The Perimenopausal Itch


The title sounds like this article may be about some stage play involving lots of dodgy references to the under carriage of the female nether regions. Possibly involving a handsome hero or a washing machine on spin. It has potential. I may write it. In the meantime, I have to disappoint some of you slightly by admitting it is about the dry, itchy skin which we women of a certain age start to suffer from despite years of applying copious amounts of body lotion which gets more expensive and thicker in consistency as the years go by until it resembles something a channel swimmer would slap on.

I am not a trained aromatherapist and have simply dabbled for several years but what I can tell you is this little balm works for me and the skin on my legs and arms which can plague me at 3am in protest if not suitably soothed.

The recipe for the balm itself can be found here on a previous post of mine. Just make the plain balm up, put it on the side to firm up and then stir in the following magic –

5 drops of roman chamomile essential oil

5 drops of lavender  essential oil

3 drops of thyme

1 drop of camphor essential oil

2 drops of rose essential oil (5% dilution)

2 drops of frankincense essential oil

Putting Camphor in there might not make it smell like your usual expensive body cream (okay, it doesn’t, I admit it!)  but, hey, if it gives me some peace from the nocturnal scratching then it can smell however it likes as far as I’m concerned. You will probably be happy to join me on this if you have a similar problem.

On a final note, do make sure the oils you use are aromatherapy safe and of good quality. This is an area of natural healing where cheaper really isn’t better. However, once you have a selection of good quality oils you will find they last a long time and are well worth the investment.

The usual common sense advice – Always try on a very small area first, just in case your skin doesn’t respond well. Some of us are sensitive flowers 🙂

The disclaimer – All my recipes are shared with the understanding you try them at your own risk and consult a qualified practitioner. Do not use aromatherapy oils if pregnant unless under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.



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