Naturally Balance Hormones With Seed Cycling
Did you know that all women are suppose to menstruate on the new moon? I didn’t either until recently. Most of us, men and women alike, deal with hormones that are out of whack. Women tend to struggle with things like:
- inconsistent periods
- heavy or light periods
- hormonal acne (the stuff around your chin)
While men can have low testosterone and experience symptoms including:
- low fertility
- low sex drive
- sparse facial and/or body hair
- loss of muscle mass
- mood swings
- hair loss
The two main hormones at play are Estrogen and Progesterone. In today’s world, estrogens are everywhere and we all struggle with estrogen dominance. (Learn more about estrogen dominance here.) A gentle way to nudge our hormones into levels they need to be at is to do what is called seed cycling.
What is seed cycling?
Seed cycling is simply nutritional support using specific seeds and oils at a certain time of the lunar phases and thus helping to balance our hormones. We are meant to ovulate with the full moon when we could see and enjoy our partner, and menstruate with the new moon when we could not see each other during the night. Using seeds like flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame and oils like fish oil and evening primrose oil during specific phases of the moon will help bind up excess hormones and provide fatty acids that are the building blocks for making our hormones. The first 14 days seeds and oil support the Estrogen dominant time of your cycle, along with your Omega-3 pathways, while the last 14 days support the Progesterone dominant time of your cycle and Omega-6 pathways.
The second part of this cycling is to use moonlight, real or artificial, to help regulate our cycles. For all nights except the night before, the night of, and the night after the full moon, sleep in a room that is completely dark and cool. Invest in room darkening curtains, put towels under the bathroom door and bedroom door if necessary. Then on the three nights listed above open up the curtains and blinds and let the light of the full moon in. Or have a dim white light in your room to mimic the light of the moon.
Doing these steps will regulate cycles of sleep, hormone production, and other processing in your body! Pretty cool right?! While you may experience changes in the first month, for most people it will take 3-4 months before you start to notice significant differences.
So, how do we do this?
As a health coach, I am always looking for ways to make life easier. No excuses work for me! So to start seed cycling, you’ll first want to download a lunar phases app (like this one), then stock up on RAW flax or chia seeds, hulled hemp seeds, pepitas, sunflower, and sesame seeds. They all must be raw, not roasted, also do not buy pre ground seeds. They go rancid too quickly and thus are no longer beneficial. If you don’t have one already, get a mortar and pestle, blender, food processor, or coffee grinder (use for these seeds only, no coffee) to be able to grind your seeds easily.
New moon-full moon (days 1-14)
2 tbsp flax or chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
plus 2000 mg quality fish oil (like this one)
Full moon-new moon (days 15-28)
2 tbsp sunflower seeds (or sesame seeds)
2 tbsp pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
plus 500 mg evening primrose oil
For the men reading this, you will do the opposite seeds of the women during the same phases of the moon.
Grind up 12 tbsp of each pairing depending on where you are in your cycle (three days worth) and store in an air tight container in the fridge. You want to do just a few days at a time so they do not oxidize and become less potent.
A few great options to enjoy consuming all these seeds:
- Add to your morning smoothie (like my cake batter protein smoothie)
- Put on your salad at lunch. This will add a nice crunch and nutty flavor.
- Use to make date balls (adjust this recipe and make sure you know exactly how many to consume to get the right amount daily)
- Add to yogurt.
- Make chia seed pudding and mix in hemp seeds. (chia seed recipe)
- Make into a raw granola with coconut flakes and dried fruit. Consume with a nut butter or again, add to yogurt. (you can modify this recipe)