Clary Sage. Offers relief from symptoms such as hot flashes.

Roman Chamomile. Acts as a mild sedative that calms nerves and reduces anxiety.

Peppermint. Helps cool the body during hot flashes.

Thyme. May delay menopause by stimulating hormones.1

Inhalation of clary sage oil was found to reduce cortisol levels by 36 percent and improve thyroid hormone levels in 22 post-menopausal women in their 50s. Clary sage also had an antidepressant effect.

Home Remedy
Hot Flash Massage. Dilute 5 drops each of clary sage, Roman chamomile and peppermint oils with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil and massage it onto your body. Also add these oils to a bath.

Menopause is a natural decline in reproductive hormones that begins when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s. The duration of menopause is very hard to predict, as each woman's situation is vastly different. Women typically begin experiencing hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other menopause symptoms when they are going through perimenopause. This stage is generally considered part of the menopause period and can last anywhere from 10 months to four years, as the ovaries gradually decrease estrogen production. However, menopause is not considered to have officially begun until a woman misses her period for 12 straight months. Menopause is a natural biological process; although it ends fertility, women can stay healthy and vital.

Suggested Supplements

» Black Cohosh. Can help prevent menopausal symptoms; helps improve sleep quality and reduce hormonal imbalances tied to diabetes or fibroids.154

» Natural Progesterone Cream. A natural way to reduce menopausal symptoms such as loss of bone density, vaginal dryness and fibroids. Best used under the guidance of a physician specializing in anti- aging medicine.