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Top 10 Natural Remedies for Menopause and Andropause

Wait..we know about Menopause, but what’s Andropause?

top 10 natural remedies for menopause and andropause

As with female menopause, the underlying cause of andropause is the decrease in production of naturally occurring hormones within the body. Age takes its toll on everyone, and a decrease in hormone production over time is common to both men and women. Testosterone levels in men begin to decrease as early as age 30, and continue to decline at an estimated 1% per year through the age of 50 and above. Same with progesterone levels in women.

So Andopause is just the male version of Menopause…(who made that name up, I don’t have a clue).  Here’s a side note from Wikipedia about it: ——>

The term “symptomatic late onset hypogonadism” (or “SLOH”) is sometimes considered to refer to the same condition as the word “andropause”.[34][35]

Some researchers prefer the term “androgen deficiency of the aging male” (“ADAM”), to more accurately reflect the fact that the loss of testosterone production is gradual and asymptotic[36] (in contrast to the more abrupt change associated with menopause.[37]) The “D” is sometimes given as “decline” instead of “deficiency”. In some contexts, the term “partial androgen deficiency in aging males” (“PADAM”) is used instead.[38]

OK…back to the task at hand.

We all know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worsening symptoms of menopause, PMS, Andropause and almost every other health issue. I never said it was easy, but hey, it must be said—it’s the truth.

But there is some good news, it doesn’t have to be all bad. Read on for more natural remedies to help both women and men with menopause or andropause.

#1 : Exercise

Alright, I know I’ve already mentioned it, but c’mon….it’s really the best thing you could do for yourself, no matter your age or affliction. As with almost every natural remedies list I’ve ever seen, this one too begins with the number one health booster—> exercise.

No one wants to hear it, and most don’t do it enough. But if you’re looking to get healthy or reduce issues with your body, movement is key. Exercise gets things moving again. It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do as long as your body gets warmed up, with a raise in your heartbeat for at least 20 min., and a cool down period at least 5 days a week. Just do what you love, whether it’s walking, dancing, hiking, swimming, some kind of sport…whatever. Just check with your doctor first. Exercise is vital to life. You stop moving, you stop living.

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#2: Flaxseed

Ok, now for some better news for those that don’t enjoy hearing about what you can’t have, or tired of the negatives associated with menopause and andropause. Susan Moores, (a registered dietitian) says, “Flaxseed falls in the same camp as soy for the phytoestrogens”. One study by the Mayo Clinic found flaxseed could reduce hot flashes as much as 50%. (Men can get hot flashes too).

Flax seeds contain lignans that help balance hormone metabolism and block the negative effects of excess estrogens. Not only is flaxseed good for hormone balancing from phytoestrogens, it also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can aid in mood stabilization, and is excellent for heart health, skin, nails, and hair. A must-have in your health arsenal.

Eating flaxseeds also increases fiber in your diet which is a great thing, but make sure to also get lots of fiber from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Two tablespoons of ground flax seeds a day are especially helpful in correcting constipation and balancing hormones. Put them in a shake or sprinkle them on salads or food. If you can’t have them or don’t like them take a supplement.  I found some great Flaxseed oil with Omega 3 6 9 at Amazon for a great price..flaxseed oil flowers for health text

#3:Black Cohosh

Another great supplement in your herbal arsenal –>Black Cohosh’s effects were first discovered by Native Americans. From its introduction to early settlers until today, Black Cohosh remains a popular and effective supplement for a variety of hormonal problems.Two German studies have shown black cohosh to be effective in reducing hot flashes, according to A.D.A.M. One study in particular showed 80 percent of women saw a decrease in hot flashes while using black cohosh. However, no long-term studies have been done and there have been reports of side-effects including upset stomach and low blood pressure, caution the experts at Harvard Medical School.

#4:Wild Yam

Some women apply wild yam creams to the skin to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. “Skin creams that contain extracts of Mexican wild yams have been widely promoted for natural menopause relief for years,” says Harvard Medical School. However, because of variation among products and the individual nature of skin’s responsiveness, this method is not recommended by the North American Menopause Society, says Harvard. There’s no safety data on this hormone, Dr. Richardson cautions. Learn more about the risks and benefits here.

Dr. John R. Lee has observed that natural Mexican wild yam cream gives great relief to men with prostate problems. Their nightly visits to the bathroom ceased, and their energy levels went up. Animal studies have corroborated these results, and studies with humans are on the way.

Wild yam is a plant. It contains a chemical, diosgenin, which can be made in the laboratory into various steroids, such as estrogen and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). The root and the bulb of the plant are used as a source of diosgenin, which is prepared as an “extract,” a liquid that contains concentrated diosgenin.

There are over 600 species of wild yam. Some species are grown specifically as a source of diosgenin for laboratories to use in making steroids. These species are generally not eaten due to a bitter flavor. Only about 12 of the 600 species are considered edible.

Diosgenin or wild yam is often promoted as a “natural alterative” to estrogen therapy, so you will see it used for estrogen replacement therapy, vaginal dryness in older women, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menstrual cramps, weak bones (osteoporosis), increasing energy and sexual drive in men and women, and breast enlargement. Wild yam does seem to have some estrogen-like activity, but it is not actually converted into estrogen in the body. It takes a laboratory to do that.

