Well, ladies, if you haven't suffered with those dreaded peri-menopausal or menopausal hot flashes and night sweats . . . you will . . .
Those nights when you feel like you could fry an egg on your tummy, only to freeze five minutes later when the flash is over and the perspiration starts to evaporate. Those come-out-of-nowhere flashes in the middle of the grocery when all you want to do is crawl into the ice cream freezer.
Yep, been there, done that.
I've used a number of things ~ some have worked well, some have worked "OK" but not strong enough, some have worked for a while but seemed to have had a short life-span, and some just didn't work at all.
In the health food store where I work, many women come in because of someone's advice and run right for the black cohosh. And then, when the bottle is finished, they come back in because it didn't live up to the hype. (Let me stop here and say that, YES, it does work for SOME women, just not all.) Something I often recommend is 1,300 mg daily of Evening Primrose Oil.
This works for many women but has a tendency to run it's course. (I used this for quite a while, myself, and got a lot of benefit from it.)
But something that many seem to have not heard of is an herb called Chaste Berry, or also commonly known as Vitex (or Chaste Tree). Vitex has the double blessing of not only being useful for peri-menopause and menopause symptoms, but can also be useful for premenstrual syndrome, cramps, premenstrual acne, breast tenderness and irregular periods. Vitex has also been used in the treatment of infertility, uterine fibroids, tremors and Parkinson's Disease (because it produces dopamine)
But for those in the peri-menopause/menopause years, we especially benefit from it for hot flashes, night sweats and the moodiness that they bring by balancing our progesterone and estrogen levels.
I have to tell you that I love my hot flash roll on. It has brought me GREAT relief. Even if you are past the major hot flash/night sweat stage and you rarely get them anymore, keep this roll on in your cupboard for those irregular occurrences; for hot, humid days, or for those stressful times that make your heart palpitate and cause you to break out in a cold sweat.
(for 1 oz. bottle)
~10 drops vitex essential oil
~6 drops clary sage essential oil (to cut down on sweat and body odor that may be caused from hot flashes)
~6 drops lavender essential oil (anti-stress, calms the mind and body)
~10 drops peppermint essential oil (cools the body)
~6 drops thyme essential oil (works with vitex to balance hormones)
~3 drops bergamot essential oil (relieves depression, anxiety, pain, balances hormonal changes, helps with night sweats and hot flashes, helps with mood and emotional wellbeing)
~jojoba OR grape seed oil (I use food grade oils for my carriers oils)
~1 oz. roll on bottle OR essential oil dropper bottle
1) drop essential oils into bottle
2) pour carrier oil into bottle, leaving enough room to thoroughly shake to blend
3) snap roller ball securely onto bottle
4) shake before each use
1) shake well before each use
2) roll (OR drop 3 drops if you use an essential oil dropper bottle) onto any of these places, as needed: back of neck just below hair line, on neck, on wrists, behind knees, on tops and bottoms of feet.
FOR EXTRA STRENGTH:
~4 more drops of vitex essential oil
~3-4 more drops of clary sage essential oil
~7 drops of wintergreen essential oil
As an aside, please do not forget to take care of your Adrenal glands. This will also help with your mood and to manage stress while your body works it's way through all of the changes.
Be sure to let us know how much you LOVE this Hot Flash Oil!
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Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><
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