Essential oils and menopause: Can they help?

Essential oils have been utilized in folk remedies for many generations.  They may lessen the uncomfortable effects of menopause and are beginning to be recognized in mainstream medicine for their benefits. Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years and symptoms leading up to it can range from mildly annoying to debilitating. You may experience changes in sleep habits, low libido, anxiety, depression, weight gain, irregular menstruation and bone loss.

Research shows the oil called Vitex agnus-castus, more commonly known as chasteberry, may help with irregular periods and mood swings. Lavender oil can promote healthy sleep and may reduce hot flashes, headaches and heart palpitations.  And rose oil may regulate your cycle, improve mood and reduce hot flashes.  Phytoestrogens which are plant based estrogens may also support hormone balance.  Try clary sage, fennel, cypress and coriander oils.

As with anything, talk to your doctor before beginning and carefully follow the manufacturer’s usage instructions.

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