Herbs for Women

Herbs for women generally fall under these four categories:

Uterine Tonics
These herbs are used to strengthen and tone the female reproductive system:

Chaste Tree Berry
Dandelion
Dong Quai
Ginger
Oat Straw
Nettle
Raspberry Leaf

Uterine Contractors
These herbs are typically used to bring on a late period or assist in childbirth. Uterine contractors cause the uterus to contract. Some of them work by irritating the lining of the uterus. Others contain oxytocin and produce prostaglandins which can cause the uterus to contract.

Blue Cohosh Root
Parsley Root/Leaf
Pennyroyal Leaf/Flower
Rue Leaf
Tansy Leaf

Emmenagogues
These herbs promote menstruation. It is advised not to be used during pregnancy.
Examples of herbs that stimulate and promote normal menstrual flow are the following.

Blue Cohosh
Dong Quai
Ginger
Motherwort
Mugwort
Pennyroyal
Yarrow

Hormonal Balancers and Regulators
These herbs help to normalize the functions of the endocrine glands, which govern the female reproductive system. They have a strong effect on the liver. A proper functioning liver is crucial in balancing hormones.

Black Cohosh
Chaste Tree Berry
Licorice Root
Milk Thistle Seed
Wild Yam Root
Lemon Balm

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