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Herbs For Optimum Menstrual Health


If your period is heavy enough to require changing more often than every one or two hours, or if you have a period that lasts more than a full week, you may be experiencing menorrhagia or heavy menstrual bleeding. Hormonal imbalance is one of the primary reason of heavy menstrual bleeding, with Uterine fibroid tumors ranking second. Intrauterine devices used for contraception are also a potential cause of heavy menstrual bleeding or menorrhagia.

Herbs such as Artemisia vulgaris and Capsella bursa-pastoris promote menstrual and hormonal health.

To make Shepherd’s Purse / Yarrow Tea
  • 2 parts nettle,
  • 1 part shepherd’s purse leaf/flower
  • 1/4 yarrow leaf/flower.

Use four to six tablespoons of herbs per quart of water. Place herbs in quart jar and cover with boiling water. Cover tightly and allow to infuse for at least twenty minutes (though the longer the better). Strain.

Nettle leaf and Hibiscus flower are suggested by some herbalist for managing heavy menstrual bleeding. Calendula officinalis acts as a menstrual cycle regulator and provides a calming effect while Viburnum opulus (Cramp Bark) helps to ease nervous tension and reduce menstrual cramps.

Menstrual chaos is common in menopausal years. Do not despair.


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