We want to raise our voices in allyship towards our LGBTQIA+ friends and family members who benefit from the support of herbalism in so many ways. Herbalism is inherently gender-affirming. Here are some herbs that target optimum nourishment, overall endocrine health, and resourced well-being.
On an energetic level, there are herbs surrounding us that aid in identity-affirming no matter what step of the journey you are on. On a very physiological level, herbs can help tip the hormone scales to favor one over the other, balance above all, and support whatever goals you have.
Our approach to fertility enhancing herbs is to rely on tried and true herbal preparations that have been known as herbs to optimize the chances for conception long before they were trending as such. Bridging the worlds between science and tradition, the herbs we highlight here fall into the category of endocrine supportive (hormone balancing) uterine and ovarian tonics which support the pre-conception phase and may help to maintain a healthy pregnancy as well: vitex, ashwagandha, black cohosh, red clover, motherwort, raspberry leaf, and more.
Leaning into herbal allies during your menstrual cycle is only natural - but by natural, I mean it is something that people have been doing for eons. Reaching out for plant-based support during the various phases of your mooncycle was at one point instinctive, perhaps sucking on a knob of ginger to quell the mitttelschmertz pangs that some can feel during ovulation or to ease painful PMS tendencies or making a strong brew from crampbark to address menstrual discomfort. Adjusting this picture to fit the contemporary uterus owner, we find that herbs are no less useful.
The ancient wisdom, that many women today are rediscovering, is that the Moontime is when the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest, when we as women have a unique window into our own souls, our inner guidance, our divine wisdom. The physical and emotional intensity of this time is an opportunity for healing and release–when we nourish ourselves, body and soul, and allow all of who we are.