Crisocolla: Guest Post with Cindy Suarez

As many of you know I coauthored an Amazon bestselling book two years ago called “The Silver Linings Storybook.”  It was a collaboration of IIN graduates who shared stories or how they overcame difficulties and went on to share their experiences to help others in their work as health coaches. It was a wonderful experience and I made many friends. One of the coauthors I am still close with today is Cindy Suarez. She lives in Puerto Rico and her story is so inspiring. Cindy is the first deaf health coach I had met. She beams with enthusiasm and has created a business and a life she loves. She is soon to be married and has also begun creating products to share with her clients and friends. I want to give her a shout out today and let her tell you about Crisocolla Hair Mask, her latest product for health and wellness. We all want beautiful, full hair. Luscious locks are a sign of health and vitality. Many times hormone imbalances can show up as hair loss.

                 IMG_1390

2016: Cindy Suarez and I in Toronto for our book launch of “The Silver Linings Storybook.”


The Crisocolla Hair Mask

Our new Crisocolla Hair Mask is an all-natural hair mask to detox, rehab, and regain every strand of your hair.

The Story behind the Hair Mask:

Made By Professional Health and Lifestyle Coach.

This product is guaranteed to be an all-natural product with no harmful material, designed by Cindy Suarez, the founder of Crisocolla.

Cindy is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and her personal story tells exactly why we should always avoid harmful ingredients.

Cindy’s Story

I started to experience hair loss when I was nine-years-old. Every time I brushed my hair, more and more strands fell out. My story shows how I struggled with a very bad hair loss condition, and successfully regained hair with a treatment unlike any other.

It’s not just about what I did to regain my hair and stop hair loss, but also how I encouraged myself to never give up and keep finding the solution for my hair problem. Especially during the unbearable days when handfuls of hair fell out almost daily.

At first, I thought the reason behind this was because of drying my hair with an 80’s version of a hair blower 3-4 times a week.

When I moved to Puerto Rico with my family, I continued to experience hair loss during my adolescent stage.

My mother decided to take me to a dermatologist. After several clinical examinations, Doctor Maldonado diagnosed me with low hemoglobin, due to monthly heavy menstrual flows that lasted more than a week; dandruff; and finally, prescribed me Rogaine for Women. He prescribed me a monthly supply of iron pills and suggested that I use Head & Shoulder for my dandruff. I took FerroPlex to boost hemoglobin every day, which led to daily, severe constipation as a secondary effect. I topically applied Rogaine on my scalp every single day. As I recall, I couldn’t interrupt the treatment and was instructed by my dermatologist to apply it every day or otherwise, I would lose my new hair within weeks.

After seven months of treatment, I started seeing less and less hair loss on a daily basis. I was happy, in spite of the fact of the time and expense, that it was initially working well. But I realized that Rogaine was hurting my health.

Although there was a high, monthly investment and required permanent use of Rogain hair treatment in order to keep my new hair, I started to experience non-stop itching, skin dry flakes behind my earlobes, and excessive dandruff. My dermatologist warned me that if I stopped Minoxidil, then all my hair will eventually fall out. I felt stuck with the treatment for several years despite experiencing side effects.

Dr. Maldonado suggested that I use any shampoo specifically created for dandruff. So I decided to try Head & Shoulders shampoo, but more and more hair was falling out. After several weeks of using the same shampoo, my hair continued to shed. My hair was still dry and frizzy. 

I tried various shampoos like Clairol Herbal Essence, Neutrogena, T-Gel Therapeutic Shampoo, Mane ’n Tail, Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil, Selsun Blue, Nizoral and the list goes on. I’ve been doing this for more than a decade with no success as I continued searching for the right shampoo to stop hair loss and dandruff. None of the shampoos that I mentioned, including those prescribed, helped me.

The shampoos made my hair dry and difficult to manage. I even stopped using Rogaine, and yes, I started to lose great amounts of new hair every day. My hair strands were everywhere: in the bathtub, on the floors, on my clothes, on my pillow. I couldn’t stand looking at my brush because strands upon strands of hair were falling out at the slightest touch.

I cried… I even used to wash my hair only twice a week just to save my hair.

But observing a large mass of hair in the drain would lead me to wash my hair every single day assuming that dandruff has been ‘cured’. I just couldn’t figure it out. I just couldn’t understand how I could be suffering hair loss at a very young age. What I later discovered was that I have a family history of hair loss. My grandma, my aunts, uncles, my mother and even my brother – we all suffered the same problem.

How I Started My Holistic Lifestyle……and my Hair Problem Finally Disappeared.
Soon after my first gynecological surgery for endometrioma, my mother suggested that I would seek a naturopath. And I set up my first naturopathic appointment with Dr. Ruben Marchand. After examining my eyes through Iridology method, Dr. Marchand identified that I have excessive anxiety, another cyst on my right ovary, arthritis, active thyroid and guts that needed some healing.

I was very much in shock about what he saw through my iris because I have never revealed my health issues to him.

After a month of using several supplements and foods recommended by my doctor, I decided to investigate the health benefits of each ingredient contained in each supplement and food.

And then…I fell in love…

Yes, I fell in love with my new holistic lifestyle 💜.

I fell in love with everything related to wellness and health and even my new eating habits. I decided to become my own scientist and created my own treatments for my health issues.  And then, I started creating the first holistic treatment that has successfully led me to stop hair loss and regain new hair.

I even lost weight. My hormones initially became normal and stable. My periods were once again regular lasting only 3 days every 28 days.

Fast forward, after I started studying health coaching, I began understanding more about the root causes of my hair loss and that natural supplements were not the only method to combat hair loss.

And this took exactly 90 days to see several strands popping out of my head. Not only that, my hair grew – and still is – dramatically faster, but also promoting lots of volume and thickness. Every day I received compliments about my hair, even from strangers.

Cindy1

 

Product Features:

Made from natural and organic ingredients: The handmade hair mask comes with 36 organic and natural ingredients to stimulate and strengthen your follicles.

It is 100% safe to use: This product is paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, alcohol-free, polyethylene free, just natural and high-quality ingredients.

Easy to use: Apply this product directly to the scalp and hair twice a week. For a regular treatment, all you need is two minutes for massaging your hair and 30 minutes to wait so it can do the magic. And for deep treatment: leave hair masque on for 4-8 hours.

This product is safe and suitable for all hair types.

A myriad of benefits. The mask stimulates and strengthens your hair follicles, fights premature graying, and has antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It stimulates hair growth, makes hair silky and shiny, detoxes, purifies, balances scalp, removes scalp buildup, fights hair loss and hair thinning, prevents breakage, eliminates frizz, nourishes the scalp and moisturizes. It is rich in vitamins, proteins, and minerals. It also treats eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, and dry scalp.

