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Menopause Help with Aromatherapy

Posted in Menopause on January 25th, 2007

Many women who experience perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms are finding relief through aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is an alternative treatment, which offers menopause help and is very pleasurable to the senses. It can induce positive side effects that help us cope with both psychological and physical ailments.  Studies have found that essential oils have chemical components (IE. Esters, alcohols, aldehydes, terpenes, etc) that can produce specific effects on both the body and mind.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to stimulate the power of our sense of smell.  Certain aromas affect our moods and emotions and can have a significant impact on the way we feel.  Many believe that smell is detected when it enters through the fine hairs that line the nose, known as the cilia, and travels to the limbic system.  The limbic system is the area of the brain that has control over our emotions, mood, memory and learning.

How can aromatherapy specifically help menopausal symptoms?  Aromatherapy has been known to provide relief for a number of menopause hormone-related symptoms including mood swings, hot flashes, headaches and disruptive sleep.  The following is a list of menopausal symptoms and some of the essential oils that are considered beneficial for treating each:

• Overall hormone balance: sage; roman chamomile; geranium; fennel
• Hot Flashes:  peppermint
                      Massage oil: lemon; sage; clary sage; geranium.
• Headaches: lavender; marjoram
• Mood Swings: lavender; linden; cypress; patchouli
• Vaginal dryness and irritation: tea tree; geranium
• Insomnia: lavender; linden blossom; violet; dill; sandalwood; chamomile; oregano; neroli; mandarin; valerian
• Fatigue: lavender; violet; white thyme; Spanish sage; rose; pimento; oregano; ginger; nutmeg; pine
• Depression: bergamot; nutmeg; clove; red thyme; ylang ylang; rose; Spanish sage
• Muscle spasms: carrot seed; lavender; jasmine; cinnamon; petitgrain
• Stress: carrot; Roman chamomile; lemongrass, neroli
• Anxiety: geranium; lavender; Spanish sage; German chamomile; coriander; vetivert; ylang ylang; rosewood; oregano; geranium; marjoram; frankincense
• Osteoporosis: Bath oil: chamomile; fennel; thyme; hyssop; lemon; ginger
                       Massage oil for joints: nutmeg; carrot; Roman chamomile; ginger 
• Loss of libido: rosewood; rose; myrtle; sandalwood; jasmine; celery; cumin
How to use aromatherapy – Aromatherapy is a safe alternative medicine.  You can burn it and have its scent fill the room, bathe in it, massage it into your skin, or wear it as a perfume.  You can enjoy the scents individually or combine them. Best off all; you can use it whenever you want, as often as you want.

However, make sure you follow these few rules before using aromatherapy treatment:
1. Read all instructions before using any product
2. Never apply essential oils directly to the skin unless the instructions explicitly say it is safe to do so.
3. Never ingest essential oils

Due to the fact that essential oils are powerful they can cause irritation. Therefore, the safest method is to dilute the essential oil in a bath, in an oil burner, or purchase it as massage oil.

What to consider when purchasing oils – Studies have found that the quality of the essential oils matter if they are being used for therapeutic purposes.  You should only purchase oils that state “pure essential oil” on the product.  Although this means you may have to pay more, it’s worth it.  You can find oils and burners at a variety of online stores and in local health stores.

Personalized aromatherapy – One of the great aspects about using aromatherapy to treat menopausal symptoms is you can create your own special scented treatment.  Purchase a journal and experiment with a variety of scents and aromatherapy methods to find out which ones you like the most and provide you with the best relief.  Write down how you respond to each scent to determine what the best aromatherapy treatment is for you. 

Finally, remember that if you are experiencing painful or chronic symptoms that are disrupting your life, seek medical attention for more menopause help.

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Top 4 Ways to Relieve Joint Pain and Stiffness During Menopause

Posted in Menopause on January 23rd, 2007

Just as a reduction in estrogens levels can lead to vaginal dryness, osteoporosis and dizziness, it can also contribute to joint pain and stiffness.  Joint pain, muscle stiffness, and body aches are common symptoms among menopausal women.  Despite where a woman may experience her aches in pain – neck, back, hip, knee, etc. – one thing is for certain, she is looking for relief so she can enjoy her life to the fullest.

Before we take a look at different ways to relieve joint pain, first let’s explore a few causes of joint pain. 

Menopause – the fluctuation of estrogen levels and the extreme hormonal change, particularly during permineopause, have an impact on the way joints feel. 

