10 Herbs for Women's Health and Wellness

Published on April 11, 2022

Hormones are critical in dictating several natural physiological transitions throughout a woman's life. These hormones act as messengers, signaling the body to undergo various changes as a woman's body evolves and changes from the onset of menses through child-bearing years into menopause.

It's essential to support these changes in the stages of life through healthy lifestyle choices and natural remedies. These changes include maintaining a balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, and finding ways to manage and reduce the impact of daily stressors.

There are various ways that women can support their hormonal and reproductive wellness. By incorporating herbs and herbal supplements into a daily routine, women can help their physical and emotional well-being and ensure that their bodies can handle the natural transitions that occur throughout their life cycle. 

10 Herbs for Women's Health

While dozens of herbs can benefit women's wellness, the following are considered the best supplements for women's health

Note: These herbs are not intended for use during pregnancy. If you have health conditions or health concerns, consult your healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies while pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking additional medication or supplements to avoid adverse side effects.

#1. Black Cohosh

Supports a healthy female reproductive system, especially during natural transitions.*

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is a plant native to North America and is well-known for supporting a healthy female reproductive system.* Its small, feathery, white flowers make it easily recognizable. Modern herbal preparations often standardize triterpene glycosides, the active constituents of the root. These compounds may be responsible for the herb's effects on the female reproductive system.REF#1160

Herbalists and natural health practitioners have utilized Black Cohosh for its various health benefits. Black Cohosh as a natural remedy has been used since the 1800s to reduce premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms and alleviate menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.REF#1160

#2. Fenugreek 

Supports the optimal production of breast milk.*

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant indigenous to the Mediterranean but is now widely cultivated worldwide. Interestingly, the Latin name for Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) means "Greek hay" because the plant was a nutritious addition to cattle feed due to its high nutrient content.

People have enjoyed using Fenugreek seeds in traditional medicine and cuisine for centuries. The seeds have a distinct smell, often described as having a faintly sweet aroma, like maple syrup. This unique smell has made Fenugreek seeds a popular ingredient in maple-flavored foods, such as baked goods and syrups. The seeds contain soluble fiber that may help support healthy cholesterol absorption in the bloodstream.

One of the most well-known uses of Fenugreek is to support the optimal production of breast milk in nursing mothers. This is due to compounds in the seeds that support milk production, including phytoestrogens and galactagogues. While this is the traditional use of Fenugreek, it is always best to consult a healthcare provider before using it to support lactation.

#3. Maca

Supports healthy libido and normal fertility.* 

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a knobby root vegetable that resembles a turnip, a relative of this native Peruvian plant. This hardy adaptogenic herb grows best in the harsh environment of the high Andes, where the Inca warriors used it as a caffeine-free performance enhancer.* Maca root may help soothe the effects of vaginal dryness and support healthy energy, stamina, and libido in women.*

Traditional medicine has used maca root for centuries, particularly in the Andean region, to soothe various health issues. Recent research has shown that it may support natural fertility by helping to maintain normal reproductive hormone levels. REF#1167 In women, Maca may support healthy levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and estrogen, which are important for healthy reproductive function.REF#1167

It has a delicious, somewhat nutty taste, and Maca Powder, the powdered form of this herb, can be added to smoothies, juice, or oatmeal, making it a convenient way to add its nutritional benefits to your diet. In addition, there are also Maca root pills.

#4. Red Clover

A rich source of naturally occurring phytoestrogens.*

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a highly versatile and nutritious herb that has long supported women's health.REF#1168It is an excellent choice for supporting women's health during menopause. It is a rich source of naturally occurring phytoestrogens that help support healthy estrogen levels in women to support uterine and ovarian health.REF#1168 Red Clover also encourages detoxification, promotes healthy skin, and supports the body's lymphatic functions.REF#1169

Native to North America, Red Clover has since spread across Europe and into the Far East and has a rich history of use in Russian and Chinese herbalism. Red Clover's highly nutritious properties continue to make it a popular food for grazing livestock. Its wide range of benefits makes it a valuable addition to any natural health routine.

