Vitex… Fertility Super Herb? | Hethir Rodriguez C.H., C.M.T

Vitex is a beautiful shrub native to Greece and Italy whose berries have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. It is considered one of the most popular herbs in Europe and other Western nations for the support of gynecological imbalances. Continue reading

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Dealing With PCOS: Herbs for Fertility | Vitex

I started a discussion on different kind of herbs for fertility last week in the bid to have a look at some herbs that could be of benefit when dealing with PCOS and primarily, preparing the body for fertility and conception. So, taking it from where we left off last week, the next herb I would like to discuss is Vitex. It is also known as Chaste tree, chaste berry, Abraham’s balm, agnus castus and monk’s pepper. It is mostly found in Western Asia and Southern Europe. This herb is widely known for its usefulness when it comes to balancing hormones and regulating menstrual periods. Menstrual cycles are a way of your body preparing for a potential pregnancy, whether you are wanting to conceive or not.

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Prepare For Conception with a Fertility Cleanse | Hethir Rodriguez C.H., C.M.T.

I am sure you have heard about cleansing from one place or another, maybe it was about cleansing your colon or detoxifying your liver. While it may seem like a new fad, cleansing has been around for thousands of years, used by the Japanese, Egyptians and Native Americans. Cleansing has been used as a natural way to keep the body healthy and may be one of the most beneficial things to do before you get pregnant. Continue reading

Aromatherapy for Fertility | Dalene Barton-Schuster, CH, Doula

Essential oils are an amazing way to enhance healing holistically. There are specific essential oils that may positively affect our fertility; aiding in hormonal balance, reducing inflammation, reducing stress, promoting healing, improving endocrine function, reducing pain and boosting immune system function. Using essential oils for fertility is an enjoyable way to work toward healing fertility issues, promoting reproductive health as well as reducing stress. Continue reading

Dealing with PCOS: Look Into Aromatherapy

Right, moving on to another subject of interest when dealing with PCOS – Aromatherapy. This is simply the art of using natural oils to heal or treat illnesses, improve health and support total physical wellbeing. The list of carrier and essential oils goes on and on with different names as well as numerous benefits they bring to their users. However, there are certain ones that when properly combined could help in preparing your body for fertility.   Continue reading

Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen & Bee Propolis for Fertility | Dalene Barton-Schuster, CH, Doula

Bees are amazing creatures. They produce a wide variety of substances, many of which have been found to have great health benefits for not only the bees but humans as well. Bee keeping and Apitherapy has been done for thousands of years, dating back around 6000 years ago. Apitherapy is the use of bee products honey, propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly for healing.

Many people are curious as to these health benefits reported by thousands of people and most notably by bee keepers themselves. With the variety of bee products out there, it can be confusing to know what the difference is between them, what their health benefits are and which product is best for certain health issues. Since this website is focused on fertility I am only going to list general information on the differences between Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen, and Bee Propolis and their health benefits in relationship to fertility and fertility issues. Continue reading

Dealing with PCOS: Consider Apitherapy

Again, a word I wasn’t aware of before the time I dealt with PCOS is APITHERAPY.

For anyone who doesn’t know what apitherapy means, this is simply the art of using honeybees’ products {which is where api is derived from, as bees mean apis in Latin} for medicinal use with the aim of promoting health and this has been in use for thousands of years. Some examples of honeybees’ products are pollen, propolis, royal jelly, honey, and beeswax. However, the honeybees’ products that have the most known use for fertility are royal jelly, pollen, and propolis. Continue reading

It’s been a long time…

Hello everyone,

It has really been a long time since I last posted and I must say that I have missed being on my page posting educational articles and inspirational lines as well as interacting with everyone who stops by to view my blog. To answer your question of where I’ve been all this while. Well, I have been very busy with our latest addition to the family who joined us over 6 months ago. He’s getting bigger and bigger as the months roll by and sometimes, I wonder where the time has gone since I can still vividly remember his arrival to the world.

Now that I think my son and I have come to some kind of agreement as to how we both manage our time (him mostly using his for eating and sleeping), I believe it is high time I got back to blogging and I intend to start by completing the series on Dealing with PCOS: My Journey to Motherhood.

I would be giving the topic of Natural Fertility a lot more focus in the coming weeks and months as I believe a lot of people are searching for answers and support as they try to conceive.

Of course, there would still be some inspirational lines that I would keep posting as what is life without inspiration to achieve and I firmly believe these would be relevant for both those who are TTC and those who are not.

The long and short of this ‘homecoming’ post is that I’M BACK and I missed you all! So please, look forward to the coming posts from Open Pleasures.

Stay tuned!