The Essential Oils Menopause Solution

Alleviate Your Symptoms and Reclaim Your Energy, Sleep, Sex Drive, and Metabolism

About the Book

Alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause with simple and safe DIY diffusions, tonics, and tinctures made with essential oils, from “a true innovator and thought leader in the field of women’s hormone health” (JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet).

What if menopause didn’t have to be a struggle?

Your body is always changing—necessarily and beautifully—throughout life. During menopause, however, declining ovarian function and fluctuating hormones often clash with environmental toxins, stress, and digestive distress, leading to the symptoms we have been told we should expect: hot flashes, weight gain, brain fog, low libido, and irritability. But as women’s hormonal health expert and bestselling author Dr. Mariza Snyder explains, you can and deserve to experience a good night’s sleep, clear thinking, stable moods, an energized metabolism, and pain-free sex. The solution is not to medicate the changes, but instead get to the root cause of what’s really going on in the body. In The Essential Oils Menopause Solution, Dr. Mariza offers a cutting-edge, comprehensive plan to do just that, including:

a clear explanation of what’s happening in your body before, during, and after “the change,” and how certain lifestyle triggers exacerbate hormonal imbalance.
the latest science behind the benefits of essential oils as safe, effective solutions for perimenopause and menopause symptoms.
more than 75 recipes and protocols designed to provide solutions for deep, restful sleep, anxiousness, mood swings, fatigue, hot flashes, low libido, brain fog, vaginal dryness, digestive distress, and much more.
a proven 21-day hormone-balancing program complete with meal plans, exercise recommendations, supplementation, and herbal therapies designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms affecting millions of women today.
easy self-care rituals to support every system of your body—from digestion and vaginal health to mitochondrial and liver function—throughout the perimenopausal and menopausal transition.

Dr. Mariza Snyder is committed to helping women feel their best; her work is dedicated to solutions that heal a woman’s health from the ground up. In as little as twenty-one days, The Essential Oils Menopause Solution will help you reclaim vibrant, optimal, and long-lasting health.
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Praise for The Essential Oils Menopause Solution

“Dr. Mariza is a true innovator and thought leader in the field of women’s hormone health. She knows exactly how to empower women to make lasting change by providing easy-to-implement strategies and recommendations. Her newest book, The Essential Oils Menopause Solution, provides clear, practical steps that address the most challenging health issues women face today.”—JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet

“Perimenopause and beyond can be a difficult time. This book has quickly become one of my favorite recommendations. I like it because it helps readers understand that you have more options than just taking hormone replacement. Diet and lifestyle can have powerful benefits for hormonal symptoms. If you are struggling with the hormonal transition, consider this as your go-to guidebook.”—Alan Christianson, NMD, New York Times bestselling author of The Thyroid Reset Diet

“Think it’s normal to feel miserable in menopause? Then think again! In these pages, you’ll discover how simple, natural lifestyle changes can empower you to make menopause the happiest, healthiest time of your life. Take my advice: Don’t suffer through menopause when Dr. Snyder can show you how to rock it.”—Kellyann Petrucci, New York Times bestselling author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet

“Dr. Mariza does it again with her natural, root-cause approach to what is often a very challenging time for women. This book is your road map back to greater vitality and energy! Oh yes! You must read it!”—Anna Cabeca, DO, FACOG, bestselling author of The Hormone Fix and Keto-Green 16
“Essential oils have been used since antiquity for their medicinal properties. Now Dr. Mariza Snyder brings this ancient wisdom up to date for all women going through the menopausal transition. The Essential Oils Menopause Solution is a winner!”—Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Wisdom of Menopause
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The Essential Oils Menopause Solution

Chapter 1

Understanding Your Reproductive Hormones

“Why am I exhausted all the time?”

“Why am I always so stressed out?”

“Why can’t I sleep through the night anymore?”

“Why can’t I lose this weight around my middle? I’m exercising and eating like I always have!”

“Why can’t I remember anything? Why is my mind so cloudy?”

“What the heck is going on?!”


Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate most everything that happens in your body: appetite, metabolism, hair growth, sleep, body temperature, mood, sex drive, and menstruation. The female hormones of estrogen and progesterone play starring roles in our reproductive cycles, so it’s no surprise they get top billing during puberty, when we transition into our fertile years, and perimenopause and menopause, as we stop getting our periods. But they aren’t onstage alone. There is a whole cast of hormones that play a critical part in your health and well-being during both these transitional times as well as every single day in between.

Because our body’s systems are so interconnected, hormones work together in a sort of grand symphony to maintain a harmonious balance and keep everything running optimally. If one hormone goes off-script, other hormones are thrown off balance--throwing you off balance. But it is precisely this complexity that makes it nearly impossible to isolate one hormone as responsible for all of our problems. Instead, we must look at the interplay of a variety of them.

That’s why it’s so important for you to understand some hormone basics. With a clear grasp of what your hormones do and how they fluctuate, especially before, during, and after menopause, you’ll see that none of the symptoms you are experiencing are random or coming out of nowhere. There are reasons why you’re feeling like you do based on your own specific chemistry, your past and present experiences, your lifestyle choices, and your environment. The good news is that we can anticipate these changes and symptoms, and adapt your lifestyle to find solutions that work specifically for your needs.

Let’s start connecting the dots with a closer look at the nonadolescent hormonal changes: perimenopause, menopause, and the dubious new term, “postmenopause.”

What’s Perimenopause?

The quick answer: an unpredictable time of transition. The truth is that most people mistake perimenopause for menopause, not realizing the distinction between the two. “Peri” means “around” or “about,” so any time before your period has been gone for one solid year falls within the perimenopause spectrum. It can start as early as your mid to late thirties and last anywhere from four to twelve years.

During perimenopause, you still have periods even if they become irregular. This means you can still get pregnant. But know that estrogen levels fluctuate rapidly, spiking up and down as the ovaries begin to slack off in production. Some women breeze through perimenopause, while others experience a spectrum of hormone fluctuations so wild and erratic that they cause a wide range of undesirable changes: hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, severe PMS, heavy bleeding, memory issues, vaginal dryness, fatigue, and brain fog, among others. Perimenopause can be enormously disruptive physically and emotionally, but it doesn’t have to be. The goal is for you to prepare for the worst, but adapt for the best!

Perimenopause is a natural phase of life. Your body is beautifully designed to wind down at a certain point, giving you a release from reproduction. Your body is also unique to you and there is no way to predict exactly how it will respond to these hormone changes. But I see perimenopause coming on earlier and more intensely for many women because so many of us are completely stressed and burned out. In putting others before ourselves, we delay self-care, contributing to widespread hormone imbalance and inflammation--and a rocky perimenopause.

The most important thing to remember is that your body is supposed to go through this natural, biological change, and you can control how you prepare and respond. Supporting and nurturing your body during this time by prioritizing self-care and a lifestyle that supports hormone balance offers you the best chance for an easy, graceful transition. Just ask my mom!

About the Author

Mariza Snyder
Dr. Mariza Snyder is a functional practitioner, women’s health expert, and the author of eight books, including the bestsellers The Essential Oils Hormone Solution, The DASH Diet Cookbook, and Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils. She has lectured at wellness centers, conferences, and corporations on hormone health, essential oils, nutrition, and detoxification. She has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show and Fox News Health, as well as in O: The Oprah Magazine, MindBodyGreen, and many other publications. Dr. Mariza is also the host of the top-rated Essentially You podcast, designed to empower women to become the CEO of their health. She lives with her husband and son in San Diego, California. More by Mariza Snyder
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