Herbs for PMS - Premenstrual Syndrome
Some of the more commonly used herbs for PMS include:
A nutrient rich herb, dandelion contains high levels of iron, Vitamin A and potassium. Two cups of dandelion tea, made with dandelion roots or leaves can help alleviate several PMS symptoms such as water retention, bloating, muscle spasms, swollen and tender breasts, anemia, inflammation and even acne.
Chaste Tree Berry
One of the most popularly used herbs for for PMS in Europe, chaste tree berry significantly reduces the irritability, headaches, tenderness in breasts and depression that often accompany menstruation. It should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women. Over consumption can lead to side effects such as skin rashes, itching, nausea or digestive disturbances.
Also known as cramp bark, Viburnum is considered by many women as one of their best allies for all types of PMS symptoms. 30 to 60 drops of the tincture of Viburnum has soothing properties. It helps bring down anxiety levels, relaxes muscle tension and spasms and relieves uterine cramps. It also boosts digestion. Vibrurnum should be avoided by anyone taking medications for cardiovascular ailments.
The tea made from plantain leaves works as a general detoxifier in the body and also helps regulate several PMS symptoms.
Evening Primrose Oil
The oil of the evening primrose plant contains an omega-6 essential fatty acid that is involved in the metabolism of hormone-like substances. These substances, known as prostaglandins, help alleviate pain and inflammation in the body, which are two of the main symptoms of PMS.
Other Natural Remedies for PMS
In addition to the above herbs, there are also a few other natural remedies for PMS that are very effective and safer than resorting to medication. These include:
- Increased intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds as well as foods rich in calcium and potassium
- Decreased intake of salt, sugar, caffeine red meats and fatty foods
- Regular aerobic exercise
- Stress reducing activities such as breathing exercises, yoga, aromatherapy and meditation
More and more women are looking into the many herbs for PMS rather than resorting to using medications in attempt to alleviate the symptoms of PMS. This is because herbal remedies are generally safer and have fewer side effects.
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