Why you should hire an herbalist for women’s health

Why you should hire an herbalist for women’s health

Are you wondering what an herbalist really does?

And, can they really help you?

In this post, I’ll share how I learned herbal medicine, who I studied with, and what I specialize in so you can decide where to go when you’re seeking an alternative treatment.

Let’s get started.

So, how do you find an herbalist?

Herbalist near me

  • Google would be the first place to search. But, many herbalists take sessions virtually or even offer online education.
  • I would write down your symptoms, and what type of teacher you’re seeking and ask for a referral from friends.
  • If you meet with an acupuncturist, they may also be able to guide you toward herbal remedies.

Herbalist certification

How to become a herbalist

What is a women’s herbal educator?

  • It’s a certification through Dr. Aviva Romm covering all herbal remedies from menarche to menopause.
  • I’ve completed this certification and offer online education and virtual sessions.


Tara, “what do you specialize in”?

I love getting to the root cause of your symptoms. Here are some of my specialties.

Natural remedies for anxiety

    • We dive into your gut health, daily diet, and herbs to support heart palpitations and sleep. I also incorporate breathing and meditative exercises from my eighteen years of teaching Pilates, yoga, and movement.

New treatment for fibroids without surgery

    • From personal experience, I’ve learned how to stop the flooding that comes with fibroids and reduce the pain naturally with herbal medicine. My private health consultations would be great for you if you’re struggling with pain from fibroids.

Your body has a great capacity to heal

\Natural remedies for PMS mood swings

    • PMS and PMDD stem from poor liver health. In my private health consultations, we’ll discuss how to support your liver with diet, supplements, and herbs to reduce your monthly symptoms.

Natural remedies for perimenopause

    • Hot flashes, insomnia, short or long cycles. This season of change can be very challenging, but herbs can support you immensely. In a health consultation, we can focus on your current symptoms and the EXACT herbs to help you transition into menopause with grace.

Herbs for bladder irritation and UTIs

    • UTIs or urinary tract infections can be very painful. And they all stem from your gut health. By “healing your gut”, improving your digestion and elimination you can reduce and stop UTIs for years to come.

Herbal remedies for a yeast infection

Why do you use herbal medicine?

Your medications are affecting your gut health. When your gut health is affected, your whole immune system can change. Even though this post is for children’s health, it explains why I love herbal and homeopathic medicine.

Why natural remedies are perfect for kids

What happens in a health consultation with Tara?

  • We discuss your sleep, any changes in your cycle, your diet, supplements, and any new stressors at home.
  • I inquire about your #1 symptoms and each week we look at different suggestions to get to the root cause of this.
    • I ask you to write down a 3-day diet. And, send me pictures of the supplements you are currently taking.
    • You may also want to have blood work done and get tested for the MTHFR gene. Many of my clients have one or two of the SNPs affecting their ability to detoxify.
  • I offer a 30-day transformational package. This includes 3 private, virtual sessions and 30 days of unlimited support.
    • After each session, you’ll receive a detailed email with my suggestions.
  • You can choose what herbs to purchase based on my suggestions.

Natural remedies for a cold

  • If you hate using conventional medication and need more support when you’re sick; book a 30-min call with Tara to get the EXACT remedies you need to help you feel better faster.
  • Book a 30-minute quick session here: https://taragregorio.com/workwithtara/


Herbalists take a “full picture” approach with their sessions. The body always works together. From a women’s health perspective, I inquire about your diet, supplements, sleep, cycle of your period, and any additional stressors you are having at home.

From my 18+ years in fitness, I always make suggestions for breathing exercises and inquire about your pelvic floor health, and offer tips to help soothe your nervous system. This is usually the crux of all illnesses.

If you’re curious about my sessions, book a complimentary 15 min. session here: https://taragregorio.com/workwithtara/



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Have you heard of PMDD? It’s Premenstrual dysphoric disorder or really bad PMS.

In this post, I’ll explain the symptoms of PMDD and the #1 organ you’ll want to focus on to reduce these symptoms.

But, first, know that you can reduce these symptoms naturally.

Do you have these symptoms?