Similarly, you will also see wild yam and diosgenin promoted as a “natural DHEA.” This is because in the laboratory DHEA is made from diosgenin, but this chemical reaction is not believed to occur in the human body. So taking wild yam extract will not increase DHEA levels in people. Individuals who are interested in taking DHEA should avoid wild yam products labeled as “natural DHEA.” Wild yam is also used for treating a disorder of the intestines called diverticulosis, gallbladder pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and for increasing energy.

#5: Less Dairy (I know…ugh!)

We know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worsening PMS, and menopause. It is also true that dairy consumption can worsen hormonal imbalances because of all the hormones in milk. But note that Calcium and Vitamin D supplements are especially important for women.

#6 Chasteberry; Chasteberry fruit extract (Vitex Agnus-astus)

Chasteberry fruit extract (Vitex Agnus-astus) can help balance the hormones released by the pituitary gland that control your overall hormone function. Studies of over 5,000 women have found it effective. Take 100 mg twice a day of a 10:1 extract.

#7 Xiao Yao San (Rambling Powder)

Chinese herbal formulas may also help. One of the most effective is Xiao Yao San, or Rambling Powder. It contains: Bupleurum Root (Bupleurum chinense), Chinese Peony Root (Paeonia lactiflora), Dong Quai Root (Angelica sinensis), Bai-Zhu Atractylodes Root (Atractylodes macrocephala), Poria Sclerotium (Poria cocos), Ginger Rhizome (Zingiber officinale), Chinese Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza uralensis),and Chinese Mint Leaf (Mentha haplocalyx)

#8 Probiotics

Replacing healthy bacteria in the gut also helps normalize hormones and hormone metabolism. Take 5 to 10 billion live organisms in a daily probiotic supplement.

Beneficial flora metabolize and recycle hormones, including estrogen, thyroid hormones, and phytoestrogens from food sources, which can help offset symptoms of menopause, PMS and perimenopause. In this way, they help maintain proper hormonal balance, and may protect bone and breast health as well. There is evidence that some probiotics may have anti-tumor, anticancer effects by helping us metabolize specific food components (like antioxidants and flavonoids) into useable forms.

#9 Eliminate or Lessen Stress!

Stress is a nasty detriment to you health, no matter your stage in life. And whether you are juggling with home issues, financial issues, family issues, menopause, andropause or just life; dealing with stress is critical. Try destressing your life as much as you are able at least once per day. These techniques and others can help balance hormones.Try these methods:

#10 Try Alternative Therapies

Therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy  as well as essential oils may help. One clinical trial showed that individualized homeopathy is effective in treating PMS. Others work well for menopause and andropause as well as many other health issues. Five homeopathic medicines were used for women with menopause or PMS: Lachesis, Natrum muriaticum, Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, and Sepia Talk to your homeopathic doctor for more info.

Supplement superstars for menopause, andropause and PMS:

  • Magnesium citrate or glycinate — Take 400 to 600 mg a day. (men and women)
  • Calcium citrate — Take 600 mg a day.(men and women)
  • Vitamin B6 — Take 50 to 100 mg a day along with 800 mcg of folate and 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12. (men and women)
  • Evening primrose oil — Take two 500mg capsules twice a day.(women)
  • EPA/DHA (omega 3 fats) — Take 1,000 mg once or twice a day.(men and women)
  •  Taurine — Take 500 mg a day to help liver detoxification. (men and women)
  •  A good daily multivitamin (men and women)
  • Vitamin E; There has been a study, which showed a slight effect in decreasing hot flashes for women using vitamin E, says Dr. Marcie Richardson. Along with reducing hot flashes vitamin E may carry with it extra benefits, such as fending off macular degeneration, lowering blood pressure, and slowing the aging of cells and tissues according to A.D.A.M.
  • For intractable cases of  menopause, or PMS, occasionally use topical, natural bioidentical progesterone in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle. The usual dose is 1/2 tsp (20 to 40 mg) applied at night to thin skin areas for the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle (or when it would have been for menopause).

Other herbal supplements that may help with menopause:

  • Damainia (Turnera diffusa or Turnera aphrodisiaca)-see below
  • Oat Straw
  • Dong Quai (Chinese Angelica)
  • Red Clover
  • Dandelion root- Dandelion root can help with liver detoxification and works as a diuretic.
  • Isoflavones from soy, red clover, or kudzu root improve estrogen detoxification by boosting the activity of specific detox enzymes. They can be taken as supplements or consumed in the diet.

Damiana

Damaina is legal to grow, buy, sell, own, and use in most places. However it is restricted in Louisiana as of 2005.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa or Turnera aphrodisiaca) is a woody plant with several stems that grows in hot and humid parts of Mexico, Central and South America. It can also be found under such names as “herba de la pastora,” “Mexican damiana,” and “old woman’s broom”. Having been first introduced in the USA in 1874, Damiana herb has a long and interesting history of use in the folk medicine. Damiana has been long used as a relaxant and aphrodisiac. Native Mexican Indians were known to drink sweetened Damiana tea and it is believed to be one of the original ingredients of margaritas.

The use of Damiana as an aphrodisiac has continued into modern times. In fact, recent studies have shown that it does cause an increase of sexual activity in rats, though it has yet to be scientifically tested on humans. Damiana is used both for its libido stimulating effects as well as for the somewhat narcotic effect it causes. The effect of the tea is believed to be similar to the high obtained from smoking marijuana but milder.

