Quick cures between us girls.
During the perimenopausal time of life you might feel as if your body is out of control and has betrayed you. But, luckily, there are many secret cures to your hormonal woes that can be helpful during this often frustrating time. I just completed an update of my New York Times Bestseller Before the Change and I simply couldn’t wait to share with you some of these cures for the most pressing issues of the day. They are derived from my professional and personal experience—and are officially filed as time-tested remedies.
Out this coming fall and available for preorder now, you can find the complete list in Before the Change.
Read on and share widely.
Natural compounds—such as DIM (diindolylmethane from cruciferous veggies), botanically grown medicinal mushrooms (like the maitake D-fraction extract from maitake mushrooms), Coenzyme Q10, and modified citrus pectin—contain immune-supporting ingredients that help prevent breast cancer and increase estrogen metabolism. Both iodine and iodide help to enhance the metabolism of estradiol and estrone into the “safe” estrogen estriol. I like iodine supplements such as Iodoral, SSKI, Iosol, or prolamine iodine.
B complex vitamins can be helpful, as they break down excess estrogen, which can precipitate estrogen-dominant symptoms like breast tenderness. Sometimes iodine can also do the trick.
Try also the following herbal remedies:
• Chasteberry decoction or tincture
• Fennel seed and sage tea
No, you are not suffering from a Midol deficiency, and forget that Advil or Motrin. Please, instead reach for magnesium and more B6, which have been shown to improve issues associated with perimenopause. The following herbs are also an effective remedy for cramps. Some will work better for you than others because of biochemical differences between women.
If some don’t work, try others.
• Bilberry extract (20 to 40 milligrams three times a day), or fresh berries
• Black haw bark (cramp bark)
• Chasteberry (Vitex)
• Dong quai, or Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis)
• Raspberry leaf tea
• Red clover tea
• Squaw vine, often taken with raspberry leaf tea
• Strawberry leaf tea
You can also try the cell salt #8, magnesium phosphate (6x), putting four pellets under your tongue every fifteen minutes until the cramping stops.
Black cohosh may help too.
Essential oils to try include black pepper, cypress, jasmine, and juniper berry. Rub a drop over your abdomen.
Clean up your diet by eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods of all kinds. Stop smoking, also—the carbon monoxide and nicotine can prematurely halt egg production and damage the ovaries.
Natural progesterone often regulates heavy bleeding.
Massage rose or cypress essential oils over your abdomen. Or blend 6 drops Roman chamomile, 4 drops geranium, 3 drops lemon, and 2 drops cypress essential oils in a 15-milliliter bottle with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil.
The following herbal remedies are helpful:
• Lady’s mantle tea or tincture
• Lady’s mantle with an equal part shepherd’s purse or yarrow
• Cinnamon tea
• Homeopathic Chamomilla or Actaea Racemosa (black cohosh)
Try natural progesterone to balance your cycle.
Massage your abdomen with lavender or melissa essential oils. Also consider cypress, fennel, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, peppermint, rose, rosemary, and/or thyme.
Homeopathic Graphites or Actaea Racemosa (black cohosh) are often recommended.
Massage your abdomen with marjoram essential oil. A warm compress placed on your abdomen can bring systemic relief. Also consider basil, cardamom, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, cypress, dill, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, lemongrass, and/or peppermint.
Try dong quai (Angelica sinensis) tea or tincture, or lady’s mantle with marigold flowers.
The cell salt magnesium phosphate (6x) can be helpful. As a natural muscle relaxant, 400 to 1,200 milligrams (taken to bowel tolerance) of magnesium aspartate daily is often helpful. Homeopathic Actaea Racemosa (black cohosh) is often used.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine during the week before your period is due.
Eat lots of onions, garlic, parsley, and living yogurt (dairy or coconut will do). Avoid sugar, cheese, white-flour products (such as bagels, breads, and pastries), fermented seasonings (such as vinegar and soy sauce), pickled foods, and foods containing yeast. These dietary recommendations often relieve allergies as well.
Drink lots of filtered water too.
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics from Essential Formulas is an all-natural, superior probiotic developed to support digestive comfort and encourage your body’s innate ability to grow its own friendly bacteria. Ingredients such as mountain springwater, fruits, and vegetables are fermented for three years, and the resulting nutrients from this fermentation process is called Postbiotics (a registered trademark of Essential Formulas).
Make a bath or douche of one part German chamomile vinegar to six parts warm water.
You can use goldenseal externally or as a douche, or myrrh essential oil as a douche.
For a watery but cloudy discharge, try homeopathic Pulsatilla. For a yellow, burning discharge, try homeopathic Sepia or Carbo Veg.
YeastGard vaginal suppository is also effective.
Avoid irritating soap and perfume, panty hose, and tight leggings or pants. Cut back on alcohol, caffeine, and fruit juices.
Before the Change
Peri- and menopause isn’t just for your mother. This transition into the change before the change occurs much earlier than you might think. You may even be misattributing symptoms now. Before the Change offers a gentle, proven, incremental program for understanding your body’s changes and controlling your symptoms during perimenopause—the period of about ten years leading up to menopause—to help you feel great through this vital phase of life.
Inside you’ll find:
• A clear explanation of the symptoms of perimenopause and a self-diagnosis quiz;
• Safe and natural alternatives to hormone therapy, including healing vitamins, minerals, herbs, and natural hormones;
• A guide to nutrition and healthy diet, with tips for foods that prevent and alleviate symptoms.
In addition, this revised and updated edition includes:
• An expanded section on the pros and cons of soy as a natural phytoestrogen;
• An expanded discussion of hypothyroidism, its connection to hormonal imbalances, and the best natural treatments;
• A full analysis of HRT, including advice for safely weaning yourself off of synthetic hormones, and an overview of herbal, lifestyle, and diet options and modifications available for women who have had a hysterectomy, have risk factors or a history of breast cancer, osteoporosis, or heart disease.
Preorder sales are officially underway, with preorder thank you gifts in the works—updates to come. Save your receipt to claim yours and check back on AnnLouise.com and my Facebook page for the announcement when they drop.