Many women are not aware of the vast number of herbs that can support (and hinder) fertility. While this list is not exhaustive, Oat Mama's new Fertility Tea blend combines a handful of these incredible herbs.
Chaste Tree Berry
A popular herb for balancing the menstrual cycle and resolving PMS, it likely acts on the pituitary gland in the brain, increasing the strength of the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) surge, which triggers ovulation. This in turn can strengthen ovulation and progesterone production in the luteal phase. It has also been shown to decrease abnormally high prolactin, thus improving hormone balance and ovarian function. This herb helps women with ovulation problems and women with luteal phase defects who have a short luteal phase or low progesterone production.
Tribulus can be helpful for both male and female fertility. In women with irregular ovulation especially due to PCOS, Tribulus may help normalize the cycle and create predictable ovulation. One study showed it also increased conception rates (when both partners took it) in couples that had high levels of anti-sperm antibodies.
By reducing cortisol levels, enhancing production and flow of blood, and reducing body tension, Ashwagandha has a positive effect on the reproductive system, libido, and menstrual cycles. With all these benefits, It is not a surprise that studies have found Ashwagandha to increase fertility in women.
Lady’s Mantle gained a mystical reputation among early herbalists when it came to be believed that the morning dew that formed droplets of water on the leaves of the plant had the power to turn regular metals into gold. In more modern times, it has become known as the “Happy Uterus” herb, and it is often recommended as a “tonic” for the female reproductive system that can be used to relieve menstrual pain, cramping, and heavy bleeding, and to tone and strengthen the uterus.
Raspberry leaf is traditionally used as a reproductive tonic. It contains vitamins and minerals (like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, niacin, selenium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E). When made into a tea or infusion, these nutrients are made easily available to our bodies. Red Raspberry Leaf, championed as the “Women’s Herb” since the late 1500s, is recommended for all things female, from period cramps to morning sickness during pregnancy. It is highly regarded for its ability to tone the uterus and the muscles of the pelvic region, which is helpful in preparation for pregnancy and childbirth. Red Raspberry Leaf’s ability to act as a uterine tonic is attributed to its astringent (meaning, to cause contraction) activity, as well as the presence of the alkaloid fragarine in the plant, an active compound that helps to both relax tense muscles and to tighten muscles that are too lax.
The tannins in Red Raspberry Leaf give it a taste similar to black tea (minus the caffeine!), and, along with flavonoids in the plant, provide antioxidant support. Also, Red Raspberry Leaf is naturally high in several vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, C, E, the family of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and iron, which are all nutrients that you need on board to support a healthy pregnancy.
Nettle Leaf, also called Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is a natural diuretic and detoxifying herb that helps your body rid itself quickly of toxins. It has both astringent and anti-inflammatory activity, and is therefore recommended for relief of PMS symptoms and menstrual pain, and provides a toning effect on the uterus. It contains several nutrients that are critical to good reproductive health, including Vitamins A, C, D, K, potassium, iron, and polyphenols. Nettle is a chlorophyll-rich and an incredible blood-building herb.`
Deeply calming, can reduce the stress, anxiety, and insomnia often associated with PMS. I believe this one can help to connect a woman to her own passion and power, contained within her womb.
Interestingly, something as simple and familiar as cinnamon can improve fertility in both men and women. In Ayurvedic medicine, we use cinnamon bark (the spice) to warm the interior and nourish fire element energy, which must be abundant for fertility. Science has caught on to the benefits of cinnamon and a recent study showed a positive effect on sperm production and quality in men. Studies have also demonstrated that cinnamon affects blood sugar balance and the insulin response, so it can be helpful for metabolic syndrome and women with PCOS as well.
Herbs that Hinder Fertility
It is also important to note that there are some herbs you should avoid when trying to conceive. St. John's wort, echinacea, and ginkgo biloba are among the herbs that may affect the chances of conceiving, experts say.
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