The blimmin change!! What a pain!!
The menopause affects almost all women at some point in their lives but it still isn’t that openly talked about. Certainly in my case I didn’t have a great deal of knowledge about the symptoms until they happened to me.
The symptoms can start suddenly and it can be quite a shock to the system which is why it is great to talk about it with other women.
This way we can share tips and solutions on how to deal with it and we don’t feel as isolated.
What many of us don’t realise is that as well as the hormone treatments (HRT) there are a number of non-hormone and complementary treatments that we can try to help alleviate some of the symptoms.
The following essential oils are used by aromatherapists to treat conditions which are associated with the menopause:
Clary Sage: useful for PMS
Geranium: can help with feelings of restlessness and anxiety
Juniper: can have a detoxifying effect
Rosemary: can help prevent fluid retention when used regularly for massage
Bergamot: can help reduce depression
Fennel: known to help alleviate water retention
Lavender: can be used as a sleep aid
Nicole Barton, consultant aromatherapist at Base Formula states that "as long as the oil's molecules work their way into your bloodstream, either via your sense of smell or through skin application, they can help you feel calm."
How to do it at home:
You can diffuse essential oils mixed with water which will give your home a gorgeous scent whilst relaxing your body and mind as you inhale it.
Alternatively or as well as the above, if you really feel you need to switch off and relax you can book in with us for a full body aromatherapy massage. You will have a full consultation beforehand so that we can tailor the blend of essential oils to make the treatment the most beneficial to you.
Any kind of relaxation during this stage in your life is going to increase your sense of well-being, especially with all the discomfort and frustration the menopause can bring.
Try turning of your TV an hour before you go to bed or join a yoga class.
If you feel too worn out from you sleepless nights to consider anything along these lines why not just come and have a soothing reflexology treatment or some deeply calming reiki to try to restore your body’s natural equilibrium and to give yourself some much needed time out.
What do you think? Sound good? Let’s be honest our partners, friends, family would probably be glad to get rid of us for an hour or two!!
Lots of kind regards, Jan XXXX