Menopausal Years ...
Allies for Post-Menopausal Women continued...
by Susun S. Weed
excerpt from New Menopausal
Years the Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
Herbal Allies for Post-Menopausal Women pp. 237-243
The weeds of the ocean have so much to give us. Let them
• Prevent and relieve osteoporosis
• Maintain strong, flexible bones
Seaweeds contain lavish amounts of every mineral needed
to create and maintain solid bone mass. Kelp is an exceptionally
• Lower blood pressure and cholesterol, increase cardiac
• Eliminate varicose veins and hemorrhoids
Japanese research confirms the cardiotonic and hypotensive
effects of seaweeds.
• Maintain healthy thyroid function
• Relieve incontinence, vaginal dryness, and persistent
• Nourish the glandular and urinary systems
Seaweeds are superb sources of the nutrients most needed
by the endocrine, circulatory, and immune systems. Regular
use helps maintain adequate production of all hormones,
especially thyroid hormones. Lavish use may reverse hypothyroidism.
• Increase immune functioning
• Minimize the effects of stress, chemicals, and radiation
• Lengthen life span
Algin in seaweed escorts damaging compounds harmlessly out
of the body. Free radicals are also eliminated. Vitamins
E, C, and A are found abundantly in seaweeds. I use seaweed
to protect myself from air pollution, chemicals in my food,
and the thinning ozone layer. It can be used freely for
several days before and after any X-ray, from dental ones
• Restore sexual interest and enjoyment
• Bring a glossy glow to hair and skin
As befits denizens of the ocean, seaweeds are especially
good at nourishing juices: digestive juices, joint juices,
emotional juices, erotic juices. Seaweed helps them all
All seaweeds are edible, so you can gather your own, if
you wish. Kelp, wakame, khombu, dulse, hijiki, and arame
are sold at Oriental and health food stores.
Dosage: As a vegetable, 1/2 ounce/15 grams dry weight, weekly.
As a condiment, unlimited daily use.
CAUTION: The iodine in kelp may aggravate hyperthyroid conditions.
Urtica dioica, Urtica urens
Some post-menopausal women tell me stinging nettle is so
nourishing and energizing they find themselves unexpectedly
having a normal menstrual flow after regular use of it.
The more usual effects of nettle are to:
• Nourish, strengthen, rebuild kidneys and adrenals
• Ease and eliminate cystitis, bloat, and incontinence
• Rehydrate dry vaginal tissues
Nettle has a miraculous ability to heal and restore adrenal/kidney
functioning. Stories continue to make their way to me
of women who have avoided dialysis, gotten off dialysis,
and so repaired their kidneys that replacement surgery
was canceled, thanks to sister stinging nettle. Nourish
your post-menopausal adrenals with nettle infusion and
they'll produce enough estrogen to keep you looking and
• Nourish and energize the endocrine
• Nourish and rejuvenate the cardiovascular system
• Ease and prevent sore joints
• Relieve constipation and reduce hemorrhoids
• Nourish supple skin and healthy hair
Nettles' super supplies of vitamins, minerals, proteins,
and micro-nutrients nourish every bit of you, encouraging
optimal functioning in all aspects of your being. Nettle
influences hormones through its wealth of lipids (triglycerides,
fatty acids, tocopherols, sterols, galactosyl-diglycerides)
and restores health to the cardiovascular system
burdened with cardiac edema and venous insufficiency.1
• Create strong, flexible bones
Nettle infusions, vinegars, and soups are fantastic sources
of calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc:
the strong bone sisters. Nettles are also a source of vitamin
D, a crucial nutrient for flexible, healthy bones.
• Stabilize blood sugar
Rich in chromium, manganese, and other nutrients restorative
to glandular functioning, nettles, I suspect, help prevent
• Reduce fatigue and exhaustion; improve stamina
Nettles nourish your energy at the deepest possible levels
with intense supplies of iron, chlorophyll, and copper.
• Reduce and eliminate headaches
• Nourish and support the immune system, prevent cancer
• Nourish and heal the digestive system
• Nourish and strengthen the nervous system
Nettles are an optimum source of the vitamins critically
important for health: vitamin B complex (especially thiamine,
riboflavin, and niacin), carotenes (vitamin A), and vitamin
C (ascorbates and bioflavonoids).
Enjoy cooked nettle greens all spring, but be sure to harvest
and dry enough for winter-time infusions, too. I pick nettles
only before they flower. Fresh leaves steeped in olive oil
impart a rich taste and innumerable healing qualities to
the oil. Nettles make a great vinegar, too.
Dosage: Infusion of dried herb, 1-4 cups/250-1000 ml, a
CAUTION: Do not use flowering nettle
for food or medicine.
... come back next month to learn about bioflavonoids,
vitamins and minerals.
excerpt from New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way
by Susun S. Weed
pp. 237-243 (www.susunweed.com/WiseWomanHerbals.htm)
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