Naturally delicious ways to treat yourself during menopause (or any other time)

Naturally delicious ways to treat yourself during menopause

We all love a treat and what better time to treat yourself than during menopause and peri-menopause. We’ve sourced some delicious goodies for you to enjoy either by eating, putting on your skin or bathing in. Making your own eliminates all the horrible hormone disrupting ingredients that can be found in processed products.

When shopping for ingredients remember organic is best.  Virgin or cold-pressed oils contain a larger portion of beneficial components like antioxidants and fatty acids. You can buy the ingredients in health food shops or online

 

DIY makeup remover wipes
  • An airtight glass jar to store your wipes in
  • Cotton wool pads
  • 1 tablespoon pure aloe vera
  • 3 teaspoons pure witch hazel extract
  • 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil (or your favourite skin-cleansing oil)
  • 8-12 drops skin-soothing essential oil like lavender or frankincense
  • optional: 1 tsp vitamin E oil or 6-8 drops rosemary essential oil as a preservative
  1. Combine all ingredients except cotton wool pads in the glass jar and mix well.  Place cotton wool pads in the jar and cover with mixture making sure all pads are soaked.
  2. Use to remove make up whenever you need to.

 

Whipped Body Butter
  • ½ cup Shea Butter
  • ½ cup Cocoa Butter or Mango Butter
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup light oil (like almond, jojoba or olive)
  • Optional: 10-30 drops of essential oils of choice (Lavender is lovely and calming)
  1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
  2. Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add essential oils if using.
  4. Move to fridge and let cool another 1 hour or until starting to harden but still somewhat soft.
  5. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
  6. Return to fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
  7. Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter.
Naturally delicious ways to treat yourself during menopauseAvocado Coconut Body Oil
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil
  • ¼ cup Sweet Almond Oil
  • ¼ cup Melted Virgin Coconut Oil
  1. Combine the oils in a 6 to 8-ounce bottle and shake well.
  2. Apply from shoulders to toes daily. It also makes an excellent massage oil.

 

Magnesium Foot Scrub
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt (a natural source of magnesium) or Magnesium Flakes
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil or Almond Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Castille Soap
  • Optional: 10-15 drops of Essential Oil of Choice (peppermint is cooling and refreshing)
  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients and add essential oils until desired scent is achieved.
  2. Store in an airtight jar and use a teaspoon sized amount to exfoliate feet or body as needed.
  3. Rinse after use.

 

Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb Recipe
  • 250g Baking Soda
  • 125g Citric Acid
  • 50g Corn Flour
  • 15ml/3tsp water (add slowly!)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ylang ylang oil*
  • 1/4 teaspoon musk oil*

*(or substitute your favourites)

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl, EXCEPT the citric acid
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl
  3. Mix the two together – the mixture should be the texture of damp sand and hold together when you squeeze it
  4. Add citric acid and mix with a spoon or gloved hand (do not use your hands as pure citric acid is abrasive)
  5. Mold into bath bomb shape and let dry overnight

 

Naturally delicious ways to treat yourself during menopauseHoney Lavender Homemade Relaxing Bath Melts
  • 50g Shea Butter
  • 50g Cocoa Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Honey Lavender Herbal Tea (split open a teabag)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Lavender Flowers (available from craft shops or you can dry your own)
  • 30 drops Lavender Oil
  1. Melt the shea and cocoa butters in a double boiler. Add the honey lavender tea, lavender flowers and lavender oil. Mix well and pour into a silicone mold – a heart shape mold looks lovely.
  2. Allow to cool and harden then pop melts out of the mold. Store in an airtight jar. Use in in your bath and relax. Makes around 15 melts.

You can ring the changes by swapping the scented ingredients. I love anything that’s smells of roses so use rose petals and rose oil but would love to hear what you’ve tried.

Moisturising Orange Face Mask
Magnesium and Resveratrol Rich Chocolate
Creamy chocolate mousse

 

Cheese crisps
  • Cheddar, parmesan, red Leicester, or other hard cheese of choice (recommend freshly grated)
  • Herbs or spices of choice (optional – we like to add a dash of Italian, Cajun seasoning or smoked paprika)
  1. Very lightly oil a baking sheet with olive oil (very lightly!), or use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Put small piles or folded slices of cheese onto the baking sheet. I recommend cheddar, real grated parmesan,  or other firm cheese.
  3. Put the cheese in a medium oven
  4. Watch carefully. It may take a little practice to learn timing. When bubbles slow down slightly and at first sign of browning, it’s time to take them out.
  5. Take out the cheese chips when edges are slightly brown and gently remove them using a thin spatula. Place on towel covered plate to cool.
  6. When cooled, use just as you would use chips for snacking or dipping into homemade sauces.

 

Please feel free to share your favourite naturally wonderful treats in the comments section below