Natural Menopause


Menopause

Menopause is not an illness.

Trust your body ~ she was built to do this.

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Common Signs of Menopause

~ Most women experience only some of these ~

Physical

  • Hot flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Irregular Periods
  • Heavy, Prolonged Vaginal Bleeding
  • Heavy clotting during periods
  • Joint, muscle and tendon pain
  • Drying skin, eyes and mouth
  • Breast tenderness and swelling
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased facial hair
  • Hair loss
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Painful intercourse
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Incontinence
  • Vaginal atrophy & prolapse
  • Loss of genital sensation
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Exacerbation of existing conditions
  • Accelerated aging
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Dizziness & light-headedness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of balance
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Series of odd infections or illnesses
  • Acne
  • Repeat of your physical patterns from adolescence

Emotional

  • Anger and/or rage
  • Nostalgia and melancholy
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Body image issues
  • Diminished self-esteem
  • Repeat of your emotional patters from adolescence

Mental

  • Thoughts of apprehension, dread, or doom
  • Inability to cope with stress
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Short attention span
  • Memory lapses
  • Dizziness & light-headedness

Spiritual

  • Enhanced self-awareness
  • Desire for positive change
  • Re-evaluation of life and priorities
  • Deepening spiritual awareness
  • Increased intuition and inner wisdom
  • Increased trust in life’s cycles
  • Increased creativity
  • Healing of old emotional wounds
  • Forgiveness of self and others
  • Self-acceptance
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Dedication to authenticity
  • Finding balance and harmony
  • Increased self-care and nurturing
  • Desire for self-actualization
  • Self-confidence
  • Sense of personal power
  • Enhanced relationships
  • Personal fulfillment
  • Inner Peace

Relief….

For Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

  • Wear natural fabrics to reduce captured heat in your clothing
  • Use cotton bedding
  • Exercise regularly – vigorous exercise levels out the hormones
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Reduce stress where possible – anxiety generates hot flashes
  • Acupuncture can provide relief for many weeks following a treatment
  • Consume less chocolate, coffee, & alcohol – or consume them only during high activity times of the dayall of them tend to intensify hot flashes when left sitting in your body
  • Eat lighter meals – large meals raise the core temperature of your body and can induce hot flashes
  • Avoid hot tubs and hot drinks
  • Homeopathic Ignatia – use 2 – 3 times daily for hot flashes
  • Homeopathic Lachesis – for hot flashes that are most intense in the morning
  • Homeopathic Pulsatilla – for hot flashes that disturb sleep

For Mood Swings & Irritability

  • Take some time alone
  •  Nap
  • Laugh about it & about you
  • Take calcium, potassium & magnesium supplements
  • Drink a calming tea such as: Chamomile, Linden Flower or Celestial Seasonings brand Tension Tamer Tea
  • Homeopathic  Lachesis – for irritability
  • Homeopathic Valeriana – for insomnia & irritability

For Reduced Libido

  • Take large doses of Garlic – Kyolic brand offers odorless garlic capsules
  • Put 4 – 5 drops of Savory essential oil on a sugar cube. Take every day as needed.
  • Take homeopathic Sabina
  • Take a break from sex for awhile

Natural support for all aspects of Menopause

  • Soy products
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Yoga several times each week
  • Natural Progesterone Cream – some are soy based, some are wild yam based. To be effective, creams need to include at least 400mg progesterone/ounce
  • A good multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement
  • Female Rebalance Formula from HerNativeRoots.com
  • Motherwort tincture – take 2 – 4 drops/day in a glass of water
  • Herbs that help: Black Cohosh, Wild Yam, Chaste Berry, Dong Quai, Red Raspberry Leaf, Sarsaparilla, Hops, Licorice Root (Licorice Root raises blood pressure so use cautiously if you have this issue), Sage

Hormone Related Health Conditions

~ these conditions can first appear during menopause.

Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of each so you’ll know the difference between healthy, normal menopause and the symptoms of illness.

  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Adrenal Exhaustion
  • Bone Loss & Osteoporosis
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Blood Sugar Disorders
  • Breast, Uterine, and Ovarian Cancers

Physical changes to expect when menopause is complete

  • Moontime – no bleeding for 12 consecutive months.
  • Skin changes – some elasticity is lost through the hormonal changes. Learn to pamper your skin a bit. Cider vinegar rinsed over or rubbed into your skin helps a lot.
  • Metabolism changes – metabolism tends to slow during menopause, re-balance this with exercise. Your metabolism may slow down if you’ve developed Adrenal Exhaustion (Adrenal Fatigue) Licorice Root can be helpful for this and there are also several good herbal formulas available for Adrenal Support.
  • Changes in appetite & nutritional needs – take some time to re-learn what your body wants in regard to food. You’ll probably notice some changes in which foods you enjoy, how much you want to eat, and how much you can eat without gaining weight.
  • More delicate tendons & ligaments – take care of your stretchy parts by stretching regularly. Tendons & ligaments become more prone to injury during & after menopause.
  • Reduced body heat – you’ll probably feel chilled more easily. This will be a relief for the first few years!
  • Return to good sleeping.

 

About Laughing Womyn Ashonosheni

Laughing Womyn Ashonosheni is a respected Shaman, Wisdom Teacher, and Healer. Her spiritual gifts and expansive insights are a native part of her being. Her professional expertise comes from nearly thirty years of helping people create fulfilling and happy lives. Her insight into the vast layers of wisdom has evolved as a result of providing thousands of sessions for people from all walks of life. Laughing Womyn is deeply rooted in the traditions of her ancestors and enthusiastically engaged in the traditions being reclaimed and those being created by our rapidly expanding human consciousness. She carries a vision of celebration between all beings and all ways of being. She remembers each one of us is capable of profound delight in this magnificent journey through life on the physical plane.
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