Going Natural For National Women's Health Day
Today is recognized as National Women's Health Day, and for all of us goddesses out there, let this holiday be a reminder of the importance of self-care. When it comes to total feminine mind, body, and spirit balance, Mother Nature is our best resource. There are many wonderful herbal blessings which she has provided for us to be supportive of women's health. The more natural and sustainably-sourced our self-care products, the healthier we will be and the better it is for Mother Nature too. We have been inspired by our divine Mother to share with our community some of our womanly wisdom, as well as our selection of organic bulk herbs, botanical DIY resources, and hand-crafted herbal body care products we have created.
Herbs For Feminine Health
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb with active compounds like roasoavin, which help us to boost our brain power, burn our fat cells, and lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels. According to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in 2004, rhodiola also has anti-inflammatory benefits that aid rapid recovery of muscles and improve endurance.
Dong Quai, Angelica sinensis also known as "female ginseng" has been a prime ingredient in Chinese Medicine for centuries, historically used for balancing hormones, relieving depression, and treating constipation. The main compound coumarin is studied for its ability to strengthen bones, reduce blood sugar, promote heart health, lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation, alleviate symptoms of menopause, and treat depression.
Red Clover, an abundant native plant here in the Pacific Northwest, has been used and studied for its many feminine health benefits including promoting health of the scalp, hair, skin, libido, mood, sleep, & energy, reduce menopause symptoms, improve bone strength, cardiovascular health, treats skin inflammation, fights respiratory infections, boost immune system, balance hormones, as it mimics the effects of estrogen. This incredible herb is even being studied currently for lowering the risk of certain cancers!
Shatavari is known as the "Queen of the Herbs" for feminine health and wellbeing. Shatavari root, full name Asparagus racemosus, holds a prominent position in the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda. The compounds responsible for much of the healing effects are from the "steroidal saponins" which are oestrogen hormone regulators. This translates to more regular menstrual cycles, as well as manage the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as cramps, bloating, and mood swings. Shatavari supports a healthy blood flow, which helps to nourish the cervical mucous membranes as well as produce a potent natural aphrodisiac effect for both men and women. This highly medicinal "Queen of the Herbs" is also studied its ability to support other important systems in the body including the immune system and the digestive system. Shatavari stimulates digestive enzymes like lipase, and amylase, aiding our bodies in fat elimination. Sapogenins, one of the important compounds in this beautiful botanical is responsible for activating our body's infection-fighting cells.
Our hope is that we will learn from Mother Nature all that we possibly can, share it with our friends and family, and embody that Goddess essence a little more each day!