For The Ladies: 10 Herbs To Boost Energy, Improve Stamina and Balance Your Hormones!

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Written by: Drew Canole

Ladies, this week it’s your turn! Last Saturday we focused on herbs that are particularly beneficial to the men in your life. This week it’s all about the ladies! So buckle your seat belts and prepare for a wild ride, it’s time to dive into 10 of the best herbs for women’s health!

So what can herbs do for your health and that of the lovely women in your life?

So much! And I can’t wait to share this juicy information with you. 🙂

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Mother Earth has gifted us with some glorious plants to help us:

  • cope with and reduce STRESS
  • increase energy
  • boost performance and arousal
  • live longer
  • sleep better
  • avoid disease
  • balance hormones
  • relieve pain
  • achieve overall health and vitality

 

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Ladies, I know stress is probably a big thing for you, even if you don’t realize it! You’ve got your family, school, career, significant other, significant other’s family, possibly children (maybe yours, maybe not), friends and neighbors to take care of and oh… you’re also doing your best to to keep yourself looking and feeling attractive, energetic, calm and happy! Not to mention your own personal goals, ambitions, worries and insecurities you’re trying to deal with. Talk about a serious need for some herbs to de-stress! Get some maca, girl. You’ve earned it.

Now on to the stars of the show.

#1 White Maca

NP-macaMaca root grows in the mountains of Peru and is the highest altitude growing plant in the world. Native indians in Peru have used it for thousands of years for its nutritional and medicinal value.

Maca root enhances endocrine function. The endocrine system includes all of the glands in the body and the hormones they secrete. These hormones control things like fertility, balanced hormonal function, digestion, brain and nervous system physiology, sleep and energy levels.

Women have found that taking maca root helps to relieve menstrual or menopausal symptoms. Both men and women have taken it to boost desire and arousal as well. White Maca is specifically beneficial to women as it has been shown to help with fertility.

Maca root is also an adaptogen that helps the body cope with internal and external stress.

>>> Click here to see my Saturday Strategy about Maca Root!

#2 Vitex (Chasteberry)

2000 years of use in folk medicine and many modern clinical trials have proved Vitex to be a supreme hormonal tonic for women. It works directly with the endocrine system in normalizing the pituitary gland, which is responsible for balancing progesterone and estrogen in the body. Many symptoms can occur when these hormones are out of balance, something that happens nearly every time a woman has her menstrual cycle. Some women believe it is the single best herb for treating PMS and menopause symptoms. You’ll have to let me know what you think. 🙂

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Thinking of going off the birth control pill? Vitex may help lessen any difficulties you may feel during the transition and may also work to regulate your ovulation cycle more quickly. Vitex is also believed to help with avoiding miscarriage during the first trimester and with milk supply once the baby is born.  

You can take this herb as a tea or a tincture. It is best taken regularly as results may take several weeks to appear. But once they do, you’ll be a believer!

#3 Turmeric

Heaven knows we all need a little pain relief every now and then! Turmeric has been shown to be just as effective if not more so than over-the-counter pain meds like Ibuprofen, in helping to reduce pain. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial.  

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During pregnancy, turmeric supplements may act as a natural pain relief and also have benefits for the baby. They say the most risky time for a baby is during the first trimester and this is primarily because of genetic damage that can occur when the baby is exposed to chemicals or certain medications. It is believed that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) may help to reduce the risk of birth defects.

Of course, ALWAYS consult with your doctor before beginning any herbal supplement during pregnancy.

Turmeric is also being studied for its potential to help prevent cancer.

#4 Ginger

Ginger has long been used as an aphrodisiac. In Italy’s University of Salerno Medical School they taught, “…eat ginger, and you will love and be loved as in your youth.” Regular use of ginger may help get you in the mood more easily in the bedroom!

Perhaps ginger’s most well known use is for gastrointestinal distress, nausea and digestive upset. Confucius wrote in 500 B.C. that he was never without ginger when he ate. Numerous cultures have recorded ginger as a digestive aid. In a recent study done at Thammasat University in Thailand, they found that ginger is as effective as Dramamine in treating nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and has fewer side effects. Have morning sickness? Nausea during PMS? Sip some ginger tea!  

New Picture (4)In Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is boiled with water, lemon or orange juice and honey to relieve symptoms from the common cold, such as cough and sore throat.

Ginger may also help with pain relief. In a study done at the University of Miami, they found that highly concentrated ginger extract was able to reduce pain and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis by 40% over the placebo.

#5 Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and use of the root can be traced back over 3000 years. It has been called “King and Queen of Herbs” and is esteemed very highly for its medicinal properties. In Sanskrit, Ashwagandha actually means “smell of horse” – not the most appealing name, I know. It was named this because it is known to give people the strength of a stallion and has been prescribed by practitioners to help people boost their immune systems after an illness.

