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Seed Cycling for Hormonal Balance. Part 1.

In this 2 part series, we are sharing what we have discovered about seed cycling, and the differences we have noticed in our PMS symptoms after following this protocol for 2+ cycles.

Seed cycling. Have you heard about it?

As I get older, it constantly surprises me how much I don’t know about my own body. In the last year, I’ve been becoming much more in tune it - I’m recognising and understanding the signs that I need to rest, time alone or to eat something green. Part of that consciousness started when I decided to no longer take the BCP. I’d been taking it since I was 17 (13 years!) and as a consequence, I really never thought about my hormones or anything like that because it was doing a job I wanted and had all these nifty benefits like preventing acne and PMS symptoms. Before I stopped taking the BCP I researched any affects there might be, and that’s when I stumbled into this world that I’d never thought about, and hardly anyone ever seemed to talk about, all about female health.

What struck me first was how much I didn’t know about how my own body. Where I’ve been living for three decades! One topic I’m quite interested in and I’ve been learning more and more about is the role of hormones – what they are, what they do and what our bodies need to assist in regulating those hormones. It was here that I found out about seed cycling.

Seed cycling is a way of balancing your hormones by eating certain seeds (or oils) during the two phases of your menstrual cycle. It is thought to help with a whole range of hormonal imbalance issues like PMS, infertility, acne, light or heavy bleeding, irregular cycles and tiredness.

So, for a 28 day cycle you take:  

Follicular phase (day 1-14): pumpkin and flax seeds or fish oil

Luteal phase (day 15-28): sesame and sunflowers seeds or evening primrose/borage oil

If your cycle isn’t 28 days, or if you don’t get periods, it’s recommended that you start phase one with the full moon and phase two with the new moon.

So what actually happens when you seed cycle is:

  • your body takes the essential fatty acids that these seeds and oils are full of, and uses them to help your hormones to function;

  • these seeds and oils also contain lignin which binds to estrogen and helps to remove it from the body as needed; and

  • estrogen levels in the first part of your cycle and progesterone levels in the second part are supported.

 https://mplsimc.com/2018/06/27/how-to-use-seeds-to-balance-your-hormones/

https://mplsimc.com/2018/06/27/how-to-use-seeds-to-balance-your-hormones/

Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? And that’s what initially caught my attention with this topic. How am I 31 years old and no one has ever suggested simply taking a tablespoon of seeds every day might be a good idea? (It’s recommended that you eat 1 tablespoon of each seed type every day, so in phase one you would eat a tablespoon each of flax and pumpkin seeds.)

If you’re like me, you might think this is interesting and something that might be beneficial to you. But it also needs to be easy to do, right? I could have all these seeds in my pantry but if it becomes an ‘extra’ thing I have to do every day then I’m less likely to do it, or remember, or stick to it! I guess I’m flaky. Knowing this about myself, I wanted to make it easy so I invented the recipes below. Almost always in need of a snack these energy ball style creations have been really great. I keep them in my fridge or bring a few with me if I’m meeting friends for coffee.

It’s also important to note that the seeds should be ground, not whole, when you ingest them. If seeds are whole, they often move right through our digestive systems, and we don’t absorb their nutrients. Most seeds are available ground, but you can easily do it yourself if you have a small blender or coffee grinder. So, because I like things to be easy, I prepare a mixture to use as I need in smoothies or on my granola. I think you could add these seeds to almost anything – if you have a favourite bread recipe add them in or if you make pesto they could incorporated. I just grind a cup each of flax and pumpkin seeds for days 1-14, and sesame and sunflower for days 15-28 and keep it in a jar in my fridge, ready to go.


This recipe is for the first phase of your cycle (days 1-14). In addition to the seeds I’ve added cocoa for a little chocolate boost, brazil nuts for selenium and maca powder for its hormone regulating benefits. But really you could use any nuts you like or add in some chocolate chips or dried fruits.

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Follicular Phase ‘Moon Balls’

  • 1 cup medjool dates

  • 1 cup brazil nuts

  • ½ cup milled flax seed

  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds

  • ½ cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tblsp maca powder

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  1. Soak medjool dates in boiled water for 1 hour. Drain.

  2. Place all ingredients in a blender.

  3. Blend until well combined*.

  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out mixture and form into balls with your hands.

  5. Refrigerate.

*Mixture should hold together easily when you are forming the balls and should not be wet.



This recipe is for the second phase of your cycle (days 15-28). I LOVE pumpkin and will try it in anything! This recipe also includes maca powder for its hormone regulating benefits, plus some moringa which also assists to regulate hormones and digestion, and is high in vitamins A and C.

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Luteal Phase ‘Moon Balls’

  • 1 cup oat flour

  • 1 cup medjool dates

  • 1 cup roasted pecans

  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

  • ½ cup sesame seeds

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 tblsp maca powder

  • 1 tblsp moringa powder

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  1. Soak medjool dates in boiled water for 1 hour. Drain.

  2. Place all ingredients in a blender.

  3. Blend until well combined*.

  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out mixture and form into balls with your hands.

  5. Refrigerate.

*Mixture should hold together easily when you are forming the balls and should not be wet.


With both of these recipes, I make the balls and put them on a plate in my fridge for a few hours. Once they have solidified a little I store them in an airtight container in my fridge and they keep really well. Each of these recipes make 20 or more balls.






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Enjoy

Samantha x

The information shared on Rhythms and Rituals blog is shared in the spirit of storytelling and sharing information we have found helpful and useful. It is not intended to provide medical advise, diagnosis or treatment.