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5 Herbs for Women’s Health
November 11, 2011
Marilyn and I hope you're well and enjoying adding Nature's Super Foods to your diet!



Today we thought we'd share with you, 5 herbs for women’s health.



5 Herbs for Women’s Health

Every woman is intimately tied to nature.

The menstrual cycle follows the cycle of the moon, ebbing and flowing every 28 days, in most cases.

A woman’s body can grow and change, like the earth, to hold the life that grows within.

And like the soil below us, a woman’s body can assimilate the nutrients needed to grow the perfect food for her children.

Perhaps this connection with the cycles of nature has something to do with the powerful relationship that plants can have in supporting the health of women.

For thousands of years, herbs have been consumed as part of rituals of menstruation and as part of supporting a woman through her transitions into puberty, motherhood and menopause.

And today, botanical medicines provide potent medicine for modern women.

Here are five herbs we think are well-suited to women’s health.

Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex agnus-castus)

Vitex is one of the best herbs to support a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Vitex has a powerful action as a hormone balancer by supporting good communication between the brain and the ovaries, so that the ovaries can produce healthy levels of estrogen and progesterone.

Vitex is best consumed in its tincture form.

Although the taste is strong, the result is powerful, especially for women with short menstrual cycles, trouble conceiving, cramping and PMS.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Red clover is the most concentrated source of phytoestrogens, or substances in the plant that look like the body’s own hormone, estrogen.

This can be helpful when estrogen levels are low (such as during menopause), especially when used in combination with black cohosh.

Red clover can help with the hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness that can occur when estrogen levels drop.

It has a very pleasant taste and can be steeped in a tea.

The best part of this plant is that many of us have it in our yard.

If you don’t use pesticides or herbicides, you can pick and brew the plants right out of your lawn.

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

This plant is not as well-known in the United States.

However, in India most women incorporate the plant into their health regime.

The translation of the plant’s name, shatavari, is “the plant for the woman with 1,000 husbands.”

In addition to a balancing effect on women’s hormones, it also helps to support healthy energy levels and a healthy sex drive.

It can support fertility and also soothe damaged vaginal tissue.

The plant is traditionally consumed before bedtime as a powder mixed into warm milk.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

The flower essence of black cohosh is prescribed for “knowing and trusting in one’s inner strength and resources.”

The most commonly prescribed herb for menopause, black cohosh can be helpful to manage the hot flashes, fatigue and irritability that sometimes accompany menopause.

It also has a mild mood-lifting effect.

The root is the most active part of the black cohosh plant and can be consumed as a tincture, as a tea or in capsules.

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

Holy basil, also called tulsi, has fantastic stress-managing properties.

It can help lower the levels of stress hormones like cortisol in the body.

It is very calming and grounding, and can help with mental clarity, especially for mothers who are multitasking and under a lot of stress.

Holy basil makes a wonderful tea and can also be taken as a tincture or capsule.

Women’s health can be complex, as multiple hormones interact with one another.

Herbal medicines can make sure that the environment is right so that the hormones behave as they should and nothing gets out of hand.

The use of these herbs, and many more, can be supportive to women in all phases of life.

So, while you're considering your herbal requirements, here's a quick and tasty recipe that's sure to please.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie



Get all the flavors of this popular fall dessert without wrecking your diet.

Canned pumpkin is low in calories but rich in fiber, the perfect base for a filling smoothie!

Serves: 1

Prep: 0 min

Cook: 0 min

Total: 10 min

Ingredients:

1/2 c. canned pumpkin

1/2 c. vanilla soy milk

1/2 c. crushed ice

1 Tbs. honey

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

Place pumpkin, soy milk, ice, honey, and pumpkin pie spice in blender.

Process until well combined and smooth.

Nutritional Facts:

per serving

Calories 161.9 Cal.

Fat 2.3 g.

Saturated Fat 0.3 g.

Sodium 58.9 mg.

Carbohydrates 33.6 g.

Total Sugars 24.6 g.

Dietary Fiber 3.9 g.

Protein 4.5 g.

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