The menopause is the menstruation and the term is also used the ”change of life” experienced as a woman’s childbearing years end. The menopause usually takes place between 45 and 55, but it may happen as early s 35. Hormonal changes leading up to and beyond this event occur over several years and may bring on a number of symptoms, although many women experience none at all. Problems can include circulatory disturbances, mental and emotional difficulties, skin changes and pains. Psychological symptoms, such as depression, may be more to do with a woman sense of changing identity as her family grows up than with physical processes, and those with a positive attitude to ageing seem to suffer fewer symptoms.

The menopause can sometimes be accompanied by unpleasant emotional and physical symptoms, such as headaches, hot flushes, depression, rapid mood swings, irritability, edema, and the tendency to put on weight. Nevertheless, a recent survey indicates that only 25 percent of women suffer from menopausal problems, hot flushes being the most common symptom. Hormonal changes, notably a decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels are the main physiological causative factors of these symptoms. Underlying physiological attitudes to the change in life also need to be taken the into account, since anxiety about the future or fear of growing older can contribute to the discomfort and duration of menopausal symptoms.

Aromatherapy oils:
Geranium, Rose, Chamomile, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Fennel and Grapefruit.

1)Massage is very comforting and relaxing in itself. The following blend had in addition a regulating effect: 4 to 5 drops each of geranium or rose, fennel and clary sage oils in 5 tsp of light base oils, plus 1 tsp of evening primrose or borage oil.
2)Choose oils to scent the environment, according to specific moods or symptoms. (E.g. Lavender for headaches)
3)For the hot flushes, use cold compresses of chamomile, lavender or rose water on the face and body.
4)Add 8 drops of any of the recommended oils to a warm bath on a daily basis. To help prevent night sweats, take a warm bath before retiring, using a blend of grapefruit, clary sage and geranium. (Total 8 to 10 drops).

Dietary Factors:

Supplements of evening primrose, minerals and trace elements (especially calcium, to prevent bones becoming brittle) as well as multivitamin tablets (incorporating especially vitamins D, E, and the B complex vitamins) can be very helpful.

Hot flushes formula:

Clary Sage 10 drops
Geranium 11 drops
Lemon 7 drops
Sage 2 drops
Dilute in 2 tsp vegetable oil. Massage all over the body whenever you want to.