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Herbs for the Maiden, Mother & Matriarch

By this point you are aware of how important hormone balance is in our bodies, if you are not, check out these blogs before continuing.

  1. What are “Female” Hormones?
  2. How to Know When Your Hormones are Outta Whack

Now that we have a basic idea of what hormones are and how they get out of balance, let’s look at how to get them back in order.  You know me, I’m all about the solution and not dwelling on the problem.

As you probably know there are three phases of a female’s life cycle:  The Maiden, The Mother and The Matriarch (or Crone, but I hate that term so I use Matriarch).  The first step to balancing hormones is by honoring the cycle that you are in.  Here is a brief description of these cycles:

  • The Maiden represents enchantment, inception, expansion, the promise of new beginnings, birth, youth and youthful enthusiasm, represented by the waxing moon;
  • The Mother represents ripeness, fertility, sexuality, fulfillment, stability, power and life represented by the full moon;
  • The Matriarch represents wisdom, repose, death, and endings represented by the waning moon.

There are many herbal remedies that nourish and support the female reproductive system in all the cycles of life: Maiden, Mother, and Matriarch. Since the beginning of time women have always reached instinctively for natural remedies to support their overall health and hormone balance.  It is only within the past few hundred years that we have gotten away from our natural roots and began to rely on modern “medicine”.  I use that term lightly because I don’t even see it as medicine, but rather a system that focuses on band aiding the symptoms and not treating the whole person.  This leads to a myriad of other symptoms, check out a commercial for prescriptions, have you seen even 1 without side effects?  I haven’t and generally the side effect symptoms are worse than the initial symptoms.  That being said, click here to read The Full Medical Disclaimer.

I do believe highly in Nature’s Medicine.  Our bodies are made of the same elements as nature and it is through Nature’s Medicine that we will heal ourselves.  There are many wonderful herbs, foods and elements that can help us maintain homeostasis and specifically hormone balance in each life cycle phase.  This blog will focus mainly on herbs to help balance the female hormones.  I will first go over which are good for females of all ages, then I will break down the ones that are best for the Maiden, Mother and Matriarch.

All Life Cycle Phases:

Alfalfa sprouts are a staple of salads and contain nutrients, but the leaves hold the best healing potential and contain phytoestrogens that are beneficial in menopausal and breast feeding women.  Sprouts in general are a great way to maintain balance without putting undue stress on your digestive system.

Note: It is always best to purchase Organic Alfalfa since it is one of the more highly GMO crops.

Asparagus racemosus known in India as Shatavari, has been a treatment for infertility and lack of libido in women for thousands of years, and is regarded as one of the most important herbal tonics for women.  In India, it is often boiled with milk and consumed.

Note:  They cherish their cows in India, we don’t here.  I don’t recommend use of milk unless it is raw and even then, in limited amounts.

Clary sage oil has a special affinity with the female system in general and is recommended for women who are experiencing hot flashes, pain and tension associated with menopause, menstrual problems and PMS.  It is also relaxing, soothing and tends to be earthy and grounding.

Note: Do not use during early pregnancy as it can cause miscarriage.

Red Raspberry Leaf is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium and B, C & E vitamins which are helpful for immune properties & energy.  It also provides ample blood flow to the pelvic area.  (I will get more into this herb in the Mother Phase however it is great for all cycles.)

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THE MAIDEN PHASE:

Burdock (root) and Dandelion (root) are a great pair as liver cleansers and the burdock helps greatly with teenage acne.  Teas of these two roots are excellent with a little bit of honey to sweeten.

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Milk Thistle will help with adolescent surges and the emotional roller-coaster.

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Pau d’arco from South America is rich in calcium and has positive effects on a growing endocrine system.

Siberian ginsing is a major endocrine gland tonics and have properties similar to the adrenal cortical hormone, this is great for exhausted teenagers.  It also supports the liver and bloodstream.

Wild Yams beneficially effect the adrenals, digestive system, liver and endocrine system.

