I'm very interested in hormone balancing, and lately I've become curious about herbal infusions.
I just got a book in the mail from herbalist, Susun Weed. I just adore this woman! She is Grandmother meets Shaman meets Auntie Mame.
Don't we all wish we had a wise elder like Susun Weed in our village? Well, now we do, in this village called the internet.
I came across these videos on YouTube and thought they were just wonderful. According to Susun, red clover blossoms, oatstraw and nettles are all powerful and effective herbs to take as infusions for hormonal balancing and fertility.
I just ordered my herbs online and can't wait to get started!
Herbal Infusions for Fertility and Hormone Balancing
Red Clover Infusion
“Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is better in every way than its cousin soy. It contains four phytoestrogens; soy has only one (isoflavone). Red clover infusion has ten times more phytoestrogens than soy “milk,” fewer calories, more calcium, and no added sugars. Red clover is the world's leading anti-cancer herb; soy isoflavone encourages the growth of breast cancer cells in the lab. Red clover improves the memory; Japanese men who ate tofu twice a week doubled their risk of Alzheimer's disease. Soy beverage can contain up to 1000 times more aluminum than milk, according to Sally Fallon, lipid researcher and fat specialist. She believes that ‘the highly processed soy foods of today are perpetuating… nutrient deficiencies…'”
“Oatstraw (Avena sativa) reduces high cholesterol, increases libido, and strengthens the nerves. A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. Its steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods. Oatstraw is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood. Do be careful whom you share it with, or you may find yourself sowing some wild oats. In Auryuvedic medicine, oatstraw is considered the finest of all longevity tonics.”
“Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) builds energy, strengthens the adrenals, and is said to restore youthful flexibility to blood vessels. A cup of nettle infusion contains 500 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K. For flexible bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beautiful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sister stinging nettle. It may make you feel so good you'll jump up and exercise.”
How to Make Herbal Infusions for Fertility and Hormone Balancing
To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won't work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of red clover infusion.
There are a ton of fascinating articles on Susun's website.
She also has a number of books and a weekly radio show.
How About You?
Have you had good luck with herbal infusions for hormone balancing and fertility? Please share your experiences in the comments below.