Do you battle the symptoms of PMS with only a handful of medications as your source of relief? I see so many patients who worry about the long-term effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications for managing PMS. If you’re like most women, these quick-fixes are convenient in the moment, but only work temporarily and also leave you reaching for another until it’s time to inevitably restock the supply once again. There is a better way! Herbal remedies for PMS have worked for centuries of women, and continue to work today.
Nature has provided many healing substances that work in conjunction with our bodies. Herbs are a wonderful way to support your system and eliminate the discomfort associated with PMS. Many of these can be combined to make a formula catered to your health. Just be sure to check with your healthcare provider, or contact me to review your current treatment and ensure that the herbs you choose are the best for you!
Why Choose Herbs?
While none of us would give a second thought to taking a deep breath, a bite of fruit, or a healthy helping of salad, plants as medicine seems like a completely foreign concept. In the last decade, there has been a push to live more naturally, resulting in better health, more delicious produce, and stronger communities. Herbal medicine is still often left by the wayside. This is because herbs cannot be regulated the same way that conventional medicine can. Plants are living organisms, and they work synergistically with your system to support each person in different ways.
The safest way to begin using herbal remedies is to consult with a trusted healthcare practitioner. Ensure that the herbs you are using are fresh, organic, and safe to use with any other treatments you are undergoing. Try them as a tea, tincture, or in supplement form. If you notice any adverse effects, discontinue use immediately and consult your healthcare provider.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Often referred to as “The Woman’s Herb”, Red Raspberry Leaf is a great ally to women suffering symptoms of PMS. It can help ease cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. It is a uterine tonic, and also helps to balance hormones. Taken regularly, it can help boost the immune system, lighten menstrual bleeding, and even cure a sore throat. It has a rich flavor similar to black tea. Red Raspberry Leaf provides relief to women through each stage of their lives.
Lemon Balm is celebrated for its nourishing, relaxant properties. If PMS causes you digestive upset, mood swings, anxiety, or insomnia, this herb may be your new best friend! Gentle enough for everyday use, it has antiviral properties that make it helpful when your body is facing added stress. It also helps sharpen mental clarity when you’re feeling extra scattered and stressed.
If you’ve ever struggled to keep up with the weeds in your garden, you already know the perseverance of dandelion leaf. The leaves of this herb are especially nutritious, and have a spicy, bitter flavor. If bloating is your chief PMS complain, the diuretic properties of this herb can help! Be sure to purchase fresh, organic dandelion leaf and throw together a liver-supporting salad by tossing in a few cloves of fresh garlic.
This earthy herb works to relax the uterus and can aide in cramping during PMS and menstruation. It has a deep, cinnamon flavor and tastes best when combined with other herbs like red raspberry leaf and stinging nettle.
This iron-rich herb has a bright, grassy flavor. It’s full of vitamins and minerals. Nettle has also been used to treat many conditions throughout history. It’s an astringent herb and helps rid the body of toxins. It can boost energy, relieve allergies, and prevent anemia. Best consumed with vitamin C for better absorption, it pairs beautifully with Red Raspberry Leaf for a great PMS tonic.
Chasteberry, or Vitex as it is sometimes called, can help balance your hormones. It affects the hypothalamus directly instead of just treating the symptoms of PMS. It can also immediately help reduce irritability, breast tenderness, and headaches associated with PMS.
Gingko is an anti-inflammatory herb which can help increase circulation, reduce breast tenderness and swelling, and banish bloating. It can also give you an energy boost when you feel sluggish, help stabilize mood swings, and boost memory.
St. John’s Wort
Often championed for its antidepressant properties, this herbal remedy has even more to offer. It also fights fatigue and balances hormones for women suffering from PMS. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has shown promise in inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells in tumors.
If you’re ready to feel like yourself again without popping a pill, contact me today for a free consultation. I can help you determine which herbs are right for you, as well as uncover the root cause of your PMS in order to solve it for good!
Rich Jacobs is a Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in resolving gut, insomnia, low libido, fatigue and fat issues. He uses a holistic approach and functional lab work to identify root causes such as hormone imbalances or gut pathogens that could be impacting your health.