WOMEN AND HERBS {PART 1} and WOMEN AND HERBS {PART 2}

For centuries, women have used herbs to improve health and ease discomforts, and they have benefited in countless ways from these natural, Goddess-given gifts. Today’s modern woman is returning to an interest in knowing what herbs have to offer, and I am frequently asked, “But what can herbs do for me as a woman?” To answer this important question, I first wanted to understand the leading causes of suffering and death among woman. Once these were identifying, I journeyed into a study of available current research that demonstrates how herbal remedies can address and prevent unnecessary pain, suffering, and premature death in a woman.

CANCER

Breast cancer claims the lives of 196,000 women yearly in the United States alone. Most of these women are over 50 years of age. Since cancer cells can take as long as 15 years to develop, it makes sense to switch to a healthy lifestyle and use herbs as a preventative in your twenties or thirties, especially if you have a family history of this disease. Propolis Resin extract is high in Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester {CAPE} and may be helpful. Also, Skullcap has been studied and shown to increase the body’s defense against cancer of various types including breast and skin. Red Clover enjoys a long history of application in fighting cancers and is now thought to inhibit the proliferation of breast and ovarian cancer cells.

Ovarian and cervical cancers take the lives of approximately another 32,000 women every year. Many of them are mothers who will leave behind grieving children and spouses. Here again, it makes sense to have and implement a prevention plan in the thirties as most cases are not being diagnosed before age 45. With excessive estrogen considered a contributor to most cancers of the female organs, it is very important to maintain a healthy hormone balance. For this, Vitex Berry shines as a normalizing herb that is not known to over correct any hormone. False Unicorn, Blessed Thistle, and Squawvine are all valuable female tonics. Rosemary counteracts the negative effects of certain estrogens. Inflammation is believed to contribute to cancer as well. Olive Leaf, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, and Green Tea reduce inflammation.

Liver and skin cancers also take a costly toll on women. Milk Thistle Seed extract is high in silymarin. It protects the liver by strengthening and stabilizing cell membranes. Parsley Root and Nettle Leaf are rich in minerals and vitamins. Together with chlorophyll, they rejuvenate red blood cells and accelerate the clearing of toxins from the liver. Ashwagandha and Cat’s Claw are thought to inhibit skin cancer cells, protect the liver, and reduce inflammation. Because of its humulone content, Hops Flower extract is associated with the prevention of breast, colon, and skin cancer.

HEART DISEASE


Heart disease is another leading cause of death in women. Hawthorn Berry is very beneficial to the cardiovascular system in alleviating angina and arrhythmias while improving the structural integrity of the arteries. Gingko Biloba deters abnormal blood clotting, making it useful in preventing stroke. This herb is also used to lower blood pressure and may prevent heart attacks. Bilberry Fruit, Bilberry Leaf, and Ginger work to improve blood circulation and lower blood pressure. Olive Leaf improves overall heart function.

 

FATIGUE


Fatigue has become a chief complaint among women, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has 500,000 women desperately searching for answers. Sarsaparilla Root, Condonopsis, and Eleuthero alleviate fatigue and improve the body’s ability to handle stress. Licorice Root and Neem Leaf contain powerful antioxidants to fight chronic fatigue. Licorice also stimulates adrenal hormone production. Gingko Biloba Leaf may alleviate fatigue as well as destroy free radicals and inactivate their formation. Hops Flower decreases the sensation of pain through its effect on the central nervous system.

 

WOMEN AND HERBS {PART 2}

OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis affects one of every four women over the age of 50. It reduces bone mass and causes the bones to become brittle and porous. The good news is that this aging problem is preventable. The bad news is that waiting until your late forties to implement a preventative plan is not wise. Regular exercise during the early adult years adds to bone mineral density and reduces bone loss during menopause. In clinical studies, Progesterone cream increased bone mass by up to 15 percent in postmenopausal women after three years of use by increasing osteoblast activity. Calcium and the minerals it needs to build and maintain strong bones, such as manganese, magnesium, and silicon, are readily available in plant matter and easily assimilated as liquid extracts.

