Change can be hard, and for so many women the perimenopausal time is one of significant upheaval. Here are some powerful and supportive plant allies to help weather the shifting tide into the next phase, and whatever that may bring!
Black cohosh is anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and a uterine tonic, helping to relieve tension and support hormonal change. Feverfew has relaxant and anti-inflammatory actions, and is effective for migraine and hot flushes. It is a digestive bitter with a beneficial effect on the liver – enhancing digestion, and clearing heat and waste from the system. Hops, often used in pillows to assist sleep; is antispasmodic, sedative and a bitter digestive tonic; their estrogenic action is particularly helpful for the menopausal transition. Borage is a cooling and calming herb, with a reputation since antiquity as a heart tonic, it revitalises and gives courage – just what’s needed in times of flux. Borage supports the function of the adrenal glands, which is useful during menopause when those glands take over estrogen production. St john’s wort has been long revered for it’s capacity to soothe the fears and woes of the mind, and bring sunshine to the dark.
Note: avoid in pregnancy
Dose: half a dropper, 3 times daily in a little water
- Hops (Humulus lupulus)
- Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
- Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
- St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
- Borage (Borago officinalis)
- Water, ethanol, glycerin
St. John’s wort, feverfew and borage are all grown in my garden following organic principles; the hops is sourced from an organic farm of a dear herbalist friend, and the other ingredients are ethically sourced. All are made into tinctures using time, care and patience.