7 Ways to Boost Your Fertility Naturally
1.Work towards a healthy BMI
Both Mum and Dad need to ensure that they are in their healthy weight range. Carrying excess weight impacts upon our hormones and therefore, for mum, this can reduce ovulation and for dad, extra weight will affect both testosterone levels and affect sperm production.
Being underweight can be just as harmful to your fertility, again by reducing ovulation.
2. Get your man on board with preconception care health
The sperm is just half of the equation when it comes to making an embryo, so ensuring your man is eating well, supplementing with a preconception multi, reducing alcohol, not smoking (anything!) and keeping his ‘crown jewels’ cool will all impact on the health of your future baby.
One thing you can ask your man to do today is to take his mobile phone out of his hip pocket, not only does this radiation go straight into his sperm, but it also heats up the reproductive area. This is an absolute no, no for good sperm health.
2. Reduce stress
Easier said than done I know, but essential if you want to have a regular menstrual cycle and promote ovulation. The stress hormones your body produces tell your body that it’s in danger and thus you would not want to reproduce. This will therefore slow down or stop some of the essential hormone reactions from occurring. These stress hormones not only can affect your menstrual cycle but also slow down your metabolism and reduce weight loss.
Finding a better work life balance by including exercise and meditation will do wonders to reduce your stress levels. Taking herbal remedies such as withania, rhodiola, rehmannia Bacopa and liquorice will all help your body to reduce the stress hormones.
4. Remove social poisons
Cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs will all be detrimental to your fertility. Not only to they make the liver work harder to detoxify your system but they will rid your body of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy egg and sperm health. It has been proven that our most common social poisons directly impact on the health and function of our eggs and sperm, reducing conception rates and increasing the incidence of miscarriage.
A minimum of three months of abstinence and supplementation is recommended before trying to conceive. For more information see Alcohol and Fertility
5. Eat a wholefood diet
Our food is the fuel we give our body to provide the building blocks for healthy eggs and sperm. By choosing a wholefood diet, i.e. a diet full of fresh organic foods and no packaged foods you are supplying your body with the right building blocks to promote not only a healthy you, but a healthy baby. Your diet should be high in organic vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, lean protein choices, free range eggs, organic grains (if tolerated), filtered water and fish. When choosing your fish go for unfarmed fish from unpolluted waters, and choose the smaller fish, as they have been in the ocean for less amount of time and will have less toxicity. Good choices include; snapper, whiting, ling, herring, sardines and wild barramundi.
6. Detox your home
Natural cleaning products are probably already on your shelf just waiting to be used. There is not much that you can’t clean with vinegar, bicarb soda, eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil. If you’re not into making your own chemical free cleaning products they’re certainly readily available at your health food store, supermarket, wholefood grocer or online.
Radiation is something we are surrounded by every day. Did you realise that charging your mobile phone in your bedroom of a night time reduces your body’s production of melatonin by 50%. Melatonin is not only important for quality sleep, but also important for the health of your eggs.
Many personal care products contain numerous ingredients that are toxic or less than safe. Chemicals found in personal care products have been shown to accumulate in organs, cause asthma, and damage the central nervous system and affect embryonic health. If you would like more information on my top recommendations for cleaning and personal care products, feel free to email me.
7. Choose the best preconception vitamin for you
Not all preconception vitamin and mineral products are made equally. In fact, many retail brand multivitamins can actually reduce your fertility by overloading your system with folic acid and iodine. Your best form of folate may in fact not be folic acid but a methylated version or your body may already have too much iodine for good thyroid health. Prescription of a preconception multivitamin is best done once your nutritional health has been determined via blood and urine tests to ensure that you are enhancing your fertility.
To get started on making a healthy baby today, download our Preconception Checklist.
Should you get rid of gluten to improve your fertility?
Gluten is like glue in your digestive system! Remember how you made glue by mixing flour and water together when you were little? The same thing is happening in your digestive system…eek!
Gluten is a rubbery protein found in wheat, rye, triticale and barley. It is a big problem for people with Coeliac Disease but it is actually problematic for everyone, especially when trying to conceive.
Usually when we eat something the stomach and intestines break it down and absorb the nutrients but our body cannot break gluten down properly and this contributes to leaky gut!
