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For the millions of menstruating people

who suffer from debilitating pain, erratic periods, heavy bleeding or the effects of premenstrual-syndrome every month, this book explores a crucial missing link – stress. Tired of not being heard, believed or being told that ‘nothing can be done’, women are increasingly looking for natural solutions to help them reclaim their periods.

Drawing on personal experience of overcoming crippling period pain and clinical expertise as a medical herbalist specialising in women’s health, Natasha Richardson gives a comprehensive overview of how stress is impacting our hormones, and our lives.

Warning of the creeping effects of stress on hormonal wellbeing, she explores the science of slow living and gives practical advice on changing the way we approach our daily schedules – from sleep to nutrition and using simple herbal remedies. Relaxation is a life skill we have lost the art of practicing and we must fight to reclaim it.

Common menstrual problems are explored in accessible language with advice on how to treat their underlying causes. Heavy bleeding, erratic cycles, missed periods, painful cramps, acne, breast-tenderness, PMS, migraine and anxiety are featured plus the red flag symptoms to watch out for. More complicated conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS and fibroids are looked at in-depth with accompanying treatment plans.

This book includes practical recipes for herbal teas, tinctures, bath-potions and a section on herbal monographs giving a comprehensive overview of relevant herbs and their uses. Invaluable for anyone suffering from menstrual problems and a useful addition for practitioners with an interest in this field.


about the author

After years of suffering with debilitating period pain, being told by doctors nothing was behind it, Natasha Richardson found natural answers that worked. Upon finding natural remedies for herself she began sharing this wisdom with her patients as a medical herbalist. Now she focuses on taking this to as many people as possible through her online course Peaceful Period, natural products and health coaching at her company, Forage Botanicals.