Everything you need for fuller, healthier hair is found in nature. With this natural hair mask you’ll see healthier hair, an end to hair loss, stimulated scalp and follicles, shiny hair, no sebum buildups, softer and no frizz. Your hair will grow healthier and, stronger.

36 natural and *organic Ingredients: Manuka honey, Jojoba oil*, Aloe vera*, Grapeseed oil, Peppermint oil, Bergamot oil, Rosemary oil, Ylang Ylang oil, Lemongrass oil, Cedarwood oil, Lavender oil, Coconut oil*, Black castor oil, Spirulina*, Cacao butter,* Shea butter*, Emu oil, Cinnamon, Activated charcoal powder, Evening Primrose oil, Carrot seed oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Flaxseed Oil*, Cacao Butter*, Egyptian black seed*, Apricot oil, Jasmine oil, Orange oil, Geranium oil, Australian tea tree oil, Neem seed oil, Frankincense oil, Jasmine oil, Distillates of neroli oil, Distillates of rose oil, Olive oil*.

IMG_6192

 

Click HERE for more about Crisocolla Hair Mask and how to purchase a bottle. 

To learn more about Cindy and her services and the self-love project visit her website.

 

 

 


If you would like to be part of the growing Menopause Success group join me on Facebook and Instagram.

Angela Sidlo is a holistic health practitioner. She has been involved in health and wellness for over 20 years, honing her skills as a certified health coach, reflexologist, aromatherapist, reiki master teacher, and tai chi instructor. This toolbox of modalities allows Angela to joyfully assist others to find true wellness so they can move forward to live life to the fullest. She works one-on-one with clients or in group settings, in-person or online, to help those who struggle with weight loss and hormone imbalances. Angela is a professional member of NAHA and the NAHA Regional Director for Oregon.

To learn more about Angela, please visit her website at www.AngelaSidlo.com

www.AngelaSidlo.com   www.aromatherapy-works-store.com    www.reflexology-works.com

Privacy policy: I respect your privacy and hate spam as much as you do. I will never sell, rent, or otherwise share your private contact information.

Medical Disclaimer and Terms of Use: This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is being provided to educate you about how to take care of your body and as a self-help tool for your own use so that you can reach your own health goals. It is not intended to treat or cure any specific illness and is not to replace the guidance provided by your own medical practitioner. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. If you suspect you have a medical problem, we urge you to take appropriate action by seeking medical attention.

Hibiscus – More than just a pretty flower!

hibiscus flower

I always want to share my favorite finds with you and this week it’s Hibiscus Tea for sure. Whenever I go to Hawaii, I enjoy the hibiscus flower so much but I had no idea what an ally it could be for women who are in peri-menopause and menopause. Let me share my findings with you.

The deep ruby hues of this beautiful flower lend itself to create a very inviting tea. Its cranberry-like flavor has a natural sweetness and slightly sour aftertaste making for a wonderfully refreshing drink over ice, on a hot summer day.

Historically, hibiscus was a beverage of Pharaohs in Egypt. It also has a long history in China, Mexico, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe.

After doing some research, I was excited to find that hibiscus tea, in it’s purest form, has a wide range of health benefits, but especially for women in peri-menopause and menopause.

When purchasing, be sure to check the labels as some store-bought varieties of hibiscus tea, also known as “jamaica” in Mexico and Central America—pronounced “ha-mye-kah”—may have added sweeteners. You should avoid those.

As always, in order to get the most benefits out of hibiscus tea, seek out sources for organic or spray-free hibiscus products. You can purchase the whole dried flower from Mountain Rose Herbs. The powdered form of this nutritious flower is available from Dr. Mercola, both are trusted sources.

Hibiscus tea, otherwise known as “sour tea” in Iran and other areas of western Asia, can be traced back to ancient Angola. As the process of globalization took hold, it began to spread throughout the rest of the world, with Egyptians prizing it for its ability to maintain normal body temperature and encourage fluid balance. In other North African countries, the tea has been used for supporting upper respiratory health and to promote healthy skin. In Europe, hibiscus is often turned to for promoting circulation and alleviating constipation and fever.

iced hibiscus tea

The Top 10 Health Benefits of Hibiscus

1. Promotes lowering effects on blood pressure.
Recent scientific evidence is pointing towards hibiscus as a powerful tool for improving heart health. Studies show that daily consumption of hibiscus tea may benefit people with high blood pressure. Research indicates that hibiscus may be a beneficial drink for those with mildly high blood pressure, hypertension, or type 2 diabetes.

2. Lowers cholesterol.
The high concentrations of antioxidants in hibiscus make it effective in lowering blood pressure and a powerful tool for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that regular consumption of hibiscus can help to lower levels of LDL cholesterol—also known as the “bad” cholesterol. It thereby improves the ratio of HDL—or the “healthy”  cholesterol—to LDL cholesterol in the body and helps to protect against heart disease and blood vessel damage. That’s a win.

In 2010, researchers conducted a study that also determined that regular consumption of hibiscus resulted in a measurable improvement in insulin sensitivity.

3. Protects the liver.
Hibiscus is very high in antioxidants and a great source of vitamin C. This is good news for your liver. These days, chronic exposure to both toxins means most people’s livers are struggling. A study published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology indicated that the antioxidant anthocyanins in hibiscus had an anti-inflammatory effect on liver lesions in rats, along with reduced oxidative damage. It suggests that drinking hibiscus can significantly lower your risk of liver disease, and also help in its fight against toxins.

4. Relieves anxiety and depression.
The healing abilities of hibiscus extend to the nervous system. A 2012 study found that the flavonoids and antioxidants in hibiscus act as an antidepressant. Drinking hibiscus has a positive effect on your brain and helps to manage mood swings. That’s good news to any menopausal woman.

5. Relieves menstrual pain and painful periods.
This is because it is an anti-inflammatory and also because of the high level of flavonoids and antioxidants in hibiscus.

6. Helps maintain a healthy weight.
Due to the fact that this herbal tea lowers the body absorption of starch and glucose, it makes it a perfect match as an aid to weight loss.

7. Aids digestion.
The tart taste of hibiscus serves to quench thirst, balance the body’s pH, and serve as a diuretic that helps support kidney and intestinal function, keep the body cool, and promote healthy digestion.
IMG_61018. Protects against cancer.
By neutralizing free radicals, this powerful tea is able to slow the growth of cancer cells by a process called apoptosis that eliminates toxins from the body.

9. Antibacterial properties.
The tannins and phenols in hibiscus make it a powerful antibacterial and studies show these properties to be beneficial in aiding with everything from salmonella to the elimination of parasites. Parasites can be a culprit in hormone imbalances.

