Updated: Jun 12, 2021
Our precious planet is such an amazing living organism. She provides for us an abundance of nourishment and beauty, as well as all we need to maintain or regain physical health. I give thanks for this as I write now regarding women’s reproductive and menstrual health, and how to maintain healthy hormones.
Has Pain become Normal to Us?
Many women I meet share with me their struggles regarding menstruation and hormones. PMS that brings moodiness and depression, painful cramps, water retention, and more. As well as difficult issues, such as infertility, weight gain, lack of menstruation, irregular cycles, adult acne, heavy bleeding, clotting of blood, ovarian cysts, and painful breasts have become far too common for far too many women. Many of these issues have become so commonplace that women across the planet have begun to accept them normal.
The truth is these symptoms and manifestations are not normal, nor are they healthy. We do not need accept them as a regular part of our lives. There are solutions and remedies to eliminate the pain and discomfort many women have grown to accept as "normal"..
How to Regain Hormonal Health
The key is a healthy body and balanced hormones. This begins with diet. What we put inside of us creates the inner landscape for either health or disease to grow. Think of your body as a garden. You want this garden to flourish with abundantly healthy flora! You would not pour toxic waste or chemical poisons on your fruit trees or your flowers and expect them to produce healthy fruits or blossoms. Let this wisdom be the guide for how you treat your body.
Feed your body the most nutrient-dense, health-filled foods. Choose fresh, organic, whole foods and adhere to a diet rich with fresh produce, green foods, healthy fats, fiber, and naturally fermented foods. Lowering salt, sugar, and starches, avoiding refined sugars, flours, and oils; as well as eating balanced meals on a regular schedule will assist your body in operating at its prime potential.
Your diet should include plenty of raw, fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, and greens so you can reap the benefits of the living nutrition and enzymes that will assist your body in gentle detoxification, as well as boosting your system with vitality. Healthy digestion is key for healthy hormone production. One of the best ways to improve or optimize your digestion is to eat plenty of lacto-fermented foods, such as raw sauerkraut, kimchee, kombucha, kefir, yogurt, kvass, and miso. These foods provide healthy bacteria for your gut and assist your digestive process in the digestion of foods and the assimilation of vital nutrients.
Take care of your Liver
Another key for healthy digestion as well as healthy hormones is the health of our liver. The liver is a fascinating organ, responsible for many aspects of our physical health. The liver assists in detoxification, blood production, metabolism, hormone production, processing fats, and much more. When the liver is stagnant with stuck or toxic energy, it tends to operate at a less efficient rate. I highly recommend regular liver/gallbladder flushes for optimum liver (and hormonal) health. This simple and inexpensive cleanse can be done in the comfort of your own home. A yearly Full Body Cleanse is also wise for maintaining optimal health.
The Importance of Healthy Fats
I mentioned that our diets should include plenty of healthy fats. I am not a supporter or proponent of an extremely low-fat or no-fat diet for most people. Our brains, tissues, nervous system, and reproductive organs depend on our consumption of abundant amounts of healthy fats, especially omega 3 fats. If you have been suffering from any menstrual or hormonal difficulties be sure to nourish your body with plenty of healthy fats on a daily basis. The best fats for nourishing and healing your body are the fats found in ripe avocados, evening primrose oil, fish oils (such as wild salmon and cod liver oils), borage oil, flax, chia, walnut, coconut, sacha inchi, and hempseed. Be sure to source the highest quality of these oils, and if they are a pressed oil or in a capsule be sure to store them in a cool, dark place to avoid rancidity.
Back to Balance with Healing Plants and Herbs
Nature has also provided us with an abundance of healing plants and herbs to assist with attaining optimum menstrual and hormonal health. There are some excellent herbs that assist in balancing both the progesterone and estrogen levels in women’s bodies.
Most women who have not reached the sacred menopausal phase of life tend towards progesterone deficiency or estrogen excess. Most women in menopause or after tend towards estrogen deficiency. There are always exceptions.
The herbs vitex, shatavari, suma, and evening primrose oil are all excellent for balancing both progesterone and estrogen. These herbs have been used successfully throughout the ages for treating infertility, PMS, painful menstruation, fatigue related to hormonal imbalances, and irregular cycles. CBD (cannabidiol) - an extract made from the hemp plant is also very helpful for balancing our hormones. For women who have lacking or scanty menstruation, as well as infertility, the herbs mugwort, dang guai,, and shatavari are all excellent remedies for boosting blood production, normalizing cycles, and increasing fertility.
