7 Medicinal Plants for Hormone Balance

7 Medicinal Plants for Hormone Balance

Nature’s pharmacy provides effective means to naturally support our bodies in achieving hormone balance. It’s important to emphasize that Ayurveda prioritizes an individualized approach. The selection of herbs can differ depending on an individual’s unique constitution (Prakriti) and the specific imbalance (Vikriti) they may be experiencing. In this article, we will delve into the distinctive properties of the following plants from both Western and Ayurvedic viewpoints: Ashwagandha, Nettle, Roseroot, Milk Thistle, Maca, Cinnamon, and Chasteberry.


Here are my favorite medicinal plants for hormone balance:



Ashwagandha is a powerful natural remedy that can assist in restoring inner balance, especially for those experiencing constant pressure, sleep issues, or feelings of nervousness and anxiety. This herb functions as a natural adaptogen, aiding the body in effectively managing stress and emotional strain. It actively supports adrenal and thyroid functions, reduces inflammation, and contributes to stabilizing blood sugar levels. Ashwagandha is available in both capsule and powder forms, providing flexibility in consumption methods.

Here’s how Ashwangadha might influence each dosha:

Vata Imbalance:

Symptoms: Anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, andfatigue.

Ashwagandha’s Role: Ashwagandha is grounding and calming, making it beneficial for reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. It nourishes the nervous system, helps with sleep, and supports the overall stability that Vata individuals may lack during imbalance.

Pitta Imbalance:

Symptoms: Irritability, inflammation, digestive issues, skin rashes, and overheating.

Ashwagandha’s Role: Ashwagandha has a cooling nature, making it useful for pacifying excess heat and inflammation associated with Pitta imbalance. It supports the digestive system, helps manage stress-related irritability, and promotes a sense of calm.

Kapha Imbalance:

Symptoms: Weight gain, lethargy, congestion, respiratory issues, and emotional heaviness.

Ashwagandha’s Role: While ashwagandha has a grounding effect, it’s important not to overuse it in cases of severe Kapha imbalance, as it may exacerbate the feeling of heaviness. In moderate amounts, it can be beneficial for providing energy, reducing lethargy, and supporting emotional well-being.


If you’re experiencing hormone-related water retention, incorporate two cups of nettle leaf tea into your daily routine. This herb boasts detoxifying and purifying properties while also stimulating metabolism. Moreover, nettle leaves are rich in essential minerals such as iron, potassium, and silicon. Notably, nettle effectively alleviates heavy menstrual bleeding and exhibits efficacy against inflammation and dermatitis.

Here’s how nettle may impact each dosha:


Vata Imbalance:

Benefits: Nettle is generally considered warming and can be beneficial for Vata imbalances. It may help alleviate symptoms associated with excess Vata, such as coldness, dryness, and nervousness.

Caution: In excess, nettle’s diuretic properties might exacerbate Vata imbalances related to dehydration. It’s essential to balance its consumption with hydrating elements.

Pitta Imbalance:

Benefits: Nettle is often considered cooling, making it potentially useful for Pitta imbalances. It may help soothe inflammation, acidity, and heat-related conditions.

Caution: Despite its cooling nature, some individuals may be sensitive to nettle. It’s advisable to monitor the body’s response, especially if there is a known Pitta sensitivity.

Kapha Imbalance:

Benefits: Nettle is considered drying and may be beneficial for Kapha imbalances by helping to reduce excess mucus and water retention.


If you’re experiencing tiredness, exhaustion, depression, or difficulty concentrating due to persistent stress, consider incorporating roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) into your routine. This medicinal plant effectively regulates cortisol levels, enhances mood, boosts mental performance, and provides energy. Rhodiola root is conveniently available in capsule form or as a tincture, offering flexibility in consumption options.

Here’s how roseroot may influence each dosha:


Vata Imbalance:

Properties: Rhodiola is generally considered to have warming properties. Effect on Vata: It may help balance Vata by providing warmth and stability. Vata imbalance often leads to anxiety, restlessness, and a scattered mind, and roseroot’s calming effects may be beneficial.

Pitta Imbalance:

Properties: Rhodiola is often classified as having a cooling energy.

Effect on Pitta: Its cooling nature may be helpful in calming excess Pitta. Pitta imbalance can manifest as irritability, inflammation, and excessive heat in the body, and roseroot’s cooling properties might offer relief.

Kapha Imbalance:

Properties: Rhodiola is generally considered to be light and drying.

Effect on Kapha: While it has a drying effect, it may help balance excess Kapha by providing stimulation and reducing lethargy. Kapha imbalance often leads to heaviness, sluggishness, and a lack of motivation.

