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This is Part 3 in the Emmenagogue series of articles - to go back to Part 1 click here

They are normally categorized as to their strength - mild, medium or strong.

They are listed alphabetically here, not according to strength of action.

The photo on the right here is Tansy, which falls into the strong category.

Remember, culinary quantities in the mild category will not harm you.

Mild - Feverfew, Ginger, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage and Yarrow.

Medium - Black Cohosh, Juniper, Mugwort, Parsley and Queen Anne's Lace Seeds.

Strong - Some of those herbs would be classed as abortificants. Angelica, Dong Quai, Blue Cohosh, Birthwort, Celery Seed, Pennyroyal, Rue, Tansy and Vitamin C.

This is not a definitive list - there may be others that some herbalists would add, but these are the most common and easiest to acquire. Some may even be growing in your garden and all would be easy to obtain from a herbalist or online store.

If you suffer from irregular periods, then a herb from the mild category may help you. They will stimulate menstruation. You will need to experiment to find the correct dosage for you. Periods can be late for many reasons other than pregnancy, stress, poor diet, anxiety, travel - a herb tea is a useful remedy to combat these causes.

3 to 4 cups of parsley tea a day have been commonly reported to bring on a late period.

Ginger, yarrow, feverfew, rosemary and sage are alternatives or a combination to taste - remember, these are to regularise you if your period is late for a reason other than pregnancy.

Parsley appears in mild and medium - parsley is often used as a pessary (a tampon soaked in a strong infusion of parsley or some people just use a sprig of parsley pressed up agains the cervix) along with a strong emmenagogue (for instance 500 mg per hour of Vitamin C DO NOT EXCEED 6000MG IN 24 HOURS) to provoke a late period.

Information regarding these herbs is not intended as medical advice and nor does this site promote or advocate the termination of pregnancy.

These herbs can be difficult to get so here's a couple of links to get you started on the search.

Black Cohosh which is in the medium category. See here for the different categories

Mugwort which is also in the medium category.

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