A woman’s body is designed to adapt to the many changes and hormone shifts it undergoes over the years, but menopause can present particular challenges. Herbs for menopause can help sustain your body’s natural rhythms and promote a sense of balance.*
This article will provide you with the resources you need to support your body naturally. Keep reading to discover several popular herbs for menopause and to learn how to easily work them into your wellness routine.*
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause is a biological process that happens to every woman due to naturally declining levels of reproductive hormones. Unfortunately, it can cause both physical and emotional challenges.
Menopause can also be brought on by unnatural occurrences, such as surgery removing the ovaries, chemotherapy, and radiation.
Whatever the cause, if you've gone 12 months or longer without a menstrual period and are between 40 and 50 years old (although the exact age varies), you may be experiencing menopause.
Here are some signs to watch for:
- Mood changes
- Dry skin
- Hot flashes
- Problems sleeping
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Slow metabolism
- Irregular periods
6 Herbs for Menopause*
The good news is that menopause symptoms can be managed. The following herbs can help maintain hormone balance and keep you feeling your best during the transition.*
Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is native to the United States and also goes by the names Snakeroot, Bugbane, Fairy Candles, or Rattletop.
It has long been used as an herb for menopause.* Native American tribes traditionally used Black Cohosh to support the female reproductive system in addition to a healthy inflammatory response.*
Now, evidence points to Black Cohosh as a safe way to support your body through menopause symptoms, particularly hot flashes and mood swings.1
Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) may be your favorite brunch drink, but it’s also a beautiful and unique plant with a variety of benefits.* Though it produces vibrant pink flowers and interesting fern-like leaves, its bark is most often used as a supplement.
Specifically, this plant has a history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine to support a healthy stress response and healthy mood.*
Mimosa helps support the adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing hormones like adrenaline, cortisol, and DHEA.* This makes Mimosa ideal for supporting a healthy response to stress.*
The plant also offers antioxidant support and promotes sleep and emotional and mental calm.* This is beneficial for women going through menopause, since rest is something that isn’t always easy to come by during this phase of life.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), another plant native to the United States, is a unique and beautiful flower that produces large, fleshy fruit.
While the whole plant can be used in supplements, the stem and leaves appear to have the highest amount of beneficial phytochemicals.
Passionflower supports calm and relaxation and promotes healthy sleep, which is why we view this herb as an important one for menopausal women.*
St. John’s Wort
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), native to Europe, is now grown in most of the northern hemisphere. This lovely yellow flowering plant grows naturally in the most common of places, like roadsides and fields.
It has a long history, and we see references to St. John’s Wort in writings by Gaius Plinius Secundas from ancient Greece. Later, European peasants believed this plant helped protect them from evil spirits and the like.
Now, St. John’s Wort extract has been scientifically studied and found to support mood.* Plus, the flowers offer antioxidant properties, making St. John’s Wort a good choice for overall health and wellness.*
Regarding its use for menopausal women, St. John’s Wort supports mood during the menopausal transition.*1
You might be familiar with Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) as hay for livestock. But it’s nutritious for us, too, which is why it’s popular to consume as sprouts or in supplement form.
One aspect that makes Alfalfa stand out from other plants is that its roots reach far down into the earth, giving it one of the highest mineral profiles of any land plant.
As such a nutrient-rich plant, Alfalfa can be used to maintain female hormone balance.* Additionally, it contains antioxidants and is believed to help support healthy hair, skin, and nail growth.*
One study examined the effects of Sage and Alfalfa on menopausal women and noted that it effectively addressed menopausal challenges such as hot flashes.*2
Other clinical trials have come to the same conclusion, finding that Alfalfa (among many other herbs) is effective for supporting a woman’s body through common menopausal symptoms.*3
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a common plant and, similar to Alfalfa, is often hailed for its nutritional complexity; it's also grown as a nutritionally dense food for livestock.