The painful reality of endometriosis can be healed with a healthy diet and herbs such as red raspberry leaf, gotu kola, dang guai, vitex, and turmeric. Castor oil packs are also very helpful. Ovarian cysts are a manifestation of too much “dampness”, “ama” or “kapha” (according to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic diagnosis). This condition can be reversed by following a diet free of grains, dairy, eggs, sugar, pork, beef, soy, alcohol, coffee, and fried foods; as well as utilizing the healing potential of herbs such as vitex, red raspberry leaf, evening primrose oil, flax oil, turmeric, and mugwort.
Painful menstruation that includes cramping, headaches, body tension, and bloating can be eased through relaxing herbs such as passionflower, chamomile, and lavender. These herbs are excellent for easing tension and relaxing the entire body. They can be made into tea and enjoyed several times a day. Raw honey is a natural anti-inflammatory, as is turmeric root. Finely chopping fresh turmeric or using powdered dry turmeric, mixed with coconut oil, honey, and black pepper is a great way to benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of these healing foods. You can make a jar-full and keep it in the refrigerator, then consume a teaspoon daily to reduce symptoms such as swelling, cramping, headaches, and body tension. If you suffer from estrogen excess be sure to avoid soy and non-organic dairy, eggs, and meat.
Drink water and Workout
We must also remember to stay hydrated, especially during menstruation. Lack of proper hydration can lead to greater body tension, headaches, cramping, clotting, and other discomforts. If bloating and water retention or swelling have been issues during your menstrual cycle, be sure to drink an abundant amount of pure water daily, as well as avoiding or dramatically decreasing your salt and sodium intake. Leading an active life that includes plenty of exercise such as walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, yoga, tai chih, and other healthy activities will also assist in balancing hormones and increasing our overall well-being.
Leading an active life that includes plenty of exercise such as walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, yoga, tai chih, and other healthy activities will also assist in balancing hormones and increasing our overall well-being. I must add a reminder to make time to enjoy nature and sunshine, as well as to get adequate rest. Regular sleep and waking cycles are crucial for everyone and truly do contribute to hormonal health.
Chemical Health Risks for your Body
Before I go, I want to touch on the dangers of chemical hormones such as birth control pills and hormone replacement programs, as well as the dangers of commercial products such as tampons and “maxi pads”. Chemical hormones are not natural and have proven to cause many problems in women’s health such as reproductive cancers, early onset menopause, autoimmune disorders, migraines, and more. I highly advise choosing a natural route with all aspects of health. Seek a natural wellness guide to assist you in developing a program to balance your hormones and heal your body if you are suffering from reproductive disorders or hormonal imbalances. Through diet, herbs, acupuncture, bodywork, and other natural methods you can change the state of dis-ease to thriving and vital health.
Commercial tampons and pads are often made from cotton that has been sprayed with toxic pesticides and bleached with chemical poisons. These products have been shown to increase the potential for reproductive cancers and diseases, as well as infertility, endometriosis, and more. There are wonderful natural and safe alternatives that are available. Some of these include “moon cups” or “diva cups”, reusable menstrual pads such as “moon pads” or “glad rags”, and sea sponge natural tampons. These products are not only safer for your body, but they are also more sustainable and earth-friendly. By using these products, we can honor our home planet in love, and also become healthier women, more in tune and touch with our own natural cycles.
Your Health is Sacred
I pray that all women begin to honor their bodies and their menstrual cycles as sacred and beautiful. We are the daughters of the moon, daughters of the Earth. We carry the potential of life and creativity in our wombs – regardless if we ever bear children. We hold immense power and potential within us. We come from a culture that has programmed women to feel shame regarding menstruation, sex, and their bodies. This is a great travesty. We are divine beings. There is nothing shameful or ugly about our bodies or our sexuality. I pray that we all honor and love our bodies as sacred temples. By doing so we will change the dominant frequency on Earth. This practice has the potential for the Divine Feminine to rise to her rightful place and bring great healing, wisdom, and beauty to life on Earth. Thank you sisters, and bless you all!
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