Herbs for Women

by Purple Herbal

Herbs have been used by women for thousands of years to help relieve female ailments like PMS, excessive uterine bleeding, scant or irregular periods, menopausal symptoms, infertility, and other issues.

The following herbs are useful for women who wish to treat these conditions naturally:

Agrimony (water)


This herb is useful for menstrual problems, especially when there is excessive bleeding from the uterus.

The dosage, taken as an infusion, is 1 oz of of herb to 2 cups of water.  This can be 3 – 4 times daily



Black cohosh

black cohoshBlack cohosh is a useful herb for women going through menopause, who want an alternative to hormone therapy. Symptoms like headaches, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood changes are remedied with this herb.

This herb is best taken as a tincture, 20-40 drops in water 3 times a day. A tea can be made with 1 oz. of the dried root brought to boil in 5 cups of water. Let is simmer for 20 – 30 minutes than drink one cup three times daily.

Long term use of this herb, more than 6 months, is not recommended.

Chaste tree

chaste treeChaste tree is used for treating the symptoms of PMS and for bleeding irregularities of the uterus, like frequent or heavy bleeding. It can also help with infertility, prevent miscarriage, and increase the production of breast milk. It helps to regulate the hormone levels in women.

It is best used in tincture form. 30 – 50 drops 3 times daily is recommended.

Usually, it takes 3 menstrual cycles for this herb to take effect, so please be patient with it.


cinnamonCinnamon can be taken to reduce pain and excessive bleeding (from fibroids and endometriosis) during menstruation.

One teaspoon per day of powdered root can be taken, or 50 drops of tincture in water.



Dong quai

dong quaiDong quai helps relieve PMS, irregular periods, cramps, and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.

40 – 80 drops of tincture in some water 3 times a day is the recommended dosage.

Or a tea made with one teaspoon of herb in one cup of water, brought to boil and simmered for 5 – 10 minutes can be taken.

Lady’s mantle

lady's mantleLady’s mantle is mainly used for excessive menstruation.

A tea made with 1 oz. of herb to 2 cups of water should be taken in 2 oz. doses. It can also be inserted into the vagina as a douche.




licoriceLicorice is useful when wanting to treat symptoms of menopause like mood swings , hot flashes, and the balancing of hormones. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties make it useful for helping to relieve symptoms of PMS – nausea, bloating, painful cramps, and breast tenderness.

It’s even useful in treating herpes because of it’s anti-viral properties.

One teaspoon of herb boiled or 50 drops of tincture in one cup of water can be taken three times daily.


motherwortAs the name suggests, this herb is incredibly useful for mothers and women alike. It helps to regulate the circulation during menopause, so heart palpitations are eased. It is a mild sedative, and induces tranquility and reduces anxiety. It also helps regulate menstruation, eases painful periods, and induces delayed periods.

One to two teaspoons of the herb in one cup of water can be made into a tea, taken with lemon and honey. Drink up to two cups daily, one tablespoon at a time.

50 drops of tincture twice a day can be taken in place of the tea.

Raspberry leaf

redraspberryRaspberry leaf tea is a wonderful tonic for women. It can be taken during pregnancy, to help with childbirth, as it is extremely safe and nourishes the system. It increases fertility, eases painful menstruation and tones the muscles of the uterus. It reduces morning sickness, prevents miscarriage, and eases pain during and after labor. It also increases the milk supply of women. It is high in iron, calcium, vitamin E, and vitamin C.

One teaspoon of herb in one cup of water can be taken 3 times daily.


sageThe botanical name for sage is salvia, which is Latin for “to save” or “to heal.” Sage is used for uterine bleeding and painful cramps. It has high levels of calcium and antioxidants.

Take one teaspoon of herb in one cups of water and drink 2 -3 cups daily. Add honey to make it more palatable.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYarrow is an anti-spasmodic, so it useful in treating menstrual cramps and endometriosis. It tones the uterus and reduces heavy menstrual bleeding.

One teaspoon of herb in one cup of water, drank 3 -4 times daily, is the recommended dosage