You might be thinking, “healthy cycle tea, what is that?”
It’s a good question, and something I would have asked at one point too.
Menstruation is a normal and natural part of every woman’s monthly life. Each woman can have slight differences with their menstrual experience – for example, the number of days menstruating can vary from one woman to another. However, there are general similarities as well – for example, premenstrual symptoms (PMS) generally begin 5-11 days before your period starts. Also, most women bleed in their menstrual period for around 2-7 days.
During this stage, you can expect irregularities and fluctuations in your menstrual flow, menstrual symptoms, and overall menstrual phase. While these do not cause serious concerns, for some women, it can cause a certain degree of discomfort.
Luckily, most of the factors that affect our menstrual cycle are within our hands – exercise, diet, stress management, among others, affect our body’s hormone balance. In turn, hormonal balance (or imbalance) affect our monthly periods.
One of the things that you can do to regulate and support a healthy menstrual cycle is by taking herbs. Some herbs are shown to support a healthy menstrual cycle as they affect our hormonal balance and/or gut health. Since they positively influence these two, they can eventually positively influence our overall menstrual period.
Read more to find out about these herbs and what they can do to support your menstrual cycle. Without further ado, let’s get started!
6 Herbs That Support A Healthy Menstrual Cycle
1) Licorice root
Do you know that licorice is more than just for candy? Licorice, especially licorice root, can actually be very helpful for your menstrual cycle. Here’s how.
Licorice is a phytoestrogen that contains isoflavones. In general, phytoestrogens are not true estrogens, but they mimic and act similarly as estrogens.
Licorice helps in our menstrual cycle – and even fertility for this matter – by promoting hormonal balance within our system. They achieve this by binding to estrogen reception sites. Once that happens, they’ll block xenohormones from binding – and xenohormones are endocrine disruptors that cause hormonal imbalance and possibly even infertility.
Aside from that, licorice root is one of the well-known home remedies for menstrual cramps and it is also commonly used for symptoms of menopause including hot flashes.
Lastly, licorice root is beneficial both for our endocrine system – which is good for hormonal balance – and immune system. Licorice can stimulate our immune system whenever we have a chronic illness and, on the other hand, it can reduce excessive
2) Raspberry leaf
Raspberry leaf is mostly used for making raspberry leaf tea. However, you can also take it in a form of a dietary supplement. Raspberry leaf (or raspberry leaf tea) can be found pretty much anywhere – from local grocery stores to health stores.
Interestingly, even centuries ago, raspberry leaf tea was already been used for female health. Specifically, midwives use raspberry leaf tea to help women with their fertility cycle. Up until today, raspberry leaf tea is used for different parts of female health.
Raspberry leaf tea is used for treating PMS symptoms, especially cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. The reason behind its effectiveness lies in two compounds – fragarine and tannins.
Fragarine is an alkaloid that is said to tighten muscles in the pelvic region while tannins are a polyphenol that can strengthen the uterus. With these two at work, they can alleviate irregular bleeding during your menstrual cycle.
Aside from fragarine and tannins, raspberry leaves also contain calcium and magnesium, which can also prevent muscle spasms and PMS cramping.
3) Cramp bark
Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) — also known as guelder rose, highbush cranberry, and snowball tree — is a tall, flowering shrub with red berries and clusters of white flowers.
Cramp bark, also known as “guelder rose”, “snowball tree” and “highbush cranberry”, is a flowering shrub that is native to Europe. However, it was also grown both in the United States and Canada.
Cramp bark is mainly used as a relief for cramping, especially menstrual cramping. In fact, that’s how it got its name. According to some research, cramp bark fruit extracts can help relax muscles and blood vessels, which in turn can alleviate pain and reduce blood pressure. Also, some use cramp bark to aid in PMS symptoms
Aside for menstrual cramping and PMS symptoms, cramp bark has a few more benefits. Cramp bark can also be used to promote kidney health. Specifically, it can be used to prevent kidney stones.
One of the reasons why some people develop kidney stones is because of the lack of citrate in their urine. Cramp bark is high in citrate, so it can be used for preventing kidney stones or as a possible alternative for those who had developed kidney stones.
Also, cramp bark is high in two antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids. As antioxidants, they can prevent or reverse cellular damage and fight off inflammation by fighting off free radicals, a major factor in the development of inflammation.
