Understanding the Menstrual Cycle and Herbal Remedies for Each Phase

Herbal Support Throughout the Menstrual Cycle: Understanding Phases and Nature's Remedies

Understanding the phases of the menstrual cycle and incorporating herbal support can significantly impact women's health naturally. Each phase brings unique hormonal shifts, and utilizing specific herbs can harmonize these changes, promoting balance and overall well-being.

Phase 1: Menstruation (Days 1-7)

During menstruation, the body sheds the uterine lining and this typically lasts around 3 to 7 days. Levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, triggering those familiar menstrual cramps. During this time, you'll see menstrual blood—a mix of blood, tissue, and mucus—making its way out. Your energy levels are the lowest during this phase and you may feel tired, withdrawn, and wanting to rest more than usual. As your hormone levels start to climb again, gearing up for the next phase of the cycle, your body might need a little extra TLC, especially when it comes to replenishing iron and nutrients. This is the phase of your cycle to make self-care your number 1 priority. 

Herbs to incorporate: 

Raspberry Leaf: supports uterine health and helps ease discomfort 

Nettle: provides iron and essential nutrients

Cramp Bark: helps alleviate menstrual cramps.

Try this menstrual support tea!

Phase 2: Follicular Phase (Days 6-14)

The follicular phase marks the body's preparation for ovulation, which typically spans days 6 to 14 of the cycle. Hormones, particularly estrogen, steadily rise, stimulating the growth of ovarian follicles containing eggs. This phase also involves the thickening of the uterine lining (endometrium) in preparation for potential pregnancy. As estrogen levels increase, you may experience a surge in energy and vitality. This surge often leads to heightened mental clarity, increased motivation, and a generally uplifted mood. Improved stamina and a sense of well-being are commonly reported during this phase, contributing to feelings of increased productivity and a more vibrant outlook on tasks and activities. You may also notice glowing skin and your sex drive starting to increase. 

Herbs to incorporate: 

Dong Quai: supports hormonal balance

Red Clover: aids in cleansing

Maca: enhances energy, vitality, and libido.

Phase 3: Ovulation (Around Day 14)

Your ovulation day, when a mature egg is released from the ovary, is your most fertile time. If you’re wanting to get pregnant, now is the time. Your energy levels are at their highest during this phase and so is your sex drive. Elevated estrogen levels can cause heightened sensitivity and greater lubrication. 

Herbs to incorporate: 

Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex): helps regulate hormones

Evening Primrose Oil: supports cervical mucus production

 Wild Yam: aids in fertility support.

Phase 4: Luteal Phase (Days 15-28)

During the luteal phase, progesterone levels start to rise causing the uterine lining to thicken. Energy levels during this phase start to decline, leading to feelings of fatigue or reduced stamina. The second part of this phase can bring about premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, including bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, hormonal acne, and changes in appetite or sleep patterns. These symptoms vary in intensity and duration.

Herbs to incorporate: 

Chamomile: helps alleviate mood swings

Ashwagandha: supports stress reduction

Holy Basil: aids in hormone balance.

By understanding the menstrual cycle and incorporating herbal remedies specific to each phase, you can help nurture your body naturally. 

This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, prevent, or cure any disease.