Have you ever wanted to experience healing through natural plant medicine?
During our menopausal journey we often find times where our hormones get out of balance, and we experience symptoms because of this. Hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue, brain fog, food intolerances, lack of libido and insomnia
Environmental toxins, hormone-disrupting chemicals and the added stress of modern life, have made this job substantially harder in recent years. Luckily, there are now some fantastic herbs available to help with the challenge.
Here are my top 7 Herbs…
- Black Cohosh.This is a herbal tincture that I like to include in my transition remedy blend. It is useful in supporting estrogen levels. As we get closer to the end of the transition, closer to actual menopause, this is when estrogen levels can swing around, and Black Cohosh can help by suppressing the Luteinising Hormone which keeps rising when it is trying to find an egg that just isn’t there, and also help be a modulator on the estrogen receptor. Basically, Black Cohosh can help when estrogen levels are swinging too high or too low. You can buy from a herbalist or sometimes find it in peri-menopausal blends. ( Refer to Remedy Room – Transition Blend)
- Chaste Tree.This is known as a hormone regulator, it can do this by inhibiting the prolactin in anterior pituitary, thereby increasing progesterone. This can be beneficial during the last stages of the transition when you can experience larger fluctuations of estrogen, causing the body to have temporary times of estrogen dominance. This can help to reduce symptoms of hot flushes and night sweats.
- Dong quai.A female tonic and also restorative of the liver. Hot flushes can be supported by supporting the liver, as well as favouring the support of production of progesterone. Vaginal dryness, can also be supported by the ability to stimulate pelvic arteries.
- Ashwaganda. This is is a herbal adaptogen, which means it helps your body to have a larger band width for handling stress. It is our adrenals where we manage stress, but also where we make hormones that help us during and post menopause, so supporting the body with a herbal adaptogen is really helpful. Ashwaganda is a nice gentle supportive anti-inflammatory herb. (not good for you if you have an over active thyroid)
- Passionflower. Sleep can become very disturbed as progesterone declines. This is a beautiful herb to calm the nervous system and send you off to sleep. We can also get a bit anxious during this time also and passionflower can be very effective for this.
- Zizyfus. Sleep, night sweats, brain fog and heart palpitations, zizyfus has you covered. This is a gentle friend that can support your journey in many ways, combined with passionflower creates a synergistic sleep remedy
- Milk Thistle.Supportive of the liver. Looking after your liver can help reduce hot flushes and night sweats, as it has extra work to process the fluctuating hormones during the later stages of your menopause transition, if you are not able to process these then you can develop much stronger symptoms. The body also choses to process toxins first before your body’s own hormones, so Milk Thistle is helpful to support and process both toxins and hormones.
By creating a herbal blend with a selection of these herbs can create a synergistic supportive solution.
All herbs can have precautions and contra-indications, so please consult with a herbalist before taking these.