Because menopausal symptoms are the result of the depletion of estrogen hormones, you need to make a recipe that will nourish both the adrenal glands and the ovaries. The adrenal glands carry on the production of this hormone when the ovaries are missing.
A recipe to deal with menopausal symptoms should also include herbs that have estrogen-like properties. Wild yam root, black cohosh root, and licorice root are good examples. We are not trying to replace the missing estrogen. We are teaching the body to replace the missing hormones; we are teaching the body to make its own substitute.
This recipe uses the roots of the herbs (except for the chamomile and skullcap-use the tops). Purchase all of the herbal roots in powdered form so you can use them in the capsules. Mix together 1 tablespoon each of valerian, black cohosh, chamomile, motherwort, wild yam root, licorice root, and skullcap.
Mix together in food processor and place in capsules. Take 2 capsules 3 times daily until. symptoms abate. Then take 2 capsules daily.
The following list explains the benefits of each herb used in this recipe.
- Valerian is used because it is a great sedative and helps to calm the whole system.
- Black cohosh contains estrogen-like properties and is a muscle relaxant. It soothes nerves and general resdesmess.
- Chamomile is used because it acts as a sedative and has properties that will ease cramps and other gastrointestinal disorders.
- Motherwort strengthens the nerve system and is a tonic for the whole body. It helps those who are prone to headaches and helps relieve menstrual discomforts.
- Wild yam is reported to contain an estrogen-like molecule (diosgenin). When this molecule enters the body, it is treated and reacted to as an estrogen molecule by the body. This is why it is necessary to take a daily dose after you have reached menopause
- Licorice root also has estrogen-like properties and is included for that reason. It also nourishes the adrenal glands.
- Skullcap is included because it is a great nervine and helps with sleep disorders and headaches.