Menomagic cooling cream helps soothe menopausal sweats

Menomagic.

We discovered this back in March, 2019, but the product described was only available in Britain. You can now order it online in the U.S. The reviews are slightly mixed, but the issue seems to be more about expectation than performance. It will not solve all menopausal discomforts, but it doesn’t appear that was ever the intention.

DAILY MAIL (UK) | by Carol Driver | March 5, 2019

A REFLEXOLOGIST HAS revealed how he ‘stumbled’ over a remedy for his mother’s crippling menopause symptoms – and claims it works in seconds.

Steven Crumblehulme, 38, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, created a mix of essential oils that drastically reduced the intensity of fifty-nine-year-old Karen’s debilitating hot flushes and itchy skin.

The ‘miracle’ lotion, which is called Menomagic, has now proven so popular, it’s being sold by a major stockist for £14.99 – and it has received an abundance of rave reviews. ‘It has really helped to control my flushes in the day,’ wrote Suzanne Cleaver-Smith, from Lancashire of the lotion that contains peppermint, rose geranium, lavender and sage.

And Kath Thompson, from Cumbria, added: ‘I rubbed a little into both my feet before bed. I’m usually woken by my feet getting hot then it spreads upwards until my heart pounds and head spins. But last night I had nothing. Thank you so much, you’re a star.’

Menomagic's creator Steven Crumblehulme and Karen.
Menomagic’s creator Steven Crumblehulme and Karen.

Steven first began blending creams to give to his reflexology clients at his practice called Sole Therapies.

However, it was Karen, who has been menopausal for 10 years and has shunned hormone replacement therapy, who gave Steven the idea after revealing she slept better after he used the lotion to give her a foot massage.

She asked him to make a similar hand cream to help with her terrible night sweats and hot flushes that she could apply throughout the day.

Steven then researched which essential oils would help Karen’s worst menopause symptoms the most, and ‘stumbled’ across a ‘powerful’ mix of peppermint, rose geranium, lavender and sage.

‘Christmas 2017, it was one of my gifts for mum – this little pot that I’d managed to come up with, said Steven. ‘I called it Menomagic on a whim, and I just hoped that it would work – I couldn’t test it on myself to see whether it would have any effect.’

However, the first batch backfired – as Karen didn’t like the scent: ‘I said to him I didn’t feel as though I could sit in the middle of a restaurant and put it on – and that’s usually when the hot flushes happen,’ revealed Karen.

‘If you’ve got a red face, you don’t want to draw attention to yourself and have people turning around saying, “what’s that smell?”’

For the next batch he rustled up, Steven kept the same four essential oils, but varied the percentage of each. After finding a mix that ‘smelt like you’d had a facial’, Steven gave the hand cream to clients and his mother – and was overwhelmed by the results.

Karen, who lives in Blackpool and had previously tried various remedies with little success, said: ‘When I start to feel as though I’m getting a hot flush, I get out the cream, put it on, and it works pretty quickly.’

‘It worked so well for me that I said to my friend to try it,’ explained Karen. ‘She loved it. Lots of my friends have now gone and bought it. I take it out with me and if I see anyone struggling, I’ll offer them some of mine.’

It was after this that Steven felt others might also benefit from using the cream – and so he looked into selling it.

He worked with a small business who initially made just over 1,000 pots of the product – a 50ml pump-style.

Menomagic.
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Menomagic’s Instagram account grew quickly – and Steven was approached by major stockist Live Better With, a website offering products and advice to women going through the menopause.

‘They said they’d been approached by customers asking for it,’ Steven revealed. ‘They asked for a sample, and within 24 hours of receiving it, they said they wanted to stock it. They’ve already made a second order and restocked.’

Steven, who had a degree in psychology, said because of his background, he didn’t like taking drugs or a medical approach to things.

It led him to look into complementary therapy and reflexology and because he was ‘amazed and surprised at what they could tell from my feet’, he then started his practice, Sole Therapies.

