Review: The Magic of Menopause

As you can imagine I read a lot of books, magazines and websites that deal with nutrition, womens health  and menopause.

Lorraine Miano (TheMagicOfMenopause.com) contacted me a while back to tell me about her book and asked if I would write a review.

I want to do more reviews on this blog so I thought “why not?”

I only blog about products I have personally tested and endorse.

I felt like Lorraine’s book had been written for me when I was going through the menopause.

One of the reasons I connected to her book is because I love Lorraine’s positivity, humour and frankness as it reminds me how I write 🙂

“I soon realised that, as a menopausal women living in the twenty-first century, I still had thirty percent of my life ahead of me. That is a damn long time! That is an extremely long time to ave to deal with the effects that menopause may wreak in our bodies and in our lives. I want to live my life to the absolute fullest! I don’t want to ave to deal with any symptoms that may keep me from doing just that.”

I particularly enjoyed Lorraine’s story telling which I think is missing in many of the books on menopause. Many other books have been fact heavy and feel dry ‘excuse the pun!’ which makes them hard going when your menopause brain can’t concentrate.

Stories have been used for thousands of years as a way to pass on information and us human beings are drawn to it. As well as the stories Lorraine has included case studies which again helps the reader connect to the book. Women going through the menopause often feel confused and alone. When reading this book you feel relieved that you’re not the only one feeling like you are losing your mind.

Lorraine covers the main menopause topics like; stress/anxiety, hot flushes/flashes, hysterectomy, sleep and sex. A really good topic covered is the sandwich generation issue which isn’t really talked about.

I found the book easy to read and I love the ‘workbook’ feel to it where I had space to write and answer questions. There’s something rebellious about writing in a book lol!

There are lots of tips and facts scattered throughout the book which is great but I felt maybe it could have been a little better organised. I would have liked to seen how my day could look using some of the suggestions.

What didn’t I like?

I LOVE the book however I really don’t ‘get’ the ‘Fairy Godmother’ of menopause concept and the image used on the book. I didn’t connect with the hourglass silhouette at all. For me menopause is more about moving into my wise (crone!) years and not being a princess. But maybe I’m a little oestrogen depleted and sensitive about my menopause belly ha ha

I highly recommend Lorraines book 🙂 I would recommend it to my clients as Lorraines views and methods match my own. It’s user friendly and i feel a women going through the turbulent times of menopause would find it educational, practical and do-able.

Well done Lorraine and you’ve certainly given me a kick up the butt to write my book too.


You can get the book on amazon





Teas to help menopause symptoms

Teas to help menopause symptoms

Teapot with bouquet of various herbs and splash isolatedThe health benefits of tea have been appreciated for thousands of years. The Japanese call their tea ceremony the Way of Tea, usually using Matcha tea. It’s not just about drinking the tea, it is the ceremony and presentation of the tea that is just as important. The Chinese also have tea ceremonies and use teas as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I married my Chinese husband (who is Scottish!) in a castle in Scotland back in 1999. My mother in law organised a Chinese Tea ceremony to take place. We bowed and served tea to all our relatives as a form of respect. It certainly was a fusion of cultures; kilts and Chinese traditions!

I love my teas and have many different types as you can see in the photo. In the mornings I love to make a pot of my favourite brew which is currently called Morning Kiss (green mate, lemon grass, nettle leaves, tulsi, guaran-seed, red sandlewood, lemon grass, gingko leaves, spirulina, kombucha, marigold petals) 🙂 I light a candle and give thanks for all that I have in my life.20150429_090047

Anyhoo…..back to the teas!!


Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh root is a herb that is mainly found in North Eastern America and parts of Canada. It is most commonly known for helping women with PMS and Menopause symptoms (hot flushes, night sweats and irritability). It is reported to help with mood, inflammation, headaches and sore muscles.


I have dried ginseng root that my mother-in-law gave my husband to drink. Unless I make it for him he usually chooses to drink coffee (smacks forehead with hand!). It doesn’t make tea like you would get from a teabag. It makes an infusion. I really like it and it gives me a lift. Note: if you are prone to insomnia it may not be the best herb to use as it can be stimulating

Check out this blog to find out more benefits https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-ginseng-tea.html

Chasteberry (also known as vitex agnus-castus)

Chasteberry (the name of the berry found on the Vitex plant) ) is another well known herb used for treating female hormonal imbalances.

Here is a link to all the wonderful benefits http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/chasteberry-benefits-and-side-effects/


Maca is a root which is also sometimes called Peruvian Ginseng. It is an adaptogen which means it contains compounds that help the body bring itself back to homeostatis (balance).

I use maca as a supplement in powder form in my menopause cocoa drink. I’ve not tried to make it as a tea (yet)

Here is a link for more information http://wellnessmama.com/8254/maca-herb-profile/


Valarian tea is an well known old remedy which can ad sleep; especially helpful if you take time to fall asleep. Disturbed sleep is the bane of many menopausal women so it may help with sleep quality


 Dong Quai

Dong Quai is Chinese herb known for treating women’s hormonal issues including low libido, PMS and menopause. It is used among Chinese women as a daily tonic (I’m not surprised as it’s a reported aphrodisiac ;-))



Tulsi Tea (also known as Holy Basil)

I’ve been using and recommending Tulsi tea for many years. I drink it every evening as I find it very relaxing. It is another adaptogen and helps the body be more resilient to our modern day stresses. As we get older and enter the peri-menopause years our body’s tolerance to ‘stress’ lessens so this herb can be beneficial.

This link show you all the lovely benefits like digestive health, immunity boosting, blood sugar level balancing, supports respiratory system and more



I am not a herbalist and I always recommend that you seek professional advice when trying any new herbs and supplements