I was asked to create the Balance in Menopause Constellation Range in 2014, as many of my girlfriends were in that stage of their life. In September 2022, following the remaking of my existing 47 Gem Essences, and six new ones, I was guided to make some additions to the Balance in Menopause Range, in order to make it even more effective.
The relevance and efficacy of the additional herbal, flower and gem essences which were chosen intuitively to go into this constellation, was, as always, on-point for bringing female hormones into balance. When making this Constellation for anyone, I will be, tuning into each person's needs and adjusting the number of drops of each essence according to what they need at that moment in time and whether or not they need the Mother Tincture (Earth-based preparation) as well as the High Vibration Elixirs (similar to Homeopathy).
The combination of the Elixir for internal use, together with the intuitively created blend of Rose, Geranium and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils in the Energy Spray and Healing Cream work in synergy to uplift and attune all parts of your physical; emotional and mental bodies. The Gem & Flower Essences used are:- Dandelion Flower, Leaf& Root – made from specially chosen flowers; leaves and roots from my garden. The flowers were collected in early May 2014 and made into a flower essence as I had an abundance in my lawn and pea-beach driveway. They detox and balance the solar plexus (our personal power source) bringing in the “sun” energy into the body. The leaves were also collected the same spring and are a known diuretic, which helps our bodies to stimulate our metabolism and thus encourage us to shed the extra pounds that can sometimes be trapped with the changes happening during menopause. As such, it encourages the removal of poisons and toxins from the body. They are also known for helping to strengthen the heart and circulatory system. I collected the roots in the autumn of the same year and made my Dandelion Root Elixir. Dandelion Root has been known for centuries as being a fabulous diuretic and genitourinary cleanser as well as a liver detox. It is believed to have known cancer-healing benefits as well. Cleavers - is phenomenal at removing toxins from the lymphatic system. It is also alternative, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, tonic and vulnerary. A valuable diuretic, it is often taken to treat skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also a general detoxifying agent in all illnesses, including for serious illnesses such as cancer. As your body is changing (sometimes rapidly) in menopause, it felt right to include it for its lymphatic cleansing properties. Red Clover – “On average, the women who received the extract had the frequency of hot flashes reduced by a third. And the hot flashes they did experience were significantly less intense, so they felt better during the day and could sleep properly at night. Last, but not least, the women’s hormonal levels and their loss of bone mass became stabilised,” reports Associate Professor, PhD, Per Bendix Jeppesen, on Red Clover, who headed a new, as-yet-unpublished study at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital. So, it is ironic, given that this feedback from a study in Denmark (taken from an article at http://sciencenordic.com/red-clover-eases-menopausal-discomfort), that the Red Clover Elixir was made with plants gathered in the southern Swedish countryside! Red Clover is also thought to be beneficial for the body by eliminating toxins in the treatment of cancer as it is also a known lymphatic cleanser. Yarrow - the Elixirs I have are made from a combination of specially selected Yarrow from England and Sweden. They are in the Balance in Menopause due to their ability to regulate hormones; cleanse and purify the blood and reduce inflammation. They are also antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, and a stimulant as well as being a tonic for colds, cramps, fevers, kidney disorders, toothaches, skin irritations, and haemorrhages, and stimulating the flow of bile. They are also believed to heal stomach ulcers, amenorrhoea, abdominal cramps, abscesses, trauma and bleeding! Evening Primrose – brought into my garden by the birds, this beautiful natural yellow Flower Essence balances the body, hormones and emotions in women, which is why it is in Balance in Menopause. It also works in synergy with the other gem and flower essences present. Rosebay Willow Herb: is often used as a domestic herbal remedy, though it is little used in conventional herbalism. It is renown for being exceptionally beneficial for both Prostate health in men, and hormonal health in women. Trebens further recommended it for urinary tract infections, cystitis, kidney, and bladder problems. It is excellent, too, in skin care, being good as part of a salve for cuts, burns, rashes, acne, eczema and psoriasis and is used commercially in skin care products. Some studies show it has an anti-inflammatory effects on the skin which has been shown to be comparable with steroid creams. Native people have used the mashed up root for boils, infections and abscesses, the leaves were plastered on. The herb is antispasmodic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, hypnotic, laxative and tonic. Rosebay Willowherb is full of Vitamins A and C, together with a plethora of anti-oxidants It is also an excellent herb for the digestive tract with a history of its use in treating infectious. It was also said to be the favourite herb of American eclectic physicians in treating cholera, typhoid and dysentery. This is because of its anti-microbial, and astringent properties. