Menopause is undoubtedly a complex time in many women’s lives. During this stage, either sometime before or during it, you may experience, among others, a series of symptoms, all of them hormonal in nature, such as insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, fluid retention, and weight gain.
According to medical specialists, to cope with all these symptoms in a natural way, there are a series of infusions focused on alleviating each of them.
Insomnia: Lemon Balm
Its aroma is very relaxing, so it is a good alternative to improve rest in that stage in which some women recognize that they sleep worse. In addition, it has a pleasant flavor. A trick: it is usually associated with chamomile to enhance its effect.
It is used in an infusion to treat both anxiety and insomnia in general. If this is your case during this time, you can help yourself with this plant or some combination of it with valerian, another plant that acts as a relaxant. But if you are already using benzodiazepines, better refrain from using these two plants.
Insomnia: St. John’s Wort
This infusion is used to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, especially when it causes anxiety, nervousness, or low mood, as it contains hypericin, which helps to improve the states of temporary decay. However, keep in mind that if you are taking medication to sleep, or to improve your mood, you should not consume it.
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: Sage
It is a medicinal plant that contains thermoregulatory properties and helps us to paralyze the nerve endings of the sweat glands.
For this reason, the infusion of the leaves of this plant is used to combat night sweats, one of the problems that can affect many women in the menopause stage.
Hot flashes and Night Sweats: Witch Hazel
Perhaps it is somewhat less known, but the pharmacist also recommends this shrub from North America. Although it has many uses, such as venous circulation disorders, such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and phlebitis, this medicinal plant is also widely used in menopausal disorders.
In fact, it is one of the infusions of choice to combat night sweats. However, you should not use it for prolonged periods without your doctor’s supervision.
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: Linden Blossom Infusion
This is another plant that is very suitable for treating hot flashes and night sweats during menopause. You can take it an hour before bedtime to take effect. It also behaves as a diuretic, promoting the elimination of fluids from the body that tend to be retained during menopause.
Fluid Retention (and/or Weight Gain): Horsetail
Helps fight fluid retention as it has a diuretic action but at the same time remineralizing. On the one hand, the flavonoids and mineral salts it contains increase the flow of the urinary tract and, on the other hand, its content of potassium, magnesium, and organic silicon, remineralizes the body and prevents the loss of bone density, which women also begin to face at this time of their lives.
Fluid Retention: Green Tea
In addition to its well-known and highly praised antioxidant properties, this healthy infusion helps speed up metabolism, that is, it helps us lose weight.
Green tea increases fat burning, helps lower cholesterol levels, and has important antioxidant properties due to its high content of polyphenolic compounds. For this reason, in addition to its diuretic properties, it is an allied infusion for this period of a woman’s life.
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