His mother Karen has been menopausal ‘for a good ten years’ with hot flushes, night sweats, not sleeping and itching skin being the worst symptoms, and he says it was her suggestion to come up with a cream that led him to create the lotion.

Karen said: ‘[I wanted] anything that could help in any way really. I didn’t want to go down the HRT route. Like Steven, if there’s a way to do something naturally, I’d rather do that.

‘So he devised me a foot cream, so when I haven’t got him, I can put that on my feet and that helps me sleep,’ she said.

Based on that foot cream, Steven blended a mix of essential oils to turn into a hand cream for Karen. He used peppermint to cool the skin, which he said is really good for the hot flushes and night sweats, then rose geranium oil which is very uplifting, and gives it a spa-like smell.

To that he added lavender for calming and relaxation, it’s very calming, to tackle the ‘psychological impact’ of having hot flushes which can ‘seem to make it last longer’, and safe, for balancing hormones.

And the product has already have rave reviews – including feedback that the cream works for symptoms he hadn’t even intended it to work for – something he wants to develop further.

One woman had bought a pot of Menomagic to help her step-father who was experiencing menopause-like symptoms after going through cancer treatment. He is now one of Steven’s regular customers as it’s helped him so much.

‘It’s helping people. We’ve been astounded that we’ve been able to help people in ways that we never intended,’ he said. ‘To provide some relief, is great.’

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Premarin Horses and China

The last of the PMU (pregnant mare’s urine) facilities operating in N. America in Canada are reportedly closing down according to an anonymous source. This has been a long time coming.

Fact or fiction, while that sounds like good news, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) drugs made from pregnant mare’s urine is on the rise in China where millions of women are already taking forms of it.

China is also where most of the world’s pregnant mare’s urine farms are.

PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).
PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).

Pregnant mares are repeatedly impregnated and milked for their urine in revolting conditions. The foals are immediately disposed of, often sent to local restaurants to be turned into “fresh off the hoof” dishes. Or, like the mares who can no longer get pregnant, are sent straight to a slaughterhouse. There are no rescues we know of for these horses anywhere in China.

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Three things we are doing for Premarin horses

Rescued Premarin foals. Photo: Vivian Grant Farrell.
Rescued Premarin foals. Photo: Vivian Grant Farrell.

Here are three things we are doing for PMU — or Premarin — horses right now:

1. Lobbying the FDA with the help of a specialist firm to return the word “equine” on all Premarin type drugs so it reads “conjugated equine estrogens” the way it did, and should*.

2. Working in China with a massive social media campaign warning women against the dangers of the Premarin family of drugs. This is where most of the horses are and where the largest volume of Premarin type drugs are being used. 

3. Leafleting across the U.S. at women’s hospitals and clinics warning women about the dangers of the Premarin family of drugs and educating them on alternatives (expanding into Canada with your help).

This work is informative and necessary, and potentially life saving for women and the mares and foals used to make the drug then cast off.


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We are the only voices PMU horses have. When we remove the demand for these drugs we remove the demand for pregnant mare’s urine thereby freeing the horses.

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* A conjugated estrogen can be made from plants.

Premarin, doctors and conjugated equine estrogens

March for Premarin Horses featured image.
The Premarin family of HRT drugs is made from the urine of pregnant mares.

Updated: 1:50 pm

MORE and more doctors who prescribe Premarin® are arguing with us that the menopausal drug no longer contains conjugated equine estrogens derived from pregnant mare’s urine. Huh?

The idea doctors most often cite in support of this belief is what it says on the drugs’ packaging, that Premarin® is made from “conjugated estrogens” where it used to say “conjugated equine estrogens”. Removing the word equine is something Pfizer pressed the FDA to do shortly we believe after they merged with or acquired Wyeth pharamaceuticals, adding these drugs to their portfolio. The removal of the word equine is obviously having its desired effect.

Premarin sample package with words "conjugated estrogens". Google search result. Unattributed image.
Premarin sample package with words “conjugated estrogens”. Google search result. Unattributed image.

