A woman’s body is designed to adapt to change with the many hormone shifts that take place throughout the years. However, menopause usually presents many challenges. Symptoms start to appear, and keeping them under control can seem impossible. Fortunately, herbs for menopause can help sustain your body’s natural rhythm and promote natural balance. In this blog, we’ll go over a list of 3 herbs for menopause and how to integrate them into your wellness routine.
Symptoms of Menopause
Before going over the wonderful list of herbs for menopause, what exactly is menopause? Simply put, it’s a biological process that happens to every woman due to the naturally declining levels of reproductive hormones. Unfortunately, it can cause both emotional and physical challenges. If you’ve gone without a menstrual period for 12 months or longer and are between the ages of 40 and 50, you may be experiencing menopause. Common systems that come with menopause include the following:
- Dry skin
- Mood changes
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Thinning hair
- Irregular periods
- Slower metabolism
While seeing this list may put you in panic mode, we’re happy to tell you that these symptoms can be managed! The following herbs can help balance your hormones while helping you feel your best throughout this transition.
1. Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh is a flowering plant native to the United States. While it’s commonly known as Black Cohosh, it also goes by the following names:
- Fairy Candles
It has been used specifically for treating menopause by many people. Native American tribes traditionally used Black Cohosh to support female reproductive systems and to help with inflammation issues. Today, evidence shows that Black Cohosh provides women a safe and natural way to support menopause symptoms such as mood swings and flashes. Black cohosh is available in liquid extract, capsule, or tea form.
While the mimosa you know may be your favorite brunch drink, the Mimosa we’ll be talking about is the plant that offers you a wide variety of benefits! This plant produces a vibrant, pink flower with unique fern-like leaves. The part that is used as a supplement is its bark. This plant has a long history and has been commonly used in Chinese medicine to support a healthy mood. Mimosa is known to support adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing hormones such as:
This makes the mimosa plant ideal for supporting a healthy response to stress. This plant also offers women antioxidant support and promotes better sleep and emotional/mental peace. This is excellent for women going through menopause since getting good rest isn’t something too easy during this phase of life.
3. St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a flowering plant that is native to Europe. It blooms a gorgeous yellow flower and is found in the most common places, such as roadsides and fields. It interestingly has a long history! We’ve seen references of these flowers in writings that date back to ancient Greece! Later, European peasants believed that this flowering plant had the power to protect them from evil spirits! Now, St. John’s Wort has been scientifically studied and found to support people’s moods. Additionally, this plant offers antioxidant properties, making it a smart choice for overall wellness. Regarding its use for menopause, St. John’s Wort helps with the common mood swing symptoms menopause brings.
Treat Menopause Naturally with Moonstone Naturopathic
Menopause brings significant changes that may not always be too pleasant, but with the help of herbs, you can naturally support your body so that it can maintain a healthy hormone balance. We hope this blog helped you see what herbs can help you with your menopause symptoms. For more personalized recommendations for natural ways to keep your menopause symptoms in check, visit our Naturopathic practice! We’d love to help you reach your optimal level of health! Contact Dr. Brandy McGill to make an appointment by calling (619) 784-3118 or clicking here.
*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health provider.