If there’s one herb I would recommend for females at all stages of their life, from puberty to menopause, Chaste Berry would be it. The quintessential Hormonal normaliser, these berries are a must-have in normalising progesterone and estrogen activity. It is a slow-acting herb, requiring months of regular use to feel its benefits.
Chaste Berry is classified as a neutral and moistening herb and dosages range from 500 – 3,000 mg daily.
Raspberry Leaf is the classical pregnancy herb. It has a long tradition in toning the tissue of the womb, assisting contractions and checking haemorrhage during labour.
Dosages range from 4,000 – 8,000 mg daily as a simple but strong infused tea. Raspberry Leaf is considered a neutral and drying herb.
Black Cohosh has been used successfully by the North American Indians for centuries as a hormonal normaliser of the female reproductive system. It has strong relaxant properties, making it beneficial in uterine, menstrual and ovarian cramping and pain. Because of these anti-spasmodic properties, it’s also found to be of use in rheumatic, muscular and nerve discomfort.
Black Cohosh is classified as a cool and drying herb with dosages ranging from 500 – 1,000 mg daily.
Shatavari is the Ayurvedic female herbal tour-de-force. Commonly used to enhance fertility, libido and most female tonic functions.
Shatavari is classified as a moist and cooling herb, with dosages ranging from 3,000 – 12,000 mg daily.
Dong Quai is taken by millions of women around the world on a daily basis as an invigorating tonic, helping to regulate menstruation and tonify the blood. It has a sweet, pungent aroma, and in China, it is often used in cooking, which is the best way to take it as a blood tonic.
Dong Quai is classified as a warm and drying herb with dosages ranging from 6,000 – 12,000 mg daily, with the higher dosages being more suitable as a decocted tea.
Shepherd’s Purse – like Lady’s Mantle – is the herbal tea to consider in curbing excessive menstrual flow. It’s astringing properties make this possible as well as being a gentle diuretic.
Shepherd’s Purse is classified as a warm and drying herb with dosages ranging from 4,000 – 12,000 mg daily, with the higher dosages being more suitable as a simple but strong infused tea.
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