Well dear doctors. A quick check on the internet should assure you that the Premarin® family of drugs including Duavee (originally called Aprela) which we don’t hear much of, has and assuredly always will be made with CEE’s — conjugated equine estrogens.

Wikipedia

Conjugated estrogens (CEs), or conjugated equine estrogens (CEEs), sold under the brand name Premarin (a contraction of “pregnant mares’ urine”) among others, is an estrogen medication which is used in menopausal hormone therapy and for various other indications. Read more »

RxList

PREMARIN® (conjugated estrogens tablets, USP) for oral administration contains a mixture of conjugated estrogens purified from pregnant mares’ urine and consists of the sodium salts of water-soluble estrogen sulfates blended to represent the average composition of material derived from pregnant mares’ urine. Be sure to check out the side effects. They include endometrial cancer, cardiovascular disorders, breast cancer and probably dementia. Read more »

DrugBank

Conjugated Equine Estrogens (CEEs) are derived from the urine of pregnant mares and contain a blend of at least 10 estrogen derivatives. Marketed under the brand name Premarin, CEEs are the most frequently used form of conjugated estrogens.

All estrogen products mimic the effects of endogenous estrogens in the body which are responsible for the development and maintenance of the female reproductive system and secondary sexual characteristics.

Conjugated estrogens, or Conjugated Equine Estrogens (CEEs) are composed of a mixture of the water-soluble salts of sulfate esters from estrone, equilin, 17 α-dihydroequilin, and other related steroids that are purified from pregnant horse urine. Available as the product Premarin (FDA), this combination of equine-derived estrogenic compounds is indicated for the following conditions: treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms and vulvovaginal atrophy associated with menopause; hypoestrogenism due to hypogonadism, castration or primary ovarian failure; palliation of metastatic breast cancer; palliation of advanced androgen-dependent carcinoma of the prostate; and for prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Read more »

PubChem

Premarin is a pharmaceutical preparation containing a mixture of water-soluble, conjugated estrogens derived wholly or in part from URINE of pregnant mares or synthetically from ESTRONE and EQUILIN. It contains a sodium-salt mixture of estrone sulfate (52-62%) and equilin sulfate (22-30%) with a total of the two between 80-88%. Other concomitant conjugates include 17-alpha-dihydroequilin, 17-alpha-estradiol, and 17-beta-dihydroequilin. The potency of the preparation is expressed in terms of an equivalent quantity of sodium estrone sulfate. Read more »

See also NCBI » See also MedScape for Black Box Warnings such as increased risk of invasive breast cancer »

We get the picture. Surely doctors will now too.

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• PREMARIN_Dear_Doctor_Letter_UPDATED_October_2018_WORD (pdf, 4 pp)

Send this letter whether you are male or female. Doctors are known to use Premarin® intervenously to prevent bleeding during surgery.  So you may be treated with Premarin® without even knowing it or giving your permission. More to come on that so stay tuned here.

In the meantime, share far and wide. Save the horses!

China

The biggest challenge outside of the US is educating the Chinese who produce more pregnant mare’s urine and prescribe it more than anyone else in the world according to a recent source in China. And the Chinese love horse meat. So the two — Premarin® and horse slaughter — continues to go hand in hand.

Premarin tables. If you look closely you can see a legend in Chinese. Google image.
Premarin tables. If you look closely you can see a legend in Chinese. Google image.
Chinese version of Premarin cream.
Chinese version of Premarin cream.

In the meantime, doctors in the US are still prescribing and using the Premarin® family drugs at an alarming rate and seemingly unaware of the history and multiple dangers associated with this despicable drug.


Nothing has been, or ever will be, appealing or beneficial about the PMU industry and the Premarin family of drugs; they are clearly harbingers of death from both sides of the equation”.
– JANE ALLIN


Related Reading

•  Update! Alternatives to drugs made with pregnant mare’s urine by Jane Allin »

A look at a PMU farm in China and its not all about Pfizer »

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