My journey into natural health began about 30 years ago when my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She was only 44. When my mother had a hysterectomy when was in her 30s and shortly thereafter started taking synthetic hormone replacement therapy. It was the norm back then and she most likely didn’t question the side effects or health risks of taking hormone replacement therapy. We now know that hormone replacement therapy was one of the reasons my mother developed breast cancer.
I pray that you have never had to watch someone battle cancer. It is brutal and it is scary. I vowed at that time that I would do whatever was needed to keep my breasts and the rest of my body cancer free. My mother died three years after her cancer diagnoses and, at the very young age of 24, I began the preventative measure of doing monthly self-checks and getting annual mammograms. Religiously!
I, too, have had a scare from taking a form of hormone replacement therapy. I only ovulated out of one ovary so when I was trying to get pregnant, my physicians prescribed Premarin to me. Premarin is a form of synthetic estrogen. My husband’s career transferred us to different locations so I had three daughters in three different states with three different OB/GYNs. Not one of my three physicians told me that a side effect of Premarin was breast lumps. Maybe they were not aware of that side effect 28 years ago. I didn’t know about it until I recently started researching natural hormone solutions. When I read about this fact, I was infuriated because I had to have a mass removed from my left breast when I was 22–4 months after giving birth to my youngest daughter and almost a year after taking another round of Premarin. Thankfully, the lump was benign and my breasts have been mass-free ever since. I promise you, I would never have taken Premarin had I known the side effects. The risk was too great for me.
I had to undergo a medically necessitated hysterectomy in 2012. A few years later, I started feeling very fatigued and emotional. Sooooo emotional! I would cry at the stupidest things or bite my husband’s head off for no apparent reason. We knew something was off because this was so out of character for me. Shortly thereafter, I started waking up from night sweats. I would be drenched in sweat and have to change my pajamas and pillow case. I scheduled an appointment with my physician and he confirmed what I already knew–I was in menopause. My hormone levels were so low that they were negative.
Of course, my doctor immediately wanted to prescribe hormone replacement therapy. We discussed my mother’s breast cancer history and he reassured me that he would monitor me every couple of months. I took the four prescriptions and reluctantly filled them. When my family found out, they threw a fit (that is putting it nicely)! I ended up flushing the pills down the toilet. After all, having to deal with night sweats was better than having breast cancer.
NATURAL HORMONE BALANCE
I didn’t start out seeking a natural solution to balance my menopausal hormones. It found me! Literally! I had no idea that a natural solution existed.
A couple of years ago, I made an impromptu purchase of an essential oil kit simply because I wanted to be able to diffuse nice scents in my home. My husband has allergies and asthma so burning candles, using air fresheners or wearing any form of a perfume was not an option. The scents would always trigger an allergy or asthma attack. (You can read more about the dangers of candles and air fresheners here. They are huge endocrine disruptors!) The purchase of the oil kit was my last ditch effort to try something that didn’t affect my husband. Guess what? It worked!
When I realized that I could diffuse essential oils in my home, I started researching other ways to use them. I was a skeptic and always rolled my eyes whenever my oily friends would talk about essential oils. BUT, when these amazing scents were not affecting my husband’s allergies or asthma, I decided to be open-minded because there was obviously something to them. I read and read and read. Watched videos. Read some more. I discovered that people were using essential oils for all sorts of health issues and they were working! It was then that I asked my oily friend who sold me the starter kit if there were oils that would help with my menopause. Her answer was a resounding Y-E-S! I purchased the product that she recommended and within a matter of a couple of days my menopausal symptoms were gone. Seriously, that fast!
Essential oils — the world’s best kept secret when it comes to natural hormone balance. Why? I think it’s because the FDA prohibits direct “treatment” statements about what you can legally say about them. You have to learn to read between the lines when you research. However, someone like me wouldn’t have known that. At least not two years ago.
When the essential oils started supporting my hormone imbalance (along with several other things in my household) it was then that I knew I was given a purpose for my life. I needed to share this “secret” with other women like me so that they would know they have natural solutions to help balance their hormones. Essential oils have been around since the beginning of time, but only a handful of the population uses them. There is so much unwarranted stigma surrounding them.
Ladies, you have safe, natural solutions at your fingertips! If you’re reading this post, then you must be looking for a remedy or solution for your hormone imbalance. Listen to your crunchie friends when they talk about the amazing benefits of essential oils! If you don’t have a crunchie friend, let me be that friend for you! I promise, it will be the best decision you make.
My website is full of other posts about specific oils and other natural solutions available for your hormone imbalance so I won’t rehash them all here. Please read and study! Be informed! Take control of your health!
I am here to help you balance those hormones. You can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message at 817-300-7288.
Live healthy, my friends, and remember that age is just a number.