PMDD Symptoms

  • abdominal distention
  • bloating
  • cravings
  • altered libido
  • breast swelling
  • pain
  • weight gain
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • fainting
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • acne
  • pain
  • hair loss
  • minor accidents

Plus, these as well.

PMDD Mindset/Emotional Feelings

  • Aggression
  • Angry outbursts
  • forgetfulness
  • restfulness
  • depression
  • loneliness
  • poor judgment
  • tearfulness

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What is #1 Herbal remedy for PMDD?

  • You want botanicals to support your liver health.
  • My first choice is Bupleurum liver cleanse my planetary herbal
  • Additionally, you’ll want to clean up your diet, see if you have the MTHFR gene and begin supporting your liver with milk thistle and castor oil packs.


We don’t have to struggle with PMS every month! Take steps today to reduce your symptoms naturally by addressing your diet and integrating herbal medicine.

Need more help? Book a health consultation today!


Which type of PMS do you have?

Which type of PMS do you have?

Did you know there are four types of PMS?

In this post, I’ll explain the types of PMS and why these symptoms may occur. Then, we’ll discuss some herbal remedies for you.

Keep in mind…

It’s common to have PMS, but not necessary. It’s possible to have no PMS each month. {I know it’s hard to believe!}

What does PMS mean?

It’s Premenstrual syndrome and typically happens between day 14 and day 28 of your cycle. So it’s a good idea to begin tracking your cycle. Day 1, is when you start bleeding. And write down they symptoms you’re experiencing.

Here are the four types of PMS.

#1 PMS-A {Anxiety pattern}

Possible reasons

      • estrogen excess and progesterone insufficient
      • HPA-related diminished stress response


  • anxiety, insomnia, irritability, emotional liability

Herbal remedies

  • Focus on anxiolytic herbs to lower anxiety-like Ashwagandha, Vervain, Passionflower, Valerian, Lavender, and Lemon Balm.

#2 PMS-C {Carbohydrate cravings}

Possible enhanced insulin binding effects: This means, it inhibits the release and production of glucose from the cells which is an integral part of reducing the glucose blood level.

Symptoms you may experience

      • sugar cravings
      • increased appetite
      • headache
      • hypoglycemia
      • heart palpitations
      • sweating spontaneously

Herbal Remedies

  • Focus on herbs that balance your blood sugar like gymnema sylvestre or stinging nettles.

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PMS depression

#3 PMS-D {depression pattern}

Possible reasons

  • estrogen driven, you cannot clear the excessive estrogen from your body

Symptoms include

        • depression
        • despair
        • crying
        • feelings of hopelessness
        • fatigue
        • insomnia
        • apathy
        • low libido

Herbal Remedies

  • Focus on botanicals for depression, St. John’s Wort is #1.

What is PMDD?

Do you have PMDD? Read this post to learn more:https://taragregorio.com/pms-or-pmdd/

#4 PMS – H {Hyper-hydration pattern}

Symptoms include:

        • edema of hands and feet
        • weight gain
        • sense of bloating
        • clothes feel tight
        • breast tenderness

Herbal Remedies

  • Focus on herbs to decrease bloating like a dandelion leaf, peppermint, chamomile, and fresh ginger root tea.

And, of course, you can have more than one!

Watch this video to hear the four types of PMS.

Severe PMS

Severe PMS could be something called PMDD. Watch this video to see if you have PMDD.

PMS treatment

Read the six steps to reduce PMS here:https://taragregorio.com/6stesptoreducepms/


PMS is common but not necessary. By addressing your diet first, supplements, and gut health – you can change these symptoms.



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Postpartum rage

Postpartum rage

Are you wondering why you’re so angry?

You may have something called PMDD, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or really bad PMS.

PMDD Symptoms

  1. depressed mood/hopelessness
  2. anxiety, on edge
  3. sad/tearful/rejected
  4. marked anger
  5. disinterest in activities
  6. lack of energy
  7. change in appetite overeating
  8. insomnia
  9. out of control-overwhelmed
  10. physical symptoms; breast tenderness, headache, bloat
  11. plus.. affects work, school, and relationships for at least 2 consecutive months

The difference between PMS and PMDD is the severity of symptoms

PMDD treatment?

