Aromatherapy for the menopause - National Women's Health

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Aromatherapy for the menopause - National Women's Health What every individual requires is excellent skin. The skin can have blemishes such as acne, stretch marks, pimples, and discoloration. Home Remedies for scars, including grandmas home remedies for stretch marks are: Oatmeal and cinnamon skin cleanser. Papaya skin rejuvenation. Almond facial. Apple Cider Vinegar cleaner. The menopause, and the peri-menopause, can produce a lot of uncomfortable and unwanted symptoms for women. Although hormone replacement therapy is one form of accepted treatment for the menopause, there are several other natural alternatives - including aromatherapy. Here are some essential oils suggested for the menopause - and how to use them. Symptoms of the menopause Menopausal symptoms start to develop gradually, often initially with the onset of peri-menopause. Women may experience symptoms from as early as age 41 through to their early 50's. Symptoms include: hot flashes insomnia fatigue depression irritability sweating water retention vaginal dryness. (source: Aromatherapy for Women, Shirley Price) Study on aromatherapy massage and the menopause A recent study on aromatherapy massage and menopausal women, as reported by Reuters Health, indicates that aromatherapy massage may help relieve menopausal symptoms, such as insomnia,

depression and irritability. Although the study was not conclusive in its findings, women in the study's aromatherapy group reported the greatest decline in menopausal symptoms. Essential oils for the menopause The following essential oils are useful to women suffering menopausal symptoms: clary sage (Salvia sclarea) - for hot flashes, sweating, fatigue and depression cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) - for fluid retention, hot flashes, sweating and irritability lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) - for insomnia peppermint (Mentha piperita) - for sweating, headaches and as a sexual stimulant. Using aromatherapy for the menopause There are several ways in which you can use essential oils for menopausal symptoms. Consult a qualified aromatherapist for advice relating to your specific conditions and health. Some of the ways in which you can use aromatherapy for the menopause include: aromatherapy massage aromatherapy massage oils to use at home aromatherapy bath salts aromatherapy lotions aromatherapy spritzers aromatherapy diffuser. References: Reuters Health website, Aromatherapy may boost massage for menopause relief, accessed June 26, 2012 Price, Shirley, Aromatherapy for Women, 2003, UK: Southwater Davis, Patricia, 1999, Aromatherapy: An A-Z, UK: Vermilion Author is a certified aromatherapist

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