Physical Symptoms of Menopause & Recommended Herbs
During early menopause, a woman's periods become irregular. During menopause, a woman's periods will cease. Hot flushes occur during the day. At night you may experience night sweats. Cold sweats will more than likely also make their appearance.
There are many physical and emotional symptoms that can appear and occur during menopause and below are listed some of the more common physical symptoms.
If you are taking any medication consult the prescribing practitioner/pharmacist before taking this or any other herbal product.
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.
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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 centuries 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.
Dandelion Root is the best herbal tincture for water retention. Take 10-20 drops with meals. This herb helps to nourish the kidneys, adrenal glands and liver, increase the digestibility of all food and has plant hormones to ease your change.
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.