Natural remedies to support your body when managing endometriosis
Many with endometriosis prefer to use natural remedies to
help support the body, help the immune system and help with certain physical and
To help you support your system when trying to cope with
endometriosis there are many gentle and natural remedies you can use. Here is a
list of many natural everyday remedies, vitamins and supplements you can use to
support your body, and manage certain ailments.
Immune System Support
Supporting your immune system will improve your overall
health as well as help your body to manage the symptoms of endometriosis. Your immune system can take a real bashing
trying to cope with the stress of this disease, the stress of having surgery,
and the stress on your system when using drug treatments. Here are some gentle common nutrients that
will help to support your immune system:
- Vitamin C - Immune boosting, detox.
- Vitamin B12 - Immune System building, Cognition, Brain
- Vitamin B Complex - Immune System building, Cognition, Brain
- Full Spectrum Minerals - Immune System Health
- Elderberry Syrup - Immune System Booster
- Echinacea - Immune System booster.
- Goldenseal - Immune System booster.
- Garlic - Immune System booster.
- Ginger - Immune System booster, digestive aide.
It is well known that endometriosis is an inflammatory
disease, and supporting your body with anti-inflammatory remedies will help
reduce this inflammation as well as any general inflammation in the body. Some
of these remedies have multiple benefits.
- Turmeric - Anti-inflammatory, digestive.
- Fish oil/Krill oil/Cod Liver Oil - Arthritis, Fibromyalgia,
brain, support mood/depression, and heart health.
- Wobenzym - Anti-inflammatory, joint health, environmental
toxins and heart health.
- Bromelain – found in pineapple and also used as a digestive
- Quercetin – similar action to bromelain and also a digestive
- Zinc - Anti-inflammatory, immune system booster, free
radical fighter, helps with hormonal imbalance
- CBD Oil - Anti-inflammatory, cell regeneration, cancer help.
- Resveratrol - Protects cells from free radical damage,
lowers blood pressure, keeps heart healthy and improves elasticity in blood
vessels, normalizes anti-inflammatory response
- Ginger – anti-inflammatory and helps aid digestion and
Trying to cope with endometriosis on a daily basis can cause
a lot of stress, anxiety and worry.
There a few gentle natural remedies you can try to help reduce your
stress levels and calm your system.
- Passionflower - A good sedative and good before bedtime
- Niacin – small dose after meals – calms nerves/anxiety. Niacin can cause flushing in many and using
niacinamide can overcome this issue
- Theanine – calming amino acid
- Aromatherapy – certain oils are very calming and can help
calm the central nervous system – Chamomile, Lavender, Vetiver, Ylang ylang, Valerian,
Jasmin, Frankincense (good for pain too)
- CBD oil – this oil is really gaining popularity to help with
stress and anxiety. A couple of drops
under the tongue a few times a day can help
Hair, Skin &
find that the stress of endometriosis can really take its toll on their hair
and skin. As well as getting god
nutrition, there are certain supplements that are renowned to help with this
- Silica - Hair, skin, nails – oatmeal, brown rice, oats and
banana are good sources as well as supplementation
- Biotin - Hair, skin, nails – best food sources are egg
yolks, liver and kidney. But you are
advised not to eat red meat with endometriosis, so taking a biotin supplement
may be the best option
- Magnesium Oil – Skin – helps with muscle cramps and pain
- Emu Oil - Skin, sunburn, scar tissue
- Lavender Oil - Scars, stress, skin irritation.
- Coconut Oil - Skin, hair, digestion, and immunity.
- Tea Tree Oil - Skin blemishes
- MSM – Skin and anti-inflammatory – can be found as a powder
that can be added to food i.e. added to your smoothies or breakfast oats
- Castor oil – skin, hair and general healing properties. Also great for pain and inflammation used as
a castor oil pack
Joints and Bones
Some women do have joint pain with endometriosis and there
are certain supplements that can help alleviate pain and inflammation related
to joints and connective tissues:
- Glucosamine Chondroitin - Joints health
- MSM - Anti-inflammatory, connective tissues, scar tissue,
- Calcium - Bone strength and development
- Boron - Bone density, and can help with bone pains
Endometriosis causes a lot of muscle pain, not only in the
abdomen, but other muscles can be affected.