Overweight – Excess weight places strain on the joints, especially in the knee, ankle and foot.

Digestive problems – women with a history of digestive problems also suffer from sever or chronic joint paint and stiffness. 

There are many non-drug treatment options you can try to help alleviate and prevent joint pain and stiffness during menopause.  The following are four treatments you can try:

1. Exercise Treatment –Many exercises can improve the health and vitality of your joints by strengthening the muscles that surround them.  Exercise helps maintain the strength of your bones, increases circulation, and helps control your weight.  Not exercising on a regular basis actually weakens your muscles and bones and increases your chance of developing joint stiffness, pain and broken bones.

Good exercises to help relieve and prevent joint pain include:
• Strength exercise – weight training (15-20 minutes every second day)
• Aerobic exercise –brisk walk, bike riding, and swimming are all great exercises (20-30 minutes daily or every other day) Note: avoid jogging as it places stress on the knees.
• Range-of-Motion exercise – moving your joints through their full motion range.  For instance, raising your arms above your head and rolling your shoulders backward and forward. (10 minutes daily)

Keep in mind that all exercises should be taken slowly and you should work up your endurance.  You don’t want to cause unnecessary injury or further aggravate your joints by overdoing it.

2. Diet Treatment – What you eat can have a positive or negative impact on your joints.  Foods that may aggravate the digestive system and result in joint inflammation include fried foods, red meat, hydrogenated oils, dairy products from cows, artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives, caffeine, chocolate, refined white sugar and flour.

Contrary to the above foods, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids are known to help relieve and prevent joint pain.  Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system and preserve cartilage.  Good sources of vitamin C include blueberries, strawberries, peaches and sweet peppers.  On the other hand, omega 3’s primarily found in fish helps to relieve joint pain by reducing inflammation.

3. Relaxing Treatment – Treat your body well and don’t overwork it or subject it to irritations such as tight clothing, shoes and high heels.  When you are comfortable, your body can relax.  When your body relaxes, it releases tension.  Great ways to ease tension and stress is to engage in soothing activities you enjoy such as massage, warm bath and stretching.

4. Supplement Treatment – Supplements have proven to be helpful in promoting healthy joints.  The two most common supplements used for treating joint pain and stiffness includes calcium and magnesium – minerals that help to maintain healthy bones and body tissue.

If you find that your joint pain and/or stiffness doesn’t improve, or becomes more bothersome, see your doctor.  You may discover that your joint pain is a result of something more than menopause, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

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Getting a Grip on Menopausal Dizziness and Vertigo

Posted in Menopause on January 12th, 2007

It’s not just the risk of osteoporosis that makes menopause quite the irksome adventure, it’s also all the different symptoms that go along with it. Even though not every menopausal woman will experience the same physical or psychological problems, it is important that you are aware of the most common symptoms.  The reason is because you may be suffering from a symptom but are not relating it to menopause.

For instance, many menopausal women who suffer from dizziness have no idea that this is a common symptom of their condition.  Dizziness may be directly related to menopause due to changes in the body. For instance, due to lower estrogen levels, changes occur in the blood vessels within the nervous system which can result in dizziness.  Furthermore, hot flashes, night sweats and migraine headaches are other menopausal symptoms that can lead to dizziness and vertigo.

Dizziness could also be indirectly related to menopause by being a side effect of medications you are taking to treat other symptoms such as hormone replacement therapy.

Despite the cause of your menopausal dizziness, this symptom can be irritating, and in some cases dangerous.  Imagine what could happen if a woman, who suffers frequent dizzy spells, becomes dizzy while driving a vehicle, riding a bike, crossing a street or walking down the stairs.  This could result in an accident with possible, serious consequences.  In addition, a severe case of dizziness may lead to vertigo.

Vertigo is a serious condition that can cause headaches, dizziness, a spinning sensation, imbalance and falling. Vertigo is often followed by nausea and sometimes vomiting.  The condition is made worse with motion. Vertigo occurs when otoliths (calcium carbonate particles) are misplaced in the inner ear’s semicircular canals.

Excessive dizziness and incidences of vertigo should be brought to your doctor’s attention.  Your health care provider can examine and diagnose your condition, and provide you with treatment options to help with your symptoms. 