10. Prevents hair loss and promotes hormone balance.
Used as a hair growth tonic in India, studies show that hibiscus stimulates the cycle of hair growth and is beneficial in balancing hormones.
This summer I am definitely making a regular jar of hibiscus sun tea on the back deck. Enjoy this amazing flower as an iced tea or a hot beverage.

Keep in touch with me on Facebook and let me know what healthy things you are doing this summer. I’d love to hear all about it.

Angela

 

If you would like to be part of the growing Menopause Success group join me on Facebook and Instagram.

Angela Sidlo is a holistic health practitioner. She has been involved in health and wellness for over 20 years, honing her skills as a certified health coach, reflexologist, aromatherapist, reiki master teacher, and tai chi instructor. This toolbox of modalities allows Angela to joyfully assist others to find true wellness so they can move forward to live life to the fullest. She works one-on-one with clients or in group settings, in-person or online, to help those who struggle with weight loss and hormone imbalances. Angela is a professional member of NAHA and the NAHA Regional Director for Oregon.

To learn more about Angela, please visit her website at www.AngelaSidlo.com

www.AngelaSidlo.com   www.aromatherapy-works-store.com    www.reflexology-works.com

Privacy policy: I respect your privacy and hate spam as much as you do. I will never sell, rent, or otherwise share your private contact information.

Medical Disclaimer and Terms of Use: This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is being provided to educate you about how to take care of your body and as a self-help tool for your own use so that you can reach your own health goals. It is not intended to treat or cure any specific illness and is not to replace the guidance provided by your own medical practitioner. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. If you suspect you have a medical problem, we urge you to take appropriate action by seeking medical attention.

Menopause and Vaginal Dryness

vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness is a very common symptom of menopause. In fact, some studies report that 40-60 percent of women develop this symptom at some point during the menopausal transition.

It not only puts a strain on a relationship but it also affects a woman’s self-esteem. Fortunately, by better understanding vaginal dryness, women can find the best treatment for it and restore their physical and emotional well-being. Let’s explore some options that my clients and I have found very helpful.

The link between menopause and what’s going on with your vulva and vagina involves hormones. Of course! Lucky for you hormones and menopause are two of my favorite subjects.

Perimenopause, which is the changes your body experiences before menopause, can start as early as your late thirties and it marks the onset of the end of your ovaries’ estrogen-producing days. By the time you reach menopause, which the average age is 51, your ovaries stop producing estrogen completely. Up until this time estrogen has been in charge of lubricating the vagina, maintaining its elasticity, and keeping you, well, juicy and sexy.

Estrogen has kept the vaginal walls lubed up, so as levels of this hormone start to dip, you may feel drier than a cactus in the desert. Physically, the tissue of the vulva and vagina becomes more thin and delicate, and the vagina becomes less elastic. Meanwhile, the pH of the vagina becomes less acidic, returning to pre-puberty levels. This results in painful sex, discomfort, and dryness.

There are several non-prescription ways to help balance estrogen and improve vaginal health.

Food
Flaxseed and pumpkin seeds help the body balance estrogen. Toss one tablespoon each of ground flaxseed and pumpkin seed–I recommend GO RAW brand–in your smoothie each morning or sprinkle them on a salad or steamed veggies for dinner. These foods carry substances called phytoestrogens that help the body create estrogen naturally. Learn more about balancing hormones with food by joining my 14-Day Hormone Balance Detox Program on July 16.  Register for it here.

Exercise
Regular exercise has been found to be beneficial for those suffering vaginal dryness.
Not only does it boost blood circulation and maintain hormonal balance, but it also stimulates activity in the adrenal glands to promote the production of estrogen. Experts recommend regular aerobic workouts such as swimming and running or low-intensity activities like yoga. In addition to this, you should also avoid doing irregular high-impact exercises as these may only worsen the condition. A 2013 study reports that pelvic floor muscle relaxation exercises performed twice daily had an efficiency rating of 92 percent.

Lubrication
Here is a product that I highly recommend from Dr. Anna Cabeca. It’s called Julva. Yes, it rhymes with Vulva! I have personally used this when I was at my wits end on what to do for painful sex. This magic cream really did help. I encourage you to try Julva. It has DHEA, a vaginal restorative nutrient in it. Julva improves vulvar/vaginal integrity, skin elasticity, and overall health, increased collagen production, supports your body’s natural inflammatory response, and protects you from free radicals that increase the aging process. Click here to get a trial pack.

Essential Oils
Many essential oils have hormone restorative properties. Some of my favorites are Rose Otto, Neroli, Jasmine, Geranium, Clary Sage, and Lavender. In my upcoming book, Aromatherapy for Menopause Success: 100 essential oil recipes to reclaim your vibrancy, I will be sharing my experiences regarding hormone balance and how aromatic plant medicine can help you during this transitional time.

Ultimate Intimacy

This recipe can be used daily or several times a week as a vulvar/vaginal moisturizer to help reduce symptoms like dryness, itching, burning, and irritation. Rose and Neroli essential oils are very nourishing to the tissues and evoke the feminine with natural hormone balancing properties.

There are more tips and recipes in my five-part video series Aromatherapy: Your Gateway to Happy Hormones. Get the series here for just $29.95.

If you would like to be part of the growing Menopause Success group join me on Facebook or join my newsletter.

Scentfully,
Angela

Hormone Balance: Geranium Essential Oil

Five ways to use Geranium essential oil

to balance hormones

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Aromatic Profile: It has a heady, sweet, fresh, floral, and sensuous odor. It is a middle note.

Blends well with palmarosa for hormonal regulation and as an adrenal restorative. Use with clary sage for PMS, menopause symptoms. and stress. It pairs well with cypress for pelvic and uterine decongestant regarding heavy periods. Use with lemon as a liver decongestant and detoxifier.

According to Peter Holmes work in his book, Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics. Volume 1: Principles and Profiles, geranium essential oil nourishes the blood and regulates menstruation and menopause. It promotes emotional stability and calm as it works as a nervous system relaxant for anxiety. This oil is particularly good at regulation and restoration. Geranium addresses many female hormone issues by balancing estrogen and progesterone deficiency. It regulates and restores the adrenal and cortisol function, thus managing stress, alleviating fatigue, salt cravings, afternoon energy slumps, and menopausal symptoms. It has the ability to affect blood sugar balance and acts as a lymphatic and liver decongestant and detoxifier as well as helping with high blood cholesterol. It is also an anti-inflammatory. This oil is stellar for hormone balance.