WHY LEAKY GUT DOESN’T HELP WITH FERTILITY
The weakening of the tight junctions of the stomach wall causes the immune system to become more reactive to the contents of our stomach, often leading to food intolerances. This inflammation of the stomach wall will also impair your ability to absorb nutrients. Since the health of your egg and sperm are dependent on high levels of nutrients in the body gluten is a great thing to eliminate from your diet.
When the mucous membrane of the stomach becomes irritated the protein molecules of gluten can then cross into our blood stream where our body’s immune defences recognise it as a foreign. If this occurs often our body can get confused between what is the gluten floating free in our blood and our own organs and body parts and it will begin to attack those. This process causes all sorts of issues the worst being autoimmune issues resulting in a myriad of other symptoms such as:
Gluten can negatively affect any tissue in the body.
If your stomach is in a really bad way, you may even react to other grains in what is known as ‘cross-reactivity’. This means that your body may have the same sort of reactions to corn and rice due to the same leaky gut issues. We can decide in my clinic, based on your symptoms or doing an IgG antibody test whether going completely grain free is warranted or perhaps going gluten free will is enough to get you to your optimal fertility. If you question that you may have food intolerance of some kind, I would advise doing an IgG intolerance test such as the Food Detective.
Most people will notice a difference in themselves pretty soon after removing gluten, usually somewhere between 2 days and two weeks. This may be feeling lighter, less bloated, better sleep, increased energy, less pain, skin feels less dry or brain feels clearer.
There are so many foods available that are gluten free, that avoiding gluten should not cause you any problems. Nearly all foods have a gluten free option, including treats!
Begin by eating more ‘real’ foods i.e. fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes and gluten free grains like rice, corn, quinoa and buckwheat. Read your labels. If a product is labelled gluten free, then you can be confident that you can eat it. If there are any ingredients that contain gluten it legally has to be declared on the label, so sometime it may say “may contain gluten” and these foods are best to be avoided as well.
Things to look out for when choosing gluten free (GF):
Remember that just because a product is gluten free doesn’t mean that it is good for you! Wherever possible choose wholefoods.
We have included some delicious recipe options for you in The Fertility Formula, but don’t be limited. With Google at your fingertips all you need to do is type in ‘gluten free breakfast/bread/zucchini slice’ whatever you are thinking of there is always a delicious gluten free alternative.
BEFORE GOING GLUTEN FREE CONSIDER THIS
Once you have gone gluten free you will probably never want to go back to eating gluten on a regular basis and to be accurately tested for Coeliac Disease you need to be eating gluten regularly. So if you feel that there is any chance that you may have Coeliac Disease i.e. you have a family member with Coeliac Disease, you have had more than one miscarriage or you are experiencing symptoms of Coeliac Disease such as: pain, nausea, vomiting, anaemia, fatigue, unexplained weightless or gain, bloating, flatulence or irregular bowel motions I would suggest that you see your medical doctor or naturopath to have some coeliac blood screening done.
Along with the commonly requested transglutimase blood test ask your health practitioner to also request THE COELIAC GENE TEST (HLA, DQ2, DQ8) if you have symptoms and test positively for these tests you may want to do further testing, see your health practitioner for advice on further investigations.
It is also important to note, that there are people who have ‘silent coeliac’ i.e. some people with coeliac disease don’t have ANY symptoms.
We do know that gynaecological issues, infertility and recurrent miscarriage is common among women with Coeliac Disease. Men with Coeliac Disease may have lower testosterone levels and abnormal sperm. New York Times February 3, 2010
If you are diagnosed with Coeliac Disease feel confident in the fact that with a strict gluten free diet, herbal and nutritional supplementation it is possible to conceive and deliver a healthy baby.
If you would like more information on going gluten free and loads of fertility friendly gluten free recipes, you will find The Fertility Formula a great resource.
Is your home making you sick?
We’re exposed to toxins in our environment almost everywhere we turn, but we do have the power to ensure our home environment is a safe haven from the chemical onslaught through our choices of cleaning products, cookware, house paint, carpet, deodorant, makeup, food, and water.
Examining each and every product we come into contact with may sound extreme, but for your health, as well as your fertility, it is necessary. Many of the chemicals that we are exposed to in our environment are endocrine disruptors i.e. they upset the natural balance of our hormones that are responsible for reproduction. Oven cleaners, deodorant, perfume, pesticides, cleaning products, insect repellents, cigarettes, shampoos, hair dyes, processed foods, deep sea fish, tooth paste, tap water, lead paint, new carpet and amalgam fillings are all sources of toxic exposure but most of these also have a natural alternative that can be so much better for your body and the environment.
