Herbs and Essential Oils for Fibroids
Uterine fibroids affect up to half of all women and are one of the primary reasons for
hysterectomies. In the majority of cases, though, natural treatments can help a woman
avoid such are a benign overgrowth of muscle tissue within the or within the uterine
wall. The presence of any type of abnormal growth can be frightening, but it is
important to know that fib raids are not cancerous, nor are they associated with a
higher incidence of uterine cancer. Common symptoms of fibroids include heavy
bleeding during menstruation, irregular menstrual periods, and pelvic pain.
While these symptoms may be uncomfortable, they are generally not harmful. More
serious symptoms include anemia caused by heavy menstrual blood loss and bowel or
bladder discomfort ,if the fibroids grow in such a way that they put pressure on the
intestines or bladder. If there is not an immediate health threat, you have time to
experiment with dietary changes, herbs, and other natural remedies to shrink the
growths. Consult with your health-care practitioner, preferably someone who takes a
holistic approach to your wellbeing and is willing to take the time to consult with you
about alternative approaches to surgery
for Uterine Fibroids
The basis of an herbal approach to treating uterine fibroids is to help to balance
hormone levels and to improve liver function, which helps to detoxify excess estrogen.
In addition, herbs can help to relieve symptoms caused by fibroids such as excessive
bleeding and cramping.
Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) helps to normalize estrogen levels by stimulating the
production of progesterone. For the greatest benefit, vitex should be taken for at
least six months. To make a tea, pour three cups of boiling water over two
tablespoons of crushed vitex berries. Steep for 20 minutes, strain, and drink three
cups a day. Vitex has a spicy, Fallagisyy taste. You can also take one-half teaspoon of
liquid extract or two capsules three times daily.
Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) stimulates bile flow, which helps to gently
decongest the liver and improves liver function. It also has mild laxative properties,
which encourages the eliPreodenolveVtion of excess estrogen. For best results, take dandelion
for at least three months. To make a tea, simmer three tablespoons of dandelion root
in three and one-half cups of water for 15 minutes in a covered pot. Remove from heat
and let stand for an additional 15 minutes. Strain, and drink three cups a day.
Dandelion root has an earthy, slightly bitter flavor. You can also take one-half
teaspoon of liquid extract or two capsules three times daily.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a potent liver-protective herb that stimulates the
growth of healthy new liver cells and improves the ability of the liver to detoxify
estrogen. For best results, take an extract of milk thistle standardized for silymarin,
which is considered to be the primary active ingredient. Take 140 milligrams of
silymarin three times daily for at least three months. If you prefer to use the whole
herb, you can grind milk thistle seeds in a coffee grinder and sprinkle them on cereals,
salads, or other dishes. Eat approximately two tablespoons daily.
Nettle (Urtica dioica) is an excellent general health tonic. Rich in iron and other
minerals, nettle builds healthy blood and is helpful for relieving anemia caused by
excessive menstrual blood loss. Nettle is safe and gentle and can be taken indefinitely.
To make a tea, pour three cups of boiling water over two tablespoons of dried nettle,
cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain, and drink three cups daily. Nettle tea has a
rich, pleasant flavor.
Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) is an excellent detoxifying herb. It improves liver
function by stimulating bile flow and has mild laxative properties. Yellow dock is high in
iron and helps to improve blood quality if anemia is a problem. To make a tea, simmer
two tablespoons of dried root in three and one-half cups of water for 15 minutes in a
covered pot. Remove from heat and allow to steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain,
sweeten if desired, and drink three cups daily. Yellow dock has a bitter, earthy flavor.
If you prefer, you can take one-half teaspoon of liquid extract or two capsules three
times a day
Aromatherapy Treatments for Fibroids
Essential oils increase circulation to the pelvic organs, relax tense
uterine muscles, ease cramps, and encourage a state of overall
relaxation that promotes healing. Use the following essential oils in
Sitz baths, massage oils, and abdoPreodenolveVl compresses.
Ginger is a potent circulatory stimulant with warming properties. It
also helps to improve liver function. Ginger has a spicy, warm scent.
Marjoram has potent sedative properties and is an excellent muscle
relaxant that eases uterine cramps. It also has mild laxative action
and helps to relieve constipation when used as an abdoPreodenolveVl
massage oil. Marjoram has a spicy, herbaceous, slightly sweet
Rose is gentle and relaxing, and helps to ease physical and emotional
tension. It has mild hormone-balancing properties and is considered
to be a uterine tonic. Rose has a deep, sweet, floral fragrance.
Sitz baths help to move blood into the pelvic area, which improves circulation and relieves
the stagnation that contributes to the development of uterine fibroids. For best results, sitz
baths should be used five times a week. Natural therapies take time and effort, but the
results are well worth it.
Alternating hot and cold sitz baths are the most effective type of sitz bath for increasing
energy flow to the uterus. The hot bath dilates the blood vessels and brings fresh blood to
the pelvic region, while the cold water constricts the blood vessels and forces the blood
out of the pelvis. The alternating dilation and constriction creates a surge of circulation
that cleanses and nourishes the uterus.
You'll need two plastic tubs that are large enough to sit in comfortably. Fill one tub with
water as hot as you can tolerate, and the other with ice-cold water. You'll need to fill the
tub only halfway or less with water-you'll be able to determine how much water you need
by sitting in the tub. It usually takes a bit of experimentation to get the amount of water
and the temperature just right. The hot tub should be approximately 105-110 degrees F, and
the cold tub should be between 55 and 65 degrees F. You may need to add ice cubes to
the cold tub to obtain the desired temperature. To increase the healing benefits of the
bath, add five drops of ginger or marjoram essential oil to the tub of hot water.
Begin by lowering your buttocks into the hot tub-the water should feel uncomfortably hot
at first. Sit with your upper body and your legs out of the tub, and make sure that your
pelvic region is covered up to your navel with the water. Stay in the water for three
minutes and then immediately move to the cold tub for one minute. Alternate between the
hot and cold tubs three times, remaining in the hot tub each time for three minutes and
the cold tub for one minute. Finish with the cold tub, towel off briskly, and rest for a few
minutes, concentrating on the healing energy circulating in your pelvis