Female Herbs: 5 Essentials


    If there’s one herb I would recommend for females at all stages of their life, from puberty to menopause, Chaste Berry would be it. The quintessential Hormonal normaliser, these berries are a must-have in normalising progesterone and estrogen activity. It is a slow acting herb, requiring months of regular use to feel its benefits.

    Chaste Berry is classified as a neutral and moistening herb and dosages range from 500 – 3,000 mg daily. You can read further on Chaste Berry in my Snapshot series.


    Dried Raspberry Leaf

    Raspberry Leaf is the classical pregnancy herb. It has a long tradition in toning the tissue of the womb, assisting contractions and checking haemorrhage during labour.

    Dosages range from 4,000 – 8,000 mg daily as a simple but strong infused tea. Raspberry Leaf is considered a neutral and drying herb. You can read further on Raspberry Leaf in my Snapshot series.


    Dried Black Cohosh Root

    Black Cohosh has been used successfully by the North American Indians for centuries as a hormonal normaliser of the female reproductive system. It has strong relaxant properties, making it beneficial in uterine, menstrual and ovarian cramping and pain. Because of these anti-spasmodic properties, it’s also found to be of use in rheumatic, muscular and nerve discomfort.

    Black Cohosh is classified as a cool and drying herb with dosages ranging from 500 – 1,000 mg daily.


    Dried Shatavari Root

    Shatavari is the Ayurvedic female herbal tour-de-force. Commonly used to enhance fertility, libido and most female tonic functions.

    Shatavari is classified as a moist and cooling herb, with dosages ranging from 3,000 – 12,000 mg daily. You can read further on Shatavari in my Snapshot series.


    Dried Shepherd's Purse Aerials

    Shepherd’s Purse – like Lady’s Mantle – is the herbal tea to consider in curbing excessive menstrual flow. It’s astringing properties make this possible as well as being a gentle diuretic.

    Shepherd’s Purse is classified as a warm and drying herb with dosages ranging from 4,000 – 12,000 mg daily, with the higher dosages being more suitable as a simple but strong infused tea.


British Herbal Medicine Association. Scientific Committee. British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Consolidated ed. West Yorkshire: British Herbal Medicine Association, 1983.

Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism : The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, Vt.: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Romm, Aviva Jill. Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St. Louis, Mo.: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2010.

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