A female body undergoes several changes from puberty to menopause. The various female hormones are known to cause havoc at different stages—from pre-menstrual blues and menstrual cramps to postpartum depression and menopausal hot flashes.
But you don’t necessarily have to go through all that. Here are some herbs that can solve these problems naturally.
This herb, which is native to India, is an antidepressant, endocrine enhancer, memory booster and galactogoggue. Shatavari balances female hormones, particularly estrogen, and helps in maintaining high energy levels. It cleanses and improves the function of the female reproductive system and soothes damaged vaginal tissue. The herb is also a known aphrodisiac and can improve libido in both men and women. (Related Article: Shatavari: A Herb For Women’s Health)
How To Use It: You can buy capsules online and take them two times a day after meals. You can also buy organic shatavari root powder, mix one teaspoon with water or milk and drink this daily to see benefits. Brew a tea with dried shatavari root using a teaspoon of the root in one cup of hot water and have it daily.
This mainstream Ayurvedic herb has been shown to reduce stress by lowering the levels of cortisol. It also works wonders as an anti-aging tonic and improves endocrine function. Ashwagandha improves blood circulation to the female reproductive organs and is associated with improved sex drive. Menopausal women recommend this herb as an effective remedy for hot flashes. This herb also works well to treat hypothyroidism by stimulating the production of thyroid hormones.
How To Use It: Ashwagandha can be taken as a fluid extract or as a supplement capsule. Talk to a naturopath to determine a dosage appropriate for you. Brew an infusion by boiling 1tsp of the dried root powder in two cups of water for 15 minutes. Leave aside to infuse for another 10 minutes. Do not drink more than two cups of per day.
3. Vitex Or Chaste Tree Berry
Vitex is one of the best herbs to support a woman’s menstrual cycle. It works well to treat PMS and related mood swings, irritability and headaches. It suppresses the production of the prolactin hormone from the pituitary gland, which is the main factor for irregular periods. Continued use is known to improve ovulation and also enhance progesterone production.
How To Use It: Take this herb in the morning as this is when the body has a natural surge of hormones. Dried herb capsules (one or two) can be taken twice a day. You can also take 40 drops of this tincture twice daily.
4. Dong Quio
Commonly known as the angelica root, Dong Quio is useful for overall female wellness. This Chinese herb is also sometimes referred to as ‘female ginseng’, as it works to treat irregular periods, fatigue and pre-menstrual irritability and anxiety. It promotes the production of red blood cells and stimulates blood circulation to the uterus, which particularly helps during your period. Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it can also treat endometriosis.
How To Use It: Steep 1tsp of dried crushed root or powder in eight ounces of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes and drink this as a tea. You can also take 10 to 20 drops of Dong Quio tincture daily to lessen your period pain.
These herbs will not only sort your hormonal issues, but also make you more energetic, confident and relaxed.