Womanhood is wonderful – the physical and emotional experience of being a woman changes a lot with hormones and life stages. When it comes to self-care, there’s plenty we can do for ourselves – there’s a stack of research on the positives of exercise for female hormones, PMS and menopause, as well as energy, stress, mood and sleep. Self-care can be a way of honouring our body for all the ways it serves us - after all the female body is an amazing and complex thing.
Natural health really excels in the area of female hormones, herbs and nutrients can offer so much - the key is choosing the right product for your unique needs.
Ideally periods are a breeze - no disruption to your life. Studies show herbs and nutrients are effective to support balanced hormone cycles, so the lead up to your period is comfortable and drama free.
How does clear skin, a balanced and happy mood, as well as breast and abdominal comfort sound? This nutrient and herb blend is a targeted PMS supplement that supports healthy estrogen to progesterone ratios. The hero ingredient is DIM (diindolylmethane), supports healthy estrogen metabolism, a key factor in PMS. Blackcurrant, Quercetin and Turmeric all support comfortable breasts and tummy in the PMS phase. Vitamin B6 in its active P-5-P form and iodine support healthy estrogen and progesterone ratios. If this sounds like a good fit for your needs, take one capsule each morning. Drinking enough water (6-8 glasses) will help you get the best out of this supplement and help remove waste from normal estrogen metabolism.
Eve Wellness is a product range especially for women. If you find your cycle’s a bit all over the place and you’re looking to support bloating, calmness and relaxation during the lead up to your period - this one’s for you. The combination of Chaste Tree (Vitus agnus castus) and Ashwagandha (Withniasomnifera) make this formula excellent if you find emotional changes are noticeable around PMS time. If you tend to feel wound up, this can help support emotional balance and feelings of calmness. It also helps supports sleep and stress adaptation. Consistency is key with all female hormone support products, so make sure you take them daily.
Committing to a zero-waste period can make a significant difference for the environment. It’s a win for the planet and our wallet. Single use period products really pile up, think about monthly usage then multiply by 12 months, nixing that is a massive difference for one person to make. Period proof underwear from AWWA absorbs two tampons or pads - comfort and sustainability in one! They’re also super useful for the days just before and after your period too - no worries about which pair to wear.
Our health is front of mind during this special time. It calls for products formulated especially for the growing needs of your body and growing baby.
This prenatal formula is very comprehensive, with a wide range of nutrients that are crucial for baby's development and mum’s health too. The nutrient forms are bioavailable - the body can absorb and use them easily. The calcium dose is excellent - calcium is key for bone formation, so important when a new little skeleton is being made. B Complex vitamins help support energy release from our food for mum’s energy. Take one each morning.
Popular with pregnant women looking to support healthy perineal skin. The perineum is the area of skin below the vaginal opening which needs to stretch during childbirth. Massage supports skin elasticity and its ability to stretch. They also offer helpful tips and diagrams on how to perform perineal massage. The plant derived ingredients are gentle, making them suitable for sensitive areas like the perineum.
For healthy breastmilk production and flow, this herbal formula is it! It includes herbs that are well known for their ability to support healthy breastmilk volume, like Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), Goat's Rue (Galega officinalis) and Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). This lactation helper has a supportive effect that works quickly. One capsule per day makes it easy, when you’re a new mum finding a new routine.
Our female bodies do a great job at self-balancing, but sometimes a helping hand to support healthy physical and mental energy is in order.
Are vaginal health and normal balanced levels of yeasts on your radar? This is our most popular intimate care cream, carefully formulated to be effective to support yeast balance, yet gentle enough for delicate skin in intimate areas. NZ Native Horopito (Pseudowinteracolorata) is the hero ingredient to support balance and the formula is comforting and soothing for yeast imbalance. Kolorex empowers women and removes the stigma attached to vaginas, because everyone has a role in amplifying and destigmatising the subject of vaginal health and opening up conversations.
This daily wellness tonic for women contains herbs traditionally used to invigorate and sustain feminine health. With herbs used in Traditional Chinese Practice to nourish the Yin (female energy) essence and female hormones. Superfeast is a Mindful Brand that shares our values, they use environmentally sustainable practices, are socially conscious and transparent about their supply chain. I am Gaia female tonic is vegan friendly, and has no fillers or artificial ingredients. Take ¼ to ½ of a tsp daily - it’s heat stable, try it in your morning coffee or Cacao drink.
