Essential oils and Menopause
Aromatherapy: using sense of smell, aroma, to create balance and harmony in mind and body by stimulation of specific areas of the brain that can effectively and in a positive way impact one’s physical and mental state. Essential oils are used for aromatherapy and high quality oils give the greatest benefit, such as doTERRA oils.
Receptors in the nose can identify over a trillion different aromas and connect with the hippocampus and amygdala in brain...these are areas that store memories and emotions. Research has proven that when the molecules of essential oils are inhaled, the hippocampus and amygdala in brain then influence physical, mental and emotional state. Thus, affecting mood, heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, sleep, motivation...and more, in positive ways!
How does this work with menopause? Fatigue, sleep issues, stress, hot flashes mood and sugar cravings are very common symptoms that can be associated with peri-menopause and menopause. Although, these symptoms can happen at anytime, not just with menopause. Essential oils are a great way to increase sleep, enhance positive moods, control cravings and decrease stress by using our sense of smell, a sense that is often forgotten. Oils can be used as aroma therapy, used topically and with some, ingested. Again, high quality oils makes a huge difference in your results and essential oils are very concentrated, so one or two drops goes a long way! Essential oils can be very easy to use and have a multitude of uses outside of minimizing menopause type symptoms, check out the doTERRA website or ask me! Many like to start with defusing oils in their bedroom or living room for promoting better sleep or relaxation and may move to increasing uses as there are so many benefits. I use essential oils daily in my own home and with my family, starting with use of oils for management of anxiety and sleep for my son. I quickly realized the benefits of using these oils personally, as well as for clients that have incorporated oils into their tool box for managing peri-menopause and menopausal symptoms, to be extremely helpful!
Research also suggests that alternating oils to decrease plateau effect increases continued effectiveness. So pick a few oils for sleep or stress relief or energy, for example, and alternate there use to get the most out of the oils, changing it up is good! There are many amazing essential oil recipes for diffuser use or to apply to skin.
Grapefruit Essential oil:
This is an excellent appetite suppressant, increases metabolism, detoxifier (liver and gut), decreasing bloating and water retention, and stress reduction. Activates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) increases glucose use by body =reduction of stored sugar as fat = weight loss. This is also a powerful anti inflammatory to break down cellulite, stimulates lymph system for increase removal of toxins from our bodies.
Use: only ingest high quality and only one drop, can be toxic. Is also photosensitive oil, meaning it can increase sunburn, so keep applied area covered in sun.
-Inhale directly from bottle several times per day or with cravings
-Diffuse 4 drops into diffuser
-mix 12 drops with 1oz of carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, Jojoba oil, or almond oil) and apply to inner wrists, temples, under nose, neck and chest for craving control or appetite suppressant
-for digestion: massage above mix onto abdomen
Lemon a very versatile oil! In this post we are going to focus on use as an appetite suppressant, energizer, stress reduction, and detoxifier.
-Inhale directly from bottle
-diffuse 4 drops into diffuser
-Mix 12 drops with 1oz carrier oil and apply to inner wrists, temples, chest, neck or under nose
-add 1-2 drops to 8oz water and drink
This is an amazing essential oil for decreasing and managing hot flashes, digestion, and muscle tension. Peppermint has an instant cooling effect making it great for hot flashes!
-Mix 12 drops with 1oz carrier oil and apply to back of neck, chest, feet or inner wrist. Massage into abdomen for digestion, stomach upset or constipation. Massage into sore muscle for decrease of muscle aches and tension.
-dilute 10 drops in to a small spray bottle filled with water and use to spritz face, neck and chest
-add 4 drops to diffuser
-inhale from bottle or place one drop on tissue and hold near nose for hot flashes, digestion issues, nausea or muscle tension
-add 1-2 drops to warm bath
Clary Sage is used to create hormone balance, hot flash relief, and reduce pelvic pain. This oil is also effective for stress reduction with antidepressant effects, and enhances sleep. There is reported increased libido with use of of Clary Sage! It is also used to aid digestion and decrease constipation. Clary Sage is a vasodilator, so it increases blood flow through arteries/veins reducing blood pressure and aids in respiration to increase oxygen flow to organs and tissues.
-mix 12 drops with carrier oil and massage back of neck, chest or all over feet
-apply and massage carrier mix to abdomen for relief of constipation and increase digestion or to reduce pelvic pain.
-inhale from bottle or a drop or two on a tissue
-add 1-2 drops to warm bath
This is an amazing blend of Clary Sage, Lavendar, Bergamont, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang,Ylang, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, and Vitex.
