By the time you reach the Post-Menopause stage, your hot flushes have begun to be a minor occasional inconvenience. Many will now not experience any more. The menstrual cycle has now finished and you can possibly sleep the whole night with only occasional sweats. You may find that you have boundless energy and the world is a brighter and more fascinating place as your mood swings disappear.
It may take time for your nearest and dearest to recognize the person that you have become. This last stage of menopause, the Post-Menopause, is an exciting and new world for you to explore. Because you have arrived at this stage, do not cease to continue the care that you gave yourself during the Menopausal years.
For example, continuing to exercise during this time as this can assist in avoiding osteoporosis.
Continue taking your herb teas and avoiding the foods that you avoided during Menopause. You will have learned the herbs that are most beneficial for you. If you are in a long period of stress, hard work or are ill, resume taking the formulas that worked for you as and when they are needed. These will boost your recovery and ability to handle difficulties.
Aphrodisiac for Post- Menopause
Damiana acts directly on the reproductive organs as a stimulant and an aphrodisiac.
Hawthorn tincture is also known as the “heart herb” and will reduce hypertension. This is a heart building herb so should be taken for at least three months and continued until the problem is handled. Hypertension can also be is helped by various deep breathing techniques.
Saw Palmetto increases sexual vigor not only in men but also in women as it nourishes the nervous system. It has been used for impotence in men and frigidity in women.
Post –Menopause Muscle Cramps
Muscle cramps in the feet and legs indicate that there is probably a lack of minerals in the diet. Calcium supplements are a necessity as well as a mineral rich tea, such as Sage or Red Clover.
Avoid calcium-depleting drinks such as sodas, coffee and black tea. St. Johns Wort tincture or Deep Tissue Repair oil will help cramps. Inactivity and tobacco can be the main cause of nightly cramps. Increase your exercise routine.
Pelvic Weakness in Post-Menopause
Progesterone Cream, Calendula Cream or Aloe Vera Gel will soothe and strengthen the pelvic areas. Thinning and drying of the pelvic tissues occurs in those who have had a hysterectomy and is some cases of Natural Menopause.
Natural Lubricants for Post-Menopause
Use natural lubricants such as Coconut Oil, Wild Yam creams, any vegetable oil, progesterone creams or Vitamin E or Wheat Germ Oil. These will nourish and protect your tissues.
Chaste Tree Berry Tincture and Motherwort tincture will restore thickness and moisture to your vagina.
Sexual Drive in Post-Menopause
During Menopause your sexual drive may have changed. It is important to keep sexually active during the Post-Menopause Years.
Herbs that may help with Post-Menopause
Firstly, if you are taking any medication, it is wise to consult the prescribing practitioner /pharmacist before taking any herbal products. Having said that, the response you may get varies from "yes, no problem" to "no, just stick to the drugs". So you decide based upon your own research and success with each approach etc.
After menopause, many people continue to feel some benefit by continuing to drink good quality herb teas. If you benefited from following a certain type of diet, or eliminating certain foods, then there is usually benefit to be had from carrying on this approach. Why change something if it seems to benefit you? By now you have probably learnt which herbs and food types have benefited you. You can carry on taking these, but perhaps you may consider reducing the quantities of any supplements that helped with menopause, but continue with them at these lower levels as a kind of maintenance dose.
It is not unusual to experience increases in stress levels compared to before. This can be because you are now more aware of situations in your life that perhaps didn't get the attention it deserved whilst you yourself were moving through menopause. Now is the time to try to bring these things under control and sometimes these supplements can help with this.
The following herbs are recommended for use during post-menopause:
- Chaste Tree Berry
- Wild Yam
- Dong Quai
- Saw Palmetto
Click here to find out more about the herbs Chaste Tree Berry, Wild Yam and Dong Quai.
Here are some other useful herbs to take post-menopause.
Ginseng is a highly effective blood pressure regulator.
Ginseng is known to assist the body to help fight off illness. It helps to neutralise potentially harmful bacteria and viruses and encourages the production of cells that fight infection.
Ginseng is also widely used to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that Ginseng actively helps support the glands involved in the production of stress hormones within the body.
Dandelion Root Tincture or Tea can be something to think about taking and it may be beneficial. As well as this, Ginger Root tea or tincture can be tried. Sometimes you may fancy a tipple and you could try Dandelion wine, especially at mealtimes if you are a wine drinker. Dandelion Root tincture will also help food absorption when taken before each meal.
Horsetail tea helps the bones to thicken and stabilise.
The active components from horsetail also help to fight infections, reduce inflammation, preserve eye sight, bladder and renal afflictions.
Horsetail tea can also be used to deal with any post-menopausal tiredness and is recommended in dealing with headaches, weak states, tiredness, and stress.
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Continue taking Raspberry Leaf Tea. Raspberry Leaf Tea is a very nourishing herbal tea which can help the female reproductive system. Many women find that for all three stages of the change of life, pre, during and post, can be beneficial.
If you follow a healthy diet, the plant chemicals or hormones will work for you and you will emerge a new and exciting woman after your Menopause.
Post Menopause Exercise & Diet
Following a healthy exercise and diet regime is important to maintain energy levels and good health. The active plant chemicals in herbs can work for you during and after your menopause.
Here are some recommended foods high in nutritional value that can help in the post-menopause years.
A couple of tablespoons of Black Strap Molasses daily is an old bone building remedy and an excellent source of calcium and magnesium.
Black Strap Molasses is a thick, dark syrup and is the byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar.
Black Strap Molasses is packed full of nutrients including: iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper, potassium, selenium, Vitamin B and chromium.
During Menopause, your body may not have been able to absorb calcium supplements as well as they can now. It is important to exercise your body and use herbs that will help you build stronger bones.
Click here for food sources of calcium and more information on calcium.
There are many different types of seaweed and they generally packed with excellent nutrients for the heart and arteries. Seaweed is a protein, mineral and vitamin rich food source and can be sprinkled on salads, used in soups or eaten with raw fish as in sushi.
Spend at least 20 minutes per day walking or performing weight-bearing exercise in sunlight to increase your production of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to bone production.
Highly nutritious green food powders such as Superfood contains seaweed and green vegetables and are rich sources of not only calcium but also all the micro nutrients necessary for bone production.
Taking a nutritional formula such as Superfood that is high in nutrients for the body is recommended at this time.
Herbs to Help the Digestion
A tonic such as SuperTonic can assist with digestion.
After Post-Menopause, Congratulations!
You have survived the Menopause years!
Now is the time to nourish and protect yourself, as you emerge into the New Woman that you have worked all this time to become. Use what you have learnt on your journey to ensure your Health, as you become a wiser and respected member of your community.
By using herbs as your ancestors have done, you will have created a better body and will be living a far longer life span.
A new World awaits you.
Explore, Flourish and Prosper.