Peak Flow Herbal Food Supplement

The Herbal Hormone Support + Powerful Blood Nourishing Tonic.

Supporting women find hormonal balance and smooth menstrual flow…

 

Self Care Rituals based on the philosophy of Eastern Medicine. For those bitter-sweet moments in life + health…

PEAK FLOW

This natural herbal blend  has been specifically formulated to help women with irregular or painful periods.

This ”blood tonic” is packed full of hormone balancing, stress busting, anti-inflammatory, libido boosting ingredients to help you with pre-conception support or to simply embrace an easy, healthy, drama free flow each month.

It is designed with the modern woman in mind. That “super woman” capable of taking on the world, who puts her needs before anyone elses, often at the sacrifice of her own health.

This tonic offers you a natural daily dose of CALM and BALANCE to prepare for a PEAK FLOW in your next cycle . A daily ritual based on the philosophy of Eastern medicine, for those bitter sweet moments in life and health. 

Peak Flow Herbs Info

Herbs in peak flow formula :

-Nettle leaf 30g
-Astragalus 20 g
-Chinese Angelica root 20g
-Shatavari 10g
-Ashwagandha root 10 g
-Beetroot 1 fresh root (1 kg) or 5tsp dried or 20g (I’m now using 50g beets)
-Blackstrap Molasses

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Ingredients Info

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Angelica Root
(Dong Quai)

Angelica is a genus of plants and herbs that’s often used in traditional medicine, particularly in Asian countries. The roots of many species of Angelica are used to make herbal medicines.

Angelica root, particularly A. archangelica, has some culinary uses. It’s sometimes used in the production of gin and other spirits and the leaves can be candied to use as a garnish or decoration.

However, it’s primarily used as an herbal remedy. It has a long history of use as a traditional medicine in Europe and Russia, where it grows wild.

Similarly, A. sinensis root is used in traditional Chinese medicine, primarily for women’s health purposes.

Benefits;

  • Anti-cancer properties
  • Wound healing
  • Relief of menopausal hot flushes
  • Arthritisn relief
  • Anti-microbial effect (kills off harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi)
  • Anti-anxiety effects
  • Tonic for uterus, liver and digestion
  • Antispasmodic, anti inflammatory (reduces menstrual pain, natural sedative)
  • Stimulates menstruation reduces heavy flow
  • Impact on heart (circulation, normalizes blood pressure, anti arrhythmic, vasodilator, platelet aggregation )
  • Increases IgE (allergy related antibodies) enhancing the immune system, WBC activation
  • Mild laxative

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Uses: –A blood tonic, warming – disperses coldAnd moistens intestines.
-Sedative, tonic to inner organs and reproductive function. It’s used for blood deficiency and pain due to blood stasis.

Used for:

Increasing circulation to lower jiao hands and feet, menorrhagia, anemia, dysmenorrhea, irregular menses, amenorrhea, infertility, low libido, menopausal hot flushes. Also good for digestion, constipation and low energy.

Nourishes and moves the blood. Dong Quai is a small perennial, growing up to three feet in height. It is native to high altitude regions of China and Japan, and grows best in cold, damp areas. “Dong quai” literally translates to “state of return.”

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Astragalus
(Huang Qi – immune adaptogen)

Western uses:

– immune enhancer and immune modulator, adaptogen
– Stimulates adrenocortical activity
– Antibacterial, anti viral,
– Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, anti microbial, lowers cholesterol, diuretic, hormone modulating, spermicidal and contraceptive (?)

TCM uses:

– Warming Wei Qi Tonic, Blood Tonic
– Toni fries San Jiao
– Raises yang Qi, tonifies Sp
– Promotes urination and reduces oedema

Used for autoimmune diseases and depressed immune systems.

Astragalus is a sun-loving perennial native to China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It’s a slightly warming and moistening Qi-tonic and adaptogen that can be tinctured, decocted, and simmered into delicious soups, stews, and broths. Codonopsis and astragalus both have an affinity with the lungs, and are quite tasty combined with other herbs and vegetables in tonic-stews.

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Shatavari (wild asparagus)

Shatavari root (Asparagus racemosus, Asparagaceae. Tian men dong, 天門冬) tonifies Yin for lung and kidney organ systems, generates fluids, and cools deficient heat. Translating to “hundred husbands” in Hindi, shatavari root has been used as a tonic for the female system in Ayurvedic practices for centuries. Chinese and Indian medicine utilize the same genus Asparagus, but different species of this plant. Chinese medicine mostly uses A. cochinchinensis, whereas Ayurvedic medicine utilizes A. racemosus. They are used for similar purposes, with similar properties. The plant has small, uniform green leaves, tiny white flowers, and numerous tuberous roots. Shatavari can be ingested as a decoction or powder. Mix shatavari powder into molasses and honey to create a nourishing tonic paste.

