Herbal Remedies To Help Deal
Menopause presents its fair share of challenges to just
about every woman. Even those women lucky enough to survive
"the change" relatively unscathed are still likely to
experience some symptoms.
During menopause, you may experience hot flashes, night
sweats, loss of sexy drive, vaginal dryness, insomnia, memory
loss, depression, and sudden mood swings. Many women opt for
hormone replacement therapy to deal with this difficult
Many women dealing with the symptoms of menopause can be
helped through hormone replacement therapy. However, if you are
afraid of the side effects that can sometimes accompany hormone
replacement therapy, you may want to consider alternative
Many women go through menopause without learning about the
many alternative herbal remedies that can help them through
this difficult period. Here are a few suggestions about herbal
remedies that can help ease the most common symptoms that women
are prone to experience during menopause.
Black Cohosh: This herb has successfully
been used to help treat the hormonal imbalance that many women
endure during menopause. Black Cohosh attaches to the estrogen
receptor sites in the body and helps correct the hormone
imbalance that most women experience during menopause.
Black cohosh also helps reduce the most common symptoms of
menopause, including night sweats and menopause. Most
herbalists recommend procuring dried black cohosh root to make
a healing tea. Simply cut half or one teaspoon of the root and
seep it in a pan of hot water. Cover the pan and let it
Once the tea has cooled to room temperature, drink half to
one cup of black cohosh tea a day. You can also purchase black
cohosh tablets at your local health food store.
Most naturopaths recommend taking 20 milligrams two times a
day. In liquid or tincture form, take half a teaspoon of black
cohosh diluted in a small glass of water each day.
Motherwort: This herb is often described as
the "cool" herb, which makes it suitable for treating the
symptoms of hot flashes. Motherwort is also thought to help
alleviate other common symptoms of menopause, including
irritability and mood swings.
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Motherwort can most easily be taken as a tea. Prepare a
motherwort tea by pouring one pint of boiling water into a pot
containing one ounce of leaves. Steep the leaves for
approximately 10 minutes, strain them, and then drink the tea
at room temperature.
Then drink half a cup of tea up to three times
a day, as needed. Motherwort can also be prepared and consumed
as a tincture. Simply take two droppers full of motherwort
tincture every ten minutes until your symptoms begin to
subside. This usually occurs after two or three doses. If you
are unable to take regular ten-minute interval doses, take two
droppers once an hour.
There are several practical
applications for the Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera gel can be applied directly to
burns, wounds, fungal infections, insect bites,
and areas of dry skin. You can simply split the
Aloe Vera leaf and apply the gel directly.
You can also collect the gel from several
split leaves of the Aloe Vera plant to make an
The gel of Aloe Vera can also be inhaled as
a steam inhalation to treat bronchial
A tincture can also be made from its leaves
and taken as an appetite stimulant.
Sage: This is a good herb for
women who are having regular hot flashes. Traditional
herbalists recommend consuming sage in the same way as
motherwort. The most effective way to take this herb is as a
tea. Simply follow the same recommendations as