arms, inner thighs and soles of feet before sleeping. Not only will you smell wonderful but it will help you get a good nights sleep. Regular use can also help reduce hot flushes.
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