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.

To get better sleep, try our ratri chai.

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.

Ashoka

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.

 

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