FEMME DEFENSE FOR FEMALES

Our quest to discover which plants were most beneficial to women led to a combination of the 26 herbs with Horsetail, Oat Straw, Cornsilk, Chamomile, and Mistletoe included. A follow-up will conclude.

OVARIAN CYSTS


Ovarian cysts are often painless and symptomless, but they can contribute to infertility and, in some cases, can be extremely painful. For cysts as small as a marble or larger than a baseball, herbs are worth trying as an alternative to surgery. In just a matter of weeks, combinations such as False Unicorn to normalize follicular development and the female organ tonics Red Raspberry, Mistletoe, Blue Cohosh, and Blessed Thistle has helped women avoid an operation. When choosing an appropriate herbal combination, be sure it includes Yarrow to clear congestion. Progesterone cream is also valuable here, as estrogen dominance is thought to be the underlying cause of cysts including polycystic ovary syndrome. Calcium is also essential to ovarian health and will go a long way in relieving the pain.

Painful ovulation, or the discomfort experienced at mid-cycle due to ovulation, can be eased with the correct herbs. Since calcium is essential to the health of the ovaries, effective treatment may be as simple as adding this supplement to the diet and increasing the intake from day 12 through day 16 or whenever the discomfort arises. False Unicorn’s bitter compounds reduce ovarian swelling and inflammation. They also enhance the overall function of the ovaries and can be taken throughout the cycle or as needed. Avoid MSG, which can cause atrophy or a decrease in the size of the ovaries.

MORE HB FORMULA BENEFITS


Hormone-related acne and irregular cycles can be a huge source of frustration for teenage girls, but relief can be found in the correct combination of herbs that support hormonal balance and blood purification. Chaste Tree Berry has a normalizing effect on estrogen and FSH levels while stimulating the production of progesterone. Sarsaparilla Root cleanses the blood and is included in formulations designed to balance hormones and address inflammatory skin conditions. Blessed Thistle and Squawvine are used by herbalists to relieve painful menstruation. They also contain astringent, antiseptic compounds that shrink inflamed tissue. Ginger Root purifies the blood, which in turn, clears the skin. False Unicorn Root reduces swelling and inflammation; its bitter compounds enhance ovarian function and bring balance to female hormone levels.

 

MENOPAUSE


Menopause challenges older women with a variety of symptoms including night sweats, heavy bleeding, hot flashes, and insomnia. However, the right herbs can make this life transition much smoother and certainly less miserable. Progesterone cream can help correct the hormonal imbalance creating many of these symptoms. Sage and Calcium can relieve night sweats when additional support is needed. Heavy bleeding can be controlled with a combination of Crampbark, Lady’s Mantle, Yarrow, Bayberry, Barberry, and Shepherd’s Purse.

In one study, taking 1,200 mg daily of Vitamin C for eight weeks along with St. John’s Wort reduced hot flashes in menopausal women. Chaste Tree Berry and False Unicorn can help normalize hormone levels, the underlying cause of most hot flashes. Tribulus Terrestris may alleviate the typical anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and depression associated with menopausal women. Decreased libido or lack of sexual desire is common in menopausal women, Progesterone Cream, Tribulus Terrestris, Gingko Biloba, and Gotu Kola can increase the hormones associated with libido.

 

INSOMNIA


Although menopausal insomnia is common, you can still enjoy a good night of deep restful sleep naturally. Brewing a pot of after-dinner tea containing relaxing herbs such as catnip, chamomile, lemon balm, and spearmint is a great way to start unwinding. Valerian Root acts as a soother and depressant of the central nervous system. High in calcium, it has a very calming effect. Hops acts as a mild sedative and is often combined with Valerian. Passionflower can relieve restlessness, irritability, and difficulty falling asleep. Skullcap also contains sedative properties and is used to treat insomnia. Taking a liquid extract combination of these herbs twenty minutes before bedtime and repeating the dosage as needed, can make the difference between a miserable night and a restful one for the menopausal women.

Interestingly, an added benefit of taking Herbal Calcium throughout the day is more restful, restorative sleep at night.

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