February 2nd, 2021 | Updated on April 13th, 2021
The healing properties of tea are seeming without bounds. If you know what to look for in a good herbal blend, there is something for just about everything that ails you.
There are even teas on the market that are specially formulated for women, particularly for the collective symptoms of PMS.
PMS can bring a host of problems with it, from the physical (cramps, muscle aches or bloating) to the cognitive (moodiness, anxiety, and depression), but if you know what herbs have healing properties and the specific parts of your body they naturally work best on, you can alleviate your symptoms with ease.
Chamomile is a common medicinal herb used in PMS teas, as it has anti-inflammatory properties to help ease cramps and muscle aches in addition to the soothing, restful qualities it is most known for.
Women have reported a decrease in the anxiety and stress they usually feel with PMS after drinking chamomile tea.
Studies suggest that the chamomile flower actually acts as a natural benzodiazepine, reducing anxiety and inducing sleep.
Chamomile tea is also used to lower blood sugar, making it a helpful supplement for a diabetic diet, alleviating cold symptoms, and may even have properties to help prevent cancer and osteoporosis. Those with severe allergies, especially to pollens, should avoid chamomile.
If chamomile acts as the anti-inflammatory and mood-stabilizer in the fight against PMS, ginger is the pain reliever and the energy booster.
Ginger is also famous for soothing upset stomach and helping with nausea, making it a key component of the perfect PMS tea.
Pregnant women are encouraged to drink ginger tea to alleviate morning sickness, though it should be avoided if you are close to labor or if you have a history of miscarriages. It is also a powerful antioxidant and may even play a key role in weight loss.
If you ever start your day struggling to button up jeans that fit just the day before, try reaching for peppermint tea or oil.
Peppermint is a common ingredient in herbal teas designed for aiding in digestive relief as it helps with bloating, gas, and abdominal pain. Other herbs that may help with gastrointestinal issues include lemon balm, wormwood, angelica root and fennel.
Red raspberry leaves are rich in vitamins B, C, and several minerals including potassium, zinc, and iron. The leaves also contain a plant compound known as fragrine that helps tighten pelvic muscles and may actually help to reduce a particularly heavy flow, as well as reducing cramps caused by muscle spasms.
It is also commonly used by midwives who swear by herbal remedies for their pregnant patients, as it strengthens the uterus and prevents excessive bleeding.
It may even play a part in making labor quicker and delivery easier. Consume red raspberry leaf tea in small doses, as it may have a laxative effect.
Both nettle and red raspberry leaf have progesterone, which helps balance out the hormones you may have during PMS due to an increase in estrogen levels.
Nettle is high in magnesium, which helps muscles relax and reduces pain. Nettle is quite bitter and works best as a complementary herb in a tea blend.
Dandelion root has a similar strong flavor but is an excellent ingredient in teas for soothing premenstrual symptoms.
Make Your Own Blend
Now that you have an idea of what flowers and herbs have special healing properties suited for PMS, here is a recipe you can try at home:
- ½ cup red raspberry leaf, packed
- ½ cup nettle, packed
- 1/3 cup hibiscus petals
- Teaspoon dandelion flowers
- Steep for 5-6 minutes to infuse, add lemon and your sweetener of choice. It’s also delicious iced!
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