How can Naturopathy help in Perimenopause and Menopause? Video

How can Naturopathy help in Perimenopause and Menopause?

In this video I talk with the lovely Georgina from Earth to Essence Naturopathy.

We cover:

  • What is Naturopathy?
  • How can Naturopathy help with Estrogen dominance?
  • What are phytoestrogens?
  • How can you consume phytoestrogens naturally without supplementation?
  • What are herbal teas and how can they help in Perimenopause?
  • What are Australian Bush Flower Essences and Flower Essences and how can they help in Perimenopause?
Naturopathy Perimenopause Menopause
Every Thursday Georgina is our resident Naturopath in our Facebook Group.

Perimenopause Facebook Group

Are you on Facebook? Join a likeminded community of women exploring how to THRIVE in perimenopause and menopause.
Join our new Book Club

Perimenopause Book Club

This book club is hosted by Katische and is open to women who are interested in reading about women’s health issues, women’s spirituality, and other topics of direct link to the quality of women’s life in their 30s 40s and 50s. A book will be chosen each month and where possible a guest speaker invited. Each book club meeting will be hosted via zoom- so check the events for the zoom meetings.

yoga nidra for anxiety

Yoga Nidra for anxiety

In my last interview with Jane Macpherson, she explained how Yoga Nidra can be used for anxiety and to help us rest, which is important whilst going through the physical changes associated with Perimenopause and Menopause.

So today I thought I would share with you a fantastic online resource so that you can access the deep rest and healing for anxiety.

We know we’re supposed to be taking care of ourselves. So why is it so hard?

Because knowledge isn’t enough. 

Given the state of the world, not to mention the amount of trauma so many of us carry, the techniques we’ve learned in the past just aren’t cutting it.

We need a practice that is accessible, restorative, and ignites complete inner transformation – all while being trauma-informed.

Enter iRest. 

Created by yoga scholar and clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Miller, iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation is a simple yet profound pathway to ultimate well-being—physically, psychologically, and spiritually.

iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion

An 8-Week Online Intensive to Accelerate Mind-Body Healing & Spiritual Awakening

Enroll Now

In this eight-week program, you’ll learn how to use iRest practices to get better sleep, improve your health, and reduce anxiety.

But the benefits don’t stop there – based on traditional yogic teachings for inner liberation and enlightenment, iRest Yoga Nidra ultimately guides you to your own awakening.

The iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion has been designed to meet you wherever you are—whether you’re new to meditation and just want to feel better, or you’ve been on a spiritual path for decades.

Click here to learn more about this new online immersion today and grab a FREE meditation to try before you start the course.

With Love,


Affiliate disclaimer: I am an affiliate for Sounds True. If you purchase this course, I may recieve a small commission. Note this does not make the course more expensive for you.

dangerous old woman

The dangerous old woman: Review

The Dangerous Old Woman is the first in a collection of 6, that follows on where Clarissa left off with Women Who Run with the Wolves.

It is the collected wisdom of thirty years of interviews and her PHD studies and is perfect for women over 35 and especially those who are transitioning through perimenopause and menopause

This collection begins the sharing of knowledge of the Wild Woman and the Wise Woman Archetypes.

The Wild Woman was discussed in Women who Run with the Wolves, and the Dangerous Old Woman starts the Wise Woman Archetype learnings.

Both Archetypes are twins. The Wild Woman is creative and runs on intuition and instinct and the Wise Woman has knowledge, knowing, imagining, and solid boundaries.

dangerous old woman

The Wise Woman has a sense of the visionary and carries the true home and knowledge of who we are.

She is wise because she knows what works.

About the Dangerous Old Woman Collection

For this collection, Clarissa has chosen not to pass the stories and lesson through the printed word, but to use the oral tradition of her people and talk to you. 

She wants you to understand that this kind of learning is soul learning, and you will take what you need on each listening.

When I listen, sometimes it feels like you drift off into another place in time and space entirely. It is a collection that you cannot listen to whilst doing something else.

Every part of your body and mind and spirit demands that you stop, that you go to a quiet place and that you devote yourself to immersing yourself in the moment so that you can truly absorb the meaning of the stories and what special messages they have for you and you only.

If you are like me, and try to sit at a table and listen with a notebook, you will, I promise, after half an hour give up the futile quest and put aside your pen.

For the voice of Clarissa does not translate to the paper, and neither do the images in your mind that you see as she speaks.

What will you get from listening to this collection?

Not a to do list, or a to be list.  But a knowing and an understanding. 

