How to Use Herbs for Menstrual Ailments?

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Do you know that your menstruation is a reflection of overall health. You can tell a lot about your health by the quality of your flow. The leading health experts are calling a vital sign. Some common issues are irregularities and heavy periods. 

Irregular periods are very common. There are many reasons for having an irregular flow. It can be due to a simple food allergy or sensitivity such as wheat, dairy, soy, egg. For example, the inflammatory reaction to wheat/gluten may lead to iron deficiency causing irregularities. Excessive weight gain or weight loss and stress can cause a shift in hormonal balance that alters the flow pattern. Polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine abnormalities- endometriosis, cysts, fibroid, thyroid also lead to irregular periods as well.

What about heavy periods? 

Heavy menstrual loss is one of the most common gynecological problems. With the loss of 80 ml or more of blood per cycle. Excessive menstrual blood loss is also known as Menorrhagia. This type of condition may last longer than 7 days and interferes with your physical, emotional, social quality of life.

Menorrhagia abnormalities are due to hormonal issues such as anovulation (when the ovaries did not release an oocyte during a menstrual cycle. YOU DID NOT OVULATE), hypothyroidism, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, luteal phase defects, atopic pregnancy, uterine Polyps/Fibroids or Clotting abnormalities due to vitamin K deficiency or coagulation defects.

Chronic Stress may also cause heavy periods. When you are in the state of stress, all the time. 

It is important to evaluate teenagers for vonWillebrand's Disease (vWD), a bleeding disorder in which heavy menstrual bleeding is a common clinical manifestation. This test for severe menstrual bleeding is recommended by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

What can you do if you are having this issue?

Conduct a Health History. Your period should be investigated to rlue out pregnancy, infections, and other factors. Such as use of  any uterine devices as a means of contraception as these increase blood flow and cramping. Conduct lab test. Check your thyroid.

Treatment that have proven to cease heavy and irregular periods are:

- Diet and Nutritional: As diet plays a major role health status.

-Herbs: Yarrow, Ginseng, Dong quai, Blue Cohosh. Chaste Tree Chasteberry. Red Raspberry. Red Clover Blossoms. 

How to use these herbs? 

These herbs can be used as uterine tonics to strengthen the walls of the uterus and balancing hormones. These are can be used for vaginal steams and herbal infusion teas. Vaginal steams are done before and after menstruation. Steams help to increase blood flow, cleanses the uterus, improves fertility and ease pains.

How to Get Rid of Painful Periods?

Do you know that 90% of women experience painful period each month? Yes, sis! You are not alone. Whether you are experiencing physical or emotional pain. This isn't normal.

As women, we go through important and natural hormonal changes throughout our lives, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. These are not the cause of hormonal imbalances, as most would believe. They are necessary and normal changes that should occur. 

What's not normal and necessary are the cramps, pains, sore breast, mood swings that you look forward to each month to signal that you're about to a period this month. These are not signals that "I am about to see my period". Rather our bodies are sending signals, that something is wrong.

Painful cramping and severe mood swings are not part of the normal hormonal process. Repeat this one more time. These are signals that our health itself is compromised. Why this happens?

Each month our bodies are busy producing estrogen and progesterone. Preparing our bodies to house a baby. Estrogen level is increasing while progesterone is decreasing. If the hormones are not at the level and frequency that they should be, then problems occur. 

Our lifestyle also plays a major role in how our bodies function. If we are overweight, underweight, under exercise, overly stressed, not geting enough sleep, poor nutrition, and exposed to harmful materials; we are putting our endocrine system in override and disrupting the very delicate hormonal balance off track. Resulting in pains and cramps. The best part is: 

You can get rid of period pains!

These are a few remedies that have helped: 

  1.   Burdock Root Tea: Burdock Root's anti-inflammatory actions and its small amount of natural plant steroids, it helps improve the metabolism of estrogen thus lessening hormonal symptoms during PMS. One cup of the tea daily is the standard dosage.
  2. Magnesium Citrate: Take (2 teaspoon). Helps to reduces PMS discomfort. 
  3. Eliminate Refined Flour: Nutrients are lost during processing. calcium, magnesium, iron, magnesium and EFA's – all of which are essential to hormonal health and balance. Switching to nutrient rich whole grains, fruits and vegetables will boost your body's nutrient levels  making it easier for your hormones to stay in balance.
  4. Red Raspberry Leaf: Is high in nutrient content (including 54% of your daily calcium).  It also known as the best uterine tonic, a cup of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea taken each day (or a daily capsule) helps reduce pelvic muscle spasms, nausea, and replenishes your body much needed nutrients in a gentle, plant-based form.
  5. Calcium Citrate - Calcium is critical for maintaining muscle tone, including that of your uterus. It makes a great addition to your daily nutrient regimen. Aim for 500mg per day or one large salad with dark leafy greens each day is recommended.

My Power Kale Salad

I love Kale! I love it raw, lightly grilled, baked into kale chips. 

So lately I have been eating lots of it. It goes easily with quinoa, brown rice, and even spelt or rye dumplings. 

Since having my daughter, I have been limiting my time in kitchen and one thing that is quick and healthy is a salad. So here's my go to kale salad. Did I mentioned that these ingredients also have to alleviate pre-period pains and helps to aid the liver with detoxification! Yes, this power kale salad does all these wonderful stuff. 

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For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup Avocado Oil
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice, Fresh
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Ginger, Peeled and grated
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt, Or to taste

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For the salad:

  • 2 cups Dinosaur Kale, Tightly packed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Red Cabbage, Thinly sliced
  • 2 large Carrots, Peeled and grated
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Sliced into cubes
  • 2 Avocados, Peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 cup Walnuts/Brazil Nuts
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds

 

Directions: 

  • For the dressing

Add all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until it is smooth and creamy. 

  • For the Salad 

After washing and drying the kale. Thinly slice the leaves. Put the kale in a large bowl. Drizzle so avocado oil. Massage the kale to release its natural juices. This will boost the flavor profile of the salad. Add the chopped yellow bell pepper, then the purple cabbage, followed by the nuts. Serve with dressing. Enjoy.