Castus and Menopause
Greetings from England on a wet. windy Friday evening!
I've been taking Agnus Castus for about a year as I am perimenopausal.
It has really helped!!! I was wondering if you could advise
me on how long it is advisable to
Many thanks. Nettie
Subject: Re: how long
I found as I got into my menopausal meltdown that the chasteberry
symptoms and I stopped. It is not unusual for someone to take
vitex for up to four
years. Perhaps it has done all it can do for you and that
is why you are asking? You
can trust your instinct. Are you drinking nourishing herbal
infusions? Those are life
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
and giving thanks
I purchased your book "Menopausal Years..The Wise Woman
Way" from the
Boulder Herb Shop (the owner , thinks VERY highly of you).
I had only been on
HRT meds for 4 months, but knew they weren't right for me,
but wasn't sure why.
I picked up your book instinctually and found
all the answers I had been looking for.
I am slowing getting myself off the HRT meds and using only
herbs, tinctures, teas and
Bach flower remedies. I thank you for your words of wisdom
and encouragement. I
now know that this is part of a sacred journey and I am treating
it that way.
Thank you so much for your presence in my life.
Susun's Response: Re: thank you
Thank you so much for your lovely note. I am so happy that
my work has helped you.
A new version of that book (Menopausal Years) will be out
in a few months. You'll be
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I am a 49 year old female and have a "slight"
(230) cholesterol problem. I own your
book "Wise Women Ways the Menopausal Years". In
this book, there is indication
that Valerian will help with cholesterol. But.... all my other
research indicates that
Valerian will help with sleeping problems and that's all.
Can you point me toward the herb that will
Response: help for you from Weed
Did you know that over half of the people who have heart attacks
in the USA have
normal or low cholesterol? Did you know that the theory that
high cholesterol causes
or even indicates risk of heart attack is non-existent? Did
you know that
postmenopausal women produce hormones that keep them healthy
For all these reasons, I believe that you do not have a problem.
However, we all need to eat diets that are rich in whole foods,
especially whole grains,
for optimum heart health; and we all need to exercise regularly
to keep our hearts healthy.
I think the best herb for you right now might be tincture
of Leonurus cardiaca
(motherwort). A dose is 10-20 drops taken 1-3 times a day.
You can read more about this herb in my Menopausal Years the
Wise Woman Way?
It will also teach you how to make nourishing herbal infusions
and vinegars that keep the heart healthy. You can get a signed
copy from www.ash-tree-publishing.com/
at a 20% discount.
Also, I would be glad to answer your questions
personally by phone. I have a free service
on Tuesday nights. Call me at 845-246-8081 between 7:30 and
9:30 pm east coast
time and I will be glad to talk with you. The line is of course
busy most of the time, but
keep trying. An auto-redial phone helps!
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
Thank you for your reply. I am currently taking Motherwort and
will continue to do
so. I began to take Motherwort after studying your book Menopausal
Years the Wise Woman Way (which I have owned for several years).
Thank you again and keep up
your wonderful work!
YES, I have your menopause book (and Healing
Wise) and I drink an
overnight infusion of oatstraw every day! I recommend your
I grow my own oats, which I am just harvesting
now and am
known as the oatstraw lady in my herb society. I also grow
mineral rich herbs, which I alternately add to every infusion.
Would you mind telling me if I should be using
them more or less continuously in tea,
overnight infusions or tinctures? I have been having a few
hot flashes, occasional sleep problems and need to lose some
The following are herbs that I grow here:
chickweed, red clover, raspberry leaf, alfalfa leaf (occasionally
I read it increased your appetite), motherwort, lady's mantle,
balm, stinging nettles, oatseed, various varieties of mint.
Is there any other herbs I should take from now on, being
I also use some herbs good for insomnia occasionally
such as skullcap,
passionflower, lemon balm, chamomile, and I just read that
primrose leaf has sedative properties. Just about ready to
valerian root here for the first time.
Thank you SO much for your suggestions............................
Joan -[who is living the best part of my life
Response: Re: Menopause herbal formula has problems
It has been a long time since the last time you wrote to us.
A really busy outdoor
month for me, and probably you, but here I am to give you
an answer to your great,
but complicated, question.
I drink about a quart a day of nourishing herbal infusion,
usually nettle, or oatstraw, or comfrey leaf, or red clover.
