Women's Health and Women's Herbs

Explore our botanicals specifically tailored to assist women on their journey through life.

Apart from wanting to maintain general good heath, women have their own particular issues, mainly to do with hormonal lifecycle changes – puberty, menstruation, childbearing, breastfeeding and menopause. For thousands of years women have harnessed the power of herbs to gently and effectively re-balance wayward hormones. And unlike harsh, synthetic pharmaceutical drugs, they rarely have side-effects.

Other situations that botanicals can help with include enhancing libido, sharpening the mind, raising low mood, boosting physical resilience for working-out, and increasing longevity. Herbs can be used preventatively or as cures. Browse the list below to see which best suit your situation.

Although herbs can work wonders on their own, they function most effectively when used as part of a healthy lifestyle – a balanced wholefood diet, detoxification, regular exercise, relaxation, stress management, adequate sleep, and emotional/spiritual fulfilment. At Indigo Herbs we believe that prevention is better than cure, and all these factors will contribute to building up your body to resist illness.

Today’s woman wants to take responsibility for her health and a good place to start is nutrition. Superfoods are nutrient-dense plants such as berries, seeds, algae, mushrooms, seaweeds and grasses. Used as a daily supplement, added to juices or smoothies, sprinkled on yoghurt or cereal, or made into raw-food energy bars (go on, experiment!), they can quickly transform your diet from 2-star to 5-star.

All our botanicals are pure, high-quality and ethically sourced.


Agnus castus

(Agnus castus)
Agnus Castus

Agnus Castus is a pretty tree bearing fruit that are a perfect natural aid for pre-menstrual syndrome, known as PMS or PMT. It is also used to alleviate the symptoms of the menopause. It is an all round tonic and balancer for the reproductive organs and is regarded as a very beneficial herb for women.



(Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is the tonic for the 21st centuary lifestyle, it is said to bring "the strength of a stallion". It is known as Indian Ginseng. It is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine.

Ashwagandha is rejuvenating and strengthening to the nervous system, and it works as a mild depressant to the over agitated nerves whilst nourishing and protecting. So it is excellent for stress induced disorders such as Insomnia, Anxiety, Neurosis.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, so it helps the body and mind adapt to stress that cannot be avoided, whilst strengthening and calming the mind and body.



(Astragalus membranaceus)

Astragalus has a long history in China as an immune booster. Used as a base herb in many different herbal blends, Astragalus has the power to either fight off or help the body climb back to peak health. Highly recommended with Clats Claw. 


Avena sativa

(Avena sativa)
Avena sativa

Avena Sativa is a very good herb for women, as it is very calming, very good for the nervous system and is actually said to free up testosterone storing fat in the body. Probably the oldest known oat grains were found in Egypt among remains of the 12th Dynasty, which was about 2,000 B.C, these probably were weeds and not actually cultivated by the Egyptians. The oldest known cultivated oats were found in caves in Switzerland that are believed to belong to the Bronze Age.



(Sida cordifolia)

Bala is one of the most valued and well used Ayurvedic herbs. It is used for weight loss, and boosting physical endurance and strength, often used by athletes and bodybuilders. It is also known as an Aphrodisiac.


Barley Grass

(Hordeum vulgare L)
Barley Grass

The young leaves of the Barleygrass plant have a tremendous ability to absorb nutrients from the soil, and are harvested at 12 -14 inches high.

Barley grass is known to contain vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, chlorophyll, live enzymes and amino acids. It is thought to include a balanced ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrate necessary for a balanced diet. Barleygrass is easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract providing the body with optimum nutrition.


Black Cohosh

(Cimicifuga racemosa)
Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh works to balance female reproductive hormones and for this reason can be useful in giving relief from PMS, menstrual cramps, and uterine contractions in labour. Black cohosh is also good for menopausal women as it is estrogenic and aids hormone balance.


Blessed Thistle

(Cnicus benedicyus)
Blessed Thistle

Blessed thistle is an all round fortifying tonic for women. It is known to aid in breast feeding, where the mother may find it difficult to produce milk or where the milk dries up. It can be combined well with fennel seeds or fenugreek seeds, and made into a tea or drank as a tincture blend everyday.

Blessed thistle is also thought to be good for the stomach, it can calm indigestion, wind, flatulence and colic. It is also known to expel worms. It may be used in appetite loss and anorexia. In the case of a sluggish digestive system it may be combined with Kola nut. Blessed thistle is known to be a powerful blood purifyer and improver of the circulation. It is known to strengthen the brain, heart, stomach, liver lungs and kidneys. It is an all round fortifying tonic.


