Leaving Hormone Hell

Danaheadshot by Dana Taylor


angry-womanBeing a woman has never been easy. Historically dominated in a patriarchal society, women suffered multiple, unstoppable pregnancies, child birth, child bed fever, early death. All that laundry….

Life now is definitely better, generally speaking–in Western cultures–anyway. Personally, I’ve enjoyed freedom and choices as an American woman heretofore never known in recorded history. However, we gals still struggle with what I call Hormone Hell. Ups and downs, weight issues, irritation, depression, skin problems, fatigue, insomnia, hair loss, mysterious maladies. You know what I’m talking about. Hormone Hell.

At this point I’ve reached a certain age when I’ve experienced most of the stages in a woman’s life (except death). One thing I’ve learned is not to count on doctors and Big Pharma to solve all my health issues. PREMARIN (short for Pregnant Mare Urine) is still the go-to solution advertised for most female complaints, despite decades of revelations of connections to heart disease and cancer. Somehow ingesting horse piss (yes, that’s actually where it comes from) simply goes against common sense. Read an article about PREMARIN at Dr. Mercola for more information here.

So what’s a girl to do? Well knowledge is power. Read some books, open your mind to solutions. Follow your inner guidance. Learning about hormonal imbalances is a good place to start.

71LAJ6B0m2LThe winner of The Indie Spiritual Book Awards this year in the Alternative Medicine Category is Adrenaline Dominance: A Revolutionary Approach to Wellness by Michael Platt, MD.  Dr. Platt lays out a compelling argument for hormonal imbalances contributing to a wide range of illnesses–insomnia, chronic illness, mental instability and much more. From the description:

Adrenaline is a powerful hormone whose effects have been virtually ignored by the medical community. “Adrenaline Dominance” explains how this hormone might be a major underlying cause of many conditions currently considered incurable. This book explains why people produce this “fight-or-flight” hormone even when they are not facing danger. It presents a natural protocol for rapidly reducing excess adrenaline. In most cases, this protocol allows patients to reassess their need for taking prescription medications, which treat symptoms rather than address the root cause of their conditions.

This book brought to mind the now classic books from Dr. John Lee on estrogen dominance and the incredible toll hormones-gone-wrong take on a woman’s life.

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These books largely focus on exploring PROGESTERONE levels as the missing link to balanced hormones.  From Natural Hormones.net

Progesterone is key in the normal function of the reproductive system, the regulation of a woman’s menstrual cycle, and a number of other systemic functions including skin, blood, and bone health. Read full article here

Another avenue of exploration is the rise of Bio-Identical hormone treatments, as touted by Suzanne Somers. This is an emerging field and has stirred its own pot of controversy. There are many books on the subject. An overview can be read at Natural Hormones.net here.

Natural Approach

Believing more in nature than laboratories, I explored supplements from whole food sources. Eating well is the first step to hormone balance–green, leafy and organic as much as possible. “When estrogen levels are high, progesterone levels will drop. Studies have shown that diets rich in foods that promote stable estrogen levels such as soy, apples, alfalfa, cherries, potatoes, rice, wheat, and yams go a long way toward regulating or preventing symptoms of progesterone imbalance. Avocados, nuts, seeds, and olives promote progesterone production.” (Natural Hormones.net)

Herbal Remedies

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After my first hot flash, I visited my local health food store, which was run by a Korea-trained doctor. She did some muscle testing with various products on me and we chose Transitions from Pure Essence Labs. This blend of female-friendly herbs helped me sail through the often rough seas of perimenopause. I stayed on Transitions for a couple of years.

Progesterone Supplements

Progesterone creams became all the rage for a while. You can read an excellent article about them on How Stuff Works here. Sold as over-the-counter products from health and cosmetic companies, they make many promises for balance and health, but results vary from person to person. The ones I tried didn’t feel balanced. One of my favorite natural health providers claimed they were all too “hot.” Progesterone pills can also feel too powerful.

4640The product that has worked for me is the Progessence Plus Serum from Young Living Essential OilsProgessence™ Plus serum is a pure, harmonizing serum that is designed specifically for women. Along with wild yam and vitamin E, Progessence Plus is formulated with Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint essential oils for optimal results.

Just one drop over the thyroid after a shower several times a week has been key in keeping my hormones in balance, meaning I sleep well, have excellent energy, good moods and generally enjoy life.

In other words, I escaped Hormone Hell

Reducing stress, eating well, exercising and seeking the right supplements can be the path out of Hormone Hell. Be pro-active about your health. Educate yourself, take back your power, and life can be downright Heavenly.

Wishing you the best of health–

Dana Taylor

 

 

 

What’s So Special About Essential Oils?

mintFirst, what exactly are essential oils? Think of them as the life blood of plants. Modern science is backing up the ancient wisdom of distilling the oils from plants for a wide variety of health benefits.  The Three Wise Men of the Bible presented essential oil gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus because their value was highly esteemed in the days of the Roman Empire.

