Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wild Yam


Aren't these beautiful shots of wild yam growing in my woodland medicinal gardens.  It is in the woods, in the formal beds, and right in the center of my medicine wheel.  It has wrapped itself around the crystal ball that sits in the center.  I find it magical!!

Wild Yam, Dioscorea villosa  is commonly used in creating bio-identical hormones.  Progesterone specifically.  It just happens to be the main herb in my herbal alternatives to bio-identical progesterone.  Women who have had cancer often don't want to use hormones, even if they are "natural" and reasonably safe.  With all the synthetic estrogens in our environment, hormone related health issues have become extremely problematic; not only for women, for whom estrogen is our dominate sex hormone.  If these synthetics are causing us problems, imagine how devastating the health effects on men, children, and our pets.

Wild yam is also on United Plant Saver's endangered plant list.  I have adopted wild yam for 5 years as part of a fundraising program to help protect this valuable plant.  I am also a part of the Botanical Sanctuary network.  I am blessed to find many endangered plants growing here including ginseng, echineacea, bloodroot, black cohosh, blue cohosh, goldenseal, trillium, pink lady slippers and lots of other medicinals too.

I have written a bit more about wild yam and how I use it in my products.  Here are links to my herbal alternatives; ProMeno Women's Wild Yam Cream, Vital "V" Wild Yam Salve and ProAndro Men's Wild Yam Cream

I hope you find this helpful in making informed choices for your health.  Herbs are, innately, helpers.  I use them whenever, and as often as possible.

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