Mother Cuppa are always interested in the natural supplements that can support us through our female cycles.
Have you started to question if you're in the peri-menopausal phase of your life?
Do you Find yourself googling symptoms and wondering how to help yourself in a natural way?
Not feeling ready to check in with your GP yet but looking at ways to be aware of what's to come and like to try holistic methods first?
Do you feel overwhelmed with a sudden rush of attention to this subject?!
You are not alone! this is the stage in which I find myself. Natural supplements have always been of interest to me; Personally, I like to blend tea, To play around with ingredients at different times of the month and stages in my life. Here I share my top 5 ingredients that I have been researching to support my early menopause symptoms.
Symptoms you might experience at this stage:
- Brain fog
- Low mood
- Irregular periods
- Issues with sleep
- Hot flushes/Night sweats
- Reduced sex drive
Natural approaches to managing your symptoms work very differently to drugs and medications: Natural herbs and vitamins work with your body to rebalance your hormones and bring about equilibrium.
Strength can be found in many adaptogen herbs. Certain adaptogen plants will adapt to your body's needs, interacting with the adrenal glands.
During menopause, the adrenal glands support our declining ovaries and produce small quantities of progesterone.
Our bodies are doing their best work adapting through menopause, however, our adrenal glands aren’t as efficient at producing progesterone and other hormones when they’re constantly pumping out cortisol; our bodies tend to choose survival over fertility.
Think of cortisol as nature’s built in alarm system. Its your body’s main stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation and fear.
Before menopause, our bodies are great at buffering stress because we have optimal levels of progesterone however, once those levels start to lower during perimenopause, the cushioning effect of cortisol weakens.
All three of my blends have been blended for purpose to support women, just like me, through these stages in life. You can find my favourite ingredient, Ashwagandha, in my energise blend. Find some other amazing herbs to support you navigate this stage in your life.
This is Mother Cuppa’s favourite herb. This powerful plant has been used for centuries in medicinal practices. Its best skill is bringing about balance in the body. Ashwaghanda promotes equilibrium on the stress within the body and brings about feelings of calm, clarity and enhances our cognitive function, allowing the body to feel overall energised and relaxed
- Passion flower
This beautiful flower is more than just a pretty plant. There have been studies to show that it has the power to reduce anxiety and support those suffering with sleep issues. It is suggested to boost the levels of Gamma-aminobutyric acid in your brain (GABA) . When GABA is interacted with, it can lower brain activity which would lead to less anxiety and improved sleep.
One of the world's most popular medicinal herbs, It is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. The compound ginsenoside found in this powerful plant may inhibit inflammation and reduce oxidative stress to the body. One of the benefits of Ginseng to the body is improved brain function and cognition.
- Red Clover
Rich with isoflavones, the compounds function in a similar way to the oestrogen hormone . it is suggested to support the decline of oestrogen during menopause. Red Clover is often used as a natural way to manage night sweats and hot-flushes.
To begin with, this potent spice is as packed with antioxidants as it is with flavour. Research has shown that ginger has over 50 different types of antioxidants. Due to these antioxidants, ginger helps your body deal with oxidative stress and combats inflammation levels. Ginger has benefits for many systems of the body: It can boost metabolism, support energy production, support the immune system, lower histamine, and especially support the digestive system. It even has antispasmodic properties, so it can relax stressed out muscles and alleviate cramps..
To summerise, nature provides us with a wealth of natural ingredients to turn to when experiencing symptoms of peri-menopause. Herbs contain chemical components, which when extracted from the plant, have the ability to exert a positive effect on the body. Herbal medicine can be used for many conditions to help support the body and bring it back into balance.