That being said, some common ways to treat menopausal dizziness include:

Eating – Most women are constantly on the go and fail to provide their body with the energy and nutrients it needs.  Many women do not eat a proper breakfast, nor do they have snacks when they are hungry.  Furthermore, they drink too many dehydrating fluids such as coffee, tea and soda, and not enough water to help their body stay hydrated.  During menopause, your body is going through too many hormonal changes and cannot handle a poor diet.

Therefore, if you are experiencing dizziness, try improving your diet and eat foods with protein, and natural energy such as fruit.  Also, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day!

Relax – Stress leads to many negative emotional side affects including depression, anxiety and headaches.  You can reduce the stress you feel by engaging in meditation and exercises that promote deep breathing such as Yoga and Pilates.  Furthermore, getting a good night sleep can also help with dizziness.

Herbal treatment - A popular herbal remedy is inhaling lavender oil from a cloth.  This treatment has been used for centuries to treat swooning (lightheadedness).  As an extra bonus, it smells wonderful.

Note:  Talk to your doctor before treating your dizzy spells with herbal remedies or over-the-counter medications.

Always remember that while dizziness is a common symptom of menopause, excessive dizziness may be a sign of something far more serious than menopause such as a brain tumor.  Thus, before you brush your dizzy symptoms aside, take the time to seek the opinion of your doctor.

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What Every Woman Should Know About Menopause and Osteoporosis

Posted in Menopause on January 4th, 2007

Maintaining a positive attitude towards menopause will help a woman cope with many menopausal symptoms, but it takes more than a positive attitude to protect her from developing osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become weak and brittle. This weakness makes the bones more susceptible to fractures, and can also result in height decrease and/or a humped back.

Osteoporosis is directly linked to menopause.  It is estimated that more than 50 million American woman aged 45 and older are at risk of developing osteoporosis.  Furthermore, research suggests that almost half of all women 60 and over will experience at least one fracture related to the disease.  In addition, the average postmenopausal woman will lose approximately 10% of her bone mass within the first five years following menopause.

Why does osteoporosis typically occur in menopausal women?  Estrogen is vital for aiding cells in building and maintaining strong, healthy bones.  Thus, during menopause, the decrease in estrogen levels causes cell building bones to become less active.  The result is in an increase in bone loss, because the bones are deteriorating faster than they can be rebuilt. 

However, not every woman experiencing menopause will develop osteoporosis.  Those who are at a higher risk are women with a peak bone mass that is already weakened from lack of calcium and vitamin D, and/or who have a family history of the disease.  

Are their any signs or symptoms of osteoporosis?  Unfortunately there are no warning signs you can watch for.  Osteoporosis is a silent and fast moving disease that is usually not diagnosed until a person suffers a fracture. 

Therefore, since osteoporosis isn’t usually detected until it’s too late; the best ways a woman can reduce her risk of developing the disease after menopause, is to eat a calcium rich diet and engage in regular exercise, or seek medical treatment. 

The following are some ways to help prevent and treat osteoporosis:

Calcium and vitamin D – Women who are menopausal and postmenopausal require 1500 mg of calcium daily (if taking estrogen only 1200 mg is required).  Calcium comes from a variety of foods, but is exceptionally rich in dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese. 

Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones because it helps them absorb calcium.  Women between the ages 51 – 70 need 400 units of vitamin D daily, while women over 70 require 600 units.  The best sources for Vitamin D include the sun (15-20 minutes of unprotected exposure) and vitamin d-fortified milk (8 oz. = 100 units). 

Since the average woman fails to ingest the significant amount of calcium or vitamin D that is required, many doctors will prescribe supplements to help ensure they receive the necessary daily doses of each.

Exercise – Engaging in regular exercise can help prevent osteoporosis.  Exercising for 30 – 40 minutes every other day is highly recommended.  The reason is because the right physical activity, such as weight bearing (exercises including fast walking, jogging, aerobics, dancing), stretching (exercises such as Yoga and Pilates), and strength training (exercises that involve the use of weights to strengthen and build muscle), can help improve bone mass and slow down osteoporosis.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – this is a medical treatment that replaces the estrogen a woman’s body no longer produces.  HRT slows down, and can even stop bone mass reduction.

Other medical treatments – Additional medical treatments include: bisphophonates, strontium ranelate, and SERM’s (selective oestrogen receptor modulators).

There is no time like the present to start reducing your risk of osteoporosis.  Just make sure you talk to your doctor before starting any treatment.

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