Here are some practical ways to limit clean up your environment:
• Doing renovations? Use toxin-free alternatives. See www.safersolutions.org.au for more advice on healthy renovations.
• Keep your air clean with ventilation, burn essential oils and indoor house plants. N.B. Indoor plants are not only known to filter the air but also to absorb radiation.
• Don’t microwave in plastic or with glad wrap. Better still don’t microwave at all.
• Avoid pesticides in your home, garden or on your pets, there are safe natural ways.
• Use natural nail polish and remover.
• Use chemical free cosmetics, did you know that many ladies have put 200 chemicals on their face before they leave home in the morning!
• Drink filtered water.
• Use aluminium free deodorant.
• Avoid SLS in shampoo, soap, and toothpaste.
• Buy fresh foods, avoid food in plastic containers and tins
• Store your food in glass containers.
• Drink filtered tap water.
• Use essential oils instead of air freshener and perfume.
• Make your own cleaning products with vinegar, bicarbonate soda and essential oils.
• Turn off computer, wi-fi, and other electrical appliances when not in use. DO NOT have them anywhere near you while sleeping.
• Don’t smoke and avoid passive smoking.
Use a glass or aluminium water bottle. The plastic water bottles that you buy water in from the shop are only designed for single use and should not be refilled.
Limit your exposure to all forms of radiation. A study showed that when chick embryos were exposed to mobile phone radiation during the 21-day incubation period there was a five fold increase in chick deaths 1. Yes this is an animal study and may not relate to humans but at this point there has not been enough research on radiation and fertility, so best to avoid it.
The closer we get to nature, the more we can nurture ourselves in preparation for a baby. Cleaning up your environment before bub comes along, will make you more aware of the array of chemicals that we do not want to expose your child to and will inspire you to have a clean safe family home.
It’s important to remember that just because products are sold over the counter this doesn’t mean that they won’t harm you. Always remember that the cosmetic and personal care industry is a business. It is driven by the principle of maximising economic gain. So please check your bathroom cupboard and start reading the ingredients list on your personal care products and replace any products which may contain any chemicals, with organic chemical free products.
1.Youbicier-Smio, B.J. et al “biological effects of continuous exposure of embryos and young chickens to electromagnetic fields emitted by video display units” , Bioelectromagnetics, vol 18(7) (19997), pp 514 – 23)
Exercise to improve your fertility
Evidence suggests that moderate regular exercise i.e. 30 minutes on most days of the week, positively influences fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART)
In a study of 26,955 women, vigorous activity was associated with reduced risk of ovulatory infertility.1
Cycling for males, can be negative for the sperm concentration and their ability to swim, both of these parameters were shown to be decreased in males who cycled for five or more hours per week. 2
So what is the right amount of exercise?
Of course this is a very individual recommendation, dependant on your current weight and your fitness level. As a general rule though, following national and international evidence-based physical activity guidelines is recommended. This includes at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days. Choosing a combination of cardiovascular exercise along with walking and some resistance exercises to build muscle mass will assist you in improving your fertility and reduce the risk of miscarriage.
More importantly, develop a program that you enjoy and that you can stick with! Both yoga and walking are wonderful to continue on with in pregnancy so these are excellent exercises to include in your preconception exercise routine.
Exercise has a beneficial impact on appetite, and provides long-term health benefits. For most patients it is recommended to aim for, or build up to, 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, that is where you’re puffing but can still talk, at least four days per week. Activities can include a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise such as:
• Weight bearing exercises
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Taking the first steps to healthy weight is a common goal for many of us. If you find that your indulgences have settled on your hips, or you have been carrying excess weight for some time now, it is time to find your motivation for change. Set yourself the goal of a fantastic new you! It really saddens me when consulting with my clients to learn how their unwanted kilos hold them back from health and happiness.
It’s important to ensure good muscle mass is maintained during weight loss, as this will promote healthy metabolism and enable you to keep the fat off long term without the rebound.
Our new weight loss program will help you successfully lose fat while maintaining muscle. This convenient and simple to follow dietary program will help to keep you feeling full, decrease your appetite and limit those sweet cravings in order to facilitate successful weight loss goals.
