Evening primrose oil, wild yam, chasteberry, red clover, black cohosh, clary sage, and other herbs are known to help balance a woman's system. These herbs can bring on delayed periods, stop cramps, regulate the system during childbearing years, and stop hot flashes during menopause. All through a woman's life, herbs are there to help regulate hormones and make life easier.
Women’s health problems include everything from mild yeast infections to fertility issues. Many of a woman's complaints can be treated with herbs and aromatherapy.
Yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is a common complaint. Symptoms include itching, irritation, inflammation, unpleasant odor, discharge, swelling, and pain. Causes may stem from long exposure to antibiotics, a weakened immune system, ph imbalance, and hormonal imbalances. Sometimes spermicidal cream can aggravate a yeast infection. The cream kills friendly bacteria that helps protect the vagina from disease causing micro-organisms causing a yeast overgrowth. Yeast infection can also spread to the urinary system and the rectum. It is also transferred easily from sexual partners.
Many herbal remedies can help heal yeast infections. Herbal douches include diluted solutions of calendula, tea tree oil, witch hazel, sage, myrrh, chamomile, white oak bark, vinegar, black walnut hull extract, barberry, cinnamon, mullein, rosemary, garlic, goldenseal, yellowroot, echinacea, raspberry or blackberry leaf, grapefruit seed extract, chlorophyll liquid, or salt water. Yogurt may also be beneficial. Use of fluorinated cortisone cream is not recommended. This treatment causes thinning and atrophy of skin.
Women that suffer from reoccurring yeast infections (also known as candidiasis) need to drink cranberry juice and green drinks. They should add garlic to the diet and consider taking vitamin B, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene supplements. Drinking herbal tea is helpful. Try licorice, squaw vine, and alfalfa. Avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates, yeasty breads, and mushrooms.
Suppositories may be of use in the treatment of yeast infections. Combine a quarter cup of warm cocoa butter with 10 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of thyme essential oil. Mix well. Roll into 10 bullet shaped suppositories and place on a plate lined with waxed paper. Place in refrigerator until firm and then store in covered container. Use as needed by inserting into vagina until condition is cleared up.
Women suffer from more bladder and urinary problems than men. Do not drink citrus juice if suffering from urinary problems as this acid can irritate the urinary tract. Find lots of useful information about bladder problems and the urinary system on my other pages.
Vaginal dryness is a problem for many women. Blend equal parts distilled witch hazel and pure aloe vera gel. Mix in some slippery elm powder to use as a lubricant. Rejuvenate the vagina with a mixture of almond oil, ylang-ylang essential oil, and lavender essential oil. Rose essential oil also works, and even though it is expensive, the results are worth the money.
Fertility problems are becoming more and more common. Women considering pregnancy should try eating more sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, avocados, dried apricots, carrots, soybeans, and oily fish. Drinking nettle, red clover blossom, and raspberry/blackberry leaf tea can also help increase fertility. Calcium and magnesium supplements are also beneficial.
Unpleasant menstrual problems like bloating and cramps, PMS, and menopausal symptoms can be reduced with herbs. Add foods that contain baron to the diet such as leafy veggies, fruit, nuts, and seeds. Eat more calcium rich foods like corn, tofu, broccoli, and non-fat dairy. Reduce sugar and alcohol intake. Use evening primrose oil, turmeric, milk thistle seed extract, ginseng, wild yam, chasteberry, and black cohosh in teas and lotions. Exercise regularly and get a massage at least once a month. Painful periods and cramps can be relieved with raspberry leaf and ginger tea. Also try valerian, peppermint, licorice, black cohosh, yarrow, and strawberry leaf. Try individual herbs and combinations to see which works best for your body.
* Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies especially when pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription medications. Never take any herbal remedies in early pregnancy without consulting your healthcare professional.
"The only way to really learn about herbal medicine is to touch and smell herbs, taste them, use them daily, and grow them if possible. Herbal medicine is a way of life. It is not a quick fix." ... Janice Boling, herbalist, web designer, writer, photographer
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