Between the mood swings, hot flashes and crappy sleep, it can be challenging to keep in mind that menopause is a right of passage that should be celebrated. Emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually we are in a way going through a renewal, a time of reflection and a moment of appreciation of all we’ve accomplished so far and where we want to go next.
Essential oils are a great way to help you create rituals and moments which can alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause – from the simplest things like hot flashes, to the more debilitating things like depression.
Ready to dive in and find out which are the ten best essential oils for menopause and how to use them?
THE 10 BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MENOPAUSE
1. Essential Oil for Menopause: Sandalwood
The grounding, cooling, quieting, and soothing properties of sandalwood is well known and can works to reduce both hot flashes and heart palpitations. Studies have also linked sandalwood to helping provide relief for depressive symptoms.
2. Essential Oil for Menopause: Clary Sage
Clary sage can be instrumental at easing physical pain and it’s been the go-to for women’s health issues for centuries. Clary sage has the ability to relax and sedate cramping muscles while also helping to sedate the body and mind, making it a great primer for sleep.
3. Essential Oil for Menopause: Lavender
Lavender not only helps with sleep but is also works great as an all-natural lubricant and is known to soothe vaginal tissues and the perineum.
4. Essential Oil for Menopause: Citrus
Citrus scents such as grapefruit, orange, bergamot, lime, and lemon can help lift your mood when you’re struggling with depression or are just feeling down in the dumps.
5. Essential Oil for Menopause: Vitex
Extracted from a shrub native to China, vitex aids with digestion, headaches, nausea, as well as hot flashes making it a great all rounder for women suffering from menopause.
6. Essential Oil for Menopause: Peppermint
With its cooling and soothing effects, peppermint oil can help reduce the discomfort of hot flashes and can also help to reduce the pain and discomfort of cramping muscles that many menopausal women experience.
7. Essential Oil for Menopause: Basil
Traditionally, basil oil has been used to help fight hot flashes and help boost the mood during menopause. It is also suggested that the estragole chemotype basil contains an estrogen hormone-like component although this has not been definitively proven.
8. Essential Oil for Menopause: Neroli
Extracted from orange blossoms, this calming and relaxing essential oil has been shown to greatly improve a variety of menopause symptoms. Neroli is especially helpful for boosting the desire for sexual intimacy, improve estrogen concentrations and reduce stress. It also has anti-inflammatory properties making it great for reducing many of the aches and pains that comes with menopause.
9. Essential Oil for Menopause: Geranium
Improving dry skin and helping to balance hormone levels, geranium essential oil is another great all-rounder for menopausal women to have in their arsenal. Research also shows that the antidepressant properties of geranium oil can benefit menopausal women who are struggling with depression and mood swings.
10. Essential Oil for Menopause: Ylang-Ylang
Just like geranium essential oil ylang-ylang can also help regulate and elevate mood helping menopausal women deal with that all-over-the-place rollercoaster of emotions. Ylang-ylang is also known to help improve circulation and increase libido.
AROMATHERAPY BLENDS TO USE DURING MENOPAUSE
New to essential oils or not sure where to start? We’ve put together a couple of essential oil blends to help you get going.
Hot Flashes Blend
- 10 drops Clary Sage essential oil
- 11 drops Geranium essential oil
- 7 drops Lemon essential oil
- 2 drops Sage essential oil
- 30 ml carrier oil like Almond
How to Use: Blend into 30ml of carrier oil and use in the bath or for spot massage application only.
Day & Night Sweat Blend
- 10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops Lime essential oil
- 5 drops Sage essential oil
- 5 drops Thyme essential oil
- 30 ml carrier oil like Almond
How to Use: Add to 30ml of carrier oil and use in your daily bath or for spot massage application only.
Cooling Face & Body Mist for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
- 1 cup of distilled water
- 1 tsp aloe vera gel
- 5 drops peppermint
- 5 drops lavender
- 8 oz amber glass spray bottle
How to Use: Add the ingredients into the glass spray bottle and shake well to combine. Spritz on your face, neck, back of neck and other places to cool down your body.
Menopause Support Blend
- 10 drops rose
- 10 drops clary sage
- 5 drops sandalwood
- 5 drops bergamot
- 5 drops ylang-ylang
- 5 drops geranium
- ± 10 ml carrier oil like Almond or Jojoba
- 10 ml roller bottle
How to Use: Add the essential oils drop by drop to the roller bottle, after removing the roller ball. Top with carrier oil and swirl gently to combine. Apply to feet, ankles lower abdomen and inner wrists once a day.
Diffuser Blend for Irritability, Anger & Depression
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops frankincense
- 2 drops neroli
- 1 drop lemon
- Non – plastic cold air diffuser
How to Use: Add oils to diffuser, following manufacturer’s instructions.
DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with a physician if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A doctor’s advice should always be sought before before embarking on any new treatment.