From the onset of puberty, a woman's body often undergoes a series of changes. Women start to menstruate and grow breasts, and eventually, get pregnant and give birth. For most women, the end of their reproductive life is signified by Menopause.
Menopause is a stage in a woman's life that brings about many changes to the body. Three significant events take place during this time, but the most well-known is Menopause itself. This event signals the end of Menstruation.
The other two events you may not be as familiar with, but should still know about; is Perimenopause and Postmenopause. Perimenopause starts typically somewhere between 30 and 55 years old—when your menstrual cycle becomes irregular or can stop altogether. The Menopause stage is around ages 50 to 55 years old. Although, these ages can differ in women because everyone’s different.
The first thing to understand about these milestones (Perimenopause, Menopause and Postmenopause), is that they are all normal stages and natural parts of aging, and not to be defined as any sort of medical condition.
While you can't stop your biological clock from ticking away, that doesn't mean there aren't things you can do for your body to ease symptoms and prevent discomfort. It's an excellent idea for women to learn about the changes they might see in their
40’s—so they know what to expect.
We know that knowledge is power, and if you have a baseline of what to expect in the next few years, it makes dealing with symptoms much easier. That said, no one will experience Perimenopause, Menopause or Postmenopause precisely the same way—every woman's experience is definitely different.
The Symptoms of Menopause
You’re not going crazy, neither are you bewitched. You’re only going through Menopause. Let’s talk about the common symptoms of Menopause here!
During the stages of Menopause, multiple symptoms can suddenly appear. 40 symptoms in total have been recorded by many women, and can send you into a whirlwind of being cranky, anxious, experiencing erratic mood swings, memory loss, dryness down below, and especially sleepless nights. During this time, you might also experience hot flashes/hot flushes, and waking up at night—drenched. Just to mention a few.
Reducing the Symptoms of Menopause
Women can be more prepared for this stage by looking at natural herbs that can reduce these symptoms and make it an easier process overall.
Best Menopause Relief Tea created by the founder, Elissa Scott, known as The T Lady, is a tea that consists of the five recommended herbs for Menopause. The herbal tea was created for Perimenopause, Menopause and Postmenopausal stages of life. Each herb has a specific role in the physical and mental state of the woman's body. It alleviates symptoms like hot flashes, sleepless nights, anxiety, mood swings, period cramps and joint pains.
Being someone that knows the symptoms of Menopause all too well, Elissa Scott was spurred by her personal menopausal experiences to discover a natural remedy that could ease the process of Menopause for women. The organic beverage has been proven, trialed, and tested with individuals for years by Elissa Scott herself and testimonials received from all over the world.
"The beauty of the tea is that it's a community affair. Asides from me, there are other women from all walks of life involved in the delicate process of production. From the tea maker to the tea packers, we are all women with a similar story," she says.
The Bottom Line
The journey that a woman's body undergoes is quite a phenomenal one. And with more knowledge and information on how to navigate the process, it can become an easier one. Also, aside from seeking natural remedies like herbs and ancient teas, training one's body and mind with exercise, eating a healthy diet, sugar and alcohol reduction can make the process and journey through Menopause an easy one.
With her company, The T Lady, Elissa Scott is pinpointing a crucial pain point that most women experience in their later years, and redirecting it into an opportunity for women to experience holistic and natural healing. This is how she turned a natural remedy for Menopause into a successful female- oriented business.
Menopause is a natural phase that all women must go through as they approach their later years. It is not uncommon that during this transition, women experience uncomfortable syndromes like hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, and depression. These ailments have led women to either suffer alone or seek out alternatives such as prescription medication or Hormone Replacement Therapy.
In an episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast, the former First Lady opened up about going through Menopause while being in the center of the world’s attention. She recalls a hot flash episode aboard Marine One, where she amply described the experience as “it was like somebody put a furnace in my core and turned it on high, and then everything started melting”.
Regardless of who you are, enduring these symptoms of Menopause is undoubtedly difficult, especially with the limited selection of natural treatments available and for women who want to go through Menopause with a gentler and less erosive experience.
Not until one Australian woman, known as The T Lady, brought an all-natural treatment to the market. Elissa Scott is the founder of The T Lady, which makes soft, pyramidal non-plastic tea bags consisting of five natural ingredients to alleviate the symptoms of Menopause. As a pioneer in this industry, Elissa is determined to popularize a natural alternative to prescription drugs for Menopause for women worldwide.
Maintaining Wellness is Crucial to Menopause
The one thing that differs dramatically from using conventional prescription drugs to treat ailments, as opposed to using natural alternatives, is that the first focuses primarily on targeting one organ. On the contrary, natural alternatives like Chinese medicine, for example, aim to balance and revitalize the entire body and immune system, so that it is more effective at combating disorders and ailments.
Menopause Tea was created with a lot of thought into what caused the symptoms of Menopause, and what herbs function to combat those symptoms over a periodic span of time. All five ingredients in the teas have different functions to alleviate the symptoms of Menopause. Because it consists of completely, 100% natural certified organic herbs— it is less likely to induce any harsh or adverse side effects from alternative hormone treatments and prescription drugs.
