Menopause & the Self Plant Essence Support Set
As we journey through the menopause transition we can sometimes be in conflict with our bodies. Changes can make us feel tricked, rhythms shift. Our weight, sleep patterns and sex drive can change. Did you know that over 40% of women going into menopause can suffer from vaginal dryness? Who told us that might happen? Hormones can change our moods and affect our relationships with others and with our sense of Self.
Menopause comes at a time in life when we are already questioning our roles. We can find ourselves sandwiched between children growing up and leaving the nest, to parents needing more support. For those of us without children, this is a time of no more ‘what if’s’ and that can be wonderful, or it can be disconcerting. Are we mother, lover, daughter, carer, wife, partner? Who are we and who are we becoming? So many changes – so many questions.
My belief is that nature can really help us through key life transitions, including menopause. The more we start to see our relationship with the natural world around us, the more we can find ways of gathering strength, clarity and balance to help us handle daily life; to help us handle the changes that come with menopause.
Seeing and sensing the connections between us and the world around us means we can find our allies in the unlikeliest of places. The plant world is one such place. Plants and us, well we’re not so different. We respond to care, food, nutrients, the seasons, the weather, our location and to the life around us. We have a sex life, we can have good health and poor health. Like us, plants are believed to have their own cosmological influencers and associations – their roots are in the earth and their heads are reaching to the heavens.
Working with plant essences (also known as flower essences) is one way to tap into that energy, to find the plants that can support you at different moments, those that can bring balance, clarity and comfort. You may be already doing this with the popular plant essence remedy known as Bach’s Rescue Remedy.
So here you are going into, or through, the menopause transition. Things are changing. Your body’s changing. There are many plants that are wonderful allies for women at this time, but as a starting point for mind, body and soul, I have selected three: motherwort, evening primrose and flax, known in New Zealand as harakeke.
I’ve curated this set of Archeus plant essences to provide support for your ability to cope with the physiological affects of menopause such as mood swings and hot flashes, and for the deeper shifts to do with your sense of self through this transition.
You can use these essences in a variety of ways either on their own or as a blend. Details for use are below but my recommendations are also to think of them as a tool for meditation and reflection. If you are feeling vulnerable or annoyed with the world, let motherwort be your ally. If you can see that you’re becoming too fixed to your ideas and that’s causing friction in your life, seek out the liberating aspects of evening primrose. If you’re questioning where to from here, let harakeke help you treasure your past story and help you write your future.
To take this further:
If you’d like to further personalise the work you do with your plant allies and deepen the integration of your whole being, mind body and soul, with the natural world then check out my website archeus.co.nz.
The services I offer work to integrate your whole being, mind body and soul, with the natural world in which we all live: the earth, plants, animals, landscape and the stars. I have immersed myself in the wisdom of ancient physicians, healers and philosophers and reworked it for our modern age.
By blending herbalism, nutrition, astrology, shamanism and reiki with a healthy dose of practicality, my work supports you to weave the personal, ecological and cosmological aspects of your being into one fluid whole. I’m passionate about supporting people through key life transitions. In essence, my work connecting you to nature can help you to live, and die, well. All of my services can take place alongside other modalities, including western medicine.
Essences in this support set are:
(Botanical name: Leonurus cardiaca)
Motherwort has the botanic name Leonurus cardiaca – the lionhearted. She has long been known as a herb that calms the nerves, the heart and the hormones. She’s a key herb for women as they journey through menopause. Motherwort helps quell rage and nerves. She helps you find your calm centre, balance, but not at the cost of being walked over. This is a herb of attitude, a don’t mess with me herb, a herb of crone wisdom (this is a compliment) and an embrace of all that is woman. You get real clues to her attributes by the way she grows (known as the Doctrine of Signatures) because her leaves are deeply lined like an old crone’s skin. Her seed pods are very prickly, painfully so! Her tiny flowers look like a roaring lion.
(Botanical name: Phormium tenax)
Flax or harakeke is included to help you with the stories you tell yourself about who you are. It’s a superb ally for communication. Traditionally used as a digestive aid, for weaving beautiful baskets known as kete and later as paper and sealing wax, harakeke’s energy can help us define and hold our own stories as sacred. Harakeke helps you get to the truth of your own wishes, dreams and desires. Flax helps you define yourself and with the open mindedness and flexibility of evening primrose and the lion-hearted courage of motherwort, she can help you step into your power.
(Botanical name: Oenothera biennis)
Associated with the feminine, her oil nourishes and energetic properties provide a sense of grace and calm. She’s not afraid to grow tall, to stand out in the crowd. She grows all wavy and wonky and she just doesn’t care! In fact she is positively jubilant. She encourages us to ‘go with the flow’, to find joy in moving our body and exploring our thoughts. Menopause brings with it many questions about our identity; who we are and where we are going. So let her help create a flexible mind to consider these questions at a soul level.