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Women on Fire® Podcast Presents...

Navigating Menopause With Therapeutic Essential Oils

Dr Bo Hendgen - Essential Oils for Menopause
Dr Bo Hendgen DO ND is the founder and CEO of Absolute Essential, a New Zealand-based company.

Absolute Essential designs 100% organic, premium quality essential plant oil products of the highest therapeutic value.

Born in Germany, Dr Bo grew up in France and studied aromatic medicine there.

If you’ve never heard of it before this type of healing looks at the science of therapeutic essential oils.

Additionally, Dr Bo is a naturopathic doctor, a doctor of osteopathy and holds a PhD in paediatrics.

She says the first thing to remember when using therapeutic essential oils is they’re powerful.

As such, these aromatics – ‘concentrated substances extracted from the flowers, stems, roots, bark, leaves or seeds of a plant’ – have been used for centuries.

“When oils are extracted with care, their life force is maintained and can be recognised by human biology,” says Dr Bo. “Breathing in the scent of an essential oil takes it to the bloodstream via the lungs and the brain via the olfactory system. In addition, the skin (epidermis) can absorb these therapeutic oils, and they travel to your blood from there.”

For this reason, essential oils should be treated as the potent forces of nature that they are.

Listen as Dr Bo explains the best essential oils to use during every stage of menopause.

Podcast Interview

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Recommended oils for perimenopause and post-menopause (1:33)
  • The difference between essential oils and carrier oils (2:10)
  • Beneficial essential oils for hormonal balance in women (3:06)
  • Dr Bo’s highly recommended carrier oils (5:16)
  • Key menopause signs and symptoms (8:45)
  • What can you do about itchy lady parts + recipe (10:46)
  • Creating essential oil (and people) blends effectively (14:18)
  • The correct application of essential oils (16:44)
  • Bath wisdom including recommended times and temperature (18:43)
  • Tips for before you go to bed (19:33)
  • The extraction process and its influence on essential oils (21:20)
  • About the birth control pill and HRT (23:34)
  • Finding your personalised journey to wellness (26:01)
  • Any questions email here. 🙂

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Dr Bo Hendgen - Essential Oils for Menopause

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Welcome to the Women On Fire® Podcast. We’re on a mission to help you have your best menopause and rest of your life.

I’m your host, Jenna Moore. I’m an accredited integrative health and menopause coach and I’ve studied nutritional awareness, women’s hormones through a functional medicine lens and explored various modalities including breath work, mindset and positive psychology.

Join me and my guests as we discuss how to navigate the natural life transition of menopause and growing older. From waistlines, waning libidos and what to wear now we’re over 40 we discuss it all.

Women On Fire® is sponsored by MenoMe®, a New Zealand based company by women for women. MenoMe® specialises in evidence-based, all-natural supplements so you can experience freedom in menopause.

Disclaimer: Our Mini Pause’s are for information purposes only. They come from a holistic vantage point and from collating (often conflicting) scientific data if it’s available. They should not take the place of medical advice.

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.