1. Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic properties and helps alkalize your body’s tissues. This means that the apple cider vinegar makes the vagina acidic where the bacteria cannot thrive for long. To get relief, submerge your vagina in a shallow bath of water and 2 cups vinegar for at least 1/2 an hour. This should soothe the irritation, as well as killing any yeast infection if that is the cause of the itching and burning.
2. Garlic Both garlic cloves and garlic powder mixed with water into a paste have been helpful herbal remedies for vaginal itching. Among its other benefits, garlic is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral. You can also insert a garlic glove inside your vagina if you suspect a yeast infection as the cause of your itching. This is a great garlic powder to use.
3. Yogurt Yogurt can provide you lasting relief from vaginal itching and burning. Applying plain yogurt topically to the vaginal area…
4. Kefir This fermented milk drink is a potent probiotic and effective home treatment used as a douche. Like yogurt, it has tons of good probiotics to balance things out and it acts as an anti-inflammatory as well.
5. Honey Raw (unpasteurized) honey is known to stop the itching. It is an antibacterial and antifungal. Just slather it on like an ointment.
6. Rosemary Steep a small handful of rosemary leaves in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes and allow to cool. Wash the vaginal area with this herbal solution and feel the relief quickly!
7. Basil Basil leaves have anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. As with rosemary, steep a small handful of basil leaves in 2 cups of water and allow to cool. Wash the vaginal area with this herbal solution and feel the relief quickly.
8. Chamomile Make a chamomile infusion from 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers in 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minutes,…
9. Wormwood Boil 4 tablespoons of wormwood in 4 cups water for 5 minutes. Strain, then let it cool at body temperature. Wash 1-2 times daily for two weeks. Besides relieving the itching and burning, wormwood vaginal washes help restore the flora and reduce abnormal secretions. This is a small bag of wormwood.
10. Real Sea Salt Sea Salt (Epson salt is ok too) can reduce remove itching and bacteria due to its antibacterial properties. Wash your vagina with concentrated salt water whenever you feel the itch. This will give you great relief instantly and prevent further multiplication of bacteria. A soak in a salt bath is ok too.
Would you like to keep a soothing rinse on hand to use after using the bathroom?
It works great for any vaginal discomfort so in addition to handling vaginal itching, it is a very soothing peri-rinse post-partum.
1 teaspoons sea salt
5 drop lavender essential oil
2 drops thyme essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil 1 drop chamomile essential oil
Directions Add the salt and essential oils into a per-rinse type bottle. Fill to the top with filtered water. Shake well before each use….
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How would you visually represent your experience of the menopause? Imagine bringing physical form to its multiple aspects: the physical, emotional, and cultural. Second year BA Ceramic Design students at Central Saint Martins have been engaged with this challenge. Their rather beautiful answers will be on exhibit at 2017’s British Ceramics Biennial this autumn.
With Reclaiming The Menopause Managing Director Eileen Bellot acting as an advisor and resource, the students joined a menopause-focused Facebook page to begin a dialogue. They posted a lengthy questionnaire asking about individual women’s experience and what advice they might give to women yet to enter this phase of life–advice they wish someone had given them.
Working with this feedback, the students undertook an exploration of themes: the colours of autumn (as the menopause is described as autumnal,) classically “feminine” shapes, and means of passing information from one generation to the next. Each step of the design process was fully considered and informed. The students’ evolving conversation, early sketches, concepts and progress notes can be found on their blog Mud Movement.
The result is sixty-six vessels presented as heirlooms meant to be passed down through generations of women. Each contains a scroll to both collect and disseminate advice and stories about the menopause.
A selection of the work produced through the collaboration will be exhibited at World of Wedgwood in Stoke on Trent for the duration of the 2017’s British Ceramics Biennial (23rd Sept – 5th November). Emma Lacey will be giving a short presentation at the Ceramics and it’s Dimensions Congress on 5th October. The theme of the Congress is ‘Can Ceramics Make a difference?’
You can also get the opportunity to view some of these vessels at our coming Menopause Awareness event on 2nd Oct 5.30-8pm. Refreshment & Massage sessions available
To find out more and book your free ticket follow the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menopause-awareness-event-tickets-37914151247
There are some studies that show that hearing loss might be associated with Menopause so……
Tips to boost hearing
Although hearing loss is non-reversible, there are a lot of ways you can protect and boost your hearing ability.
There are the tried-and-true ways like taking supplements, but there are also some unconventional methods. Here are a few things you can try.
Practice your hearing
Just like you’d exercise the muscles in your arms and legs or train your brain, you can also exercise your ears. Practice focusing on sounds and identifying where they are coming from.
Try holding a conversation over loud music. Focusing on hearing what the other person is saying will help strengthen your hearing.
Another thing you can do is close your eyes and have a friend walk around a room while talking to you. Try and identify where the sounds are coming from, essentially training your ability to locate objects by their sound.
Like everything else in the body, exercising is the easiest (and probably best) method of improving your hearing. And, it’s pretty easy too. You don’t have to hit up a gym and lift weights—a short walk or jog every day will do the trick.
We know you like to exercise with headphones in, but here’s a quick tip: make sure they aren’t too loud. Excessively loud music can damage the hairs in your ears, which don’t grow back.
Keep your brain healthy
The brain processes sounds that come in through the ears, so it’s important to keep it healthy. The stronger your brain cells are, the better your hearing will be.
An easy way to train your brain is to download a brain training app on your phone and do it every morning or before bed. Or you could take a more traditional approach and do some crosswords.
Spending time outside in a public place will force you to sort through different sounds, strengthening your hearing. Try and identify where certain sounds are coming from outside while you meditate in the park.
A host of factors these days are making women experience early menopause. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity and lack of physical activity may often lead some women to experience hormonal imbalance which may often trigger early menopause. A recently conducted study mentions hormonal therapy as a viable option to treat common menopause symptoms.
Using hormone replacement therapy to treat common symptoms of menopause for up to five to seven years may be safe and not associated with risk of all-cause, cardiovascular or cancer death, a study with over 18 years of follow-up has found. The study was published by JAMA and conducted by experts at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, United States. Hormonal therapy works by replacing the depleting levels of female hormones and aid in reducing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes in women. After conducting a comparative study between menopausal women on placebo and other female participants on hormonal therapy, it was found that hormonal therapy helped in reducing menopausal symptoms without having an impact on the death rates. The participants were followed for 18 years and were tracked for chronic diseases like cancer, as well as heart attack and deaths. The women took the hormone therapy for five to seven years.
Another recently conducted study looked at the role of diet in preventing risks of early menopause. Early menopause – the cessation of ovarian function before the age of 45 – affects about 10 per cent of women globally and is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and early cognitive decline. Experts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US noted that a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium may help stave off risks of early menopause. In a combined study teams from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and University of Massachusetts Amherst found that women who consume items like oats, barley, brown rice and soy may keep early menopause at bay.
Thanks so much to Hackney Herbal who came to our support group last Thursday and did a lovely workshop all about herbal remedies. We were able to smell and taste a variety of herbs and then we made some teabags of our favourite ones. For example:
Lemon balm: Relaxing restorative for nervous system. Uplifting tea. Calming and soothing
Fennel: Leaves, seeds. Digestive aid for wind and indigestion
Lemon Verbena Leaves. Sedative, carminative, Night tea for insomnia
German Chamomile Anti-inflammatory Used to calm digestive and nervous system
Sage Leaves, essential oil traditionally associated with longevity. Reduces sweating,
salivation and lactating, improves menopausal symptoms,
Used for sore throats and tonsillitis
To find out more check out Hackney Herbal www. hackney.herbal.com