Herb schedule for menses
During this phase, use breast massage to improve mood and reduce cramping. This part of the herb schedule is for both BCP (birth control pill) use and non-BCP use. Menses should be light and of a short duration.
If menses intensity is low, if there isn't acne, if there isn't bloating, or if there isn't brown spotting, the herb schedule for this phase can be skipped. Areola massage can also be used here to help lower menses intensity and to help lower excessive estrogenic signs like headache.
Metabolic foods, supplements and spices seemed to interfere with estrogen production, which has usually caused setbacks, including for this phase. Avoid estrogenic topicals for this phase.
Hip and butt growth
This herb schedule is the same for both bust and hip/butt growth.
When breast swelling occurs, minimal sunflower and sesame are needed in the right proportion, once. It's important that breast swelling occurs with the first tea, because this helps the body regulate hormones. Sunflower must be in a minimal amount, and sesame seed needs to be minimal. This is useful for making menses light and of short duration, and to maintain the cycle. At first this will cause breast swelling, but it may not all stay. Hip growth is expected to stay.
This menses herb schedule for hip and butt growth is also the one of interest for hormone imbalances, including hirsutism. Keep track of body signs throughout.
If menses is light, and there's no bloating or breast swelling, the herb schedule for menses can be skipped. The current suggestion for the first dose of menses varies by symptoms.
If there's acne or heavy menses, take:
- 1 fenugreek seed
- 1 sunflower seed
If there's bloating, breast puffiness or breast swelling, take:
- 1 sunflower seed
More than 1 sunflower seed on the first day can interfere and cause this to not work. Then sunflower seed can be used once after breast swelling occurs for menses.
When fenugreek is used, amounts should be as low as possible, but sunflower must be in a comparatively low amount.
Menses intensity and duration is expected to lower from this. Bust increase is mostly expected to be temporary, however, see if hip size grows and stays by the end of this phase. The main purposes of this first tea are: to help prevent heavy and long duration menses, and to help lessen heavy hormone imbalances. If menses is light, and this dose stops causing hip gains that stay, doses for this phase can later be skipped.
If BCP is taken, the first dose should be taken with it. If the first dose is missed, continue with the herb program for the rest of menses with BCP.
When too much sunflower or flax is used for the first dose of menses, it doesn't work well. It's important that the dose used is in small amounts of herbs and seeds suggested above.
Sesame seed targets the breasts, but it isn't used here, because the effects on the reproductive tract must be balanced first.
Rest of menses
If there's no more signs for the rest of menses, take a break. Nothing else is recommended, especially for those with a history of hormone imbalances.
Progestogenic herbs such as fenugreek, fennel, saw palmetto and wild yam may cause brown spotting during the rest of this phase. When over 1 fenugreek seed is taken more than once for menses, brown spotting is likely to occur. Any amount of fennel taken past the first day of menses causes brown spotting: fennel is not recommended for menses.
If there's acne:
- 2 sunflower seeds
- 2 sesame seed
Sunflower needs to be in a higher amount (in volume) than sesame here. If there's acne, when more sunflower seed is taken, a break can be taken, because estrogen levels are naturally trying to increase during this phase, which will help counter the effects of acne.
Breast swelling, nipple puffiness, bloating, brown spotting
Only after the first dose, as soon as brown spotting, nipple puffiness, breast swelling or bloating occur, eat:
- 3 sunflower seeds
For every few hours to once a day that there's still brown spotting, bloating or breast swelling, this can be repeated. This can also be taken if swelling/bloating increases. If breast swelling or bloating occurs, without the first dose, this likely can also be taken.
If there's cramps, headache, abdominal discomfort or other excessive estrogenic signs, use gentle areola/breast massage without topical oils or creams. Massage can also be used to lower heavy menses. There isn't a herbal recommendation for cramps yet. Repeating phytoprogestin use to lower these unwanted signs isn't recommended at the moment.
Breast massage can also be used to lower an androgenic sign of excess arousal.
Maca and shatavari (asparagus root) have similar hormone properties to fenugreek. Suma's and passionflower's phytohormones are similar to fenugreek's according to literature. Other Phyto-progestins are expected to also cause brown spotting, when used this time during menses.
Minimal sesame and sunflower can possibly be used when there's acne that starts later as well. This may increase estrogenic signs, which may cause a headache.
Hops, which was previously suggested in the first dose of menses, was removed from this herb schedule. It required sesame seed. Sesame previously replaced minimal spearmint. The effects that included a hops and barley drink were too strongly estrogenic, It's better to avoid a hops/barley drink here.
For the rest of menses: hops, clover and thistles must be avoided.
She had heavy cramps and abdominal pains. Menses was light, and there was also mild bloating. After areola massage: cramps, discomfort and bloating went away. Fiber also likely helped. She didn't take anything herbal for this phase.
There's the possibility that minimal fenugreek with sunflower may not have worked, because the effects of bloating may have changed the normally expected result. Sunflower seed by itself is expected to increase estrogenic signs, which would have made symptoms worse.