Essential Oils for Women: Menopause and PMS
Sometimes it’s just completely brutal being a woman. If it’s not cramps and crankiness, it’s hot flashes and fatigue. There are some mildly effective over-the-counter remedies, but they really just mask the underlying cause for PMS and Menopause, which is hormone imbalance.
Of course, modern medicine has come a long way in providing synthetic hormone replacements that can do a lot in the way of easing pesky symptoms. But there are also some natural ways to help regain balance and get your body back on track again.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
We as women are no strangers to the many symptoms of hormone imbalance, but many women just don’t realize that’s what is wrong when their bodies start battling against them.
So, what are some of the symptoms?
Although these symptoms can be indicative of a great many things, most people with hormone imbalance have at least 3 or 4 of the common symptoms at the same time.
- Weight Gain
- Low Sex Drive
- Digestive Issues
- Hair Loss
- Appetite Changes
- Brain Fog
- Mood Swings
- Fluid Retention
- Breast Tenderness
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormone imbalance is a much more serious health issue than people realize, and there are things that cause this other than the usual body changes. Stress and chemicals are two of the strongest enemies wreaking havoc on our bodies. Stress itself triggers our bodies to produce a surge of cortisol, which leads to other hormones being released. And toxic chemicals can be found in our foods as well as substances we apply to our bodies, like some moisturisers and makeups.
Hormone imbalance can also be caused by things such as thyroid disease, poor diet and fluctuating cycles such as menopause and menstruation.
Why does this matter?
Hormonal imbalances can ultimately lead to diseases such as cancer and diabetes. And while it may not be possible to eliminate 100% of all chemical exposure and stress, we can certainly make some changes that could help diminish their effects.
Essential Oils for Hormone Balance
One of the most natural treatments for hormone imbalance is essential oils. Not only are they completely chemical free, but they have properties within them that actually go to work to fight toxins in the body.
Each essential oil has its own healing properties, and there is a special group of oils sometimes called adaptogens that actually adapt to our bodies’ needs. They can be both stimulating and relaxing at the same time, so they are able to boost gland production or slow it down depending on the exact circumstances of the malfunctioning systems.
So what are these magic oils?
- Clary sage
How to use them:
If you suffer from chronic anxiety, you probably have some very overactive adrenal glands, which are responsible for releasing stress hormones into your body. Rubbing a few drops of basil and lavender onto your forearms and behind the ears twice a day should help to calm the adrenal glands and your emotions.
Geranium and lemon are great mood-boosting essential oils that you can inhale or apply to your wrists to keep those mood-killing hormones at bay.
Lack of sleep is another cyclical issue. Hormone imbalance can cause insomnia, and insomnia can lead to hormone imbalance. Getting your sleep habits lined out will go a long way toward balancing your system. Aromatherapy happens to be the most effective method for inducing sleep. Lavender alone, either diffused or applied to bedding should help you get the sleep you need. But for even more effect, try also adding clary sage.
For Thyroid Disorders
If you know that your thyroid could be the culprit, a few drops of lemongrass rubbed onto the bottoms of your big toes and the base of your throat once a day should help stimulate the gland back into action.
Clary sage has been used for centuries to help with PMS symptoms such as cramping. Apply a few drops to the stomach and ovary areas to balance the hormones being released during your cycle.
Wrapping it Up
There may be no cure for menopause or PMS, but finding ways to naturally and holistically treat hormonal imbalances will certainly ease the symptoms associated with them. Using essential oils the correct way can help with almost anything that ails you.