The Best Essential Oils for Menopause and Hot Flashes
Don’t suffer through menopause and hot flashes. Find natural relief through aromatherapy. Learn about the best essential oils for menopause and hot flashes and how to use them. Plus discover easy ways to get natural relief with a simple, hormone balancing bath soak recipe and an easy DIY cooling hot flash spray with essential oils. You can make these products in just minutes at home for natural relief of menopause and hot flashes.
Are You Struggling with Menopause or Perimenopause?
When we are starting on our journey to become a woman, we get help and advice from our moms, friends, and other women who have been there before. It seems like everyone is ready and willing to help you during this transition. When we hit the end of our journey and start our transition to the next phase of our life, no one wants to talk about it.
There are several symptoms of both menopause and perimenopause, and every woman will experience symptoms differently. Not every woman will have hot flashes, but up to 75 percent of women will have at least one hot flash. Hopefully, you’ll get lucky and fall into that 25% that doesn’t have to deal with them.
Me, I get hot flushes. Meaning, I don’t just get hot all over, I also turn bright red from my face down to my chest, so they’re impossible to hide. My hot flashes (and flushes) started out as an occasional thing. However, they increased over time, along with some the other symptoms typical of perimenopause, therefore I had to start taking supplements for relief.
You may be thinking, I’m too young to be going through menopause. And that may be true — at least in theory. (I’m 26 forever at heart!) However, what I learned just before turning forty, is that there’s an entire period prior to menopause called perimenopause. Like menopause, you experience mood swings, irritability, and yes, hot flashes. Unfortunately, I’ve always looked younger than my real age. So no one ever talked to me about it. It’s like their eyes glazed over that part on my chart with my birthdate. Not even my GYN said squat. It was something I had to figure out on my own. Once I did, however, my life changed.
With the help of Estroven and New Chapter 40+ Every Woman’s Daily One Daily Multi Vitamins I no longer feel like I’m on the crazy train to the loonie bin. They’ve also helped considerably with hot flashes and night sweats as well. (Yep, you get those too.)
That said, even with supplementation, I still get hot flashes from time to time. This is most common when my monthly cycle is about to start. So while supplements are able to relieve most of my perimenopausal symptoms, I still have a back up plan for those days the supplements just don’t cut it. Me being me, that back up plan involves essential oils. These essential oils for menopause, perimenopause and hot flashes help to relieve symptoms while you’re waiting on supplements for work (they can take two months to build in your system and offer relief) or simply need a back up plan for those extra rough days.
Keep reading to discover my recommendations for the best essential oils for menopause and hot flashes and to learn how to use them. Plus try out my easy recipes for a hormone balancing bath soak recipe and a DIY cooling hot flash spray.
What Are the Best Essential Oils for Menopause and Hot Flashes?
These are the best essential oils for menopause, perimenopause and hot flashes, but not all of them will work for everyone. You’ll need to try several oils and see what works for you. I highly suggest trying more than one method for each oil and taking notes about how well it worked. Then, you will know which oils work the best for you and what symptoms they worked for. This will also help you create your own blends and use the best oils for your needs.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage essential oil is probably the most well known essential oil for menopause. Clary sage is said to work by balancing hormones, including balancing estrogen. By balancing estrogen levels, you can reduce both the severity and the frequency of hot flashes.
When used in aromatherapy, clary sage can also promote feelings of relaxation and mental clarity. When my hormones are off balance, I get anxious and my brain gets foggy. Diffusing clary sage helps me stay on task better.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has so many uses. It promotes relaxation, so it’s a good oil to use if you aren’t sleeping well or just feel stressed or anxious.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil has menthol, so it feels cooling when you apply it to your skin. Use it in a roller and apply it directly to your body to feel better almost immediately.
Peppermint is also said to reduce cramping. Not all women feel cramping during menopause. If you do, try using peppermint essential oil in a diffuser for natural relief.
Finally, peppermint essential oil can promote mental clarity. If you’re like me and have trouble sleeping when you have hot flashes, peppermint may help improve mental clarity and boost your mood.
Basil Essential Oil
Although basil essential oil isn’t a popular oil, it has many benefits for menopause and hot flashes. It’s said to balance estrogen levels, which can reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes.
Citrus Essential Oils
Citrus essential oils like lemon, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine are said to reduce menopause symptoms and boost sexual desire. These essential oils can regulate your pulse rate and regulate estrogen levels in your body.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil is said to balance hormones. It also works as a natural antidepressant and antianxiety when used in aromatherapy.
Essential Oil Blends for Menopause and Hot Flashes
Ladies Choice Essential Oil Blend
Simply Earth has a Ladies’ Choice essential oil blend. It’s made for PMS, but it can also help balance hormones and bring you relief for menopause and hot flashes.
It’s a blend of:
- Clary sage
I like buying premade blends because it saves money. I can just buy one bottle instead of buying these four oils plus empty containers.
You can use this blend in a diffuser or make a roller. If you prefer rollers, Simply earth also has a Ladies Choice roll on that’s pre-blended with the blend and a carrier oil.
Good Vibes Essential Oil Blend
Simply Earth also offers a Good Vibes essential oil blend. It’s formulated for hot flashes, skin blemishes, mood wings, and other menopause symptoms.
It’s a blend of:
- Clary sage
- Ho Wood
How to Use Essential Oils for Menopause and Hot Flashes
There are several ways to use essential oils for menopause and hot flashes. You can use one or more of these, but don’t do more than one method at a time.
I use essential oils in aromatherapy the most. I have a diffuser, so I diffuse a few drops of one or more of these oils off and on for most of the day.
You can also make a personal inhaler if you don’t want to diffuse for the entire room. Personal inhalers are great if you have small children, pets, or are around other people who may not want to use the essential oils.
I also use roller balls often. These are great for on the go. I can toss one in my purse and use it as needed.
To make a roller ball, add 10 to 12 drops of essential oil or one of the blends in a 10 mL roller bottle. Fill it with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil to dilute it. Apply to your neck, wrists, or behind your ears as needed.
Cooling Hot Flash Spray Recipe
For quick relief when you get a hot flash, make this easy, DIY hot flash cooling spray recipe with essential oils.
To create your cooling hot flash spray, combine the witch hazel and essential oils in a 1 ounce spray bottle.
To use, simply spray the cooling hot flash spray as needed to instantly cool hot flashes.
Hormone Balancing Bath Soak Recipe
Make this simple bath soak recipe to use in a warm bath to promote stress relief. This DIY bath soak recipe with essential oils helps to balance hormones and emotions when you’re feeling a little rough around the edges. In addition to being both uplifting and calming, and it can also help soothe pain.
To make this hormone balancing bath soak recipe, mix the essential oils with the fractionated coconut oil in a small bowl. Add the Epsom salt to the oil mixture, then stir until oil and salt are evenly distributed. Then, add lavender buds, if desired, and stir until just combined.
You can double or triple the recipe and store leftovers until needed. If you prefer, you can use half of this and save the other half for later.
To use your DIY bath soak recipe with essential oils, simply add 1/2 cup of the bath soak to the tub as it’s filling. Then relax and enjoy!
To learn more about essential oils, as well as how to essential oils safely, be sure to check out the Simply Earth’s Essential Oil Hero Course here. (Or learn more about Simply Earth essential oils here.)