A making sense of some of the events in your own life.

Favourite Takeaways

On being eccentric:

Being eccentric is the first sign of giftedness.

The room of the dead

Who we are is not visible, but the answer to finding out this can only be found in the journey.

The Dangerous Old Woman- Session Overviews

Session Overviews

Session One: Revivir—Bringing Back to Life the Archetypes of the Wise and Wild

Stories and commentaries include:

  • What is meant by “Dangerous”?
  • The Silver-Lipped Ax
  • The Truth About Women’s Giftedness as They Grow Older
  • Notable Wise Old Women in Mythos
  • The Crone: Getting True Wisdom Is Not What We Were Taught
  • “Snow White,” Part One

A Q&A session with audience members follows Dr. Estés’s teachings, and we conclude with the blessing prayer “I Am Not Needed There.”

Session Two: Arbol De La Hoja Perenne—Woman as Indestructible Tree of Life

Stories and commentaries include:

  • La Anciana: The Two-Million Year Old Woman
  • Wild Woman and Wise Woman Archetypes are Las Gemelas, Twins
  • “Snow White,” Part Two
  • The Symbolism of the Madrasta (stepmother) and the Mirror
  • When This Tree Has Stood Winter

A Q&A session with audience members follows Dr. Estés’s teachings, and we conclude with the blessing prayer “One Day When I Was Old.”

Session Three: La Tejadora, The Weaver—Who Knocks at My Door with Tears and Treasure?

Stories and commentaries include:

  • “The Sun-Daggered Treasure Tree No One Remembered”
  • Why Old Women in Mythos Ever Companion the Young
  • Las Tres Osas, The Three Old Re-Weavers of Torn Lives”
  • The Mad Knitter, Coming into One’s Own, the Spiritus Imaginal
  • El Destino Asignaturo, Ditching the Collective, Creating New Culture

A Q&A session with audience members follows Dr. Estés’s teachings, and we conclude with the blessing prayer “Hymn of Gratitude, for We Are Pleased by Dangerous Old Women and Their Wild and Wise Daughters.”

Session Four: La Mera Mera and La Anciana—The Ultimate Two-Million-Year-Old Woman

Stories and commentaries include:

  • “The Man Who Hated Trees”
  • “The 17 Aunts and the Flying Forest”
  • Unus Mundus, Old World Wisdom
  • “The Jealous Girls and the Old Woman Under the Lake”
  • The Old Woman’s Beautiful Legacies

After the blessing prayer “The Angelic Ten,” Dr. Estés answers questions, then we conclude with the blessing prayer “When a Good Mother Dies.”

Session Five: Relámpago! Lightning!—Crossing the Crone Line

Stories and commentaries include:

  • “The Precious Museum Tree”
  • “What Did You Dream? What Did You Dream?”
  • “Learning to Juggle as a Pattern for Life”
  • “The Crossing Shawl”
  • Los Cinco Espiritus, The Five Women Spirits”

A Q&A session with audience members follows Dr. Estés’s teachings, and we conclude with the blessing prayer “Five Fears to Fear, and Then No More.”

Session Six: Las Vatas Locas—Street Wisdom and Gentle, Tough Old Women

Stories and commentaries include:

  • “The Pretty Poison Tree”
  • “Rest Well, God Is Awake”
  • “The Vashinger and the Return of the Vampires”
  • “The Ruby Red Fox”
  • “Seductions That Put Us to Sleep about Our Creative Lives”

Purchase now.

Can Yoga and Yoga Therapy help in Perimenopause and Menopause?

In this interview Jane and I discuss:

  • What is Yoga?
  • What is Yoga Therapy?
  • How can Yoga be used to help with anxiety and panic attacks in Perimenopause and Menopause?
  • Why you shouldn’t use Fit Bit’s to monitor your sleep and how it makes it worse!
  • How to modify your yoga practice or start one during flooding or heavy bleeding.
  • The poses you should avoid during heavy bleeding
  • What is a midlife crisis? Does Jane believe in Midlife Crisis?
  • How should we re-frame Perimenopause and Menopause?
  • The value of self care via retreats
  • Is it ever too late to start a Yoga practice and can it just be for your own personal sanctuary and not to learn how to do amazing headstands, and other poses?

Don’t miss Jane’s previous guest blog about how she transitioned from the corporate world to teaching Yoga!

painting with menstrual blood

Painting with menstrual blood

painting with menstrual blood

This week I have been learning to use a menstrual cup. On the first attempt, I looked at the size of it and thought- oh my god, how am I going to get that thing in?

