As I get deeper into my 40s, I am finding that the perimenopause battle is becoming more difficult, requiring me to be more attentive to the issue. I have often experienced erratic moods, intense frustration at things that don’t normally get under my skin, gripping anxiety, and exhaustion of mind and body. As I near ‘the change’ and my symptoms worsen, I have been forced to find a way to stabilize the tumultuous mood swings and other effects of perimenopause.
I fortunately have a fantastic group of friends who are around my age and have ‘been there and done that’, and have some great ideas on how to deal with these years that lead up to menopause in a natural way. Today, I will be sharing them with you.
Please understand that because of your own personal constitution, some herbal remedies may or may not be best for you, or even help you. It is up to you to do your research and try different herbs in a safe manner to see which ones benefit you most. I am not an herbalist (though I do study herbs and their medicinal uses) and therefore cannot make any recommendations for your personally, only share what I have learned works for me and for others that have shared with me. These remedies, if you use them, are used at your own risk. Pregnant women should not use herbs without studying their effects on the body, as some can cause uterine contraction and other issues that can be dangerous to the pregnancy.
Herbs (loose-leaf, dry or fresh)
- Lemon Balm Leaf is a mild sedative, helpful in relieving anxiety, sleeplessness, stress, and tension.
- Sage Leaf is helpful in treating night sweats, improving memory, concentration, and mood.
- Motherwort can help with anxiety, and works as a sedative.
I have also had the following helpful herbs recommended to me for this issue, though they are not customarily recommended for menopausal issues:
- Red Raspberry Leaf is said to help with hot flashes, as well as aid in replenishing low energy levels when combined with nettle.
- Mint (any, but I use peppermint) is said to help with bloating and abdominal pain, as well as ease headache pain.
To Make a Tea
Put 1-2 tsp. of fresh or dry herbs in a mug, then pour 8 oz of boiling water over it. Allow to steep 10-15 minutes to treat symptoms, or 5 minutes for a preventative cup of tea. Take 3-4 times per day, hot or cold, to treat symptoms; less if you are just using it as a preventative measure.
To Use Capsules
To use capsules properly, follow directions on the bottle. (No brainer, right?) If you choose to make your own, you will need to find out what the proper dosages are for the herbs you are using, then make sure to fill your capsules and use according to the correct dosages.
Sources and further reading:
The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody
The Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Herbs
Mercola Healthy Skin
Herbal Remedies for Menopause by NaturalMenopauseNow.com
Three Natural Anxiety Busters that I Use Regularly
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