The indigenous population praises the plant for its antidepressant, diuretic, tonic, hypoglycemic, and antibacterial properties. Ancient Mayas and Aztecs used Damiana as a general tonic to improve health condition.

Ancient people thought that Damiana was effective in raising libido, calming nerves and relieving depression and anxiety. They smoked plant’s leaves to relax. Smoking Damiana is practiced even nowadays. Some researchers say that the effect from smoking the herb’s leaves on human brains is similar to the influence of cannabis.

It is interesting to note that boosting sexual desire is not the only property of Damiana. Native tribes also use it to treat constipation and digestive problems, as well as gastric ulcers, menstrual irregularities, and bed-wetting. Although it is widely used, scientific support for the benefits of this herb are lacking.

Chemical structure of Damiana is rather complicated. The herb is rich in many active components that account for its main medicinal uses and applications. One of the main constituents is volatile oil that is found in the leaves of Damiana. This oil consists of at least 20 elements, including 1.8-cineole, p-cymene, alpha- and beta-pinene, thymol, alpha-copaene, and calamene. The leaves are also a source of flavonoids, tannins, damianin, beta-sitosterol, arbutin.

Damiana can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar carefully. Damiana is not recommended for people with diabetes, a history of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other psychiatric disorders. It should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor before using any herbal supplement to see if it interferes with any medication you take.

Oatstraw:

Oat Straw ranks among the most important restoratives for conditions of the central nervous system. Because of its selective action upon the nervous structure which supplies the reproductive organs, it will be found to allay nervous excitement, nervous palpitation of the heart, insomnia and mental weakness. It has been shown to have a positive effect upon male impotence.

Wild Yam:

Research indicates that Wild Yam is a powerful alternative medicine containing many steroidal saponins, mainly Dioscin which is widely used to manufacture progesterone and other steroid drugs used as contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genitary organs as well as in other diseases such as asthma and arthritis. Other constituents Phytosterols (beta-sitosterol), alkaloids and Tannins make this plant useful as an antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, cholagogue, diaphoretic and vasodilator. A decoction of the root is used to alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause and PMS such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and vaginal dryness. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, gall bladder complaints, spasmodic cramps, painful menstruation, and in small doses is especially helpful in treating the nausea of pregnant women.

Red Clover:

Red clover is often used to reduce vaginal dryness and decrease hot flashes. The effectiveness of red clover is thought to be due to a plant-chemical, isoflavones, which has an estrogen-like effect in the body. However, according to Harvard Medical School, research results have been disappointing. Two studies published in the journal ‘Menopause’ found that women fared no better with red clover than a placebo for both hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Resources and More Reading:

Essential Oils and natural remedies for Menopause

Mark Hyman, MD article

natural approach to male menopause:

Herbal supplement guide/ damiana

chinese herbs damiana;

Wild Yam

massage oil recipe to help with menopause or andropause

essential oils to add to your bath for menopause or andropause

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At Last Naturals Presents 10 Tips for Natural Menopause Relief

Just wanted to give a shout out to “At Last Naturals” who are g!uest bloggers today!

~love it, and keep up the great work!  I’m honored to have you here.

At Last Naturals is a women-owned company specializing in Menopause and Perimenopause support products that help provide symptom relief and assist the body in achieving hormonal balance naturally. President and CEO of At Last Naturals, Stacey Rosen, is dedicated to women’s health and advises women that small lifestyle changes can really make a difference in alleviating many of the uncomfortable symptoms that are caused by changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. Her 10 tips below summarize a few of the things you can do to improve your quality of life during Menopause and Perimenopause.

1. Nourish Yourself – Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Reduce consumption of alcohol and caffeine, two things which can trigger a host of symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety and depression. If you have hot flashes, you may also want to consume soy which has been shown to help naturally relieve the symptoms of declining estrogen levels.

Since joint pain caused by inflammation is common during Menopause, eat foods like fish and flaxseed which contain omega-3 fatty acids that act as natural anti-inflammatory. And don’t forget about the bone-strengthening benefits of calcium, Vitamin D and magnesium by eating dairy products, fish, eggs, nuts and leafy green vegetables.
2. Get Moving – Of course, exercise is good for everyone, but for women in Menopause or Perimenopause it is especially beneficial. Hormonal imbalances during this time can make you more prone to depression. Exercise releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones that can improve mood.

Weight bearing exercises help keep bones strong and aerobic exercises promote good cardiovascular health. Regular exercise strengthens the muscles that surround your joints, helping to minimize pain and joint damage. Stretching, yoga, tai chi and walking are excellent, gentle ways you can help keep your muscles and joints healthy.

Exercise can also help you control those extra pounds that creep up as a result of your slowing metabolism.

3. Control Stress – Stress exacerbates the depression, anxiety and mood swings that are often associated with Menopause. Deep breathing, meditation, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation and other techniques can help minimize triggers. Exercise is also a natural stress reliever.

4. Ward Off Night Sweats – If you are dealing with night sweats, avoid eating spicy foods and not too close to bedtime. Eat snacks such as bananas, turkey, peanut butter, yogurt or figs which all contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that encourages sleep. Lower the heat while sleeping and put a fan on to keep the air cool and circulating. Also stay away from alcohol and cigarettes which are common night sweat triggers.

5. Have a Set Sleep/Wake Schedule – A good sleep helps keep serotonin levels steady throughout the day which can help improve mood. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day and try to get between 7 and 8 1/2 hours of sleep each night.

