WOMAN'S MENSTRUAL HEALTH

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MAINTAINING BALANCE WITH
VITAMINS, MINERALS, TRADITIONAL HERBS & FOODS

HERBS

Herbs & Food For Female Reproductive Organs: Asparagus3, Black haw, Chamomile1, Chinese Angelica Root (Chinese Dong Quai Root), Chinese motherwort, Cinnamon Bar2, Currents, Ginger1,3,8,9, Passionflower, Peppermint2,5,8, Red raspberry leaf6, Valerian

ANGELICA (DONG QUAI ROOT)

The herbalists refer to this herb as the “female ginseng,”
VITAMINS: A, B12, E
MINERALS: Copper, Manganese
HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • [_] May support healthy central nervous system function.
  • [_] diuretic
  • [_] antibacterial
  • [_] anti-inflammatory,
  • [_] analgesic: pain-relieving
  • [_] antispasmodic
  • [_] painful menses
  • [_] abnormal menstrual cycle
  • [_] menopause
  • [_] hot flashes
  • [_] night sweats
  • [_] vaginal dryness
  • [_] mood swings
  • [_] blood tonic,
  • [_] circulation-enhancing
  • [_] tranquilizing
  • [_] strengthens immune system: increases production of white blood cells
  • [_] assists liver function: rids the body of toxins. 

BLACK COHOSH:

VITAMINS: A, B5
MINERALS: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium
HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • [_] helps relieve sinusitis
  • [_] reduces mucus levels
  • [_] helps relieve asthma
  • [_] relieves high blood pressure
  • [_] helpful in lowering bad cholesterol levels
  • [_] relieves menstrual cramps
  • [_] water gains
  • [_] bloating
  • [_] headaches
  • [_] better ovulation: maximizing chances of egg fertilization.
  • [_] hot flashes
  • [_] night sweats
  • [_] mood swings
  • [_] vaginal dryness
  • [_] depression
  • [_] lack or sexual interest.

DILL:

VITAMINS:  A, B6, C, Folate, Riboflavin
MINERALS: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium
HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • [_] Helps reduce depression
  • [_] Aids digestion
  • [_] Analgesic
  • [_] Antiinflammatory
  • [_] May help reduce menstrual cramps
  • [_] Antioxidant

GINGER 8,9

VITAMINS:  B6, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin
MINERALS: Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • [_] may reduce menstrual & muscle pain
  • [_] treats many forms of nausea
  • [_] helps fight flu and common cold
  • [_] anti-inflammatory: helps with osteoarthritis
  • [_] may lower blood sugars
  • [_] improves heart disease
  • [_] may lower cholesterol levels
  • [_] may improve brain function
  • [_] protects agaiinst Alzeimers
  • [_] releases anger

RED RASPBERRY LEAF 6

Traditionally midwives have encouraged that women drink 2 cups of Red Raspberry Leaf tea with honey everyday after the 1st trimester. 2-3 cups per day during the 3rd trimester. Red Raspberry Leaf teas can be used hot or even better cold with a slice of lemon.  Allows for greater communication between parents and the developing child, increasing attunement and bonding.  Creates a sense of relaxation in welcoming a child into the world with a deeper sense of joyfullness. 

VITAMINS:  A, C, E, B-Complex
MINERALS: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Selenium
HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • [_] antioxidant
  • [_] aids in digestion
  • [_] normalizes bowel movements: eases bloating & cramping
  • [_] decreases inflammation
  • [_] soothes symptoms of arthritis
  • [_] soothes symptoms of gout
  • [_] soothes symptoms of headaches
  • [_] soothes symptoms of fever
  • [_] soothes skin conditions: psoriasis, acne, eczema
  • [_] boosts the immune system: stimulates production of white blood cells
  • [_] reduces high blood pressure
  • [_] protects the cardiovascular system against: atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes
  • [_] soothes eczema and rashes
  • [_] heals canker sores
  • [_] cold sores
  • [_] helps alleviates symptoms of gingivitis
  • [_] anemia
  • [_] leg cramps
  • [_] may ease symptoms of PMS
  • [_] may ease muscle cramping during menstrual cycle
  • [_] tones uterus: muscle relaxant
  • [_] increases fertility in women and men
  • [_] decreases nausea: morning sickness
  • [_] may ease and shorten labor
  • [_] allows the uterus to let go and function without tension
  • [_] may ease childbirth pain 
  • [_] may reduce artificial rupture of membranes
  • [_] may prevent postpartum hemorrhaging from a relaxed or atonic uterus
  • [_] postpartum recovery: eases afterpains while breastfeeding which helps uterus return to normal size
  • [_] regulates hormones

