Soothing PMS with Tea

Don't women often find their moods are easily affected?  


Physically, I'm quite sturdy but mentally I'm quite fragile. My mother acknowledged this and I've always known I have an artistic temperament, so I've had to face this reality from a young age. Tea became my psychological stabiliser during this time.


The first time I got into tea was in primary school. It started when my mother ordered some British teas from a mail order company called Felissimo that came in lovely tins. Seeing the tin designs soothed me, the aroma of the black tea made me happy, and the warmth of the tea in the mug with plenty of milk added in the British style brought stability to my mind.


I started my period in secondary school, though I don't recall if I went through a rebellious phase or not. But I do remember incessantly playing the piano and drinking tea whenever I couldn't control my emotions.


Nowadays, I have a dedicated tea shelf in my kitchen. I keep over 20 types of loose leaf teas and select based on my bodily state at the time. Recently, I've found this particular tea very effective for PMS.


For women troubled by premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, herbs can be an effective natural remedy. Today, I'd like to focus on the benefits of three popular herbs for soothing PMS.


St John's Wort

1. Antidepressant effects

    - St John's Wort helps regulate serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain, effectively relieving mild to moderate depression.

2. Anti-anxiety effects

    - This herb can also reduce anxiety and tension, helping alleviate emotional instability and irritability from PMS.

3. Anti-inflammatory effects

    - St John's Wort has anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively relieve bodily pains and discomforts.



1. Sedative effects  

    - Chamomile reduces stress and anxiety while promoting relaxation. It's also effective for insomnia, supporting a good night's sleep.

2. Anti-inflammatory effects

    - Chamomile's anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe muscle aches, abdominal cramps and other physical PMS discomforts.  

3. Digestive aid

    - It aids digestion, relieving bloating and gastrointestinal discomfort from PMS.


Lemon Balm

1. Sedative effects

    - Lemon balm has a calming effect on the nerves, promoting relaxation. It soothes tension and anxiety while supporting restful sleep.

2. Antioxidant properties 

    - Lemon balm is rich in antioxidants that protect cells and support overall health.

3. Digestive aid

    - It helps aid digestion, relieving bloating and gas.



How to Enjoy Herbal Teas

Herbal teas don't just soothe PMS symptoms, but can also be enjoyed as a relaxing daily ritual. Here are some tips for making the most of herbal tea time:


Use a teapot: Brewing with a teapot allows you to fully enjoy the aromas of the herbs.

Find a cosy spot: Drink your tea in a quiet, warm place when you're relaxed for maximum benefits.

Use your favourite mug: Sipping from a cherished mug can lift your mood and enhance relaxation.

Experiment with blends: Create your own blends tailored to your tastes by combining different herbs whose aromas appeal to you.



Other Ways to Use Herbs  


Supplements: Herbs are also available as dietary supplements. Check dosages and usage instructions.

Aromatherapy: The essential oils of lemon balm and chamomile can be used aromatically via a diffuser or topically with a carrier oil for massage.  

I've personally used aromatherapy massage for over 12 years, selecting essential oils and dried/fresh herb leaves based on my needs. Let me know if you'd like to try an aroma massage!



Ideal Pre-Menstrual Self-Care


Here are some tips for a comfortable premenstrual period:


1. Maintain a routine

    - Get enough sleep and eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals.

2. Light exercise  

    - Do light exercise or stretching to improve circulation and relieve muscle tension.

3. Manage stress

    - Practise relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga or deep breathing to reduce stress.

4. Drink herbal teas

    - Regularly drink the herbal teas mentioned to help balance mind and body.


Incorporating these habits can help minimise PMS symptoms for a more comfortable premenstrual phase.


For me, tea and music are the perfect pairing, but find what works best for you and make it part of your routine in a sustainable way.