Herbs & Aromatherapy
TREATMENTS FOR WOMEN
by Jeanne Rose
Herbs and Aromatherapy for Her:
cyclic nature of the female hormones helps women to become very
aware of their monthly and yearly changes.
Modern women go through menarche early and menopause later
and generally have fewer pregnancies with healthier children and end
up living longer. They
have to realize this and take the proper nutrition, vitamins and
exercise to take full advantage of this longer life.
Look at the chart prepared by Jeanne Rose that follows this
Encourage the expulsion of the uterine contents.
These herbs include Mugwort (Artemisia
vulgaris), Pennyroyal (Mentha
pulegium), Rue (Ruta
graveolens) and Sage (Salvia
herbs are taken in tea form (1 oz herb to 1 qt water, steep 20-30
minutes, strain and drink throughout the day for at least 3 days).
Essential Oils are Anise seed and Fennel seed by ingestion
and massage. Pennyroyal
oil by massage, not ingestion. Ravensara anisata can be taken as an aperitif (use a drop in a shot
glass of Pernod or like liqueur) or in a massage blend with Rose.
Rosemary camphor is used as an inhalant or in a massage blend.
There are other essential oils, please check the special
Therapeutic Index of 375
Essential Oils & Hydrosols.
Uterine Spasmolytics have
a relaxing effect on smooth muscle.
They are used to relieve pain due to cramping and during
menstruation, help prevent miscarriage and calm the uterus during
The herbs include: Cramp bark (Viburnum
opulus), Black Haw (Viburnum
prunifolium), Chuan Xiong or Cnidium (Ligusticum
wallichii), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza
glabra), Motherwort (Leonurus
cardiaca) and Wild Yam (Dioscorea
villosa). Wild Yam also treats menopause symptoms.
These herbs can be taken as a tonic tea together. Use the
standard infusion dosage.
Essential oil massage would include the following: Lavender
Uterine Tonics: Have a
normalizing effect on the uterus and improve function.
These when taken regularly but at intervals will support the
body's ability to self-regulate and repair.
The herbs include Dong quai (Angelica
sinensis), False Unicorn root (Chamaelirium
luteum), and Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus
idaeus). Angelica is
especially good as a tonic, for irregular periods, or menstrual
weakness or amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
False Unicorn root is a Native American plant and seems to
have a regulating effect on the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis
(HPO). It could be
classified as a regulator for the ovary function.
Red Raspberry has many uses as a tea for women.
It is a tonic and tea to be drunk daily for the pregnant and
lactating female. It
will ease the labor, relieve nausea, relieves and aids uterine
contraction during childbirth, relieves menstrual pain and heavy
periods. It is a good
all around tea to use. Red
raspberry dose is infusion (1/2 oz/quart water, 1 cup 2X/day) about
2-5 ml of the extract 3X/day.
Essential oils include the following that can be used
regularly in massage oil blends:
linaloöl, Eucalyptus polybractea, Jasmine sambac and
Probably Rose Geranium would be effective here.
Hydrosol can be taken internally, especially Rose Geranium, 1
T/liter of water, drunk throughout the day.
It is possible that Lavender Hydrosol will also be effective.
4. HPO Regulators
these inter-hormonal processes. During menopause, the hypothalamus
can cause an increase in FSH and LH from the pituitary when the
ovaries produce less estrogen. These
two herbs are safe when taken together and are found in many over
the counter herbal products, such as ProEstron by Nutraceutics and
New Passion Libido Support by As We Change.
include Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga
racemosa), and Chaste berry (Vitex
Agnus castus). Black Cohosh treats arthritis aches and pains,
menopause hot flashes, painful periods, thinning of the vaginal wall
and PMS. Vitex
Agnus castus is a prime herb for the treatment of PMS and
The essential oil of Vitex
Agnus castus can be used by inhalation and may help as an HPO
regulator. It might also
be worthwhile to try it in a localized massage blend with Rose oil.
Since these two oils are so expensive, use them only locally on the
abdomen and upper groin area.
AROMATHERAPY BATHS: For
hormonal disruptions of any kinds, it is wise to take a treatment of
herbal baths to which you have added essential oils, hydrosols and
various other treatments such as clay or moor mud. These herbal
baths will help you to relax, and act as a tonic to your skin and
aid your body to repair.
Start your bath
with an herbal infusion. Take
1 oz Roses petals and leaves, Patchouli herb, Red Raspberry leaves,
and other fragrant herbs from your garden, up to 8 oz by weight of
dried herbs. Bring to a
boil in 1 gallon of water; turn off heat, steep until the rest of
your bath is ready. Strain
into the tub. You can
add scented bath salts or Moor mud to the water.
Take a series of baths, 5-10 nights in a row.
The herbal leftovers, add 3-5 drops of essential oils such as
Rose and Chamomile (Roman) or the ester full essence of
ludoviciana) or Rose Geranium and tie in cheesecloth and rub
your body down both before and after the bath.
Drop the cheesecloth bag into the tub along with 1-2 cups of
are very important in a woman's bathing rituals.
Always add at least a cup per bath.
