Tracy Gaibisso Naturopath
Ancestral Stories- Dandelion
When I wander in my garden and look down at the ground, it reminds me mother nature offers us her sacred hand at every step. Just walking in the garden or a national park allows me to wonder who has passed by before me barefoot on the same patch of earth where I currently stand. The ancestral stories of 30 million years ago, which the dandelions hold, entice me, as their wispy umbels engrained with sacred knowledge float by. When it comes to fertility, Dandelion has much to offer. With its bitter taste supporting movement of digestive matter and flow of bile, the whole plant offers us a plethora of nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, protein, trace nutrients such as iron as well as a being a good source of the mineral potassium. The leaves help move fluid out in cases of sluggishness or water retention and many women journeying with fertility issues fall short of their daily iron intake which is crucial not only for optimal thyroid function but also circulation around the pelvic area. Somebody fatigued or who has endured the rounds of medication an assisted reproductive cycle demands, may also benefit from this sacred herb.
Ancient knowledge- Turmeric
Moving in from the garden I sip my Turmeric latte where not only do I relish the goodness I can feel with each mouthful, but within the lushness of its velvety texture it ignites within me a knowing so deep, that I am connected on some level to the ancient Vedics. These Vedics revered and held sacred this powerful herb, which was used regularly in fertility and prosperity ceremonies. Turmeric contains the energy of mother earth within its underground rhizomes and golden colour, and offers all who consume it the doorway to reduced inflammation, better mood and cognition, together with improved gastrointestinal symptoms. However modern herbalists do not all unify in its glory like the ancients did with arguments abound concerning whether highly absorbed or modified versions are better than nature’s simple offering. This may depend where it’s work is needed and while I see no need for well absorbed forms if the inflammation is within the gastrointestinal tract, for fertility it would seem well advised to achieve some systemic uptake in order to allow this sacred herb passage to do its work in the reproductive and urinary systems.
Sacred knowing- Ashwaganda
As I wash my bare feet free of soil and come to rest thinking of the sacred knowing that these ancient herbs offer us, there is not many other herbs I would recommend to my fertility clients for reducing the symptoms of stress than Ashwaganda. More than 4000 years of medicinal use as a rejuvenator, nourisher and strengthener in India and surrounding countries, makes this herb one of the most trustworthy and safest herbs available. Supporting the entire functioning of the reproductive system, as an adaptogenic herb it offers us both sexual vitality and a calming influence to a jagged mind and nervous system. It reignites our bodies inherent knowing that peace and achievement of dreams comes quicker when we can reconnect with our own internal sacredness.
Tracy Gaibisso is a clinical naturopath with over 16 years experience assisting women and couples overcome fertility issues. She runs a multi modality clinic in Perth and offers consultations both face to face and online. She also offers online programs for anybody wishing to have a more conscious conception and is the founder of sacredfertility.com.au (going live soon)