This awesome blend is so effective hormone balance for PMS during menstrual cycles as well as menopause. ClaryCalm is wonderfully effective as a mood stabilizer, having a soothing and calming effect on emotions related to menstrual cycles and peri-and menopausal states. The oils in this blend have amazing qualities on their own, but in a blend you get all the effects all together! This blend is already in a convenient roller ball for easy application to skin.
-apply with carrier to back of neck (hot flashes and hormone support), temples(clarity), bottom of feet (hormone support)
-apply to abdomen for pelvic pain or menstrual cramping
-apply to inner wrists to inhale
This is a blend of Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile and Ylang Ylang, with the warming aromas of Hawaiian Sandalwood and Vanilla Bean. Serenity, just as it's name, is wonderfully calming, increases relaxation and promotes sleep. The fantastic blend calms the mind and emotions, decreases muscle tension.
-add 4 drops to diffuser at night or during the day for calming effects
-mix 12 drops with 1oz carrier oil and apply to bottom of feet or inner wrist, back of neck or chest
-add 1-2 drops into hands and inhale
-add 2-3 drops to a warm bath
This blend of Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower creates a sense of grounding, whole body relaxation, and stress relief. It promotes sleep, decrease anxiety, evokes feelings of tranquility and balance :) The sense of grounding is so unique and supportive during times of increased stress and emotions.
-mix 12 drops with 1oz carrier oil and apply to bottom of feet, inner wrist, back of neck or chest
-diffuse 4 drops
-use mix as a massage oil
-add 2 drops to warm bath
-add 1 drop to pillow or cotton ball
Is a lovely blend of oils to induce calming emotions. It is a blend of Patchouli leaf, Bergamont, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Rose Flower, Vanilla Bean absolute, Jasmine Flower, Cinnamon bark, Vetiver root, Labdanum leaf-stem, Cocoa seed, and Ylang Ylang flower.
-mix 12 drops with 1oz carrier oil and apply to wrist, back of neck, pulse points
-rub 1-2 drops into hand and run over scarf or coat
-diffuse 4 drops or add one drop to pillow or cotton ball and breath in
-add 1-2 drops to warm bath
doTERRA supplements that can greatly decrease the symptoms of menopause!
LifeLong Vitality Pack (LLV)
The LifeLong Vitality supplements are a foundation to optimal nutrition in order to achieve hormone health. One cannot solely supplement their way out of an unhealthy lifestyle. Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats for optimal nutrition are needed; as well as exercise, stress control and good self-care. The LifeLong Vitality Pack provides the essential vitamins and minerals need for cell function, energy, brain function, bone health, healthy immunity and hormone balance when we are not able to get all that we need from our diets. Even when we eat healthy, it can be difficult to ingest on a daily basis the needed nutrients needed to keep our bodies functioning at the best level possible, and thus balancing our hormones and symptoms that are related to menopause. Hormone balance is affected by stress, toxins, inflammation, estrogens from an outside source (exogenous estrogen - not good for us- commercially raised/enhanced beef, chicken, pork, butter, ice cream. pesticides and insecticides, artificial additives and PLASTICS are few examples). Microplex, Alpha CRS+ and xEo Mega are included in the Lifelong Vitality pack. The LLV is regulated by the DoTERRA Medical Provider to not only encompass the needed nutrients, but formulated to the specific needs of different areas of the world. doTERRA has taken into consideration there may be deficient or different lacking nutrients depending on the part of the world you live and formulated the LLV pack to reflect the different needs. Supplements are important, and high quality supplements are a must!
MicroPlex VMz –daily multivitamins needed for Metabolism and cellular energy
Alpha CRS+ (Cellular Vitality Complex) antioxidant complex cell function and metabolism. Antioxidants are stable molecules that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage and destroy healthy functioning cells and speed aging process. They affect structural DNA and the energy production of mitochondria, making antioxidants very important nutrient to stabilize the free radicals in our system for optimal cell function and power as well as slowing the effects of aging.
xEO Mega -omega 3 for optimal joint function, brain function immune system support, cardiovascular health
is used to balance cortisol levels, increased energy, cell support, improves mental energy, healthy aging, libido, sleep, positive mood/stress effects. MitoMax is a natural energizer without caffeine, additives or sugar, helping to reduce fatigue and keep optimal mental energy without reaching for a soda, cup of coffee or unhealthy snack!
Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex:
a consistent source of phytoestrogens to maintain estrogen function and balance when estrogen is naturally depleting or due to other issues that steal away the production of estrogen. Contains flax seed and potent soy extract standardized to 64% isoflavone. Phytoestrogens are "estrogen like" substances that bind to estrogen receptor sites in the absence of estrogen to minimize effects of estrogen imbalance and support healthy estrogen levels. They can also be effective in younger women to help minimize the swing of estrogen that may cause increased PMS type symptoms