Healing PMS with Plants

Healing PMS with Plants

 

Inspired by our friend and co-heart, Andrea Gardner, the creatrix of Period Parties, this blend is specifically formulated for pain relief. Possibly, mis-labeled, this blend can relieve pain, soothe, and calm any body!   

 

Though it certainly helps with PMS symptoms (see testimonials below), this blend is for everyBODY! Imagine the best mama in the world, wrapping you gently in a warm red fuzzy blanket. Yes, it feels that soothing.

Ingredients contain diuretics (causing fluid release), antioxidants, and many herbs with calming properties. It continues ancient natural healing practices from the Americas and South Africa.  When brewed as a tea, this blend turns a lovely burgundy/magenta color!


What is PMS?

Premenstrual changes are totally normal in female bodies.  Find an extensive list of common symptoms here.


Becoming more sensitive during this time is perfectly normal and is an invitation from the body to slow down, take care, do less, and relax.

What Causes PMS?

“We know that levels of estrogen and progesterone drop during the week before your period. Many doctors believe this decline in hormone levels triggers the symptoms of PMS. Changes in brain chemicals or deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals may also play a role. Too many salty foods, alcohol, or caffeine may make symptoms worse as well.” (from WebMD)


Just imagine, after ovulation the body begins to store nutrients and mineral to replenish the uterine lining (thus the food cravings), bodies work with gravity and retain water to build pressure (thus the bloating), the uterus sheds the lining (thus the cramping) and cervix opens to let the old out (thus energy goes down).


Goddess Breath Recommendations

Goddess Breath recommends allowing your body the time and space to do all this. Don’t make yourself wrong for craving what you’re craving. Your body needs the nutrients... plus, the week after your period, you’re likely to be craving lighter foods with less carbs and sugars. Just like the moon waxing and waning, we cycle.


Track your cycle so you know it’s coming! It’s so helpful to know where you are in your phases… then you can be assured that you’re not feeling emotional or gaining weight for no reason. You can rest assured that the following week, your body will shift again.


Use this blend the week of your menstrual cycle or whenever you have a painful day.


(Period Party blend is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers. Always consult your doctor if you are taking prescription medication.)

 

Herbal Highlights

Cinnamon is warming, soothing, and one of the love Goddess’ favorite spices! It is a powerful antioxidant superfood and well known anti-inflammatory. With antibacterial properties and numerous researched health benefits including reducing joint pain, lowering blood sugar levels, decreasing the risk of heart disease, and even improving brain function (to cheer you up).


Cramp Bark has a long history of being used as an herbal medicine, primarily by First Nations people of the Americas. The berries were sometimes consumed as food, and other parts of the plant were smoked as an alternative to tobacco. Today, the bark and root bark of this plant are still used to make medicine. As the name suggests, alternative medicine practitioners use cramp bark for relieving cramps.


(Scientific evidence about such benefits is lacking, The safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established.)


Red Raspberry Leaf is often referred to as the woman’s herb. Its leaves have been used to treat various health ailments and induce labor during pregnancy for centuries. Rich in B vitamins, vitamin C and a number of minerals, including potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and iron. It is a notable contributor of antioxidant properties which help protect your cells from damage and prevent aging. 


Red raspberry leaf tea is especially popular due to its possible benefits for pregnant women. However, it seems to help women in general. It contains fragarine, a plant compound that helps tone and tighten muscles in the pelvic area, which may reduce the menstrual cramping caused by the spasms of these muscles. What’s more, one ounce (28 grams) of red raspberry leaves pack 3.3 mg of iron, which is 18% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) for women aged 19–50. Getting enough iron can combat the anemia often experienced by women with heavy menstrual cycles including the walls of your uterus.


While red raspberry leaf tea is typically recommended for the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, some women use the herbal remedy to help with nausea and vomiting in the first trimester as well. Red raspberry leaf tea has also been used to strengthen the uterus, improve labor outcome and prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth. Many women claim that it helps shorten labor.


(Red raspberry leaf tea appears to be safe for most people.)


Passion Flower is calming, aids in sleep, can reduce anxiety, and may induce contractions if pregnant, but is also helpful in releasing endometrium.


Uva Ursi is used primarily for urinary tract disorders, including infections of the kidney, bladder, and urethra; swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract; increased urination; painful urination; and urine that contains excess uric acid or other acids. Native Americans, Europeans, and Early American settlers used this plant medicinally for the same purpose; the health of the urinary tract. It supports a healthy microbial balance within the urinary system. Uva Ursi also contains allantoin, a chemical also found in Aloe, which has a soothing effect.


(It is best to limit the use of Uva Ursi to short term, with two weeks being a maximum length of time. Not for use during pregnancy or lactation.)


Wild Dagga has an amazing array of applications, including reducing muscular cramps. South African people and tribes have a strong connection with the plant and traditionally smoked wild dagga flowers and leaves for its euphoric effect. Calming and sedating sensations are felt when the flowers are consumed as a tea. Chinese and Vietnamese cultures have also long appreciated the benefits of wild dagga and its euphoric effects. This plant is widely used in traditional medicines to treat a wide range of ailments.


Heal your PMS symptoms with plants, reach for Period Party when you need a helping hand.




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