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Using Aromatherapy For Menopause

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Recently, I had the honor of presenting aromatherapy to a wonderful group of ladies interested in a more graceful menopause journey. The main presenter was someone who struggled with her journey and found very little reliable information about menopause. using aromatherapy for menopause

Even if you’re in your thirties and not ready to start this next chapter of your aging process, it’s still worth reading about alternatives to synthetic hormone replacement therapy.

It seems that nobody is willing to have an honest conversation about the changes that occur. Especially when it comes to sex and body changes.

Ladies, it’s important to talk to your mother and your daughters about this new chapter of life. It’s time to have honest conversations instead of simply throwing drugs at the issue. It’s really important – and long past time – to know that menopause is NOT the end of life. Instead, it’s the beginning of a beautiful new chapter.

Throughout my life, it’s been a joke that a woman having a *tough* moment must be going through menopause.

Ya’ll, I’m calling bullshit on that.

I walked away from the presentation with my eyes opened. Some of the information I knew and in other cases, well, let’s just say I was shocked! That’s why I wanted to write about menopause – to give you options and alternatives. The more information you have, the better decision you will make about your own body.

The information you’ll find here is very general in nature – it’s important to talk with your medical professional if you’re recognize any changes.

What Is Menopause?

Menopause is NOT an illness – it’s the natural progression of aging. Period. You’re not sick, your body is simply going through changes.

Menopause is the natural and permanent cessation of your period and marks the end of your fertility. Usually, after you’ve missed 12 consecutive periods, your menopause journey has begun in earnest.

Often, you begin seeing changes and symptoms in your late thirties or early forties. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule – so it’s important for you to have a medical professional that you trust.

Your medical professional may immediately prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but not all women can or should go this route.

Why?

If estrogen-based cancers (primarily breast cancer) run in your family, HRT may not be the best choice. Or maybe you simply don’t want to take HRT.

It’s your body – you have a choice!

Symptoms of Menopause

Some of the symptoms of menopause are:

    • irregular periods  hot flashes, aromatherapy for menopause, symptoms of menopause
    • hot flashes
    • night sweats
    • thinning hair
    • changes in sleep patterns
    • weight gain
    • mood changes and swings
    • vaginal dryness

Sounds like a lot of fun, eh?

There are still some doctors that automatically recommend synthetic HRT and a hysterectomy. This is one time when you REALLY need to get a second opinion.

One of the facts I heard at the presentation I attended is that nearly 20% of all hysterectomies are needless!

You night not appreciate what I’m about to say, but hear me out. Women are still very much marginalized in a doctor’s office. Okay, not as much as in years past, but it still happens. 

That’s why it’s so important to have a doctor that you trust! A doctor who is willing to discuss all of the options out there besides HRT and hysterectomies.

Women are used as cash cows in this instance – if 1 in 5 hysterectomies are needless, what does that tell you?

What Are Other Options?

Here are some of the options to look into before making a decision about HRT or a hysterectomy:

How Aromatherapy Can Help You Through Menopause

Aromatherapy is ideal for any woman who needs a natural alternative to HRT. There are several different products at Scented Balance to help you live more gracefully through menopause.

Flares n’ Flashes Hot Flash Spray is a blend of oils specifically to cool you down and help balance your body.

MenoPause Aromatherapy Rollerball is perfect for balancing your roller coaster emotions.

VagiMagic Intimate Dryness Moisturizer helps with vaginal dryness which can actually be very dangerous.

Sleepytime Lotion aids your changing sleep habits. It readies your body and mind for healthy sleep.

Magnesium Oil for constipation, sore muscles and healthy blood pressure.

Each of these products provides a safe, effective and natural tool to help you through this time of change.

True Beauty

Society has programmed women to believe that we are no longer vibrant and productive after menopause. THAT IS SO WRONG!

You are a vibrant, beautiful and sexy woman – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Listen, beautiful women come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. It doesn’t matter what happens on the outside, it’s your inner beauty that makes you a phenomenal human being. 

I am NOT “less than” simply because I can’t pop out babies on demand. So the message I want to bring to you is that menopause is a new chapter in your journey and you are beautiful!

Don’t ever forget that.

Please take a moment to share this post with your friends and family – I’d like to get the word out that it’s time for an honest conversation about menopause.

Blessings,

Melissa

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

 

Why It Takes Longer To Heal A Tendon Or Ligament

Why It Takes Longer To Heal a Tendon Or Ligament

Tendons and ligaments play an important part in stability and function of your musculoskelatal system. 

So when you strain, sprain or tear a tendon or ligament, it takes longer to heal than muscle injuries.

When you injure one of them, it’s usually a sprain or a strain. What’s the difference? Ligaments are sprained and tendons are strained.

Fun stuff, eh?

What Are Tendons And Ligaments?

Tendons are tough and flexible bands of fibrous connective tissue and they’re the structure in your body that connects a muscle to a bone. Basically, tendons hold you together.

On the other hand, while ligaments are made of the same stuff, they connect bone to bone. They help guide the joints through an appropriate range of motion and protect the joint from overextending.

WebMD.com says this about ligaments:

Ligaments are bands of tough elastic tissue around your joints. They connect bone to bone, give your joints support, and limit their movement. You have ligaments around your knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and other joints. Stretching or tearing them can make your joints unstable.

