Hey Radiant Rebels, I got lots more on the subject coming your way, but now..
A quick little overview of some of the oils I hold near in my arsenal for peri menopausal relief. (listen up if you are 40 plus years old). These combined with good sleep, exercise, stress reduction, nutrition, herbs etc...can be a game changer.
Digest Zen/ The first think I noticed after I turned 40 was that my digestion became wonky. Food intolerances and nutrient deficiencies. Also emotionally I felt overwhelm trying to process and digest life transitions. The simple practice of rolling digest zen over my abdomen followed by a little self massage in the circular direction of the digestive track has brought me some sweet relief. The key ingredients in the blend of peppermint, cardamom and fennel are also useful for relief from hormonal/menstrual issues.
Clary Sage/ Probably the most highly regarded when it comes to all things hormonal; from pms to menopausal symptoms. CS has been shown to be more effective than acetaminophen for menstrual pain. It may have a balancing effect on estrogen (as a phytoestrogen) & on thyroid hormone levels. Research has shown that CS reduces cortisol levels in the body by 36% (up-level your mood!) I like to apply it right over my ovary area.
Ylang Ylang/ Hormonally supportive throughout entire cycle and particularly useful for mood & emotions. When I get out of the shower I do a quick round of dry brushing followed by self massage (feet to neck) with ylang ylang, geranium & clary sage in coconut oil- particularly just before & during my period. It’s a gorgeously sensual oil that induces relaxation and combats low libido (that may or may not be apparent in your midlife marriage...get it girl!)
There are several other specific oils that I use as a self-care ritual throughout my monthly cycle to help mitigate symptoms throughout the follicular & luteal phases (which have become absolutely bananas in my late 40’s). A lot of this practice is awareness of what-in-the-heck is likely going on in our bodies literally from week to week and what it needs to ride that wave.
Will share more in weeks to come for both young lassies and for saucy older broads like me!
I refrained from posting yesterday about mental health, guess I am not too comfortable with #bellletstalk putting its stamp all over our awareness.
Did you know that BELL makes it hugely difficult for incarcerated people to call, and to talk with, their families? Making loved ones rack up colossal phone bills...not cool.
Also mental health is not a one day thing, it’s an everyday struggle for many.
With that said, I am so glad folks are talking.
As a teenager in the 80’s these conversations were hard to come by.
During those years I experienced intense panic attacks on a regular basis. I had no idea what they were for five years until finally reading an article about them in the newspaper.
Till that point I had felt out of control and utterly alone. But reading other people’s experiences with this thing called panic disorder that afternoon changed everything. No I wasn’t the only one, and yes our minds can get sick.
Panic attacks, anxiety, depression, knowing about it, talking about it, and receiving cognitive behavioural therapy would have been a big help to me back then. Perhaps my recovery would have been a heck-of-a-lot swifter.
This photo is from several years ago in my early 40’s when I was knee deep in the ‘sandwich generation’ caring for my young kids and simultaneously caring for both my non ambulatory parents living with dementia.
Did anxiety & panic make a comeback - you betcha!
Did I ask for help - nope. Should I have? Oh Hell YES!
Being human is such a wild, beautiful adventure and I most certainly have zero time for stigmas and am raising my girls not to either.
So, REMINDER to self - it’s OK to ask for help...in fact it’s a really, really great idea. 💡
(thanks to Katia Taylor Photography - Toronto Wedding & Portrait Photographer for the impromptu capture of my loves)
BREAST LOVIN’ /
Breast health begins with awareness of what is normal for YOUR breasts. When I started getting mammograms a few years ago it was imperative that a “baseline” be established by the healthcare centre so they too could decipher, moving forward, what was normal for me and what was not.
I mention this because lord knows I panicked when after my very first mammogram the healthcare centre called and left a message saying I needed to come right back in.
My mind spiralling to the worst case scenario! My boob relationship had shifted from fun to fear!
FYI it’s pretty normal to get that call to come back after the first visit.
My recommendation is to get to know your breasts up close & personal;
Self massage (I love pure Frankincense & Grapefruit - high in boswellic acid, limonene & antioxidants - diluted in coconut oil)
Daily application of DIY deodorant cream (causes you to be in direct contact with surrounding breast tissues)
Dry brushing to aid circulation / pay attention as you move through your cycle what is normal or not for you
Learn about the lymphatic system, in particular the axillary lymph nodes
Tight bras are out and trampolines are in:)
Also it is good to be aware that your arm pits are like sponges that absorb much of what is applied to them. Consideration of known toxic ingredients that are used in commercial deodorants and personal care products should be noted. Check out David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen or Environmental Canada’s website for info on personal care products of concern. I have a few good DIY recipes for natural deodorant if you should need them.
Hey, and if you feel that natural deodorant is not strong & effective enough for your #badass odour, simply swipe your armpit weekly with a bit of rubbing alcohol to kill any bacteria and then proceed with your hippy deodorant:) You’ll be jus fine! Anti perspirant is not recommended, firstly because of questionable ingredients and secondly you NEED to SWEAT crap out!
So, while I am certainly thankful for my annual mammogram there are other things to consider on the day-to-day - like managing stress / sleep / nutrition / exercise / emotional well-being, and personal fulfillment. These are all very important parts of this whole wellbeing puzzle.
With all this said - please for the love of all that is good ENJOY YOUR BREASTS!!
We have become such a culture of FEAR!
Society's relationship to OUR breasts is a tad “toxic” in itself. Either they are purely sex objects - that swiftly turn to life giving - then to diseased - kinda makes your head spin! Nah. too, much. YOU call the shots!
They belong to YOU - own them - LOVE them all up AND down.
Your Radiant Rebel,