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Q: Dear Dr. Power, What are some essential oils that offer support for women experiencing menopause? Any input is appreciated. Thank you in advance. R.W.
A: Dear R.W., Thanks for your interest in aromatherapy. Several essential oils are considered helpful for symptoms of menopause. Geranium is considered a hormonal balancer and Rose is traditionally believed to tone and cleanse the uterus and help to regulate the cycle. Fennel oil has also been said to relieve menopausal symptoms. All of the anti-depressant oils, such as Clary Sage, Jasmine, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Neroli and Sandalwood may help balance emotional responses.
You may use any of these oils in the bath or in a massage oil. For use in a bath, add 4 to 6 drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of milk and put in a warm bath. For massage oil, add 2 drops of EO per teaspoon of "carrier oil" (such as Sweet Almond or Grapeseed or our Massage Base) and massage into the abdominal area. For a full body massage, you may use up to 6 drops EO in 3-4 teaspoons of carrier oil.
If you combine any of the oils to make a blend, do not exceed the total number of drops recommended, i.e. if you're using a combination of Jasmine and Lavender in your bath then add 2-3 drops of Jasmine and 2-3 drops of Lavender.
I would suggest using EOs, either in a bath or for massage up to once a day. More than once a day is unnecessary. You should not use any specific oil for more than two weeks without taking a one week break from it.
Best Regards, Joie Power, Ph.D.