1. Rich-Edwards JW, Spiegelman D, Garland M, Hertzmark E, Hunter DJ, Colditz GA, Willett WC, Wand H, Manson JE 2002. “Physical activity, body mass index, and ovulatory disorder infertility.” Epidemiology 13:184-190. The Fertility Society of Australia.
2. Wise LA, Cramer DW, Hornstein MD, Ashby RK, Missmer SA 2011. “Physical activity and semen quality among men attending an infertility clinic.” Fertil Steril 95:1025-1030. The Fertility Society of Australia.
How to Get Pregnant….Fast!
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Step 1 – get healthy with Preconception Care
Step 2 – get to know your menstrual cycle!
Timing is everything when it comes to getting pregnant. To encourage the happy union of egg and sperm it helps to know how long your normal cycle is and when you’re ovulating. This will ensure that once your egg is released the sperm are there ready and waiting!
When tracking your cycle, I recommend that you take note of a number of important facts:
• The length of your cycle i.e. how long is it between each period
• Do you have any mid-cycle spotting or pain?
• How many days do you bleed?
• How much blood loss do you have?
• Do you experience PMS symptoms?
• Do you notice any bowel changes at period time?
• Do you have pain with sex?
• Do you notice vaginal mucous changes throughout the month?
Each one of these points helps me determine if the body is producing the perfect amount of hormones for ovulation and maintenance of a pregnancy. I can also decide if natural medicine, herbs, lifestyle changes, nutritional support will be enough to support conception or if more investigation is needed and a referral to a medical doctor is required if you want to get pregnant fast.
WHAT DOES A PERFECT CYCLE LOOK LIKE?
Note: Day 1 is your first day of bleeding.
Day 1 – 5: Shedding of the endometrium with bright red blood loss and no pain or PMS symptoms.
Days 6 – 12: You notice changes of vaginal mucous secretions from a scanty amount of mucous to more clear abundant secretions resulting in egg white like secretions at ovulation time at around days 12-14
Throughout your cycle you will notice temperature changes. By taking note of your basal body temperature (temperature taken on waking), we are able to ascertain if your hormones are in balance.
WHAT AN IMPERFECT CYCLE LOOKS LIKE:
I am constantly surprised that women consider; headaches, pain, migraine, fluid retention, dramatic bowel changes, pain with intercourse, spotting etc. to be normal symptoms they should put up with.
With perfect hormonal balance the period arrives around day 28 to 30 with bright red blood, steady flow, no spotting and no pain relief needed.
If this is not how you experience your monthly cycle, then I encourage you to keep track of your period, any symptoms you experience and have them reviewed by a natural fertility specialist. To keep track of these symptoms you may like to use an App on your phone or use our Menstrual Diary Chart
Usually it takes approximately three months of diet and/or lifestyle changes, together with herbal remedies to bring the menstrual cycle back into balance.
HOW TO BALANCE THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
TO BRING THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE BACK INTO BALANCE I WILL USUALLY FORMULATE 3 HERBAL TONICS:
First half tonic, the aim of this herbal mixture is to focus on the build-up of healthy endometrium and ovulation. For the middle of the cycle we will promote ovulation with an ovulation trigger. The third tonic will be to maintain a pregnancy by keeping progesterone levels balanced.
BLOOD TESTS TO REQUEST:
If your cycle is way out of balance it may be helpful to have some blood pathology done. By checking Progesterone on day 21 of your cycle you can check if you have ovulated that month. By checking oestrogen in the early part of your cycle, around day three, this will tell us if the body is producing the right amount of oestrogen to ensure a healthy endometrium.
Follicle stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone are also helpful to request, so we can see that these are in the right reference ranges. This can give us information on perhaps why you are not ovulating. Luteinising hormone is responsible for the release of the egg. The egg is released between 16 and 24 hours after the surge.
YOUR MOST FERTILE TIME:
As soon as your egg is released it is ideal to have the sperm ready and waiting to fertilise. The egg is only able to be fertilised for between 16-24 hours. The sperm however can live in the right conditions for 3 to 4 days on average, even up to seven days. However, ideally it will be fresh, vital sperm, not seven-day old, aging sperm that is waiting to fertilise your egg. Ovulation usually occurs 14 days prior to the menstrual bleed thus knowing the length of your cycle will help you to determine your fertile window.