 

THE MOTHER PHASE:

Avena Sativa better known as oats are an alleviator of menstrual cramps.  It increases blood flow and stimulates the central nervous system.  Avena Sativa is also thought to free bound testosterone, an essential hormone for both females & males.

Dong quai and wild yams (not to be mistaken for sweet potatoes), along with other estrogenic herbs can be used in combination to treat menstrual difficulties and other conditions where a woman’s hormones need to be brought back into balance.

Note:  Dong quai is not to be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Galactagogues are those herbs that establish and promote the flow of mother’s milk. They often have high calcium contents and vary in taste. Below are a few examples of Galactagogues:

  • Alfalfa
  • Anise Seed
  • Basil
  • Black Seed Oil
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Borage Seed Oil
  • Caraway Seed
  • Castor Oil
  • Chaste Tree
  • Dandelion Root
  • Dill
  • Fennel Seed
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic
  • Goat’s Rue
  • Hops
  • Jasmine Oil (not to be used during pregnancy)
  • Lemongrass
  • Milk Thistle Seed
  • Sesame
  • Tribulus terrestris

Red Raspberry Leaf is a must for anyone trying to conceive as it clears toxins that can prevent pregnancy.  It also strengthens uterine walls making implantation easier reducing the risk of early miscarriage.  While pregnant Red Raspberry Leaf will continue to strengthen, and tone the uterus.  Trick is finding the right balance for your body, if you drink too much you can throw yourself into early labor.  I drank 1-2 cups daily until about Week 36 when I increased to 4-5 cups daily.  This worked well for my body however all bodies while similar are different.  I was lucky enough to have a healthy baby boy in under 1.5 hours.  I believe this was because the Red Raspberry Leaf had allowed me to dilate over time instead of all at once.  Just listen to your body and if you feel anything more than slight creamping, be sure to cut back on consumption.

Note:  Always consult with a licensed herbalist before taking any herbs during pregnancy.

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THE MATRIARCH PHASE:

Ashwagandha has been shown to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, which disrupts endocrine function and prompts premature aging.  It stimulates blood flow to a woman’s reproductive organs and also helps to produce positive effects on hot flashes, anxiety and depression.

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Avena Sativa better known as oats are known as a libido enhancer and alleviator of menstrual cramps.  It increases blood flow and stimulates the central nervous system.  Avena Sativa is also thought to free bound testosterone, an essential hormone for sexual desire in both genders.

Black cohosh contains numerous chemical constituents, among them isoflavones which mimic hormonal activity. This makes this herb useful for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and even the depression sometimes associated with menopause.

Note:  This is never to be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding

Catuaba bark has been used by the Tupi Indians of Brazil for thousands of years.  It stimulates the central nervous system, thereby providing energy and a more positive mood.  It is also known to be an aphrodisiac.

Epimedium better known as Horny Goat Weed, it not only encourages blood flow to the reproductive organs but also has menopause symptom relieving effects.

Maca (root) also known as Peruvian Ginseng, has been used for centuries by the indigenous people of the Andes, to treat infertility, sexual dysfunction, hot flashes, sleep disruption and night sweats associated with menopause.

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Muria Puama this little known herbal gem calms the nerves, relieves anxiety and also increases blood flow to the pelvic area.

Red Clover greatly benefits the body’s arterial strength and flexibility while helping to relive menopausal symptoms.  It also helps to maintain bone strength.

Shilajit revered in both traditional Indian and Chinese medicine is used as a tonic, which aids in physical energy, mood enhancement and sexual drive.

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Suma known as South American Ginsing, is commonly used to improve the mood, stimulate sexual desire and encourage overall reproductive health.

Tongkat Ali used in Malaysia by women to stimulate libido, increase sensitivity to erogenous zones, supports energy levels, cognitive function and creates positive responses to stress.

Tribulus terrestis stimulates androgen receptors in the brain and encourages the body to use hormones more efficiently.

Now that you have this information you can start honoring the stage you are in by doing research on the herbs in the correct category.  Some herbs may have contraindications with certain medicines, so be sure to check with your physician before beginning any new herbs or adding to your current.