Here a few ideas that can help, including supplements, herbal teas and
other natural remedies.
- Chamomile - Muscle pain and soreness – taken as a tea of use
externally as an essential oil
- Tart Cherries - muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, &
anti-oxidant – can be found in capsules or juice
- Peppermint - Muscles relaxer, backaches, leg pain, &
tension headaches – can be taken as a tea or used externally with an essential
- Cayenne Pepper - Reduce muscle pain, stiffness, &
inflammation. Helps with palpitations – can be found as a tincture used in
water or capsules
- Epsom Salt Bath - Relaxes the nervous system, removes
toxins, & helps with pain and inflammation.
- Valerian - Muscle spasms and aids sleep and relaxation
- Arnica - Anti-inflammatory & improves blood circulation.
- Lavender - Reduces pain, swelling & inflammation – used
externally as an essential oil
- Passion Flower - Muscle spasms & joint soreness – can be
used as an herb, tincture or tea
- Raspberry Leaf Tea - Muscle pain & cramps – commonly
used as a tea
- Magnesium oil - Topical for muscle pain & cramps.
The digestive system is the home of your immune system and
needs special care. Endometriosis really
can take its toll on your digestion, as well as the problems where
endometriosis can sometimes infiltrate the lower digestive tract and
bowels. Here are a few remedies that can
help soothe and help to heal the digestive tract:.
- Digestive enzymes - Digestive health and also inflammation.
- DGL - Liquorice Root Extract that aids digestion and treats
stomach complaints, including heartburn and indigestion.
- Probiotics - Gut health, Immune system booster.
- Marshmallow root tea - Acid reflux and heartburn.
- Slippery Elm – against diarrhoea, also as an intestinal and
rectal coating to eliminate viral and bacterial infections.
- Aloe vera – is full of nutrients and is very healing for the
Detox and Anti-oxidation
Detoxing the body can help reduce the load on your
system. Detoxing needs to be done gently
so as not to cause a negative reaction and overload your detox channels –
liver, skin, digestive tract, lungs. Here are a few common supplements that can
help support the detox pathways:
- Vitamin C - Detox, and Immune system booster and repair
- Glutathione - Super Antioxidant, stress, and injuries
- Chlorella – Cleansing of environmental toxins/heavy metals
- Beetroot - Body detox, liver support
- CoQ10 - Antioxidant, heart health, anti-aging
- Green Tea - Antioxidant
- Milk Thistle - Liver Detox – do not overdo it with Milk
Thistle as it can leach iron from the body
Depression and brain health
It stands to reason that endometriosis will cause a huge
amount of mental stress, depression and anxiety. There are certain nutrients that can help to
support mental health:
- Vitamin D - Mental health, Immune boosting, scar healing,
bones. This vitamin also seems to help
with endometriosis – read more here
- Lithium Orotate - Mood Stabilizer. OTC supplement (not
- Vitamin B-6 - Neurological Health
- Magnesium - Calming
- Fish oil - Depression
- St. John Wort – Depression
- SAMe – Depression – also supports glutathione process in the
liver, which protects the liver
- Probiotics – certain probiotics are responsible for the
production of neurotransmitters, which are made in the gut
When we suffer a serious illness, it seems to really sap
energy levels. This can happen as a
natural mechanism of the body to ensure you do not over-exert yourself and
stress your body, so the body is made to slow down as part of the natural
healing/survival mechanism. As well as
ensuring you have a balanced diet and provide all the nutrients you need to
support your body you can use certain nutrients to help with energy levels.
- Pantothenic Acid - (Vitamin B-5) generation of energy from
fat, carbohydrates and proteins.
