As women reach menopause (45-55) progesterone declines and estrogen dominance often arises. The most common prescribed drugs are conjugated estrogens (from horse urine) or synthetic medroxyprogesterone. The molecules in these animal and synthetic hormones are foreign to the human body and can dramatically increase the risk for ovarian and breast cancer with time. Luckily, there are some natural options to aid your body in balancing those levels.
Oil Solutions: Geranium, Clary Sage, Sage, Bergamot
Easy hormone roller is to mix these with a carrier roller and throw it in your purse...use throughout the day. I always use before bed and after the shower in the morning. There are also many specifically designed solutions through Young Living that I can share in much more detail on another post. Message me if you have a specific need here that I can help you with.
*Sage should not be used if history of seizures exists
Red Clover: Concentrated isoflavone extract is available over the counter as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Can be helpful in relieving symptoms that are linked to lower estrogen levels, such as hot flashes, night sweats, headaches and poor sleep. However, due to the high level of phytoestrogens present, it’s advisable to take at a max of 3 months at a time.
Wild Yam: This root is best taken as a tincture. Given the herbs hormonal activity, experts agree it can be taken to possibly relieve symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and poor sleep. It is possible that the steroid compounds (found naturally) in the plant are not converted to the active hormones in the human body that would thus make it effective; so perhaps there is another mechanism at work. It’s advisable and most effective to take this for several weeks before you will see symptom relief. This also combines well with Black Cohosh. Black Cohosh should not be used if you have liver problems or other chronic disease.
Adaptogens are what they are because they do not have an affinity for just one system of the body, but for the whole body. They provide the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals the body needs to adapt to our ever-challenging environment. In other words, they find what needs balanced and balances it…they are very smart. These can be taken as a tea, capsule, or tincture.
Shatavari is a popular ayurvedic medicinal herb. This herb has been renowned for centuries in India for its therapeutic value in treating female conditions such as decreased libido, infertility, threatened miscarriage, and menopausal symptoms. The word shatavari translates into “she who possesses 100 husbands” because of its reputation of balancing female hormones and increasing a women’s vitality. Shatavari grows in the low jungles throughout India. This plant has a spreading root system and climbs to about two meters high. There are hundreds of tuberous roots, and these are the parts of the plant used for medicinal purposes. Typical doses can range from 1000mg to 3000mg a day. Shatavari has been described as safe for long term use, even in pregnancy and lactation.
Ashwagandha is an energizing medicinal herb, and ayurvedic medicine doctors have been using it for centuries as a tonic to increase vitality and longevity with great success. Ashwagandha is used to calm the mind, relieve nervous exhaustion, build sexual energy, and promote healthy sleep. Current research has shown this herb to help with diabetes, stimulate the thyroid, boost the immune system, and increase libido. Ashwagandha has a long and tuberous root, which is the part of the shrub that is used for medicinal purposes. The Indian name, ashwagandha, which translates to “horse’s smell,” was given because of the root’s strong odor. A typical dose is 300-500mg of standardized extract a day. It is generally safe when used in recommended doses. However, it does have a mildly depressant effect and should not be used in pregnancy or when using other suppressants.
· Eat a diet of 50% raw foods and increase protein to help stabilize blood sugar. Add blackstrap molasses, soybean, broccoli, dandelion greens, kelp, salmon, sardines and whitefish to your diet.
· Eat foods high in phytoestrogens such as soybeans, flax, nuts, whole grains, apples, fennel, celery, parsley, and alfalfa. A high intake of phytoestrogens is thought to explain why hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms rarely occur among women in Asian cultures. If you’ve had breast or uterine cancers in your immediate family, you may want to talk with your doctor about the risk in increasing your soy intake.
· Dairy and meat promote hot flashes, avoid as you are able.
· Get moderate exercise
· Use garlic or onion powder in place of salt for cooking; excess salt increases urinary excretion of calcium.
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