For women, the experience of menopause can be as individualistic, unique and varied as our fingerprints. Some women sail through it without any major bumps, while others grapple with annoying and unpredictable symptoms for as long as a decade. Any woman who has battled hot flashes, loss of libido, weight gain and mood swings will know what I am talking about.
Menopause is a significant phase in any woman’s life, and not only because it signals the end of the reproductive period, but also because it comes at a time when most of us have a demanding life to lead and responsibilities to deal with. Therefore, staying fit and active should be a top priority.
There are several supplements and dietary recommendations that are known to ease the symptoms, but a little known secret is the use of essential oils for menopause.
Those who suffer from cystitis know how painful and debilitating it can be. Cystitis can be described as an inflammatory condition that affects the bladder and sometimes the urethra. You probably have cystitis if you face:
The worst part about cystitis is that if not treated properly, it keeps coming back!
I was doing my annual inventory count which involves transferring the essential oil liquids from their container into a measuring cylinder to see how many milliliters I have. I simply love this annual task because it gives me an opportunity to connect with the wonders of essential oils all over again. On regular days, when we handle small bottles of these oils, we tend to forget their origin, the plant where they came from, and their color.
This inky-blue liquid that you see here is German Chamomile (Matricaria recutica). If you have ever had a cup of chamomile tea, you would probably remember the color to be greenish or yellowish. Now, look again at this picture – doesn’t look like chamomile by a mile, right?
One of the main components of German Chamomile is Chamazulene which gives this oil its blue color. This component is not present in the fresh flower but is only produced during the process of distillation.
Chamazulene, present in some volatile oils, is markedly anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic.
Just by looking at the color of the oil, one can determine its therapeutic qualities:
– Since blue is a ‘cooling’ color, think about all the ‘hot’ conditions that this refreshing oil is going to counteract.
– On the emotional front, blue chamomile has a very strong influence in soothing the solar plexus – the major nerve center located in the stomach area.
According to Gabriel Mojay, the solar plexus is the vital center of our psychological needs and wants. When negative or ‘hot’ feelings like frustration, chronic tension and insomnia appear, the cooling blue effect of this oil helps in restoring balance.
In the physical plane, hot conditions such as irritable bowel, inflammation and spasms, can be easily relieved with the topical application of this oil when combined with a carrier oil.