Female Problems? There’s an herb for that!

Women face an array of unpleasant health issues which can range from managing their monthly cycle of hormonal ups and downs, to menstrual dismay, struggling with their libido and everything in between. The good news is that you don’t need to deal with these problems lying down — on a heating pad, of course. Before you open your medicine cabinet and routinely reach for ibuprofen, sleeping pills or other drugs try turning to the plant world for natural, non-toxic remedies for common complaints.

Chaste Tree Berry

(Vitex agnus-castus)

Most Common Use: Regulating menstrual cycles & increasing fertility

Chaste Tree Berry has a long history of use for supporting fertility and hormone balance. It works by regulating and supporting the pituitary gland, the master gland for hormone production. Herbalists prescribe it to help ease PMS, menstrual difficulties, and infertility.

This supreme herbal tonic for women works by stimulating and normalizing the pituitary gland, which regulates the balance of estrogen and progesterone in the body. During a normal menstrual cycle estrogen is higher before ovulation and progesterone is higher after. Many women don’t realize that the imbalance of these hormones can cause the entire range of symptoms associated with PMS and menopause! Chaste tree berry can have the effect of enhancing progesterone and decreasing estrogen levels.

It is a wonderful tonic to enhance the chances of conception through its ability to regulate ovulation. If taken through the first trimester, Vitex can reduce the chances of miscarriage.

Chaste Tree Berry is a slow-acting herb. Allow yourself three full cycles for the plant to really work its magic.

Yarrow

(Achillea millefolium)

Most Common Use: Easing heavy periods

Yarrow is one of the most versatile healing plants ever. Traditionally, it has been used for painful menstrual cramps. It is antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, therefore it aids the muscles of the uterus to work efficiently without cramping up. Uterine inflammation and cramping is the root of the pain associated with menstrual cramps. Yarrow helps in relieving the inflammation and congestion of the uterus, which assists in pain reduction.

When using Yarrow to relieve menstrual cramps it is best to begin a regimen before the pain starts. Consuming a low dose in the form of a tea, or liquid extract, everyday leading up to menstruation will lead to the best results. You can increase your dosage during menstruation if necessary.

Yarrow is also one of the best herbs to relieve heavy bleeding caused by uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or for women struggling with heavier than normal menstrual periods. Keep in mind, however, it is important to address the cause of heavy menstrual bleeding, in addition to using yarrow to slow heavy bleeding.

This plant has been used traditionally by midwives to stop hemorrhage during miscarriage, or following childbirth. Yarrow’s ability to stop heavy blood flow is well documented and absolutely amazing!

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Dong Quai

(Angelica sinensis)

Most Common Use: Enhancing general female wellness

This root has certainly earned its reputation as the “ultimate herb” for women. Dong Quai is one of the most popular plants in Chinese medicine. It is primarily known for treating women’s problems including lack of sexual desire, the symptoms of menopause, cramps and PMS. This root is commonly referred to as the “female ginseng,” based on its many gynecological uses.

Dong Quai is the premier “gynecological regulator.” It can balance your estrogen levels, reducing them if they are to high and increasing them if they are too low.

Dong Quai is an antispasmodic that aides in easing cramps and other symptoms of PMS. This is accomplished through dilating your blood vessels to increase flow during your monthly cycle and helping replenish blood after your period has ended. It also is useful to encourage a regular cycle and it can be a great option for women coming off of birth control.

As if all of these benefits for this herbal remedy aren’t enough to convince you to try Dong Quai, it also helps you to feel happier! It can combat mood swings and reduce anxiety while having a calming effect on your nervous system.

When NOT to use Dong Quai
Dong Quai is considered safe for most people. Below you will find specifics on who shouldn’t use this herbal remedy.

  • Women with breast cancer
  • During pregnancy or while nursing
  • Women with endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries or uterus
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Dong Quai


Feverfew

(Tancetum parthenium)

Most Common Use: Relieving Migraines

Woman are three times more likely to experience migraines then men according to the National Headache Foundation. Feverfew can be used as a preventative treatment for migraines. A number of people have reported that after taking Feverfew their migraines have gradually become less frequent and in a few cases have stopped altogether.

Feverfew is believed to help migraine sufferers because of a substance in Feverfew called parthenolide, which helps relieve muscle spasms. It also helps stop the brain’s blood vessels from contracting and prevents inflammation. Since it is treating the cause of the pain rather then the pain itself, it should be taken regularly to receive maximum benefit and protection from migraines.

Feverfew has many additional benefits including lower blood pressure, less stomach irritation and a renewed sense of well-being. It has been known to stimulate appetite, and improve digestion as well as kidney function. It could also relieve dizziness and painful or sluggish menstruation.

Many of the over-the-counter and prescription pain killers have a “rebound effect” after a period of use. The drug actually begins to cause the headache. Feverfew does not have this effect and is recommended by experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil as an effective alternative for those suffering from frequent headaches or migraines.
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Cramp Bark

(Viburnum opulus)

Most Common Use: Helping menstrual cramps

Do you suffer from debilitating cramps every month? Do you rely heavily on Advil, ibuprofen or other chemical drugs during that time? This is a very common complaint among women. Cramp Bark may be the solution for you!

The chemical drugs you’re taking to relieve your pain are only masking the issue. Furthermore, the more you use them they lose potency, resulting in them being less effective. Cramp bark is an antispasmodic that is extremely effective at reducing uterine contractions, and uterine muscle spasm.

It is safe to use in the days prior to onset of menstruation in anticipation and prevention of painful cramps. This herb is one of the best herbs to have on hand at all times for any sort of menstrual pain!

Pregnant? Cramp bark can help to stop contractions in cases of premature labor. Some pregnant women also use it during the last trimester in order to strengthen uterine muscles for an easy labor. Once you have given birth it can also be great option to help with the “afterpains” of pregnancy for the continued cramping many women experience.
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Nettle

(Urtica dioica)

Most Common Use: Helping Anemia

Nettle grows as a weed but is an extremely useful herbal remedy. They are extremely high in iron. Vitamin C is also present in these plants, which aids in the absorption of iron. Incorporating stinging nettle into your diet will be particularly effective against fatigue – especially for women.

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Ginger

(Zingiber officinale)

Most Common Use: Combating nausea

Ginger is the best stomach woe cure! It has long been a popular remedy for nausea caused by morning sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy, food poisoning, migraines, and the use of certain medications. Many people use ginger supplements when treating nausea. Although fresh, dried, and crystallized ginger may also help soothe nausea when consumed as foods or spices.

Ginger products can be made from fresh or dried ginger root. It can also be made from steam distillation of the oil in the root. Ginger extracts, tinctures, capsules, and oils are all available for purchase. You can also buy fresh ginger root and make a tea.


Before you rush over to the medicine aisle try turning to herbal treatments to cure what ails you! We guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

For information on creating a well rounded, all-natural medicine cabinet check out this post!


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Jessica is a holistic health counselor and work from home mom living in the middle of nowhere USA with her sweet little boy! She suffers from a serious case of compulsive globe-trotting and is always counting the days until her next move or adventure. You can often find her trying to get in her exercise in by lunging through the park while chasing after her very energetic little boy! She is constantly fueled and energized by her love for healthy eating and occasionally copious amounts of caffeine.

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