Monthly Archives: October 2017

Sambrosa Nighttime Syrup: Free Samples!



Sleeping troubles? Here’s a post and a free sample offer from Sambrosa Care. This product, first created for a good night’s rest and allergy sufferers, is proving helpful to menopausal women:

Sambrosa nighttime syrup is non-gmo and it doesn’t contain any artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. Instead Sambrosa contains real honey, a small dosage of doxylamine and organic herbs. It stimulates a good nights rest and relieves nighttime allergy symptoms and cough.

Sambrosa is available in a 4 oz bottle and as a convenient travel package for 3 nights.

About us

The story of Sambrosa began in a small town in the Netherlands. A homeopathist, with a pharmaceutical background, started seeing a trend in her practice that people were having trouble sleeping due to allergies. The idea was to create a product that offered a healthier alternative for nighttime relief to what was on the market but still deliver the same benefits of a good night’s sleep. The formulation she developed is the same product which is used today. Starting with real honey and organic herbs combined with the active ingredient doxylamine to deliver a healthier alternative to sweet dreams.


Honey is quite amazing in its taste and in its countless health benefits; it is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants.


Aniseed Oil offers many curative properties including as an antiseptic, expectorant, and sedative.

Passionflower is used by the ancient Aztecs as a sedative and pain reliever. Also used today for its ability help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Thyme helps to calm a cough and has been used to sooth nerves and in the treatment of respiratory ailments.

California Poppy is used as a remedy to reduce stress, a useful herb for the nervous system.

Tracaganth is typically is used as an essential binding agent, a natural alternative to synthetic agents.


Eucalyptus is known for its aroma, but also for its pharmaceutical, and antiseptic uses. Eucalyptus oil may also have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.


Hops is used for its aromaticum but is also believed to benefit conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. Hops also contains natural estrogen which can help relieve symptoms of menopause.

Free Samples: Sambrosa is offering free samples! Simply email your address to The first 50 responses will receive a sample. In US only. Thanks!

You can buy Sambrosa on Amazon here or on their website here.


Three Cheers for Menopause Beer!



My friend Claire sent me an article about a brand new beer from the Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Hooray for Libeeration, the first craft beer for menopausal women! Here’s the  article Claire sent, posted by permission of Joanne Francis, co-owner at Portsmouth:

Introducing LIBEERATION – an empowering gruit, the first craft beer brewed for menopausal women – it’s high time this overlooked demographic gets some attention!


LIBEERATION was designed specifically for women experiencing menopausal symptoms and to celebrate the liberating aspects of this stage of life. In a heavily male dominated industry, this is a breakthrough, says The Portsmouth Brewery Co-owner Joanne Francis. “It’s taken years to bring this idea to market.

After consulting with women health practitioners and herbalists, our team came up with ingredients believed to relieve symptoms like sleeplessness, hot flashes, and mood swings. And, we want to shift the mentality from focusing on the negative aspects of this stage in life, to celebrating the liberating aspects! Fun, crazy, wildly different: that was our goal to reach women who truly know what it means to be hot!”


Joanne Francis is Creative Director and co-owns The Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewing Company with her longtime partner, Peter Egelston, together brewing craft beer for 26 years.

Francis says when she first floated the idea of a brew for menopausal women six years ago, the reaction from her staff was nothing short of disgust and horror. Often the only woman in the room in an industry dominated by men and focused on selling to 21 to 35 year-old male consumers, Francis says she didn’t give up, enlisting the expertise of Head Brewer Matt Gallagher.

Says Francis, “Let’s take the needle off the record.  A whole world of women love craft beer and many more will discover it.  For new consumers, this could be an awakening. But remember, many of us have been enjoying craft beer since the whole movement began in the mid-80s. We have purchasing power and we deserve this empowering elixir!”


LIBEERATION is a unique gruit style ale that’s golden straw in color with fruity, spicy, earthy flavors. It contains a combination of ingredients herbalists use to help women dealing with hormone shifts that come with age, including: Motherwort, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Stinging Nettle, Mugwort, Rose, Chickweed, and Damiana.

A small dose of Saphir hops in the secondary fermentation adds a pleasant tangerine note to the finish and can help with sleep, according to Head Brewer Matt Gallagher. Says Gallagher, “I’ve always been intrigued with the concept of this beer, but it was only after having a daughter and beginning to view the world differently that I felt the importance of putting this ale on the front burner. This has been an amazing collaborative process and so much fun to work with a group committed to offering women something new and delicious.”

Me again: I’ve had a great time corresponding with Joanne. She wrote that the first batch of Libeeration sold out within two weeks, which is super fast. A new batch is brewing! (and will be finished in a month).

Bottom Photo: Joanne and Matt in the brewhouse.

Last Will and Testament: Signed and Done!


We did it! We finally updated our wills. And we had a wonderful time. For real. Why did we have such a happy and meaningful experience talking about dying?

We’ve been putting this off forever, so signing those suckers felt like a great accomplishment.

Our young lawyer, Shirley Dieffenbach, is whippersnapper sharp, witty, and fun to be around.

The law office was a pleasant place to be. They even brought me a coke one afternoon. A really cold coke.

And since their name is Walker Lambe, they display some eye-catching art.

On any given day, I can get sad, scared, or just plain creeped out when I think about dying. The thought can send me to a very dark place.

But creating a will felt like a great celebration of my life.

Deciding where my money should go gave me a chance to dig deep and think about those I love. And deciding on charitable legacies helped me ponder my beliefs as to what is important in this world.

Making choices on the kind of death I’d like to have made me hopeful that I can go peacefully.

I was so delighted when we finally signed the documents that I took a picture of the pen

and a picture of Cliff signing his.

The day after we signed our wills, we left on a snowbird trip to Cabo, Mexico. Day of the Dead stuff is everywhere.



I drank margaritas next to these lovely ladies knowing that when my time comes, my will is finally in place.

And until then, I’m going to do my best to whoop it up.

What about you? How did you feel writing your will?

Goodbye Period: Five Reasons I’m Happy and Five Reasons I’m Sad


Date of my most recent period?

2007, I think.

Nothing like filling out the form at your gynecologist’s office to make  you realize your period days really are over.

When you’re in the midst of periods, you think it’s going to be fabulous to be done.

But to my surprise, I found some bittersweet elements to being finished with periods.

And I’m delighted that Period! Magazine published my reflections. Read my article, “Goodbye Period! Five Reasons I’m Happy and Five Reasons I’m sad” right here.

Here’s the Dutch version. Very exciting to have my words translated.

What about you? If you’re finished, do you miss your period at all?

If not, can you even imagine missing your period?

And from our friends at Slumber Cloud, some herbal ideas and tea recipes for those in perimenopause and those in menopause.