Who run the world? Girls.
Women today are busier than ever, juggling careers, families, personal lives and all that goes in between. Herbal medicine is a wonderful modality that Naturopaths use to support and promote vitality, strength, balance and a sense of calm for women who have a lot on their plate.
Three herbs which support women’s hormones, their nervous systems, their mental and emotional capacity and their immune health are:
The name of this herb means “wife with a hundred husbands” – you can gather from the name that it is a strengthening and nourishing herb for females! Energetically, Shatavari is warming and moistening and is used to assist with balancing hormones and grounding the nervous system. It is a sweet, replenishing herb that helps to regulate periods, promote fertility and libido. It also useful when encouraging milk flow for breastfeeding mothers. Shatavari is known to be nourishing and strengthening for the nervous system and great for aiding digestion. Naturopaths may also use Shatavari when addressing symptoms of perimenopause and menopause as it helps to support healthy oestrogen levels.
This herb is a go-to for many Naturopaths when supporting women’s nervous systems at various life stages. It has the unique quality of strengthening without stimulating, making it ideal for those who have been through chronic stress or nervous exhaustion and their tank is empty. Withania is a great tonic for women with underactive thyroids (hypothyroidism) with research backing this herbs ability to support and gently improve thyroid function. Withania is a wonderful herb to support the elderly, and to help those who have been through illness recuperate and gain back their strength. Naturopaths also use this herb in sleep tonics, as it helps to calm the mind before bed.
With a sweet taste and numerous benefits to boast of, no Naturopath’s herbal dispensary is ever without liquorice. It not only supports hormonal health and the stress response, Liquorice has other beneficial actions such as supporting digestion, easing coughs and chest infections, acting as an antiviral and is often recommended in tea form to help curb sugar cravings. Liquorice works on the HPA (hypothalamic – pituitary – adrenal) axis to normalize hormonal function and support the adrenal glands. It can assist with menopausal symptoms as well as normalizing hormonal imbalances in women with PCOS. Energetically it is a warming and moistening herb that “rounds out” many herbal formulas tailored to women’s health.
If you feel you could use some herbal support for your nervous system health or hormonal health then please chat with your practitioner about these herbs, as they should only be prescribed under professional guidance.