Milk thistle

The traditional medicinal plant, milk thistle, stimulates liver detoxification, aiding in the elimination of excess endogenous or foreign estrogen. It shields the liver from toxins and promotes the regeneration of damaged liver cells, ensuring optimal organ function. This, in turn, enhances nutrient utilization, supports thyroid hormone synthesis, and boosts metabolism and fat burning. The active ingredient, silymarin, additionally stimulates digestion and alleviates feelings of fullness, heartburn, and constipation. Milk thistle is conveniently available in various forms such as capsules, tablets, tea, or tincture.

Here’s how milk thistle may impact each dosha:


Vata Imbalance:

Milk thistle is considered to have a grounding effect, which may be beneficial for individuals with Vata imbalance.

Vata imbalance is associated with qualities like dryness, coldness, and instability. Milk thistle’s potential ability to support liver function and maintain a balanced digestive system could be supportive for Vata types.

Pitta Imbalance:

Pitta individuals, characterized by qualities of heat and intensity, may benefit from milk thistle due to its potential cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. The liver, a key organ affected by milk thistle, is associated with Pitta. Supporting liver health may contribute to maintaining a balanced Pitta dosha

Kapha Imbalance:

Milk thistle’s potential detoxifying properties might be helpful for individuals with Kapha imbalance. Kapha imbalance is linked to qualities such as heaviness and congestion. Supporting liver detoxification may aid in balancing Kapha dosha.


Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a natural adaptogen renowned for its stress-reducing properties and hormone-balancing effects, particularly beneficial for women in their fertile age and early menopause. This powerful herb helps alleviate low progesterone and estrogen levels, activates the thyroid, boosts libido, and alleviates various menopausal symptoms. In younger women, maca enhances fertility, regulates menstrual cycle irregularities, and mitigates symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Conveniently, maca is available in capsule or powder form, making it easy to incorporate into your routine, such as blending it into smoothies. When purchasing maca, opt for high-quality, raw organic powder sourced from Peru.

Here’s how maca might influence each dosha:


Vata Imbalance:

Maca is considered warming, which can be beneficial for Vata individuals who tend to be cold and experience imbalances related to excess Vata. It may provide a grounding effect and support energy levels.

Pitta Imbalance:

Maca is generally considered warming, which might aggravate Pitta heat-related imbalances. It might provide a calming effect and support hormonal balance.

Caution: If someone experiences digestive heat or acidity, it’s advisable to monitor how the body reacts.

Kapha Imbalance:

Positive Influence: Maca’s potential ability to enhance energy and vitality could be beneficial for Kapha individuals, who may sometimes struggle with lethargy. It might provide a gentle stimulant effect.


The spice cinnamon stimulates glucose uptake by cells, effectively lowering elevated blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol levels, as well as reducing high blood pressure. Incorporating up to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily is ideal, whether it’s added to porridge, golden milk, or your smoothie. It’s essential to ensure that you’re using authentic Ceylon cinnamon, as the inferior cassia cinnamon may have adverse effects even in small quantities.

Here’s how cinnamon may impact each dosha:


Vata Imbalance:

Cinnamon is warming, sweet, and has a slightly spicy flavor. It can be beneficial for Vata imbalances, as it helps to counteract the cold and dry qualities associated with excess Vata. The warming nature of cinnamon can promote circulation, alleviate coldness, and provide comfort.

Pitta Imbalance:

Cinnamon is generally considered to have a warming and stimulating effect. However, moderation is key, as excessive use may aggravate Pitta in some cases.

Kapha Imbalance:

Cinnamon’s warming and stimulating qualities make it beneficial for Kapha imbalances. It can help counteract the cold and heavy qualities associated with excess Kapha, promoting digestion and reducing sluggishness.


For centuries, chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) has been a staple in treating hormonal disorders among women of fertile age. It actively stimulates the production of pituitary hormones, facilitating progesterone production to counteract estrogen dominance. This medicinal plant supports a regular menstrual cycle, alleviates breast tenderness, and effectively addresses various symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Here’s an overview of how Chasteberry might influence each dosha:


Vata Imbalance:

Bitter and astringent tastes, which are present in Chasteberry, can help balance excess Vata. However, it should be used in moderation. Its potential calming effects may benefit individuals with Vata imbalances, as Vata is associated with qualities such as dryness, coldness, and lightness.

Pitta Imbalance:

Chasteberry’s bitter taste and potential cooling properties might be beneficial for Pitta imbalances. It could help alleviate symptoms related to excess heat, inflammation, and acidity, often associated with Pitta dosha.

Kapha Imbalance:

Chasteberry’s bitter taste and astringent properties may contribute to balancing Kapha, as these qualities are opposite to the heavy and sweet characteristics of Kapha. It might help in reducing excess mucus or dampness, which is typical in Kapha imbalances.

