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Menopause

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

see also Hormonal Balance

Menopause is the natural rebalancing of hormones in a woman’s body as she transitions to the after-child-bearing years. This period varies from individual to individual starting as early as the mid 40s to as late as the mid 50s. The technical definition of menopause is the point in a woman’s life when she has not had a menstrual period for 1 year. Perimenopause (pre-menopause) is a period of 2 to 8 years that leads to menopause. During this transition there can be a variety of symptoms from the common hot flash to physical and emotional concerns. The changes themselves all stem from the hormonal rebalancing that naturally occurs in the body at this time.

Dr. David Hill in a 2010 lecture gives this great summary description of menopause followed by a 2012 webinar video on Women's Health and Hormones:

Menopause can be initiated in three ways.

·    Natural Menopause - Natural Menopause should be regarded as a normal adjustment reflecting a benign change in a women’s biological life from child bearing to a new period of personal fulfillment.

·    Premature Menopause (Toxicity Induced) - May be caused by toxins introduced by our lifestyle including:

a)  Dairy products (bovine growth hormones)

b)  Soy based products

c)  Plastics

d)  Personal care products

e)  Cooking with Teflon products

note:  Many modern products in our industrial society have xenoestrogen components and our bodies need to be strengthened against them. (Xenoestrogens are manmade chemicals which mimic natural estrogen in the body thus causing hormone imbalance)

·    Artificial Menopause (Surgical Inducement) - Surgical removal of the uterus deprives the body of ovarian produced hormones needed during and after menopause resulting in poor:

a)  Bone health

b)  Skin health

c)  Sexual function

d)  Heart health

e)  Emotional stability

Problems during menopause are typically abnormalities brought about by our industrialized culture and deviations from a healthy lifestyle.  These often lead to estrogenic dominance (estrogen/progesterone balance) resulting in symptoms such as:

·  Decreased sex drive

·  Irregular abnormal periods

·  Bloating and water retention

·  Breast swelling and tenderness

·  Mood swings / depression

·  Weight gain

·  Cold hands and feet

·  Headaches

·  Osteoporosis (progesterone osteoclast formation)

 

Dr. David K. Hill's 2012 webinar on
Women's Health and Hormones

 

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  (now A Women's Monthly Blend) (this is a specific blend to balance hormones and manage symptoms of PMS)

Also Grounding BlendC, Bergamot, Clary SageC, CypressEC, Peppermint, Roman ChamomileEC, Calming Blend, (now A Women's Monthly Blend)

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV), Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex and Women's Bone Nutrient Complex

Also consider: BasilC, FennelE, GeraniumC, LavenderC, ThymeC, Wild OrangeC, Ylang Ylang

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex capsules are recommended as a supplement to support hormone balance throughout a women's life. Perimenopausal (premenopausal) women should take 1 - 2 capsules daily with food and post-menopausal women should take 2 capsules daily with food.

Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) taken on a consistent basis provide foundational support for hormonal balance.

(now A Women's Monthly Blend) blend balances hormones and manages symptoms of hormone imbalance. Apply 1 -2 drops to the bottoms of the feet, the back of the neck, the temples and/or inhale the aroma.

Women's Bone Nutrient Complex is a blend of vitamins and minerals essential for bone health. Teens and adult women take 4 capsules daily with food.

 

Additional Helps

Reducing Stress

Oils & Blends:  Massage Blend, Grounding BlendC, Bergamot, Citrus oilsC, Conifer oils, Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend)C, FrankincenseC, LavenderC, Roman ChamomileC, SandalwoodC, Calming BlendC, Ylang YlangC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

·    2 - 3 drops Sandalwood or 1 drop each Bergamot, Frankincense and Roman Chamomile mixed together. Apply to the bottoms of the feet, the back of the neck, the temples and/or inhale the aroma. 

·    Massage Blend Technique should be done on a consistent and regular basis once a week or twice a month at the least, and more often if needed.

