Time of the Month Teas
What tea helps your symptoms during “that time” ladies? I used to drink Yogi’s Moon Cycle tea, but I haven’t repurchased it because I think for the amount you get its a lot more expensive to keep up with than a loose tea.
Anything with chamomile. I always found chamomile helped with the discomfort during that time. My mom always kept me stocked with high quality bagged teas for years just for that reason. I’m just now discovering loose tea and so can’t speak to specific blends yet for that purpose, but if I find some I’ll let you know.
Not really tea, but strong coffee helps. I might try some of my teas including coffee later. I find eating pineapple helps(Manganese). In the past I tried both black and blue cohosh ( not effective for me), and belladonna( helped, again a tincture not tea). But coffee and exercise are usually the best relief giverrs for me.
le sigh the one that will stain least when I throw it at whoever has the misfortune of setting off my hormonal tripwire.
I tend to like simpler teas during my moondays, with plenty of sweetener and milk. I find I crave stuff that’s physically warming (damn iron loss anemia) and emotionally comforting. I also tend to yearn for the swedish milk coffee my grandma use to give me when I was a kid.
I watched a video that said that ginger tea helps cramps. Can anyone verify that?
I’ve never tried it for cramps, but ginger tea is great for nausea. I have a ginger/glucose powder I get from the local asian market which is awesome for the digestive stuff.
I like puerh during those times but only shu. It helps with bloating and calms me down. Another plus you can resteep those leaves many times. On the other hand I used to work with American Chinese lady who only drank hot water during those days. She said that her mom and grandma taught her.
I would drink Advil tea if they made it.
Hehe. I would love it if I could just drink tea for cramps, but I’ve always had really horrible ones. I’m dating myself, but I remember being so grateful when ibuprofen was finally available over the counter in the US. It literally changed my life!
Cramps are pretty much the only symptom I get (or maybe they are so severe that I don’t notice or care about anything else). Advil is the only thing that helps. Ive even tried all manner of specialty monthly meds and pain killers, but nothing beats Advil. I vote for advil tea too! lol.
I agree advil/nuprofen tends to work the best for me as well when I resort to pills. Tylenol/Paracetamol never worked for me.
Raspberry leaf! I can’t believe no one has mentioned it, it is THE tea for those symptoms. I have always had very bad cramps and it actually does relieve cramps and other discomfort. It tastes a little fruity and a little leafy (it’s in a lot of “woman” teas).
I drink this as well! It tastes similar to black tea to me. I have both loose and traditional medicinals bags that get heavy use during that time. I find that it helps extend any pain meds I might take for cramping so I don’t need to take as much overall, which I like.
I was wondering if anyone was going to mention it as well because I remember it was a main ingredient in the Moon Cycle tea :)
Yes! I like it mixed with nettle and tasty flavours – fruit tea, ginger, lemongrass, etc.
I buy loose at a local organic grocery store. There are LOTS of shops that sell loose herbs where I live!
If you need a more accessible brand, Traditional Medicinals makes both a PMS tea and a plain Raspberry Leaf (I prefer the latter). I prefer loose leaf, which I also found to be fairly inexpensive. You can get a pound of it for $9 at Mountain Rose Herbs. You can get smaller amounts too! Of course, there are lots of places to order online, and most have similar pricing. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/r.php#h_ras
This is one time that I prefer tea bags… sometimes you just don’t want to deal with it. I have a box of Birt & Tang Raspberry Leaf that I found at a HomeGoods, but I would probably restock with something like Traditional Medicinals just because it is easy to find (I recently spotted it in the grocery store).
I often “hide” mine by adding a bag to a cup with a fruity black tea. Not that I dislike the flavor, really, I just want something I love at times like that.
I’ll add my vote to raspberry leaf, bought in bulk. Mint is a nice complement to it.
I’ve bought from this place http://herblore.com/ I used their nursing tea and fenugreek when I was nursing my babies. Very nice lady and I had a good experience. Looks like they sell raspberry leaf and also a tea with cramp bark and black haw.
I find that green teas and bedtime teas with Chamomile help to relieve a lot of discomfort. These are teas are ‘comfort’ drinks for me, so I would say to stick to whatever drinks are comforting to you. I stick with green teas because I can drink as many cups as I want without feeling bloated or the rush of caffeine.
It could just be the placebo effect, but plain hibiscus helps a lot. Hot, it’s comforting in the winter; cold, it’s refreshing in the summer. I use Republic of Tea’s tea bags, one per 16oz of water because crushed bits of hibiscus can be extremely tart.
Oh gosh, not for me. I hate anything with hibiscus. Far too tart for my tastes, and it always has this weird aftertaste…
I try to dilute it as much as possible. Also I feel like I have to brush my teeth afterward because of the citric acid :B