Supporting the Sacred Womb: Mindfulness, Herbs, and Nutrition to Help Prevent Fibroids
Historically, women were thought to be weaker, more prone to vices, and inferior copies of men. This kind of thought still exists somewhat today.
That so called imbalance and fragility are erroneously considered weakness. Our moodiness and emotional selves are actually due to our natural and powerful connection to the earth.
Each month, in sync with the cycle of the moon, women go through hormonal changes that ready our bodies for childbirth. Just as the moon shifts the tide, it also shifts us. It is a magical and quite amazing experience, and we should always nurture that connection.
What happens when we don’t?
Well, that's when imbalances come into the picture. Living healthy is all about balance. Once one hormone overtakes another in concentration or when toxins accumulate in the body faster than they're removed, a shift away from homeostasis occurs. And one of the most pressing concerns that women have that stems from imbalance is uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are the most common tumor, which affects 70% to 80% of women over their lifetime. Although benign, the tumors can lead to invasive, unnecessary and debilitating treatments such as hysterectomies.
You may be surprised to learn that your hormones control many of the body’s processes, including sleep, stress response, mood, weight gain, hair growth, memory, sex drive, metabolism and energy balance.
Therefore, it is necessary to use a holistic approach to healing fibroids that involves more than just suppressing symptoms. As a physiologist, reiki practitioner, and herbalist, I study the natural course of bodily functions and try to help maintain a balance with plants and mindfulness as medicine.
Mindfulness to some seems like an aloof concept, but it’s a simple and effective practice that can set your body up to receive healing. In a recent study, it was shown that major life events that caused stress were positively correlated with uterine fibroids. Just keeping that bond strong between your mind and body every day will help you reduce stress.
Herbs can also restore balance in the body because they have phytochemicals that our bodies can recognize and use as medicine. Herbs such as cleavers, ginger, dandelion, vitex (chaste tree berry) all can help to reduce growth and support the lymphatic and immune systems to remove the cyst.
Poor nutrition including refined sugars, artificial flavorings, dyes, and processed meats heighten the risk of fibroids dramatically. A diet that is high in green leafy vegetables provides a body alkalinity state that will hinder the growth of fibroid tumor cells. And not to mention, herbal remedies work much better in a more alkaline environment as well. Getting at least 2 liters of water a day to flush your system from toxic buildup is also vital.
Yes, after puberty the tide gets a little strong, and our hormonal balance can be easily disturbed. But you have the power to reestablish the connection that you have with the earth and the balance within your body. Start with daily practices such as meditation, eating whole foods, and supplementing with organic herbs.
Jennifer Hutchison Taylor is a herbal therapist, physiologist, author, doula, and reiki practitioner who helps women rediscover their feminine beauty and find the complete path to healing. As the founder of Beauty in Bloom, her mission is to promote generational wellness by providing natural, sustainable, and holistic health solutions for women. Beauty in Bloom exists to create a world where women are happy, healthy, and are taken back to their roots for healing. While herbs are the main tools that she uses, she combines this modality with superfood nutrition, spiritual guidance, and her rich biological sciences background to teach a powerful and revolutionary approach to holistic health.