I was a 'hot flushed hostie' with British Airways. I left just over two years ago when I hit the menopause. At the time I was suffering from anxiety and actually felt I was developing a fear of flying - not good in my job! Luckily for me, BA offered voluntary redundancy so I jumped ship - or aircraft I should say. My husband and I also opened our home as a B&B.
HRT was one route I personally didn’t want to go down, so I started researching natural remedies for the menopause. I was totally blown away by what I discovered about nettles. Not only could they help with hormone balance but they are also packed with many other vitamins and minerals that I feel help my body cope with all the menopausal symptoms. Obviously more research needs to be done but I prefer to have a cup of tea rather than taking a tablet.
I started making my own fresh nettle tea and found it gave me much more energy. I was also making it for our guests and they loved it too! I started growing more nettles and now I produce Noreen's Nettle Tea from Aghalee using a nettle powder. I also make nettle shortbread and a nettle hair and scalp tonic. I had felt my hair was getting thinner so it made sense to give my hair some nettle love as well!
Thanks to the menopause I now have my own nettle business. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. Please don't laugh at my promotional videos, well do, it’s all just a bit of fun. I mean how can you not have fun when you’re cheerleading with nettles!
Noreen Van der Velde, Northern Ireland