Use these 5 essential herbal remedies for menopause treatment

Menopause is a period of time when a woman goes through the process of ceasing to menstruate. This can often be challenging!

It’s imperative to nourish the body more deeply before, during, and after this transitional phase.

According to ancient healing medicine, this period of transition will take approximately seven years to complete. This is a VITAL time to support the kidney yin; the moistening, lubricating, and blood-building essence in the body. As well as the liver, which is considered the Commander of the blood.

As a woman’s system ceases to build blood (yin) every month, she can become drier both internally and externally, more irritable, anxious, restless, lethargic, experience bouts of sleeplessness, and often suffer from deep depression.

Below are some of my favorite herbal allies to help you transition smoothly through menopause.

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)

When the kidney yin becomes deficient, the liver oftentimes can go into a state of depression. It doesn’t have the energy (blood and nutrients) it needs to metabolize hormones, detox the body, and can become congested and hot.

According to ancient healers, the liver is responsible for anger. If you are going through menopause and getting irritable, experiencing unprovoked (or provoked) outbursts of anger, it’s time for Motherwort.

Liver heat injures the heart resulting in heart disease, in case you were wondering why more women are prone to heart attacks during and directly following menopause.

As motherwort’s Latin name suggests (Leonurus cardiaca – lion heart), this herb supports the heart by cooling and clearing excess liver heat.

Use motherwort if you have overly stressed nerves, hot flashes, need some anger relief, and want to support your beautiful heart.

The flavor of this herb is VERY bitter. The easiest way to take it as a tincture – Motherwort tincture.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion and Cabbage Salad with Horseradish Dressing

The digestive system and the liver take a BIG hit during the menopause years.

Dandelion root is a powerful ally to clear liver congestion, detoxify the body, and regulate the production of hormones. Dandelion is also a natural diuretic and helps relieve excess water and bloating during this time of life.

The leaf is rich in vitamins A, C, iron, calcium, potassium and other trace minerals. You can use it in a delicious dandelion pesto, or a simple and refreshing Dandelion and Cabbage Salad (pictured above)

Chaste Tree Berry or Vitex (Vitex angus-castus)

As the hormones surge out of control during this phase of life, along comes this amazing hormone regulator to the rescue: Chaste Tree Berry or Vitex.

This is an excellent herb to reduce the hysteria that can accompany hormonal imbalance.

We often forget that when the hormones were initially raging throughout the body (during our teenage years), many of those same emotional outbursts (and hysteria) were present.

It’s okay to feel emotional – you are human. And, don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.

Chaste Tree also relieves menstrual flooding and water retention.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Women often talk about the “black cloud” of depression that descends upon them during the menopause years.

This is when Black Cohosh does its best work.

Its bitter, acrid flavor helps to disperse heavy stagnation and dampness associated with sluggish digestion due to the vital energy dropping during the menopausal years.

This herb also helps relieve menstrual pain, joint pain, and water retention.

Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)

If you are anxious, restless, can’t quiet your mind, and certainly cannot sleep with all of that chatter up in your head, Kava is the herb for you.

Kava induces tranquility, calms anxiety, and can help you get some much-needed rest and relaxation.

I like to combine Kava with Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate) to help my menopausal clients get to sleep at night.

The sleeplessness that comes with this transition of life can drive many women batty. It’s imperative to get good sleep, and Passionflower is a natural sedative. It’s best to NOT take this herb during the day because of its tranquilizing effect.

If you are struggling with uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, you need not suffer any longer. Use the above plants as powerful allies to help you through this transition and beyond.

For more guidance on using these herbal remedies to help you transition healthfully, happily and comfortably through this challenging phase, watch my FREE video:

Easing Menopause Naturally.