Herbs are a great tool if you have any type of hormone imbalance to take care of; when paired with other treatments like healthy diet changes, meditation/ yoga, and in some cases- modern medicines. However, treating hormone imbalances with pharmaceuticals can aggressively correct one imbalance while attacking other parts of the endocrine systems. That’s why we’re here to offer to you a few helpful tools for finding balance once again.
What is “Hormone Imbalance,” you ask?
Well, hormones are chemical messengers that are produced in the endocrine glands and send messages to all systems, including your reproduction and metabolism- thus effecting all organs and tissues.
If you ave a hormone imbalance, then your body has too much or too little of a certain chemical; and even the tiniest of changes can produce significant effects.
Some changes occur naturally as we age, but sometimes it is from something that does not suit our endocrine gland’s needs. These types of negative changes cause effects that do not form a healthy resolution.
For example; think of this in a mathematical terminology. If we take a complex problem sequence, and change one tiny number or symbol; we see major domino effects in the rest of the sequence, or a wrong answer at the end of the problem. Right?
Respectively, if we take a binaural code sequence, and change one single number- the entire sequence (or at least that part of the sequence) is largely effected.
So, what can we attribute hormone imbalances to effect in our body?
Common hormonal conditions affecting both men and women could cause any of the following symptoms:
- weight gain
- increased sensitivity to cold or heat
- constipation or more frequent bowel movements
- dry skin
- puffy face
- unexplained weight loss (sometimes sudden)
- increased or decreased heart rate
- muscle weakness
- frequent urination
- increased thirst
- muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
- pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints
- thinning hair or fine, brittle hair
- increased hunger
- decreased sex drive
- nervousness, anxiety, or irritability
- blurred vision
- a fatty hump between the shoulders
- rounded face
- purple or pink stretch marks
Symptoms in women
Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance specific to women include:
- heavy or irregular periods, including missed periods, stopped period, or frequent period
- hirsutism, or excessive hair on the face, chin, or other parts of the body
- acne on the face, chest, or upper back
- thinning hair or hair loss
- weight gain or trouble losing weight
- darkening of skin, especially along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath breasts
- skin tags
- vaginal dryness
- vaginal atrophy
- pain during sex
- night sweats
Symptoms in men
Testosterone plays an important role in male development. If you aren’t producing enough testosterone, it can cause a variety of symptoms.
In the adult male, symptoms include:
- development of breast tissue
- breast tenderness
- erectile dysfunction
- loss of muscle mass
- decreased sex drive
- decrease in beard and body hair growth
- osteoporosis, the loss of bone mass
- difficulty concentrating
- hot flashes
Symptoms in children
Puberty is the time when boys and girls start producing sex hormones. Many children with delayed puberty will go on to experience normal puberty, but some have a condition called hypogonadism. Symptoms of hypogonadism include:
- muscle mass doesn’t develop
- voice doesn’t deepen
- body hair grows sparsely
- penis and testicular growth is impaired
- excessive growth of the arms and legs in relation to the trunk of the body
- gynecomastia, the development of breast tissue
- period doesn’t begin
- breast tissue doesn’t develop
- growth rate doesn’t increase
-Corinne O’Keefe Osborn, (“Everything You Should Know About Hormonal Imbalance”
Now, how do we treat these types of ailments without mistaking the symptoms for a more serious sickness/treatment and causes future negative effects? (I.e.; memory loss, insomnia, Alzheimer’s, cancer, etc)
Well; along with other treatments- we always use herbal *extras* to soothe symptoms and keep our hormones a bit more balanced. As I said previously, keeping a balanced diet and healthy exercise regimen is essential to hormone, brain, reproductive and all over internal/external health. But when certain conditioning has taken place, it is hard to cut out everything you enjoy which may be ultimately hurting you. (Such as sugars, processed foods, chemically treated meats, RF frequencies, pops, dairies, or everyday negative outliers)
A few herbs that we use regularly for iron deficiency, PCOS treatment, and more:
****As with any herbs, treatments, medicines, or ideas: all options have possible side effects and should be furthur looked into before use if you use medications already, have
- What: A honeysuckle tree that is actually anthosyonin and a strong antioxidant.
