Updated: Nov 1, 2020
PCOS is a hormonal imbalance disorder causing your ovaries to enlarge and have small cysts/follicles (fluid-filled sacs) in your ovaries. The ovaries produce more androgens (male hormones) than normal.
PCOS can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormone levels, heart (causing heart attacks), blood vessels (causing strokes), diabetes, and appearance.
There is no single test that can diagnose PCOS.
The causes are unknown but several factors may play a part e.g. high androgen levels, genetics, thyroid dysfunction, extreme stress, and chronic inflammation.
There are many herbs that are known to help with hormonal imbalance and managing PCOS symptoms.
Here's a list taken from our Herb Bible- Herbs For Holistic Yoni Health.
Marigold (Calendula)- helps with balancing estrogen (the hormone responsible for fibroids and PCOS). Also helps treat cysts elsewhere in the body (in the breasts and digestive passage)
Cinnamon Bark- increases insulin sensitivity (i.e. reduces insulin resistance) and may regulate periods.
Dandelion Root- detoxes the liver and helps the body rid itself of hormone build-up.
Lady's Mantle- rich source of natural phytoestrogens- these restore hormonal balance and alleviate PCOS symptoms.
Lavender- can help ease PCOS symptoms such as anxiety, depression, pelvic pain
Motherwort- prescribed for PCOS in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Red Raspberry Leaf- helps with fertility for women with PCOS. Breaks up stagnation in the ovaries & uterus (for PCOS support).
Rosemary- normalises hormone levels. Aids weight loss (many women with PCOS are overweight or obese).
Turmeric Spice- reduces insulin resistance and is an anti-inflammatory.
Yarrow- may support with the treatment of ovarian cysts.
Herbs For Hormone Balancing:
Marigold (Calendula)- helps with balancing estrogen hormones.
Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)- known to promote the balance of hormones. Stimulates and stabilises the pituitary gland function.
Lemon Balm- known to promote the balance of hormones.
Mugwort- balances female hormones and stimulates hormone production.
Nettle- normalises hormone levels.
Peony Root- known to promote the balance of hormones (reduces the androgen hormone).
Red Clover- rich source of natural phytoestrogens- these restore hormonal balance and alleviate PCOS symptoms.
Rose Petals- known to promote the balance of hormones.
Spearmint- reduces androgen levels and free testosterone in the blood.
For the botanical / latin names of these herbs, please click here.
PCOS Product Recommendation List
From Felicia Ultimate Wombman Yoni Steaming Blend contains rosemary, mugwort, and lavender- 51%.
From Felicia Happy Period Tea- contains lemon balm leaves, lady's mantle, and red raspberry leaves.
(From Felicia Founder)