Hey friends! I’ve only really shared my seed cycling and fertility journey with close friends, and now it’s time to talk about it since it’s been brought to light.

Seed Cycling uses the power of seeds to regulate the estrogen and progesterone. I used to regulate my cycles with Chinese medicine and acupuncture when I was living in San Diego, and the best thing of all is that this combo really helped my periods stay regular, clot-free, PMS, and pain-free.

I haven’t been able to find an acupuncturist in France to treat me yet.

So I started the seed cycling method because I could tell that my cycles were changing when I moved to France, and I needed to do something about it.

I refuse to go back to being crazy moody, teary-eyed, grumpy, tired and feeling like I would die during my cycle. Not fun for anyone, and I’m sure I lost friends because of it!

Those were the times that I have learned from and compassionately reflect upon, and now I feel empowered by knowing there is something that works naturally to feel great during the entire month.

We can talk about what the ideal normal period should be like in a future post… and it is possible without feeling miserable!!!

Anyway, seed cycling simply works by balancing the estrogen and progesterone with combination of seeds. For the ease of remembering, you can start the first part of seed cycling on the first day of your period. If you’re a regular 28-day cycle gal, you’ll be on 2 week cycles. If not, just start on your first day of your period and switch when you ovulate. We can touch upon ways to learn more about your cycle.

Food is medicine. One of the reason I love food therapy is that it is accessible and easy to make for yourself. Seeds are essentially nature’s nutrient mines for the body, and they are literally and figuratively the source of life in Chinese Medicine.

Seed Cycling:

Find Raw and Organic Seeds. Soaking these seeds aid in accessing the nutrients and digesting them more easily than if you just grind them. I’ll show you a few recipes if you start getting bored of eating them. It happens!

You’ll take 1 tablespoon of flax seed and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seed each day to balance the estrogen during the follicular phase, from day 1 to day 14 or up to the day that you ovulate. Then you’ll switch to support progesterone during the luteal phase by taking 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds on day 15 or after you ovulate to day 28 or up until the day you start your period again.

For those of you who are uber visual and want a copy for yourself, check out this free download from Cooking for Balance.

As for substitutes, you can take 1,500 mg fish oil (>1,000 mg EPA, >250 mg DHA) for flax:pumpkin seeds. And you can substitute 2000 mg evening primrose oil for sunflower:sesame seeds.

This is for menstruating women, for fertility, and any woman with hormonal changes. If you’re not menstruating, peri-menopausal, or menopausal, you can use seed cycling too to support the balance of estrogen and progesterone as the levels fluctuate during the changes in life.

xx Eva