It has been traditionally used to support immune function and, of course, for women's health.*
This herb contains flavonoids that are generally used to support women experiencing menopausal symptoms or women with menstrual irregularities.*
How to Use Herbs for Menopause*
Now that you know a bit more about these wonderful plants and how they can be used to support a woman’s body during menopausal changes, we’d like to share a few ways you can put these herbs to use.
The following herbal supplements are designed specifically to provide targeted support for menopausal women and are made with many of the herbs we mentioned above.*
Gaia Herbs Women’s Balance supports the natural hormone shifts of menopause and can help maintain healthy female hormone balance and well-being.* This supplement features herbs traditionally used for the relief of occasional hot flashes.*
The Oats used in Women’s Balance are extracted fresh immediately after harvest to preserve full spectrum compounds for optimal potency.* And they’re grown right on the Gaia Herbs Farm in Brevard, North Carolina.
On our farm, we can nurture and observe each plant, allowing it to flourish in the sun until the right moment to harvest. Since 1997, the Gaia Farm has been Certified Organic through Oregon Tilth.
We also protect our water resources and practice responsible farming methods, including cover cropping, crop rotation, and biodiversity management.
All Gaia Herb products are purity-tested to provide you with the highest-quality supplement. Because we believe that you deserve to know exactly what’s in your herbal supplements, we created meetyourherbs.com, the world’s first herb traceability platform.
By using your product’s herb ID number, you will discover the origin of your herbs; learn how they were grown, harvested, and extracted; and see validation of your product’s level of purity and potency.
Plus, Gaia Herbs is proud to be a Certified B Corporation®, which means our company meets the highest standards of social and environmental impact, transparency, and accountability.
To support your body through all of the herbs for menopause found in Women’s Balance, simply take one capsule three times a day between meals.*
As you may know from experience, when your body is navigating the natural changes of menopause, a sound night’s sleep often doesn’t come easily.
Gaia Herbs Nighttime Comfort is made with an herbal blend designed to help you maintain healthy hormonal balance and enjoy comfortable and restful sleep.*
This product contains four of the herbs you just read about—Black Cohosh, Mimosa, Passionflower, and St. John’s Wort. The Liquid Phyto-CapsⓇ are vegan and free of dairy, gluten, soy, corn, peanuts, shellfish, sugar, tree nuts, and yeast.
For a good night's rest naturally, take two capsules of Nighttime Comfort one hour before bedtime.* Keep in mind that you’ll see the best results after one month of use.
Black Cohosh Root
The above two herbal supplements are harmonious blends of several herbs for menopause.* However, taking a single-herb liquid extract such as Gaia Herbs Black Cohosh Root is also an option.
Black Cohosh is traditionally used for maintaining balance during menopause and is one of the most widely known herbs for women’s health.*
This liquid extract can help keep your body and mind balanced through hormonal fluctuations as you move from one phase to the next.*
For best results with this supplement, simply shake the bottle well and then deposit 30-40 drops of the extract in a small glass of water. Drink this three times daily between meals.
Support Your Body Naturally During Menopause
Menopause brings significant changes. But with herbs for menopause, you can support your body gently and naturally in order to maintain healthy hormone balance and get the rest you need through it all.*
Turn to herbs like Black Cohosh, Mimosa, Passionflower, St. John’s Wort, Alfalfa, and Red Clover.
Your body is resilient. Support its natural rhythms and changes with herbal supplements, and you’ll be well on your way to a balanced, calm strength.*
1. Stacie E. Geller and Laura Studee, “Botanical and Dietary Supplements for Menopausal Symptoms: What Works, What Doesn’t,” Journal of Women's Health 14, no. 7 (2005): 634–649, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1764641.
2. V. De Leo et al. “Treatment of Neurovegetative Menopausal Symptoms With a Phytotherapeutic Agent,” Minerva Ginecologica 50, no. 5 (1998): 207-211, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9677811.
3. Rahele Kargozar, Hoda Azizi & Roshanak Salari, “A Review of Effective Herbal Medicines in Controlling Menopausal Symptoms,” Electronic Physician 9, no. 11 (2017): 5826-5833, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29403626.