Geranium Graphic

 

Now that you know a bit more about the properties behind this amazing oil, let’s look at the top five ways I love to use it.

#1 Craving Control

Geranium oil applied to the bottoms of the feet, both morning and evening, mixed with a carrier oil, has been proven to significantly reduce cravings for sugar and simple carbs.

#2 Emotional Support

This beautiful oil is very supportive emotionally so I use it often in mood enhancing blends. Its energetic wisdom seems to know just how to comfort and soothe in the midst of hormone chaos.

Chill Out Blend

#3 Skincare

Geranium oil is an astringent. It has the ability to minimize the look of wrinkles as it tightens facial skin and slows down the effects of aging. It’s my secret weapon to aging! Add two drops of geranium oil to an unscented organic lotion or mix with apricot kernel oil and apply it twice daily. After a week or two, you will see the look of your wrinkles begin to fade away.

#4 Hormone Balancing

This is where geranium oil works best with an overall balancing blend no matter what stage of life you are in.

Women_s Balance Oil

#5  Adrenal Support and Stress Management

The adaptogenic, or stress-reducing properties of these oils make this blend perfect for supporting you during challenging times.

Stress Away Roll-on

Here are some research studies that have been done using geranium essential oil for balancing hormones for women who are experiencing hormonal changes.

A study showing the effects of using Geranium essential oil to increase estrogen levels in saliva tests of perimenopausal women.

A study showing the positive effects of geranium essential oil to reduce anxiety in women in the first stage of labor.

A study of in vitro anti-diabetic effect and chemical component analysis of 29 essential oils products.

Research studies indicating that geranium essential oil has an effect on glucose management.

2017 Research of the effects of geranium aromatherapy on anxiety.

If you would like to learn more about hormone balance and essential oils visit www.AngelaSidlo.com and sign up for the newsletter or get the Five-part video series, Aromatherapy: Your Gateway to Happy Hormones.

Wishing you all the Best, Angela

Clary Sage Essential Oil

History and Origins: Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea L.) is a hardy evergreen shrub that is native to southern Europe. As you can see in the photos below, this beautiful plant has fuzzy heart-shaped leaves and multiple pale-blue, lavender-pink, or white flowers. Throughout the European continent, Clary Sage can be found either growing wild or in home gardens. It has a long history of use in both Greek and Western medicine traditions and is also passed through generations of the traditions of European wise woman elders. Clary Sage is documented in the herbals of Roman times.

 

The definition of the English name for Clary is derived from the Latin word clarus, meaning “clear.” The name of the genus, Salvia, is derived from the Latin word salvere meaning “to save or heal.”

Aromatherapists view Clary Sage essential oil as a key vital remedy. Clary Sage is re-emerging as a major aromatic ally for women. It is one of several remedies with profound effects on neuroendocrine functions.
~ Peter Holmes, Aromatica

Physical Properties: Clary Sage essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, astringent, mucostatic, carminative, digestive stimulant, nervous and cerebral restorative, anti-depressive, a mild euphoric, reproductive restorative, agalactic, venous and pelvic restorative, and neuromuscular, uterine, intestinal and respiratory relaxant.

Physically, Clary Sage has the unique ability to calm and relax tension, while also stimulating and restoring tissues and organs. It possesses a sort of inner plant wisdom to adapt and change to varying conditions. For example, when needed, Clary Sage can effectively relax the uterus resolving painful periods. But when conditions are different, in the case of stalled labor, the very same oil can facilitate uterine contractions. It has long been used as a woman’s remedy and has a history of treating everything from cramps to menstrual irregularities and mood swings. Additionally, it is very useful in transitions within the hormonal spectrum over a woman’s life: Used for treating peri menopausal and menopausal symptoms such as night sweats, fatigue, poor concentration and memory, vaginal dryness and low libido. It can also aid the mini-transitions that happen over the course of one moon cycle in a menstruating woman.

Clary Sage acts as a restorative and anti-depressive to the nervous system, a decongestant and relaxant to the respiratory system, and a relaxant to the digestive system. Supporting depression, asthma, and spasmodic coughs, as well as intestinal cramping, IBS, and colic.

Topical safety status: Non-skin irritant, non-sensitizing.

Precautions: Use Clary Sage oil with caution during pregnancy in general. It is not contraindicated but deserves awareness in regards to exposure due to uterine affinity. Because of its untested hormonal actions, it should only be used with caution internally in estrogen-dependent conditions which may include cysts, endometriosis, and cancers.
~ Peter Holmes, Aromatica

Aromatic Profile: Clary Sage contains elements of sweet, green, and wood. It is a middle note. The High Sclareol variety of Clary Sage produces a fresh, delicate top-note which elevates into a rich, sweet, herbaceous note.

Appearance: Pale yellow or emerald green fluid mobile liquid.

Blends well with Lavender, Roman chamomile, Atlas cedarwood, Geranium Rose, Bergamot, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Blue Tansy, Jasmine, Cypress, and Petitgrain.

Research: In 2012 at Hungkuang University, in Taichung, Taiwan, a double-blind study for menstrual pain was conducted. Essential oils blended with lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clary sage (Salvia sclarea) and marjoram (Origanum majorana) in a 2:1:1 ratio was diluted in unscented cream at 3% concentration for the essential oil group. All outpatients used the cream daily to massage their lower abdomen from the end of the last menstruation continuing to the beginning of the next menstruation. Participants reported a 79% reduction in menstrual pain. You can read about the study here.

Here is a Recipe for you to try for PMS pain

PMS Roll-On

If you would like to learn more about hormone balance and essential oils visit www.AngelaSidlo.com and sign up for the newsletter or get the 5 part video series, Aromatherapy: Your Gateway to Happy Hormones.

Wishing you all the Best, Angela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balancing Estrogen

Estrogen can be one of the most misunderstood hormones that cause women the most grief during peri-menopause and menopause. I’ll break it down and then share some foods with you that can help keep the balance.

adult-beautiful-bench-157622

Estrogen is the hormone that dominates the female body. It isn’t a single biological compound though. In fact, there are several forms of this hormone. The three primary forms are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3). If that isn’t confusing enough, there are also phytoestrogens (estrogen-like substances found in plants) and xenoestrogens (chemical pollutants that mimic estrogen in the body).

The E2 hormone’s primary function is to regulate ovulation in a woman’s reproductive years. During menopause E2 levels decrease as the ovaries don’t produce any more eggs. We have over 300 estrogen receptor sites in the body and this dominating hormone plays a role in over 400 bodily functions. Many of these functions include mood, energy production, muscle strength, intestinal function, libido, brain function, and bone density.  So you can see how things can get a little wonky if your estrogen levels are either too high or too low. E2 helps the body absorb minerals, decreases LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and balances triglycerides, which reduce your risk of heart disease. If E2 levels are too high, you have an increased risk of uterine and breast cancers. When E2 levels are too low, which is common in menopause, you can be at risk for difficulties with sleep, fatigue, memory issues, depression, and increased risk of blood clots.

