The Flower of Abundance

“The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun and with him rises weeping”, wrote Shakespeare. In our region, marigold water is used as a facial wash for Đurđevdan (Saint George’s Day). In the West, it was believed that marigold water rubbed into the eyes could make one see fairies. Since time immemorial, girls used to give this flower to their suitors not to pine after them. If the plant failed to grow in a girl’s garden that would mean that she would pine after someone. Girls thus needed Marigold to show them the way to the right partner. The power of marigold to cure love pains can be traced to Ancient Greek mythology – a young girl falls in love with Apollo, the Sun god, but his rays burn her and what is left behind are only marigold flowers. That is why it has been believed for a long time that marigold has the power to heal the pain of unrequited or lost love.

Long wreaths of yellow marigold flowers can be seen all over the place during Indian holidays and at Indian weddings. Since they were brought there by the Portuguese, people have worn those festive wreaths around the neck and have been decorating their houses to attract prosperity. Early Christians used marigold during celebrations dedicated to the Virgin Mary, hence its English name, marigold – Mary’s gold. Its scientific name, Calendula officinalis, is associated with a heavenly remedy. No wonder, as its healing properties are numerous.

The Aztecs regarded marigold as a sacred plant, and a legend has it that where innocent victims of the Spanish conquest fell marigold grew.  In Mexico it is used on Day of the Dead, 1 November, in order to show the souls of the dead the way to the altar. In olden times in England, marigold had another superstitious use – it was placed under the bed as protection against thieves; if robbery still took place, marigold would give the victims visionary dreams to help them identify the miscreants.

No wonder this plant is woven into the mythology of many a nation: marigold is full of the magic of abundance, from the moment when it flowers in early spring, throughout the summer up to late autumn, remaining yellow and cheerful all this time. It grows in many types of soil, in different climates, it is self-pollinating and does not require much care. This is how it gives us a lesson about both physical and mental vitality and reveals the secret of abundance, as if whispering to us that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we should always flower, turn to the Sun and never give up.

Marigold is a plant with a potentially longest and most diverse application throughout history. The German Commission E (a scientific advisory board of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) has confirmed its medicinal properties used in wound healing and for soothing inflammations. That is only one of many applications of this incredible plant. Let’s see what it can do:

  • the estrogenic effect of marigold helps women balance the menstrual cycle, reduce discharge, candida, protect the uterus, relieve the symptoms of menopause, and soothe breast pain and mastitis in breastfeeding women;
  • it is great in dermatology: it soothes skin inflammations, hives, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoea, herpes, baby rash, ulcers, it moisturises the skin and prevents dandruff, relieves itching from insect bites, prevents infections and pressure sores in bed-ridden patients, protects burnt skin and helps its healing, and is also beneficial for mucous membranes and in gingivitis;
  • it occupies a special place in cosmetics: it prevents and heals acne, tightens, softens and nourishes the skin, both face and body; it rejuvenates, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, closes enlarged pores, protects from the sun, removes age spots and pigmentation;
  • it is excellent in diets as it helps to flush out excess water from the body, it stimulates the lymphatic system, increases sweating, detoxifies the body and increases metabolism;
  • it has a beneficial effect on the digestive system: it calms the stomach, soothes cramps, gastritis, stomach and duodenum ulcers, cleanses the liver and the gallbladder;
  • it is excellent for blood vessels, it has a soothing effect on varicose veins and bruises, it is good for arteriosclerosis, it reduces cholesterol, improves circulation, calms palpitations and is extremely efficacious against haemorrhoids;
  • cold marigold infusion is used as an eye rinse, against inflammations and conjunctivitis;
  • it strengthens the immunity, it has antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancerous and anti-carcinogenic effect; latest research shows that it is effective in fighting HIV.

It is also used outside herbal medicine: marigold’s natural colour is used as a food additive, which has given it the name of “a pauper’s saffron”. Marigold is edible and is full of vitamins C and A; its petals can be added to salads, or in its dried form it can be used as a spice. Marigold is also known in folklore as a natural barometer: if its flowers are closed in the morning it will definitely rain.

Apart from being very therapeutic, marigold flowers embody the image of abundance with their beauty and scent. Its magic shines like the sun: always and everywhere.

Marigold is the inevitable ingredient of Herba Svet products: in Femisan A it protects women in their reproductive age; in Femisan B it helps to reduce the symptoms of menopause. In Equigal, it is used to help detox the body, to shed extra weight and reduce cellulite, while in Devi skin regeneration balm all its dermatological and cosmetic powers are present.

