First discovered and researched a little over 100 years ago, hormones serve as communication messengers to initiate, terminate or regulate processes all over the body. A number of organs make them and many bodily functions are controlled by them.
When hormones are imbalanced (meaning not working correctly or not working at all) many problems can occur such as temperature regulation, blood flow, digestion and skeletal maintenance. Hormones are the balancing regulators of your body.
As we age, all of our organs experience the wear and tear of the usage that we impose on them throughout our lives. The extent of this, of course depends on the individual, where they live, what they do, and how they treat their bodies. The effects of modern living: eating chemicals and steroids in our foods, overstimulation from sugar, caffeine and emotional stress have resulted in a more pronounced problem for us than our previous generations.
The hormone-producing organs can become overtaxed and tired as we reach our 40’s and 50’s. Yet, time alone with normal use, can also produce a decrease in the function of these glands and organs. Moreover, the shift from child-bearing years in women involves a new bodily hormonal balance.
Men as well, tend to experience age-related changes in the balance of hormones in their bodies. The results of these diminutions of hormone secretions have been affecting humans since the beginning of evolution.
Herbal history indicates examples of early Mediterranean cultures and Egyptians using Chaste Tree berries to help balance hormones for women in their later years. Native American tradition shows usage of Sage and Black Cohosh by women, while St. John’s wort was popularly consumed in Europe.
Some cultures of Central America have relied heavily on the wild yam. In fact, most cultures throughout time have relied on natural remedies and herbs to relieve or placate the hormonal changes in the natural aging process.
Hot Flashes are more than just annoying. They are the overt indication of a system out of balance; the very system that handles other essential bodily functions such as digestion, vasculature, skeletal maintenance and more.
To simply fan your face, strip off extra clothes, stick yourself in front of an open refrigerator or just “deal with it…”, is at best a temporary solution and at worst an outright denial. You deserve better than that. You need better than that.
This chapter will help you find simple and tested techniques using natural herbs to help find solution to the hormonal imbalances that occur in the natural aging process.
No one wants to take a multitude of different capsules of herbs several times a day. It is not something that fits into our normal 21st century lifestyle.
Yet, we want to be able to use the benefit and influence of all of these natural herbs. In fact, all of these herbs can be combined and decocted into a water broth. The broth can then be sprayed on a “thinned skin’ area a couple of times per day.
The spray itself is cooling when applied and with regular application of this herbal concoction, your hormones can become more balanced so that the overt, adverse effects of your hormonal shift will diminish in time.
That translates to less hot flashes and a lesser degree of hot in the flash. Moreover, all of the other systems in your body that are regulated by these now better balanced hormones also begin operating in a more normal manner.
The estrogen-like-components of Mexican Wild Yam have long been coveted for their ability to balance the estrogen-progesterone balance in women going through menopause. The Sage and St. John’s wort have been largely tested in the last decade and have demonstrated dramatic reduction in the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
The Black Cohosh and Chaste Tree berries have been the subject of numerous clinical studies that all point towards improvements in hormonal systems from bone maintenance to digestion. Balancing all of these critical bodily functions is essential to good health and a sound transition through menopause. And it can all be accomplished by use of a few naturally occurring herbs.
To date, men, are often given testosterone blockers when they are undergoing prostate cancer treatment. Aside from the questionable efficacy of this practice, this can also cause an estrogen imbalance and produce hot-flashes like those that many women experience. But this shared experience does neither men nor women any good (other than empathy) unless there is a potential cure.
In fact, the very same herbs that help to regulate hormones and ease the hot flashes in women, will also help men who are on testosterone suppression. In fact, the same hormone fluctuations that are associated with menopause in women also occur monthly and can cause PMS. Regular use of these herbs has been used to balance-out the emotional and other disturbances caused by menstruation.
You can make this concoction yourself, or you can try Nature’s Rite Hot-Flash-Relief which we blend with Lavender to relax excess nervous energy in an effective and easy-to-use spray.