E1 is the main form of estrogen produced after menopause. The ovaries ask the liver, fat cells, and adrenal glands to assist in the production of E1. If your liver is sluggish and your adrenals are taxed, it makes this job more challenging. During a woman’s reproductive years the body converts E1 to E2, but after menopause, this conversion ceases. 

E3 is a milder form of estrogen and its primary function is to protect the intestinal tract, vaginal lining, and breasts. Studies show that vegetarian women have higher levels of E3 and lower rates of breast cancer.

Taking synthetic hormone replacement therapies can put you at risk for breast cancer and heart disease. This is why I always look to food, lifestyle changes, and supplements first.

3 Foods to Balance Estrogen

Cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil provides the body with lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride, which improves hormone production, overall cholesterol levels, skin health, and much more!

Kale, and other dark leafy greens like spinach, provides the body with a boost of natural magnesium, an essential mineral needed for over a hundred enzymatic processes including hormone synthesis. They also provide iron and zinc, which are also necessary for hormone health.

Nuts & Seeds, such as  – Ground flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds contain phytoestrogens, which work to give the body an additional boost of healthy estrogen while suppressing estradiol (E2), the culprit in most estrogen dominance situations. Sunflower and sesame seeds contain high amounts of zinc and Vitamin E, which have been correlated with a higher production of progesterone. This is critical for women who have estrogen dominance, a common problem, and need to counteract it and stabilize with high levels of progesterone. Seed rotation is one of the best ways to get hormones back on track.

A Quick and Easy Estrogen Balancing Recipe

Heat a saute pan over medium heat and melt 1 tablespoon of Cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil. Add a heaping handful of Kale and other dark leafy greens, plus 1 clove minced garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and top with Nuts & Seeds. Salt and pepper to taste or drizzle some coconut aminos over it and enjoy!

Other options: add clean protein and top with pomegranate seeds.

Visit www.AngelaSidlo.com to learn more ways to balance hormones with aromatherapy products, the 14-day hormone balance detox, or custom menu plans.

buffet-chicken-cooking-5938

Five Tips to Lose Sugar Cravings Naturally

Many opinions exist on what foods are healthy and what foods are not; however, most will agree that sugar is one food we should be eating less of. So, if we know that we should be eating less sugar, why is it so difficult to do so?

Humans are hardwired to crave sugar, which is a survival mechanism that worked well thousands of years ago during the period of hunting and gathering for every meal. These cravings led our ancient ancestors to nutritious foods that were key to their survival. Today, though sugary foods are often stripped of nutritional value and are highly concentrated with more sugar and less nutrition.

sugary foods

Sugar also signals the brain to release dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. When the brain releases dopamine after eating sugar, it is reinforcing this behavior leading to cravings for more sugar. Every time you act on your craving by eating a bag of cookies or a pint of ice cream, you have reinforced that behavior. So what can you do to break this cycle of sugar consumption and dopamine release?

Creating new connections in the brain with delicious and healthy foods will begin to change your habits. Here are five tips that will help break those sugar-craving habits and provide support to lose sugar cravings naturally.

1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Sugar cravings can often be confused with dehydration. Dehydration can manifest as sugar cravings, so when you find yourself with a sugar craving, drink a full glass of water. Even mild dehydration can alter the body’s metabolism, so aim to drink eight glasses a day and limit soda, caffeine, and alcohol.

hydrate

2. Look for naturally sweet foods: Eat naturally sweet vegetables and fruit. These foods are naturally sweet, healthy, and delicious. The more naturally sweet foods you eat, the less sugar your body will crave because you are nourishing your body with nutrient-dense food. Incorporate naturally sweet vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, and bell peppers into your meals and snacks and your sugar cravings will diminish.

sweet fruits

3. Get Some Zzz’s: Get more sleep, rest, and relaxation. The most readily available form of energy for your body is simple carbohydrates, such as sugar. For an exhausted body and mind, that equals sugar cravings. If you are chronically stressed and/or deprived of sleep, your body will crave the quickest form of energy there is, which is sugar. Strive for seven to eight hours of sleep each night to keep your body well rested and free of sugar cravings.

sleep

4. Eliminate low-fat and fat-free packaged foods: Wait? Did you say to ELIMINATE low-fat and fat-free packaged foods? Why yes, I did! Let me explain: low-fat and fat-free packaged foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of fat, and consequently flavor, which will send you on the roller coaster ride of sugar highs and lows. These foods tend to have a lack of nutrients and when your body doesn’t get enough nutrients it will crave sugar. Choose whole, unprocessed foods for cooking and snacks, and see your sugar intake wither away.

healthy snacks5. Find sweetness in your life: Slow down and find sweetness in ways that don’t include food. Every sugar craving you have is not a signal that your body biologically requires sugar. Cravings often have a psychological component. When you identify the psychological causes of food cravings and make lifestyle and relationship adjustments accordingly, you can start to find balance and take charge of your health. When life becomes sweet enough itself, no added sugar is needed.

chatting-cups-dog-745045

Here are some of the 60-plus different names for sugar that may appear on your food labels.

  1. Anhydrous dextrose
  2. Agave
  3. Agave nectar
  4. Beet sugar
  5. Brown Sugar (light and dark brown)
  6. Cane juice
  7. Cane juice solids
  8. Cane sugar
  9. Cane syrup
  10. Carob syrup
  11. Caster sugar
  12. Coconut sugar
  13. Confectioners’ sugar
  14. Corn syrup
  15. Corn syrup solids
  16. Crystalline fructose
  17. Date sugar
  18. Demerara sugar
  19. Dextran
  20. Dextrose
  21. Dehydrated cane juice
  22. Evaporated cane juice
  23. Evaporated cane syrup
  24. Evaporated sugar cane
  25. Fructose
  26. Fructose crystals
  27. Fruit juice crystals
  28. Fruit juice concentrate
  29. Glazing sugar
  30. Glucose
  31. Glucose syrup
  32. Golden sugar
  33. Golden syrup
  34. Granulated sugar
  35. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  36. Honey
  37. Icing sugar
  38. Invert sugar
  39. Invert syrup
  40. King’s syrup
  41. Lactose
  42. Maple Syrup
  43. Maple sugar
  44. Maltose
  45. Malt sugar
  46. Malt syrup
  47. Molasses
  48. Muscovado
  49. Nectar
  50. Pancake syrup
  51. Panocha
  52. Powdered sugar
  53. Raw sugar
  54. Refiners’ syrup
  55. Sorghum
  56. Sorghum syrup
  57. Sucanat
  58. Sucrose
  59. Sugar
  60. Superfine sugar
  61. Table sugar
  62. Treacle
  63. Turbinado sugar
  64. White sugar
  65. Yellow sugar

 

Here’s to your Sweet Life!

