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Phytoestrogens and Essential oils for Menopause

Updated: Mar 12

Phytoestrogens are compounds derived from plant-based foods that can either block or mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. While the effects of phytoestrogens are weaker than those of estrogen, they can still be beneficial in maintaining normal bone density, preventing certain types of cancer, and reducing acne and other symptoms associated with menopause.

There are three main types of phytoestrogens: Lignans, Coumestans, and Isoflavones.

Lignans are found in many fiber-packed plant foods such as sesame seeds and nuts,

Grains: Wheat bran

Dried fruits such as Dates, prunes, and dried apricots

Berries: Strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries


Flax seeds being the richest dietary source.

Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cabbage, and collard greens, brussels sprout

Coumestans are found in split peas, pinto beans, lima beans, alfalfa, and clover sprouts. Isoflavones are the most widely studied phytoestrogens, abundant in soybeans and other legumes, as well as in berries, grains, nuts, and wine. Red Clover’s high isoflavone content is believed to help lower menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats. In the same way raw honey that is derived from red clover may help as well. Soy isoflavones, such as genistein and daidzein, have the highest estrogenic properties and may reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer. In premenopausal women, consuming high amounts of soy products may decrease levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), which are important hormones for fertility. (Soy isoflavones may interact with certain medications, such as hormone replacement therapy.)

The benefits of phytoestrogens, such as lignans, coumestans, and isoflavones, are most effective when consumed regularly over a long period of time, beginning in early life. In traditional Asian diets, which are often rich in soy products, legumes, and other plant-based foods that contain phytoestrogens, women experience lower rates of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, compared to women in Western countries. It is important to note, for this to happen phytoestrogens must be introduced consistently and at an early age.

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A powerful carotenoid that also increases the secretion of estrogen and progesterone

in follicles.

Essential oils can also be helpful in alleviating menopausal symptoms. It is recommended to do a patch test before using essential oils topically and to dilute them with a carrier oil before use

Some of these items can also be found in herb form as well.

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  • Clary sage oil: helps level out estrogen production in the body and is especially great for balancing hormones in women.

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  • Thyme oil: can significantly balance progesterone levels due to its high phytoestrogen content. It can improve insomnia, mood swings, depression, and low fertility.

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  • Lavender oil: improves cortisol levels and reduces menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches, and night sweats.

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  • Peppermint oil: when used topically during a hot flash, can help cool down the body due to its menthol content.

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  • Geranium: can naturally support estrogen levels while also promoting clear skin, healthy hair, and may help relieve depression.

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  • Rosemary oil: contains carnosic acid, an active ingredient that helps the liver break down estrogen and normalize estrogen levels.

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  • Cypress: stimulates estrogen production when it is deficient only and is helpful for PMS, ovary-related problems, painful and irregular periods, and menopause.

  • Pine oil: can help menopausal women with decreased levels of estrogen.

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  • Oregano oil: can boost estrogen levels, relieve pain, and promote healthy weight loss.

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  • Fennel oil: contains phytoestrogens and can increase estrogen levels.

  • Anise seed oil: mimics the effects of estrogen in the body, potentially reducing symptoms of menopause.

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  • Vitex: is effective in decreasing menopausal symptoms.

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*Turmeric: in herb form, helps women manage some symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and joint pain given its anti-inflammatory properties.

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  • Frankincense oil: supports proper thyroid gland functioning and balances cortisol and estrogen levels.

  • Sandalwood essential oil: is very effective at balancing out testosterone levels in both men and women.

  • Rose oil: can decrease testosterone levels in women and, when inhaled, can reduce pain.


Similarly, essential oils and herbs can also interact with certain medications, and some may cause adverse reactions in women with allergies, sensitivities or pre-existing medical conditions. It's important to note that while phytoestrogens, essential oils and herbs, are generally safe, and helpful. It's important to note that the benefits of phytoestrogens may vary depending on individual health factors and dietary patterns. It is recommended they should not replace medical treatment and advice from a qualified healthcare provider. Women should not rely solely on these natural remedies to manage their symptoms, as some symptoms may require medical intervention.




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