Home remedies are usually herbs, teas, salves and habits that have been tried by many and found to be effective in varying degrees. Most do not have firm studies about their effectiveness, but are popular because they have worked for so many women.
Evening primrose is an herb containing gamma linolenic acid that presents relief of some menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Results aren’t seen immediately, but symptoms gradually reduce significantly for many women. Primrose oil helps with moodiness, hot flashes and hormone imbalance.
Almond oil, warmed, can be applied to the vaginal area to ease dryness and nerve pain that can accompany menopause for some women. Almond oil can also be used to lubricate the vagina for sex. Dryness often causes major discomfort and inhibits a relaxed sex life. Almond oil and peppermint oil make a soothing hand and foot lotion for dry cracked skin.
Celery seed tea and eating celery have long been used for the relief of excessive perspiration. It helps to relieve night sweats and the sweating that occurs during hot flashes. If you aren’t partial to the taste of celery, add lemon and teabag of your choice to steeped celery seed tea.
Ginseng is a good remedy for tiredness or feeling run down. It helps to energize the body and aids in fighting hot flashes. Many women see a reduction in headaches and mood swings when taking ginseng.
Black cohosh is one of the most popular herbal home remedies for menopausal symptoms, despite the lack of conclusive studies on its effects. Its popularity grows because it works for many women.
Warm water has long been believed to be better absorbed by the body when its room temperature. Women in menopause see sometimes drastic results in their skin and hair, bowel movements and sinuses when they consume a glass of room temperature water before bed. Some even see a reduction in how often they feel the need to urinate.
Leafy greens provide menopausal women with much needed digestible iron. During menopause, vital minerals are lost and eating dark leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach and dark lettuces helps to replenish iron and natural sodium levels.
Cabbage soup is a favorite for reducing the bloating that some women get during menopause. Cabbage has anti-oxidants, always a plus for older women’s health. Cabbage soup helps in weight loss and boosts energy levels. Caution should be taken by women with bowel disorders when using this vegetable. Cabbage causes excessive gas in some people.
As with any alternative or home remedy, caution should be exercised. Research what you want to try. Read balanced reviews. Learn the possible negative effects and check with your doctor to make sure you’re not inhibiting medicines you take. Women have endorsed many of these home remedies for menopausal symptoms for generations. What worked for mothers or grandmothers may be just what you need.
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