Women’s lives are full of transitions and Perimenopause is probably one of the biggest. “It is a time in a woman’s life when physiological changes occur that begin the transition to menopause.” What they don’t mention, is that while you are going thru a lot of physical changes, perimenopause also changes how you see yourself & how you feel in your own skin. Read More
I have had headaches & migraines since I was a young teenager. Each year approximately 45 million Americans suffer from headaches. (That is 1 in 6 people). One of the reasons I got interested in Aromatherapy was because I was taking a lot of OTC pain relievers to help with my headaches and they weren’t working all that well; I was also concerned about the long-term effects of pain reliever usage on my stomach. I decided then, that I wanted to go a different route, to manage the ongoing pain that I was experiencing.
With our busy lifestyles, our daily stress can cause a lot of different physical symptoms which can include, you guessed it…Headaches. (Other causes of headaches may include certain foods, air pressure as well as anxiety, lack of sleep, and dehydration). It is important to take the time to manage your stress and to understand your headache and/or migraine triggers. Read More
For women, our innate wisdom, intuition, and creativity are gifts that first start to blossom as girls, then later, as we grow into women; these gifts change and evolve from life experience as well as when we “cycle” from one month to the next.
Every month women experience the physical and emotional changes as the hormones estrogen and progesterone, shift in their bodies. According to the author, Dr. Christiane Northrup “Ovulation represents mental and emotional creativity at its peak”. We, as women, need to embrace our creativity, our wisdom, and our nurturing spirit. We are not more or less than men, just different.
Our bodies are very wise. They let us know if we don’t take care of ourselves. During the Luteal phase of their cycle, (a few days before your period), a lot of women experience PMS, stress, or irritability. This is the time most women’s tolerance for other people’s “Stuff” tends to be low (or non-existent). Our irritability is a gift that many don’t recognize. It may help us to notice if things are out of balance or if boundaries need to be set. This is our body’s way of taking care of us; self-care at a subconscious level.
During the Luteal phase, many women feel tired physically and emotionally. It a good time to slow down, rest, maybe journal or meditate, to pay attention to your feelings and to nurture yourself. A good way to do this is by diffusing essential oils.
One that I like to use is Geranium, (Latin name Pelargonium Graveolens); it is a perennial, shrubby plant that originated in South Africa. In the 17th century, it was introduced into Europe, where it hybridized. Around 1880, Geranium plantations were planted on Reunion Island, (east of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean).
Geranium is an uplifting essential oil that seems to have a balancing effect on the nervous system. Geranium may help to ease hormonal tension & irritability, stress as well as anxiety. Try diffusing it or when diluted, apply topically to your abdomen and/or your pulse points.
As women, I think that it is important to honor all of the phases of our life. The media definitely put a negative spin on what is a natural part of being female. I think that we need to support and mentor other each other and respect each other’s life choices, instead of making it a competition. We need to return to building communities of Wise Women.
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace Medical Advice…Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
Use caution when using Geranium essential oil in pregnancy or when breastfeeding. Always dilute for topical use. Geranium essential oil may irritate sensitive skin.
- Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
- Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion, an imprint of Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
- Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
- Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014
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