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Menopause is a major life change that every middle-aged woman will go through. Hormonal changes can trigger a number of uncomfortable symptoms. These include hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal dryness, weight gain, loss of libido, and irritability.

Unfortunately, the above-mentioned symptoms can make daily life quite difficult. That being said, the use of essential oils can provide more natural relief for menopausal symptoms.

Essential oils and menopause

According to a Korean report published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal, 60 menopausal women aged 45 to 54 years who participated in an essential oil massage reported a reduction in menopausal symptoms after the massage

One particular theory on the effectiveness of essential oils is due to their content of phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogen). 

In the case that you’re looking for an alternative solution that can alleviate menopausal symptoms, read on.

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Clary sage oil

If you ask any woman to name one menopausal symptom, most of them will immediately say hot flashes.

These are sudden and quick heat sensations that surge through the bodies of menopausal women. By rubbing a few diluted drops of clary sage oil across the back of your neck,  you’ll be able to ease your heated discomfort.

Another concerning aspect of menopause is the heightened risk for osteoporosis due to the body’s decline of estrogen. According to a study published in the journal Bone, clary sage out can help to protect your health by alleviating any pain or discomfort.

Geranium oil

Menopause can be emotionally draining, thus mood swings and depression are common.

According to a study published in the Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, geranium oil can help to boost the mood as well as alleviate feelings of depression in 120 menopausal women.

Peppermint oil

Menopause cements the end of the menstrual cycle. Unfortunately for some women, menopause does often come with menstrual symptoms.

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Dysmenorrhea refers to menstruation-related cramping that occurs during the early stages of menopause.  Thankfully, peppermint oil may help alleviate some of the pain associated with dysmenorrhea.

Neroli oil

Menopause may be something that a woman goes through, but some symptoms may also affect her other relationships.

One symptom, in particular, is the loss of libido. Thankfully, neroli oil has been proven to help increase one’s desire for sexual intimacy as well as lower high blood pressure (2).

Bottom Line

If you are looking to use essential oils for your menopausal symptoms, you can either dilute them with a carrier oil or even use them in massage. In fact, menopausal women have said that the use of essential oils in a massage can help to ease symptoms (3).

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba is a beauty and wellness writer who has a passion for poetry, equality, natural hair, and skin-care. With a journalism degree from Pearson's Institute of Higher Education, and identifiable by either her large afro or colorful locks, Pie aspires to continuously provide the latest information, be it beauty or wellness, on how one can adopt a healthy lifestyle on a day-to-day basis.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.