hormone balancing

7 Ways to Balance Your Hormones Naturally

Do you feel super tired for no real explanation? How about lost your drive in the bedroom? Maybe you’ve got unexplained weight gain or hair loss or skin issues? Are you trying to get off hormonal birth control but you’re not sure how? Maybe you’re coming into menopause and having all sorts of weird symptoms. Maybe you KNOW you have a hormone imbalance because of infertility struggles, painful periods, endometriosis or PCOS, but you’re not getting the answers or the clear directives on what to do about it from your doctors.

If any of this is you, watch this video for 7 basic things you can start doing today to balance your hormones naturally. Then, download my Hormone Balance Plan to get the full plan and get started on your healing journey today.

The Hormone Balance Plan

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I am so excited to announce that I have released my Hormone Balance Plan.

You can balance your hormones naturally, you just need a plan.

This plan is a culmination of my work with hundreds of women trying to take back control of their hormones. This plan isn’t easy, it requires time, energy, and financial investment in yourself and your body. But, it works. And there is not better thing to invest in than your own home on this planet. I hope I get to chat with on hormones clarity session and I know this plan is the solutions you’ve been looking for if you’ve been searching for a natural solution to your hormone balance issues.

Who is the Plan for?

  • If you have infertility concerns

  • If you experience life-affecting PMS, cramps, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, or mood swings.

  • If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis.

  • If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS

  • If you experience depression or anxiety around your cycle.

  • If you’re confused about strange symptoms like: unexplained weight gain, hair loss, low energy and fatigue, night sweats.

  • If you’d like to get your “glow” back

  • If you’re trying to get your “sexy” back

  • if you’re going through menopause

  • if you’re wanting to get off hormonal birth control, but not sure how..

… this plan will help you get your hormones under control.

What you get in the plan:

  • Diet and meal suggestions to eat in sync with your cycle

  • Additional nutritional resources for hormone balancing

  • Guidelines on how to track your cycle so that you’re aware of what phase you are in.

  • Guidelines on how to track your cycle so that you don’t need to use birth control if you don’t want to get pregnant.

  • Lifestyle suggestions for hormonal balance

  • A free guided meditation for hormone balance

  • A detailed description of the supplements for healing hormonal imbalances.

  • The best medicinal grade essential oils to support hormone balance and how to use them.

You can download it by entering your email address in the form below…

How to Take Care of Your Vagina

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The title of this blog post has me a little nervous of what people will think of me…. just kidding. ; ) 

As women we have, in general, become very disconnected from our vaginas.

In my ever-expanding experience, and consequentially, my world view the physical is ALWAYS, always connected to the emotional, the spiritual and the mental. In a society that tends to restrict acceptable “femininity” to a small and confusing box, it’s no wonder that the physical representation of female power, feminine anatomy, is also experiencing a lot of restriction, shame, pain, and ultimately lack of true care.

My sisters! Our vaginas and womb-spaces are sources of deep, deep power. They are the source of literally all human life! They are the source of our deepest physical pleasure. This is why connecting to and living in tune with our monthly cycles is so healing. 

Our womanly power sources deserve better care, and I ain’t talking about Brazilian bikini waxes or labia reduction surgeries (which, by the way, is the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery..WTF??). Brazilian waxes and labiaplasty are externally focused on ideas of what is “attractive” or “desirable” and have nothing to do with how we feel about our own bodies; when we’re alone. I’m talking about ancient methods of balancing our hormones, bringing non-judgmental love, attention and focus to this place in our bodies that holds so much intuitive power.

This area of our body is also the home of the root chakra, the energy center that deals with a sense of belonging and safety in the world. When it’s out of balance we can feel anxious, worrisome, unsafe, develop constipation, back pain, or eating disorders. 

To tap into the unbridled feminine power we’ve got to get super comfortable with and take really good care of our vaginas. 

I’ve got a lot to say about this subject, but to ease everyone into this I’ve decided to go over two practices that can help us care for our vagina and womb-space. 

  1. Vagina Steaming

Vaginal (aka yoni, the sanskrit word for vagina) steaming is an ancient practice that has been used for millennia in the eastern world. It is a practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to permeate the exterior of her vagina. Respected by healers around the globe, vaginal steaming is an opportunity to reconnect with your body and utilize the wisdom of plant medicine to heal your cycle.

Vaginal steams have been found by women throughout history to:

  • Significantly reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation.
  • Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses.
  • Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles.
  • Increase fertility
  • Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth.
  • Reduce uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse & endometriosis.
  • Assist with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar.
  • Assist with the healing of hemorrhoids.
  • Relieve chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and works to maintain healthy odor.
  • Ease symptoms of menopause including dryness or pain during intercourse.
  • Detoxify the womb and remove toxins from the body.
  • Release stored emotions and tap into the energy that is our creative potential.

To give yourself a vaginal steam fill a large vase (you want about 2 quarts to 1 gallon of water) with almost boiling water, put about a cup dried balancing herbs (I like these ones but also check out these herbs that are considered good for vaginal steaming).

Place the vase in a clean toilet, remove all pants and underwear (or wear a skirt with no undies) so that you can place your vagina over the steam.

Then wrap your lower half in a blanket and enjoy the steam.

You want to sit for at least 20 minutes, closer to 40 minutes is ideal. Use this time to meditate, listen to music, or journal. Try not to read or get on your phone. Use this time to connect to your womb-space and secrets it has to tell you. 

 

2. Vaginal Egg Wearing 

A vaginal egg, jade egg, yoni egg or love egg – are names for a beautiful semiprecious stone carved into an egg shape and polished to be worn inside the vagina.

