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By: Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist



Approximately 2 million women will enter menopause this year. In fact, these women will spend half of their adult lives in menopause. Most women think of menopause as the point when they cease to menstruate. They do not link irritability, memory lapses, or mood swings to hormonal changes. There is, however, an increasing awareness that menopause is not an event, but a process. A process that can take as long as 6 to 15 years. These years, when the ovaries begin producing less estrogen, have become known as peri-menopause.

Peri-menopause usually begins in the mid 40’s, but symptoms can begin as early as the mid 30’s. At this point in life, many women are performing the juggling act of work, home, raising families, and looking after aging parents. We simply do not have the time to retreat from life until we feel better.
Essential Oil of Clary Sage can help ease the symptoms of menopause. Its distinct scent brings grace and ease to the peri-menopausal years. No woman should be without it.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) is a highly esteemed European herb. It is widely cultivated in the Mediterranean. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the hardy herb. It has a distinct floral, nutty, and earthy scent.

Clary Sage Essential Oil is best known for its estrogenic effects. It contains properties that are similar to estrogen and helps to achieve female balance. As a hormone balancer, Essential Oil of Clary Sage works to regulate periods, ease tension, and ease cramps. It is a wonderful tonic for the womb and uterus.
As an extra boon to women, Essential Oil of Clary Sage possesses cell regeneration properties. It aids in controlling the production of sebum and can be used for both dry and oily skin. It is useful for acne, wrinkles, and for controlling cellulite.

As an essential oil, Clary Sage has a powerful effect on the psyche. It is sometimes called the ‘oil of laughter’. It has an euphoric effect that is almost narcotic. It is a relaxant for the mind, body, and spirit.
Clary Sage Essential Oil also contains seductive, aphrodisiac properties that are perfect for women experiencing a loss of interest in sex during the peri-menopausal years. Its ability to relieve anxiety and stress make it an excellent choice for a romantic massage blend.

Each woman must make the personal choice of using prescription estrogen vs natural estrogen based on her own experience. Being well-informed on Alternative Therapies and Natural Remedies as well as being sensitive to changes in your body, will help to ease the symptoms of peri-menopause. Aromatherapy should never be used as a substitute for qualified medical treatment.

Certified Aromatherapist, Debra Mauldin

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photo courtesy of HERBALPEDIA


PERIMENOPAUSE Preparing for the Change, Nancy Lee Reaff, M.D. and Kim Wright Wiley, Prima Publishing, 1995

The Essential Oils Book, Colleen K. Dodt, Storey Books, 1996

The Alternative Advisor, Time-Life Books, 1997


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