Support that spark of healthy sexual interest. Stress and hormonal changes can play a part here, herbal helpers support healthy libido, sexual function and balanced hormones.
Designed to support women's sexual health with Sea Buckthorn (Hippophaerhamnoides) and Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) this is useful if you’d like to support healthy sexual interest and libido. It also supports healthy vaginal tissue and moisture levels. Libido can naturally be affected by stress or menopausal changes. This is a unique product that can be taken alongside other products that support menopause and hormone balance.
Maca is a wholefood-based supplement, full of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. It’s popular to support both physical and mental energy levels. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) supports natural stress resilience, it also supports healthy libido and sexual interest across genders, so can be used by partners too. The certified organic Maca powder in these capsules is gelatinised, so it’s easy to absorb. As one of our Mindful Brands, BioBalance shares our mindful values. They’re Environmentally Sustainable – looking after the health of the planet and Socially Responsible - putting people at the heart of every decision.
A comfortable, easy transition through your menopause journey. Sound good? Find formulas for supporting temperature balance, settled sleep, happy mood, balanced emotions and vaginal tissue health right here. The key to seeing great results for menopause support is choosing the right product for your specific needs. Here are two great options.
If your main goals for menopause support are around temperature balance and healthy sleep patterns this one’s for you. The expertly formulated blend of Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) and Sage (Salvia officinalis) is excellent to support hormonal balance during the menopausal shift. It can also support stress, nervous tension and healthy sleep. Kiwiherb is a proudly NZ owned brand, they prioritise sourcing New Zealand grown herbs and are very transparent about their supply chain. Take a look at the reviews and you’ll see that women LOVE KiwiHerb Meno Balance for balanced temperature support.
This best-seller is popular with women who need support with menopausal changes - especially the emotional side of things. Its herb and nutrient formula support good mood, feelings of calmness and balance for mood swings. It contains 150mg of Tyrosine which supports healthy dopamine levels, one of our happy hormones and Chromium to support healthy blood sugar levels, which is turn helps support balanced emotions. Cimi-Max® is a standardized extract of Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) for guaranteed potency, for healthy balanced hormones.
Looking for a helping hand with everyday calmness and a happy balanced mood? Adaptogen and hormone balancing herbs help support the body during times of stress or busyness.
If you’d like support for happy mood and calmness and you find that stress has more noticeable effects around PMS time - this formula could be for you. With herbs like Vitex (Vitus agnus castus) and Paeony (Paeonia lactiflora) it’s designed to support healthy progesterone levels. Progesterone is the female hormone involved with natural calm, mental clarity and a healthy menstrual cycle. To support a sense of calm and a regular cycle, one bottle gives you a two-month supply.
Busy life? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, how about support for the body’s natural stress response? Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera) is an adaptogen that supports good mood, calmness, healthy energy and restful sleep. Ashwagandha works to support balanced stress hormones and calm neurotransmitters. Its supportive effects tick a lot of boxes and make it an easy choice for anyone who needs some calm under pressure.
Whether you’re a bit stressed, have a busy mind or a life that’s always on-the-go, this herbal liquid supports feelings of calmness and healthy stress resilience. The calming nerve tonic and adaptogen herbs, Kava (Piper methysticum), Green Oats (Avena sativa) and Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera) support stress relief and ease nervous tension. The spray bottle is convenient and small enough for your pocket. It can be taken as needed when you’re irritable or restless and is suitable long term. Take three sprays under the tongue up to six times a day.
Choosing the right product for you is the key to success with female hormones. Got more questions about your best option? Get in touch via Live Chat for expert product guidance and naturopath support.
Always read the label and use as directed. Vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
- Artemis, Dunedin
- Sattva Soul, Auckland
- BePure, Auckland
- NuWoman (Synergy), Auckland
- Kiwiherb (PhytoMed), Auckland
- BioBalance, Collingwood
- Clinicians (Douglas), Auckland
- SuperFeast (Pure Ritual), Nelson
- Kolorex (Forest Herbs), Nelson
- Two Islands, Auckland
- Solgar (The Bountiful Company), Auckland
- Eve (BePure), Auckland