- How: Contains amygdalin, a.k.a. Vitamin B17. The flavanoids also offer immune system stimulation and antioxidants that fight free radicals.
- Elderberry should never be taken raw, as it contains compounds similar to cyanide. Heated and extracted, however; it offers many benefits.
- What: A derivative of Salvia, or better known as the mint family; and originates in the Mediterranean areas.
- How: Much like cannabis, different forms of extraction can pull different healing compounds from the flower. A few of the most active components include, sclareol, linalool, and linalyl acetate.
- These properties allow the plant to be used for its anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antidepressant and an antioxidant. One of its strongest components is caryophyllene oxide, which is a powerful antioxidant that has effects prolonging life and fighting effects of aging!
- Many studies are utilizing ClarySage Oil as a tool in Cancer treatment, but extensive research and knowledge should always be integrated before use- especially if undergoing chemo therapy or other medications.
- What: A beautiful tree that we harvest the bark from and dry for its wonderful healing properties.
- How: Your thyroid talks to the body to regulate your metabolism- and if you have insulin resistance (taking place in the pancreas) or an over-active thyroid you will see immediate effects in your energy, weight, and emotional stability. Cinnamon can be an effective aid for re-balancing this thyroid system and other hormones, resulting in proper insulin intake.
- Cinnamaldehyde is a strong compound in cinnamon that allows balanced hormones, and lowers the amount of testosterone produced by women while increasing progesterone; which offers a direct aid for PCOS.
- Caryophyllene carries anti-inflammatory properties, as well as an anti- anxiety/depressant/cancer aid. This compound is a peppery Terpene, commonly found in plants like cinnamon, cannabis, basil, black pepper, oregano, rosemary, and more.
- What: Also known as Chasteberry, this is an herb that acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
- How: While increasing the luteinizing hormone, it modulates prolactin and aids in the inhibition of the release of follicle-stimulating hormones. This allows the balance of progesterone ans estrogen, but should not be mistaken as a hormone itself; as it instead helps the body naturally level them out on its own.
- What: Comes from the plant Burdock, a genus of weeds similar to sunflowers and part of the daisy family.
- How: Contains tannins and plant sterols. Not many benifits have been found in raw burdock root, however fermented root has high healing opportunities. Aids in liver function, allowing detoxification and hormone balance. It is particularly useful in killing biofilms; which are large, sticky colonies of bacteria. Recent studies have found this useful for biofilm related urinary-tract infections.
- Should be taken in light doses, as it is very strong. Can be prescribed to ailments with high estrogen levels, but should only be taken if hormone treated foods are extracted from the diet. Mixed with hormone treated meats and dairy may cause adverse effects on the system. If taking too much, then toxins are extracted too quickly from the body and can cause excess acne. A little goes a long way with this herb, and MUST be accompanied by a healthy diet.
- What: A plant that resides in the Lamiaceae family of mints.
- How: Affects our Neuropeptides and Seratonin levels to help clear the mind and allow better brain function. Contains menthols, menthone, carboxyl esters, and when dried- menthyl acetate. The menthols allow for anesthetic properties. It also contains Vitamins A and C, iron, magnesium, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids and more! Because of these components, it offers anti viral, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic , and antibacterial activity! This can be used for digestive problems, stomach/head ache, mental focus and more.
How the heck should I appropriately implement herbal treatments?
- How it works: Absorbs through the lungs & into bloodstream calming
- How to: Burn essential oil infused candles, use a humidifier, add to a steamy bath, burn in a safe bowl during a blessing, etc.
- How it works: Soaks into blood stream through digestive system to detox, cleanse, heal, balance.
- How to: Steep fresh, dried, bagged herbs in water or milk. Drink as needed or dosed.
- How it works: Our skin is our biggest organ & you can target any area inside the body through targeted absorption
- How to: Mix into any lotion, oil, toothpaste, or perfume. You can use an infused topical to massage specific areas of the body.