During early menopause, a woman's periods become irregular. Usually, during full on menopause, a woman's periods will cease. Hot flushes usually occur during the daytime. When sleeping, it is quite common to have night sweats. As your body starts to chill, these cold sweats occur too and you will sometimes feel like shivering.
There are many physical and emotional symptoms that can appear and occur during menopause and below are listed some of the more common ones.
By the way, it is sensible to take advice or double check if you are already on some medication etc.
Get more information here on Hot Flushes during Menopause.
Menopause & Herbal Remedies
Many women will experience an intensification of the Early or Pre-Menopause Symptoms as they progress further into Menopause. Use the following list as a guide and remember if you are currently taking on any prescribed medication, to consult with your professional health practitioner before you start taking any herbal remedies.
Dry or Irritated Eyes during Menopause
Dry eyes can be relaxed and prevented by drinking Oat Straw tea or putting chamomile tea bags on the eyes. Cucumber or a poultice of fresh chickweed can bring relief. Also, Cod Liver Oil, taken daily, will help dry eyes and skin.
Dry Skin during Menopause
It may be that you experience dry skin during your Menopause.
Essential Fatty Acids and Oils are critical for skin, hair, nail and organ health as the body uses them to build new cells to replace the old worn out cells. Saw Palmetto is rich in Essential Fatty Acids and will help keep your skin youthful.
Adding Cod Liver Oil, Organic Raw Milk, Organic Eggs and Organic Unsalted Butter to your diet will lubricate your skin. Fatty acids are considered to be the ‘good fats’ and can be used for energy by most types of cells.
When you experience fatigue, realize that your body is using extra energy to go through the change. Help yourself by taking more rests, avoid extra work and stress. Let the world flow by. You will regain your energy and more, when you emerge at the other side of Menopause. For now, take it easy. Black Cohosh helps with the fatigue caused by continual hot flushes, mood changes and night sweats. Red Clover helps with fatigue throughout the three stages of Menopause and beyond.
Hirsutism is basically excessive hair growth in parts of the body where hair does not normally grow. Hirsutism comes from a Latin word that literally means ‘shaggy or hairy.’ Sometimes in Menopause, as estrogen levels drop off, woman may experience unwanted excessive hair growth. Saw Palmetto has been shown to block the effects of the overproduction of male hormones and may be a solution for women experiencing excessive hair growth.
Cranberry Juice is the age-old remedy for any urinary tract infection or incontinence. Black Cohosh is an antispasmodic herb and will help. Exercise is the best weapon for incontinence.
Menopause Night Sweats
As you continue on to your full Menopause, you will begin to have night sweats .You may find that you wake up with not only soaking night clothes but with an irrational feeling of disquiet. Taken two or three times during the day, Red Clover Tea is mineral rich and can help with the Night Sweats. Everything seems worse at 3 in the morning and if you cannot get back to sleep, take a short walk in the garden or do some Yoga or other exercises in your living room.
Skin Sores or Irritation in Menopause
Herbal poultices have been used for a few thousands of years, probably longer, to help soothe or comfort an area of pain or tenderness and to remove toxins from the area of the body to which it is applied. The word ‘poultice’ comes from the Latin word for porridge - ‘pules.’ Porridge, spread on a cloth, was often used to treat inflammations. A poultice is always a wet substance applied to inflammation or sore spots. Poultices can be made from dried or fresh herbs.
Water Retention during Menopause
Water retention is often referred to as ‘edema’ which is literally ‘swelling.’ This is a physical condition in which there is a build-up of fluid in the tissues and cavities, often appearing as swollen ankles, feet, wrists and arms.
It is often recommended that if you experience water retention, that you give dandelion root tincture a try. A usual quantity to take would be approximately 10-20 drops at meal times. Dandelion has natural chemicals in them which has been helpful to many. Many people have felt more energised and refreshed over time, and have noticed some improvement in how their body seems to digest food.
Nettle Leaf is the best Tea for water retention. It is also a good tonic for the kidneys and the adrenal glands.
Cleavers herb tincture increases the efficiency of the lymphatic tissues which are part of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps to fight invading micro-organisms in the body and plays a vital role in health maintenance. The word lymph comes from the Latin ‘lympha’ meaning "water." Cleavers herb tincture can also help with water retention. Take up to 1 dropperful 6 times daily. Realise that water retention can often indicate a need for a liver cleanse.
Here's more about the emotional symptoms of menopause and their herbal remedies.