There are 5 main teas that I have on rotation during my menstrual phase (aka the days of my bleed/ period): Cramp Bark, Red Raspberry Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Chamomile and Peppermint.
Herbal teas can have an influence on your menstrual phase – from the length of your cycle to those nasty crampand mood swings!
I have been drinking tea for most of my life, and over the years it has become a key part of supporting my period.
Aside from the healing benefits, this feels incredibly ritualistic to me, and there’s nothing cozier than a hot cup of tea.
There are 5 main teas that I have on rotation during my menstrual phase (aka the days of my bleed):
Cramp Bark – Exactly as the name suggests, cramp bark has been used to address cramps. It contains methyl salicylate which is a weaker and less irritating precursor to the salicylic acid used in aspirin.
Nettle Leaf – Nettle Leaf is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which may be helpful with alleviating pain. In addition to that, it is known for boosting the immune system!
Red Raspberry Leaf – Tasting similar to black tea, red raspberry leaf is a classic period tea. It contains vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E and has antioxidant properties. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may help to reduce menstrual cramps and support a healthy flow.
Chamomile – Chamomile is often used as a “sleepy” tea, but those relaxing benefits can also translate to the uterus. It has been used to help reduce menstrual pain by relaxing the body and decreasing the production of prostaglandins.
Peppermint – I could drink peppermint tea every day because I just love it. This can be super helpful for bloat and digestion issues that some people may notice during menstruation. It also is known to act as a relaxant so may be helpful for things like headaches and muscle cramps.
I get all of my loose leaf teas from Mountain Rose Herbs and steep them in a French Press!
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Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.