if you want to use aromatherapy for menopause, I've collected a variety of aromatherapy blends that may help you manage your symptoms and feel better.
Use this general menopause blend to massage your solar plexus in a clockwise direction:
Source: Healing With Aromatherapy
To help relieve mood swings, headaches, and insomnia, to 1-1/2 teaspoons jojoba oil, add 5 to 8 drops each of:
Rub this blend onto your face and neck as needed.
Blend all ingredients and use as needed.
This recipe makes enough bath salts for about six baths. Keeps for up to three months stored in a cool, dark place.
To use: Use 1/2 cup for a bath, stirring in the salt after you run the bath.
Adapted from Essential Oils For Healing
Natural remedies for hot flashes can include the use of aromatherapy. Try rubbing a little lavender essential oil on the inside of your wrists or on your temples as needed.
Other potentially helpful essential oils for hot flashes are clary sage, lemon, and peppermint. You can inhale an oil, use it in a bath or for a foot rub, or mix it with a carrier oil for massage. For portable hot flash relief, make an aromatherapy inhaler using the essential oils that work best for you.
Hot Flash Blend
Healing With Aromatherapy recommends:
When you feel a hot flash coming on, rub a little of the blend on your face, neck, or wrists.
Blend the ingredients, and add the blend to your bath.
Source: Pure Scents for Well Being
To use: At bedtime, sprinkle some powder inside a pillow case or under the sheets.
Source: Essential Oils For Healing
Use the following suggested aromatherapy for menopause symptoms in a massage oil, an aromatherapy bath, or a diffuser. Experiment to see which oils work best for you.
Anxiety: Bergamot, jasmine, lavender, ylang ylang, Roman or German chamomile
Depression: Bergamot, neroli, melissa
Headaches: Roman or German chamomile, lavender, peppermint
Emotional ups and downs: Bergamot, jasmine, neroli, Roman or German chamomile
Mood swings: Grounding and balancing essential oils, such as patchouli, or that soothe, such as lavender
Irritability: Grounding and balancing essential oils or sedating oils, such as cardamom
Fatigue: Energizing or stimulating essential oils, such as ginger, peppermint, or nutmeg
Night sweats: Clary sage
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