Seed cycling is a simple and effective way to regulate hormones and alleviate PMS, cycle irregularities, ovarian cysts, heavy bleeding and much more! Seed cycling is meant to regulate your cycle to the moons cycle so that it lasts approximately 28-30 days consistently. If you have longer or shorter cycles, seed cycling is for YOU!
Seed cycling helps to balance estrogen and progesterone. If you are currently have irregular periods, you want to begin seed cycling based off the moons cycle until yours is more balanced. The average cycle for a female should be approximately 29 days on average similar to the Lunar cycle which is 29.25 days long.
Phase One: Follicular Phase – New Moon (provides the precursors for estrogen and helps balance your hormones)
–Days 1 (1st day of menses or new moon) until ovulation (or day 14 if you don’t know when you ovulate).
1. 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
2. 1 Tbsp ground chia or hemp seeds.
3. 1,500 mg fish oil (1,000 mg EPA, 250 mg DHA)
This phase of the protocol is great for reducing heavy periods, reducing or eliminating clots, and eliminating acne as it balances estrogen.
Phase Two: Luteal Phase (provides the precursors for progesterone and helps balance and clear excess hormones)
–Days 15 (full moon or day after ovulation) until your period starts
1. 1 Tbsp ground sesame seeds
2. 1 Tbsp ground sunflower seeds.
3. You can do 2,000 mg Evening Primrose Oil as an alternative to the seeds or alongside
4. You also want to sleep in complete darkness (sleep with a night mask) or cover windows with black drapes
This phase of the protocol is great for preventing/stopping spotting between cycles, PMS (irritability, depression), breast tenderness, clotting, quick and heavy flow on the first 2 days as it helps to eliminate excess hormones and balances progesterone.
Try to get 3 months of cycles following the moons phases and then you can switch to following your cycle rather than the moon as it regulates. Typically you would follow this seed cycling protocol 3 months and then can get away using it 1x every 3 months for maintenance.
General rules for eating seeds:
–ALWAYS buy organic and try to get sprouted seeds when you can. You can also sprout them at home!
–Try to buy fresh whole seeds and grind at home to protect the enzymes and nutrients form oxidizing. You can grind a big batch and freeze them for a couple months.
–You can add the seeds or seed butters to smoothies, baked goods, consume them in capsules or eat them sprinkled on a salad
Following these guideline consistently everyday will get you well on your to regulating your cycle and hormones. It helps to track your cycles on a fertility chart using a basal body thermometer and looking for signs of fertile mucous. Doing this daily gives you a good visual of your fertility patterns and when you’re ovulating.
Written by: Marla Pietruszko BSc RHN