Herbs can offer gentle relief through the various passages of womanhood. Many herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing. See your health care practitioner for recommendations specific to you.
Hot flashes, vaginal dryness
Mimics the effects of estrogen, so it helps estrogen deficiency that causes hot flashes and vaginal dryness
Irregular periods, mood swings
Regulates hormones, alleviating menstrual irregularities, depression and cyclic breast discomfort.
Irregular periods, cramps
Regulates hormones; relaxes uterine muscles; relieves cramps. Avoid with heavy menstural flow.
Fluid retention, breast pain
Alleviates bloating and breast pain. Improves perimenopause-related "brain fog." Don't take with blood-thinning medications.
Induces sleep. Contains B vitamins, which are calming during night sweats. Avoid taking with sedative drugs.
(Glycyrrhiza glabra; Glycyrrhiza uralensis)
Build energy; regulates blood sugar. Avoid with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease.
Calms the nervous system.
Promotes relaxation by strengthening the adrenals. Helps restore minerals excreted during night sweats and hot flashes.
Regulates hormone levels, alleviating hot flashes.
Contracts the uterus, helping to alleviate long-term or heavy menstrual bleeding.
Increases energy, vitality and endurance. Builds immunity and helps the body adapt to stress
Sources: Natural Health Bible (Prima) edited by Steven Bratman, M.D., and David Kroll, Ph.D.; The Herbs of Life (The Crossing Press) by Lesley Tierra, L.Ac.; Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree Publishing) by Susun Weed.