Shatavari supports female health from menarche to menopause, conception to postpartum, and any hormonal imbalance or issue in between. “It’s been used for centuries to help women with their reproductive health, restore and balance hormones, increase libido, fight fatigue, treat PMS and menopausal symptoms, support healthy production of breast milk, strengthen the immune systems, and improve digestive health,” says Cecilia Lacayo, MD, a physician at the biostation, a facility which offers sexual and reproductive health services in Delray Beach and Miami, Florida.

It’s of a unique family of herbs known as adaptogens, meaning it gives your body what it specifically needs in order to bring it back to homeostasis (or balance). This can range from fighting off the negative effects of stress to increasing your milk supply after giving birth.

“A rough translation of the name shatavari is ‘she who has 100 husbands’,” explains Frick. “If that sounds sassy, it’s due to its traditional use as a versatile female reproductive tonic, its aphrodisiac effect, and its uses for transitioning through hormone changes in life such as menopause.”

It is used medicinally as a diuretic and “it acts as antispasmodic [muscle relaxer] on uterine tissue.” This relieves stomach pain and cramping, and can also help in the prevention of miscarriages, Frick says.
When you’re trying to conceive, shatavari balances the pH of your vagina and controls estrogen production to regulate periods and support production of the luteinizing hormone (LH) that’s necessary for triggering ovulation. And, once a healthy baby is delivered, shatavari acts as a galactogogue. “That can increase production of breast milk in nursing mothers”.

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Asthwaghanda

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng and winter cherry, has been used medicinally in India for thousands of years. The plant’s Latin name literally means, “sweat of a horse” due to the scent of the roots. In Ayurvedic medicine, its use extends back over 3000 years. It was traditionally used as a tonic herb for promoting longevity and treating emaciation and for improving reproductive functions of both men and women. Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen like ginseng, but is not stimulating. It actually has a mild sedative effect.

Ashwagandha is used for reproductive health, as a nerve tonic to aid sleep, and for memory enhancement.

Researchers have found its active with anoside compounds can change how your body responds to stress, says Neilson.
And that includes minimizing the release of cortisol (a.k.a. the stress hormone). “Early studies have shown that taking 300 to 500 milligrams of ashwagandha can decrease cortisol levels by as much as 28 percent.”

According to a small 2015 study, women who took concentrated oral doses of ashwagandha reported having more orgasms and overall more satisfying sex—likely due to the supplement’s stress-reducing effects.

The plant targets the endocrine system to balance hormone secretion, and also boost circulation, and reduce stress. These help counter the effects of the menopause, such as mood swings, hot flushes, sleep disturbance, and sexual issues. A study in India concluded that Ashwagandha can be used to mitigate against the effects menopause, with the vast majority if study participants reporting benefit and the alleviation of symptoms.

As an adaptogen Ashwaghanda boosts energy and revitalises, but without the artificial highs. It boosts circulation, and studies have shown that it may even boost blood cell production. All of this is great news, as Ashwaghanda helps stimulate the body’s natural energy levels.

Ashwagandha is also an effective support for the thyroid as it targets the endocrine system and helps regulate hormonal balance by preventing excessive hormone secretion.

Ashwagandha is mentioned as a powerful aphrodisiac in no other than the Kama Sutra.

Ashwagandha releases a wad of antioxidants on consumption, and these reduce level of oxidising stresses on the brain.

It is also anti-inflammatory as it increases white blood cells and neutrophils, immunomodulators and thus acts as a sedative.

Good for: fatigue, stress, inflammation, old ache, asthma, anemia, aphrodisiac, promotes conception.

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Nettle Leaf

The common nettle plant has been valued for centuries as extremely dense in energizing substances that are nourishing to the blood as well as cleansing to the body. Today it is regarded as a super food with its leaves, roots and stalks containing antioxidants and many essential vitamins and minerals.

Nettles are famous for being able to relieve almost all symptoms caused by allergies including itchy, watery eyes; sneezing, running nose and nasal inflammation.

Research tells us that Western medical practitioners are increasingly using nettle as a decongestant, as an antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, or diuretic. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, nettle has been long known for its capacity to treat skin eczema, congested lungs, gout, edema, and generally enriching kidney and liver Yin. Throughout history nettles were also believed to help break curses and spells!

Nettle strengthens the entire body. In TCM terms, it is a Yin tonic, meaning that it strengthens the Yin aspects of the self. It helps the body cool itself down more effectively as well as strengthening all the vital organs, especially the immune system, kidneys, and liver.

While nettles can be quite invasive, similar to dandelion they are one of the most common wild herbal foods.

Today nettle is commonly used among modern day herbal practitioners for the treatment of urinary disorders, hay fever and is shown to be helpful for prostate gland enlargement as well as reducing the symptoms associated with menopause.

Nettle is also used in certain TCM formulas to help transition a difficult situation into a nurturing one since the leaves can be burned to drive out negative energies.

