6 teas to help beat PMS
Tea is always a comforter, but some teas are better than others when you’re going through your menstrual cycle. We’ve picked the best teas to help sort out some of those horrible PMS symptoms. Time to stick the kettle on!
1. Ginger for cramps
Ginger has been found to be as effective as ibuprofen in treating period pain. A small study in 2013 found that in 82.85% of respondents, ginger relieved pain and nausea. You can make ginger tea easily yourself by steeping fresh ginger in hot water. If you don’t like the taste of ginger, soak a towel in hot ginger tea and hold over your tummy for the same benefit.
2. Chamomile for irritability
If you’re feel anxious, stressed or irritable you could do worse than enjoy a cup of chamomile tea. Chamomile is also known to help with insomnia, aiding a restful night’s sleep, and is great for when you feel a cold is coming on as it boosts your immunity. July’s Pink Parcel includes delicious Chamomile Flowers by Teapigs, which uses only whole flowers to create the perfect calming brew.
3. Peppermint for bloating
Banish that dread bloat with a cup of peppermint tea. It also soothes the tummy and helps with any unwanted gassiness (is it ever wanted?). It’s also great for an IBS issues. One of our faves is Heather’s Tummy Teas – the peppermint contained is medicinal strength so will definitely help with any tummy troubles when your period hits.
4. Raspberry Leaf for heavy bleeding
Normally recommend for pregnant women about to give birth, raspberry leaf tea contains fragine, which is known to tone the uterine and pelvic muscles. For pregnant woman it leads to a shorter labour but if you’re just suffering from heavy bleeding it can help to decrease flow and stop those nasty cramps. Drink Heath & Heather Raspberry Leaf Herbal Infusions on a regular basis if you want to see a difference.
5. Dandelion for tender breasts
If you suffer from swollen and tender breasts prior to your period starting, you definitely need to ditch regular tea and coffee – caffeine can make breast tenderness worse. Stick to decaffeinated tea or try dandelion tea. Its diuretic properties help shift extra water that can make breasts swollen, thus reducing the pressure and tenderness. Try Clipper’s Organic Dandelion Infusion.
6. Green tea for spot busting
Green tea has numerous health benefits but did you know it can help with PMS-pimple outbreaks? It’s all thanks to the antioxidant cathechin EGCG, which is a great anti-inflammatory. As well as sipping on green tea throughout the day, you can also dab wet teabags onto the affected areas. Twinings do a great range of green teas, available in various flavours including lemon and honey and mint.