Ashwagandha is known as India’s most potent hot plant. It is used equally by both men and women to increase performance and arousal. A big part of this probably has to do with the herb’s stress-reducing abilities. Especially for women, stress can be a big mood-squelcher. Stress and anxiety have both been linked to infertility issues.

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Ashwagandha is one of those herbs I made sure to put into our Organifi Green Juice Powder. And you know what? Once the product was out I started receiving emails from grateful ladies who let me know that drinking Organifi every day had significantly increased their… well, you know! 🙂 Thank you, ashwagandha. You’ve done it again. (round of applause)

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#6 Asian Ginseng

You’re going to love this one. Ginseng has numerous benefits that may particularly appeal to women. It has been used for centuries in Chinese and other ancient cultures to help with all kinds of issues and is more often used as a capsule or in tea.

Ginseng can help to regulate your menstrual cycle and calm symptoms of PMS. It can also help with increasing arousal and pleasure, especially during menopause when many women find their desire for intimacy to be low. Basically, ginseng helps to stimulate proper hormone production that regulate your feelings about physical closeness.

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Ginseng also has anti-aging properties and is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in skin creams. It helps to regulate oil production and has is a good skin toner.

Ginseng is a natural aid for those with fatigue. Many women struggle with chronic fatigue and exhaustion. Ginseng stimulates proper blood flow and may increase energy and stamina. For this reason you should avoid taking it at night!

#7 Black Cohosh

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Experiencing hot flashes and night sweats? Black Cohosh to the rescue! This herb is actually one of the best studied herbs for menopause symptoms and most showed it to be quite effective in reducing hot flashes and night sweats. It is believed to do this by lowering the hormones that cause these symptoms to occur.

Black cohosh has been used to help with muscle pain, headaches and cramps. It is also a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that neutralizes free radicals that may otherwise damage DNA and cause diseases and other problems.   

Native Americans used this herb for kidney health.

#8 Dong Quai

New Picture (8)Dong Quai is a great herb to support your overall health and wellness. It is often called ‘female ginseng’ because it is useful when dealing with fatigue, irregular periods, anxiety and irritability and mood swings. It is a natural “gynecological regulator” that works to balance estrogen levels while also calming the nervous system (which helps you to relax).  

In Chinese medicine, it is believed Dong Quai helps to balance and strengthen the blood when there is too much ‘yin’ present. It is indeed an excellent blood tonic, as it contains a surprising number of vitamins and minerals. Dong Quai contains folic acid, folinic acid, nicotinic acid, biotin and vitamin B 12. It may also help increase blood volume after an injury.

Many believe that regular use of Dong Quai may contribute to the youthful longevity experienced by most Chinese women.

#9 Flaxseed

Heart health is a big concern for American women today. It is said that twice the amount of women die from heart disease and strokes as they do from cancer, mostly because of their potential for high cholesterol. Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help to lower high cholesterol. There was an Italian study done with women who had high cholesterol were administered ground flaxseed daily. After a period of time, the cholesterol levels of the participants lowered significantly. Other studies suggest that women who consume omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis have a lower risk of heart disease.

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Flaxseed acts as a natural diuretic and can be safely used during pregnancy or PMS to help with constipation. It also contains high levels of lignans, which may protect against certain cancers that are dependant on estrogen (i.e. breast cancer).

#10 Green Tea

Research continues to find evidence that suggests that regularly drinking green tea may help to prevent cancer. It is believed to especially help prevent tumor growth in the breasts. This may be because of its antioxidant content that helps to neutralize free radicals and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Green Tea, although it still contains caffeine, is a great alternative to coffee and soda and doesn’t contain any of the sugar. It also helps you strengthen your immune system and avoid various illnesses and disease.

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Perhaps one of the most appealing benefits of Green Tea to women is its’ ability to help with weight management. Green Tea helps the body oxidize fat more quickly and naturally raises the metabolism of the body. It also acts as an appetite suppressant. Along with a diet of whole foods and exercise, this herb has been proven time and time again to help women all over the globe maintain a healthy and desirable weight.

In closing…

Life as a women has its ups and downs (or so I am told). Mother Nature has graciously provided us with hundreds of plants to help us maintain balance, harmony and overall health and vitality. There is great value in learning about these natural remedies that have literally been used for centuries all around the world by women just like you. I hope you’ve found something today that will be of worth to you or someone you love. As with any new change in lifestyle, it is most effective to try one or two new things at a time until you find out if they work for you. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences with these wonderful herbs!

Consult with your primary care physician before taking herbal supplements, especially if you are pregnant or currently taking any prescription medications. Some herbs have been known to make other medications less or more effective, so caution is necessary when combining the two.

Sources:

Vitex Chasteberry by Jessica Godino

Herbal Treatment Remedies

Natural Health 9 Best Herbs For Women

Body Ecology

Green Tea Earth

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Drew Canole

Drew Canole

CEO at Fitlife.tv
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.

As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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