Essential oils helped alleviate my hot flushes and sleep issues
BeingEve spoke to a reader Louise, a mortgage advisor from Surrey, about how essential oils helped alleviate hot flushes and sleep issues since coming off Hormone Replacement Therapy.
What are essential oils?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully, and powerfully, fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
When essential oils have been harvested indigenously from where the plant grows in its most natural habitat, at the perfect moment by experienced growers and are thoroughly tested (including by third parties), we can use essential oils therapeutically to naturally support our bodies.
Louise tells us about her own experience with essential oils:
How long have you been experiencing hot flushes?
I went on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) when I started peri-menopause and stayed on it for six and a half years with no symptoms whatsoever, but I wanted to come off HRT to see where I was. I was hoping I’d be out the other side but unfortunately not. I started to get lots of hot flushes and was having difficulty sleeping.
How do you feel when you have a hot flush?
My face starts to get warm, then it feels like I’m blushing from the inside of my whole upper body. My upper body then gets really hot and goes bright red. If I’m somewhere cool then I don’t sweat, but if I’m not I do, but not excessively. This lasts for a couple of minutes then I’m right back to normal. At night it starts with my fingertips going really tingly. Weirdly this doesn’t happen during the day. Maybe it’s because I’m lying down.
How often do you have hot flushes?
It varies but generally up to a maximum of ten in the day (sometimes less – there appears to be no pattern). At night every time I wake up (usually around four times).
Have you tried other treatments to help alleviate hot flushes?
I’ve tried a few things, including:
• Sage and black cohosh tablets – neither worked at all for me.
• Using mind power to imagine turning my internal thermostat down – not very effective.
• Hormone balance capsules – they work by fooling your body into thinking it’s still producing oestrogen. I’m one month in and they haven’t made any difference so far.
• Cooling spray – this is very effective in cooling me down once in the grip of a flush.
How long have you been using essential oils for menopause symptoms and what works for you?
I’ve been familiar with essential oils for a while, but have only used them historically in oil burners and mixed the oils into face/body lotions, purely for fragrance, not for menopause symptoms. However, recently I was introduced to the many different ways you can use essential oils and I have found that the oils have helped give me back some control of my body (and my mind).
For the hot flushes I use dOTERRA’s peppermint oil mixed with fractionated coconut oil in a roller ball for pulse points and peppermint oil mixed with witch hazel and sterilised water to spray on my chest. It doesn’t stop my flushes but if I can react quickly enough it massively reduces the severity of them.
To help me sleep I use lavender oil on the base of each foot at bedtime, and when I wake up. I don’t sleep through the night but at least I know I’ll go back to sleep, and generally I feel more rested than before.
If you would like to learn more about how essential oils could help you manage your menopause symptoms, please contact Sarah Lonsdale a dOTERRA Wellness Advocate by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: BeingEve is not recommending these products or endorses its effectiveness to cure hot flushes or sleep issues. Every woman’s experience with products will have different outcomes. The content within this article is based on the experience of one reader.