Herbal Aid: Women's Menstrual + Menopause Cycles
DONG QUAI/ ANGELICA:
- Estrogen regulator- so if you are lacking estrogen, or have too much estrogen dong quai helps in regulating imbalances and readjusting your estrogen levels. This plant is very effective in treating the symptoms of menopause (especially hot flashes).
- Blood Tonic- replenishes red blood cells + increases blood volume.
- High vitamin & mineral content nourishing your blood.
- Reduces Iron Deficiency & anemia- the cobalt in dong quai increases the hemoglobin content of your blood
- Boosts Fertility
- Lowers Stress- reduces anxiety levels and mood swings which tend to occur during a menstrual cycle, the calming effect on the nervous system also lowers headaches and migraines.
Dong Quai is essential during your cycle because it is an antispasmodic which means it dilates your blood vessels that allow your blood to circulate more freely and thus reduces painful cramps & pelvic pain.
Dong Quai is also helpful if you have made the healthy choice to stop using birth control and want to stimulate a regular cycle.
*Do not use if you are pregnant. If you get lightheaded when you are using during your cycle, stop use and consult your herbalist and/or doctor for proper dosage.
Raspberry leaf has been helpful to women since the 1500s, hundreds of years of use has continued to prove its effectiveness especially as a fertility tonic. You can use raspberry leaf in the form of tea during your menstrual cycle, and it is very helpful during pregnancy to calm a variety of symptoms such as;
- calms cramping + pain because it is antispasmodic
- slows heavy bleeding because of its astringent properties
- aids anemia, muscle soreness, because of its high iron, calcium and mineral content
- strengthens the uterus so it is quite helpful at healing the uterus if you've had to experience uncomfortable procedures such as removing fibroids, uterine hemmorage, removing cysts or endometrial tissues.
- reduces morning sickness because it is anti-emetic
- promotes labor because it is a parturient (if you have frequent miscarriages, it is suggested to not take this herb until after your first trimester-consult your community herbalist).
- Maca is an adaptogen which means that it allows you to deal with stress, helping you cope with the ups and downs of your day.
- Traditionally, maca was used as a form of treatment for hormone replacement therapy instead of synthetic hormone replacements. It helps balance hormones, aiding to cope with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.
- Relieves painful cramps + boosts energy and lifts the spirit by aiding mild depression through the release of serotonin.
- It has also been shown to increase endurance + testosterone.
- Boosts male libido + increases the quality & quantity of male sperm count which ups fertility.