 

In this section, we covered the different phases of a woman’s life cycle as well as herbs to help with each of those cycles.  Next we will focus on how to balance your hormones through diet adjustments and lifestyle changes.

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As always contact me if you have any comments or questions.

e-mail: stephanie@edensbalance.com

phone: 571.572.2058

Special Edition Body & Soul Awareness-Detoxing the Body & Mind

On the Special Edition Body & Soul Awareness Radio show was all about Detoxing the Body & Mind.  It was an impromptu show and Oxana was not able to join.  I was able to get Wil Lebron of Love Light Healers to join and give us some great information on Detoxing the body.  Below is the link to the show along with some helpful links on Toxins to Avoid.

Click link to listen to the show:  Special Edition Body & Soul Awareness-Detoxing the Body & Mind (March 2, 2016)

SHOW IMAGE-BODY SOUL AWARENESS-1

Helpful Links

What is the difference between Organic & GMO?  This is a great page to get tons of information on how to read labels, learn the difference between Organic & GMO food and how to keep organic costs within your budget.  This blog is by Helpguide.org,  a site full of great information on wellness.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a heavy topic right now.  If you want to do a little more research on the subject here are a few links.  They all come to the conclusion that GMOs are bad and make you aware of how to avoid them.

The NON-GMO Project is a great resource for all things GMO.  They have high standards and anything with this label is certified to have less than 0.9% GMO ingredients in the food…funny you would think it would be 100% Non GMO but whatever…it is better than brands that are 100% GMO ingredients.  That’s why I stay away from packaged foods…its safer.  Click Here to see a list of certified Non GMO companies.

Organic.Org is a great resource for all things organic, here is a list of 10 Reasons to Go Organic.

USDA Organic is another common label you will see on products.  Click here to see what the US Government has to say about organic.

Cosmetics Database is a site run by the Environmental Working Group.  They are a non-profit so you can make contributions however the information is FREE!  It is a great resource, simply pull out your products and check out some of the ingredients.  What can it hurt?

TROPICAL TREAT SMOOTHIE

TROPICAL TREAT SMOOTHIE

Take your taste buds to the tropics with this refreshing smoothie treat.

INGREDIENTS:

2 handfulls of Organic Baby Spinach

1 Organic Banana

½ Organic Pineapple cubed

½ Organic Orange peeled

1 cup Helios Organic Greek Kefir (Coconut & Honey is great but you can substitute for Strawberry & Honey)

2 tbs Local Honey

2 cups Distilled water

Ice

DIRECTIONS: Simply place all ingredients into a blender (40oz or larger) & blend until smoothe! Drink immediately as ingredients in smoothies will separate quickly.

YEILD: 5-8oz Servings

Smoothie Tip:

You can freeze your fruits in advance, it will help preserve the fruit & also eliminate the need to add Ice.

Body Cleanse & Detox

THE ANCIENT CLEANSE

This cleanse is not one that I came up with on my own, so let me not take part for the recipe, only finding & experiencing it.  If I do find the link to the place I downloaded the PDF I promise to give all credit.  I for the life of me cannot remember they authors name but I loved what he was all about & I love this cleanse.  I recommend this cleanse to most all family, friends & clients as a way to detoxify from all of the heavy metals & toxic chemicals that we come into contact with on a daily basis.  There are more toxic materials in our bodies than you can even imagine.  The average American carries 8-10lbs of extra weight in stored toxins in the colon, kidney, liver & fatty layer of skin.  This cleanse will help you to effectively remove these metals & toxins.  It will also help eliminate unwanted pounds and help you feel more energized & vibrant.

How toxic is your body?

Before you begin you must analyze how toxic your body is.  This is very important since by cleansing these toxins you are releasing them back into your system until they are processed out through elimination methods.  These methods include sweating, urination & defecation.  Analyzing the amount of toxins you have is important to know which step to begin with.  You do not want to detox too fast…I repeat…You do not want to detox too fast.  The faster you detox the more chance of experiencing adverse side effects. The side effects are caused by the release of toxins.  That is why water is so important through the entire cleanse.  Water help your body flush away toxins more efficiently.