Female practice that involves using stone eggs is estimated to be 5000 years old. Eggs carved out of jade were used by empresses and concubines of the royal palace in China to access sexual power, awaken sensuality and maintain amazing health into their old age. For a very long time this secret practice was only available to members of the royal family, and up until recently – to select Taoist practitioners.

Vaginal egg wearing is known to have the following effects..

  • Increase libido and awaken your sensuality.
  • Increase natural lubrication – even after menopause.
  • Can help harmonize hormones.
  • Develop an intimate and loving relationship with your vagina, your entire body, and ultimately yourself.
  • Strengthen and tighten vaginal wall and increase sensitivity during intercourse.
  • Help to have easier orgasms
  • Assist in strengthening uterine muscles to prepare for childbirth and speed up recovery time after birth.
  • Strengthen pelvic floor to cure incontinence and prevent prolapse in the future.
  • Gain Control over the vaginal muscles.
  • Reduced PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps and the duration of the menses.

To learn more about vaginal egg wearing or get your own vaginal egg check out this website

 

What do you think? Are you up for trying this? Send me a line and let me know! 

 

 

You Need A Stay-Cation

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Who here feels like they need a vacation? 

We are a seriously crazy society of go go go. 

The amount of stress we are under on a normal every day basis is something our biology has never seen before. Even if you don’t believe you have a particularly stressful job or don’t feel particularly overwhelmed there are a lot of stressors we are subjected to on a regular basis.h

Blue light from screens has been shown to be very stressful on our nervous systems. Activating them and not allowing our hormonal system to calm down at night. Making it hard to sleep and really get into a rest and relaxation state, in which our bodies does so much repairing and recuperating.

Toxic chemicals from cleaners, cars, make-up, shampoo, lotion, etc are constantly being added to our blood stream. Loud noises like airplanes, cars, ambulances, music has been shown to put our nervous systems on high alert. This creates difficulties producing sex hormones and getting into the rest and digest nervous system state. Driving in traffic. Driving at all. High intensity exercise and lots of sitting, a combination that can be very shocking to the body. Hyper connectivity and always being “plugged in” via the internet.  Alcohol. Fast food. Lack of gentle, consistent movement to move our fluids and lymph throughout the body. The pressure to look good, have lots of energy, get shit done, crush it.. that never seems to subside. All these inputs in our society are definitely adding to our almost subconscious stress levels. 

I could go on and on. But the point is that we are under extreme amounts of stress, some perceived, but a lot unperceived. Our human bodies, which have shallow adaptations to survive in this situation, but have not deeply evolved to be able to thrive in it, are struggling. The amount of “adrenal fatigue” or more accurately called ‘HPA axis dysregulation’ is alarming. Not to mention hormone imbalances, sleeping issues, depression, anxiety, and much more.

Most of us think that everyone but us is somehow making this situation of a high stress environment work for them, but the truth is.. most people actually are not living lives of full vitality. Most adults in the US are in adrenal fatigue at some level. It is rare to find an adult in the US that doesn't have an addiction to their smartphones, social media, and news. Most adults in the US are definitely struggling with the status quo of high stress and have issues relaxing and disconnecting.

A vacation would be great. A real, true getaway. Going to some far off beach somewhere with zero internet or phone access and totally and completely unplug. But..the truth is, most of us couldn’t afford it, or we couldn't get the time off work, or if we didn’t stay at least two weeks we wouldn’t actually be able to relax. We’d be thinking about work and all that would need to get done once we got back. Or we have the kids and it’s not a real hands-off vacation but a mess of dolphin swimming, packed recreation excursions all topped off with heavy drinking and gambling at night. You definitely don't feel rested and relaxed after a "vacation" like that. 

We also need to disconnect from our day to day busy lives more often than once or twice a year. Relaxation is actually a practice, so we need to do it consistently or we forget how to do it. We NEED time away and unplugged if we have any hope of living a life that is fulfilled, vital, and intentional. We need to reconnect on a regular basis to ourselves and really relax and unhook. 

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That’s why I’m committed to taking a stay-cation at least once per month. The perks of a stay-cation are: 

  • cheaper
  • less travel time
  • less planning 
  • get to know your own backyard a little better 
  • a lot more I’m probably not thinking of right now.. 

My simple parameters for a stay-cation are:

  • Spend at least 2 days and one night somewhere no farther than 50 miles from home. You can also just stay home.
  • Turn your phone on airplane mode
  • Turn your wireless router off or don’t bring your computer or do not connect it to the internet. 
  • Make plans that are all revolved around being present with the people you are with. Or do it alone and don’t talk to anyone. 
  • Do something that loves on your body (hot yoga, restorative yoga, massage, whatever!) 
  • Any other parameters you want to set for yourself. 

This last weekend Sean (the hubs) and I stayed at The Sacajawea Hotel. “The Sac” as it’s known in these parts is in Three Forks, Montana, which is one of the most significant points on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Three Forks is the the headwaters of the Missouri River. And in Three Forks, Montana, Sacajawea was reunited with her brother and brokered safe passage for the explorers. The Sacajawea Hotel was constructed in 1910. 

Pretty cool, right? 

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It was the perfect blend of ease and luxury as it’s just 20 miles from our house, but feels like a whole different world. If you’re in the area (or going to be in the area) I highly recommend looking into staying at “The Sac.” 

That being said, a stay-cation doesn't have to be super swanky. It can be super basic. It can mean putting your phone on airplane mode, turn your wifi router off, and just reading for the weekend; totally disconnected. 

No matter where you're at, you've got the means to disconnect and I guarantee you'll be so happy you did.