4) Peppermint seeds
Peppermint is an aromatic plant, created from the blending of watermint and spearmint.
Peppermint is an aromatic plant which is made by blending spearmint and watermint. This herb is mainly used for cosmetics, toothpaste, soaps, mouthwashes, and they are used to add flavor or fragrance to foods. Aside from these uses, peppermint also has several health benefits, so you can use it for different medicinal purposes.
For women’s health, peppermint can be used to lower testosterone level.
While testosterone is beneficial for women’s health – it is used by your body for growth, maintenance and repair for your reproductive system and bone mass – just like other hormones, imbalance of testosterone level in your body (in this case, too much of it) can cause unwanted side effects.
Too much testosterone in a woman’s body can cause both physical and psychological side effects such as:
- Excess body hair, especially facial hair
- Decreased breast size
- Deepened voice
- Enlarged clitoris
- Mood changes
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Low libido
In worse cases, too much testosterone can cause obesity and even infertility. Therefore, every woman should strive to keep a healthy balance of testosterone in their system (and hormonal balance in general).
Aside from lowering your testosterone level, peppermint can also be used for skin conditions, headaches, cold, flu, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and nausea.
Note that some women use peppermint as a relief for vomiting and nausea during pregnancy, but some experts warn against its use during this phase because peppermint can trigger menstruation. So, if you are pregnant, avoid using peppermint for any reason. If you are to use peppermint, consult your doctor first before using it.
Chamomile is an herb that is used as a tea for various health purposes. In fact, it was actually been used for a long time as a traditional natural remedy.
While chamomile is known and used for several health benefits – such as slowing down or preventing osteoporosis, reducing inflammation, aid in sleeping, etc. – researchers are eyeing its potential for managing major diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Regarding menstruation, chamomile tea is used to reduce the intensity of menstrual cramps. The main reason behind this lies in its chemical called glycine – which is a popular chemical for relaxing nerves and lowering muscle spasms.
Chamomile tea can also help in anxiety as many women reported that they feel less distressed and anxious while in their period. The soothing effect that chamomile tea can give is also the reason why it can help us get a goodnight’s sleep.
6) Fennel seed
Fennel is a good-smelling herb that is native to the Mediterranean, although it can be now found in different parts of the world. Fennels are both used for food – usually as a spice – and for medicinal purposes. Fennel’s dried seeds and oil are often used in making medicine.
Fennel is very beneficial for women’s health in a lot of ways – and it goes beyond menstruation. For menstruation, fennel is used to reduce pain at the beginning of a menstrual period.
Fennel is also good for certain digestive and gut issues. For instance, fennel seeds can be used to cure indigestion, constipation and bloating. This is because they contain essential oils such as estragole, anethole, and fenchone – these oils contain antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. These oils are also used to help in breaking down food in your body, which helps in keeping your digestive system working smoothly and efficiently.
Among other more benefits, fennel seeds can also help you lose weight – which is very good both for your menstruation and overall health. Fennel seeds are one of the most essential foods if you lose weight or burn off extra fats. One of the reasons why fennel seeds can help you lose weight is because it can suppress your appetite.
Fennel seeds are very abundant in dietary fibers. These fibers slow down the digestion process, which in turn, makes you less hungry – and hence, makes you want to eat less. Together with an active lifestyle and proper diet, fennel seeds can be effective for weight loss.
Lastly, fennel seeds contain good amounts of antioxidants, which is helpful for weight loss because they aid in breaking down carbs and fats in your body. In turn, this will avoid you gain another extra pound. Fennel seeds’ antioxidants can also help your body in absorbing the vitamins and minerals it gets.
I hope this post was helpful and helped you recognize the benefits of my healthy cycle tea! Next week I will be addressing the alternatives to hormonal birth control, the Fertility Awareness method in particular.
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P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about hormone health, check out a few of my other articles on hormone health here:
- Stress And Your Hormones: 6 Hormones That Your Body Releases Under Stress
- Post-Birth Control Syndrome: 10 Symptoms & How To Heal From It
- Gut Health And Hormones: The Relationship That You Should Know About
- Cycle Syncing: Improving Your Health By Getting To Know Your Menstrual Cycle