My unpredictable, rapidly changing mood swings were a key factor in my decision to get blood work to check my hormone levels. I had been experiencing abnormal moodiness for several weeks before I started experiencing night sweats. It’s like a light went off in my head. I am going through menopause.
Menopause and Emotions
It’s a real thing!
I have a pretty stable, even-keel demeanor, but when my hormones were out of balance my emotional state was all over the place.
Do you find yourself crying at basically nothing? Maybe it’s a commercial on the television about dog food or maybe it’s that cute little baby outfit you saw while shopping at Target. You start crying at random and ridiculous things.
Do you find yourself getting angry for no apparent reason? I literally got mad at my husband one time because I came home from work and he was making me dinner. I had something else in mind for dinner that night and got angry that he wasn’t making what I had planned. He had no idea. Instead of being thankful that I had an amazing husband that wanted to cook dinner for me, I got angry. Thank goodness Ken is a very patient man. Even though it’s been several years, I still feel like a complete a$$ for that day.
What about depression? What about anxiety?
There are so many ways our emotions can be affected when our hormones are out of balance. It’s like the moodiness you may have gotten while you were on your period, only the feelings never go away.
Along with the other side effects of menopause, when I balanced my hormones my emotional “imbalance” also went back to normal.
Eliminating hot flashes and night sweats are just part of my daily hormone balance regime. I also support my emotional state with aromatherapy and it has become a huge part of my daily regime.
Menopause and Aromatherapy
I know what your thinking. Aromatherapy? Really? How in the world does it help with menopause?
I’m glad you asked.
Aromatherapy using 100% therapeutic grade essential oils can improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. You get the same aromatherapy benefit whether you are inhaling the oils, massaging the oils on your body, or adding the oils to your bath water.
Studies have shown that it takes three (3) seconds for oils to reach the heart, liver, and thyroid when inhaled. They can reach the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically.
Essential oils consist of tiny molecules that can enter your body through the skin, nose or mouth. They pass through to the liver, heart, bloodstream and other parts of your body.
As the molecules reach the brain, they affect limbic system. The limbic system is linked to your emotions. Inhaling essential oils not only provides health benefits to your physical body, it can help with your emotions. Studies have shown that aromatherapy is beneficial for reducing stress, enhancing feelings of relaxation, reducing anxiety and stimulating endorphin production.
Side note: By replacing your scented candles with an essential oil diffuser, you’ll be helping your hormone imbalance and overall health. The fragrances in candles contain toxins that are huge endocrine disruptors. You can read more about that here.
So yes, I use aromatherapy as part of my hormone balancing regime. I use many oils for different reasons or moods. But, I want to share with you my favorites.
Here are my top 6 favorite essential oils that I use daily for aromatherapy:
- Joy — to promote feelings of happiness
- Lavender — to promote relaxation and ease anxiety
- Valor — to promote confidence, grounding, and to ease anxiety
- Frankincense — to promote focus, grounding, and to ease anxiety
- Peace and Calming — to promote relaxation at bedtime
- Stress Away — to relieve stress and relax the body
These are just a few of the many essential oils that can be used to support your emotions. Be wary, however. Not all essential oils labeled as “100% therapeutic grade oils” are actually therapeutic at all. There is a HUGE difference in essential oil qualities.
I often hear people say that they used essential oils, but did receive any benefit from them. If this is you, where did you purchase your essential oils?
You will not receive any benefit from an essential oil that you buy at your local discount store. In fact, that oil can have no–to even a negative–effect on your body. It came from a crop that was grown using pesticides and fertilizers to help yield a larger amount. Then the oil was further diluted by some other form of synthetic enhancer. It is neither safe nor therapeutic.
So yesterday I used a diffuser in my office with [what I thought was a pure] essential oil. The diffuser was right next to my desk so I breathed a lot of the oil. After about one hour my chest started burning and hurting. It still hurts to breathe and I have a cough. Felt bad all night. Needless to say I threw away every essential oil that I owned that was not [actually a pure therapeutic grade essential oil]. What a terrible experience. Not sure what those chemicals did to my lungs, but it was miserable. Never had that experience with [the brand of oils used and recommended by Trudy].
The FDA only requires that a very small percentage of a bottle of essential oil actually be the essential oil. Like with most things, you get what you pay for. Do your research and know where and how your essential oil products are made. I promise you that the $10 bottle of 100% therapeutic grade lavender essential oil that you purchased from a department store is not going to provide you with the benefits that a $30 bottle of lavender that is actually pure essential oil from a reputable company.
I do a smell test at all of my in-person classes so that people can discover for themselves the huge difference in smell alone. I cannot stress this enough. There is a difference in essential oil qualities!
Like you, I was a skeptic and huge critic of essential oils until I unexpectedly experienced huge health benefits from them. Now I am a huge believer and I believe that essential oils should be inside every home on the planet!
If you have questions about using essential oils or are ready to balance your hormones naturally, reach out ot me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 817-300-7288. I am here to help you and walk with you through this journey. I am part of a community of women like you ready to help you with natural solutions for your body.
Live healthy, my friend, and remember that age is just a number.