Menopause is a natural phenomenon that occurs to women of certain age and it’s characterized by the cessation of fertility and menstrual cycles. This biological process is not a disorder or a disease, but a natural change in every woman’s life. It happens to women with ages between 45 and 55, with the average age being 51. During the menopause, the levels of progesterone and estrogen are fluctuating and they lead to symptoms such as mood swings, hot flashes, memory problems, night sweats, breast pain, tired feet, thinning hair, insomnia, dry skin, depression, loss of libido, bladder problems and vaginal dryness. The symptoms will usually disappear by themselves, but you can ease them by using various natural methods, as you can see below.
Various menopause symptoms can be treated with soy products. They contain isoflavones and they are able to balance the hormone levels. They also come with estrogenic activity. The menopausal women should drink 2 cups of soy milk daily so as to reduce their hot flashes. Soy linseed bread and other soy products should also be included in their diet.
The night sweats and hot flashes can be treated with black cohosh. Various studies have demonstrated that this herb can alleviate these symptoms in just a couple of days. The black cohosh is a phytoestrogen and comes with pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory qualities. At the same time, it eases the depression. Black cohosh can be taken as tablets or capsules.
Cinnamon is extremely effective in reducing the depression, the mood swings and the anxiety. Add cinnamon to your baked goods, smoothies, stews or herbal teas for an extra taste and to benefit from these properties. You can also mix a bucket of water with a few teaspoons of cinnamon and soak your feet in there for almost 15 minutes. Make sure the water is warm. This will ease the feeling of tired and rough feet.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This popular remedy can reduce the night sweats and the hot flashes. Use unprocessed and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Mix the vinegar (2 tablespoons) with water (one glass) and drink the solution every morning. This remedy will regulate the hormones and remove the toxins.
Hot flashes can also be treated with ground flaxseed. The lignans and omega-3 fatty acids in the flaxseed will act like phytoestrogens. A particular study has revealed that the menopausal women who consume flaxseed can reduce their hot flashes by up to 50%. Flaxseed can also decrease the vaginal dryness and balance the estrogen levels. Consume ground flaxseed several times throughout the day. Take 1 tablespoon with large quantities of water. Ground flaxseed can also be sprinkled on smoothies, salads or soups.
Chasteberry supports and nourishes the endocrine system and, as a result, it balances the hormones. At the same time, it will help you control the mild depression, the hot flashes, the vaginal dryness and the sweating. Prepare a chasteberry tea with the minced herb and one cup of water and drink it three times per day.