With endometriosis it seems that when that time of the month comes around, it can take forever to actually get started! All of that struggle seems to also add to the cramping and pulsing—probably our bodies trying to get stuff out!
So, here are some herbs that can encourage menstrual flow—also good if you want to encourage labor. Important side note: don’t take these if you are in your first trimester as these herbs can also encourage a miscarriage.
1. Blue cohosh
Though this herb is recommended as one of the top herbs to encourage menstrual flow, I don’t recommend it for endometriosis girls as it has a high estrogenic effect. It might be beneficial to prepare you for labor in the later months though. Other herbs also often recommended include sage and fennel, which I would avoid for the same reason.
This is a wonderful herb and aids in strengthening the uterus. It also is high in iron and reduces heavy bleeding. Buy Yogi tea here.
Parsley has a great cleansing action on the liver and kidneys but is also known as an old remedy for encouraging menstrual flow. Parsley has a high emmenagogue effect—it encourages menstrual flow. Simply drink a teaspoon of chopped parsley in hot water 3–4 times a day.
I have recently done an article on this herb and it is exceptional for endometriosis. It contains heaps of benefits for endometriosis sufferers. Check out the article here.
5. Burdock and other liver stimulating herbs
Our liver is responsible for our hormone balance and when it is struggling, it may interfere with our hormones. A delayed period might be caused by an imbalance in our hormones. By stimulating our liver, we can encourage more regular hormone balance.
Chamomile is soothing and calming on our system but also encourages menstrual flow. It contains a substance called thujone, which is a uterine stimulant.
The herbs you are looking for are called emmenagogues. This means they encourage menstruation. Here is a great website, with more detailed information on herbs to explore.
It is a danger to encourage menstruation if you are not sure if you might be pregnant. Check through a confirmed blood test, if there is any doubt you might be pregnant before using any of these.
Have you had a late period and been frustrated by it all? What did you do to encourage menstrual flow? Sometimes we just need a good de-stress!