How to thrive during menopause
The way you experience menopause greatly depends on your general health. And your attitude.
This time of change is dreaded by a lot of women. The symptoms experienced are openly discussed and cursed. It can be hard to stay positive, especially when you haven't had a decent sleep in months or have an overwhelming feeling of anger.
Yet, it is possible to thrive during menopause!
Understanding your role of self-care is the first part to minimising symptoms. Understand how your body is changing so you can effectively support the various functions that are impacted. Plant medicine is ideal to provide this support. It's been used successfully for centuries by menopausal women. Follow our five step plan below and manage your menopausal symptoms.
And thrive during this time.
How does your body change?
The change is hormonal. As oestrogen levels from the ovaries decrease, the adrenal glands and thyroid take over to produce endogenous oestrogen. For post-menopausal women, oestrone is the dominant oestrogen. Apart from the liver and kidneys, fat tissue is the main site of oestrogen conversion. For this reason menopausal women can carry a bit more weight than during their fertile times. Underweight women tend to have more severe menopausal symptoms.
Most women experience at least one menopausal symptom. Over 60% of women describe their symptom as taxing. Symptoms can be short lived or if not assisted, last for several years. The most prevalent symptoms are:
A five-step plan to minimise these challenges
1. Eat food that contains natural oestrogen
Diet and herbs have a direct influence on menopausal symptoms. Eat daily foods that contain natural oestrogen (phyto-oestrogen) to help reduce hot flushes and symptoms associated with vaginal dryness. Tip - take organic tofu (100g) or 1–2 tablespoons of ground linseed each day.
2. Look after your liver
A high-functioning liver supports the metabolism and the clearance of oestrogen. A build up of oestrogen can worsen symptoms. The Liver Detox Tea supports a healthy liver and is ideal to take every morning, before breakfast if possible. This tea contains Globe Artichoke, St Mary’s Thistle, Dandelion root, Fennel seed, Calendula and Peppermint – all great liver herbs.
3. Manage stress levels
This is really important. Stress chemicals affect the hypothalamus - a part of the brain that manages the production hormones. These hormones influence areas that can become unbalanced during menopause; body temperature, emotional stability, sleep, weight, circulation, digestion and bone integrity.
4. Exercise regularly
Research shows that exercising, even once a week, can lessen symptoms. And what a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature - get outside and breathe in deeply.
5. Maintain positive relationships and friendships
It may sound a bit strange, but research shows a link between personal relationships and menopausal symptoms. Healthy relationships are associated with experiencing fewer menopausal symptoms. Make this time about spending quality time with your loved ones and keeping in contact with friends.
Plant medicine will help
There lots of clinically proven and scientifically researched medicinal plants to support hormonal balance during menopause. They can lessen or completely stop taxing menopausal symptoms. Most importantly, without any side effects.
Traditionally, women have taken their plant medicine as a tea. This is because the active constituents in the plants need to be extracted using water (boiling). Tea is a perfect way to get the medicinal properties ready for consumption.
The formula for Cool and Calm Tea is based on history. Empirical evidence shows these particular plants have been used by women for hundreds of years to manage menopause. Tried and tested over time. Scientific research continues to stack up too.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is used to balance emotions, ease tension and support sleep. It also helps manage irritability, worrying, stress and exhaustion.
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) contains certain phytoestrogens that support hormonal balance during menopause. It can also support the body’s response to stress.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is documented for over 2,000 years as a nerve-soothing plant, its properties help to support worry and sleep.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is well-documented for supporting temperature balance (sweating). Traditionally it has been used to help with nervous exhaustion, worry, mental clarity and focus.
St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) helps reduce stress and worry during the transitional change of menopause. It supports fluid balance.
It is possible to thrive during menopause if you understand the change and remain positive. Use plant medicine to support specific functions that are impacted by the hormonal imbalance:
- Cool and Calm Tea for complete menopausal management
- Liver Detox Tea to support healthy liver function
- Deep Sleep Tea for waking during the night
- Follow our five step plan and make the necessary lifestyle changes
While menopause is a normal transition and a biological certainty, every woman's experience is unique.
Embrace it. And thrive.