In our mission to help you live your best possible life – uninterrupted – we’re advocates for practicing a bit of self-care and self-love when you need it most. And one of our personal favorite ways to pamper yourself when you have your period is to sink into a bottomless cup of restorative herbal tea.
Known for their calming, soothing, anti-inflammatory properties, herbal teas can work miracles on your mind, body, and soul. As wellness devotees, we are all about the power of plant-based antidotes (as you know from all the natural goodness we’ve packed into our Period Performance Kit). Here’s the low-down on the best therapeutic blends to battle the bloat, beat the blues, and break the cycle of period pain and disruption.
Best for: Balancing hormones, anxiety, depression, libido, and fertility.
Chasteberry has become the buzzy new ingredient as wellness experts embrace its potent medicinal and healing powers. Derived from the chaste tree, a small shrub that produces peppery-tasting fruit, it contains naturally occurring progestins. This makes it an excellent tonic to support menstruating and menopausal women in stabilizing estrogen and hormone levels and warding off PMS, anxiety, and depression. Chasteberry is also shown to be effective in treating uterine bleeding, painful periods, sore breasts, infertility, irregular periods, and hot flashes. Oh, and did we mention it can boost your sex drive? Warning: Chasteberry affects your hormone levels, so it can interfere with birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.
Best for: PMS, mood swings, stress and sleep
Chamomile tea, from the delicate blossoms of the chamomile plant, is a medicinal herb famed for its natural calming sedative effects. Studies show it can help with a variety of health-related issues, from decreasing blood pressure to supporting relaxation, improving sleep, and alleviating cramps. Get in early and drink some before your period, and you may find your pain, not to mention the urge to throw your hairbrush at your partner, diminishes. We feel you.
Best for: nausea, cramps, heavy periods.
If nausea is the root of all evil during your period, a tingling cup of ginger tea can work wonders on settling your tummy. Studies show that ginger, which is lauded for its anti-inflammatory properties, can alleviate period cramps and reduce heavy blood flow. Beyond that, ginger is bursting with health benefits and may lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes as well. Let’s drink to that.
Best for: Bloating, pain, and cramps, improved wellness
Green tea is one of the most potent antioxidants on the planet and has a long list of health-related benefits, including improved brain function, weight loss, and decreased risk of cancer and other diseases. Also a natural diuretic, green tea can help with water retention (aka the dreaded bloat) and alleviate period pain and cramps. Powerful catechins (antioxidants) in green tea work to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation to soothe the pain. Indeed, one study showed that green tea might treat uterine fibroids—a common cause of pain in the lower abdomen. Warning: green tea does contain caffeine, so you might want to switch to chamomile at bedtime.
Best for: bloating, period pain, cramps, gas, digestion
Fennel tea, made from the seeds of the fennel plant, is known for its gas-busting properties and has been used in alternative medicine since ancient times to treat digestive issues and soothe stomach cramps by reducing inflammation. Not only is it delicious, but fennel is also touted as being as effective in relieving pain as ibuprofen. Here’s to natural pain relief.
Best for: Energy boost, headaches, cramp, digestion
The fresh minty taste of peppermint tea is an instant pick-me-up. Studies show that menthol in peppermint relaxes uterine muscles, helping to diminish the spasms that cause cramps. The benefits don’t stop there. Peppermint can also soothe an upset tummy, aid digestion, banish headaches, freshen breath, and fight infection, thanks to its potent antibacterial properties.
Now, go ahead, put the kettle on. And bottoms up to our Cleo Community!