Cervical mucous can be a very helpful tool in determining your fertile time although when you are actively trying to conceive and not using condoms it can be harder to measure the mucous changes. So while you are preparing your body for pregnancy this is a good time to start graphing your cycle to determine when your fertile mucous usually arrives. This mucous protects the sperm from the acidity of the vagina and nourishes and guides the sperm through the cervix and into the uterus.
If you’re using personal lubricant due to a lack of cervical mucous please ensure it is a sperm friendly one. Many lubricants will act as a spermicide and even saliva can kill sperm!
Early in your cycle when oestrogen is low you will expect very little mucous, often described as dry and pasty.
As your oestrogen levels start to rise you can expect to make more mucous often described as milky, cloudy, gel like or stringy. You may notice that your mucous is very much like egg white. If so congratulations! This is totally normal and is what healthy fertile mucous looks like and will help the sperm to meet the egg. Typically, ovulation will occur 2 days after this mucous arrives.
If you are not noticing any mucous changes, there is an unpleasant smell, you experience a white discharge or you experience itchiness, I recommend visiting your doctor.
For ladies with regular menstrual cycles monitoring the basal body temperature can be very helpful when trying to conceive to do this use your favourite fertility app and follow the following guidelines.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECORDING YOUR TEMPERATURE AND CERVICAL MUCOUS
• Your temperature readings confirm whether you have ovulated.
• This is most accurately taken with a fertility thermometer from a pharmacy.
• Your temperature is taken under your tongue first thing in the morning, before getting out of bed. On your chart place a dot in the box which corresponds to your temperature and day of cycle. Day 1 is the first day of your period.
• Your temperature needs to be taken at the same time each morning, because generally, temperatures rise gradually throughout the day until about 2.00 p.m. For each hour later than the usual time the temperature is recorded one temperature row below. For each hour earlier the temperature is recorded one row above. e.g. If you normally take your temperature at 6.00a.m., though you sleep in until 8.30 a.m. and your temperature is 36.7 degrees, you should record your temperature at 36.45 degrees. (Make a “slept-in” note so as to not confuse your practitioner!).
• Conditions affecting your temperature may include things like a late night, fever, a cold, broken sleep or alcohol. These may cause abnormally high or low temperatures, resulting in inaccurate chart interpretation if not noted down.
• The nature of your cervical mucus tells you when you are approaching ovulation.
• Check your mucous every time you go to the toilet, before urination, although you only need record your most fertile reading of the day. Record the external sensation, the amount and the texture on your chart before going to bed at night e.g. mucous may be dry, creamy with a small amount in the morning, but by evening it may be moist, creamy and increased in amount. Record the latter interpretation only.
• Between the thumb and forefinger collect the mucous from the vaginal opening.
• External sensation – Use one of the following three to describe the external sensation: dry, moist/damp, or wet. The wetter the sensation, the more fertile you are.
• Amount – this will increase as you get closer to ovulation.
• Texture – this can vary from none or pasty in the non-fertile phases, to creamy or milky in the stages around ovulation, to clear, stretchy or like raw egg white at ovulation. Each woman is different and mucous can vary from cycle to cycle.
You may find graphing your cycle a little overwhelming at first; however, after about 3 cycles you will start to see an obvious pattern and be much more aware of your fertility. Your practitioner can help you to interpret your cycle to enhance conception attempts.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Generally, you can expect that your temperature to rise by 0.2 to 0.5⁰C after ovulation due to your rise in progesterone. Just prior to ovulation your temperature will drop by 0.1 to 0.5⁰C. Your most fertile time is 2 days prior to your mid cycle temperature rise. However, it is possible for the egg to have been released up to 5 days prior to the temperature rise. You are least fertile once the temperature has remained high for over three days. Note, we are wanting the temperature to be at its highest (showing healthy progesterone levels) one week after ovulation. Progesterone can be supported by herbal and nutritional remedies if you find they are a little low.
Overall, the benefit of recording your temperature is that it helps you to get in touch with your menstrual cycle and become familiar with when your fertile window usually is. It can also be of use to determine if your follicular phase (pre-ovulatory phase) or your luteal (post-ovulatory phase) is too long or too short. This information will help your practitioner determine which remedies are needed to improve your fertility.
Don’t worry if your chart is not looking as expected, more specific tests can be ordered such as a day 21 progesterone test to check for ovulation. If your temperature is very low, I would recommend having your thyroid and iodine levels tested.