RED CLOVER

VITAMINS:  A, B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C 
MINERALS: Copper, Magnesium, Magnesium, Zinc
HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • [_] antibiotic
  • [_] blood purifier
  • [_] indigestion
  • [_] high cholesterol
  • [_] gout
  • [_] whooping cough
  • [_] asthma
  • [_] bronchitis
  • [_] eczema
  • [_] psoriasis
  • [_] PMS
  • [_] STI Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • [_] hot flashes
  • [_] breast pain or tenderness 
  • [_] relaxes tense nerves

VALERIAN

VITAMINS:
MINERALS:   Magnesium, 
HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • [_] headaches
  • [_] reduces mucusfrom colds
  • [_] eases insomnia
  • [_] aids sleep
  • [_] increases GABA levels in the brain, helping reduce brain activity and allowing users to fall asleep more easily.
  • [_] sedative
  • [_] calms anxiety
  • [_] controls hyperactivity
  • [_] improves stress management
  • [_] lowers blood pressure
  • [_] improves circulation
  • [_] antispasmodic
  • [_] calms colic
  • [_] eases menstrual cramps
  • [_] suppresses muscle spasms
  • [_] natural muscle relaxer
  • [_] helps with daily stress management.
  • [_] makes it easier for both the mind and body to relax. 

CALCIUM

Calcium is traditiionally used as a pain killer: menstrual cramps, pregnancy, labor contractions, after pains. Calcium calms nerves, tones muscles, and clots blood.

  • [_] Fruit: cherry5, figs1, papaya, peach3
  • [_] Vegetable: broccoli, carob, cauliflower2, carrot juice, squash6,
  • [_] Grain: quinoa,
  • [_] Legumes/Seeds: small white beans6, almonds, sesame seeds, tahini seeds,
  • [_] Herbs: sea moss, red raspberry leaf6, spirulina, sun chlorella,
  • [_] Sea Vegetable: Hijiki5
  • [_] Other: blackstrap molasses, yogurt

IRON 

Essential for making hemoglobin, enriches blood (normal levels: Hemoglobin 11+, Hematocrit 35+) , ensures vitality, reasoning & memory. May also help with PMS and symptoms of Iron deficiencies: Shortness of breath, Short temper, irritability, headaches, dizziness, fatigue

  • [_] Fruit: Apricot, blackberry7, cherry, dates, peach, pear, dried prunes, raisins,
  • [_] Vegetables: beets, pumpkins,
  • [_] Legumes/seeds: beans, lentils, sesame seeds,
  • [_] Herbs: alfalfa, dandelion, nettle, parsley, yellow dock, liquid Floradix with Iron.
  • [_] Sea Vegetable: dulse, kelp, spirulina, sun chlorella, 
  • [_] Other: blackstrap molasses, brewers yeast, 

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BOOKS:

  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing By James F. Balch, M.D. & Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C.
  • The Spiritual Properties Of Herbs By Gurudas
  • The Way Of Chinese Herbs By Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D.

EXCERPT

Black cohosh should not be taken by pregnant and lactating women without medical supervision, women with a proven case of breast or any other form of cancer, persons with liver conditions or girls before reaching puberty. Do not take black cohosh if you have cancer or liver disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

PMS, PREGNANCY, POSTPARTUM AND MENOPAUSE

IDENTIFYIING THINGS THAT MAY CAUSE STRESS & LEAD TO DEPRESSION

ADDICTIONS:

  • [_] alcohol/drugs: street/over the counter
  • [_] excessive social media
  • [_] gambling
  • [_] gossipping: fault finding
  • [_] internet hours
  • [_] pornography
  • [_] shopping
  • [_] uncontrollable appetites

SIGNS OF DEPPRESSION:

  • [_] ashamed
  • [_] confushed
  • [_] feeling life isn't worth it
  • [_] following the crowd
  • [_] loss of enjoyment in life
  • [_] putting life on hold
  • [_] unable to make decisions
  • [_] unable to sleep

VITAMINS, MINERALS, TRADITIONAL HERBS & PLANT-BASED FOODS USED BY MIDWIVES

THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE

The purpose of menses is to cleanse nutrient rich blood in the uterus after the released egg (ovum) from the ovaries has not been fertilized. Blood & egg comes through Os. The average egg lives only 24 hours, so it has to be fertilized soon if a baby is to be conceived. If the egg meets up with a healthy sperm on its way to the uterus, the two can join and begin the process of creating a new life. If not, it ends its journey at the uterus, where it disintegrates and is expelled a couple of weeks later during the menstrual period.

