Women’s health is largely determined by their sex. The biological and hormonal changes that occur throughout their lives are determinant and cause certain disorders. Nature offers natural solutions to deal with them.

Besides menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and menopause, there are some health disorders that, without being exclusively female, affect women more (migraine and frequent headaches, cardiovascular diseases, joint disorders…).

Medicinal plants may be the perfect ally to deal with those and prevent the main disorders suffered by women, always under professional advice.

Menstrual cramps

The menstrual cycle is a biological process that affects the health of women. It is related to reproductive function and hormonal, physical and psychological changes, which are also health indicators. Sometimes menstruation comes with pain, abundant bleeding or the absence of menstruation, which indicate that something is wrong and there’s a need to address the causes of this imbalance.

Natural help: Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus L) and Mugwort (Artemisa vulgaris)

Mugwort soothes painful menstruation and improves irregular menses. Chaste tree is used to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and irregularities in the menstrual cycle. It helps women with low progesterone levels to recover the balance between estrogen and progesterone.



Hot flashes

Hot flashes and excessive sweating are two of the most common symptoms suffered by women in the transition period towards menopause. The intensity varies among different women and may disrupt their social lives. These are disorders derived from estrogen deficiency.

Natural help: Black cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa L.) and soy isoflavones

Isoflavones (mainly found in soybeans) are helpful with hormonal imbalances. They have a similar structure to estrogens, and this makes them reproduce their effect, thus contributing to reducing the frequency and severity of flashes and sweating. In addition, we have to highlight Black cohosh among the plants that have been proven to be beneficial for menopausal symptoms.


The total amount of bone a person has in their skeleton is continuously changing throughout life. From birth to youth, as the skeleton grows, bones are formed faster than they deteriorate, reaching their maximum at approximately 30 years of age. After the age of 40, bone mass gradually decreases. Whereas in men this loss is constant, in women it is accelerated during menopause due to the reduction of estrogen levels. The Spanish Organization of Rheumatology estimates that 1 out of 4 postmenopausal women and 40% of women between 70 and 79 years of age suffer from osteoporosis.

Natural help: vitamins and minerals

To face this situation, it is essential to provide the body with an extra supply of calcium —and vitamin D3 to ensure that calcium reaches the bones—, along with other elements such as magnesium or vitamin K (MK7).


Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders are quite common in middle-aged women and increase during menopause. About 60% of menopausal women suffer from sleep disorders, and insomnia stands out among them. Hormonal changes have an impact on women’s biological clock and thus cause problems falling asleep —because less melatonin is synthesized- and awakenings throughout the night -which are increased by hot flashes.

Natural help: Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata L), valerian (Valeriana officinalis L) and California poppy (Eschscholtzia californica Cham).

A supplement with melatonin can be helpful here to fall asleep, but plants such as passionflower, valerian and California poppy also have sedative, calming and mild hypnotic properties.

Tired legs and varicose veins

Heavy legs, cramps, swelling, tingling, warmth and sometimes dilated veins are symptoms of tired legs. This disorder is produced when veins cannot easily send blood back from the lower limbs to the heart. The normal process is that the contraction of muscles impulses blood against gravity, and a system of valves inside the veins prevents the blood from flowing downward. If this process fails, the discomfort will begin, as blood will stagnate, veins will dilate, and fluids will leak into the tissues. This problem is more common in women due to hormonal factors, and its symptoms increase with age as veins lose elasticity over the years.

Natural help: Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and Buthcer’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus)

Witch hazel, with flavonoids and tannins, enhances blood flow thanks to its venous vasoconstrictor and anti-inflammatory properties; Horse chestnut, with saponins, has anti-edematous and anti-inflammatory properties; and Butcher’s broom increases the resistance of capillaries and reduces their permeability.

Urinary infections

The very morphology of the urinary system puts women at greater risk of suffering urinary infections. Their urethra is shorter than men’s, and that makes it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder. It is estimated that 1 out of 5 women will suffer from cystitis at least once in their life, likely between the ages of 20 and 40.

Natural help: Large cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Aiton), Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Sprengel) and Heather (Calluna vulgaris L.).

The treatment for an infection of the urinary tract is by means of antibiotic drugs, but since for a good number of women this ends up becoming a recurrent problem, some plants help in prevention. Large cranberry contains anthocyanins that make it a strong antibacterial as they prevent microorganisms from adhering. Bearberry and Heather have urinary antiseptic and diuretic properties.

Vaginal candidiasis

The infection caused by different species of candida is the second most common cause of vaginal infection and mainly affects women between the ages of 20 and 45. Normally, the origin is in the imbalance of the vaginal microbiota, due to an extraordinary increase in the development of the fungus Candida albicans —which is usually found in small amounts in that body part— and a reduction in the species of Lactobacillus.

Natural help: Marjoram (Origanum vulgare L.) and probiotics

It is considered that the essential oil of Marjoram is one of the best natural antiseptics. It stands out for its antifungal properties and for contributing to the balance of beneficial bacteria in the microbiota. Another essential aid is the use of probiotics that protect against infection and help restore vaginal flora.


According to the information provided by the World Health Organization, 1 out of 3 women of childbearing age (between 15 and 49 years) suffers from anemia. The loss of blood through menstruation may be one of the causes of iron deficiency anemia, which causes fatigue, lack of concentration or headaches, among other symptoms.

Pregnancy is another stage of women’s lives in which the prevalence of anemia increases. Iron is essential to increase the amount of blood and thus ensure the supply of oxygen to the fetus.

Natural help: Iron and Vitamin C

In cases of anemia, it is important to watch your diet and include in your menu legumes (lentils and chickpeas), green leafy vegetables (chard and spinach), nuts (almonds and pistachios) or red meat. Food supplements combining iron and vitamin C may be a great option if you need to reach suitable levels. 

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