Hormones have a large impact on your body. They effect how it feels and functions and can impact fertility, sleep quality, weight management and sex drive. When there are imbalances in our hormone levels, it can lead to a decreased quality of life. There are various pharmaceutical options to balance hormone levels. If you want a natural approach, here are some herbs that can help:
Chasteberry works in the body by decreasing prolactin levels. This allows a natural balance of the levels of estrogen and progesterone. You can find chasteberry in either a tea or supplement forms. It is commonly used for post-menopausal women.
Red raspberry leaves are noted for containing antioxidants as well as being able to relax blood vessels. It also has been helpful for some women in relief of menstrual cramps depending on the dosage and your individual body.
If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, PMS, or painful periods, black cohosh might be for you. It’s been effectively used to combat these conditions. It contains phytoestrogens which can both lower elevated estrogen levels as well as raise declining levels. You can find it as a supplement. Avoid this herb if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have used this herb for generations to balance women’s hormones when they suffer from PMS. It’s effective at balancing estrogen in the body which alleviates many unpleasant PMS or menopause symptoms. You can get it in supplement or tea forms.
Fenugreek seed is a versatile herb for hormone balance. It contains phytoestrogens to balance estrogen levels. It’s also been known to increase libido in women by helping improve low testosterone levels. If you need help with painful periods or low libido, you can find fenugreek seeds in spice, tea, or supplement forms.
Dandelion root can balance estrogen levels, aid in relieving or preventing constipation, and has even been said to help in detoxification of the body. You can find this herb in teas and in supplements.
Cramp bark has been used traditionally to relieve women’s menstrual cramps. It has muscle relaxing properties which is why it’s effective at cramp relief. You can find this herb as a supplement or tincture. Avoid this herb is you have blood disorders.
Ginger helps balance hormones by reducing prostaglandin production. Excess prostaglandins in the body can lead to unpleasant symptoms. You can find this herb in teas, supplements, or even take it raw. Ginger also has many other excellent health benefits.
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***Please consult with your doctor or provider before taking these herbs. Do not start a hormone balancing supplement while pregnant without prior consent. Article not intended to be medical advice.