Brown Rice Protein

(Oryza sativa)

Catuaba Bark

(Erythroxylum catuaba)

Catuaba is known to be a tonic for the nervous system, to bring strength, and to fortify and relieve fatigue. For men it is known to enliven the libido. In Brazilian medicine it is often combined with Muira Puama to have a dual action of tonifying the male sexual and urinary organs and relieving the condition of impotence. If it is consumed regularly it is thought to bring erotic dreams and then to bring increased libido. As it is an Aphrodisiac and a nervine, it is also anti-viral which means that it is effective in fortifying against bacteria and viruses.

So in simple, Catuaba for Men is known to be very good for the prostate and can gradually build up your sex drive.



(Maytenus aelivis)

Recommended for women - Curanderos (healers) in the Amazon use chuchuhuasi as a general tonic, to speed healing. It is often combined with other medicinal plants as it increases the power and use considerably. Traditionally it is taken as a stimulant, and for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to relieve menstrual pain, arthritic pain, stomach pain and general aches and pains.


Clary Sage

(Salvia scleria)
Clary Sage

Clary sage is a refreshing and uplifting botanical, and has many uses Traditionally it is used for menstrual problems, childbirth and the menopause. This uterine tonic has a musky, nutty heavy middle note aroma that is enveloping and supportive.



(Tynanthus panurensis)

The worlds premiere womens herbal aphrodisiac. Clavohuasca has been traditionally taken as a herbal aphrodisiac, and it can be taken in a tincture preparation or as a tea.



(Turnera diffusa)

Used widely around the world by women for its powerful aphrodisiac and relaxation properties. Damiana is a plant that grows in Mexico, Central America, West Indies and South America and has been traditionally used. Damiana was made into a sweet drink by Mexican Indians and drank.


Dong Quai

(Angelica sinensis)
Dong Quai

Regarded as one of the best herbs for women in Chinese medicine. Chinese Angelica has been used in China, Korea and Japan as an all purpose women's tonic for many years. It appears it really is one of the ultimate herbs for women, restoring health and balancing hormones in all cycles of a women's life.


Evening Primrose

(Oenothera biennis)
Evening Primrose

This light and clear botanical oil is good for all skin types. It has a history of treating dry and ageing skin. It can be taken internally as a daily source of omega oils and it is traditionally used for balancing female hormones and often taken by women during PMT and the menopause.


Fennel Seed

(Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel seed is known to be an excellent digestive. It is good for colic in babies, and stomach cramps of all ages. It normalises appetite so therefore can support weight loss. It can treat flatulence, aids recovery from gout and is a cleanser of the liver, helpful for gentle detoxifying. It increases the flow of urine, is a natural diuretic and kidney tonic.

For women, Fennel seed is helpful when breastfeeding, as it stimulates milk production. It is also good for promoting menstruation, and relieving discomfort of menopause.


Fenugreek Seed

(Trigonella fornum)

Often take by women, Fenugreek seeds have been used for 1000s of years and are documented as being used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans. Fenugreek is a traditional medicine in Ayurveda.  It is known to be useful as a natural HRT alternative, recommended to help with hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms.


Ginkgo Biloba

(Ginkgo biloba, Salisburia adiantifolia, Salisburia macrophylla)
Ginkgo Biloba

A popular womens herb, originating in Asia. It is the oldest surviving tree on earth and it has been used traditionally to improve concentration and memory. It is also known to stimulate circulation and thin the blood. It should not be taken along side blood thinning medicine.


Goji Berries

(Lycium barbarum)
Goji Berries

Very popular with Women and Men, Goji berries / Wolf berries are known as the ultimate tonic for longevity, within the Chinese medicine tradition. They are thought to nourish Yin energy in the body, having a cooling and nourishing effect on the whole system. They are the perfect daily tonic for modern living, which is said to create too much heat, fire and Yang energy in the body. Goji berries have been used in traditional Mongolian, Tibetan and Chinese medicine for 1000s of years.


Gymnema sylvestra

(Gymnema sylvestre)

This Ayurvedic herb helps balance blood sugar, control cravings and thus aids weight loss. As well as being a well used weight loss remedy its therapeutic use is as an anti-diabetic aid.



(Lepidium meyenii )

Taken widely in Peru by women and now more recently all over the world. Maca is a popular integral part of the Peruvian way of life, it is a root vegetable that looks a bit like a turnip and it is put into soups, cakes, breads and drinks in Peru. It is grown high in the Andes at 14,000 ft in very rich soils, so its mineral content is especially high.