 

Increasing Natural Production of Progesterone

Oils & Blends: 

FrankincenseC, GeraniumC, OreganoC, ThymeC

Essential oils based products: Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex

Suggested protocols:

·    Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex taken consistently is specifically formulated as a natural method (see General Suggestions above).

 

HOT FLASHES:

Oils & Blends:  Grounding BlendC, Citrus oils, Clary SageC, GeraniumC, Peppermint, (now A Women's Monthly Blend)C

Suggested protocols:

·    Peppermint is an excellent way to cool down and may be effective on the feet at night, the back of the neck, on the chest, or some prefer a spray bottle with Peppermint and water for easy application.

·    Others prefer or use (now A Women's Monthly Blend) additionally on ankles or other oils above.

 

FATIGUE:

Oils & Blends:  Ginger, Peppermint, White Fir

Essential oils based products: Live Long Vitality supplements, Mito2Max

Suggested protocols:

·    The Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) provide the balanced supplements to increase energy levels.  Ginger, Peppermint, and White Fir individually or together are invigorating.  Peppermint and White Fir inhaled or on the temples is effective and Ginger topically applied to the liver and adrenal glands is also helpful to some.

 

INSOMNIA:

Oils & Blends: 

Lavender, Roman ChamomileC, Calming BlendC

Suggested protocols:

·    Inhale, topically or apply to pillow at night

 

LIBIDO:

Oils & Blends: 

Clary SageC, Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend)C, Ginger, Peppermint, Ylang YlangC

Suggested protocols:

·    Diffuse or use as a perfume

 

MEMORY LOSS:

Oils & Blends: 

Frankincense, Peppermint, Rosemary

Suggested protocols:

·    Diffuse or apply to temples and back of the neck

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Stephanie - I would just like to share my experience with the LLW and oils for Menopause.  Before the oils, my life was miserable.  I was the one in the office with a desk fan on all day and my co-workers were wearing sweatshirts.  I was the one that had the AC in the car blowing the coldest air I could get and freezing my kids!  I was the one at Church that had to sit under the AC unit.  I was the one that, when vacationing in Utah in December, could go outside without a coat.  I was the person with a perpetual red face due to 4-5, or more, hot flashes a day.  Let me tell you, NOT FUN!

Well, all this is in the past!!  I still like the AC unit on, but no one complains that it's too cold!  It all started in February when my friend, introduced me to (...) essential oils.  I listened to the two Dr. Hill webinars on hormones and menopause.  I read and paid attention to what works for others. I started on the LLW and within a short period of time, my hot flashes were reduced by 90%!  Instead of 4-5 hot flashes a day, I got maybe 1-2 a week.  The next step was ordering Bergamot, Roman Chamomile and Clary Sage and using these along with Frankincense.  I received  these oils around the first of June.  I have been applying these oils as recommended every day.  Now my hot flashes have gone from 4-5 times per day, to 0!   Let me repeat myself - 0, zero, nada!!

I can't begin to tell you how my life has changed.  I tried explaining this to my doctor and he said it was because of my age that the hot flashes have diminished.  HA!  I don't believe a word of it.  I highly doubt that my hot flashes would change from that many per day to nothing in less than a month.  I'm just not that lucky!! So this is one of my many stories.  I hope if you have a mother, sister, girl friend, aunt, grandma or another female that you know, suffering with these symptoms, please tell them to start on the LLW and see how that works.  They can always add the oils if they need them.

 

Austin - Is the new (now A Women's Monthly Blend) blend good for menopause? I did read the info on it saying it was good for the transition to menopause but what exactly does that mean?

Amelia - It helps "balance" your hormones...I'm not sure about the menopause part but I can tell you it helps tremendously w/hormonal balance and PMS...I love that it also helps w/the headaches and cramping during menses. So my thoughts are that if menopause is like permanent PMS (I heard it described this way before) then I'd say yes! It along w/the LLV and Phytoestrogen supplement would be ideal for menopause.

