All the herbs that are out there can be hard to wade through. When we add all the various herbal formulas and vitamins into the mix, it becomes much more complicated. It is crucial that you do your own research on a product and the individual ingredients if you are going to use more than one or two natural health products. You may also want to consult a natural health coach that will direct you through the process of selecting herbs. Make sure to have a good understanding of why you are taking, and how it can benefit or harm you. For those that would like to learn more about the various natural health supplements, here is a beginners guide to herbs for women.
Bayberry Bayberry may be beneficial to help ease excessive menstrual bleeding.
Black Cohosh: The estrogenic effects of black cohosh have given it a reputation as being beneficial for hot flashes and other pre-menopausal concerns. It may also be beneficial during childbirth to stimulate contractions, help control hemorrhaging and afterbirth pains. This herb should not be used except in the last 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy and only under the guidance of an experienced midwife or doctor as it may cause damage to the unborn fetus.
Blessed Thistle- This herb, similar to Milk Thistle, is generally used to strengthen the liver. However the benefits to women include balancing hormones, enriching breast milk, reducing breast inflammation and unclogging milk ducts.
Blue Cohosh stimulates uterine contractions and relaxes muscle spasms making it beneficial during childbirth. This herb should not be used except in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy and only under the guidance of an experienced midwife or doctor as it may cause damage to the unborn fetus.
Dong Quai- This Chinese herb has been used extensively in Chinese medicine to treat female concerns. It is a general tonic, meaning that it is good for several different female conditions including PMS, regulation of menses and infertility.
False Unicorn- Historically, False Unicorn has been used to stop a pending miscarriage.
Ginger- This herb is commonly used for digestive disturbances and may be beneficial for morning sickness during pregnancy.
Maca- Beneficial for men and women, this herb has been used to increase sexual desire.
Parsley is used when it is time to wean your little one from breast feeding. Parsley can be used to dry up the breast milk.
Red Raspberry- Rich in manganese, this herb can be used to tone and strengthen the uterus and regulate the female organs. Extremely beneficial for teenage girls and their families during this rollercoaster phase of emotions.
Many of these herbs have been used for centuries to support female health. While there may not be scientific research to support their use, they are generally considered safe when used as directed.