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6 Common Teas That Help With Your Period
by the pslove team, 5 January 2018
If you’re anything like me, you’d have so much tea in
your cupboard that you are often spoilt for choice. Earlier last year,
we wrote an article on the 5 teas that you didn’t know can help with your period, and today, we are back with yet another tea article for all you tea addicts out there.
If you just happen to hop on to our blog while searching for a natural remedy to your menstrual cramps,
you’re in luck as we go through some easily accessible tea that you
will be able to grab from your nearest supermarket the next time Aunt
Flo decides to pay a visit.
Without further ado, let’s get this brewing, shall we? (*cues awkward silence*)
1. Peppermint Tea
More commonly known for alleviating sinus
problems, did you know that peppermint tea can also be extremely
beneficial for ladies suffering from menstrual cramps? Effective for
easing bloating (a common companion of Aunt Flo), menstrual cramps and
fatigue, the cooling peppermint tea is a powerful ammunition that you
can arm yourself with.
Now, the secret ingredient we are talking about here is menthol.
Menstrual cramps are commonly caused by
contractions and spasms of our uterus muscles. Therefore, with its
anti-spasmodic properties, peppermint tea helps to treat the muscles in
the walls of the uterus. Apart from relieving discomfort caused by your
cramps, it is also commonly used as a stress and fatigue reliever. Drink
1 cup of peppermint tea 2-3 times a day before and during days of your
menstruation and you can expect to experience a major improvement in
your mood and cramps.
2. Cinnamon Tea
Similar to peppermint tea, cinnamon has
anti-spasmodic properties that helps to reduce cramps and menstrual
pain. As an added bonus, it also works great as an anti-inflammatory
which means that it is able to offer pain relief for your cramps!
To make cinnamon tea, you can simply add
cinnamon to some water and boil it for 15 minutes. For some sweetness,
add in your preferred choice of milk or honey. That said, if cinnamon
tea is not the thing for you, you can always opt to sprinkle them on to
your smoothies/ porridge/ pancakes and experience the same benefits!
3. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Did you know the red raspberry leaf is also dubbed as the woman’s herb?
As many of you would know, progesterone and
estrogen are the 2 major hormones that are in play when we talk about
menstruation. Did you know though, that the hormonal imbalance between
these two is what causes PMS?
Thankfully, red raspberry leaf cleanses the
blood of the excess hormone and minimises any hormonal imbalance (Read:
PMS will no longer be a pain in the arse). Containing both fragarine
and tannins, this tea will aid you in your combat against PMS symptoms
such as cramps, nausea and diarrhea.
For heavy bleeders, this tea also helps to
tighten the muscles in your pelvic region which also helps to reduce the
cramps that are caused by spasms. For relieving those nasty PMS
symptoms, simply start having them 1-2 weeks before your period and
continue having them through your period to slow down the blood flow.
Do note though, red raspberry leaf tea
should not be confused with raspberry tea. They are not commonly
available in most supermarkets but you should be able to grab some from
your local organic stores!!
4. Fennel tea
As mentioned above, the main culprit behind
your PMS is hormonal imbalance. Containing phytoestrogen (also known as
dietary estrogen), fennel tea can help to regulate this imbalance and
make you a happier lady!
Other than that, fennel seeds also have
emmenagogue properties that basically promotes and regulates the blood
flow. Coupled with its ability to soothe the muscles in the uterus, it
definitely makes menstruation free of cramps and discomfort.
Similar to cinnamon tea, fennel tea can be
easily prepared by adding a teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of boiling
water. Leave it to infuse for 5 minutes on low heat and after pouring
it over a strainer, add in some honey for some sweetness.
5. Ginger tea
We’ve talked about these life-saviors in
our previous post on teas that works wonders in soothing menstrual
cramps and in calming the stomach. Most importantly? Ginger helps to
lower the pain caused by prostaglandins which means, goodbye period
cramps. Okay, I lie, it is impossible to completely remove the pain and
discomfort, but ginger tea will definitely make it that much more
A word of caution though, ginger tea might
not be a crowd pleaser. If you’re one who can never withstand the taste
of ginger, go ahead and give our other suggestions a try!
6. Chamomile tea
One of my personal favourites. It is also
commonly know among my friends for its smell like hamster’s bedding,
you’ll either love or hate the taste of this particular one.
For me though, chamomile tea works wonders.
This is a little embarrassing to admit but on the first few days of my
period, I tend to experience *cough* extremely good bowel movements.
Chamomile tea not only helps to calm my tummy, but it is also known to
help ease menstrual cramps and bring my crankiness level down a notch!
(Read more about it here.)
Especially with the rainy weather now in SG (which I can hardly
comprehend, isn’t it suppose to be summer?!), I can’t wait to brew
myself a cup of tea. With all these recommendations, we hope that you’ll
be able to replenish your tea collection with the right type of tea
that would make you feel better during a difficult time of the month.
From 17-20 December 2016, we’re having a Tea Giveaway! Watch this video to find out more:
Happy brewing, ciao!
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