I rotate through these four, adding the occassional treat
and there (linden, sassafras, or mullein infusion for instance)
and sometimes flavoring
them with mint or horsetail or bergamot. It is great that
you grow your own oats, but
by using just oatstraw, you are missing out on the benefits
of the other herbs. Try
switching around more. And I do really recommend that you
keep it simple. Just one
major herb at a time; I would not add other herbs to the oatstraw
but infuse and drink
I eat a huge helping of salad with my evening meal, usually
at least half wild greens, and
put at least one tablespoon of herbal vinegar and at least
two tablespoons of extra
virgin olive oil on it (plus tamari).
In addition, I take tincture occassionally, as needed: motherwort
if I am freaked out, hypericum if my muscles are sore, wormwood
for digestive distress. I do not take
any tincture on a regular basis.
Are you familiar with the information in the beginning of
my books where I separate
the herbs into four categories: nourishing, tonifying, stimulating/sedating,
and potentially poisonous? That section may answer your question
more specifically, as it lists the
herbs that I put in each category, and gives recommendations
for use. Of the herbs
you asked about, I would order them thusly:
Nourishing (use freely as infusions or in salads) =
chickweed, red clover, raspberry
leaf, alfalfa leaf, stinging nettles, oatstraw
Tonic (use regularly, but not daily unless in salad
or as vinegars) = motherwort, lady's mantle, lemon balm, various
Sedating (use as little as possible, never daily) =
skullcap, passionflower, valerian, chamomile, oatseed tincture
As for your sleeping problem, you don't say if you have difficulty
falling asleep or
difficulty staying asleep. The latter is quite common during
the menopausal years
and passes on its own, if you don't make it a chronic problem
by taking herbs that
are sedative!!!! Do you have a relaxation exercise that you
can use?It's much healthier
than forcing yourself to sleep with outside agents.
Incidentally, I prefer the tincture of valerian flowers to
the root. Never heard of using
evening primrose leaves. Let me know if it works for you.
Hope this helps.
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
Wise Woman Book?
Please get in touch with me. I have the "old" Wise
woman book and would be
interested if the the new one contains more information for
me, i.e. osteoporosis and dry vagina.
Susun's Response: you need New Wise Woman
The new version is 50% bigger. It is completely revised. There
is new information
on every page. No really new info on dry vagina, but some
new stuff on osteo. Its
worth the $13 for sure to get the new one. Its every thing
you like about the one you
have but ever so much better. Did you know soymilk can cause
osteo? Read about
it in New Menopausal Years!
I'm going through perimenopause with not much info from my
doctor. I would like
to know if the book New Menopausal Years, would be helpful
Thank You, Stacy
Response: New Menopausal Years: the Wise Woman Way
This book, according to women who write us,
is the one you will sleep with, cherish,
read over and over, and lend to everyone. Yes, it has lots
of information for women
who are just beginning their menopausal journey -- like you.
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
you do Consultations?
Dear Ms. Weed:
I would very much like to have an herbal consultation with
you. I would, of course,
be happy to pay you for this service. I do not know of a competent
herbalist in my
area, and although I have gotten a couple of referrals, I
did not have a good feeling
after talking with them. I have read and reread your book
"Menopausal Years", have
found it invaluable, and have tried many of the suggestions
over the past 7 years.
However, I do not have the necessary knowledge of herbs to
know what is best for
me at this time. I need the assistance of an expert!
You must get many requests for help. If you do consultations,
please let me know
how to arrange one with you. If not, perhaps you would have
a referral for someone
in my area who is truly a competent, highly-skilled herbalist.
(I live in the San Francisco
I have been experiencing extreme peri-menopausal distress
these past eight months. Hormone therapy in the form of low-dose
birth control pills has helped some, but I
feel I need something more. (And I am not really pleased about
using the birth
control pills, but I was so sick I was desperate.) I would
go into greater depth
regarding my symptomology were you to agree to a consultation.
As I stated, I
have used herbal suggestions from your book before, but things
are too complex
now for me to know what to do. I hope you can help me or provide
me with the
name of someone who can.
Thank you so much for your time and for sharing your knowledge
Response : free consultations on Tuesday after spring equinox
I do free consultations by phone (845-246-8081)
from the end of March to the end of October on Tuesday nights,
7:30 to 9:30 east coast time. Please feel free to call me
Have you taken crone's time away? Have you used motherwort?
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
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