6. Avoid Vaginal Irritation – Low estrogen during Perimenopause and Menopause can cause vaginal dryness. Reduce further irritation of the vaginal area by avoiding scented soap, laundry detergent, menstrual pads and dryer sheets.

7. Cool Off the Heat – To help minimize hot flashes, wear layered cotton clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Sip cool drinks while avoiding coffee, spicy foods and alcohol. Keep a small battery operated fan in your pocketbook. Try not to take hot showers or baths right before bedtime. Stress relief and exercise are also key to keeping your body’s thermostat in check.

8. Keep Track of Symptoms – While fluctuating hormones are at the root of menopausal symptoms, there are usually certain things that can trigger the symptoms. Keep track of what you were eating, drinking or doing just prior to when your hot flash, night sweat, mood swing, etc. occurred. By understanding your triggers, you’ll know what you should try to avoid.

9. Quit Smoking – You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again. Smoking is unhealthy for so many reasons but did you know that it can actually exacerbate Menopause symptoms by dropping your estrogen levels even further? In fact, women who smoke have been shown to reach Menopause approximately two years earlier than non smokers. Smoking is also a major risk factor for osteoporosis, doubles a woman’s odds of developing heart disease and nicotine is a known trigger of hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. It is never too late to quit!

10. Relax and Take Care of Yourself – Be good to yourself and realize that Menopause is a natural event. You will get through it. Take time to laugh and enjoy your family, friends, pets and hobbies. Empower yourself and embrace this new stage of your life.

Dragonfly; Women Going Through Changes

by Yellowstar*Essentials

Women going through menopause, or the change of life suffer from so many discomforts. It’s no fun trying to handle menopause, let alone dealing with the everyday stresses that occur.

While creating a menopause blend for some  dear friends I noticed a dragonfly sitting next to me.Sometimes, when I meditate, specific animals will make themselves noticed. It doesn’t seem a coincidence that she would show up.

The dragonfly perched so our eyes would meet. While I was meditating on which oils to ask for aid in relieving some of their menopausal symptoms, the dragonfly seemed to be trying to send me a message. Then it hit me…

What message does the dragonfly convey?

Most commonly symbolized as change, dragonflies are a beauty and a wonder. Dragonflies signify positive renewal, and the sense of self that comes with maturity as well as the power of life in general knowing they must live life to the fullest, as a dragonfly’s life is short. This is a lesson all of us could take to heart.
Some Native Americans believe dragonflies are the souls of the dead. There are also many cultures that believe that the meaning of a dragonfly is happiness, courage and subconscious thoughts. It is also believed that if you see two dragonflies paired together that they represent love and maturity. In some cultures the dragonfly represents good luck, prosperity, swiftness, purity, harmony and strength, positive force, and connection with the earth.

It’s like that “a-ha” moment came to me all at once. And I knew instantly. Of course I thanked God and my angels for this wonderful sense of knowing that they’ve shared with me.

And as I have no idea what dragonflies like best, I could only thank the dragonfly for her open heart as she left.

Going back to my lab with a feeling of gratitude and love I started straight for whatever came to mind; first the pink lotus, then neroli, lavender and my Goddess Blend…one by one they all appeared in my mind’s eye. What a wonderful experience.

I’ve since learned that the dragonfly blend I added to an aloe cucumber lotion for my friend has helped her deal with sleeping better through the night and not getting as overheated which kept her so uncomfortable that she normally couldn’t sleep.  She’s raved about dragonfly lotion and even came back to purchase a larger one. Yay! It worked!

How blessed I am… truly.

How blessed we all are.

Read on for more helpful tips and suggestions for relieving hot flashes

The most typical essential oils used for menopause are ;

Geranium, Clary sage and Rose, but a dozen others are just as helpful such as;

Jasmine, Cypress, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Mandarin, just to name some.

I also added rare and exquisite essential oils of pink lotus and blue lotus…. see below the results:

Yellowstar*Essentials presents;

Dragonfly

Rosa Damascena – Bulgarian Rose , French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolens, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli (orange blossom), Lemon-Citrus Limon, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, and jojoba and/or frac. coconut oil.

Dragonfly Lotion

Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, stearic acid, jojoba oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Rosa Damascena – Bulgaria Rose Hydrosol, French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolen, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli,  Lemon-Citrus Limon, Bergamot-citrus bergmia, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, and Jojoba, also Grapeseed, Vitamin E oils, Vitamin A, Vitamin C Palmitate, cetyl alcohol, aloe, tapioca starch,  pro vitamin B5, natural preservative, and titanium dioxide.
Dragonfly Spray

Dragonfly Cooling Body Spray

A revitalizing and cooling spray enhanced with Jojoba, Olive and Grapeseed oils and beautiful dragonfly blend w/ added peppermint helps those hot flashes and leaves your skin silky and revolutionized.

SHAKE WELL before each use.

Ingredients: Purified water, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, witch hazel, glycerine, Rosa Damascena – Bulgaria Rose Hydrosol, French Lavender, Jasmine abs., Frankincense-Boswellia Carteri, Cypress Sempervirens, Blue Tansy -Tanacetum annuum, Pink Lotus- Nelumbo Nucifera, Blue Lotus, Palmarosa, Geranium- Pelargonium Graveolen, Clary Sage-Salvia Sclarea-Bulgaria, Neroli -citrus aurantium, Lemon-Citrus Limon, Lemon Orange Blossom, Rose otto, Jasmine Grandiflorum abs., Sandalwood, Tuberose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang extra, Peppermint, and Vit. E.