And then I laughed at myself and looked at it and the thickness and told myself, well, if this was something else, if this was not plastic but part of a male, then I would have no troubles. My body would use its natural lubrication to bring it in.

What is it about the use of a plastic menstrual cup that invoked fear and makes us literally shrink at the sight of it?

And the answer is the blood.

What if it leaked? How would I know? Would I know? Would I be able to feel it? Would I have enough time to get to the bathroom without “embarrassing” myself?

It seems to be a pathological fear we women have about being “caught out” having our period.

As if it should be something that is a tightly held secret.

Perhaps it is in response of our younger days when having a period was used as a weapon against you.

“You on your rags?” was something that was spat out at you as a teenager, mind you from other girls my own age.

So I got on with it, and when it was full, I knew.

In that innate, I’ve got to get to the toilet in about 30 seconds kind of way.

When I looked down at the blood in the cup I thought- wow, it’s a bit like paint when you see it like this. It would make an interesting painting. If only it didn’t smell.

So I googled why does menstrual blood smell, and I can’t tell you how many blogs tried to tell me that menstrual blood has no smell.

Um no.

Anyway, apparently I am not the first to have these thoughts. About blood smelling and about painting with it.

So in my quest to keep demystifying menstruation- because- how can we expect to talk openly about perimenopause and menopause if we can’t talk about menstruation- I present to you- painting with menstrual blood.

I challenge you not to look away but to sit with this video and actually see how you truly feel about it. Take a break half way through if you need to, but if you sit with it until the end of the video, you will be surprised with how you feel.

Read the blog that accompanies the video:

Other blogs:

womens new midlife crisis

Review: Why We can’t sleep- Women’s New Midlife Crisis

Are there days when you feel like you are drowning? Are you a Generation Xer? – we were the generation of women who were told we could be everything and have everything!

And so we thought we could conquer the world. Yet here we are, feeling more stressed than ever, feeling like our careers are stalling, or just never turned out the way we thought they would, despite the fact that we have worked our butts off.

Ada Calhoun

I’ve just finished reading Why We can’t sleep- Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun.

There are so many passages in the book that had me nodding, or exclaiming out loud YES!

I thought it was “just me”. That I was the odd one one, the problem child, the disappointment in my Masters Circle of friend, yet this book opened my mind to the fact that what I have been feeling does not make me “strange” or abnormal, or unsuccessful or a misfit.

The more I delve into understanding Perimenopause, the more I understand that this is not just a hormonal thing, it’s generational- and you don’t necessarily need a change in hormones to experience these feelings- although Perimenopause can exacerbate these feelings, and your body may start expressing itself in hot flushes or other “symptoms”.

“Women’s crises tend to be quieter than men’s. Sometimes a woman will try something spectacular- a big affair, a new career, a “she shed” in the backyard, but more often she sneaks her suffering in around the edges of care taking and work.

From the outside, no one may notice anything amiss. Women may drain a bottle of wine whilst watching TV alone, use CBD edibles to decompress, or cry every afternoon in the pickup lane at school. Or, in the middle of the night, they might lie wide awake, eyes fixed on the ceiling. There has yet to be a blockbuster movie centered on a woman staring out her car’s windshield and sighing.

So I understand why some people consider “crisis” too extreme a word for high-functioning women experiencing what can look like merely malaise or a funk or a rough patch”.

This book is a MUST read for everyone who is You will be mind blown with how Ada seems to understand your life.

Click image below to purchase:

Some of my favourite passages from the book:

Weight gain:

Um, yes. The midlife body has a mind of its own. Can we make peace with it at last or do we all need to desire to be a MILF?

On social media:

How to use Lavender essential oil in Perimenopause and menopause

Women have a soul need to express themselves.

Clarissa Pinkola Este.

lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil is the oil of communication, expression and release.

We often make statements about essential oils, but what is the historical proof that this is just so?

Lavender has been mentioned throughout history, however, some may not have stopped to wonder why it is a plant worthy of such fascination. In the 12th century the term “lavenderess” was coined:

Lavender was chosen not only for the ease of its growth but because of its multifaceted usability. Not only was it a pleasant smell, which helped mask all sorts of nasty aromas, but it was also a great substitute for smelling salts, used to help with flatulence, nausea and nervous exhaustion and stress- known primarily in those days as “feeling faint”.

It was also known as a gentle tonic for mood and effective in helping those in depressed states of mind.

According to Culpepper’s Complete Herbal (published in 1653), Lavender is under the dominion of Mercury, which rules communication, the mind, and the nervous system.