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the bowel so helpful at managing ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and ulcers. Rosebay Willowherb, apart from being anti-bacterial and anti-viral, has an anti-fungal action too and was effective against all the nine fungal species tested in laboratory studies. It is particularly effective in treating Candida, with a pre-biotic effect that can help support normal gut flora. Following on from this, its anti- inflammatory, astringent and healing effects are fabulous in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome too. When we have a prevalence of damage to the human microbiome, from the overuse of antibiotics; glyphosates in our food and environment, excess hidden processed sugar in so many foods, mercury in fillings, processed foods, chlorinated water etc., this can lead to an overgrowth of unhelpful gut bacteria. Candida being one such species. These fungal spores cause not only problems in our gut, but also fungal problems around the body. Rosebay Willowherb has also been studied in labs, where it was found to be effective against the flu virus, improving mortality and survival rates. As a flower essence, it is exceptionally beneficial at treating burn out; PTSD and helping us to reconnect to the earth again. In these exceptionally trying times, where the whole of humanity is being controlled by “the few”, having access to a herb which not only provides excellent health benefits for our physical well-being, but also for emotional health, too.. Rosebay Willowherb has, throughout history, particularly in Russia, been used for women’s health from first menstruating, through to menopause and post-menopause. Its effectiveness in calming and soothing women, and regulating their hormones, is outstanding. Mother of Pearl - is in the Balance in Menopause because it is a stress-relieving stone; relaxing, soothing and calming. As an Elixir, it also stimulates your intuition, imagination, sensitivity and adaptability; enables you to bring your emotions into balance and harmony; releases past hurts & enables you to express feelings of love to yourself and others. Lepidolite with Mica – When Lepidolite takes mica-like form, its properties are greatly amplified, and this is known to be the most efficient “mopping-up” tool, as a consequence. Lepidolite will only every allow itself to be used for the highest good of all concerned. It dissipates negativity; activates and opens the throat; heart; third eye and crown chakras, clearing blockages and bringing cosmic awareness. It is exceptionally beneficial in shamanic and spiritual journeying, and accesses the Akashic Record. It tunes you into thoughts and feelings from other lives, so that you are creating a release to any blockages in your life. It is super at reducing stress and depression. It can halt obsessive thoughts, relieving despondency and overcoming insomnia. Known as a “stone of transition”, it releases and reorganises old psychological and behavioural patterns, thus inducing change. It encourages interdependence and achieving your goals without outside help. It stimulates the intellect and analytic abilities, speeding up decision-making, as a result of its powers of objectivity and concentration. It focuses our attention on what is important, filtering out extraneous distractions. Emotionally, it helps you to stand in your own space, free from the influence of others. It is a calming stone that soothes sleep disturbances and emotional stress, bringing deep emotional healing. On a physical level, Lepidolite locates the site of “dis-ease” in the body. As an elixir, it will thus locate the source of any out-of-balance points within the body, which have resulted in “dis-ease” and gently bring them back into balance. It is known for strengthening the immune system; restructuring DNA, and enhancing the generation of negative ions (thus reducing inflammation). It can relieve exhaustion, numbness, sciatica, and neuralgia, and overcomes joint problems. It is a detoxifier for the skin and connective tissue, as well as being excellent for the menopause, especially when used as a gem elixir. It treats illnesses caused by computer stress. I have several pieces of Lepidolite with Mica, and, though, the piece I used to make this new gem essence, is one which I have used in meditation for many years, always placing it on my Thymus (higher Heart) point, to bypass the physical heart centre and tap into the Angelic Divine Healing Frequencies. Moonstone - is a stone of new beginnings, strongly linked, of course to the moon and increasing our intuitive powers. It is fabulous at calming our emotions and helps us to refrain from overreacting to situations. It can also help enhance our natural psychic gifts and to develop clairvoyance. It is filled with receptive, passive, feminine energy and balances male-female energies and is the perfect antidote for either an excessively macho man or aggressive woman. Mentally it opens us up to sudden impulses; serendipity and synchronicity. Emotionally, it soothes emotional instability and stress. It also stabilise the emotions. It provides deep emotional healing and heals disorders for the upper digestive tract, when they are related to emotional stress. It is known for balancing the hormonal system; stabilising fluid imbalances and re-attuning the biorhythmic clock. Lavender Amethyst – one of the most spiritual of stones; it also aligns all aspects of the mind – both calming and stimulating as appropriate and balancing out any scattered energy to enable clarity of thought; relieves insomnia; balances out highs and lows, bringing in emotional centring, dispelling negative emotions, such as anger; fear and anxiety. The new elixir made in February 2014 was made with four specially chosen stones; all have since gone to specific people for protection and healing purposes. Ruby - this elixir was made with three beautiful natural pieces of Ruby, which is much denser in texture and appearance than the gem stone quality one finds in jewellery shops. Ruby is associated