Menopause. A word still bandied about in whispers by women all over the world in spite of the fact that every woman who is breathing goes through it!
The journey from peri–menopause (which usually begins for a women in her 40’s) to menopause, (which technically refers to the time when a woman hasn’t had her period for a year) is a challenge for so many of us while we’re in it, but when we come out the other end, we’ve gained a lot of wisdom from the experience.
During October's Circle, we shared some of our individual experiences and symptomologies resulting from this hormonal ride including hot flashes, anxiety, lack of sleep, vaginal dryness, lack of libido, mood swings, brain fogginess and weight gain to name a few. It’s a list that can feel daunting to most but when you surround yourselves with a community of women willing to share their unique experiences, somehow you wind up with a list of wonderfully helpful tools.
Beyond hormone replacement therapy, recommendations for some successful remedies included;
Using essential oils like geranium, clary sage or lavender either diffused, in a bath, on your pillow at night to help feel more balanced and relaxed for sleep
Drinking Raspberry Leaf tea or other mixtures of teas infused with Peppermint, Nettle, Ginger root ,Dandelion leaves, Rose Petals, Chamomile flowers to help calm and balance the body and mind
Being mindful of the food you eat. Cutting back on gluten, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and sugar helped some to stave off hot flashes and feel much better
Considering herbal and homeopathic remedies.
Getting Acupuncture for regular body balancing and support
Having regular massage
Exercising regularly to reduce stress
Dr. Christiane Northrup’s book, “The Wisdom of Menopause” and "Goddesses Never Age" were also recommended as a must for your bedside table.
We’d love to hear about some of your successes with remedies.