Perimenopause and release

Coincidentally. perimenopause and menopause are the time of release for women. It is the time when not only our bodies go through a release of menstruation, and all that this life-giving, and nurturing phase entails, but it also results in great emotional release.

Women who are aware only of the physical release of the need to menstruate and the side effects that may be experienced during this transition may not be aware of the impact it has on the nervous system.

Hormonal fluctuations and lavender essential oil

When used in a hot flushes spray, lavender essential oil has a calming effect and creates a sense of well being, despite the many fluctuations in hormone levels that a woman can experience.

Lavender essential oil and communication

Lavender essential oil can be used like spearmint essential oil for expression, which many women may find particularly helpful.

During menopause and perimenopause, many women find their significant relationships undergoing significant transformations.

Anger that may have been bottled, and words and thoughts that have been repressed, so as not to “rock the boat”, may come spilling out. It may feel as though you just can’t hold back any longer.

Lavender helps reassure you so that you don’t feel insecure when expressing your thoughts and feelings.

It encourages open and honest communication.

“Lavender addresses a deep fear of being seen and heard. Individuals in need of Lavender hide within, blocking all forms of true expression. While they may even be going through the motions of outward expression, they’re actually holding back their innermost thoughts and feelings. The expression is not connected to the heart or soul”.

Emotions and Essential oils – A Modern Resource for Healing

Women who have been in long term relationships or marriages may have experienced negative consequences for “speaking their mind”, and as a result may have feelings of being unheard, unimportant or unlovable.

Their partner may have not intended them to feel this way but did not realise that not allowing the woman in their life to express their thoughts and seek out her opinions on matters, can result in women feeling unheard.

For women who have expressed their opinions and received rejection based on ridicule, anger or even violence, find that their true self and true voice is trapped inside.

It is with the transition into perimenopause that this true self and true voice DEMANDS to be heard.

As women learn to safely communicate their deepest thoughts and feelings, they are “liberated from their self-inflicted prison”. Emotions and Essential oils – A Modern Resource for Healing.

Sometimes having these conversations can provoke head tension, and lavender can assist in reducing this tension.

cooking with essential oils

Lavender essential oil and insomnia

Insomnia is one of the characteristics experienced by many women during perimenopause and menopause.

How to use lavender essential oil at bedtime:

  • A hot bath with lavender essential oil-covered magnesium bath salts and
  • A cup of lavender tea before bed (doTERRA lavender essential oil is food grade and one drop can be used instead of a store-bought tea bag).
  • Diffuse lavender essential oil in the bedroom one hour before bed and mist the bed linen with a lavender spray.

Lavender diffuser blends:

lavender diffuser blends
essential oils for perimenopause

Your bestie would have texted you this deal.

A collection of essential oils for perimenopause and menopause.

48 hours only, Australia and NZ only.

essential oils for perimenopause
essential oils for perimenopause

I’ve written on this post how you can use these magical oils in perimenopause and menopause.

All of the rollerballs in this image are not usually available- they normally are only available as bottles of essential oil- so this is a limited time offer! Being in a rollerball means they are diluted with fractionated coconut oil- so it is safe to use even if you have skin sensitivities.

How do I use these essential oils for Perimenopause and menopause?

Balance and Serenity and Motivate:

Roll on the bottoms of your feet and then on your pulse points. Serenity is best for before bed to help you go to sleep but also can be used if you wake in the middle of the night with insomnia.

Balance is great for anxious feelings. Take it with you everywhere.

You can also use both Balance and Serenity and Motivate instead of your usual perfume- it’s much better for your body- no toxic chemicals! Chemicals are hormone disrupters which makes it even harder for your body to go through perimenopause and menopause.

The Helichrysum is very hand to have around the house in case you chop your finger- it is known as liquid stitches and we have certainly put it to the test in our family!

I save it for this use- however, a lot of ladies like to use it on their face as a part of their beauty routine. It’s also good for bruising.

Motivate is an energizing and uplifting blend. It helps you when you are feeling low in both energy and mood. Lots of citrus oils to boost you- citrus is known to both reduce cortisol and thus stress and also help lift mood.

If you don’t have a doTERRA account yet go to then click on wholesale to get this price of $126.40 AUD. You will need to add a membership kit ($35) which gives you 12 months wholesale price access- just like Costco.

