Women have been successfully treating female health problems with herbs for centuries. Made into teas, infusions, tinctures and compresses, they are gentle and useful at the same time. Seek the advice of a qualified health professional before embarking on an herbal nutritional program. Find an herbalist who is familiar with the herbs that grow locally.
Herbs for PMS
Make a tea or tincture of dandelion or stinging nettles to treat bloating that comes with premenstrual syndrome. Use throughout the day and at bedtime to relieve the pressure of water retention and to aid the kidneys in proper function. Herbs that are calming, such as chamomile, lavender and passionflower, can aid in calming nerves and leveling emotions.
Herbs can increase a woman’s ability to get pregnant. Used over a period of time, they will enhance her body’s production of hormones that create an optimum environment for a fertilized egg. Wild yam, wild carrot and red clover are some of the more common herbs to enhance fertility.
Herbs for Pregnancy
Red raspberry leaf tea is a well known uterine tonic. It can be steeped to make a tea or infusion and consumed in the last few weeks of pregnancy. High in vitamins B,C and E, plus calcium, iron and potassium, it is a treasure trove of nutrition for expectant mothers. The uterus expands in size during pregnancy and exerts pressure during labor. Nourishing this organ before birth can help it work more effectively.
Menopause is another season of change for women. Dandelion in the form of tea or used in a salad brings nourishment to the liver and kidneys and can have a positive effect on hot flashes. Tincture of mother-wort can strengthen the heart and help even out emotions. Nettles, cooked or in a vinegar is useful to alleviate night sweats and increase energy..
References and ResourcesSusun Weed: Articles for You
Mothering: Herbal Allies for Pregnancy
ResourcesThe Birch Center