(Leonurus cardiaca)

Motherwort has been indicated for use in heart disease, and can be incorporated into a treatment plan. It is thought to be effective in relieving insomnia and anxiety, whilst easing the user of depression. It is widely known as a uterine stimulant and holds an age-old role in encouraging strong effective contractions in childbirth and bringing on menstruation if it is withheld.


Mucuna / Kapikachhu

(Mucuna pruriens)
Mucuna pruriens

Popular in Ayurvedic and Indian tradition go be a calming and mood enhancing libido lifting womens herb. Kapikachhu / Mucuna pruriens is a well known Ayurvedic herb. It is well documented for its Aphrodisiac qualities as well as for trating Parkinsons Disease and a range of other conditions.

Mucuna / Kapikachhu has an interesting range of unusual phyto-chemicals including l-dopa.


Passion Flower

(Passiflora incarnate)

Passion flower is a well known tonic for the nervous system, it is a natural sedative and tranquiliser. It is an anti-spasmodic herb and has been used for treating seizures, hysteria, uterine pains, and aches and pains of all kinds.


Pau D'arco

(Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa)

Pau d'arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) is native to South America, where reportedly it has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, arthritis, inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis), fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers, and various cancers. In western herbal medecine, pau d'arco is considered to be analgesic, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and laxative. It is widely used to treat candida.


Pumpkin Seed Protein

(Cucurbita pepo)


(Rubus idaeus)

Packed with anti-oxidants, Raspberry leaf tea has a delicious astringent flavour.

Long known as a women's tonic and used to treat various reproductive related issues from menstrual cramps to child birth.


Red Maca

(Lepidium meyenii )

Maca is a popular integral part of the Peruvian way of life, it is a root vegetable that looks a bit like a turnip and it is put into soups, cakes, breads and drinks in Peru. It is grown high in the Andes at 14,000 ft in very rich soils, so its mineral content is especially high. Red Maca is from the red and purple Maca root vegetables. Red Maca has a subtler taste than Maca, the coloured veg is sorted from the crop and Red Maca is known to have some unique qualities. The Red Maca is thought to be the most nutritionally rich of all the Maca types.



(It is impractical to try and list all the myriad varieties of rose that have been developed by now. A common one used in herbalism where many petalled heads are required is Rosa centifolia or the hundred petalled rose)

The classic and delicately delicious flavour of rose is perenially identified with passion. Rose tea is good for the circulation and the heart and naturally caffeine free.


Saw Palmetto

(Serenoa repens)

Widely recommended in traditional herbalism as a good womens herb. Known as "the old man's best friend" Saw Palmetto is gaining a reputation as a treatment for prostate enlargement. It boosts male sex hormones and tones the male reproductive system. It strengthens sexual appetite and restores sexual balance after excesses.

It is also used to combat male hair loss.



(Asparagus racemosus)

The most famous and popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine for women.Shatavari is considered to be the best general tonic for women in Ayurveda, clinically proven to promote fertility, strengthen the uterus, regulate menstruation, promote the flow of breast milk, assist in recovery from childbirth and alleviate many symptoms of the menopause.

Shatavari can be safely used through all stages of a women's life, and has been in use for over a 1000 years. It is the supreme woman's tonic.



(Scutellaria lateriflora)

Skullcap is known to calm nervous tension and anxiety, it acts as a natural tranquilizer. It is a tonic for the nervous system and can help both physically and psychologically.



(Emblica officinalis, Terminalia bellirica, Terminalia chebula)


(Triticum aestivum)

Wheatgrass is quite possibly the closest thing to the fountain of youth and healing man has ever benefited from. It's nutritional profile is literally stunning. It's good for boosting energy and vitality levels, combating fatigue, detoxification, eliminating unhealthy bacteria, balancing gut and bowel health, balancing ph levels in blood, treating immune system deficiencies, improving clarity of thought Stabilising weight, metabolism and cravings, aiding cell regeneration.


Wild Yam

(Dioscorea villosa)
Wild Yam

Taken by women worldwide, Wild Yam / Dioscorea is a popular modern use is as an alternative to HRT, a natural breast enhancer and treatment for PMS. Wild Yam is a very good antispasmodic so is good for menstrual cramps, relaxing muscles, soothing nerves, relieving pain, poor circulation and neuralgia, for the inflammatory stage of rheumatory arthritis and for abdominal and intestinal cramping.