It's getting harder and harder to
weed through all the different herbs that are on store shelves
today. What is right for you may not be right for your sister,
mother, friend, daughter, etc... Sometimes it can be a process
of trial and error until you figure out what is best for your
personal needs. Read this article to get an idea of where you
might want to start.
Herbs for Women
The other day, I had a female customer bring in
her bag of supplements. It was a rather large bag and we started
to go through each bottle and what she was using it for. We came
across one bottle that she wasn’t sure why she was taking
it. I wasn’t really surprised when she said she didn’t
know if it was doing her any good since the bottle was an herbal
formula designed to support men’s prostate health. Without
mentioning the purpose of the product, I asked why she decided
to start taking it. She said it was because her uncle said how
much good it was doing for him!
It can be difficult to wade through all the herbs that are out
there. What ones are good for what and when are they beneficial.
It becomes even more complex when we throw all the different herbal
formulas and vitamins into the mix. If you are going to use more
than one or two natural health products, it is important that
you do your own research on each product and the individual ingredients
or you consult a natural health coach that can guide you through
the process of deciding what to take and how to take it. Of course,
even if you do use the service of a trained guide, it is wise
to never let anyone be your sole source of information. Whether
herbs or drugs, be sure to have a clear understanding of why you
are taking what you are and how it may help or hurt you.
For those that would like to learn more about the various natural
health supplements, here is a beginner’s guide to herbs
Cohosh – The estrogenic effects of black cohosh have
given it a reputation as being beneficial for hot flashes and
other pre-menopausal concerns. It may also be beneficial during
childbirth to stimulate contractions, help control hemorrhaging
and afterbirth pains. This herb should not be used except in the
last 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy and only under the guidance of
an experienced midwife or doctor as it may cause damage to the
Thistle – This herb, similar to Milk Thistle, is generally
used to strengthen the liver. However the benefits to women include
balancing hormones, enriching breast milk, reducing breast inflammation
and unclogging milk ducts.
Blue Cohosh – Blue Cohosh stimulates uterine contractions
and relaxes muscle spasms making it beneficial during childbirth.
This herb should not be used except in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy
and only under the guidance of an experienced midwife or doctor
as it may cause damage to the unborn fetus.
– This Chinese herb has been used extensively in Chinese
medicine to treat female concerns. It is a general tonic, meaning
that it is good for several different female conditions including
PMS, regulation of menses and infertility.
Unicorn – Historically, False Unicorn has been used
to stop a pending miscarriage.
– This herb is commonly used for digestive disturbances
and may be beneficial for morning sickness during pregnancy.
Beneficial for men and women, this herb has been used to increase
– When it is time to wean your little one from breast feeding,
parsley can be used to dry up the breast milk.
Raspberry – Rich in manganese, this herb can be used
to tone and strengthen the uterus and regulate the female organs.
Extremely beneficial for teenage girls and their families during
this rollercoaster phase of emotions.
Many of these herbs have been used for centuries to support female
health. While there may not be scientific research to support
their use, they are generally considered safe when used as directed.
Due to the state of our health care system, it is now important
to begin taking on the role of being our own.
About the Author
Nicole Bandes is a Certified Herb Specialist that has been
helping others to regain their health and vitality since 1999.
column allows her to share her knowledge by answering simple
questions regarding the use of natural supplements and to keep
her readers educated on the latest news regarding natural supplements.
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