Over 70% of American women experience PMS symptoms at some point in life. So let’s beat it the natural way!
It acts as a restorative remedy during menopause.
Good for relieving menstrual cramps
• Dandelion Leaf:
Reduces high estrogen levels.
Herbal Remedies – Menstrual Cycle
• Dang Gui:
This keeps the blood moving correctly to support the female organs and decrease the painful cramps that happens during the menstrual cycle. Preparation: 1/2 to 1 cup of the herb for 1 each cup of water; simmer for 30-40 minutes
• Stinging Nettle:
the astringency that the herb provides combats excessive menstrual flow.
• Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (A WINNER!))
Red Raspberry decreases menstrual bleeding, bloating, relaxes uterine and intestinal spasms, and strengthens the uterine walls. If taken a few days before and during the menstrual cycle (2-3 servings a day), you will notice that you will feel less bloated, and experience less pain. Preparation: Use 1 bag with 4-6 oz. of boiling water, and allow it to steep for at least 3-5 minutes.
Squeeze bag, and enjoy! Tea has a bit of sweetness to it, and is enjoyable, even for a raspberry hater like me!
Herbal Remedies – Pregnancy
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea:
Before pregnancy, drink two cups per day. Abstain during first trimester and begin again at 35 weeks. By resuming at 35 weeks it has been studied to help reduce labor pains. Please note however, Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breast-feeding. Diabetics should be cautious as it might cause blood sugar levels to drop significantly.
Breastfeeding can lead to inflammation of the nipples (called mastitis.) Boiling 1 ounce of dandelion root in 2 cups of water until only 1 cup remains & compressing the liquid on the nipples can relieve mastitis.
With vitamin K and its rich mineral value, stinging nettle guards against excessive bleeding. It strengthens the baby as well. Historically, it has been used during labor to ease the pains, and will increase milk production in lactating women.
Herbal Teas for Menopause Symptoms
• Black Cohosh: Black Cohosh has been proven to be helpful for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. • Licorice: Known to increase estrogen levels in the body and good for hot flashes. • Dong Quai: Dong Quai is a hormone balancer. In clinical studies, women taking dong quai reported a 25% decrease in the severity of their symptoms. • Chasteberry: As an age-old remedy, the chasteberry in tea form has also been great in treating hot flashes.
When purchasing these teas, PLEASE make sure that they’re organic. The typical teas in most grocery stores may not cut it either. You can simply look at the ingredients to identify the real from the fake. Usually a “fake” tea is simply for flavoring purposes, and won’t actually have the actual herbs that you need.