Today we’re breaking essential oils down to their molecular compounds and discovering a wealth of healing power. Take peppermint, for example. Sure, it tastes good in gum and candy, but it is a remarkable multiuse essential oil. Peppermint contains the following chemical constituents: Menthol, Menthone, Terpene oxides, cineole and, coumarins. If you follow the links, you’ll see an amazing array of healing benefits such as anti-septic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and invigorating.

peppermintEssential oils are packed with energy. Not only do they infuse healing compounds, they also deliver an infusion of pure energy. Look at this Hertz energy table comparison:

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Processed Foods 0 Hz

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Fresh Produce up to 15 Hz

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Dry Herbs 20-22 Hz

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Fresh herbs 20-27 Hz

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Essential Oils 52-320 Hz

Peppermint oil has an energy frequency of 78, which is also the optimum frequency rate for a healthy human being. When a person drops in rate below 60, the body develops diseases. Here are the rates for illness:

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Cold symptoms 58 Hz

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Flu symptoms 57 Hz

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Cancer 42 Hz

Essential oils are special because they not only deliver powerful healing compounds, they also raise the energetic frequency of the individual. Whether inhaled, applied topically, or in some cases, ingested, essential oils lift the body to healthier energy levels.

Peppermint oil is a favorite for its many benefits.

  • Aids digestion and relieves nausea: Soothe indigestion with a drop in a glass of water. Feeling nauseous? Rub a couple of drops in your palms and inhale the fumes. Excellent for immediate post-op recovery from anesthesia.
  • Muscle relief: Feeling tense? Rub on shoulders or back for a “massage in a bottle.” Can be diluted in a carrier oil.
  • Headache: Put a couple of drops on your forehead and temples. (Don’t get too close to the eyes. The fumes can make them water.)
  • Swelling (knees, ankles, etc.): Rub on area to release blockages.

Learn more about the benefit of mint at this article from Balance Me Beautiful.

Here’s a helpful chart highlighting topical use of essential oils.

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Explore the benefits of essential oils to promote vibrate health. Read more about all the products available at Young Living Essential Oils

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Battle germs with essential oils

REVISED: January 2020
Something is definitely in the air, and I’m not talking about L-O-V-E. The coronavirus is front pages news right now. Seems a good time to revisit some commonsense ways a family can protect themselves from viruses circling the globe. The human immune system has a marvelous capacity to attack and overcome viral and bacterial invasions everyday. No need to panic. Just be smart. Use good basic hygiene. Always wash hands after public exposure and wear a face mask if the flu is reported in your area. If someone is ill in your home, keep a bowl of water and bleach standing. Always dip your hands in the solution after being in the sick room. Here are my go-to essential oils. My family has used Young Living Essential Oils since the early 1990’s. There are probably other good brands on the market, but Young Living has served us well.
Protect your family with some basic products.

Young Living Essential Oils  

Essential oils can be your secret weapon against all the nasties in the air. Why? They kill viruses and bacteria; boost the immune system; energize the body. Young Living is the trusted brand I’ve been using for twenty years. Here are two basic products that should be in every medicine cabinet.
Purification is a citronella and melaleuca based blend that enhances the body’s natural immune system. It has a pleasant smell and can be applied before heading out into crowds. Rub it on the neck and hands. A couple drops in bath water adds a therapeutic boost to the cleansing process. Use daily and especially at the first sign of illness. See Product Details. I keep Purification in my purse at all times. When I fly, I always rub some drops on my neck and hands to ward off contagion from fellow travelers. It is also healing to insect bites and scrapes,
 Thieves is a “hotter” blend that contains clove and cinnamon oil. The blend is named for robbers of dead bodies during the Black Plague in Europe. According to legend, the thieves could strip corpses of valuables and not fall ill themselves. After they were arrested, they revealed themselves as perfumers who knew the protective power of essential oils. The Young Living product is based on that centuries-old formula. Pleasantly pungent, Thieves delivers the one-two punch to germs. Rubbing on the bottom of feet infuses the whole system with healing properties.  Product details.
Peppermint Oil is an excellent oil to keep on hand. Rubbed onto sore muscles, it tingles and relaxes the area. A drop in the palm of the hands and then cupped under the nose, opens stuffy air passages. A drop in the navel combats nausea, as does inhalation of fumes. It freshens and cleans the air of a musty room. Product details
Essential oils can be used on small children. If there is a sensation of burning, apply some hand lotion to dilute. Rubbing oils onto the bottom of feet after a shower will deliver the benefits to the whole body. Oils can also be used in diffusers or simply inhaled by placing some drops in the palm of the hand and inhaling the fumes.
If you don’t know a Young Living distributor in your area, you can order products using my Dana Taylor membership number 57763 at Young Living
Do yourself and your family a favor and learn about the benefits of essential oils.