You may have noticed that ladies wellness regularly takes center stage at Una Biologicals and we’re proud to share that we are working on several new products for ladies of all ages. In honor of girl power, we’d like to introduce you to three new herbs for your uterus.
When incorporating any new herbs into your diet it can be important to talk with your doctor about how these herbs will react with medications you are currently taking.
Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) also known as Chasteberry is a dried fruit known for treating hormone related health conditions. While Chasteberry was traditionally used to curb the sex drive of monks, it has a very different effect on women than it does on men. Vitex raises progesterone levels and lowers androgen levels. Because of this Vitex can help many symptoms of high androgen levels in females, such as acne and excessive hair growth. Interestingly, while Vitex can increase fertility in women, it also decreases fertility in men. However, luckily for us women, Vitex can balance menstrual cycles, treat premenstrual syndrome, and can reduce bloating, cramps, and breast pain. For the new mother, Vitex can also stop postpartum hemorrhaging and can increase a mother’s milk supply.
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) is the bark of a fruit-bearing tree that is named for its ability to soothe uterine cramps. It is one of the most potent uterine antispasmodics and works rapidly. Cramp Bark is astringent and can slow blood loss during menstruation or menopause. It helps to build up uterine muscles which can lead to easier labor during childbirth. Cramp bark can even be used to halt premature contractions. And while this special herb clearly shows a lot of love to us women, it’s uses don’t stop there. Cramp bark has been shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing the walls of blood vessels, and has been used treat breathing difficulties, heart disorders, and convulsions.
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) has always been a lady favorite, especially during that time of the month. Raspberry leaf is high in Vitamin C and B, manganese, potassium, iron, and calcium. Overall it is good for the female reproductive system and helps fight nausea, stomach upset, menstrual and leg cramps, and even the rough sleep during pregnancy. An alkaloid present in raspberry leaf helps to strengthen uterine and pelvic muscles for ease of childbirth. This herb is also astringent and soothes internal and external irritations while purifying the skin and blood. And last but not least raspberry leaf promotes circulation, which is important for any and all aspects of health.
All of these herbs are available as supplement, extract and loose herbs that you can use to create your own teas. You can also enjoy some Una teas with these herbs – including Mama Maintenance, Don’t Cramp My Style and our forthcoming Menopause tea.
All information is shared for educational purposes only. Una Biologicals does not offer medical advice or purport to treat, cure, diagnose or assist with any illness. Always consult your physician before using herbs.
FDA has not approved these statements.
Contributed by Margot Pomeroy, © Una Biologicals ® 2015.