Every month I dread PMS. The pre symptoms I deal with are worse than the annoying bleeding itself. I posted a blog (PMS…Please Make it Stop) last year on ways to help with this unstoppable evil, but this post focuses just on teas that can help in relieving some of the misery.
Teas for Physical Symptoms
Chaste berry and skullcap teas can balance hormones and relieve other physical symptoms, such as tension. They also work well in a tea together. Feverfew eases headache pain and can start your flow if it needs a little assistance. Appropriately nicknamed “cramp bark,” guelder rose is used to relieve premenstrual cramps. This tea eases pain, water retention and pressure in the body. Hops, which are known for their role in beer, ease physical symptoms by helping a woman sleep and reducing retained fluid in the body. Does this give me an excuse to drink beer?!
Teas for Emotional Symptoms
Some of the teas that help physical symptoms can also alleviate emotional symptoms by regulating hormones and helping the woman sleep better. Specifically related to emotional symptoms, dong quai tea can brighten a down mood. It includes minerals zinc and calcium in its makeup, which help relieve depression. Hops may alleviate emotional symptoms such as anxiety and nervousness.
Just be sure to avoid any caffeinated teas, as they can prevent absorption of iron and zinc.
Some store bought favorites are:
PMS Tea by Traditional Medicinals