Spearmint Tea- A Healing Herbal for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Many women face the difficulties of polycystic ovarian syndrome in today’s society. A whirlwind of symptoms such as acne, hair loss, facial hair growth, depression, weight gain and hormonal imbalance can all be indicative of PCOS.
PCOS is triggered by excess androgens. A heightened amount of free flowing testosterone is the main culprit behind symptoms. It typically affects about 1 in 10 to 15 women and even some girls starting at the age of 11.
I understand PCOS on a personal and professional level. The emotional pain and physical change can be very overwhelming for a woman. Bringing more awareness around this imbalance is important so that more women can find an answer during their healing process.
I specifically want to highlight PCOS today to touch on one specific herbal that may be shown to reduce the negative effects of PCOS.
CAN PCOS BE CURED?
Unfortunately there is not a known cure for this syndrome, but there are natural ways to support the body and reduce symptoms. Some include a healthy low-glycemic diet, stress management and moderate/ restorative exercise.
We all know that leading a healthy lifestyle can have positive consequences when it comes to any situation in life, but a healthy diet is extremely important in reducing the symptoms of women with PCOS. It is important to maintain a relatively active lifestyle because weight loss can help to reduce the symptoms as well.
HOW DOES SPEARMINT HERBAL TEA HELP WITH PCOS?
I mentioned herbals, and there are a few that have been used when addressing PCOS. One in particular that is less commonly talked about is spearmint.
Spearmint leaves are square shaped and contain an abundance of vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial nutrients for the human body.
Although there have been some studies done to test the effect of spearmint herbal tea on treating PCOS, it requires a longer duration of time to see significant results. In order to see a decent improvement, women should use spearmint tea regularly, 1-2 cups daily.
One of the main and most prominent reasons why spearmint tea is recommended for women with PCOS is because the little leaves have an important characteristic called the “anti-androgen effect”. Essentially what this means is that it blocks the free testosterone in the body and inhibits it from functioning at all, in turn it reduces free testosterone by 30%. This is a significant benefit for women who are experiencing symptoms because like I stated before.
The two key hormones in the menstrual cycle are luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone. Spearmint herbal tea will help increase these two hormones by 15-30%. As a result it will aid in regulating proper hormonal function for women with PCOS.
The table below shows the results from a recent study done, using spearmint herbal tea and chamomile as a control group:
I personally like the to stick to herbal teas that are high quality and organic. Try Traditional Medicinal organic spearmint tea for a delicious and blend.
Check out my herbal iced tea recipe below. It’s perfect while the weather is still warm and can keep you hydrated without any added sugar.
For more information on how to naturally heal PCOS through diet and lifestyle changes with The Healing Roots, reach out here.
The Healing Roots Spearmint Tea
Spearmint leaves (about a palmful)
1 C. boiled water
Rinse the leaves with cold water
Bring 1 C of water to a boil
Drop leaves into water and remove from heat
Steep for 15 minutes then remove leaves with a wire strainer
Add ice to a chilled cup and pour tea over the ice