Herb Robert, Our Super-Hero

There is an element which is known to have extraordinary powers. Germanium stimulates the body’s immune response, it prevents the effects of free radicals, transmits oxygen – thus nourishing the cells, increases the levels of interferons which stimulate anti-bodies… Germanium is a super-hero which protects our body from bacteria, viruses and tumours.

Double Nobel laureate Dr Otto Warburg established that the main cause of cancer is a lack of oxygen in cells, after he had discovered that cancer cells could not survive in fully-oxygenated environments. And it is exactly germanium that showers the cells with oxygen. It is the one mineral which brings us energy, vitality, immunity, and restores balance when there is a lack of it. Germanium is found in the nature, in some mushrooms (e.g. shiitake), in ginseng, garlic and in one exceptional medicinal plant – red geranium, herb robert.

Herb robert, Geranium robertianum, also known in the West as Robert, was named after a monk who lived in the 13th century and who used this plant to heal many people. Throughout history it has been the symbol of happiness and it was frequently depicted next to storks, as a symbol of fertility.

In a sea of medicinal plants, herb robert is often overlooked, which is a pity as it can prevent the emergence and development of cancer. It can be eaten, fresh in salads; in its desiccated form it can be used in delicious herbal infusions and is excellent in combination with other herbs. A powerful scent of a freshly picked plant rubbed into the skin repels mosquitos.

Its exceptional antibiotic and antibacterial powers help with open wounds, cracked ulcers, internal bleeding and nosebleeds, toothache, and it is a woman’s best friend. Herb robert is great in regulating the menstrual cycle, preventing ovarian inflammations, and is an excellent fighter against sterility in both sexes. That is why herb robert is an inevitable ingredient of Femisan A. With another five plants in Femisan, herb robert does what it does best – it produces miracles.

This low-growing plant with small pretty pink flowers grows throughout Europe and was also brought to America. Its reproductive process is very interesting: when it flowers it produces seed pods which break, suddenly spreading seeds in a five-metre radius. This inspired many folk stories and fairy tales, one of which was even embodied in the character of Puck in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Herb robert is a very persistent weed – you can try to cut it and remove it, but it always comes back. Maybe, its persistence does have a message for us.

Menstruproblemation

Menstruation is an ever present phenomenon in every woman’s life, and a foundation of her functioning reproductive system. With small variations from month to month, menstrual bleeding is rather consistent. Thus, it is not difficult to detect sudden abnormalities. First of all, we need to know what ‘normal’ is. Periods should occur 21-35 days apart, and should not last for longer than 7 days. They should occur regularly on a monthly basis. Although a certain level of discomfort and pain is usually present, it shouldn’t get in the way of our usual everyday activities. The bleeding should occur during the period, and not in between.

Teenage girls usually find their periods rather frenzied and unpredictable, however as the ovaries age, ovulation and menstruation become more and more regular. Once it becomes stable, even the slightest changes will sound an alarm.

What are the changes in our cycle trying to tell us?

  • If periods suddenly start lasting longer than usual, it can be a sign of polyps or uterine fibroids, benign changes on the uterine wall. A detailed pelvic checkup and transvaginal ultrasound is advised.
  • Large blood clots, size of a coin, usually accompanied by heavy bleeding during periods, point at endometriosis, the disorder where the endometrium – lining of the uterus, grows outside of it and reacts to the secreted hormones the same way as normal endometrium, shedding its lining during a period. Since endometriosis can cause numerous complications, urgent help from a professional is a must.
  • Extremely painful periods can be another sign of endometriosis. Certain level of menstrual pain and discomfort is normal, however if it is so severe that it impedes everyday activities, month after month, professional help is needed.
  • Spotting between periods or inter-menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than two months can indicate a hormone imbalance or an STD. However, sometimes spotting can simply be caused by stress or sudden weight loss. Anyway, it’s always wiser to get a checkup on time.
  • If menstrual blood is too light, our estrogen levels could be too low, preventing the uterine lining to form properly. It is usually accompanied with hair loss, irregular periods and vaginal dryness.
  • Absence of menstruation, amenorrhea, unless caused by pregnancy, can occur at times of extreme stress, malnutrition and low fat diet, too much exercise, thyroid disorder or onset of menopause.
  • Irregular periods or missed periods could indicate a hormone imbalance caused by polycystic ovaries, particularly if they are accompanied with weight gain, fatigue, increased facial hair, acne, mood swings and abdominal pain. Any absence of menstruation longer than 3 months requires a medical checkup.
  • Heavy periods that last longer than 7 days could be a sign of uterine fibroids. Fibroids are caused by hormone imbalance, and although they are benign, they could cause discomfort by, for example, putting too much pressure on the bladder, or triggering extremely heavy bleeding which could lead to anemia.