In conclusion, harnessing the power of medicinal plants can be a transformative journey towards achieving hormonal balance and overall well-being. From Ashwagandha’s stress-relieving properties to Milk Thistle’s liver detoxification benefits, these natural remedies offer a holistic approach to supporting our bodies in finding equilibrium. Whether you’re seeking relief from hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities, or menopausal symptoms, incorporating these botanical allies into your daily routine can pave the way for renewed vitality and vitality.

If you’re ready to embark on this journey to hormonal harmony, I invite you to explore my services as a Ayurveda Health & Hormone Coach. Together, we can tailor a personalized wellness plan that integrates the power of medicinal plants, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle modifications to support your unique health goals. Drop me a message. 

Unlocking Vitality: Understanding Toxins aka Ama in Ayurveda

Unlocking Vitality: Understanding Toxins aka Ama in Ayurveda

Today, let’s delve into toxins aka Ama in Ayurveda! What Ama is, how it adversely affects us, how we can identify if there’s an accumulation of Ama in our body, and most importantly, what we can do about it!

In Ayurvedic nutrition and medicine, great emphasis is placed on the compatibility of food. This is based on Ayurveda’s fundamental assumption that individual constitution (Prakriti) and the current balance of Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) in a person must be considered to promote health and well-being. Foods that do not go well together or interfere with each other are termed “Virya-Virya Avarodhak,” meaning they can impair the effect or potential of another food and can lead to Ama build up.

What is Ama?

In Ayurvedic medicine, the term “Ama” refers to undigested or unmetabolised metabolic residues in the body. Ama occurs when digestive strength (Agni) is weakened and unable to fully digest and assimilate food. OR: When incompatible food is consumed!

So, if the food is not properly digested, leaving incomplete, toxic substances, these waste products can burden the body. These sticky deposits clog the body’s channels, preferentially traveling to fatty tissues and joints. This is how the body becomes congested.

Fatigue, chronic itchy skin (pruritus), pain in the muscles and joints and abdominal pain, for example, are typical signs of Ama. But there are more signs of Ama, which I will list shortly.

Signs and Characteristics of Ama

As already mentioned before, Ama is considered a toxic substance that results from incomplete digestion, leading to the accumulation of waste products. The accumulation of Ama is associated with various health issues and is viewed as a precursor to many diseases in Ayurveda.

Therefore, recognizing signs and characteristics of Ama can help identify its presence. Here are common symptoms associated with Ama:

Excess Mucus Formation:

  • Ama tends to create an imbalance leading to increased mucus production.
  • This excess mucus can manifest as nasal congestion, throat irritation, or respiratory issues.

Morning Heaviness and Fatigue:

  • Individuals with Ama often wake up feeling heavy and fatigued.
  • A sense of lethargy may persist throughout the day.

Coated Tongue and Bad Breath:

  • Ama accumulation can result in a white or sticky coating on the tongue.
  • It may contribute to unpleasant breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Digestive Issues:

  • Ama affects the digestive system, leading to issues like indigestion, bloating, and gas.
  • Stools may become sticky, foul-smelling, or irregular.

Joint Pain and Stiffness:

  • Ama tends to accumulate in the joints, causing pain, stiffness, or discomfort.
  • Conditions like arthritis may be aggravated by Ama.

Unpleasant Body Odor:

  • Ama accumulation can contribute to an unpleasant body odor.
  • Despite regular hygiene practices, a lingering, stale smell may persist.

Mental Fog and Lack of Clarity:

  • Ama affects mental clarity, leading to foggy thinking and poor concentration.
  • Individuals may experience a sense of confusion or mental dullness.

Skin Issues:

  • Ama in the bloodstream can manifest as skin problems like acne, eczema, or rashes.
  • The skin may appear dull or lack a healthy glow.

Low Energy Levels:

  • Individuals with Ama often report low energy levels and a lack of vitality.
  • Fatigue may persist even after adequate rest.

Foul-Smelling Sweat and Urine:

  • Ama can contribute to unpleasant body odors, including foul-smelling sweat and urine.
  • Even with proper hygiene, these odors may persist.

Additionally, there are signs that manifest depending on individual body constitution, which can be identified in a professional Ayurvedic consultation. If interested, feel free to contact me, especially if you want specific and tailored measures for your diet and lifestyle. What dietary habits and life situations promote the build up of Ama?

Dietary Habits and Lifestyle Practices That Form Ama

Let’s delve into the ways our food choices and daily routines contribute to the accumulation of Ama. Some factors that lead to the build up of Ama are:

Unsuitable Diet for Your Dosha Type:

  • Consuming foods that are not aligned with your specific Dosha constitution.
  • Ignoring imbalances and not adjusting your diet to address Dosha-related issues.

