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Menopause & Smell distortion

In 2013 I wrote a blog about the issues I was having with my sense of smell during menopause.  I discovered after a quick but short trawl of the internet that it is not uncommon and has a name.  It’s called Dysosmia and some weeks after discovering it, it began to dissipate.

Previous menopause blog

Partly I’d hoped and suspected down to my new role as a Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic and my consequent use of essential oils.  I had bought a lovely Zen Soto diffuser and had found that diffusing essential oils was very helpful.

My menopause symptoms began to subside and for a period of several months I thought it was over.  Late last year I was back to hot flushes and this time sought help from my doctor.  I don’t/won’t use HRT so was seeking an alternative.  I’d tried several different supplements which had helped initially and now were not working.  My doctor prescribe Abufene

Médicament Abufene 400 mg

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I am not sure if this available in the UK.  I have just recently been on my 2nd outing with it (you only take the tablets for 10 days and then stop).  I understand it is an Amino Acid and is often prescribed for sports people.  It certainly works for the hot flushes. There is a side effect that is mention.  You get a hot sort of tingling in your hands and feet, or just feet.  I get this regular as clockwork at 10pm each evening.  I know from my previous course that this side effect will last many weeks after you stop taking the medication.  I don’t mind and in winter it’s quite comforting.

Anyhow, back to the smell.  It’s back in a different form now.  I cannot describe it but once it arrives in my nasal passages it is hard to shift.  It really spoilt my lunchtime meal out as of course smell and taste are interlinked, so my plate of fish didn’t smell or taste much of fish.

Back home and I am now diffusing essential oils to try and fill my nasal passages with something more pleasant.  I have a new diffuser and have added some Patchouli and Ylang Ylang.

Aria Diffuser

Diffuser 019

I don’t normally diffuse such strong floral smells but hope these will be potent enough to do the trick.

I am really blogging about this once more as there is so little on the internet about it and I know for some women their distorted smell is distressing for them and causing low self esteem.  Somehow knowing about it and understanding it helps in the management of it.   I am disappointed that after 2 and a half years I am still dealing with this and am heartened to know  that it will disappear eventually and give me a break.

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Dysosmia potentially subsiding.

For Suki and Bethany who asked me about this.

I have just in the last 2 weeks started selling Neal’s Yard Remedies, which include lots of essential oils. My moisturiser, skin care products, shower gel etc all produced organically using essential oils.

I also bought a fab diffuser for some oil blends and am happy to report that my dysosmia appears to have settled. I am very happy as you can imagine and am hoping that this will continue.


I am finding that the best oils are the predominantly citrus based. Having said that, I tried a grapefruit oil I had here already, bought from a shop in my nearest city. To be honest I couldn’t smell it. My neighbour mentioned she’d been using a Neal’s Yard essential oil in her Reiki room and that she and her family could smell it in her dining room. I wonder whether NYR oils are particularly potent.

Distortion of Olfactory Perception: Diagnosis and Treatment

I don’t like any of the suggestions in this article!  I think I’ll stick with the oils.

You can buy some oils, the diffuser and some oil blends here along with lots of lovely organic skin care and body care products.

The Asylum got me (or did I get it).

Much has occurred in just a few weeks into 2014.  I wonder whether the whole year will be at the same pace.

I spoke about the paperback version of the letters book in my last blog.  It’s now on the verge of publication and there s a giveaway on Goodreads.

Letters from Stalag VIIIb giveaway

I am really excited about the book and am hoping later today to be able to order a proof and finally have a copy in my possession.

Just before Christmas we had a heated discussion about eCards v Card cards.  For some years Mark and I had stopped sending Cards by p0st mainly due to the drain on our limited resources when the £ plummeted against the euro.  We had hoped that over time our friends would follow suit and stop sending us cards that,  at the end of the festive season,  sit in a spent and weary pile whilst we wonder what to do with them.

This got me thinking, and reminded me that our financial situation had improved since then and yet I was reluctant to go back to sending cards.  I remember many years ago I sent  donations to Send a instead of Christmas cards,  I see they no longer exist in that name.   Anyhow, the discussion motivated me to think about what to do with the money we might have spent on cards and postage.  We already sponsor 2 children with The Butterfly Tree charity and I didn’t think we could quite stretch to 3.

I then remembered Kiva, the micro lending organisation, where we had already made loans.  The great thing about Kiva is your money can be lent over and over.  Each time it gets paid back, you can relend, or take it and run.   So, off I went to Kiva with every intention of making a couple of loans to cover our potential expenses.  Somehow, I cannot now recall< I got the bit between my teeth and began cajoling and nagging people to consider doing the same.  I created a Team and nagged practically on a daily basis for people to join.  Team Kath & Ko @ Kiva  There was a small response which was great, a few people joined and lent, each new person joining created a $25 bonus for me to lend to another entrepreneur.   I was enjoying being in some way responsible for helping (in my opinion) peoples lives.  As January ended, and February begun there was quite a flurry of interest, and each time I logged in I’d find another bonus waiting for me to lend.  Yesterday was a big day.  A very kind friend lent a large some of money which helped 13 Kiva users.   Look how well we’ve done since inception on 27/12/13


So, my nagging has paid off and I shall continue to nag fairly frequently to keep some momentum going.

I am now working 2 mornings per week at Restos du Coeur, and think I might have persuaded Mark to come with me one morning per week.

Finally, a couple of Saturdays ago I provided the premises and guests for a Neal’s Yard Remedies demonstration.  I have always loved their products, and have been unable to buy them here.  I nagged people to come, sent out loads of invites and I forgot it was just after Christmas, AND before payday (our payday isn’t at the end of the month).

So, there were 9 guests, and our consultant Julie traveled some distance to present the demonstration.   She is looking to recruit consultants all over France and possibly had her eye on me!  It not being “my thing” I decided against it.  I cannot be doing with trying to get people to have parties, and to aim for goals, I gave that up when I took early kept woman status when Mark retired.  Anyhow, Julie doesn’t give up and it appears she has recruited me to be a “Catalogue Consultant”.    This means I have a designated web page whereby my UK friends and their acquaintances can browse, sniff and order on line.

This is my online catalogue

It also means I’ll have a sample kit and some catalogues and those who couldn’t come to the demo, or those who want to reorder items or those who were waiting for payday, can order from me.  After my initial reluctance, I am a little excited and also wondering what I have let myself in for.   So with Valentine’s Day not far off, and maybe birthdays, Easter and Mother’s Day, make sure you check out the really love gifts.  I bought Mark the NYR Men’s Toiletries gift for his birthday, looks like I’ll be ordering more!  I am trying out the Eye and Lip serum, will let you know how young I look in a later post.















Here is my Facebook page, please like and share with your male and female friends.

Kathy’s NYR Page

Meanwhile, here in La Belle France the weather is throwing wind and rain at us, but not quite as badly here as in the UK.

The gate is closed, but as you can see, it’s no longer working!

Kathy the sane