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Just the scent of Dragonfly puts me in the mood for some music;

Ch-Ch-Changes...download or listen to Bowie; Changes

Or Chill with some Mr. Scruff, Kalimba, Ninja Tuna

OR how about the sweet  Owl City; Fireflies ?

Ch-Ch-Changes…

Read more about essential oils for menopause here

and how to relieve hot flashes

 

Also, take this test to see if you have a hormonal imbalance; by Abundant Life Essentials

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Essential oils and natural remedies for Menopause

Hopefully, those of you suffering with symptoms of aging, hormonal havoc, and menopause can find some comfort here…essential oils for womens health

Most people usually between the ages of 45-55 will suffer from Menopause, aka the “change of life”. The average age menopause starts is 50 and is caused from decreased hormone production, symptoms include; hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, depression and headaches, or loss of hair and/or sexual desires.

When it comes to aging, women speak freely about menopausal mood swings, thinning hair, hot flashes, exhaustion, weight gain, etc. But women aren’t the only ones who have to deal with hormonal changes as they age.

Actually, men experience menopause too, called andropause, but some of the symptoms are different, and most men won’t talk about it. Some of the male menopausal-like symptoms, include: weakened bones, decreased sex drive (from lowered testosterone production), and even hot flashes and irritability.

See my post ———-> Top 10 natural remedies for menopause and andropause

One of the best essential oil blends to use to help balance hormones and even help regulate prostate function (in men) is listed below.

Balance blend for men and women:

This blend of essential oils has been noted to balance hormones and regulate prostate function in men. It has also been used to successfully reduce or eliminate hot flashes for women:

  • 5 drops Sage (Salvia officinalis), or Clary Sage (better for women)
  • 5 drops Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare),
  • 15 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia),
  • 10 drops Myrtle (Myrtus communis),
  • 7 drops Blue Yarrow (Achillea millefolium),
  • 8 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita),

Mix these essential oils into 2 oz. of a carrier oil like jojoba or fractionated coconut oil, store in a dark colored glass bottle with a tight lid with name of blend and date.

Then add 0.5oz (15ml) of Balance blend into 4oz (120ml) either peppermint, lavender, myrtle, or blue yarrow hydrosol. Actually, to get this to fit into a 4 oz spray bottle, you’ll want to either get a little larger bottle or use a bit less of the oil blend, or– use up a little bit of the hydrosol on something else (like a facial toner mixed 1/2 + 1/2 with witch hazel) so it all fits into the bottle.

Shake bottle well, close your eyes and give yourself a nice spray on your face, neck, underarms, legs…wherever needed. Safe for entire body…but keep out of eyes, mouth and off genitals..lol.

Also see—->Top 10 Natural Remedies for Menopause or Andropause.

Several essential oils that contain hormone-like substances related to estrogen are helpful during menopause.

These wonderful oils may be used in many ways, like: in a diffuser, in a massage oil, in the bath, or in salts, or just inhaled . These include:

  • clary sage,
  • geranium,clary sage YE womens health
  • neroli,
  • lavender
  • anise,
  • fennel,
  • cypress,
  • angelica,
  • coriander,
  • sage,
  • and to a lesser degree, basil.
  • peppermint
  • lemon
  • rose
  • chamomile
  • jasmine
  • myrtle

Such essential oils, will help relieve hot flashes, and many other issues related to menopause. Since essential oils go right through the skin, applying them to fatty areas of the body where hormones are manufactured and stored will create the most direct effect.

Of course, any massage is itself very therapeutic. A bath is also a wonderful way to receive the benefits of these oils.

  • Geranium,
  • Neroli,
  • Lavender

All three are wonderful for helping to balance hormones and also help modify menopausal symptoms. They are most often added in many high end European face creams to reduce aging and wrinkles as well as for hormonal cremes.

As a rejuvenation cream, these oils not only perk up a dry complexion, they make a good cream to counter vaginal dryness. Add some vitamin E oil, which improves the strength and flexibility of the vaginal lining while quickly healing abrasions that can occur during intercourse when the lining is too dry. In addition to aromatherapy, try dietary and herbal treatments to alleviate some of menopause’s unpleasant symptoms.

SAFETY NOTE:

Add no more than 10 drops of your chosen essential oil for a bath. Less is more!

essential oilEssential oils that affect estrogen and balance hormones:

  • cypress,
  • geranium,
  • lavender,
  • neroli,
  • rose,
  • clary sage
  • lemon.

Essential oils that ease hot flashes:

  • clary sage,
  • lemon,
  • peppermint

Essential oils for emotional ups and downs:

  • chamomile,
  • jasmine,
  • neroli
  • orange

Aromatherapy Menopause Treatment

Add this body oil to your arsenal to help ward off the symptoms of menopause.

Menopause Body Oil

  • 6 drops lemon oil
  • 5 drops geranium oil
  • 2 drops clary sage oil
  • 1 drop angelica oil
  • 1 drop jasmine oil
  • 2 ounces coconut oil or body lotion

Combine the ingredients. Use at least once a day as a massage oil, in a lotion, or in a bath (add 2 teaspoons to the bathwater). If this formula is too oily for you, add the same essential oils to 2 ounces of a commercial body lotion instead. The best type to use is an unscented, basic lotion that contains ingredients that are as natural as possible.