Read the descriptions below & honestly evaluate which category you fit most into. No judgement, we just need to make sure you start off at the right level for this cleanse to be not only effective but also bearable.  Depending on your level it will tell you the best duration for the cleanse.  Doing cleanses is a change for your body & while change can be difficult, this one is totally worth it.

Caution for all Levels: While cleansing out toxins from our body is a vital part of maintaining a strong like force, it can also have side effects.  If you experience any effects please discontinue use, consume large amounts of water throughout the day and rest your body.  Ensure you are feeling back to yourself again before resuming cleansing.

Detoxing can cause:

  • Headaches-usually occurs in the first few days of the cleanse
  • Frequent Urination-liquid waste is expelled through urination
  • Bowel Disturbances-stool tends to be looser and more frequent
  • Fatigue, Weakness & Lethargy-this is noticed more with the longer cleansing of 8-10 days. Remember to rest and avoid strenuous exercise while cleansing.
  • Bad Breath or Coated Tongue-this can occur during the release of toxins. I recommend use of a tongue scraper to remedy this during your cleanse & after if needed.
  • Intense Hunger Pangs or Cravings-the hardest side effect to manage. If you follow your cleanse your body will not be hungry for nutrients.  Your mind will only be hungry to chew & savor all those toxins we are trying to release.  Just remember that you can do this one day at a time. Drinking lots of lemon & water helps a lot with this.

Toxicity Levels:

Advanced Toxicity:  This person is a fast food junkie.  You never read labels for nutrition details.  Microwave & prepackaged meals fill your cabinets & freezers.  Meat, cheese & dairy are a large part of your diet and at least one of each is consumed at every meal.  Most vegetables are cooked.  You drink less than 1oz of water per pound of body weight.  You apply toxic chemicals through skin care products; make up, detergents, cleaning products, etc.  Body fat percentage is over 25%.

In cases of Advanced Toxicity it is recommended to take it slow.  It is recommended that you only cleanse with the Elixir 1x per day for a period of 3-5 days.  You may eat another 4-5 small meals throughout the day.  Fast, processed & prepackaged foods are not allowed on this cleanse so please pick up lots of fresh fruits & veggies before starting.  This will consist mostly of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and other foods from the Superfoods List. Stay away from pastas, sugars, rice, meat, dairy, coffee.  The rest of cleanse can be followed below just remember to adjust quantities since it will only be 1x daily & not 3x.  Raw Organic herbs tend to have a much shorter shelf life so don’t buy more than you need.  Wait at least 3 weeks after cleanse to move on to more advanced cleanse.  It is a good idea to keep an array of  Superfoods in your diet as well as drinking lots of water.  For more personalized nutrition consulting contact Stephanie@edensbalance.com

Intermediate Toxicity:  This person is kind of health conscious, but only thinks about it ½ the time.  Home cooked meals are a regular occurrence and eating out is only occasional.  Meat, cheese & dairy are consumed only occasionally, but not with every meal.  Most meat consists of fish with very little consumption of red meats.  Lots of fresh fruits & veggies are consumed.  This person will check food labels when they think about it, but will still forget from time to time.  Tries to use products that appear to be natural, but hey, marketing campaigns are genius and designed to trick you. Body fat percentage is 18-24%.

This level is harder to pinpoint since it is very much in the middle and relates to most people trying to do good by their bodies.  The best place to start with this level is Elixir between 1-2x a day for 5-7 days.  You can eat 2 small meals when on this level.  This will consist mostly of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and other foods from the Superfoods List. Stay away from pastas, sugars, rice, meat, dairy, coffee.  Wait at least 3 weeks after cleanse to move on to more advanced cleanse.  It is a good idea to keep an array of  Superfoods in your diet as well as drinking lots of water.  For more personalized nutrition consulting contact Stephanie@edensbalance.com

Low Toxicity:  You make a conscious effort to know exactly what goes into your body.  Fast, pre-packaged foods, quit those years ago.  Diet consists mostly of fruits & veggies at least 80% Vegetarian.  Meat is consumed in very small amounts but it is always free range, anti-biotic free and of course killed using ethical practices.  You only use natural products & probably make your own laundry detergent or at least use an organic brand.

