WHAT IS SEED ROTATION THERAPY?
Seed rotation or seed cycling
is a safe and natural method of rotating certain seeds at different times of
your menstrual cycle. There are four specific seeds that support hormone
balance, namely, Flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds. These seeds
provide various oils, vitamins, minerals, and phytoestrogens that help
stimulate production, detoxification, and metabolism of estrogen and
As a result, these seeds can
help alleviate hormone related symptoms like acne, amenorrhea, heavy
bleeding, insomnia, infertility, fatigue, cramps and irregular periods,
pcos/pcod and so on. A lot of women around the world have used this therapy and
it has most definitely proven to be effective and has several health
benefits. However, it is very important
to understand how Seed cycling or seed rotation works and how to go about it.
In this article, we will learn about the recommended procedure to follow, and
Before we get onto the procedure,
let’s take a brief look at what we are getting ourselves into! Are there any
actual benefits of this innocent and simple method? Well, yes! Following are
some of the conditions that adapting a seed rotation therapy can treat:
- Irregular periods
- Heavy flows
- Terrible PMS (bloating, moods, pain, energy,
- Breast lumps
- Thyroid Nodules
- Fibrocystic and painful breasts
- Low thyroid issues
- Hair loss and brittle hair
- Weight gain around the hip and thighs
- Water retention
It can also help women in perimenopause
and menopause experiencing:
- Hot flashes
- Night Sweats
- Mood swings
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This practice can be used by
anyone who is experiencing absent or irregular periods, anovulatory cycles,
heavy flows, cramps, or PMS symptoms, as well as women looking to boost fertility
or those going through perimenopause and menopause.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Day 1 of your menstrual cycle
is the first day of your period. From day 1 – 14, the goal is to boost estrogen
which builds up the uterine lining. This is called the Follicular Phase. Flax
seeds and pumpkin seeds provide the nutrients (like lignans and zinc) needed to
support estrogen production, as well as assist with excess estrogen clearance.
Day 15 – 28 is known as the
Luteal Phase. Post-ovulation, the corpus luteum secretes progesterone which
helps to thicken the uterine lining and prepare it for implantation. The high
content of zinc in sesame seeds and vitamin E in sunflower seeds support progesterone
What seeds to consume and when
The technique is usually based
on a 28 day cycle, which means that if your cycle is of 28 days, then the seed
rotation will be based on two 14 day cycles.
For perimenomposal women, they
can start at any day of choice, and rotate the seeds in every 2 weeks. However,
menstruating women have different requirements. From day 1-14 more of estrogen
is needed in order to build up the endometrium (Uterine lining). This is called
a Follicular Phase. One must consume flaxseeds and Pumpkin seeds at the
quantity of 1 tbsp per day. This will help in increasing the estrogen levels in
Now begins the second part of
the cycle, which is from da 15-28 this part is also known as the Luteal
Phase. The corpus luteum begins to
release progesterone. This sex hormone will help thicken the uterine lining and
prepare it for implantation. One is recommended to consume sesame seeds and
sunflower seeds during this time. This is because the Zinc in sesame seeds and
the Vitamins E in sunflower seeds will boost and naturally support the
production of progesterone in the body.
HOW TO CONSUME THE SEEDS?
The suggested ideal quantity
is 1 tablespoon per seed. You can have
them as it is, or add them in your smoothies, oats, fruit bowl etc. The best
time to have these seeds is during the morning time to maximise the benefits.
However, if morning time seems inconvenient, you can also sprinkle the seeds
over your salad or soup at lunch or dinner.
Having seeds just by
themselves can be a little bit of a task, especially since they are not exactly
the best tasting food. So we have come up with a few quick and easy recips that
you can try at home. You may substitute or add other ingredients as per your
needs. Also please note that if you find yourself allergic to any of these
seeds, kindly seek a doctor’s advice before consuming them.
Two tablespoons of flaxseed or
pumpkin seeds per day have shown to help boost estrogen production. Pumpkin
seeds are also known to be phytoestrogenic.
This can be equally valuable
for menstruating women in the first part of the cycle (day 1 to 15, refer to
the chart) as well as women going through peri- and menopause who would benefit
from an estrogen boost.
1 cup almonds
1 cup flaxseed
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried apples, roughly chopped
1 cup roasted coconut flakes
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
Soak almonds for 12 hours.
Soak flaxseed and pumpkin
seeds in 3 cups of water for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 150F or
the lowest temperature your oven allows. The trick to keeping the temperature
low (ideally in the range of 120 to 150F) is to leave the oven door ajar. This
will prevent the crackers from burning and will create air circulation to dry
Strain all the excess water
from the almonds and combine with all the remaining ingredients. Toss to mix
Line the baking tray with
parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly.
Bake for 6 hours or until
fully dried. It’s recommended to check your crackers regularly using the
thermometer to be sure they are getting dried but not burned. If the oven gets
too hot, just open the oven door slightly wider. I use a metal tool (like a can
opener) to keep the oven door ajar. The second batch will be easier to make as
you will know how to keep the oven temperature in the 120-150F range.
These crackers store well for
two weeks in an air-tight container.
SEED CYCLING SNACK BALLS (GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, VEGAN)
These slightly sweet &
nutty little treats leaves you feeling nourished & balanced. Enjoy 3-4
snack balls per day to get an adequate amount of seeds to reap the benefits of
½ cup almond, cashew, or
3-4 Tbsp maple syrup
1 cup organic flax &
pumpkin seed, raw & ground (menses → ovulation) 1:1 ratio or 1 cup organic
sesame and sunflower seed, raw & ground (ovulation → menses) 1:1 ratio
½ cup dried fruit
(cranberries, raisins, chopped dates, currants, etc.)
½ cup unsweetened medium shred
½ cup brown rice cereal (ie.
Spices of your choice, to
taste (ground cinnamon, cocoa powder, ground nutmeg, ginger powder, chopped
crystallized ginger chunks, pure vanilla extract, etc.)
In a small mixing bowl, add
nut/seed butter and maple syrup and stir well. Add spices of your choice, or
leave it plain and enjoy the maple or honey flavour. Stir well.
Add ground seeds and stir to
Gradually, add dried fruit,
shredded coconut, and brown rice cereal and stir until evenly distributed.
Use your Tablespoon measure to
scoop up mixture and form into balls.
Place in a glass container and
store in the freezer for best texture.