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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is one of the most pleasurable alternative therapies available. In one form or another it has been around for centuries, although the term itself is relatively modern, dating back to the 1920’s.

The Greeks and Roman’s used aromatic oils and burnt scented herbs to relax themselves and, as with herbal remedies, there has long been a belief that the use of such oils can have positive impact on a variety of conditions.

Some of the most obvious features of the menopause are the erratic behavior of the circulatory system, leading to hot flushes, and the emotional stresses and strains caused both by variations to hormone levels and also by the emotional impact of the changes related to this time of life.

There are many claims that aromatherapy can help relieve menopausal symptoms and, again as with herbal remedies, opinion is split between those who feel that they can get real benefits through aromatherapy and those who don’t.

One thing is absolutely unarguable and that is that aromatherapy can help you to ease out those stresses by helping you to relax and in doing so can make you feel a lot better about life in general.

Using Aromatherapy Oils

Depending on the selection of oils and their blending you can help to alleviate frequent mood swings and emotional reactions which are often associated with the menopause such as restlessness, tension, listlessness, fearfulness, anxiety and loss of self-esteem by inducing relaxation, calmness and equilibrium.

We have two types of oils at Embrace the Change; Essential Oils and Carrier Oils.

Essential oils are fragrant oils extracted from plants using steam, solvents or pressure. They are very concentrated and have to be used either by burning or, if applied to the skin, must be mixed with water in a bath or a carrier oil to dilute them.

Carrier oils are typically plant based oils that dilute essential oils for use on the skin. The carrier oils we offer are Sweet Almond oil which is rich in vitamin E to nourish the skin and has anti-ageing qualities, and Grapeseed oil which leaves the skin feeling silky smooth without being too greasy.

The Essential Oils we have chosen are claimed to ease menopausal symptoms.

When starting out, it’s best to choose three or four essential oils to experiment with but remember you’ll also need to purchase a carrier oil if you plan to apply them to your skin.

You can use essential oils in a number of ways:

Add a few drops of an essential oil directly to your oil burner and let the aroma fill your room! Add 6 drops to a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. Always agitate the water well before getting in. If mixing more than one oil, you can use up to 8 drops in total. Massage is one of the best ways to enjoy aromatherapy due to the added benefit the massage brings. To make a massage oil, place 20ml of a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil in a saucer or bottle. Add 10 drops in total of one or up to four different aromatherapy oils. Massage directly into the skin.

Aromatherapy Recipes

There are a number of books explaining the background to aromatherapy and suggesting a wide variety of recipes. Our recommendation is Aromatherapy An A-Z.

We have also put together two Aromatherapy Sets to help with hot flushes and day & night sweats – here are the recipes which you can buy from the Remedies section:

“Hot Flushes” Aromatherapy recipe
5 drops clary sage
5 drops geranium
3 drops lemon
2 drops sage
Blend into 30ml of carrier oil and use as a massage oil or in the bath.


“Day & Night Sweats” Aromatherapy recipe
5 drops grapefruit
5 drops lime
3 drops sage
2 drops thyme
Blend into 30ml of carrier oil and use as a massage oil or in the bath.


Aromatherapy is also one of the safest alternative medicines to be found. The only rules are never apply any essential oil directly onto the skin and never take the oils internally. The safest way to use them is in an oil burner, in the bath or as a massage oil.