Lets not beat about the bush, the menopause sucks, there’s no arguing that fact! And the peri menopause is just as bad, if not worse! But did you know that there are herbal remedies that can make your life easier during this turbulent time? In this post I’m going to introduce you to 10 wild herbs that’ll help you through the menopause. (Madam M for the sake of this post 😉)
I’m sure most of you will be aware that HRT shortages are a hot topic in the news at the moment. However, if you haven’t seen or heard this news then The British Menopause Society have published an update on the situation. So, without a doubt, now’s the perfect time to give you a few more herbal remedies, which will tackle many of your menopausal systems. And, believe me, they work!
The Menopause – A Walk In The Park??
Having gone through a “forced menopause”, due to what is known as a radical hysteretomy, I can honestly say I’ve tested many of these remedies myself! For those of you who may be wondering what a radical hysterectomy is. Well, it’s when they remove your womb, cervix and uterus. I also had my fallopian tubes and ovaries removed, and it’s this element that forces you into a very abrupt menopause. However, I prepared well beforehand, and made myself a whole load of tinctures and decoctions that saw me through the first few months. Honestly, I was expecting the worst, but it turned out to be a walk in the park!
Now, let’s crack on! Firstly, we all know the menopause is, unfortunately, a natural part of a woman’s ageing process. Secondly, we also know that Mother Nature is to blame. And last but not least, we could live without it! Right?
However, we can take control of how the menopause makes us feel or behave…can’t we? Apparently, and according to various studies, the answer to that question is a resounding yes! But the real question is, how do we take ‘Madam M’ by the scruff of her neck and teach her a lesson? Well, the answer lies in 10 herbal remedies. And they just happen to be 10 wild herbs that you can forage for during spring/summer.
The Menopause & 10 Herbal Remedies
Thankfully, there are options available to us. And, thankfully, not all of them rely on big pharmaceutical companies for the solution. And, because she is a fickle old bird, Mother Nature also has her hand in what there is on offer.
For instance, Mother Nature offers us multiple wild herbs, and plants for medicinal purposes. Incidentally, did you know that there are around 72 herbs which can be used for menopause symptoms? Each of them offering us an opportunity, to make this “time of life” easier on ourselves. Does this mean therefore, that we can offer a hand of friendship to ‘Madam M’ and perhaps even become friends? Okay, I admit, that may be taking things a little too far! If so, then how does this sit with you? “The 10 wild herb remedies below will kick that ‘*****’ (insert your own word(s) here) butt”!
Lady’s Mantle – (Alchemilla)
This wonderful herb treats many ailments. Menopause symptoms being only one of them. Make yourself a lovely cup of strong tea by putting 1 tbsp of the dried herb in a cup of boiled water. Leave for up to 10 mins, sieve then enjoy! Drink hot or cold, add honey for a sweeter taste. Take up to 3 cups a day to kick any heavy bleeding in the butt!
Raspberry leaf tea is known for regulating hormones. The leaves are also naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b vitamins. Great for an energy boost and reducing heavy bleeding!
St John’s Wort – (Hypericum perforatum)
This little power-house is commonly recognised as a mild herbal antidepressant. But, did you know it also helps with those awful hot flushes? Lessening their severity and duration. And, oh boy, those hot flushes are the pits man! Time to get on top of them. Why don’t you find out how to make your own herbal tincture in another post I wrote, “Homemade Herbal Remedies”? Believe me, it’s much easier than you think!
Shepherd’s Purse – (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
Yet another herb that’ll help your heavy bleeding. You know exactly what I mean if you can’t go outdoors for days on end, because it really is that bad! This delicate little plant will make a HUGE difference to that particular problem! In a hurry and don’t have the time to forage for it? Well, treat yourself to some Health Embassy Shepherd’s Purse from Amazon and kiss that problem goodbye. That said, however, fresh is best for this purpose.
Red Clover – (Trifolium pratense)
This herb packs a punch if your problem is hot flushes and night sweats. A cup of red clover tea before bedtime will sort this out for you and give you back your sweet dreams and a good nights sleep! Red clover also contains phytoestrogens, a plant-based form of estrogen, which helps to improve the hormonal imbalances caused by the menopause.
Wild Angelica – (Angelica sylvestris )
Is the menopause picking away at your sex drive? Then this is the baby you want on your side. Wild angelica is known to improve your sex life. Brew yourself a lovely cup of angelica tea and wait for the fireworks to fly.
Dandelion – (Taraxacum)
Fluid retention is, unfortunately, a nasty symptom of the menopause and Madam M insists on bringing it to the party! But all is not lost! You can give her a really hard time with this much maligned wild herb. Go right ahead and let her know who’s really in control, with at least 3 cups of dandelion tea a day.
Wild Fennel – (Foeniculum vulgare)
A traditional Iranian medicine and the ‘star’ of this little group. It can be used for osteoporosis, anxiety, depression, hot flushes, AND night sweats! A cornucopia of Madam M’s nastiness blown away by one humble plant. Menopause, what menopause? Click this link for a wild fennel tea supplier.
Stinging Nettle – (Urtica dioica)
Emmmm. How can I put this….? Nettles have the ability to re-hydrate vaginal tissue, which is quite a big problem during the menopause! There I said it! It’s also high in potassium and iron, which makes it a great tonic for the nervous system. Take a large mug of nettle tea to bed with you, and have a good nights sleep. Better still, mix it up and treat yourself to fennel, nettle and dandelion tea.
Hops – (Humulus lupulus)
Hops are great for insomnia and hot flushes. In 2015 a trial took place on the use of hops for menopausal purposes. You might find these results interesting… I certainly did. Interestingly, this trial gave Madam M’s butt a thorough hiding! Me thinks it’s time to treat yourself to some hop tea bags. – what do you think?
Special Precautions & Warnings
Don’t consume any of these herbs if you are pregnant. Likewise, if you’re on any form of medication, consult with your doctor beforehand. And whatever you do, don’t use any of these products as a substitute for medication you may currently be taking.
Have a great week!
Thank you for popping by today and reading my post, I hope you found it beneficial and will try some of the herbal remedies. Anything to kick Madam M’s butt and show her who’s boss!
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