Herbs have many incredible health-boosting properties, such as balancing your hormones. The most potent herbs that help balance your hormones include myrtle, sandalwood, clary sage, holy basil, and thyme.
There Are 4 Main Types of Hormones:
– Sleep hormones: Sleep hormones, such as melatonin that is created by your pineal gland, can have a great impact on your overall health if out of balance. Not getting enough sleep can make your body less efficient and more susceptible to burnout and illness.
– Thyroid hormones: Thyroxine and triiodothyronine are created by your thyroid and help regulate your metabolism.
– Reproductive hormones: Progesterone and estrogen help regulate female fertility and menstrual cycles, and help balance vaginal pH. In addition, testosterone helps regulate male fertility, libido, red blood cell production and bone mass. Both women and men have all three hormones in their bodies. However, an imbalance has been associated with a greater cancer risk.
– Adrenal hormones: The hormone known as cortisol is produced by your adrenal glands. This hormone regulates your metabolism and stress.
Your endocrine system works by keeping all these hormones functioning optimally. If just one is out of balance, it has a negative impact on other hormones, thus resulting in a variety of symptoms from pain and weight gain to fatigue.
These 5 Herbs Can Help Balance Your Hormones:
– Myrtle Helps Enhance Sleep
Even though many cultures use myrtle as a hypnotic and sedative herb, there have not been scientific studies on its effects on humans. But, there have been several promising studies on mice and rats. It has been found that lab animals that received myrtle extract had a deeper sleep and more relaxed muscles compared to the control group.
– Sandalwood Helps Reduce Stress
A study examined the effects of aromatherapy on women that were undergoing a breast biopsy. A breast biopsy is a test to detect if a lump is malignant. For many women, undergoing a breast biopsy is stressful, so that they were asked to try 2 combinations of essential oils. The researchers concluded that the mix of peppermint and orange oil wasn’t as effective as the mix of lavender and sandalwood that had a calming effect on women and decreased their anxiety during the test.
– Clary Sage Helps Decrease the Symptoms of Menopause
This herb can potentially reduce your cortisol levels. A study found that the levels of cortisol of women in their 50s reduced after they inhaled clary sage oil. Also, the hormones that stimulate their thyroid gland slightly reduced.
Additionally, clary sage could also elevate estrogen levels in women that are experiencing menopausal symptoms because of declining estrogen levels.
– Holy Basil Helps Lower Anxiety
Many studies have proven that holy basil could help lower the levels of stress hormone known as cortisol. A study showed that holy basil extract could help reduce the levels of anxiety. Furthermore, participants received holy basil for about six weeks and experienced improvements in many stressful aspects of their life, including sleep problems, exhaustion, sexual problems, and memory problems.
– Thyme Helps Prevent Breast Cancer
Researchers examined the effects of different herb extracts on breast cancer cells in an in vitro study. Thyme bound to a key female hormone called progesterone. Progesterone is actually a sex hormone involved in pregnancy and menstrual cycle. Moreover, thyme has also been found to possess a high amount of phytoprogestins and phytoestrogens. This herb has also been tested for the researchers to determine its effect on the regulation of breast cancer cell growth. The researchers concluded that thyme simulated the activity of anti-progesterone medication by inhibiting the activity of progesterone and stopping breast cancer cell growth.
How to Use These Herbs Medicinally:
Herbs are highly versatile, which means that they can be used in various ways. You can reap their benefits by adding them to your food or to your favorite smoothies. They are also available in essential oils, teas, and extract forms. What’s more, medicinal herbs can also be used in ointments and poultices.
In addition, extracts are actually concentrated doses of the medicinal herb and are available in powder form (loose powder or capsules), or in tinctures (liquid form), when the water is removed from the herb. Tinctures should be taken on an empty stomach, one or two mL at a time.
You can use any herb-based essential oil in many different ways, including:
- Use a diffuser. Simply add several drops to room temperature distilled water and set in a common area of your home.
- Add several drops to your hot bath.
- Combine with carrier oil, such as coconut oil and then massage it into your skin.
When purchasing or preparing herbal teas, ensure that the ingredients are certified organic. Also, it is a good idea to purchase whole leaf teas, instead of teabags that may be packed with pesticides. Drink the tea about three times on a daily basis.
As different herbs are suitable for different situations, and some may interact with certain drugs, you should consult a trained practitioner for the right type and dosage before using any herbal remedy.
- Welch, Claudia. ˮBalance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Scienceˮ;
- Wood, Matthew. ”The Book of Herbal Wisdom”;