When women reach the age of menopause, hormonal shifts can cause both physical and emotional changes. This is often a time of major life changes as well - children are growing up and leaving home, and many women undergo a radical change in roles. It can be challenging to face this time of life with grace and equanimity. Many women experience mood swings, depression, hot flashes, cold sweats, changes in menstruation and sex drive.
It is vital to address nutrition at this time and to take steps to control stress.
Ideally, the changes we undergo during menopause will happen gradually, over the course of several years.
Nourishing ourselves with good foods and appropriate herbs can help ease this transition.
~ Herbal Remedies For Menopause ~
Aloe Gel is used for vaginal dryness.
Black Cohosh tablet or tincture is used for muscle pain, irregular bleeding, & headache.
BLUE COHOSH tablet or tincture is used for hot flashes.
Calendula cream is used for vaginal itching.
Damiana tincture increases sex drive and relieves hot flashes.
Dong Quai tablets or tincture regulate reproductive system, help protect heart and boost effectiveness of other herbs.
Ginseng Tincture increases ovarian estrogen production, relieves hot flashes.
Red Clover Helps to relieve abdominal pain.
Sarsaparilla helps restore sex drive.
Nettle increases urination and alleviates blurred vision.
Valerian For relief from nervous tension & insomnia.
If you're looking a for a good commercial remedy, here's a wonderful Herbal Formula For Menopause.
~ BREW FOR HOT FLASHES ~
2 parts sage
2 parts Milk Thistle Seed
1/2 part Rosemary
2 parts Motherwort
1/4 part Ginseng
Blend dried herbs together. Pour a cup of boiling water over 1 tsp of herbs. Let steep, covered, for thirty minutes. Strain and drink in small amounts as needed throughout the day.
~ TINCTURE FOR HOT FLASHES ~
2 parts Wild Yam
1 part Ginseng
1 part Licorice Root
1 part False Unicorn Root
1 part Black Cohosh
Prepare as a tincture. Take 1/4 tsp in a little water or tea three times daily or as often as needed.
Learn more about natural remedies for menopause at www.estrogensource.com.
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