Herbs For PMS
PMS is a common issue women often deal with month after month. For some women, it can mean bloating, headaches, cramping, constipation, breast tenderness, water retention, and moodiness to include irritability, weepiness, and mood swings. For some women, PMS can be debilitating or mean a loss of time at work or with family. These herbs for PMS will offer gentle supportive help for this time.
Herbs for PMS
Red Raspberry– Rubus idaeus, this leaf contains fragarine and tannins which are known for treating PMS symptoms of cramping, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. Raspberry is also very rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin E. Red Raspberry is one of the most beneficial herbs for PMS and cramping. It is gentle and soothing to the uterine tissue. The tea soothes menstrual cramps, and tones the uterus.
Cramp Bark– Viburnum opulus, is excellent for relaxing muscle tension and spasms in the uterus, this then can relieve menstrual cramps. A smooth muscle relaxant with similar properties to valerian, it focuses its action on the pelvic area (the ‘valerian of the uterus). When ovarian and uterine cramps are present before and during menstruation, this herb can be beneficial.
Lavender– Lavender is relaxing and soothing. Many people find it beneficial for promoting relaxation and relieving stress and anxiety. Lavender also has pain-relieving properties that can assist with cramping and headaches.
Dandelion– Taraxacum officinale, this herb activates the liver and digestion. Dandelion is a diuretic and is of assistance with bloating and water retention issues. Dandelion contains calcium salts, manganese, sodium, sulfur, A, B, C, D vitamins, and choline. Dandelion also contains potassium and iron and can be beneficial for anemia, or PMS related anemia.
Nettles– Urtica Dioica, nettle supports the liver and gently cleanses the body of metabolic waste. This herb is full of iron and beneficial for anemia. Nettle is also known for lessening the length of longer cycles. As a diuretic, it also is of great assistance for fluid retention.
You can make a tea blend by merely using one part of each as a blend.
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