How can herbs boost female fertility?

Dec 14, 2023

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Welcome to the world of fertility-enhancing herbs, where nature's bounty unfolds its secrets to boost reproductive well being. In this article, we delve into the scientific wonders of Chaste Tree Berry, Raspberry Leaf, Stinging Nettle, Lemon Balm, and Lady's Mantle, revealing their roles in supporting fertility based on traditional and scientific findings. All these herbs can be found in our fertility boosting Fertility Tea for Her blend. 

Chaste Tree Berries (Chasteberry or Vitex) To Balance Hormones:

Enter the world of Chaste Tree Berry, a botanical virtuoso renowned for its influence on fertility. Recent scientific studies, such as a comprehensive 2017 review of 43 research papers, have shed light on its remarkable effects  (see references at the bottom of this article for more details). So how does it work? This botanical virtuoso strengthens the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) surge, a pivotal trigger for ovulation. By extending the luteal phase and elevating progesterone production, Chaste Tree Berry creates an environment that encourages ovulation. Scientific evidence suggests that it may also contribute to hormonal balance by reducing abnormally high prolactin levels. 

So, why is that a good thing? Well, prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, and its primary function is to stimulate milk production in the breasts during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, when prolactin levels are elevated outside of pregnancy and lactation, it can interfere with normal reproductive function.

High prolactin levels, a condition known as hyperprolactinemia, may suppress the secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) from the hypothalamus. GnRH is essential for the regulation of the menstrual cycle and the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) from the pituitary gland. Disruption of this hormonal balance can lead to irregular menstrual cycles, anovulation (lack of ovulation), and, consequently, fertility issues. Drinking Chaste Tree Berries can help naturally support this delicate hormonal dance by ensuring prolactin, alongside its other hormone mates, stay balanced and in sync. 


Raspberry Leaf (Rubus Idaeus) To Strengthen The Uterus: 

In the realm of traditional medicine, Raspberry Leaf stands tall as a fertility ally enriched with magnesium, potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. Beyond its nutrient-rich profile, this botanical gem contains fragine, an alkaloid renowned for strengthening the uterine wall. Scientific literature supports its historical use, emphasising its potential to provide a nutrient-rich foundation for reproductive health making it an important tea to help fertility. 

In addition, raspberry leaf is believed to have a relaxing effect on the uterus, which can help prepare the uterus for pregnancy. The herb is thought to tone and strengthen the muscles of the uterus, making it easier for the uterus to support a pregnancy. This can be especially beneficial for women who have had a previous miscarriage or are at a higher risk of miscarriage.


Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) For Detoxification: 

Nettle is a herb that has been traditionally used to improve fertility and increase the chances of conception. It has some fantastic detoxification properties which are essential for maintaining a healthy reproductive system as it helps eliminate toxins from the body.

The leaves of the nettle plant are rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, and magnesium, which are important for reproductive health. These nutrients can help regulate menstrual cycles, improve overall fertility, and increase the chances of conception. This is why it’s a chosen favourite when it comes to fertility boosting tea! 

Nettle leaf is also believed to contribute to the toning of the uterus. A toned uterus is important for supporting a healthy pregnancy and facilitating the implantation of the fertilised egg.


Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) For Reducing Stress: 

In the intricate tapestry of hormonal intricacies, Lemon Balm emerges as a calming force supported by scientific inquiry. A notable study in 2004 explored its effects on mood, revealing that participants experienced heightened feelings of calmness and focus after consuming Lemon Balm, making it a popular choice for conception tea. 


Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) For Reducing Tension:

Step into the world of Lady's Mantle, steeped in traditional medicine for its fertility-promoting virtues. Recent research identifies it as a potent vasorelaxant, effectively reducing tension in blood vessels. This unique quality contributes to easing menstrual pain and cramping, to create a healthy reproductive environment.


In Summary:

In the symphony of nature's fertility teas, each ingredient plays a unique role, backed by scientific and traditional wisdom. Chaste Tree Berry, Raspberry Leaf, Stinging Nettle, Lemon Balm, and Lady's Mantle come together to form a harmonious blend in our Fertility Tea for Her designed to empower your fertility journey. The effects of teas to boost fertility, substantiated by recent studies, provide a scientific foundation for the age-old wisdom encapsulated in these teas.

As we navigate the landscape of fertility and fertility tea, let's allow science and nature to dance hand in hand, unraveling the secrets of the intricate mechanisms governing reproductive health. Infusing these teas into your daily ritual isn't just a journey into tradition; it's a step forward, embracing the scientifically proven benefits that nature has thoughtfully crafted for fertility empowerment.

Scientific Papers:

  • "Efficacy and tolerability of a standardized extract of Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree/monks pepper) in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS): a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study." This study was published in the Journal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine in 2003, and it found that a standardized extract of chaste tree berries was effective in reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and improving overall quality of life in women with PMS.
  • "Herbal remedies in gynecology: A review of the scientific evidence." This study, published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics in 2010, found that chaste tree berry extract was effective in reducing symptoms of PMS and improving overall menstrual cycle regularity in women.
  • "The effects of red raspberry leaf on female hormonal balance." This study, published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health in 2002, found that red raspberry leaf may have positive effects on female hormonal balance, including reducing symptoms of PMS and improving overall menstrual cycle regularity.
  • "An examination of the phytoestrogen content of red raspberry leaf." This study, published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine in 2009, found that red raspberry leaf contains phytoestrogens, compounds that have estrogen-like effects on the body, and may have benefits for female reproductive health.
  • "The effects of red raspberry leaf on pregnancy and labor: a systematic review." This study, published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health in 2012, found that red raspberry leaf may have positive effects on pregnancy and labor outcomes, including reducing the risk of preterm birth and speeding up labor.
  • "The effects of nettle on menstrual cycle regularity and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome." This study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2002, found that nettle may have benefits for menstrual cycle regularity and reducing symptoms of PMS.
  • "An examination of the phytoestrogen content of nettle." This study, published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine in 2005, found that nettle contains phytoestrogens, compounds that have estrogen-like effects on the body, and may have benefits for female reproductive health.
  • Rafiean-Kopaei M., Movahedi M., Systematic Review of Premenstrual, Postmenstrual and Infertility Disorders of Vitex Agnus Castus. [NCBI] [PubMed]
  • The Everything Fertility Book: All you need to know about fertility, conception, and a healthy pregnancy published by Simon and Schuster. 2010. [GoogleBooks]
  • Halder S., Sharma A., A Review of Urtica Dioica L. DOI: 10.20959/wjpps201710-10249. [Research Gate]
  • O Kennedy D., Little W., Scholey A., Attenuation of laboratory-induced stress in humans after acute administration of Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm). DOI: 10.1097/01.psy.0000132877.72833.71 [PubMed]
  • S. Ivancheva, M. Nikolova and R. Tsvetkova, Pharmacological activities and biologically active compounds of Bulgarian medicinal plants. Phytochemistry: Advances in Research, 2006, vol. 37661, pp. 87–103.
  • Takir S., Altun I.H., Suzgec-Selcuk S., Mat A., Uydes-Dogan B.S., Vasorelaxant and blood pressure lowering effects of alchemilla vulgaris: A comparative study of methanol and aqueous extracts. doi: 10.4103/0973-1296.149733 [NCBI]