Yellowstar Essentials also makes DRAGONFLY blend for women dealing with menopause, hot flashes and discomfort of hormonal havoc. Read more about Dragonfly here.

Other Suggestions for Usage:

  • Combine the essential oil or blend with a carrier oil and massage into the skin
  • Add 10-15 drops of essential oil to the bath and soak for fifteen minutes

Essential Oil blend for Hot Flashes

To help relieve hot flashes, make the following blend and dab it on wrists, face, or neck when you feel a hot flash coming on:

  • 10 drops lemon
  • 5 drop peppermint
  • 2 drops clary sage
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 ounce aloe vera gel.

Another option for hot flashes is to have a bottle of lavender essential oil with you at all times and dab it on your inner wrists or temples as needed.

Remedies for Menopausal Symptoms

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
Herbal Aids
Homeopathic Remedies

The Menopause Self Help Book by Susan M. Lark, M.D.,
The Wild Rose Scientific Herbal by Terry Willard, Ph.D.,
Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
are drawn heavily upon for this segment.

HOT FLASHES AND NIGHT SWEATS

Hot flashes are among the most uncomfortable symptoms that menopausal women complain about, reports Dr. Susan Lark. She goes on to say, “The most common medical treatment for this problem is estrogen replacement therapy” which may be effective in stopping the flashes, but is not curative.

Although the cause of the hot flash is unclear, hormonal changes involving elevation of the hormones FSH and LH during and after menopause are thought to be responsible. In an effort to elevate decreasing estrogen levels these pituitary hormones can be 1,300 percent greater during the menopausal years than before.

Hot flashes are regarded by the medical profession as deficiency of estrogen and can be triggered by a variety of stimulants such as:

• Spicy food (cayenne, ginger, pepper)
• Acidic foods (pickles, citrus, tomatoes)
• Hot drinks
• Caffeine (coffee, black tea, cola, chocolate)
• Alcoholic drinks, including wine and beer
• White sugar
• Hydrogenated or saturated fats (meat, margarine)
• Stress
• Hot weather
• Hot tubs and saunas
• Tobacco or marijuana
• Intense exercise, especially lovemaking
• Anger, especially if you can’t express it

During a hot flash, flushes of heat sweep the body (and often the face), reddening the skin and promoting free perspiration. The reddening may be blotchy or even and the perspiration slight or copious. A hot flash may last from a few seconds to four or five minutes, occasionally fifteen minutes, and rarely more than an hour.

If you begin to experience hot flashes, dizziness, heart palpitations, emotional uproar, sleep disturbances, night sweats, depression and/or headaches you may slip from feeling “in control” to the sense that things are beyond your control. The idea of controlling these unwelcome symptoms with drugs becomes very attractive, as we are conditioned to believe that menopausal changes are in some way considered an illness. It is possible to influence these changes more effectively with herbal alternatives that carry with them few, if any, side effects when considered carefully.

A hot flash at night is called a night sweat, which may be accompanied by feelings of anxiety or terror. A solution may be to keep a glass of water and a bottle of motherwort beside you at night, and take 10-15 drops and a swallow of water if a night sweat awakens you. Not everyone experiences hot flashes, and only some of those who do also experience night sweats. Many women, however, experience both.

Exercise directly decreases hot flashes by decreasing the amount of circulating LH and FSH, by nourishing and tonifying the hypothalamus, and by raising endorphin levels (which plummet with hot flashing). As little as 20 minutes three times a week may reduce flashes significantly. Other natural measures that address underlying reasons for hot flashes include diet, nutritional supplementation and plant-based medicines.

HOT FLASHES:  HERBAL AIDS

Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include

  1. plants that cool the system, such as chickweed, elder and violet;
  2. plants that nourish or increase oxygen utilization in the liver, such as dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock; and
  3. plants rich in phytosterols, such as black cohosh.

Herbs and supplements found helpful by Dr. Susan Lark in her medical practice include dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Murray finds the four most useful herbs for treatment of hot flashes to be dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh.

Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help replace these needed nutrients, or these nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements.

Dong quai is an emmenagogue that has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes, and it is reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset.

Dong quai has been shown to both contract and relax uterine muscles in anaesthetized dogs, cats and rabbits. The contractive (excitatory) ingredient is felt to be a water and alcohol soluble, non-volatile oil component, whereas the relaxing (inhibitory) component is considered to be a volatile oil with high boiling point. This, not an estrogenic effect, is felt to be the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of dong quai in dysmenorrhea.

The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels. However, if you feel hot much of the time dong quai may not be your ally.

Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion. Vitex lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. It also increases production of the brain chemical dopamine. It contains flavonoids, glycosides and micronutrients, but lacks phytosterols, making it a slow-acting tonic. Results become evident after 2-3 months of use, and permanent improvement requires a 1-year commitment.

Black cohosh was widely used by the American Indians and later by American colonists for relief of menstrual cramps and menopause. Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. In addition to these vascular effects, black cohosh reduces LH levels; thus the plant has a significant estrogenic effect.bThe use of 10-15 drops once or twice a day for several months significantly reduces LH but not FSH. Black cohosh has also been found to aid digestion by increasing digestive juices; use 3- 5 drops with meals.