For most couples a 2 to 3 day period of abstinence prior to ‘trying to conceive’ (TTC) would be desirable to allow a buildup of numbers of healthy sperm. A longer period of abstinence can result in older less healthy sperm. A recent sperm analysis can help your practitioner give more individualised advice on your best days to TTC.
Most of my clients find that taking note of their monthly cycle is a really empowering educational experience, especially those who have come off the oral contraceptive pill and are just getting use to what a ‘normal’ month looks like.
My top tip, if you are already struggling with stress around your fertility, perhaps tracking is not the answer for you. Discuss this with your practitioner to see if they feel it would be helpful in your fertility journey.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Tea for Fertility
I love the ritual of making herbal tea…I love using my favourite teapot and cup, the teas too are fragrant and a perfect source of easily absorbable vitamins and minerals. Of course if you know me, you have probably tried one of my herbal medicine tonics and no, they do not taste amazing, unlike my favourite fertility tea. So what type of tea is best?
LOOSE LEAF TEA OR TEA BAGS?
I prefer to use the whole leaf/root or flower rather than teabags when making my teas, this way you avoid, the bleach used in the bags, glues and staples. Of course it is always essential to choose organic teas. When using the whole flower, or larger parts of the plant as we do in loose leaf teas, you are able to absorb more of the essential oils, vitamins and minerals as they haven’t been chopped up so finely that they have oxidised.
ARE TEAS SAFE AND CAN THEY HELP WITH YOUR FERTILITY?
Herbal teas don’t give you hormones but rather they provide the body with the building blocks i.e. the minerals and phytochemicals to support the body to manufacture its own tissues and hormones.
The herbs that I have blended together to make the delicious Fertility Tea, have been used for thousands of years helping women conceive; balancing their hormones and supporting the reproductive system. This blend of herbs is safe to use and recommended for any woman, including those struggling with; PCOS, PMT, endometriosis, hormonal imbalances, fertility and digestive issues. It is delicious drunk hot or cold.
The herbs used are all organic and include:
Red Clover: This is the single most useful herb for establishing fertility. Its high vitamin content is especially useful for the uterus; its high protein content aids the entire body. It’s very absorbable calcium and magnesium relax the nervous system and promote fertility. Red clover is also known to alkalise the body and may balance the acid/alkali level of the vagina and uterus in favour of conception.
Raspberry Leaf: When combined with Red Clover this herb is an excellent fertility herb. It is known to tone the uterus and prevent miscarriage. This herb contains fragrine, which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvic region, including the uterus. It also has a rich concentration of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B, phosphorus and potassium and the easily assimilated calcium and iron.
Licorice: Has been used for thousands of years in eastern medicine to promote ovulation. It also supports the adrenals, helping the body cope with stress, whilst it is soothing on the body’s mucous membranes and a beautiful bowel cleanser.
Nettle: Is said to contain more chlorophyll than any other herb and contains lots of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and sulphur. It is known to increase fertility and supports both mother and fetus once pregnancy occurs.
Peppermint: This herb is stimulating and gets you moving, it is an effective anti-nauseant and helps to balance the acid levels in the stomach therefore allowing better absorption in the gut. Mints are also recommended to improve sexual desire.
Chaste Tree Berry: This bountiful berry works on the body’s master gland, the pituitary, to help the body achieve a perfect balance of hormones to regulate the menstrual cycle. It is especially helpful to regulate the menstrual cycle after coming off the oral contraceptive pill. In studies it has been shown to support the body’s natural progesterone and luteinising hormone production. In other countries it is used (even by doctors) to help reduce endometriosis. It is often prescribed by herbalists to help ease PMS, menstrual difficulties and infertility.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF HERBAL TEA
Place one heaped teaspoon per person into the plunger or tea pot and then one extra teaspoon ‘for the pot’. Pour over filtered boiled water and allow it to infuse and steep for 3 – 5 minutes (even up to 10 minutes if you are like me and like your tea super strong). Note, it is best to make your tea in a covered vessel to keep in the benefits of the essential oils. Then plunge and serve.
I will often then refill this teapot or plunger and stick it in the fridge for a deliciously refreshing iced tea.
Herbal teas are a delicious and nurturing way of improving your fertility. Our bodies are based on water and so are plants, making a herbal tea the perfect way to extract and make accessible the full range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients form your herbal preparation. Why not try reducing that caffeine containing drink which doesn’t help your fertility at all and enjoy a nice cup of tea instead.