“A woman is the full circle. For within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform.”
Women have different leading roles to fulfill - a mother, a sister, a wife, a daughter, or a friend. And you are magically connected to nature. This is the reason why mothers and wives are naturally nurturing. While sisters are naturally protective and caring for their siblings. Even in the animal kingdom, this is what females do.
That’s not all, you also have to undergo continuous learning to fulfill careers and dreams. And in between, balance and sacrifice are often linked to each other. You can’t do everything at once, so proper time management is a must.
At times, you may need to sacrifice one thing over another in order to spend more time with your family and self. But in all things that you should sacrifice, health is never an option.
Majority of women are too busy fulfilling their obligations that they tend to overlook their health. Well, maybe not intentionally. On which, you won’t even notice that your mind and body are slowly becoming weaker, since you’re spending less time taking care of yourself.
Every so often, you depend on pharmaceuticals to heal your health issues for a quicker process, instead of trusting one of earth’s natural wonders - the secret herbs.
Making use of herbs is one of the most natural ways to boost your health. There are plenty of herbs and spices in the world, but there are five of the most important ones that women specifically need.
5 wonder herbs that contribute to women’s health
1. The Chaste Tree Berry (aka Vitex)
Vitex is an excellent herb for women who are experiencing mood swings and period related issues.
This herb is a wonderful source of balancing hormones because it can reduce the secretion of prolactin and balance the levels of estrogen and progesterone. These two go up and down your cycle, causing mood swings, hormonal changes, and irritability. So having this herb during your monthly visit from Aunt Flo can make things easier and lighter.
Vitex can be found throughout the tropics and subtropics. Some crush it with mortar and pestle and putt in a tea infuser or pot so they can drink it like any other tea. And since they are not just your typical tea that is sold in tea bags, you can take them as a supplement in capsule form.
2. The Red Raspberry Leaf
Red Raspberry leaves work like the Vitex too, they are beneficial for women who are having menstrual cramps and heavy periods. And this leaf is your uterus’ long-time friend, for it has the components that help relax the uterus to ease menstrual cramps.
The Raspberry leaf can also strengthen your uterus to prevent heavy and irregular bleeding. And it is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, as well as the essential vitamins of A, C, and E, which are needed for every woman’s age. These vitamins and minerals also contribute to stronger teeth and bones.
You can drink raspberry leaf tea during the days you’re having heavy flow and menstrual cramps. Or you can simply add it in your water bottle for your healthy water-infused drink that can take anywhere you go.
You probably know what cranberry is for. They are helpful for those who have UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) because it helps reduce or eliminate the bacteria that clings into your urinary tract.
But if you already have UTI, cranberry won’t cure it since you already have bacteria that can cause mild to severe infection if not treated immediately. Prescribed antibiotics is what you need.
If you have frequent UTIs, it’s best to consume cranberry every day, either in capsule form or juice. But if you opt for a cranberry juice, look for the most natural and purest version. Avoid the cranberry juice cocktail because this kind has lots of sugar and is often watered down.
Nettles are like tonic to your kidneys and adrenals, which reduces toxicity. They can help relieve your stress and anxiety, as well as promote healthy and glowing skin.
Nettles are rich in Vitamin K, an essential component for having stronger nails and hair, and healthy skin. And they are also rich in carotene, iron, and Vitamins A and B.
Soak nettle leaves in tea and drink it every day as an excellent addition to your daily routine to stay healthy. They act as a powerful blood purifier with antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can also steam or wilt nettle leaves like spinach that can be eaten as is or stuffed inside an omelet.
5. Dong Quai
Dong Quai aka Chinese Angelica - the female ginseng has been linked to preventing early signs of menopause and to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
This wonder herb has phytohormone properties that imitate the actions of both estrogen and progesterone hormones, and is good for fertility and PCOS issues. It can also soothe menstrual cramps and improves blood flow to help strengthen your uterus and balance your hormones.
If you’re suffering from irregular periods, dysmenorrhea, hormonal imbalance, and muscle tension, Dong Quai can be of great help to you. You can take them as supplements, powder form to be mixed in hot water, or dried form to be boiled and strained as soup or tea.,
Give these herbs a shot to boost your feminine health. Not only can they make your life easier during that time of the month, but they have plenty of benefits for your overall health too.
And always remember that every body is different. You may undergo different phases or changes that differ from other people. If you experience discomfort when consuming these herbs, discontinue use or schedule a visit to your doctor.
Also, keep in mind that since herbs are natural and more gentle than pharmaceuticals, it will take more time before you feel and see the results. What you need is patience and consistency.
It’s not early nor too late to work towards being the healthiest you!
Happy Women’s week to all the incredible women! Keep shining not just today, but every day!
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