We live in a world where menstrual disorders are becoming much more common than normal periods. Sadly, our environment is swamped with hormone disruptors which are impossible to avoid. However, there are certain aspects of our lives that we can control: getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and moderately, cutting out alcohol, caffeine, fast food and sugar, maintaining normal weight and having regular medical checkups.

For centuries, women have been seeking relief in nature. Today, old experience is united with modern, scientific knowledge in Femisan A, an entirely natural, herbal preparation. Femisan A can help regulate the menstrual cycle, balance hormones, strengthen the lining of the uterus, eliminate cysts, protect the ovaries and reduce menstrual pain.

Believe It or not, PMS Can Get Worse, and a Lot!

Premenstrual syndrome makes us all feel bloated, tired, and irritable to a certain extent. But imagine a PMS ten times stronger! Every woman’s nightmare.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) affects approximately 8% of women, usually from early twenties to early thirties. Just like with PMS, the symptoms occur in the second part of the menstrual cycle, after ovulation, and disappear during the first days of menstruation. The PMDD symptoms are physical, mental and – extreme.

PMDD can affect your psyche by making you feel exceedingly:

  • sad and hopeless
  • depressed and desperate
  • anxious and tense
  • oversensitive and overemotional
  • irritable, angry, ready to jump down someone’s throat for no reason
  • edgy, panicky, upset
  • antisocial, in need of solitude
  • in worst cases even suicidal

PMDD affects your body by making you feel:

  • complete lack of energy
  • fatigue, exhaustion
  • unable to concentrate, forgetful
  • insomnia or broken sleep
  • extreme desire to overeat
  • chest pain
  • bloated, indigestion
  • headache
  • muscle cramps and joint pain
  • weight gain.

Women who suffer from PMDD have a genuine problem to go about their daily routine, which affects their families, jobs and social life. Modern medicine approaches the problem with synthetic drugs: antidepressants, anxiolytics, hormones… Being in early twenties and having to take so many medications can easily make us believe that our life is an absolute mess and that there’s something seriously wrong with us.

The cause of PMDD is not completely clear, however the most probable scenario is a reaction to hormonal changes in the body. So far, clinical research has confirmed that women suffering from this syndrome have lower serotonin levels. The reason more to be more physically active and control the diet by ditching sugar, fast and fatty food, alcohol, caffeine and smoking. More grain, fresh fruit and vegetables will provide enough magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6 to soothe the nerves, muscle cramps and joint pain.

However, just like with PMS, medicinal herbs are an ideal and natural way to alleviate and even eliminate PMDD symptoms. Lady’s mantle, yarrow, marigold, crane’s bill, golden maca, shepherd’s purse… an ideal herbal blend accompanied with zinc, all contained in one capsule of Femisan A.

Femisan A, a safe and natural way to balance hormones and live your life to the fullest!

Everything I Want to Know about Femisan A

Femisan A is a natural formula in capsules, based on a selection of medicinal herbs, designed to help regulate the menstrual cycle and hormonal balance. It positively affects fertility and overall female health from puberty to menopause. Femisan A is a completely natural product, without adverse effects. It does not contain hormones or preservatives. When applied as prescribed, it can be used indefinitely.

In what cases can Femisan A help?

The formulation is efficient in the following cases:

  • Menstrual cycle disorders
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Painful periods
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS – Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Female sterility
  • Ectopia of cervix of the uterus
  • PMS

Which medicinal herbs comprise Femisan A?

Lady’s mantle, yarrow, marigold, crane’s bill, shepherd’s purse, golden maca root. It also contains zinc.

What is the therapeutic dose of Femisan A?

The therapeutic dose of Femisan A is two capsules twice daily, and preventative dose is one capsule twice daily.

Will I feel any changes in my body when I begin using Femisan A?