  • Step #1 – Eliminate or minimize coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and sugar, a diet high in protein – at least days 14-28.
  • Reduce sodium with fluid retention and diary with constipation
  • Step #2 – Add in a hormone modulator like Chaste Berry
  • Step #3 – Add in Adaptogens
  • Step #4 – Integrate the #1 natural antidepressant – St. johns wort
    Step #5 – Exercise, meditation, journaling, yoga massage, baths
  • Step #6 – address your liver health by adding in Bupleurum

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Anger is a sign of poor liver health. You want to support your liver with a clean diet, and supplements and reduce alcohol and stress.



P.S. Ready to stop PMS naturally? Book a health consultation today.

Postpartum rage

The secret reason you have postpartum rage

Are you feeling angry after childbirth?

It’s more common than you think. There are so many stressors on your body, your relationships, and your mind it’s hard to find yourself again!

In this post, we’ll discuss why postpartum rage happens and what you can do about it.

Your rage may be connected to your menstrual cycle and the inability of your liver to process your hormones.

So what do you do about it?

#1 Start tracking your cycle

  • Day 1 is the day 1 of your bleed
  • Notice if you get angry around Day 15 or so; after you ovulate

Postpartum Rage

What is PMDD?

Begin tracking your symptoms over the month. If you have four of these symptoms plus, the following you may have PMDD.

  1. depression, mood
  2. anxiety, feeling on edge
  3. sad, tearful
  4. marked anger

Plus, these symptoms.

  • lack of energy
  • change in appetite
  • insomnia
  • out of control
  • pain in body
  • disinterest in activity

Postpartum rage remedies

Vitex Chaste Berry

  • 5 ml in the morning before any medications
  • take for 3 months
  • if you notice your depression gets worse – stop taking it or look for a blended tincture

Adaptogens for postpartum rage

  • Ashwagandha is one adaptogen that can help soothe insomnia and make your day a little easier

Herbal antidepressant/St. John’s Wort

  • Safe while breastfeeding, St. John’s Wort is the #1 herbal antidepressant {L2/3}
  • It also aids your liver in processing excessive estrogen in your body


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Addressing your liver health and supporting your detoxification pathways is the number one way to heal your postpartum rage. Get tested for the MTHFR gene and notice if you need to assist your detoxification pathways. Along with herbal remedies and self-care practices, your body can heal.



Which type of PMS do you have?

6 Steps to reduce PMS

What if you never had PMS?

How would this change your life?

In this post, I’ll share the common type of PMS symptoms and how you can reduce them in six simple steps.

First, what is PMS?

PMS meaning

PMS or premenstrual syndrome refers to the physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before your period – usually days 14-28.

PMS Symptoms

Symptoms are cyclical and vary between women and often end 1-2 days after your period begins.

Common symptoms include

  • acne
  • tender breasts
  • bloating
  • feeling tired
  • irritability
  • mood changes
  • constipation

👉And, PMS can be worse after having children due to hormonal changes.

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Also.. there are 4 types of PMS!!

Amazing, right?


How long does PMS last?

First, it’s important to note, that there is a wide range of variations in women’s cycles including timing, bleeding, and symptoms. It’s essential you discover what is “normal” for YOU. {I LOVE the app My Flo, created by Alisa Vitti, to help you chart your cycle and get to the root of your symptoms.}

What is a ‘normal’ cycle?

Menstruation occurs between the ages of 12 and 50 years and lasts 3-6 days for most women, arising once in a 25-28 day cycle. More extended periods (>8days) are associated with anovulation or no ovulation.

The most substantial flow tends to be day 2 of the sequence; losing about 30-80 ml of blood total.

And, If you are between 30-40 years of age…..

Due to a decline in ovarian function, women between the ages of 30-40 will experience a change in their irregularity, frequency, duration, and amount of blood loss during their cycle. Women in their 30s experience a shortening of their cycle due to increased production of FSH.¹

Then 2-8 years before menopause, the period lengthens again in preparation for the change, the average age of menopause in the US is age 51.

