Seed Cycling for Hormone Balance
If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably tried a million things to get your hormones back on track or get your period on a regular cycle.
Who is Seed Cycling For
Seed cycling is a natural approach to balancing hormones to benefit those with polycystic ovarian syndrome, irregular cycles or PMS symptoms.
Start the Cycle: How To
Seed cycling is fairly simple and I’ve provided you with a few instructions to help guide you. Every female is different, so please take into consideration your personal body during this time. Your cycle might not line up exactly with the instructions below, but that’s ok!
It’s important to track your menstrual cycle or start a tracking date if you are not having a cycle. I suggest starting day 1 of seed cycling on the new moon if you’re not currently having a cycle- which means the first day of bleeding. This would put you to start ovulation on the full moon. There is a lot of ancient wisdom around syncing your cycle with the moon cycle.
Essentially, as you track your cycle, you will also eat different seeds. Day 1 signifies a period or the first day of bleeding (like I mentioned).
From day 1 to day 14, you will eat 1-2 tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds, raw pumpkin seeds and goji berries. I suggest starting slow with the flaxseeds, around 2 teaspoons then working your way up as they are very high in fiber.
These two seeds help to support estrogen metabolism and production during this phase of your cycle. This phase is called the follicular phase. Goji berries are traditionally used in Chinese medicine as a way to induce menstruation through estrogen support. This berry is bright red in color (quite symbolic eh?) and tart in taste.
From days 15 until you start your next cycle or days 15-28 (if you’re not currently having a cycle) you will switch to 1-2 tablespoons of sesame seeds and sunflower seeds to support progesterone metabolism. This phase is called the luteal phase.
Make it Sacred
Enjoy the process and ritual of seed cycling. Our thoughts create energy throughout the physical body. If we put pressure on our bodies or expect perfection, often times we can become upset. Become more in touch with your true feminine side during this process.
Sometimes, our bodies need time to heal and rebalance. We want to focus less on “fixing” and more on trusting the body and that it wants to come back into balance.
For more information to support you on your hormone journey, check out resources here!