Contraindications: Do not use black cohosh if you have menstrual flooding or suspect you may be pregnant. The irritating effects (headache, dizziness, visual disturbance, nausea) of black cohosh and other members of the buttercup family are more common and more troublesome in preparations made from dried, powdered roots. Given its estrogenic component, pregnant and nursing women should probably avoid the herb. Some herbalists extend this warning to women with estrogen-dependent cancer and women who are taking birth control pills or estrogen supplements after menopause. The same precaution applies to individuals with certain types of heart disease or those taking sedatives or blood pressure medications.

Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. For best results with hot flashes, use this herb frequently for 3 months. A common dosage for hot flashes is 15-25 drops of tincture, 1-6 times a day. Do not use if you are experiencing menstrual flooding as motherwort can aggravate this.

Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside, glycyrrhizin (glycrrhizic acid) and has historically been used for a variety of female disorders and also as an expectorant and antitussive in treatment of respiratory tract infections and asthma. It is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone and is used for this reason by Dr. Michael Murray in his clinical practice. Licorice has a steroid component that can change to the estrogen precursors estradiol and estrone, and it can therefore provide mild estrogenic properties. Glycyrrhizin has a regulatory action over estrogen metabolism, i.e. when estrogen levels are too high it inhibits estrogen action, and when estrogen is too low, glycyrrhizin potentiates it. This is a useful factor for many female hormonal problems, including PMS.

Licorice is considered a powerful drug that is useful in treating a number of conditions, such as peptic ulcers, malaria, abdominal pain, insomnia and infection. This herb’s uses have been substantiated by modern research, and it is generally considered very safe in moderate doses. German health authorities consider maximum doses of up to 100 mg of glycyrrhizin (the major active component of licorice) a day acceptable and safe. However, it should not be taken for more than 4-6 weeks without medical advice.

CAUTION: *Regular use of licorice can cause high blood pressure and edema (water retention). Women predisposed to these conditions should drink no more than one cup (250 ml) per day or chew on a licorice stick only as needed. In large doses it can cause sodium retention and potassium depletion and is not recommended for those with heart or blood pressure problems. Certain individuals need to be particularly careful: pregnant and nursing women, those with high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, kidney or liver disease; or those taking hormonal therapy (licorice may interfere with it). Anyone taking digitalis (sensitivity to it may be increased if your system suffers from potassium loss) or who has had a stroke or heart disease should only do so under the directions of a doctor. Persons with eating disorders who may already be predisposed to hypokalemia for other reasons may be at heightened risk for pseudoaldosteronism. Some sources recommend that anyone who has a cardiovascular-related disorder not consume licorice at all.

Essential oils basil or thyme may ease hot flashes when inhaled or used in a bath or foot rub or mixed with massage oil.

For a portable hot flash remedy, place a few drops of an essential oil or cologne on a tissue, or cotton ball and place in plastic wrap. It may provide instant relief when you open and inhale any time a flash strikes.

HOT FLASHES: HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

Susun Weed writes that Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, a naturopathic physician, finds homeopathic remedies effective 80 percent of the time in relieving menopausal symptoms. One of her favorite remedies for hot flashes is Lachesis. She describes these remedies below:

Lachesis: If your flashes emanates from the top of your head, are worse just before sleep and immediately upon wakening and are accompanied by sweating, headaches, or easily irritated skin

Sepia: if your flashes make you feel weak, nauseated, exhausted, and depressed

Pulsatilla: if you flash less outdoors, but your flashes are often followed by intense chills and emotional uproar

Valeriana: if your face flushes strongly during the flash, and you have intense sweating and sleeplessness

Ferrum metallicum: if your flashes are sudden; your general health is good but ordinary activities bring exhaustion

Sulfuricum acidum: if your flashes include profuse sweating and trembling, are worse in evenings or with exercise

Sanguinaria: if your cheeks are red and burning, feet and hands hot

Belladonna: if the flash centers on your face, which burns and turns bright red; you are restless, agitated and have palpitations

MORE about HERBS for MENOPAUSE relief

Black cohosh ( cimicifuga racemosa)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: This is a good estrogenic herb that acts specifically on the uterus to reduce cramps and congestion. It is also good for relieving hot flashes. Black Cohosh contains two anti-rheumatic agents. It is an excellent herb for relieving muscular pain and cramping. It may also help to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Dosage: Take 250 mg in tablet or capsule form, two to four times daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Chaste tree ( Vilex agnus- castus)

Part Used: Dried fruit

Actions and Uses: This herb is a hormone balancer that is used to alleviate depression at menopause.

Dosage: Take 300-600 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Damiana ( Turnera diffuse)

Part Used: Dried leaves

Actions and Uses: Damiana is a pituitary regulator and antidepressant. It is also an aphrodisiac and is of benefit for sexual difficulties. It should not be taken too frequently, however, or it may irritate the lining of the urinary tract.

Dosage: Take 100-150 mg in tablet or capsule form, for two or three days out of the week. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily, for two or three days out of the week.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Part Used: Leaves, roots, and tops

Actions and Uses: Dandelion is a wonderful herb for the liver. If your hormones are out of balance, then your liver is under extra stress, and dandelion root will be beneficial for this.

Dosage: Take 1,000-3,000 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 2-3 cups of tea, daily. Or take 1-2 teaspoons of dandelion tincture, three times daily.

Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)

Part Used: Roots

Actions and Uses: This herb is high in natural plant estrogens called phytosterols and helps to reduce the symptoms of estrogen deficiency.

Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, twice daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

False unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: This plant is an estrogen regulator. It has a direct action on the uterus and ovaries and is considered to be a corrective herb for women. It is a specific for the herbal treatment of ovarian cysts.

Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 1 teaspoon of tincture, daily.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

Part Used: Leaves

Actions and Uses: This herb improves brain function, circulation, and oxygenation of all body cells. It is helpful for symptoms of fatigue, memory problems, and depression.

Dosage: Take 1,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take I teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus, Panax quinquefolius)

Part Used: Roots

Actions and Uses: Ginseng strengthens the adrenal glands, enhances immune function, increases energy, and normalizes blood pressure. It is useful for symptoms of both mental and physical fatigue. Avoid it if you have very high blood pressure (over 180/100). Siberian ginseng is more effective than the American variety.

Dosage: Take 1,000-4,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Ginseng is a safe energy-booster for most people.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: Licorice is a powerful adrenal stimulant and is a wonderful estrogenic herb. For this reason, it is a very useful herb during menopause. Care must be taken, however, not to take licorice too often, or it can deplete potassium and elevate blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, use it with caution or avoid it entirely. On the other hand, if you suffer from low blood pressure, this herb will be useful in correcting the problem. Licorice makes a pleasant-tasting tea. It can also be added in small amounts to other herbal teas to improve their flavor.

Dosage: For hot flashes, drink 1-2 cups of licorice tea or taking 500-1,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2-1 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Liferoot (Senecio Bursas)

Part Used: Dried plant

Actions and Uses: Liferoot is a uterine tonic that contains plant estrogens. It helps to reestablish emotional and vascular stability and eliminate hot flashes. It may also help to treat irregular, painful, or excessive menstrual bleeding.

Dosage: Take 500 mg daily in tablet or capsule form. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

Part Used: Fresh or dried leaves and fruit

Actions and Uses: Raspberry is an astringent and nutritive estrogenic herb. It has a direct action on the muscles of the uterus, helps to tone weakened uterine muscles, and relaxes uterine and intestinal spasms. It also assists in correcting prolapse of the uterus and/or vagina.

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Dosage: Take 2,000 mg in tablet or capsule form, or drink 2-3 glasses of rasp- berry tea daily. Or take ‘/,-I teaspoon of rasp- berry tincture, up to three times daily.

Red clover ( Tritolium pretense)

Part Used: Dried flower heads; fresh plant

Actions and Uses: Red clover contains a plant estrogen called coumestrol that stimulates the ovaries. It is a good ‘alkalinizing’ herb that restores healthy body functions. Red clover is a specific for the herbal treatment of ovarian cysts.

Dosage: To relieve hot flashes, take 1,000-2,000 mg of red clover in tablet or capsule form or drink 3-4 cups of red clover tea daily. Or take 1/2-11/2 teaspoons of red clover tincture, up to three times daily.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Part Used: Fresh or dried leaves

Actions and Uses: This herb has many medicinal properties and is very useful during menopause for the treatment of hot flashes. Sage reduces excessive sweating and it contains plant estrogens. You will find sage particularly helpful in eliminating night sweats.

Dosage: Drink 3-4 cups of sage tea daily to relieve hot flashes, or take 1/2-1 teaspoon of tincture, three times a day. Sprinkle finely chopped fresh sage in soups and on salads and vegetables.

St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Part Used: Fresh or dried flowering plant

Actions and Uses: This herb is a mild sedative that is specific for anxiety states. It may also be useful for combating depression.

Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 1/4-1 teaspoon of tincture, two or three times daily.

Sarsaparilla (smilax officinalis)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: Sarsaparilla is another alterative herb that stimulates the production of testosterone and therefore improves a flagging libido. It also helps to increase energy.

Dosage: Take 1,000-2,000 mg in tablet or capsule form or drink 2-3 glasses of sarsaparilla tea daily. Or take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of tincture, up to three times daily.

Saw palmetto (Serenoa serrulata)

Part Used: Dried fruit

Actions and Uses: This herb is an astringent diuretic that is beneficial for the treatment of urinary incontinence, fluid retention, and prolapse of the pelvic organs. Dryness and lack of tone in the tissues of the bladder often lead to irritation and weakness. This is reduced by saw palmetto. This herb can also be useful for combating chronic urinary tract infection.

Dosage: Take 1,000-2,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

Shepherd’s purse (CapseIla bursapastoris)

Part Used: Dried flowering plant; fresh plant

Actions and Uses: Shepherd’s purse is a pituitary regulator with androgenic properties. One of its primary attributes is its ability to normalize progesterone levels. It you are moving into menopause and have been experiencing excessive, irregular bleeding or spotting, this herb will help to regulate and increase the length of your menstrual cycles until the natural cessation of menses.

Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form daily, or take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of tincture, up to twice daily.

True unicorn root (Aletris farinosa)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: This estrogenic herb stimulates and strengthens the female genital organs. It is a bitter herb that is also useful for indigestion and has a mild sedative action.

Dosage: Take 500-1,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice a day.

Wild yam (Dioscarea villosa)

Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

Actions and Uses: Wild yam is a powerful estrogenic herb used by women around the world. It has a good anti- inflammatory action and gives relief from menopausal arthritis. It also has progestogenic properties, and may help to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.

Dosage: Take 1,000-4,000 mg of dried extract daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice a day.

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