Debbie - I just received the (now A Women's Monthly Blend) and am anxious to try it ... however I'm also a bit reluctant, as I've just found something that has helped immensely.  I have to add things to my system very slowly in order to not throw things off, I'm trying to avoid going back to the hot flashes being intense and at least every two hours.  I have been trying to find help for five months and the oils were 'helping' but not enough to make me feel successful until about 10 days ago. I am having huge success using Clary Sage and Vetiver; I also employ Grounding Blend and Lavender.  I keep a tiny bottle of Vetiver and Lavender beside my bed and when I do wake up at night (to go to the bathroom or whatever) I open the bottle and sniff for three or four breaths (less 'waking' than trying to get some on my feet).

 

Lori  - I have just recently heard about (...) and am at the point that I am desperate for relief.  I have been going through menopause for about 6 years now and have tried to manage it with about every product I have come across.  I also have osteoporosis which might complicate my situation.  I have very intense hot flashes, often times they are bad enough to wake me at night.  I had a friend start me on the (now A Women's Monthly Blend) blend today - just wondering what protocol to follow and if there are other combinations or additional oils that might help my situation.

Susie - Before I got the (now A Women's Monthly Blend) I tried peppermint because it has such a cooling effect.  I put it in a roller bottle and rolled it across the back of my neck and on my temples.  Sometimes I swear I rolled it over and over across my neck and ended up smelling like a candy cane.  But it helped.  I sometimes still use it with the (now A Women's Monthly Blend).  Good luck.

Joni - You can use the (now A Women's Monthly Blend) blend every day, just rub it on the inside of your ankles, or wrists. I would recommend getting on the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) pack as soon as possible. The very first thing I noticed after starting it was that my hot flashes diminished greatly in frequency and intensity, and I slept better too!  I've been taking the Phytoestrogen supplement and the Calcium supplement as well.  I would suggest both of those.

Janet - I started 2 phytoestrogen capsules a day with no (now A Women's Monthly Blend) and within 24 hours my hot flashes had ceased!   If I went off the phytoestrogens, they came back.  Then I had to start with 3 a day for a few days to kick it back into the system and went back to two.  I have had GREAT benefits from the phytoestrogens!

 

Debra - I am 52 and of course am going through peri-menopause. Irregular periods, night sweats, the whole bit. I purchased the (now A Women's Monthly Blend) and am wondering if I should use it everyday or just when I am having symptoms?   Am also thinking of starting on the Phytoestrogin,,, should I be using both? I have had an IUD placed to help with heavy bleeding. Will it still be o.k. for me to use the EO products with that? I appreciate any and all advise on this matter!

Pat - You should use the Phyto everyday as recommended and use the (now A Women's Monthly Blend) as often as needed. The oils will not affect your IUD or any medications you may be on.

Ruth - You may want to use the LLV. It has helped me tremendously with all symptoms except the heavy bleeding.

Rhonda - I have been using the phytoestrogen for almost a month and have not needed the (now A Women's Monthly Blend). I had a hysterectomy 35 years ago and have been on hormonal therapy. I made the plunge and feel great. I was at a (...) meeting tonight and it was mentioned that you can also use 2 drops of Frankincense with 3-4 drops of an oil you like for the emotional roller coaster. Place these drops under your tongue and they said their moods leveled off almost immediately. So I am taking the women's pack and the LLV. Feel great!

 

Brooke – I have a question from a friend.  She suffers from severe hot-flashes to the point her flesh feels like it is burning.  She sweats profusely during the night, and is really struggling with this.  She is starting the LLW, but are there any other suggestions.  I tried to watch the presentation of Dr. Hill's (the Hormone Webinar #1), but the presentation cuts out less than half-way through and I didn't get to hear very much.  Any thoughts are appreciated!