By strengthening the lungs, both boosting and training the immune system, and decreasing inflammation throughout the body, nettle helps in all respiratory illnesses, including asthma and bronchitis.

According to Chinese medicine, a simple infusion of the dried nettle herb from the fresh plant or juice of the fresh herb can also treat anemia, poor circulation, and an enlarged spleen. Nettle helps stimulate circulation but it can also stop bleeding. It contains both Vitamin K, which allows for blood clotting, and coumarin – a blood thinner. Because it helps the circulation and is full of antioxidants, it is also a useful remedy for arteriosclerosis. At the same time nettle helps the digestive system become more effective and makes it useful for IBS, IBD, and practically specific for Crohn’s disease. It may also be useful to lower both blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Similarly, because of its high antioxidant value, it’s anti-inflammatory qualities, and its ability to improve circulation it is also good for the heart.

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Beetroot- Fresh Root

Beets are a great source of nutrients that are low in calories and high in flavor. Because of their natural sweetness, they are quite versatile vegetable in both savoury dishes and in desserts. Their fiber, folate, vitamin C, and naturally occurring nitrates and pigments also have a number of wonderful health benefits.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, beets are considered to be cleansing to the liver, improve blood circulation, and calm the mind and spirit.

Benefits;

  • Promotes Heart Health- Beets are a rich source of naturally occurring dietary nitrates, which act as vasodilators (medications that open blood vessels) to aid in improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure. Beets also lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol in people with uncontrolled blood pressure.
  • Boosts brain function- Because of beets’ naturally high dietary nitrate content, they may also help protect against age-related cognitive decline such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. One study found that giving older adults a diet high in nitrates helped increase blood flow to certain areas of the brain involved in executive functioning.
  • Enhances athletic performance- The naturally high amounts of nitrates (again!) in beets have shown to have a powerful effect on boosting athletic performance, whether a competitive athlete or casual gym-goer. This is because nitrates improve the efficiency of the mitochondria, which is the power house of your cells generating energy.
  • Relieves Inflamation- Inflammation is a normal response by the immune system to protect the body. When there is chronic inflammation, that becomes the root of most disease. Ultra-processed foods – high in sugar and low in nutritional value -are a major contributor to inflammation. Beets are a whole food and shown to decrease inflammatory markers and reduce oxidative stress, which contributes to aging.
  • High in anti-oxidants- Antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals, prevent oxidative stress and damage to cells. Beets are naturally high in betalains and phytonutrients, which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also responsible for giving beets their brilliant color. The beet greens contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Aids detoxification- Your skin, lungs, kidneys, intestines and liver are your detoxification system. Research shows that beetroot juice helped increase the levels of specific enzymes involved in detoxification.
  • Helps support digestive health- A high fiber diet aids in increasing stool frequency for constipation and is protective against diverticulitis (infection of small pouches that form in the intestinal walls). Guess what? Beets are rich in fiber!
  • Supports weight loss- This time it is fiber again. Fiber helps in weight loss by moving very slowly through the digestive tract to help you feel satiated. Research has shown that increasing fiber to 14 grams per day can cause a 10 percent decrease in daily caloric intake and an increase weight loss of four pounds over 4 months. Beets may be 15 percent of your total daily fiber requirements and have only 59 calories in a cup.

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Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is a byproduct of sugar cane’s refining process. Sugar cane is mashed to create juice. It’s then boiled once to create cane syrup. A second boiling creates molasses.

After this syrup has been boiled a third time, a dark viscous liquid emerges known to Americans as blackstrap molasses. It has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product.

The wonderment of blackstrap molasses is that it’s unlike refined sugar, which has zero nutritional value. Blackstrap molasses contains vital vitamins and minerals, such as:

  • iron
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • vitamin B6
  • selenium

Blackstrap molasses is touted as a superfood. While it’s no miracle cure, it’s a rich source of several minerals.

Benefits;

  • Good for the bloood- People with anemia — a condition where your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells — often feel tired and weak. One type of anemia is caused by a lack of iron in the diet.
  • Packed with Potassium- Bananas may be king when it comes to potassium, but blackstrap molasses is also packed with it as well. In fact, one tablespoon of  black molasses can have as much potassium as half a banana, which is about 300 milligrams per tablespoon.

    Potassium is touted as a good way to ease muscle cramps after workouts. However, there’s another muscle that might benefit from the mineral: the heart. In people with hypertension, In people with hypertension, taking a potassium supplement may help lower blood pressure.

    What’s more, eating a potassium-rich diet might help lower the risk of stroke. The mineral may also prevent or manage fluid retention.

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About Kimberley

Kimberley, Acupuncturist and Clinic Director at Life + Lemons, is a registered TCM (Traditional Chinese Medical) Acupuncturist, passionate about helping women reclaim their feminine edge. After graduating with a First Class Honors in York, she has undertaken specialist training in the area of pain management, natural conception, IVF support, menopause + pelvic pain (endometriosis/dysmenorrhea).

 

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