#5. Vitex Berry

Supports female hormone production and balance, especially during the transitions of life.*

Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) is also called Chaste Tree. Its Latin name means "chaste lamb," and in ancient times, its leaves were strewn at the feet of clergy to keep them as the plant's name implies!

Healthy hormone levels are necessary for physical and emotional well-being.* Vitex has been used since the time of Hippocrates to support gynecological health, particularly for the changing seasons and cycles of life.* Used traditionally to support healthy and regular menstrual cycles, soothe PMS symptoms, and support hormone production and balance.REF#1160

This herb's berries promote a healthy mind and body throughout the menstrual cycle and during the transition into menopause.REF#1160

#6. Raspberry Leaf

Supports women's reproductive health and hormone balance*

Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) is a perennial shrub that grows natively in Europe and Asia. This herb is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and E, calcium, and magnesium, which are essential for healthy reproductive function.*

Raspberry Leaf is also known for its ability to support a strong and toned uterus, which may help women during childbirth.REF#1157 Midwives often recommend Raspberry Leaf to support normal labor and delivery, minimzie the need for interventions during childbirth, and support a healthy recovery after giving birth.REF#1157 Controlled trials are needed to verify these claims further. 

Raspberry Leaf has a slightly sweet and earthy flavor, and it can be brewed as tea or added to smoothies. It is also available in supplement form, including capsules and tinctures.

#7. Ashwagandha

Supports healthy stress response, hormone balance, and reproductive health in females.*

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a versatile herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Its adaptogenic properties make it a popular choice among those looking to support their body's natural stress response.* Ashwagandha root is also known for its ability to support healthy energy levels, stamina, and cognitive function.*

Ashwagandha may help support healthy thyroid function by balancing TSH levels and improving T4 levels.REF#1158Additionally, it may help support a healthy immune system by promoting healthy levels of white blood cells.*

One of the most notable benefits of Ashwagandha is its ability to support healthy cortisol levels.REF#1163 Cortisol is a hormone that plays a key role in the body's stress response, and when cortisol levels are chronically high, it can lead to negative health effects. Ashwagandha may help to support a healthy cortisol response, which can help to soothe the effects of stress and promote feelings of relaxation.REF#1159

#8. Dong Quai

Supports healthy menstrual cycles and menopausal symptoms.*

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis), also known as "female ginseng," is an herb used in Traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to support women's health. It is particularly known for supporting healthy menstrual cycles and soothing menopausal symptoms.* 

Dong Quai is rich in compounds called coumarins, which may support healthy blood circulation and relaxed muscles, making it a popular choice for those looking to soothe the effects of menstrual cramps and support healthy blood flow during menstruation.REF#1165 Dong Quai is typically consumed as a tea, tincture, or capsule.

#9. Ginseng

Supports healthy libido and normal fertility in women.*

Ginseng (Panax ginseng) is a perennial herb that may support healthy libido and fertility in women.REF#1164 Ginseng may also support healthy menstrual cycles.REF#1161

Ginseng supplements are an easy and convenient way to add the benefits of this herb to your daily routine. Ginseng is available in many forms, including supplements, teas, and extracts. It has a slightly bitter taste, which can be masked by adding it to food or drinks. Ginseng is also known for its adaptogenic properties, meaning it helps the body better cope with feelings of stress and supports healthy immune function.* 

#10. Shatavari

Supports female reproductive health, fertility, libido, and hormonal balance.*

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is an herb commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to support female reproductive health, including healthy menstruation and lactation, and may also support healthy libido and fertility.REF#1162 It's also a natural aphrodisiac that may help to support sexual function and desire in women and soothe the effects of vaginal dryness.REF#1166

Ayurvedic medicine considers it a "Rasayana" or rejuvenating herb and may help the female reproductive system by promoting healthy menstrual cycles and supporting fertility.REF#1166

Bottom Line

Gaia Herbs offers a wide range of Herbal Supplements & Natural Blends for Women that harness the power of these herbs and other natural ingredients to support women's health and well-being. 

By choosing Gaia Herbs, you can trust that you're getting high-quality, responsibly sourced products backed by years of research and expertise in herbal medicine. Invest in your health today by incorporating these powerful herbs and natural blends into your daily routine.


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