- Eleuthero root – Stimulant and helps anxiety. Can help chronic fatigue syndrome
- D-ribose – utilised for energy production
- B vitamins – the b vitamins are well known for providing
energy. They also support the adrenal
glands, support the nervous system and are involved in hormone production. Bee pollen is a good natural way to get the B
- Ginseng – is well known to help with energy but some people
cannot tolerate it for some reason – try a small dose and see how it affects
- Iron – women with endometriosis tend to have very heavy
periods and bleed heavily and this can cause low iron levels. An iron supplement can help or add iron rich
foods to your diet.
It is very common for sleep to be severely affected with
endometriosis. This may be caused by
hormonal imbalances as well as being caused by pain and discomfort. Try a calming warm bath with essential oils
and Epsom salts (magnesium) to help relax muscles and tension. Here are a few sleep aids you can try to help
calm you and aid relaxation:
- Melatonin - Sleep aide – only small doses are needed. Tart
cherry juice can help with melatonin production
- Valerian - Sleep aide – taken as a herb, tincture or tea
- Chamomile - Relaxation, sleep aide – taken as a herb, tea or
externally as essential oil
- Tart Cherry Juice - Sleep, gout, and illness prevention.
- Passionflower – calming and aids relaxation – taken as a
herb, tincture or tea
- California Poppy – calming, aid sleep and some pain relief –
taken as a herb, tincture or tea
- Lemon Balm – sleep – taken as a herb, tincture or tea
- Hops – aid relaxation and some muscle relaxation properties
– taken as an herb or tincture
You can read a lot more about sleep and insomnia issues with endometriosis HERE
Essential oils have many therapeutic benefits and can be
safely used externally for many ailments.
- Tea Tree: Good for fungus, acne blemishes, and skin fungal
infections like athlete’s foot. Also serves as a numbing agent for toothaches
and eliminates infection.
- Lavender: Works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation too.
Good stress reliever too (Sleep/Depression).
- Calendula: Used to reduce the appearance of acne scars. You
can also put a drop in your bath water to soothe psoriasis.
- Chamomile: Used as a tea or oil for relaxation.
- Peppermint: Good for indigestion, muscle cramps
- Frankincense: Relaxation, scars, depression, inflammation,
- Grapefruit: It’s a natural antiseptic, good for fatigue, and
you can add it to your homemade household cleansers to keep your home safe and
- Eucalyptus: It has many antibacterial properties and has
been known to stimulate the immune system, helps with colds, allergies, and
- Lemongrass: Used to relieve muscle pain, externally to kill
bacteria, ward off insects, and reduce body aches, and internally to help your
digestive system – natural herb is used
in Asian cooking.
If you have an infection that is not too serious and does
not require antibiotics, there are certain everyday foods that can help with
infection. It is always a good idea to
minimise your use of anti-biotics as they can really upset your digestive
- Garlic - Antibacterial, anti-fungal, and even antiviral
qualities, promotes the growth of healthy intestinal micro-flora by acting as a
prebiotic (food for probiotics)
- Onion - Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties,
antimicrobial properties that effectively battle numerous bacteria
- Turmeric - Helps gastric damage caused by infection &
- Ginger - Antibiotic effect against food borne pathogens such
as salmonella, listeria and campylobacter, & calms indigestion.
- Pau d’Arco tea - Strong anti-fungal properties, used for
There are many more supplements and nutrients that can
support the body and it is advised to do your own research. We all react differently to what we put in
our bodies, so testing any remedy with a small dose is the best way to
When you have endometriosis using gentle natural remedies
are better because they are safer and less toxic and can gently support your
body. It is usually recommended to ask
your doctor before you start any new supplements, but many of the
recommendations here are considered safe for most people.
About the Author
My name is Carolyn Levett, the Founder of endo-resolved - I am an Integrative Health Coach having studied nutrition, naturopathy, aromatherapy as well as being a published author. I used to suffer from severe
endometriosis and was able to regained my health and heal from the disease with the support of nutrition and natural therapies.
My motivation is to help other women with endometriosis to heal their bodies so they may overcome this awful disease without having to rely on toxic drugs and surgeries which can cause further damage - with healing thoughts, Carolyn.
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