Angela

Essential Oils that help with weight loss

Weight-loss photo (2)Maintaining a healthy body weight is often a challenge for women, especially as you get older. Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be. Maybe you have a stressful job or family demands that don’t allow you the time to prepare healthy meals. Perhaps your hormones are imbalanced and you find yourself in a daily battle with the bathroom scales. If any of these scenarios sound familiar it’s time to introduce you to the aromatic world of essential oils and their role in helping you reach your healthy weight goals, balance key hormones, and uplift your mood.

Some of you may be wondering how an essential oil can do all of that. Believe me, I was once skeptical about this as well until I began using aromatherapy to help curb sugar cravings, which was something I battled with for years. I found that not only did my cravings diminish but my mood increased and I found myself much more relaxed. It has been one of the reasons that I became an aromatherapist so I could share this information with you and help you improve your health and wellbeing.

Dieting alone often produces temporary results, and if the body feels that it’s being “starved” then the reverse can happen, creating “diet-induced weight gain.” This is the exact opposite effect you were going for and can leave you feeling lost and depressed and reaching for that candy bar you had stashed away for emergencies.

So let’s get to the good stuff! I’ve always been a big fan of portion control, eating fresh foods, and zero tolerance for processed foods as part of a  healthy weight loss plan. To support a well-rounded wellness plan with the goal of losing weight there are several key essential oils to bring onboard.

How essential oils can help with weight loss:

  • curb appetite
  • increase metabolism
  • burn fat
  • improve digestion
  • reduce sugar and carb cravings
  • detoxify the body
  • alkalize and balance
  • increase positive mood

Pink Grapefruit essential oil – In research studies, Pink Grapefruit oil helps initiate the hormone leptin or satiation hormone. This makes you feel full sooner and satisfied with eating less. Add this to a diffuser during the day to aid in healthy weight loss.

Lemon essential oil – This oil is a diuretic and supports the circulatory system. It brings focus and clarity to your intentions to lose weight and uplifts mood by supporting the nervous system. Lemon is also a mild detoxifier.

Sweet Orange essential oil – This fragrant oil is used as a digestive tonic and lymphatic stimulant to help detoxify the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, it helps to circulate stagnant Qi when it accumulates in the liver, stomach, and intestines and is considered one of the best all-around oils for the digestive system.

Fennel essential oil – This oil plays an important role in stimulating digestion, giving you a sense of fullness which helps avoid overeating. It has the ability to increase metabolism. Ancient Greek athletes would chew the seeds to help control their weight while training for the Olympics.

Geranium essential oil – As a balancing oil it has the ability to reduce cravings for sugar and carbs. Just rub this oil on the bottoms of your feet morning and night to reduce cravings.

weight loss blend-2

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils for weight loss and hormone balance you can join the Hormone Balance Detox program here.

 

Weight loss aromatherapy kit:weight loss collection

Crave Free – 1/3 oz. Roll-On  $15 value

Weight Away  – 2 oz. Spritzer     $15 value

Appetite Control Inhaler     $10 value

TOTAL     $40

Use promo code GETSKINNY and save $5

Crave Free roll-on – The perfect solution for reducing those cravings for sugar and carbs, with the added benefit of hormone balancing. The key ingredient in this roll-on is geranium. Apply to the bottoms of your feet morning and night and be Crave Free. Made with 100% organic ingredients.

Weight Away spritzer – This spritzer is not only refreshing and uplifting but has ingredients with weight-loss research behind it. The key ingredient is Pink Grapefruit essential oil. In research studies, Pink Grapefruit oil helps initiate the hormone leptin or satiation hormone. This makes you feel full sooner and satisfied with eating less. Just spritz and breathe deep before a meal and see the difference. The plant-based enzyme in this blend allows quick absorption into the skin for an added benefit. Made with 100% organic ingredients.

Appetite Control Inhaler – This inhaler aids in appetite control and reduces anxiety around dieting and food restriction. It stimulates the body to feel full and satisfied between meals while supporting healthy digestion. This blend also has essential oils in it to keep you grounded and focused on your goal and intention to lose weight. You won’t want to be without this blend for successful weight loss! Made with 100% organic ingredients.

Weight Away Blend – This blend is not only refreshing and uplifting but has ingredients with weight-loss research behind it. The key ingredient is pink grapefruit essential oil. In research studies, Pink Grapefruit oil helps initiate the hormone leptin or satiation hormone. This makes you feel full sooner and satisfied with eating less. Add this to a diffuser during the day to aid in healthy weight loss. Made with 100% organic ingredients.

Weight Away Inhaler – This inhaler is like your “power” stick. Take it anywhere and everywhere to help you stay focused on your weight loss goals, feel more satisfied with less food, and have your mood and blood sugar balanced. It contains a synergistic blend of citrus essential oils and peppermint. It’s great for the occasional detox headaches that you might experience while trying to lose weight or get off of caffeine. Made with 100% organic ingredients.

Here’s to a Lighter more Vibrant YOU!

Angela

The Versatility of Cardamom.

Spring is in the air and it’s time to open the windows and open our hearts to new beginnings and renewed energies. I’d like to share a spice with you that can revitalize your energy as we shift into Spring. Cardamom has been one of my favorite spices for a very long time. I love the smell of cardamom bread as it reminds me of Easter time and Spring. On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I learned to appreciate it more as an essential oil because of its many healing properties.

Steenbergs Cardamom pods lg

We ate the cardamom pods in a breakfast porridge in Sri Lanka with rice and raisins. It was warm and comforting and I savored every bite. Later I would learn about how it warms the heart space. I believe that’s part of what I felt when I was eating that delicious breakfast dish. I not only felt nourished but nurtured at the same time.

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is spicy sweet, pungent with camphoraceous notes. The essential oil is distilled from the seed pods. It is an aromatic perennial shrub that can grow up to 6-12 feet high. It has strong shoots or long stems with long semi-floppy leaves. At the base, strong skinny, stick-like stems grow that produce pods or fruits that encase the cardamom seeds, as well as white-purplish flowers. It grows well in warm moist climates like Sri Lanka.

