Menopause and its predecessor – perimenopause – is a rather challenging period of time for most women. And depending on many factors such as genetics, lifestyle, diet, exercising, etc., it could be experienced in profoundly different manners. Most menopausal women have hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, rapid weight-gain, declining bone density, low libido, and so on, and so on.
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But what if we could help the hormonal system manage this transition much more smoothly? What if menopause management was much easier? And I believe it can! With the help of natural supplements, herbal remedies, and a proper diet plan, the discomforts can be alleviated to a great degree.
So, today’s entry will be dedicated to herbs – one of my favorite holistic topics! Because Mother Nature always provides exactly what we need to live, thrive, and recover!
Now let’s get to the best of the best menopause management herbs!
Remember to consult with your physician before making any radical lifestyle changes and incorporating new herbs, supplements, and pharmaceuticals!
Maca root (Lepidium meyenii)
The Maca root can safely be called a superfood! It provides so many nutritional and health values – from boosting our energy and stamina, improving our mood, and de-stressing our minds, to working as a powerful adaptogen that builds our immune system naturally. But the most popular and significant benefit of the “Peruvian ginseng” is its ability to balance the female hormonal system and bring back the healthy sex drive! Maca is a wonderful natural supplement for women of all ages, especially those battling with severe menopause discomforts.
Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)
Vitex is another wonderful herb for treating all kinds of female hormonal imbalances.
It is one of the best PMS relieving natural supplements, as well as boosting the fertility and clearing the skin from acne. But that’s not all! Chasteberry has been proven helpful in cases of myomas, endometriosis, amenorrhea (lack of menstruation), poor lactation, and even enlarged prostates in men!
As far as menopause management goes, Vitex is a wonderful safe natural remedy for the hot flashes, irritability, and insomnia.
Night Primrose Oil (Primula vulgaris)
This is absolutely my most favorite natural supplement for all sorts of female issues! This cold pressed oil is rich in Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is a wonderful hormone-balancing compound. Primrose oil works wonders when it comes to soothing PMS and menopause symptoms – cramps, mood swings, breast pain, irritability, bloating, menstruation irregularities, and even unhealthy sugar cravings! This natural supplement decreases the discomfort from the hot flashes and calms the nervous system.
But it has so much more to offer! Primula vulgaris also works beautifully for treating ovarian cysts, acne and other skin ailments, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood sugar level, and more. You see why I love this oil!
Read more: PMS Cured for Good (part 1), PMS Cured for Good (part 2)
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
St.John’s Wort is one of the most famous natural antidepressants known to man – it soothes anxiety, insomnia, persistent dark thoughts, neurosis, phobias, headaches, migraines, and hysteria. And since the nervous system is tightly connected to the digestion, this plant helps us recover from issues such as gastritis, ulcers, stomach pain and cramps, reflux, and nervous stomach. This plant is a valuable aphrodisiac because sexual appetite is often disturbed by depression, daily stress, and anxiety. And these valuable qualities make it a perfect herb for menopause management.
Warning: people with hypotension should be very careful when taking this herb – St.John’s Wort may lower the blood pressure and interact with other medication such as antidepressants, contraceptives, cardiovascular drugs, etc. Another thing to consider is photosensitivity – if you apply this plant regularly, take extra protection measures against UV radiation. So, before taking this plant, consult with a physician to determine if this yellow herb is suitable for you.
Menopause Management with Ginseng (Panax)
Ginseng is a plant known for its therapeutic properties for more than 5000 years all across Asia! And it’s so popular for a reason! It is also known as the root of longevity and vitality!
Ginseng is a natural adaptogen which means it successfully helps our bodies deal with stress and adapt quickly to change! It is a wonderful natural immune boosting herb which strengthens the nervous system and improves our overall wellbeing.
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This alone can be a wonderful natural remedy for menopausal anxiety, irritation, insomnia, and mood swings. But Ginseng does much more than that! It works wonders on the reproductive hormones for both men and women, but it is especially valuable for boosting the sex drive and relieving the hot flashes in menopausal women.
This list is far from exhaustive! As I mentioned previously, Mother Nature offers a wide variety of natural remedies for us to maintain a long vital and healthy life!
As far as menopause management goes, you can also try Red clover, Black cohosh, wild yam, Dong quai, Kava, black currant oil, cinnamon, etc. But the main rule of thumb is to check with your doctor, naturopath or nutritionist to prescribe you the best options for your particular case!
Stay tuned for part 2 where we will discuss the topic of menopause management with homeopathy!
‘Till next time!