Reference Material: "How To Create The Perfect Baby"

Signs of Imbalance:

  • [_] irregular cycle
  • [_] mood fluctuations
  • [_] hormonal blocks
  • [_] water accumulation
  • [_] cramps may indicate calcium deficiency
  • [_] excessive bleeding may indicate iron deficiency

TEAS

  • [_] Ginger 8,9
  • [_] Red Clover
  • [_] Red Raspberry Leaf 6
  • [_] Valerian

SOUPS

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: VITAMINS & MINERALS

  • [_] Calcium
  • [_] Iron
  • [_] Magnesium

SELF-CARE AROMATHERAPY FOR STRESS RELIEF

  • [_] Roman Chamomile 1,2,3,4,5,7,8: restlessness
  • [_] Frankincense: stress despair,
  • [_] Geranium 1,4: antidepressant, calms nervousness
  • [_] Ginger 8,9: mental confusion
  • [_] Lavender 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9: soothes trauma (increases estrogen levels, men should use sparingly)
  • [_] Lemon 3,6,7: Uplifting
  • [_] Tangerine: eases tension
  • [_] Ylang Ylang 1,2,4,5,6,7: relieves tension, releases anger

CRYSTALS, COLORTHERAPY, & AFFIRMATIONS  Stress & Anger Management Activities

  • [_] Amber 3: transmutes negative into positive
  • [_] Coral 22: mastery of self
  • [_] Jade 11: inspires ambition
  • [_] Hematite 9: helps to sort things out
  • [_] Quartz 4,7: clarity of thoughts

SOY UPSETS HORMONAL BALANCE
SOY MYTHS EXPOSED

When living a lifestyle free of artificially added growth hormones, the aging process normalizes.  Soy upsets the hormonal balance generationally

  • 2nd-3rd generational male and female sterility
  • increases risk of hyperthyroid function in women
  • causes premature menstruation
  • disrupts endocrine system in males & females
  • lowers testosterone levels
  • causes male breast enlargement
  • linked to breast cancer

[_]CLEAR CLUTTER: Feng Shui

  • [_]WEALTH:
    PURPLE/BLUE/RED WOOD
    South East
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  • [_] HEALTH & FAMILY:
  • GREEN WOOD: East
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  • [_] KNOWLEDGE:
  • BLACK/BLUE/GREEN EARTH:  North East
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  • [_] CAREER:
  • BLACK WATER  North
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  • [_] HELPFUL PEOPLE/TRAVEL:
  • WHITE/GOLD/SILVER METAL: North West
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  • [_] CREATIVITY & CHILDREN:
  • WHITE METAL:  West
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  • [_] RELATIONSHIPS:
  • RED/PINK/WHITE EARTH:  South West
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  • [_] FAME:
  • RED FIRE:  DOOR South
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  • [_] CENTER:
  • YELLOW EARTH Center
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[_]HOUSE PLANTS:
CREATE POSITIVE ENERGY
IMPROVING AIR QUALITY
FRESHEN YOUR HOME

  • [_] Chrysanthemum: Purity, calmness intense areas
  • [_] Jasmine 469: Relationships, optimism, confidence
  • [_] Lavender 12456789: Reduces anxiety
  • [_] Orchid: Mood booster, fertility
  • [_] Peace Lily: Tranquility, improves spirituality flow, electronics
  • [_] Rosemary 126:  Inner peace, memory, insomnia,
  • [_] Sage 467: Rids negativity, anger, fear,

[_] PRENATAL CLASSES:  
HEALTHY NUTRITIONAL BALANCE
A Mother's View

  • Stress levels and emotional well-being
  • Food and reducing pregnancy complications
  • When I don't feel hungry

DISCLAIMER:

Always check with your health care provider. This is designed for educational purposes only, for self study and self-development. During pregnancy, breastfeeding, and throughout your 4th Trimester (1 year postpartum), always check with your Health Care Provider, Midwife, and Lactation Specialist before using any foods, herbs, or essential oils, to confirm that it is not contraindicated for your personal care or use. Everyone has to take responsibility for your own health and your food sensitivities which may trigger allergic reactions.

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