Welcome to the second installment of my posts on the wonders of tea. For part 1, which includes all the things you’ll need to get started drinking tea, click here.
If you read the first article, you already know about some great teas to start your day and help transition you off caffeine.
And that’s a wonderful use for tea.
But did you know that tea can also help balance your hormones?
There are several great herbal teas that can help with many of the hormonal imbalances that women commonly experience.
And while nixing caffeine can vastly improve hormonal health, these targeted teas can directly help some of the most common irregularities.
Many women take vitex in capsule form to help regulate periods that are abnormally long.
Vitex has been shown to assist with menstrual irregularities like painful periods, PMS, irregular periods (especially those with a short luteal phase), and issues after discontinuing birth control.
It comes from the fruit of the chasteberry tree.
Instead of taking it in capsule form, many women choose to take this berry in the form of a tea which can make it easier, especially if you are full up on supplements already. It’s a little tough to find vitex tea by itself, but I like this one that combines green tea as well.
Spearmint is known to have anti-androgenic properties, which makes it great for women with PCOS who often battle abnormally high testosterone levels.
Spearmint tea can help reduce some of the symptoms of PCOS like hirsutism and may help with menstrual irregularities.
In my experience, women have had mixed success with spearmint tea. Many of them swear by it and some don’t particularly care for it.
That’s classic with PCOS, since everyone is different.
But if you’ve never tried it, spearmint tea is delicious and safe.
I’d encourage you to try it for a few months and see if it helps with your symptoms. Here’s one I like.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Aside from tasting delicious, Red Raspberry Leaf is great for PMS and cramping and also has a good does of calcium.
The yummy taste makes it easy to have this tea any time. I like to have some when I’m having a particularly tough, crampy, menstrual cycle. Find it here.
Red Clover is great for women in peri-menopause as it helps with symptoms like hot flashes.
Red Clover is a phytoestrogen, which I’ve recently written more about, so it isn’t right for everyone. But if you are struggling with estrogen imbalance due to menopause, it might be helpful to you.
Do you use any herbal teas? What have you found works for you? I’d love to hear your perspective and tips, so leave us a comment below!