How to use Magnolia Essential Oil in Perimenopause and Menopause

magnolia perimenopause anxiety

Wondering how to use Magnolia essential oil to help you in Perimenopause and Menopause? It’s easy- Magnolia essential oil is a beautiful oil that you can wear as a perfume that is calming to the nervous system.

The Linalool content of Magnolia essential oil (it’s about 70%) will help alleviate any anxious feelings that you may have as a result of the changes in your limbic system.

You are not alone! An increase in feelings of anxiousness is the number one emotional change experienced by women going through perimenopause and menopause.

As the production of your hormones fluctuates- these fluctuations in the levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone cause changes in the brain- in particular the limbic system- which is the emotional control center of your body.

Because progesterone is a woman’s ‘calming’ hormone, with less of it around, it makes complete sense that we may feel more overwhelmed and easily stressed, anxious, edgy, and short-tempered. In many women, this leads to symptoms such as tension headaches, palpitations, digestive issues and more – and, in some cases, full-blown panic disorder. 

Sarah Rayner

To learn more about the changes in your body in perimenopause- can I recommend my Facebook group– or taking my online course?

Magnolia Essential Oil:

doTERRA Magnolia essential oil is sourced in China from the white champaca or white jade orchid tree. These flowers are used in traditional Chinese health practices to create balance in the body.

Magnolia essential oil is steam distilled from the petals of the flower. The blossoms can be harvested twice a year, but like Jasmine and Rose, Magnolia flowers do not have a high yield.

The doTERRA Magnolia Essential Oil Rollerball comes pre-diluted with fractionated coconut oil. It is safe and effective to apply directly to your face and body.

Did I mention it smells amazing?

magnolia perimnopause anxiety

Ready to feel calmer?

Shop for essential oils

Need to understand more about anxiety?

In this video, I explain how and why you can use aromatherapy and essential oils to help with anxiety.

Join our Perimenopause and Menopause community

Click on the image below to join us on Facebook where we have a very supportive perimenopause and menopause community.

Perimenopause facebook group

Painful sex during Perimenopause and Menopause

If you’re over 35 and sex has become painful, you’re not alone. Painful sex during perimenopause and menopause is, unfortunately, a very common reality for many women. And no, it’s not your fault because “you’re not turned on”, it’s biological- there’s a scientific reason for it.

This video is the perspective of a young woman who had painful sex due to endometriosis- but the feeling is similar for women who have low estrogen during perimenopause and menopause.

Estrogen or rather a lack of it is to blame.

Women’s Estrogen levels drop 35% between the age of 35 and 50 and this results in vaginal dryness and thinned lining of the vaginal tissues. For some women this just makes sex feel rough and uncomfortable, for others it’s painful and can even feel like shards of glass.

painful sex during perimenopause and menopause

What can I do about painful sex during perimenopause and menopause?

Communicate with your partner. They have to be aware of the issue so that they understand. It’s helpful to ensure that you have a natural lubricant beside the bed. A natural lubricant made with therapeutic grade pure essential oils will not only assist with the irritation but help improve it.

Please don’t use KY or any chemical-based lubricant from the supermarket as it will only irritate the situation.

Ingredients of commercial KY Lubricant:

Need we say more? That stuff needs to stay away from your vulva and vagina.

Natural Vaginal Lubricant

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil or Apricot Kernel Oil
    (use 2 parts aloe vera gel, one part coconut oil ) eg 2 tablespoons aloe vera and 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  • Roman Chamomile,
  • Lavender,
  • Frankincense,
  • Sandalwood,
  • Geranium (or Rose)

According to licensed Psychologist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in Los Angeles DrShannon Chavez Qureshi, PsyD, CST– when choosing a carrier oil for use with your lubricant:

  • Jojoba oil helps provide moisture and strengthens skin and tissues.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, and high in vitamin A. Since it easily penetrates the skin, it is a good oil for moisturizing.

The lubricant can be used at any time that you feel dry- not just before, during or after sex.

What else should I do to avoid painful sex?

Please ensure you are not exposing yourself to soap. You don’t need to wash your vagina or vulva.

And make sure your undies are made from a breathable fabric such as cotton or bamboo or have a breathable gusset.

Do your vaginal exercises to get the blood flowing! (free pelvic floor exercise guide)

Watch this video- you’ll learn a lot about your pelvic floor- it’s not just something that you need to think about immediately after you have a baby!

Join our Perimenopause and Menopause Online Community

painful sex during perimenopause and menopause

Shop Now

Ready to feel better? Shop now for fractionated coconut oil and the essential oils mentioned above, to help reduce the pain you experience during sex.

painful sex during perimenopause and menopause