Achieving a strong, internal balance is important to stay healthy. Maintaining a healthy, nutrient-dense diet is one key to supporting this change of life.
Opening a New Pathway for Women
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a study on the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as a viable treatment for Menopause. Reports showed that 6 million women in the US are on HRT. Shockingly, several clinical trials in 2002 revealed that the long-term use of HRT was correlated with higher risks in heart attacks, breast cancers, and strokes. Even the alternatives proposed on the sheet were limited to subtle lifestyle changes like exercising more or taking other drugs like anti-depressants.
On the stark realities of western medicine, Elissa explains, “I think western medicine can and has a place to run alongside conventional medicines. So many people choose to take the easy way out, instead of lifting the band-aid to get to the root of an ailment”.
Making natural alternatives available to women that are effective, can empower women to make better decisions for their bodies.
The Way Forward
One of the accompanying symptoms of Menopause is weight gain. Hormones, metabolic decrease with age, and lifestyle changes all contribute to this. Inspired by how her Menopause Relief tea was assisting women around the world, Elissa is currently trying to perfect a new tea that specializes in weight loss safely. The pathway forward is natural healing and carving a niche in the market, where women can look to achieve more optimal conditions for their whole bodies.
Women represent 49.58% of the world’s population. Menopause is something every woman has to experience in their lifetime, thus finding alternative solutions to prescription medication is essential. Women should be empowered to feel good and healthy in their own bodies, and making natural alternatives more available, as Elissa did with The T Lady; will give more women the option to pursue paths that are in line with healing, and taking care of their bodies, especially as they approach Menopause and beyond.
The multi-billion dollar health industry, with its myriad opportunities, can be an alluring prospect for fledgling entrepreneurs. Each year, global sales of ‘natural’ products are estimated to be around $1.5 trillion. The market shows no signs of slowing. In fact, there is a seemingly insatiable appetite for novel products.
Elissa Scott, founder and owner of the T lady, has created a unique blend of natural ingredients, in a tea bag, that treats the symptoms of menopause. Scott adheres to a strict sustainability policy and aims to make a profit without spoiling the earth. She also employs women who have escaped domestic abuse and the disabled, an ethical decision that enables her to give back to the community. Her inspirational journey offers unique and valuable insights on how to build a burgeoning business whilst remaining true to one's values.
Sustainably farmed, organic and indigenous ingredients
“I use only certified, organic ingredients,” says Scott. “My products do not damage the earth. For me, that’s non-negotiable. One of the most heinous forms of abuse committed against the earth is farming that damages the environment. In many countries, cash crops have overshadowed other indigenous plants and species and led to harmful farming practices.”
Farmers understand that mono crops drain the soil of vital nutrients and that they need to cycle crops in order to enrich and revitalize the earth.
“The recent move towards supplementing gas supplies with ethanol, made from corn, could also inflict untold damage to the environment. As health industry leaders, we need to encourage the use of sustainable methods that protect the earth.”
Learn all you can about nature
Scott also advocates learning as much as possible about the natural world, especially the ingredients used in any products. She explains: “I'd spent time in the area getting to know the locals, getting to know the environment. I read and developed an affinity for local customs and traditions. Without paying respect to the local heritage, you risk being another greedy entrepreneur who’s trying to make a ‘quick buck’. There has to be a spiritual element to the whole process. You can ‘gain the world but lose your soul.’”
Give something back to the world
“It’s vital to give something back,” says Scott. “You can't exist for selfish reasons. If your motivations are entirely selfish, or self-serving, I believe that the universe fights against you. My vision was to create a product while helping the community. The community where I source my plants benefits financially and socially. It has to be a win-win.”
Share your unique story
Finally, to break into a new industry, you must tell your story. People buy from companies that they connect and identify with. This is impossible without spreading the story of how and why you came into being.
Scott recalls how her ‘story’ helped her to establish her brand even when she faced obstacles. “When I first started, I contacted a tea bag producer who said the minimum order was 10,000 tea bags. This was a daunting prospect; I didn't have that kind of money behind me. I wasn't even sure I could sell that many. But, I told him my story. I explained the healing properties and told him about the ladies who had suffered domestic violence and abuse. It changed his mind and he offered to make 2,000 tea bags—a vital concession.”
People love to support a ‘righteous’ cause
“Telling my story has become second nature, something I do all the time. When your intentions are honest and open, and you have a real and genuine story to tell, it becomes a door-opener. People are willing to listen, and help. They can see that you're trying to do some good in the world, a feature that I think we've lost in society. There are few who have a ‘righteous’ cause and are striving to reach their goals for the good of others, not just themselves.”
“Hopefully, my passion for The T Lady shines through because I believe in it. It has something to offer the world, and the medical community, and I will never tire of telling whoever will listen, even if it’s one menopause relief tea bag at a time! My legacy to the earth is best summed up in a quote from my nineteenth century relative, Madame Langdon:
“Herbal medicines are nature’s remedies".
Firstly a little about Elissa:
Hi my name is Elissa and I will turn 55 in April.