Among its many properties, it is an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive aid, diuretic, nutritive and stimulant. Physically, it aids with acid reflux, digestive comfort, GI issues, liver function, PMS and over-exertion. Mentally, cardamom encourages concentration, relieves confusion, depression, exhaustion, nervous exhaustion, overthinking and worry. Emotionally this wonderful spice has the ability to soothe a cold heart, build confidence, relieve anxiety, restore vital Chi energy and inner passion, dispel emotional “starvation,” lack and self-neglect.

Cardamom has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India and culinary practices for centuries. Today it is most popular in Chai tea. It has been called the “Queen of Spices.” The Greeks, Romans, and Chinese have all used this aromatic spice and Egyptians used it as a breath freshener. In my own experience, cardamom has provided emotional comfort and allowed me to open my heart and feel loved and nurtured.

CV17-lineIn my Aroma Acupoint Therapy training, I learned two specific points to apply cardamom essential oil to allow the heart to open. The first point is CV17. This point can be found on the sternum in the middle of the chest at nipple level. Place a drop of cardamom essential oil on your fingertip and then touch CV17 and hold gently and take 4-5 deep gentle breaths.

 

The second point is HT 7 on the wrist. Place 20 drops of Cardamom essential oil in a 1/3 oz. roller-ball container and top off with sweet almond oil. Apply to HT7 on the wrist to warm the heart, release lack and neglect, and invoke self-love and self-forgiveness. Reapply throughout the day.

acupuncture points for heart

Raise your vibration by using Cardamom spice and Cardamom essential oil in some of the recipes that follow, and open your heart to new experiences.

Rejuvenates the Spirit and Open your  Heart 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Rose Hydrosol
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 3 drops Neroli
  • 3 drops Cardamom
  • 3 drops Spruce
  • 4 drops Sweet Orange

Directions: Mix essential oils and add to spray bottle filled with rose hydrosol. Shake well before each use. Spritz in a room or in your car to provide an uplifting atmosphere. Breathe deeply! CAUTION: Avoid contact with eyes.

A mind/body nourishing blend to warm the heart, restore the mind and nurture the body. 

Ingredients & Materials:

  • 4 oz. glass jar
  • 1/4 oz. unscented carrier oil (for example, sweet almond or jojoba oil)
  • 3.5 oz. Epsom or sea salt

Essential Oils:

  • 4 drops Ginger
  • 4 drops Nutmeg
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Leaf
  • 3 drops Cardamom
  • 3 drops Lavender

Instructions: Add 2 oz Epsom Salt or Sea Salt to the 4-oz. jar followed by the essential oils. Mix well using a stir stick. Add another 1 oz. of Epsom salt or sea salt and mix together. Add in the unscented carrier oil and mix well. Add in more Epsom or salt to fill the jar and mix well. Label and store in a cool, dark place avoiding direct sunlight.

To use: Apply 3 tablespoons to your skin during a bath or shower, using small circular motions towards the heart to stimulate the blood and lymph circulation and exfoliate dead skin cells. This will leave skin glowing and youthful and open your heart space.

Digestive Support Eases digestion and may assist in preventing gas and bloating.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. unscented lotion
  • 1 drop Bergamot
  • 3 drops Cardamom
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange

Directions: Blend essential oils in 2 oz of unscented lotion.
 Rub on your belly before every meal and before bed.

Chai blend: Here is both a drink and a wonderful diffuser synergy. The essential oils of these particular plants are in their seeds, roots, and bark; all fairly hard in texture and in need of heat to coax forth the aromatic oils. As a diffuser, the warm aroma of Chai makes any nest feel cozy and inviting, also staving off a sluggish mind and negative emotions. As a drink, these aromatics have a similar effect with the added benefit of increasing digestive function, decreasing physical congestion and warming the heart. It is also a great pick-me-up in the middle of the day. If you are sensitive to caffeine this formula is just as delicious without the tea or you could use Rooibos tea that is caffeine free. I recommend keeping a pot of this going over low heat all day, adding the milk and honey to your teacup as you are ready to drink it. This is especially nice as it offers a feeling of comfort and opens the heart space as well.

Ingredient:

  • 7 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Fennel Seeds
  • 6 Green Cardamom Pods
  • 12 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1/4 inch Ginger Root, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp of Black Tea
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup of coconut milk or almond milk

Directions: In a saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients, spices and water, cover and bring to a medium boil for five minutes. Turn off the heat and let it steep for ten minutes. Warm your brew to just below boiling and add the tea leaves. Add honey and nut milk. This recipe makes about eight cups. Note: You can find these spices here.

Inhaler: Heavenly Spice

  • 12 drops Cardamom
  • 5 drops Cinnamon Leaf
  • 10 drops Ginger

Directions: Place all essential oils on a cotton inhaler blank wick and seal. Use as often as needed to uplift, clear the heart and support your emotions.

Sesame Chai Green Smoothie. Here is a great smoothie to get your spice game on with cardamom.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 cups Kale Leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 4 drops of Stevia to taste as needed

Directions: Blend all ingredients, except the frozen fruit, in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add the frozen fruit and blend until creamy.

I hope that as Spring unfolds your heart will open up along with the beautiful flowers, showing the world your true authentic self and becoming all that you can be.

Happy Spring!

PMS: How to Manage it Naturally

woman-PMS

That nagging, monthly headache, backache, and bite-your-head-off responses to those around you. I know you just want to shut the world out or self-medicate with a pan of brownies or raw cookie dough. Believe me, I’ve been there! I also want you to know that this is NOT NORMAL and can be relieved and even eliminated over time using essential oils, herbs, and dietary changes.

PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, encompasses a group of symptoms that often affect women in the days prior to and up to the beginning of their menstrual flow. It can have an effect on women who are just starting their menarche, usually during adolescent years, and symptoms can continue until menopause. PMS typically affects women between their 20’s and 40’s most significantly.

Symptoms of PMS include emotional distress, mood changes, depression, aggression, anxiety, stress, and mental state alteration. Physical symptoms include fatigue, bloating, cramps, breast tenderness, low back pain, fluid retention, and headaches. PMS affects some women more adversely than others. According to Dr. Henry G. Beiler, who wrote Food Is Your Best Medicine, there are three lines of defense in the body: the gastrointestinal system, which allows you to digest food and absorb nutrients; the hepatic system, or liver, that filters toxins from the blood and intestines; and the endocrine system, which are the hormones that regulate menstrual cycles and hormone levels in the body throughout the month.

