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The Dreaded Change. Part Two
First: A recap of what we covered in the last post. Or you can read the entire post here.
- Hot flashes – Night sweats – Irregular Periods – Mood Swings
- Poor Sleep – Urinary problems – Elevated heart rate – Nutrition
Now that we have an idea of what we can expect, let’s move on to more ways to improve our day-to-day life.
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Red Clover – This beauty is so much better than the four-leaf kind. Besides being used for hormonal imbalances that happen during the stages of menopause, it can also help with bone density lowering high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Red Clover has also been shown to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis. (1)
Maca Root – Maca Root is a nutrient dense adaptagenic tuber found in the Andes of Peru.
One thing to note is that there are 13 varieties of Maca Root each with their own medicinal properties that are still being researched.
The overall highlights of Maca Root are a boost in energy, hormonal balance, pms relief, boost in libido, bone health and liver and enzyme support. (2)
Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha is an amazing herb that has been used for nearly 5,000 years in India. While it is being used for many different conditions, for the purpose of this post I am going to focus on menopausal issues.
This little herb is known for reducing anxiety and depression (which can be part of mood swings), can help reduce stress, stabilizes blood sugar, improved sleep, help lower cholesterol and improve libido. (3)
Clary Sage – Clary Sage oil is used for many things including improved circulation, stress relief, improved digestion and has anti-depressant properties.
Clary Sage can be used as aromatherapy, ingested or topically on the skin with a carrier oil. (4)
Sandalwood – Sandalwood has been used for centuries in Eastern religious ceremonies. Sandalwood is known for its ability to increase alertness, promote restful sleep and lessen anxiety.
Sandalwood is used as aromatherapy and topically.(5)
Thyme – Thyme is actually a “living mulch” with origins in Greece. It is used as an anti depressant, anti-microbial, hormone balancing, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial powerhouse.(6)
While we all know of thyme as a kitchen herb for cooking, using an oil may be more beneficial in the long run. Thyme oil can be ingested, aromatherapy and topically. (7)
Cautions – Black Cohosh and St. John’s Wort.
I had these in my list of supplements but as I was doing my research I was surprised at what I found. Both seem very controversial, have many side effects and do not mix well with many prescribed medications. (8)(9)
My Personal Solution
I mentioned Isagenix® in my last post as my personal choice for giving me a complete balanced meal that I don’t have to think about.
As an added bonus it also contains ashwagandha which is mentioned here as well as 23 other essential vitamins and minerals that are not easy to get in our daily food consumption.
If you are thinking about this route, give me a shout in the comments, by email or click on the Isagenix® link below.
Big News! Isagenix® has just launched a line of esssential oils that carry the same commitment to quality as all of their other products. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but Iwill do a full review once I have.
I hope this gave you some helpful information to manage your menopause symptoms without having to resort to prescription drugs and chemicals.
Until next time,