Particularly good for regulating the feminine functions are
Rose Geranium, Rose. For
cleansing use Lemon Verbena or Lemon Balm, for relaxing use Lavender
or Lavandin and as an astringent for over oily skin use Witch Hazel.
These hydrosols can also be drunk daily.
Simply add 1 tablespoon- 1 ounce of hydrosol to a liter of
water and drink that throughout the day.
The larger amount is considered therapeutic and should be
done only for a course of 5-10 days.
The smaller amount can be taken daily.
Vary the hydrosols that you use as a drink on a daily basis.
massage formulas have been developed for treatment of a woman's
menstrual cycle. These
may be found in books and articles.
A simple formula is to add 3 drops of Rose Oil, 3 drops of
Rose Geranium oil to 1 ounce of Calendula infused oil.
This can be used as a full body massage on a regular basis.
Rose oil is the prime woman's essential oil.
Remember to use the Rose absolute in skin care products and
for massage and to use the Rose Otto as an internal treatment (1
sure your diet includes a variety of fruits and some grain at
breakfast. A friend I
know eats a bowl of fruit — one citrus, one apple, one banana and
a few slices of cheese followed by a high protein breakfast such as
Chile Relleños or baked eggs. At
lunch, you can have tea and a snack.
Dinner should be protein and salad.
The protein should clean white poultry or fish and the salad
should include a variety of greens, tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic,
radish and whatever else you enjoy.
Do not forget to use quantities of herbs as seasonings.
It is important to go to a compounding
pharmacy and get the hair follicle, saliva tests to determine your
hormone levels. For Daily Health, you might want to add the
1-2 T of Flaxseed oil every day or add Flax seed to all of your food
Evening Primrose oil every day
daily multivitamins and 400 mg of magnesium at night
zinc 50 mg daily at night
natural progesterone cream applied every day (thigh or arm) for hot
flashes and to help the body lubricate
no coffee refresh the adrenals instead inhale essential oils of
Chamomile, Pine and Fir oils
soy phyto hormones
Use the Woman’s Kit by Jeanne Rose. Use it every day according to
Apply the Rose Cream externally to the labia when needed.
good selection of essential oils for Women’s Care would be:
Aromatherapy First Aid Kit™
Inhaled as anti-depressant; sleep-inducer; applied to a
handkerchief and inhaled reduced tension, anxiety, depression, anger
& can stimulate the adrenal glands.
Acts as an aphrodisiac and stimulant to the immune system.
Calms nerves, euphoric, insomnia, sedative, soothes anger and
reduces intense physical pain. Externally in lotions, massage
oils, baths as a relaxant and soothing to jangled nerves. Internally
1 drop in honey taken daily is used as a treatment for impotence and
Inhaled to stimulate the adrenal cortex to reduce symptoms of
asthma and menopause, stimulate the thyroid for weight loss. Treats
depression, dejection, fatigue, inertia, confusion and bewilderment,
all anxiety states, balances adrenals, balances hormones, has a
harmonious effect, calms and refreshes and uplifts the body and
psyche. Externally in facial steams, lotions, massage oils,
baths to treat face and body especially dry to normal and normal to
oily skin. Balances all
functions of the oil glands. Massage to ease PMS or cramps. Healing
and antiseptic. Excellent
all-purpose essential oils for skin of young to old women, also
Prime all-purpose women's oil. Inhaled
to soothe and calm, to ease depression and soothe irritability. Put
a drop on forehead for relaxation and to allay bad temper.
Soothes children. Calming,
for headache, migraine, stress reducer, relaxing agent and leaves
peaceful feeling. Externally
has many skin uses. Calms
acne, in facial steams to cleanse pores, in baths and washes to
reduce puffiness, used in massage oils to reduce muscular aches and
pain, eases pain in reproductive system and anywhere in body.
Soothes inflammation of the skin.
Inhaled is an adrenal stimulant, eases depression, reduces
hot flashes, helps the new mother relax, mildly intoxicating, with
Geranium is good for menopause symptoms, eases nervousness, soothes
PMS symptoms. Relaxing and euphoric, with Ylang-Ylang for menstrual
irregularities, for ‘grounding’. Externally regenerates
skin, reduces wrinkles, applied to hair roots to stimulate growth.
Used in baths for health and relaxation, spray on face for hot skin
and during heat waves. As massage encourages the labor process,
strengthen kidney and stomach. Very good for all menstrual
disorders. Internally one drop in warm water as gargle for
Apply one drop to thyroid area to facilitate weight loss and
ease changes. It has a balancing effect on the emotions.
above selection of essential oils is already available as a
kits available from Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy. Please call
essential oils out of eyes. Dilute essential oils before use.
local health food store for supplements
Herbal BodyWorks for books and
Aromatherapy kits. 415/564-6785. www.jeannerose.net
Fleur has many organically grown hydrosols and fabulous beauty
number is 415/455-0957.
Aromatic Plant Project has hydrosols by
the quart, Calendula Infused Oil and books.
As We Change, 1/800/203-5585.
Jeanne. 375 Essential Oils and
Jeanne. Herbal Body Book.
Jeanne. Herbs &
Aromatherapy for the Sex Organs. Herbal Library, 415/564-6785
Michael. Herbs for Her, Natural Pharmacy. July/August 2000
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