Factors that affect your menstrual cycle

  • Stress
  • changes in light exposure
  • sleep patterns
  • diet
  • travel
  • amount of exercise
  • illness can all affect the endocrine glands (these glands include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, hypothalamus, and adrenal glands) which determines our cycle.

Other factors affecting our cycle include; a woman’s nutritional status, body weight, attitudes and beliefs about menstruation, and environmental and workplace exposures.

PMS Treatment in 6 easy steps

#1 Track your cycle

Use a new app or the calendar on your phone to chart your period. The first day of bleeding is considered Day 1, Day 14 you may notice some cramping and change of cervical fluid during ovulation, Day 25-28 you may experience some premenstrual symptoms before your period arrives.

Your cycle is unique to you and by tracking it; you can see any changes that may occur and encourage some self-nurturing practices before your period to get back on track. This also can provide valuable detailed information for when you would like to explore a health consultation.

#2 Eat Whole Foods

  • Overall you want to consume fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, and cold water fish.
  • Add a good quality oil (like olive oil or walnuts) and essential fatty acids (think flaxseeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds to name a few) to each meal.
  • Stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day by eating often and adding good fats and proteins to each meal.

If you struggle with constipation, add 1 tbs. of flaxseeds daily from day 14-28. Also, consider removing dairy and meat during the last half of your cycle; especially if you struggle with breast pain as well.

**I like to add mung beans to week 3 of my cycle, filled with B vitamins, they can decrease bloating and PMS symptoms. Alisa Vitti, creator of the Myflo app does a fantastic job of breaking down the foods we need each week during the month to reduce unwanted symptoms.


#3 Exercise

Moving your body most days of the week can improve your mood, reduce stress and encourage bone mineralization which supports a healthy cycle. As your mood changes weekly, your exercise should change too.

  • Day 14-28 you may have more energy and want to run, hike and bike.
  • Day 1-14 you may wish to do more yoga, dance or Pilates. Listening to your body will result in a healthy cycle.

#4 Reduce Stress

Reducing your stress can be very powerful and useful for women with irregular cycles.

  • Cutting out caffeine
  • for adequate rest
  • and learning to say “no” to events on Day 1 and Day 2 of your period can encourage a positive experience each month.

👉Herbal adaptogens and botanicals that soothe the nervous system can improve your stress response, promote relaxation, and reduce cramps, PMS, and bloat each month. Say bye-bye to Advil and hello to herbs to aid digestion, reduce pains, and ease PMS anxiety.

👉Try these herbal remedies to reduce your stress:https://taragregorio.com/7-natural-remedies-for-everyday-stress-anxiety/

#5 Your Attitudes & Beliefs

Our bodies’ pain creates unhealthy thoughts and poor self-image. By cultivating a sense of nourishment each month, you can begin to enjoy the rest that our cycle allows. On day one make yourself a cup of tea, journal, go for a walk or curl up in bed with a good book.

One of the first books my mother gave me and I still own is; “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” by Christine Northrup, M.D. She says

“We can reclaim the wisdom of the menstrual cycle by tuning in to our cyclic nature and celebrating it as a source of our female power.”-Christine Northrup, M.D.

#6 Reduce Environmental Exposures

Chemicals in our environment can mimic estrogen in our bodies, and they are known as exogenous estrogens. Many of these compounds are endocrine disruptors that affect our cycle and also may contribute to reproductive problems and cancers.

To reduce your exposure to these toxins avoid foods that readily absorb the leached material from plastics like dairy foods. By removing plastic from our foods (think plastic-wrapped cheese) and reducing the number of water bottles that touch our lips; we reduce our overall exposure to these harmful chemicals.

You can also reduce your exposure to chemicals by purchasing..

  • organic tampons
  • pads
  • condoms
  • vaginal lube from companies like; organique or sustain.

#7 Add in botanicals



PMS is common but not necessary. You don’t have to suffer every month and suppress the pain. Getting to the root of your discomfort will help alleviate your monthly stress and possibly improve fertility.

Your diet, particularly removing dairy and meat, may decrease cramps and breast pain. By improving elimination with an increase in fiber, you can reduce bloating and constipation and help your body eliminate excessive estrogens.



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¹Romm, A. Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. Churchill Livingstone, 2010