Ayurvedic Herbs that are Beneficial for Women's Health
Shatavari meaning one hundred roots in Sanskrit, or Asparagus racemosus is a herb that has a cooling effect on the body and subsides pitta (heat) and vata (dryness).
- Reduces acidity and shows diuretic action.
- Helps treat premenstrual symptoms, irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps).
- Good for lactating mothers and menopausal women.
- Helps treat lowered libido and can balance pH in cervical area.
- Phytoestrogens and saponins in this herb helps balance female hormone levels.
- Take shatavari with milk to feel vitalized.
Ashwagandha or withania somnifera has become one of the most well known herbs of ayurveda as a rejuvenative. It can help balance excessive kapha (heaviness) and vata (dryness).
- Aids digestion.
- Acts as a mild sedative and relaxes the muscles.
- Enhances cognitive functions and memory.
- Helps maintain hormonal balance.
- Curbs mood swings and panic attacks.
- It helps decrease autoimmune inflammation which can occur with thyroid in women.
- To get a dose of energy, you should take ashwagandha with ghee and honey.
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- Aloe Vera or Ghrit Kumari is cooling and bitter and balances all three doshas.
- A popular decorative plant and ingredient used in cosmetics, we all know the many benefits of the aloe vera plant and its gel.
- Helpful in alleviating muscle tension and relieving cramps.
- It particularly works on the pelvic region.
- To relieve excessive internal heat during profuse menstrual flow, take shatavari with aloe vera gel.
The word Ashoka translates as without sorrow or no grief and it helps combat a lot of health related issues. The herb is astringent and cooling and helps balance kapha (heaviness) and pitta (heat).
- The pain relieving properties of the ashoka herb can help combat joint, muscle and back pain.
- Along with soothing irritated skin, it also detoxifies the body.
- Helps with bleeding caused by uterus dysfunction and painful periods.
- Take Ashoka bark with cold milk to cure bleeding disorders and irregular menstruation.
Asafoetida or Heeng, a latex gum extracted from a herb known as ferula, is pungent and balances kapha and vata doshas.
- Works as a home remedy to treat bloating, gas and other stomach related issues.
- Owing to its blood thinning quality, heeng also regulates and smoothens menstrual flow.
- Helps alleviate pain and menstrual cramps.
- Boosts progesterone secretion and promotes easy blood flow.
- To relieve flatulence or stomach ache, add heeng to ginger tea.
Fenugreek or greek hay is warming, nourishing with a bittersweet taste. It helps alleviate imbalance of vata and kapha.
- It strengthens the digestive fir and works as an appetite builder.
- Ayurveda has supported the use of fenugreek to build healthy milk flow in lactating mothers.
- The steroid saponins and isoflavonoids present in fenugreek seeds help relieve pain associated with menstrual cramps.
- It helps balance hormone levels in women.
- Make tea with a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds or sauté a tablespoon of seeds in ghee and add it to your food.