Embracing Natural Ingredients for Your Period

As part of celebrating Menstrual Health month, Asan and Forage Botanicals have collaborated to bring you special offers for a worry-free period!

Get 25% off the Asan menstrual cup with code FORAGE25 and 20% off Forage Botanicals period pain relief products with code ASAN20.

In our modern world, where hormone imbalances and menstrual complaints are an accepted downside to being a woman, trans man or menstruating non-binary person, it's crucial to seek natural solutions that prioritise our well-being.

One approach that has been used for centuries is turning towards cosmetics and foods enriched with natural herbal ingredients. By embracing nature's gifts, we can alleviate menstrual complaints, and promote hormone balance.

In this blog, we will explore the benefits of using natural ingredients in cosmetics, focusing on three key ingredients: ashwagandha, hawthorn, and clary sage.

But first, let’s understand the impact that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC's) found in most products in our food supply and skincare have on creating a reproductive hormone imbalance.

What are EDC's and where are they found?

Unfortunately, thanks to the miracle of plastics, we have surrounded ourselves with EDC's. 3 of the most common are phthalates, parabens and BPA.

Phthalates can be found in fragrances, nail polishes, hair sprays, and certain lotions.

Parabens are preservatives widely used in cosmetics and skincare products to prevent microbial growth. They can mimic estrogen in the body and have been detected in breast cancer tissue samples.

BPA is a chemical compound used to produce plastics, including those found in cosmetic packaging.

By turning to natural and eco-friendly companies who actively try to use recyclable eco-friendly materials and cosmetics these can be avoided.

Forage Botanicals will never use any EDCs in its products and Asan uses Class VI medical-grade silicone for their menstrual cups which does not interfere with hormones.

Now let’s take a closer look at some of Forage’s favourite natural ingredients and their benefits. 

Ashwagandha: The stress buster

Ashwagandha, also known as the "adaptogen of the ages," has been celebrated for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its remarkable properties.

This powerful herb possesses the ability to combat stress and anxiety, which can significantly impact hormone balance.

By incorporating ashwagandha into our daily life, we can benefit from its stress-reducing effects.

Furthermore, ashwagandha has been linked to improved fertility and regular menstrual cycles. It supports the delicate interplay of hormones by reducing cortisol that would otherwise steal from our progesterone production and helps regulate the menstrual cycle, making it a valuable ingredient for those struggling with irregular periods and PCOS.

Additionally, women experiencing burnout or adrenal fatigue may find solace in ashwagandha-infused foods and supplements.

It aids in restoring balance to the adrenal glands and supports the body's ability to adapt to stress, ultimately promoting a healthier hormonal equilibrium.

Hawthorn: The calming ally 

Another remarkable ingredient that can contribute to hormone balance is hawthorn.

Known for its calming properties, hawthorn has been used for centuries to ease anxiety, soothe nerves, and balance the cardiovascular system.

Hormone imbalances often manifest as emotional instability, mood swings, and heightened stress levels.

The calming effects of hawthorn can provide much-needed relief during these times, promoting emotional well-being and supporting hormonal harmony.

Furthermore, hawthorn's ability to strengthen the cardiovascular system can be invaluable to women experiencing symptoms associated with hormonal fluctuations, such as palpitations and rapid heartbeat.

By improving the health of our cardiovascular system, we can foster an overall sense of balance and well-being.

Clary sage: The hormone balancer 

Clary sage, with its enchanting aroma and therapeutic properties, is a natural ally in the quest for hormone balance.

This essential oil possesses estrogenic qualities, making it a valuable ingredient for women seeking hormonal equilibrium.

Clary sage has been traditionally used to alleviate menstrual discomfort, regulate menstrual cycles, and reduce symptoms associated with PMS.

Its hormone-balancing effects can help restore harmony to the reproductive system and ease menstrual complaints.

Moreover, clary sage's calming properties extend beyond hormonal benefits. It can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and tension, promoting a sense of calm and well-being.

By incorporating clary sage into cosmetics, we can enjoy the transformative effects of this remarkable herb on a daily basis.

By embracing cosmetics enriched with natural ingredients, we take a significant step towards promoting hormone balance and alleviating menstrual complaints.

Ashwagandha, hawthorn, and clary sage stand as shining examples of the transformative power of nature's gifts.

Their remarkable properties support stress reduction, regulate menstrual cycles, calm the nerves, and balance hormones, all crucial factors in the pursuit of overall well-being.

As we embark on this hormone balance movement, let us be guided by the expertise and passion of Natasha Richardson, director of Forage Botanicals, a trained medical herbalist and published author of Your Period Handbook.

As part of celebrating Menstrual Health month, Asan and Forage Botanicals have collaborated to bring you special offers for a worry-free period!

Get 25% off the Asan menstrual cup with code FORAGE25 and 20% off Forage Botanicals period pain relief products with code ASAN20.