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How To Use Aromatherapy For Menopause and Hot Flashes

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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:

  • 6 drops neroli essential oil
  • 3 drops mandarin essential oil
  • 2 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil

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:

  • Geranium
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Clary sage
  • Lavender

Rub this blend onto your face and neck as needed. 

Source: Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home 

Aromatherapy For Menopause Body Lotion

You can also use this body lotion to help relieve the symptoms of menopause

  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) of your favorite unscented lotion, cream, or oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops neroli essential oil
  • 1 drop rose essential oil
  • 1,500 IUs vitamin E oil

Blend all ingredients and use as needed.

Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies

Menopause Bath Salts

This recipe makes enough bath salts for about six baths. Keeps for up to three months stored in a cool, dark place.

  • 3 cups Epsom salt, sea salt, or pink Himalayan salt
  • 7 drops anise essential oil (If you have had an estrogen-dependent cancer, replace the anise with lavender.)
  • 7 drops angelica essential oil
  • 7 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil
  1. Add the essential oils and carrier oils to the salt. Stir until well blended.
  2. Put the salts in a jar with a lid. Let set for 24 hours. Stir again.

To use: Use 1/2 cup for a bath, stirring in the salt after you run the bath.

Adapted from Essential Oils For Healing

Essential Oils For Hot Flashes

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:

  • 2 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

When you feel a hot flash coming on, rub a little of the blend on your face, neck, or wrists.

Bath Aromatherapy For Hot Flashes

  • 4 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil or milk

Blend the ingredients, and add the blend to your bath.

Source: Pure Scents for Well Being

Powder To Relieve Night Sweats

  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  1. Use a whisk to combine the ingredients well.
  2. Store powder in a jar that has a lid with holes.

To use: At bedtime, sprinkle some powder inside a pillow case or under the sheets.

Source: Essential Oils For Healing

Essential Oils For Menopause Symptoms

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 soothing oils, 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

Insomnia: Lavender

Night sweats: Clary sage

I recommend Young Living essential oils.

Photo Credit: Flickr User David Jackmanson

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