Incompatible Food Combinations:

  • Mixing foods that have conflicting qualities, according to Ayurvedic principles such as eating milk with fruits.
  • Combining incompatible tastes, temperatures, or textures in a single meal.

Excessive Food Intake:

  • Overeating or consistently consuming quantities beyond what your body can digest.
  • Eating large meals late at night when digestion tends to be weaker.

Irregular Eating Patterns:

  • Skipping meals or eating at irregular intervals, disrupting the digestive process.
  • Inconsistency in meal timing and frequency.

Unhealthy Fasting or Cleansing Practices:

  • Engaging in extreme or unbalanced fasting without proper guidance.
  • Undertaking detoxification practices without considering individual needs.

Processed and Unnatural Foods:

  • Consuming processed, canned, or genetically modified foods.
  • Relying on artificial additives, preservatives, and unhealthy cooking oils.

Ignoring Seasonal Changes:

  • Disregarding seasonal variations in food choices and adjusting your diet accordingly.
  • Not aligning lifestyle practices with the natural rhythms of the environment.

Sedentary Lifestyle:

  • Lack of regular physical activity and exercise.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting or leading a predominantly sedentary life.

Inadequate Hydration:

  • Insufficient water intake leading to poor digestion and toxin accumulation.
  • Consuming excessive amounts of caffeinated or sugary beverages.

Stress and Emotional Imbalances:

  • Chronic stress and emotional disturbances affecting the digestive fire (Agni).
  • Emotional eating or eating in response to stress without awareness.

Poor Sleep Patterns:

  • Inconsistent sleep schedules and insufficient rest.
  • Sleeping immediately after meals or staying awake late into the night.

Addressing these habits through mindful dietary choices, lifestyle adjustments, and Ayurvedic practices can help prevent the buildup of Ama and support overall well-being.

What Can You Do to Avoid Ama?

If a substantial amount of Ama has accumulated, it needs to be “cooked” first to eliminate it from the body. In this regard, periodic cleansing and detoxification practices, such as my Hormone Ayurveda Detox, are recommended. If you want to delve deeply into Ayurveda, understand your body’s symptoms, and learn all the self-care practices for self-healing, my program Hormone Thrive might be a good fit for you.

Generally, there’re some things that you can integrate into daily life to prevent Ama:

Mindful Eating:

  • Choose foods that suit your Dosha constitution.
  • Pay attention to taste, temperature, and texture combinations in your meals.
  • Eat in a calm, relaxed environment, focusing on your food.

Balanced Diet:

  • Follow a well-balanced diet with a variety of fresh, seasonal, and whole foods.
  • Adjust your diet based on changes in season and your individual needs.

Proper Food Combining:

  • Be mindful of combining foods that complement each other in terms of digestion.
  • Avoid conflicting combinations that may hinder digestion.

Moderation in Food Intake:

  • Practice mindful portion control to prevent overeating.
  • Be attentive to hunger and fullness cues during meals.

Regular Eating Schedule:

  • Establish regular meal times to support consistent digestion.
  • Avoid skipping meals or eating at irregular intervals.

Healthy Fasting Practices:

  • If you choose to fast, do so mindfully and with proper guidance.
  • Consider intermittent fasting approaches that suit your body.

Whole, Natural Foods:

  • Opt for fresh, unprocessed, and organic foods.
  • Minimize the intake of processed, canned, or genetically modified foods.


  • Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day.
  • Limit the consumption of caffeinated and sugary beverages.

Regular Physical Activity:

  • Engage in regular exercise or physical activities that suit your body type.
  • Avoid prolonged periods of sitting and incorporate movement into your routine.

Stress Management:

  • Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing.
  • Cultivate emotional well-being to support a healthy digestive system.

Adequate Sleep:

  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule aligned with natural circadian rhythms.
  • Allow some time between your last meal and bedtime.

By incorporating these Ayurvedic principles into your lifestyle, you can create a holistic approach to prevent Ama buildup and promote well-being. Remember, individual variations exist, so it’s beneficial to tailor these practices to your specific needs and consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner for personalised guidance. Reach out if you’re interested in a consultation.

Your Body is Your Ally

Treat your body with respect and help it rid itself of Ama, which significantly burdens it. And above all, don’t drive yourself crazy: the 70/30 rule is my guiding principle, which I also convey in all consultations. If you stick to the recommendations 70% of the time, you’re doing great, and your body will thank you. Measure, quantity, and frequency are the deciding factors. Our bodies are resilient and can typically manage the remaining 30%, especially when you engage in detoxes twice a year—after the winter in March/April and post-summer around October.