People with Low Toxicity can start of the full 10 day cleanse if they are ready.  Some will start with only 6-8 day cleanse to see how this particular cleanse will work for your body.  When you go back to eating after cleanse, do so slowly.  Your meals should consist mostly of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and other foods from the Superfoods List. Stay away from pastas, sugars, rice, meat, dairy, coffee.  I suggest doing the 10 day cleanse at least quarterly to get out any other toxins that may have accumulated.  It is a good idea to keep an array of  Superfoods in your diet as well as drinking lots of water.

NOTES FOR ALL LEVELS:

  • Drink a minimum of 1oz of water per pound of body weight. This can be flavored with as much fresh lemon as you like.
  • Balance is the key! Always add Raw Nuts to your Fruits when snacking. This will help with any sugar or protein cravings you may have.  It will also help with the desire to chew foods.
  • You can do this! Your body is worth it.  After a few days you should notice an increase in awareness & energy levels.  Once your body knows what it feels like to be healthy, you won’t have the cravings for most of the non-beneficial food choices.

Supplies you will need for 10 days

  • Blender
  • Distilled Water
  • 3 Mason Jars (16 oz) or equivalent
  • Raw Honey
  • Organic Raw Cacao Powder

These items will be your snacks throughout cleanse:

  • Raw Almonds, Cashews, Lemons with Distilled Water and Organic Apple

These items will need to be fresh so will require stopping by a store a few items throughout 10 day cleanse:

  • 2 bunch of Organic Kale
  • 2 bunch of Organic Spinach
  • 3 bunch of Organic Cilantro
  • 3 bunch of Organic Parsley
  • 2 bunch of Organic Mint

Instructions:

You will be making 3 Elixirs each night for the next day until you are done. Throughout the day when drinking your elixirs it’s important to have Fresh Lemon Water by your side at all times to fuel water soluble Super Nutrients within your body.

Full 10-Day Schedule:

I found that the Elixir takes some time to consume, sipping over a period of time is better than gulping down in one sitting.  This will help you feel satisfied throughout the day (Remember to follow the schedule based on your level of toxicity, see above.  This is for Low Toxicity only)

  • Breakfast: 1 jar of Ancient Elixir, snacks of handful raw nuts and ½ apple
  • Lunch: 1 jar of Ancient Elixir, snacks of handful raw nuts and ½ apple
  • Dinner: 1 jar of Ancient Elixir, snack of handful raw nuts and ½ apple

Ancient Elixir Recipe:

You will be making 3 Mason Jars = 48 oz at a time daily. Make sure they are placed in the blender in the order listed below for less foam and more juice:

  • Medium Handful of Kale
  • Medium Handful of Spinach
  • Medium Handful of Parsley
  • Medium Handful of Cilantro
  • 15 Mint Leaves with 3 Mint Stems. Stems contain powerful phytonutrients needed in the body. Great for pineal gland cleanse as well.
  • 2 Table Spoon of Raw Honey. Super Enzyme and it, also, helps to balance glucose levels making it smoother for you to complete.
  • ½ Table Spoon of Raw Cacao Powder
  • Place all the items in the blender and top it with Distilled Water. Blend it until it is emulsified.
  • Do not add anything else
  • Lemon will be added to your Distilled Water for drinking throughout cleanse. Nuts and Apples are adding essential fats and fructose to help soothe the cleansing journey.

The Cleanse is to help your body to get rid of toxins and raise cellular vibration. Meditation is recommended throughout cleanse if you choose too. Please contact Stephanie@edensbalance.com with any questions or comments.