Sue - The oils I use to help are Grounding Blend, Blend for Women and Frankincense along with doing the Massage Blend Technique. I would recommend the advise in Dr Hill's Hormonal talk. She sounds like she is on the right track starting on the LLW.  I would suggest the GX and PX program as well. Get her to do a saliva test to see where her Progesterone level is at. I bet is super low. Which means her estrogen will be high. If she is having hot flashes she is probably having other symptoms as well. From anxiety, bloating, mood swings, depression, and sugar cravings. All covered in Dr Hill's talk.

Ellen - This is what has helped me tremendously-- In the morning I put Grounding Blend and Peppermint on my neck/shoulder area and Clary Sage on my forearms.  Before bed, I put Clary Sage on both my ankles. It took about 1-2 weeks before I noticed that it was actually helping.  But, now I'm sold on it.  It has helped me sooo much and I would recommend anyone try it.

Brooke - Thanks!  Keep up the info!  I also heard from someone that she had a lady that put a drop of Blend for Women behind each of her ears 20 minutes before bed and it took care of the night sweats....just a thought!


Briana - I have a friend of a friend who is having an extremely hard time sleeping for longer than 4 hours in a night. She is going through menopause, and is on the hormone pills, but those aren't working. My first instincts are Blend for Women, and Calming Blend. And possibly the LLW supplements. Any tips, hints, personal experiences?

Dian - Calming Blend helps bring about a restful sleep (rub on the bottom of feet about 30-45 minutes before sleep), Blend for Women helps to regulate hormones (put on ear lobes), Clary Sage helps regulate hormones (put on outside ankle bones and rub around the front of the leg to the inside ankle bone), Peppermint helps calm hot flashes (power surges) (rub on the back of the neck) and the LLW helps to keep our bodies nourished. She needs to cut out any sugar foods and caffeine as well.

Kathy - Vetiver helps me sleep better too - I have problems waking during the night.

 

Lisa - Any suggestions for Pre Menopause symptoms?

Jan - I know that Blend for Women behind the ears works well for hot flashes. Also Clary Sage around the ankles is good for keeping hormone levels up.

Joni - Emily taught that Peppermint right at the base of the neck will stop a hot flash.  Not two minutes after she mentioned that I had to go grab my Peppermint for my own hot flash, it worked wonders.

I have noticed a huge decrease in hot flashes since being on the wellness pack.  They are now few and far between, and when it does happen, it is very mild.

I was also advised to use Marjoram and Clary Sage in the crooks of my elbows and the back of my knees to help balance hormones.

 

Corrine - Hello, I have been on the LLV for over 16 months, I have had success with my hot flashes using Clary Sage, the Blend for Women blend and the Grounding Blend.  I was experiencing them at least 4 to 5 times a night. All of a sudden they came back in triple fold!!! I have tried everything, nothing seems to work!! So I have started the Pryor and have started to use the Peppermint mixed with Clary Sage and coconut oil, because the Peppermint is to harsh on my skin. The new Women's Monthly Blend only works for a second and the flashes are back. I have all my parts and do not know why this is happening yet again, I was doing fine for almost 16 months, now they are back with a vengeance!!! I have tried every oil on the list, is there any other oil that is not posted that can help??? They seem to start in the lower part of my back and completely cover me within a minute, in that minute I literally begin to drip with sweat! It's disgusting, I have to work with the public and need to get control over this!  Help!

Denise - Have you tried the Phytoestrogen?  I was on the LLV and using the oils, but found that when I added the Phytoestrogen they basically went away.  Only once in a while will I have one and that is when I have too much sugar.  Your diet will make a huge difference and drinking lots of water.

Janice - I was told to eliminate white foods from my diet and that has been a tremendous help. This includes sugar, salt, white flour, potatoes, onions, white rice, and so on.

Detoxqueen - Liver cleanse! Detoxifying Blend caps and oil on your liver area every night should help cool things down. Also, be sure to avoid dairy which affects liver function and therefore hormones.

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

 

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