with the heart and these natural pieces for me have always felt linked to bringing love back to mother earth. Ruby is a great stone for bringing energy and vigour into the body and mind. It is excellent for stimulating the heart chakra, encouraging us to come into a state of bliss. One of the great protective stones, it helps to provide a shield against psychic attack. It also helps to bring up anger and resentment from the past, transmuting it into joy and bliss. Tiger's Iron– is found in Australia and is an amazing combination of Hematite; Red Jasper and Golden Tiger's Eye, resulting in a naturally stripy stone; truly magical! They are fabulous at not only overcoming negative patterns of behaviour, but also protecting us from absorbing other people's negative energies and situations. I was drawn to five specific stones with which to make the Elixir. Imperial Golden Topaz No. 1&3 - there are 4 Golden Topaz Essences, each made in antique cut-glass crystal bowls (befitting their “Imperial” heritage!). Balance in Menopause contains no. 1&3. They are said to recharge you spiritually & physically, linking you to the highest universal forces! When drinking the elixir, I feel my lower three chakras (energy centres) come back into balance, before shooting golden energy up to my crown chakra & aligning all points in-between. The great news is that these wonderful stones are also known to strengthen your liver, gall bladder & endocrine system as well! This in turn can help to stimulate your metabolism to help the body to lose weight more easily, if required. Lady's Mantle – gathered at dawn, with the dew still on the leaves, my Lady's Mantle Flower Essence has very protective qualities. It gently brings into balance your physical, mental and emotional bodies. This in turn enables us to be more centred; calm and accepting of life. It is known as the “Woman's Herb.” Among the active substances in the chemical composition of the herb are tannins, flavonoids and mineral salts.. Due to the quantity of hormones from the herb lady's mantle can adjust hormonal disturbances and is recommended in cases of amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) and hypermenorrhea (menstruation disorders), menopause disorders, cervicitis, small and medium uterine fibroma. It is also efficient in cases of headaches, dizziness, stomach aches and nausea. Mixtures made from this herb also have astringent, antidiuretic, anti-inflammatory and heart strengthening properties. Self-Heal – gathered from my lawn, self-heal only grows in lawns that are free from all chemicals. It is in the Balance in Menopause Constellation because of its ability to strengthen the heart and heal the body; hence its name! A great favourite of Nicholas Culpepper, the 17th Century Herbalist and botanist. It is also anti-inflammatory & is also believed to have cancer-healing properties. Magnesite – Physically, Magnesite contains a very high level of magnesium, and this – through being made into a gem essence, aids its absorption into the body. It detoxifies and neutralises body odour, and acts as an antispasmodic and muscle relaxant, as well as treating menstrual, stomach, intestinal and vascular cramps. Also pain from gallbladder and kidney stones. Due to its high level of magnesium, it treats bone and teeth disorders, and relieves headaches (especially migraines). It also slows blood clotting, as well as speeding up fat metabolism and dispersing the bad LDL Cholesterol, thus preventing arteriosclerosis and angina. It is thus a useful preventative for heart disease. It is also excellent at balancing body temperatures, lessening both fevers, as well as chills. Emotionally, it is calming, supporting people who are nervous and fearful. It helps them to overcome irrational or perceived fears, as well as reducing irritability and intolerance in individuals. The piece I have made the gem essence with has marble-like formations, and has thus been partly tumbled, and then two of its surfaces smoothed. Internally, though, it has a “brain-like” formation, which has an exceptionally positive effect on the mind. It is able to help bring both hemispheres into balance, and thus enables the stimulation of ideas and how to bring them into being. It is said to be excellent in the practice of unconditional love in situations where relationships with others are difficult because of their behaviour or addictions. It helps you to feel centred, standing by placidly and allowing the other person to be totally who they are, without requiring them to change or being affected yourself in any way by their difficulties. On a psychological level, magnesite brings to the surface all forms of self-deceit, helping us to recognise unconscious thoughts and feelings, and to explore the reason for these, taking you back into the past if necessary, to induce a positive attitude to life and how to overcome setbacks and outmoded patterns of behaviour. Watermelon Tourmaline Watermelon Tourmaline works with the Heart chakra, cleansing and removing blockages. As a balancing stone, Watermelon Tourmaline aids in removing insecurities. As a balancing stone, Watermelon Tourmaline functions as a combination of male and female energies, both Yin and Yang together in one crystal. It can help to inspire both creativity and practicality, and connects the Heart Chakra to both physical and spiritual vibrations. Watermelon Tourmaline calms over-active emotions. Watermelon Tourmaline crystal is also believed to help attract love and resolve issues in relationships, infusing them with joy and Divine Love.
All Elixirs are preserved in a water/Raspberry Vodka combination
Additional ingredients in the Energy Spray – Polysorbate 20 (from Coconut) as an emulsifier and St Helen's Spring Water
Additional Ingredients in Healing Cream – Handmade Hypoallergenic Base Cream plus Carrier Oils of Apricot Kernel, Jojoba and Wheatgerm.