The Rocky Road to Menopause and How Essential Oils Can Help

A little over a month ago I received an unexpected gift in the mail.   It was a set of 6 essential oils from Eden Gardens.   The gift was sent to me by a coworker (who is a Millennial).  The note in the package said….” Thinking of you and hoping you can get some relief from your hot flashes/insomnia/anxiety with these.  I’ve being using them for several years and they have helped me tremendously.   Hope they can help you”.

Wow!  How thoughtful and lovely was that?!  The coworker and I work closely together. I’ve been complaining about all my premenopausal issues to her.   She is great in getting me to laugh about everything that is going on with my body right now and to not get so stressed about it. (She has a very funny, dry sense of humor that I love!)  Even though she is 20 years my junior, I don’t think of her as that much younger than me.   It’s actually pretty amazing how much we do have in common even with the age difference.  We are “bridging the gap”!

I wanted to try the oils out before I gave an honest review.   I must be living under a rock, because as I started researching Eden Gardens and found that there is an essential oils craze right now.   It’s not that I didn’t know about essential oils.  I’ve been using lavender and Tee Tree on and off for years, but it really seems to be “a thing” right now.

 

My new best friends…. meet Clare Sage, Peppermint  and Joy (a Synergy Blend)

Joy  this is a combination of sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis), Lemon (Citrus limon), Tangerine (Citrus reticulata), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Litsea (Litsea cubeba), Damiana (Turnera diffusa), Jasmine (Jasminum officinale var. grandiflorum), Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia

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I’m using it when I feel a little tired or sluggish, I just rub it on my wrists and the back of my neck. I don’t know if its psychological, but it does seem to help.  It also has a very nice fragrance without being overpowering. I can only say it really does bring me “joy” when I use it. LOL   Even my husband, who does not like the smell of most oils, enjoys this fragrance so this is a keeper.

My Hot Flash Help – Clary Sage and Peppermint

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Clary Sage

It has significantly reduced my hot flashes during the day.   I need to apply at least 4-5 times a day.  I mixed some clary sage with peppermint, and put it on the back of my neck, behind my ears, and on the sides and tops of my ankles.   Night sweats are still a bit of an issue so I just bought a diffuser on Amazon and am going to see if this helps at night.   A couple of girls at work tell me they use it to help with PMS cramps. I know not every oil works for everyone the same way, but worth a try for those with cramps.

Funny Story:

The other day at work I had a hot flash come on quickly.  It was in the middle of a meeting with about ten 27 – 32 year olds (men and women) I had the 5oz bottle in my bag and pulled out the bottle, shook it on the tissue and inhaled/exhaled.  They had that look…what on earth is she doing. I told them why and I was trying the essential oils. The reaction was actually pretty amazing.   The comments were “that’s cool” (no pun intended LOL) Cindy you crack me up with how honest you are.  That’s what we love about you…you are so direct and transparent.  How nice right!? One even commented “yeah my mom is getting hot flashes and she says it’s miserable.   I need to tell her about this.”   Again, “bridging the gap”  Note:  It didn’t get rid of the hot flashes completely, but it definitely helps a lot!

Peppermint 

Peppermint oil may also reduce your discomfort when experiencing hot flashes. Add no more than two drops to a tissue. Hold the tissue up to your nose while breathing slowly.  I’m also using it for some nerve pain I’m having.  I’m rubbing on my outer ankle and lower back.   It actually is working!   It only lasts for a couple of hours, but very helpful.

Roll Ons and Base Oils

Eden Gardens also sells roll ons that are pre-diluted.  These will be great for travel, but since I already have the oils, I  just purchased a set of roller balls from Amazon and some fractionated coconut oil  so I can “do it myself” right now.  I’m going to use the roller ball with Be Still Synergy Blend and rub it on my wrists when I start to feel anxious (which seems to be getting worse for me when I fly! No idea why!)  More to come on how this works for me.

My experience with Eden Gardens has been positive.   I’m still playing around with how many drops I need to use.   Also, I should mention it’s very affordable! I encourage you to check out their website to learn more about the company.  There are lots of great resources on the website that share ways to use oils, and you can also contact the company if you have specific questions.

All in all, would I say essential oils work 100%? No, not for me.  But they do help a lot!

I’m in no way affiliated with Eden Garden.  They have no idea who I am, and they are certainly not paying me to write this post.  Anyone can purchase their oils through their website or Amazon.

How about you? Are you already a die-hard fan of essential oils?

 

 

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