A few weeks ago I shared the hormone balancing tea I drink religiously to Instagram and got a ton of replies and questions about it.
What do I add to it? Why do I add so many herbs? Is there any easy way to make this? I’m going to answer all of these questions and also explain the benefits behind drinking this tea every day.
First off, I grew up with a dad who made homemade teas every single day. He was actually part of the reason I got into the whole nutrition and wellness world of things. His liver was failing and he literally rejuvenated it with herbs. Not even exaggerating one bit, but thats a story for another day.
So if buying all the separate herbs ins’t your thing, don’t sweat it. There are some teas you can buy pre-made or you can even buy individual “flavors” like red raspberry leaf.
Hormone Helping Herbal Blend
There are a variety of herbs you can consume to balance your hormones, and get rid of pesky PMS symptoms like cramping, nausea, etc. The following four are my go-to, especially when I’m PMSing.
〰️Raspberry leaf — The combination of fragarine, an alkaloid in raspberries, and tannins, a naturally occurring polyphenol often found in wine, can help with aiding in PMS symptoms, like cramping, vomiting, or nausea.
〰️Licorice root — This root helps nurture the adrenal glands, thus aiding the entire endocrine system. This must be taken in small dosage as high amounts can cause fertility issues.
〰️Stinging nettle leaf — stinging nettle is a natural diuretic, so it helps flush out toxins! It can also help with relieving cramps.
〰️Dandelion herb & root — dandelion is specific for the liver, and it benefits the reproductive system (male and female) by helping to regulate hormone production. The greens in particular help relieve menstrual cramps. This specific herb can also help with hormonal acne, as it aids in inflammation.
If you don’t have time to make your own tea, or if its simply easier for you to buy it pre-made, I love either the “Female Toner” or the “Healthy Cycle” by Traditional Medicinals.
Hormone Balancing Tea
to help keep your hormones healthy and happy
- 1 part dried red raspberry leaf
- 1 part nettle
- 1 part dong quai
Steep water and add the herbs to a tea bowl.
Pour the water over the herbs and let it sit for 10 mins.
Drain the herbs, and keep the tea to drink.
More Menstrual-Health Herbs & Supplements
If you are facing intense PMS/PMDD symptoms, it’s important to explore the power of herbs and supplements. On the last seven years I have experimented with a variety of herbs to try to heal my hormones. From exhausting those options I found supplements that helped me get my body back on track – and you can do the same! I recommend meeting with a natruapathic doctor to discuss your options in detail.
Until then, consider looking into the four following supplements to help with hormone balance.
Inositol, also known as Vitamin B8, is one of the most commonly used supplements by women with PCOS – and for good reason. This supplement has a variety of benefits which includes regulating your menstrual cycle, reducing blood sugar levels, helping infertility, and improving one’s ovary function.
Zinc is one of my all time favorite supplements. I always suggest trying to get this supplement through food if possible.
According to research, zinc helps women with PCOS with balancing out their hormones. Zinc plays an important role in the metabolism of hormones, including androgen, estrogen, and progesterone. This supplement plays a role in the secretion of insulin and the regulation of thymus hormones. It can also help regulate the immune system.
Magnesium not only helps women with their hormonal imbalance, but also with their overall health. If you battle PCOS then this supplement might help you in particular due to its holistic powers. Getting a sufficient amount of magnesium can help you with your energy levels, hormonal balance, and mood which are main symptoms of PCOS.
This supplement went untested for years, as do many supplements for female health. Luckily modern research has picked up on the powers of vitex and have concluded that chasteberry has a positive effect on the female reproductive system. These studies have shown how it affects the master pituitary gland in particular. This gland tells your ovaries what to do and how much of each hormone to make, which can be very helpful for those facing imbalances.
Have you tried any of these? If you have and have seen success, tell me about it! I love hearing your success stories.
Take Away Message
While this isn’t a magic tea that will get rid of all your problems, it does help with lessening cramping and mellowing out your mood. I drink this tea because I know it helps with my hormone health & I’ve seen changes in my body because of it.
This is also not the only solution to your hormonal problems – make sure to look into other things like the relationship between your gut health and hormones, as well as the relationship between stress and your hormones. I linked two blogs on those topics, but feel free too checkout the entire hormones category on my site for more info. 🙂
As always, reach out with any questions, comments, etc. you can send me an email here or shoot me a DM on Instagram. As always, consult with your healthcare provider before beginning herbal supplements, if I’m not meeting with you one-on-one this information is merely educational, not a prescription.
Let me know if you try this hormone balancing tea and if you love it as much as I do!
If you enjoyed this post, check out “9 Herbs to Help Balance and Regulate Your Hormones Naturally” and “PMS Versus PMDD: Similarities, Differences, and Natural Healing Methods.”
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