Why Drinking Herbal Tea Is So Good For Your Period Health
Do you suffer with the aggravating discomfort of PMS?
Period pain, cramping, bloating, mood swings, headaches and so on are all symptoms that can make you feel overwhelmed at the time of menstruation. There are many ways to alleviate the symptoms of PMS but did you know that herbal teas can help ease the symptoms too? Below is an overview of how and what herbal teas can do to benefit you during your bleed.
DRINK HERBAL TEA TO ALLEVIATE THE SYMPTOMS OF PMS
There is something very soothing about sipping warm tea when you are menstruating. Herbal teas are made from natural ingredients and are naturally caffeine free making them a great alternative to using over the counter medicines to reduce any pain or discomfort you might have during your period. Drinking plenty of fluids is very important to ensure that the body stays hydrated when menstruating while also reducing that bloated feeling. While drinking herbal tea may in no way replace prescribed medication, increasing your daily intake of herbal tea can ultimately be a big help to you over time.
Ginger has been very popular for the relief of an upset stomach and nausea symptoms in early pregnancy. One meta-analysis found that ginger helped decrease nausea symptoms significantly when compared to a placebo (1, 2). With this in mind, it can be helpful as a PMS relief tea if nausea is something you experience during this time. Ginger can also be an effective PMS relief tea as it is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever with the ability to reduce pain as much as a common NSAID such as ibuprofen. This is what makes ginger a great herbal tea to be an effective relief for menstrual cramps. Drink up to 4 cups a day.
Chamomile is very popular for its calming effects. The flavonoid apigenin is most likely responsible for the mild tranquillizer effect that this tea can have. There is also some support that chamomile can help reduce anxiety (3). When looking for a PMS relief tea to help with sleep and anxiety, chamomile is a great choice.
Did you know the red raspberry leaf is also dubbed as the woman’s herb? The leaves of the red raspberry plant can actually be used as a PMS relief tea. Evidence has found that red raspberry leaf tea has been used to help relieve muscle spasms associated with the menstrual cycle for at least 30 years (4). Even though this tea does not actually taste like raspberries, a fresh brewed cup with a splash of natural sweetener or cranberry can be a delightful combination to help relieve your PMS.
Bloating and water retention is common with PMS, so when looking for a PMS relief tea for these symptoms, dandelion is a great choice. Dandelion acts as a diuretic, which increases water excretion, therefore reducing water retention that contributes to that puffy feeling or look (5). It also contains lactones and phenylpropanoids, which have been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Some studies have even shown that dandelion can have an anti-fatigue effect (6).
In traditional medicine, Hibiscus flowers are used to regulate the menstrual cycle and help alleviate cramps, PMS, and mood disturbances. Hibiscus has shown signs of having emmenagogue effects, which means it can stimulate bleeding in the pelvic region. In women who experience many irregular or missed periods, hibiscus tea can therefore help to normalise the menstruation cycle. For this reason, it is advisable to avoid hibiscus tea during pregnancy, as there is a risk that it could cause miscarriage.
Rose hips have an affinity for women's reproductive health aiding in regulating menstrual flow, and easing uterine cramps. Rose tea made from the buds or leaves Rosa gallica has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years. One study investigated the effects of rose tea in 130 teenage students in Taiwan. Participants were instructed to drink 2 cups of rose tea daily for 12 days, starting 1 week before their period and for 6 menstrual cycles. Those who drank rose tea reported less pain and better psychological well-being than those who did not drink the tea. This suggests that rose tea may be a suitable way to treat menstrual pain (7).
Overall there are some powerful benefits to drinking herbal tea throughout the onset of menstruation and while you are on your period. It is very simple to prepare fresh herbal teas at home, simply add fresh herbs (found at a reputable health food store or local herbalist) to a pot of boiling water and leave to steep for 3-5 mins. Alternatively our 100% natural premium herbal infusion Moon Tea contains all of the combined ingredients above. Click the link to find out more.