This year I will be turning 40. While I am excited to start a new decade, I am a little apprehensive too. I will be hitting midlife and though I am way stronger than I was in my 20s or 30s, I need to take care of my health more than a 20-year-old. I do follow certain self care routine in my 30s, but 40s is another ballgame. And thus, I would need a few wellness products for mothers that will help me stay healthy and strong.
Mother’s Day is around the corner. Do take good note of my post. You might get some mother’s day gifting ideas for your mother or wife who is in 40s or 50s.
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Here are 5 Wellness Products That Mothers in 40s Should Know About
Most women are peri-menopausal in their late 30s or early 40s and some even come to the end of menopause in this decade. At this stage, the ovaries stop releasing eggs and at the end of perimenopause, estrogen levels drop. Women complain of hot flashes, difficulty in sleeping, mood swings and mild depression, dry skin, eyes or mouth, night sweats or cold flashes, racing heart, headaches, muscle aches or joint pains, changes in libido, etc.
Essential oils or aromatherapy is one of the most popular wellness products for mother. They can be very useful in psychological symptoms of menopause such as anxiety, mood swings and depression. Here are 5 essential oils for menopause.
- Lavender oil is popular for calming the mind and improving the mood. It promotes better sleep and relaxation. Put a few drops on the pillow or in your cold compress to relax your mind and help you sleep better.
- Peppermint oil is an essential oil for hot flashes. Add a few drops in a water spritzer and mist your face.
- Geranium oil takes care of dry skin and skin irritation. Add a drop or two in your moisturizer and rub it all over your face.
- Basil oil is good for those aching muscles. Add a few drops to your massage oil and massage gently on your sore muscles.
- Sandalwood oil is an essential oil for balancing hormones. It is considered to be a natural aphrodisiac and helps to improve libido. Add a couple of drops in your moisturizer or lotion or coconut oil to improve hormone levels. Ylang ylang essential oil also boosts libido. However, be warned that you may find it’s scent a little overpowering and may want to dilute it with another oil like coconut or almond.
From Essential Oils, let’s move onto other wellness products for mothers in their 40s.
A person’s daily protein requirement is 10% of their body weight. So, if you are 60 kgs, you need 60 gms of protein daily. Good sources of protein are seafood, white meat poultry like chicken, turkey, eggs, lean beef, dairy products, beans, dals and soy.
Being a vegetarian, the only choices of protein left with me are dairy, beans and soy. Also, I do weight training and need more protein for muscle repair. Hence, I take protein supplements like whey on the days I lift weights.
If you are into weight lifting or strength training, think about adding protein supplements in your natural diet.
You can’t reach the age of 40 without once pulling a muscle or having an injury. Most 40-year olds have one muscle ache or the other. A lower back injury, knee pain or shoulder pain is quite common with the people in their 40s. Ice packs and heating pads are among the most commonly used treatments for swelling, inflammation, injury or pain. I tell you, ice packs and heating pads are excellent wellness products for mothers in their 40s and thereafter.
I always keep an ice pack in the refrigerator and a heating pad in the cupboard. You never know which one you might need. A few months ago, I had a lower back injury, and the heating pad was my savior on those terrible painful days. The same way, my husband had a ligament tear in his ankle and had to use a cold compress to alleviate pain.
Heating pads are usually helpful for muscle pain or stiffness. And ice packs are used for acute injuries or pain, swelling and inflammation.
Most Indians swear by the magical qualities of Indian spiced tea or Indian masala chai. While I am not here to acknowledge or refute any claim, but I have heard that when milk is boiled with chai, it makes the drink toxic. As I said, I enjoy masala chai too, but you should consider other healthier options like herbal teas.
The best thing is to make your own cup of fresh tea. And it hardly takes time. Steep leaves or juliennes of your favorite herb, spice or flower petals in very hot water for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. You can add green tea leaves too.
I usually make herbal teas with fresh Tulsi, ginger, mint, lemongrass, rose petals or marigold petals.
- Tulsi tea boosts immunity and helps in combatting cold and cough.
- Ginger tea helps in digestion related issues like bloating and nausea. It also helps with joint and muscle pain.
- Lemongrass tea with its lemony scent makes me feel good. Apart from that, it is good for digestion, boosts metabolism, heals cold and flu, relieves menstrual pain and treats acne, pimples and eczema.
- Fresh mint tea benefits are that it reduces stress, improves digestion and soothes upset stomach.
- Rose petal tea removes menstrual discomfort like cramps and mood swings, eases stress, helps with insomnia and detoxifies the body.
Well, writing this post has given me the idea of writing a fresh post on Natural Herbal Teas you can make at home. So, stay tuned guys, will publish this post soon.
Well, it’s not always possible for everyone to make things at home. Fret not. Because you will find their packaged alternatives in the market.
Here is a curated list of Herbal Teas that you will find on Amazon.
Beauty and bath
Now, now, just because I am hitting midlife, doesn’t mean I will stop being vain all of a sudden. If at all, I should be more careful about my skin and hair. I don’t have the same bountiful tresses of my 20s and my skin does show too many signs of wisdom.
As I am into natural products, I use homemade ubtans (bath powders) and natural scrubs to take care of my skin and hair related problems. However, I am not averse to using readymade products too. My only criteria is they should be as natural as possible.
Amongst all the external products that I use, I would recommend
- Epsom salt, which is magnesium sulfate, that helps to promote sleep, reduces stress, reduces pain and swelling.
- A dermatologist recommended sunscreen to avoid pigmentation and to shield the skin from harmful UV rays
- Bath crystals for those days when you feel like pampering yourself.
So, this is my list of 5 wellness products that every mother in 40s should know about.