As an example, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) attaches the thighbone to the shinbone, stabilizing the knee joint. If you’ve ever had a skiing accident or basketball injury, it’s usually the ACL that’s damaged.

And yes, it hurts. Many times, this type of injury requires surgery to repair it.

Tendonitis such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome occurs from overuse making the affected tendon inflamed, painful and swollen. VeryWellHealth.com explains it like this:

Specific tendons are prone to developing tendonitis, a problem where the tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. This causes pain when you move the muscle or bone. Tendonitis can develop as an overuse injury from repetitive motion, or be caused by stress or injury to the muscle or joint. Tendonitis often happens due to work activity or sports, but it can happen to anyone. You are at more risk of tendonitis as you get older.

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So Why Do They Take Longer To Heal?  tendonitis in knee, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome

A simple explanation of why it takes tendons and ligaments longer to heal from an injury is blood and oxygen – or lack thereof. Muscles get much more blood and oxygen to help them heal from an injury. Tendons and ligaments get a lot less – and that’s important because they still need blood and nutrients to heal. 

So what can you do to heal an injury to a tendon or ligament? (Yes, aromatherapy helps.)

This is one of those times where you really need to see your medical professional. If you can’t get to the doctor or emergency room as soon as an injury happens, here’s what HealthLine.com says that most doctors recommend. It’s called the RICE method:

In the meantime, however, whether it’s a strain or a sprain, immediate treatment is generally the same. Doctors recommend:

    • Rest. Try to keep your injured body part immobilized until healing is well underway. This may be easier with the use of immobilization braces and crutches, if needed.
    • Ice. Wrap ice in a towel to protect the skin and then ice the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, while you recover.
    • Compression. Reduce swelling by wearing a compression bandage. Wrap the bandage so it’s snug but not uncomfortably tight.
    • Elevation. Keeping your injured body part higher than your heart can help reduce swelling and promote healing.
    • Medication. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers, taken as needed, may help reduce your pain and swelling.

Aromatherapy For Injured Tendons And Ligaments

TendAid Blend for Tendons and Ligaments, Natural Pain ReliefThere’s certain essential oils that promote circulation which helps to get blood and nutrients to damaged tendons and ligaments.

If for some reason you can’t take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (commonly called NSAIDS), then apply a blend of essential oils such as Plai, Lavender, Helichrysum and Wintergreen in a lotion or carrier oil all around the injured area.

TendAid Blend for Tendons and Ligaments was created just for this type of injury. It addresses the inflamed area, provides pain relief and stimulates circulation to damaged tendons and ligaments for faster healing.

You still need to see your doctor but TendAid can help you during the healing process. It may even make physical therapy less painful.

Be well – and take care of your knees – you’ll need them when you get old!

Blessings,

Melissa

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

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Are We Teaching Our Girls To Shine?

Are We Teaching Our Girls To Shrink,, #timesup movementWoohoo! It’s Women’s History Month which is awesome! It shines a light on the accomplishments of some amazing women from all walks of life who might otherwise simply be a footnote in history.

With that said, are we teaching our girls to shine or shrink?

I’m frustrated by the double standard that women still endure. Our lives are far more complicated and difficult than that of our male counterparts.

Why is it that we had to fight for an amendment simply to cast a ballot? That was the 19th Amendment to the Constitution passed in  March, 1919.

One hundred years later, we’re still fighting to be taken seriously in the board room, still fighting to be paid equal to a man and we bear the brunt of marriage and children (yes, actually we do) called the second and third shift. Work life balance

We still live in a patriarchal society where strong passionate women are considered bossy and yet a strong passionate man is considered a leader.

Why is that?

Honestly, tell me something. What’s the difference between two strong passionate personalities – one being female and one being male – who accomplish great things for themselves and the world?

Nothing.

Except perception and gender. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, author and national speaker who says this about what we teach girls:

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.

She really lays it out there, doesn’t she? 

And it’s all true.

Gender Differences

So, why is it okay to teach girls to aspire to marriage, but not boys? What’s the difference?

Why is it okay for boys to have unlimited ambition but not girls? What’s the difference?

Why do men get paid more than women for doing the same job? What’s the difference?

Why can men enjoy a drink at a bar but women are just “asking for it” if they do the same thing? What’s the difference?

I believe finally the tide is beginning to turn in our favor. The #metoo and #timesup movements have been able to shine a bright and long overdue light on sexual harassment and gender inequality.

It’s long past time that we began teaching our daughters in earnest that they never have to shrink or make themselves smaller to appease powerful men, get ahead or simply survive. 

Let’s Celebrate Women’s History Month Women's History Month, work life balance, gender inequality, gender differences

In honor of Women’s History Month, The Skimm offers up 19 women who have made a difference in sports, business, entertainment and politics such as:

Let’s make a pact right now to teach our girls that it’s okay to be ambitious – whatever that looks like to her; that it’s okay to be intelligent; that it’s okay to be successful beyond her wildest dreams.

Let’s also teach them that the same leadership qualities we hold dear in men are welcome and celebrated in women.

Let’s teach our girls that it’s okay if they don’t want to be married or have children and that it’s perfectly fine to excel in business, sports, politics, science, math and technology.

Please take a moment to tell me your thoughts on gender inequality. How has it affected you? Please leave your comments below – I’d love to hear from you.

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Blessings,

Melissa