Since Femisan A enhances circulation, it can be felt at the beginning of use as mild pain in lower abdomen. That is a good sign that it is working. Furthermore, brown discharge or spotting can be a sign of a ruptured cyst. It is important to continue using the capsules regularly.

Does it contain alcohol?

No, the capsules are alcohol free. Femisan A does not contain preservatives, artificial colours or gluten. It is HALAL certified.

How long does one pack of Femisan A last?

When used therapeutically, one pack of Femisan A lasts for 15 days.

How does Femisan A affect fertility?

Femisan A stimulates ovarian functions, hormonal balance, it intensifies ovulation and fortifies the uterine lining – endometrium. It is recommended by doctors as an excellent preparation for the IVF process.

How fast can I get pregnant?

The results vary and mostly depend on the severity of the disorder that prevented fertility. Regular use over a longer period of time is essential, as it takes time for the medicinal herbs to demonstrate the full effect. Simultaneously with Femisan A for women, couples attempting pregnancy are also advised to use Alfa Aktiv for men, which balances levels of testosterone and increases sperm number and motility.

Is Femisan A used during menstruation? When it shouldn’t be used?

Yes, the capsules are used throughout the cycle, even during menstruation, and should not be used in pregnancy. Femisan A will not harm the embryo, it is not used during pregnancy for a simple reason that there is no need for it. In pregnancy the body uses different mechanisms, and nothing should be used apart from that advised by the obstetrician.

How does Femisan A work in case of endometriosis?

When it comes to endometriosis, Femisan A has an anti-inflammatory effect, and it also soothes the sharp pain caused by this complicated disorder. There is also evidence that the flavones can reduce the enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of androgens to estrogens, which reduces complications of endometriosis. One of the herbs in the Femisan A formula is lady’s mantle which has an adstringent effect, and is recommended in case of heavy flow. Lady’s mantle inhibits angiogenesis – the growth of new blood vessels.

What effect does Femisan A have on uterine fibroids?

The afore mentioned angiogenesis is a process that enhances development of certain diseases, like fibroids and endometriosis. As in endometriosis, the lady’s mantle extract has the power to inhibit growth of new blood vessels, thus preventing the development of new fibroids, stopping the growth of the existing ones and causing them to shrink over time. Furthermore, the ahileins from yarrow and tanins from lady’s mantle and marigold subdue extended and abundant menstrual bleeding that is often caused by the fibroids.

How does Femisan A affect cysts and the PCOS?

Femisan A is very efficient in cysts, first of all by establishing a normal hormonal balance, and will relatively quickly cause the cysts to rupture or be reabsorbed. When it comes to the polycystic ovaries syndrome, therapy persistence very important. PCOS  is a disorder with a tendency to keep coming back, which makes prolongued therapy followed by occasional prevention essential.

Can Femisan A help in blocked fallopian tubes?

With its anti-inflammatory effect, as well as the effect of the lady’s mantle on strenghtening the reproductive organs, Femisan A can contribute to resolving the ovary blockage, but only as adjuvant therapy. A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) examination is advised which, by itself, can help unblock the tubes.

Does Femisan A contain hormones?

The plants contained in Femisan A are not dominant phytoestogens. Their main active principles – pharmacological active substances are not plant steroles but flavonoids, tannins, etc. Medicinal plants contain numerous phytochemicals. The substance that is dominant will classify a plant into a certan pharmacological group, which does not mean that the plaint does not contain other chemical compounds. It is exactly the synergistic variation of chemical compounds in plants that make their valuable healing properties.

Can Femisan A be used during and after menopause?

The oldest patient that used Femisan A was over 90 years old. The capsules can be used to treat disorders which may occur, although more rarely, following the menopause.

Can Femisan A be used simultaneously with the Pill?

Yes, Femisan A can be combined with contraception, however in a reduced dose, 2×1 capsules.

Can Femisan A be used by young girls?

Yes, the formula can be used from the first period. Femisan A helps establish a normal hormonal balance more quickly. It is also an excellent prevention from PCOS and endometriosis which keep occuring at younger age today.

Does Femisan A help with acne?

Yes, since acne are often caused by a hormonal imbalance. With regular use of Femisan A, the skin becomes clearer and sebum secretion is regulated.

Femisan A is a completely natural product that has been on the market for over 20 years now. Over the time, numerious information of its positive effects has been collected from its users. From menstrual and reproductive disorders, to fertility issues, Femisan A has been helping women regain control over their lives, and even become mothers when all the odds were against them.