It used to be that menopause was a natural, expected and even welcome change of life with little fanfare and few, if any, symptoms. Now because of liver congestion, stressed adrenals and underactive thyroids, women are experiencing the worst and the idea of peri-menopause causes women to shudder with apprehension. Fear not! Herbs can make this a walk in the park...
I’ve treated many, many women for menopausal symptoms and to help ease them through the transition from an active reproductive life to a post-reproductive life. Here are my favorite tried and true answers...
For hot flashes and spontaneous sweating — Zizyphus, Sage, Hawthorn
For nervous system issues — Oats Seed, Vervain, Skullcap, Motherwort (careful with thyroid issues), St. John’s Wort, Zizyphus
For depression — St. John’s Wort, Lavender
Insomnia — Valerian, Passion flower, Zizyphus, Lavender, Hops, California Poppy, Jamaica Dogwood
Frequent infections — Echinacea, Andrographis, Cat’s Claw, Eleuthero, Korean Ginseng, Astragalus, Ashwaganda
Urinary Tract Issues — Crataeva, Buchu, Thyme, Uva Ursi, Corn Silk, Couch Grass
Vaginal Thrush or Yeast — Calendula, Pau d’Arco, Cat’s Claw
Vaginal Dryness — Calendula, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E topically.
Estrogen Balance — Black Cohosh, White Peony, Korean Ginseng, False Unicorn, Wild Yam, Tribulus
Adrenal Support — Licorice, Rehmannia, Eleuthero, Korean Ginseng, Ashwaganda, Codonopsis, Astragalus
Weak Liver — Schisandra, Milk Thistle, Rosemary, Turmeric
Low Libido — Tribulus, Korean Ginseng, Shatavari
Digestive Stimulant — Gentian, Dandelion, Golden Seal, Ginger, Cinnamon
Blending a customized formula for a woman is a blessing and can help her manage this change of life easily and without symptoms. I have women calling up each month to reorder their tonic and each one reports having no symptoms at all. So create your own solution with these tried and true extracts.