It is estimated that a majority of women suffer from hormonal imbalance during their lifetime, and many are looking for different ways to manage their symptoms throughout their hormonal health journey. Keep reading to learn about natural remedies for hormonal imbalance, PMS, and menopause symptoms and what benefits they could bring to your overall health!
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) has a compound called Gamma Linoleic Acid, an Omega-6 fatty acid that has many benefits for your health. GLA can help the skin seal in moisture and reduce inflammation; therefore, it is commonly used in topical creams to clear acne or orally taken to support skin elasticity and firmness.
Other studies have shown that EPO can reduce PMS symptoms by regulating prolactin levels. This could reduce depression and bloating when taken in small doses. A 2013 study about the effect of oral evening primrose oil on menopausal hot flashes, showed that taking a daily dose of 500mg of EPO for 6 weeks could reduce hot flashes as well.
It is important to take small doses of EPO to minimize the risk of other side effects such as headaches or an upset stomach. If you have strong allergies, make sure to consult your doctor before taking it!
Also known as the chasteberry, Vitex is commonly used to treat PMS and menopause symptoms. By decreasing prolactin levels, it promotes hormonal balance with estrogen and progesterone, thus decreasing constipation, irritability, breast pain and more.
Menopause symptoms could also find relief from Vitex, as studies have shown it can improve mood and sleep along with reducing hot flashes. However, some studies have not observed clear benefits from Vitex for menopause, so more research needs to be conducted to be certain.
A great anti-inflammatory spice used for cooking, Turmeric can have many benefits for PMS symptoms as well. Studies have shown that a compound in turmeric called curcumin can stabilize mood swings and even ease cramps.
Check out this post to learn how you can incorporate turmeric in your daily life!
Marshmallow root is a herb that has been historically used for centuries for medicinal purposes. It is commonly used to treat cough by loosening mucus in the respiratory tract. It is often available as a tea and is included in cough syrup, as well as topical creams.
Marshmallow root also has anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies have shown it can soothe skin irritation and eczema. In general, it can also improve wound healing time and promote overall skin health.
Historically, marshmallow root has been used to treat digestive issues as well. It could potentially ease constipation and heartburn along with stimulating tissue regeneration in the gut lining.
Wild Yam Root
Experts suggest that wild yam could help treat menopause symptoms and ease cramps by stimulating estrogen production. A compound in wild yam called diosgenin has estrogen-like properties, which is why it could potentially treat menopause symptoms.
Other research has suggested wild yam could reduce cramps and muscle pain along with regulating blood sugar levels.Consult your physician about whether any of these natural products could help treat your hormonal symptoms!