These systems work intricately with each other. When any of these lines of defense are compromised, the rest of the body suffers. Here is how your body gets “set-up” to have PMS symptoms:

  1. If you are eating food that is not nutrient dense or is “unhealthy,” you can’t absorb the correct nutrients and toxins can begin to build up in your intestinal system. This could prompt yeast and candida overgrowth or intestinal bacteria that is harmful. This is a break in the body’s first line of defense.
  2. The liver is forced to take on a heavier load to remove excess toxin through the blood system. It gets angry at having this extra responsibility and responds by initiating hot flashes or a snappy temper.
  3. The endocrine system has been getting poor communication from both the intestinal tract and the liver and becomes confused on how to respond. It begins to misfire as the toxic load is shifted to the last detox organ on the line–the uterus. This hormonal response is the origin of PMS symptoms.  In PMS, the uterus is used as an organ of elimination of toxins in the blood. The cramps, discomforts, and congestion associated with PMS are the result of toxins accumulating in the pelvic region prior to menses.  Edema, or fluid retention, is created by the inability of the kidneys to handle the toxins. Pain and headaches are due to the irritating effects of these toxins.  Finally, heavy menstrual flow, which results in weakness, anxiety, and anemia, is caused by the body trying to rid itself of as much toxic material as possible.

Thus, all PMS symptoms are related to a general toxicity of the blood. Over time these same toxins irritate the female organs sufficiently to cause cysts, fibroids, and other chronic reproductive problems.

I like to take a comprehensive approach to PMS and imbalances in the body using food, herbs, and essential oils. The creation of the 14-Day Hormone Balance Detox program teaches you how to balance seven key hormones using food as medicine.

Herbs that can benefit the symptoms of PMS include some of my favorite products from Nature’s Sunshine:

  • Chinese Liver Balance – aids the detoxification processes of the liver and colon. In addition,
  • Tiao He Cleanse – works especially well when used with the Chinese Liver Balance. It is particularly helpful for PMS that involves irritability with bouts of anger and anxiety.
  • Chinese Blood Build – is helpful with anemia and heavy blood loss.  Many of the herbs in this formula are standard ingredients in Chinese herbal formulas designed to help women have healthy periods throughout their child-bearing years.
  • Chinese Mood Elevator – helpful when PMS is accompanied by sad, heavy feelings and depression.  This formula is very supportive of the liver and gastrointestinal tract.

Herbs for PMS: I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Dandelion Root: Can be used as a healthy coffee substitute. This bitter root relieves fluid retention. It is prebiotic, which feeds good gut bacteria, flushes fatty deposits from your liver, and stimulates bile production to help your liver detoxify more efficiently.

Maca Root: An herbal adaptogen that balances progesterone and estrogen, relieving menstrual swings, fluid retention, and breast tenderness. Women who take maca during menopause and peri-menopause report less hot flashes, depression, sleep issues, nervousness, and anxiety.

Cinnamon: This aromatic spice stabilizes blood sugars and insulin levels. Rich in anti-inflammatory chemicals, it supports and strengthens your immune system thus reducing the risk of autoimmune conditions. Ceylon Cinnamon is recommended over Cassia Cinnamon, which can be toxic.

Lemon Balm: Often used as a mild sedative, a calming sleep aid, and for reducing anxiety. It has other hidden benefits, including use as a powerful memory enhancer and can improve concentration. It also acts an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Chasteberry: A powerful little berry that can reduce fluid retention and cravings. The chasteberry has also helped reduce hormonal symptoms such as depression and anxiety. It can be made into a delicious tea.

Essential Oils for PMS: I believe that essential oils and the use of aromatic plant medicine is one of the keys to effectively balancing hormones in regards to the mental/emotional aspect of PMS. We are emotional beings and when hormones are out of balance the emotional body is profoundly affected. I believe the emotional components are the most misunderstood symptoms or hormone imbalances and often misdiagnosed and mistreated by Western medicine.

Essential oils are one of the best and most effective ways to get to the root of the emotional issues of hormone imbalance and PMS and begin to directly “unwind” the body and bring it back into balance, naturally. This is why I have dedicated much of my holistic health practice to creating products and effective modalities to help my clients. Visit the aromatherapy store to see some of the products available for hormone balance.

Geranium (Pelargonium Capitatum) – is the rockstar essential oil for balancing hormones. It has been dubbed a woman’s oil for many reasons. This oil shows significant fluid decongestant and detoxifying actions that work in tandem with the liver, kidneys, uterus, and the whole lymph system.

Scented Geranium lg

When any of these organs are congested and burdened with toxins, geranium is the remedy of choice. Here we are looking at an important liver, blood, and lymphatic decongestant and detox mechanism. Noteworthy is the experimental success of the oil’s key component, geraniol, in detoxifying the liver and mildly reducing blood cholesterol (Broadhurst & Duke 1997).

Emotionally balancing qualities of Geranium:

  • Promotes emotional security and inner strength
.
  • Loss of emotional support, emotional loss, disappointment or deprivation; grief.
  • Emotional withdrawal, insecurity, neediness.
  • 
Low self-esteem, guilt, suicidal tendency.
  • Promotes emotional stability and calm.
  • Irritability, moodiness, frustration, mood swings.
  • 
Depression with anxiety, negative (distressed) emotions and outlook.

Primarily Regulating and Restorative Qualities of Geranium:

Female hormonal regulator/restorative: hormonal disorders from estrogen or progesterone deficiency, including Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS), dysmenorrhea, long cycles, and menopausal syndrome with hot flashes.

Adrenal regulator/restorative: adrenal dysregulation or fatigue with energy swings, low stamina, afternoon fatigue, salt cravings, menopause.

Pancreatic (blood sugar) regulator/restorative: hyper and hypoglycemia, diabetes.
Primarily Decongestant and Detoxification:

Liver decongestant and detoxification: liver congestion, metabolic toxicity, high blood cholesterol. Draining and detoxifying diuretic: edema, retention of toxic kidney metabolites.

Other essential oils with hormone-like properties that have been studied in relation to benefiting PMS symptoms include Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris) and Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha). In addition, essential oils with estrogen-like properties that are believed to be effective include Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Sage (Salvia o cinalis), and Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea). Clary Sage is also an anti-inflammatory and can aid in additional symptom relief.

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, by Salvatore Battaglia, lists the following essential oils as useful in pre-menstrual tension:

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
  • Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
  • Carrot seed (Daucus carota)
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
  • Rose (Rosa damascena)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus o cinalis)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

It is important to note that with any use of aromatherapy, essential oils can be beneficial in the relief of PMS symptoms if they are used over time. While it is possible to feel immediate relief of PMS symptoms shortly after using essential oils, in most cases, relief is achieved after the essential oils have been used continuously over a few months.

Here are some amazing recipes that I hope will inspire you to start using essential oils or attend one of my classes.

For more information, or if you have questions, email me at aromatherapy_works@yahoo.com

Anxiety Relief BlendPMS freedom